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10/23/2014 | DeSclafani on point for AFL's rolling Rafters

The Salt River Rafters collected their fourth straight win Thursday night, defeating Surprise, 5-3, in the fifth game to use the 20-second pitch clock. Marlins right-hander Anthony DeSclafani worked five innings for the win.


10/23/2014 | Strickland owns actions, ready for next chance

Admittedly, Giants reliever Hunter Strickland didn't sleep very well after a nightmarish Wednesday night in Kansas City. A day later, back in his home clubhouse in San Francisco, a remorseful Strickland was ready to put it behind him.


10/23/2014 | Report: Bundy to return as third-base coach

Lorenzo Bundy, while managing in the Mexican Winter League, was quoted as saying that he will return as the Dodgers third-base coach in 2015. The Dodgers had no comment on the report, but that is the first indication on the status of any of manager Don Mattingly's coaching staff.


10/23/2014 | Rags-to-riches story for Giants' pitching staff

When manager Bruce Bochy came to San Francisco prior to the 2007 season, he made the unorthodox move of keeping longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti on staff. Eight seasons later, their marriage is thriving.


10/23/2014 | Alcides thriving since receiving ignition keys

Alcides Escobar always has seen himself as a leadoff man or No. 2 hitter. He hit mostly first or second in the Brewers' Minor League system before doing so for significant parts of his Major League career in Milwaukee and Kansas City.


10/23/2014 | Royals could revive running game facing Hudson

It's been forgotten amid a surprising power surge, swept aside because it hasn't necessarily altered outcomes. But the Royals -- Major League leaders in stolen bases by a wide margin and armed with two track stars off their bench -- haven't been running. They've stolen one base in their last six postseason games, five of them wins, after swiping seven in the American League Wild Card Game and five in a Division Series sweep of the Angels.


10/23/2014 | Panda represents Giants as Gold Glove finalist

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who sustained a 73-game errorless streak this season, was named a finalist at his position on Thursday for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award among National Leaguers.


10/23/2014 | With no DH, Giants look for Morse to adjust on bench

Travis Ishikawa knows the pitfalls of what Michael Morse is dealing with right now, himself having once been relegated from the starting lineup to a pinch-hit role, but that doesn't mean the Giants' current starting left fielder has much advice to impart to his teammate who spent much of the regular season there.


10/23/2014 | Moss' right hip surgery a success

The A's Brandon Moss underwent successful right hip surgery this week, according to the team, and is expected to be at full strength by the start of the 2015 season. The procedure, performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville on Tuesday, involved repairing a torn labrum and additional clean-up work to alleviate the impingement in Moss' hip.


10/23/2014 | Butler will serve as pinch-hitter with series in NL park

Ned Yost didn't reveal his revised lineup for World Series Game 3 against the Giants on Friday, but one thing is certain -- designated hitter Billy Butler won't be in it.


10/23/2014 | Path to World Series ultimate test of best teams

Neither the Royals nor Giants won 90 games in the regular season, but that shouldn't matter in determining a World Series champion.


10/23/2014 | Band of brothers: Team-first mentality the key for Giants

The Giants are the classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Put them up, man-for-man against some other teams, and maybe the other guys seem more impressive. But put the Giants together and they're in the World Series for the third time in five years.


10/23/2014 | Lincecum undergoes MRI; Bochy remains optimistic

A day after Tim Lincecum left Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium because of tightness in his back, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was decidedly upbeat about the extent of the injury, which occurred during the veteran right-hander's first outing of the postseason.


10/23/2014 | Giants' success a testament to Sabean's blueprint

A ballclub's general manager is often referred to as its architect. In that sense, Brian Sabean has built something enduring in San Francisco, at least as much as the fragile nature of the game's success allows him to do.


10/23/2014 | In first five years, Posey evoking legendary backstops

It doesn't take an expert in the art of catching to realize that Buster Posey is a special player off to a rare start to his Major League career. Two World Series rings with a third hanging in the balance are testament to his leadership qualities, both behind and beside the plate. Doesn't take a genius to figure out that's something special, something historic after just five years.


10/23/2014 | 1985 Royals found motivation in being written off

The Royals have endured comparison after comparison to the 1985 World Series champions, but in at least one respect, the current club may have a leg up on the team from 29 years ago.


10/23/2014 | Longtime scout Provas passes away after battle with cancer

Paul Provas, who was a valuable part of the White Sox organization since the 1993 season, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 63 after a battle with brain cancer.


10/23/2014 | Baseball to Stand Up To Cancer during Game 3

Major League Baseball will dedicate Game 3 of the 110th World Series on Friday to advancing the fight against cancer and specifically to help Stand Up To Cancer -- empowering a population of fans and Fall Classic participants who all share a goal of eradicating this disease in our lifetimes.


10/23/2014 | Batter up: Royals pitchers ready to take hacks

With the World Series shifting to National League rules in San Francisco, Royals pitchers will have a chance to dig their spikes into the batter's box and take some swings over the next three games.


10/23/2014 | Russell homers in his final Fall League at-bat

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell -- the fifth-ranked prospect in baseball -- saw his stint in the Arizona Fall League come to an abrupt end Thursday, but he made sure to leave a lasting impression.


10/23/2014 | D-backs hire assistant GM Minniti from Nationals

The D-backs continued filling out their baseball operations department Thursday by hiring Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Mike Russell as special assistant to senior vice president of baseball operations.


10/23/2014 | Mets tab Long as hitting coach

The Mets did not need to look far to find their new hitting coach, taking him from just across town. The team on Thursday announced that recently dismissed Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long will fill that role for them in 2015. Long replaces Lamar Johnson, who took over when the Mets dismissed Dave Hudgens in May.


10/23/2014 | Hart will bring swagger to Atlanta

John Hart seemingly has it all. Great family, great golf swing, great clothes, great tan, great legacy in the front-office fraternity. And up until recently, he had great flexibility to enjoy all of these things at his own pace. But Hart also has great baseball insight and a great competitive fire. And these are the traits his good friend John Schuerholz leveraged in convincing Hart to take on this greater role and greater challenge with the Atlanta Braves.


10/23/2014 | O'Neil's legacy carrying on through Royals

Throughout the Royals' frenetic playoff run, one that was void of a loss until Game 1 of the World Series, one comment kept coming up in conversation among those familiar with Kansas City baseball: Buck woulda loved this.


10/23/2014 | Phils re-sign Sizemore to boost outfield depth

The Phillies need outfielders, and they believe Grady Sizemore can help in some fashion in 2015. They announced Thursday they have signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract.




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