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.

Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo day-to-day with hand/thumb injury
by R.J. White |
(10/21/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is day-to-day after suffering a bruised hand/thumb during Arizona Fall League play Monday, reports.

Castillo suffered the injury while getting jammed during an at-bat. He signed a $72.5-million deal in August that runs through 2020.

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.

Lorenzo Cain named ALCS MVP after Game 4 win
by R.J. White |
(10/15/2014) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was named the MVP of the American League Championship Series after the team finished off a sweep of the Orioles Wednesday with a 2-1 win.

Cain went 0 for 3 in Game 4 Wednesday but still finished the series with a .533 batting avearge and five runs scored in 15 at-bats. Like the rest of the outfield, he was also responsible for plus defense to help the Royals advance to the World Series for the first time in 29 years.

Orioles LF Alejandro De Aza on bench Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/15/2014) Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championships Series at Kansas City. A matchup against left-hander Jason Vargas has him on the bench. Nelson Cruz is set to play that position instead.

De Aza is just 12 for 79 against southpaws this season.

Option on Orioles OF Nick Markakis could force him out
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/15/2014) The perception that the $17.5 million option on outfielder Nick Markakis is too steep will likely play out with him leaving the Orioles for free agency if the two sides can't get together on a long-term contract, according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

Markakis, who struggled from mid-August forward, finished the regular season with a stat line of .276/.346/.386. He hit 14 home runs and drove in 50 with 81 runs scored. He is known to be a favorite of owner Peter Angelos, so a return to Baltimore at a lower salary remains a possibility.

Report: Rangers decline option on OF Alex Rios
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/15/2014) What was previously reported has apparently played out - the Rangers have declined the team option on outfielder Alex Rios, per MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

Rios proved highly disappointing during an injury ravaged season for his team in 2014. He managed a respectable stat line of .280/.311/.398, but he slugged just four home runs, none after July 6. He scored a career-low 54 runs and also drove in 54, his second-lowest total.

He will now try to maximize his potential in free agency.

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. 

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