Giants OF Hunter Pence homers in Game 1 World Series win
by R.J. White |
(10/21/2014) Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 2 for 3 with two walks and a two-run home run in his team's 7-1 win over the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday.

Pence delivered a monster blast to center field in the first inning to put his team up 3-0, and the Royals would have little answer for another excellent performance by Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. It was the first home run of October for Pence, who has hit .286/.388/.452 in 42 postseason at-bats.

Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman likely to play first base in 2015
by R.J. White |
(10/21/2014) Nationals third baseman/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman will likely shift over to first base in 2015, reports. He's currently resting his right hamstring after suffering a Grade 3 strain in July.

"I'm sure I'll talk to them soon or they will talk [to the media]," Zimmerman said. "I think Anthony [Rendon] is the future third baseman. Obviously, he played great there. He played some second and some third. If he goes into Spring Training knowing that he is playing third base, he has a chance to be a very good third baseman.

"Obviously, I love playing third base. But some of the injuries over the last two or three years made it tougher for me to be an above average third baseman. It's hard to accept that, but I think that's the truth. Sometimes, the truth hurts sometimes. But Anthony has a great chance to be very good over there. I could be an above average first baseman if I work at it during Spring Training and the rest of this offseason. But that's not just my decision. Obviously, I'll talk with [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] and Matt and see what their plans are. I'm sure we'll find out in the next week or two."

The Nationals have first base open due to the impending free agency of 2014 starter Adam LaRoche.

Jon Jay expected to be Cardinals' starting CF in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/21/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was bumped from the starting job in center field last spring when the team acquired Peter Bourjos in a trade from the Angels. However, as the season progressed, Jay worked his way back into being the regular center fielder and is on track to keep the job heading into 2015.

"Center field (for 2015) right now is Jon Jay’s, based on how he played," general manager John Mozeliak said at a news conference Monday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I think he played a much better center field than he did a year ago.

“Peter Bourjos is someone we have under control and certainly envision him being a part of this club. How we create more playing time for him is something we strategize over this offseason. But, clearly, Jay’s performance and how he played the second half frankly is altering how we look at him moving forward."

Mozeliak added Jay will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist Wednesday. He is expected to need 6-8 weeks of recovery, but he will be ready for spring training.

Michael Morse to DH in World Series
by Larry Hartstein |
(10/20/2014) Giants outfielder Michael Morse will serve as the team's designated hitter in the World Series games in Kansas City, manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. Morse batted .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games.

He missed the NLDS with an oblique injury, but hit a tying homer in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Cardinals' Oscar Taveras put on weight following surgery
by Chris Cwik |
(10/14/2014) Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras put on weight following last August's ankle surgery, according to

"I’m a little heavy; I’ve gained a few pounds," Taveras said. "But I’m working on that, and physically I feel good." There's some speculation that Taveras came into the year about 20 pounds heavier than normal. Taveras has stressed that he won't make the same mistake twice. "When this [season] is over, I’m really going to prepare myself," he said. "I’m going to come back [to St. Louis] less heavy and ready for next year."

Taveras has also expressed a desire to play winter ball, but general manager John Mozeliak said he would prefer Taveras to undergo a training regimen in the United States. 

Giants' Hunter Pence drives in one
by Chris Cwik |
(10/14/2014) Giants outfielder Hunter Pence drove in a run Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Pence struck in the first inning. With two men on, Pence doubled to right, driving in a run. He would later come around to score during the inning. Pence finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 

Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk homers in Game 3 NLCS loss
by R.J. White |
(10/14/2014) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Giants in Game 3 of the NLCS, which put the Cardinals behind in the series 2-1.

Grichuk put the finishing touches on a Cardinals rally after the Giants jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead by slugging a solo home run to left field in the seventh inning. It's his second home run of the postseason, but the rookie is just 5 for 27 in seven postseason games.

Roger Bernadina elects free agency
by R.J. White |
(10/14/2014) The Dodgers attempted to send Roger Bernadina outright to the minors, but he has elected to become a free agent, the team announced. Bernadinah it .167/.304/.258 in 66 at-bats between the Dodgers and Reds this season.

Ryan Braun takes batting practice Monday
by R.J. White |
(10/13/2014) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun took batting practice Sunday and felt "pretty good," reports. It's Braun's first action since undergoing a cryotherapy procedure on his injured thumb.

Report: Giants' Michael Morse available to pinch-hit Saturday
by Chris Cwik |
(10/11/2014) Giants outfielder Michael Morse is available to pinch-hit Saturday, according to ESPN.

Morse missed the NLDS due to an oblique injury, but recovered enough to make the NLCS roster. He won't start Saturday, but could enter the game as a pinch-hitter. Morse reportedly performed well during pre-game workouts, and could play a bigger role as the series progresses.

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