BASEBALL 10-16-14 NEWS
- 2014 postseason schedule: Start times, TV listings
- Royals complete ALCS sweep, reach World Series
- Giants rally to down Cardinals, take 3-1 NLCS lead
- Royals owner says GM Moore is 'absolutely' staying
- Better equipped to advance: Cards or Giants?
- WATCH NOW Royals fan scares local reporter
- Despite Friedman's exit, Maddon staying with Rays
- Royals' Guthrie sorry over 'O's Ain't Royal' T-shirt
- Selig says he has no regrets on commissioner job
- Report: Braves interim GM Hart rejects full-time offer
- Rangers decline $13.5M option on OF Rios for '15
- WATCH NOW Moustakas' great catch in K.C. stands
- Dodgers hire Friedman as president of baseball ops
- AL, NLCS predictions: SI's experts make their picks
- 2014 playoff previews: Team capsules and analysis
BASEBALL 9-25-14 NEWS
- Division and wild-card standings as of September 25
- Kershaw, Dodgers sink Giants to clinch NL West title
- SI cover: Retiring Jeter talks career and personal life
- Tigers defeat White Sox, secure spot in postseason
- Twins' Hughes sets single-season K/BB ratio record
- Orioles top Yankees, eliminate NY from postseason
- Seattle falls in fifth straight game, fading fast in WC
- Cubs' Arrieta downs Cards with arm, two-run triple
- Angels defeat Athletics, close in on AL's best record
- Day after earning playoff berth, Pirates fall to Braves
- Olbermann: Derek Jeter not among 10 best Yankees
- Mets shutting down rookie deGrom before final start
- Will Gonzalez follow GM Wren out door in Atlanta?
- LaRoche doesn't expect to return to Nationals in '15
- How Dodgers' Haren made $10.5M on one pitch
07:47 AM ET 04.03 | Brian Wilson became the first to say it publicly. The Dodgers' stint as baseball ambassadors is probably responsible -- directly or indirectly -- for the injuries that have landed both Wilson and Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list. Wilson admitted as much Wednesday when he said the nerve irritation in his surgically repaired elbow started bothering him in spring training, most likely as a result of trying to ramp up his throwing program in anticipation of the early start to the season March 22 in Australia. "The other day should have been March 15 for me and a spring training game and no one would have cared," said Wilson, who blew the save in the Dodgers' loss Sunday night in San Diego. "It would have been fine and I'd still have two weeks and this wouldn't be happening."
07:24 AM ET 03.20 | Tick-tock. It's getting close to decision time in the Mets bullpen. When the Mets reconvene Thursday at Tradition Field after a day off, manager Terry Collins will have an eye on finding the final pieces to a bullpen that has provided plenty of headaches in recent seasons. As it stands -- barring injuries -- Bobby Parnell, Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde, Scott Rice and Carlos Torres have footholds on jobs, with Vic Black and John Lannan the favorites to claim the final two spots. But Kyle Farnsworth and Gonzalez Germen remain in contention for jobs, with Jenrry Mejia expected to stay a starter and begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas. "Nine guys vying for those [seven] spots, and they're going to be getting a lot of pitching," Collins said. "It's time to play it like we're getting ready for the season."
07:23 AM ET 03.13 | Ryne Sandberg may be trying to send veteran Jimmy Rollins a little message this spring. Sandberg was asked whether anything was going on with Rollins after Wednesday's game in Sarasota. "No, he's fine," Sandberg said. Freddy Galvis started at shortstop and had a triple. He is 4 for 27 (.148) on the spring with a triple and a homer. Rollins is 2 for 15 (.133). Sandberg likes competition within a team. Given that, he was asked whether Galvis could be creeping up on Rollins, the Phillies starter at shortstop for 13 seasons. "Freddy's a guy that will get playing time at various positions," Sandberg said. ... "The biggest thing I like is his energy and his positive influence, his positive influence on everyone around him." Sandberg was asked what he would say about Rollins in that regard. "No comment."
07:55 AM ET 03.06 | Spring, in addition to being a time for optimism, is also a time for some experimentation. As a way to maximize David Wright's run-producing chances and generally stimulate the Mets' offense, Terry Collins told The Post he is considering hitting his pitchers eighth on occasion. "I think both [Wright and Curtis Granderson] are RBI guys," Collins said. "My thought is: How do we get them more RBI chances and also give David, in particular, chances to drive in runs. It is a possibility I might try [hitting the pitcher eighth.] I don't know that I will, but I might." Collins talked about the strategy with Tony La Russa, who while managing deployed it most often. The philosophy: You want your best hitter to bat in the first inning, so you install him third rather than cleanup.
Gomes points out Yankees' remaining flaws
07:36 AM ET 01.23 | Jonny Gomes has taken the occasion of a wide-ranging interview to give his take on the Yankees' $500 million offseason shopping spree, which included Masahiro Tanaka. "People can go out and sign whoever they want right now. I mean, boxing rules, we still have the belt. ... I tell you what, (Yankees GM Brian) Cashman and (manager Joe) Girardi are about as professional as they get in the pinstripe organization. They run a pretty tight camp. It's kind of interesting, though -- $500 million and still, some questions. You've got (catcher Brian) McCann who hasn't been in the American League before. The pitcher (Tanaka) who hasn't pitched a game over here. They've got some guys playing different positions. They've got some true professionals over there. They've got some guys coming back."
07:35 AM ET 01.16 | On
Wednesday, Hal Steinbrenner said he has spoken recently with Casey Close, the
agent for Masahiro Tanaka, to express the Yankees' interest,
and he knows he's not alone. "I think a lot of teams are interested,"
Steinbrenner, the Yankees' managing
general partner, said at the Major League Baseball quarterly owners meetings.
"This is a great, young pitcher. I'm sure he'll come here and do great
things with someone. We certainly have an interest. I believe we need another
starter. But we'll see what happens." Close, who also represents Yankeescaptain Derek Jeter, has ordered clubs to maintain virtual
radio silence; Steinbrenner wouldn't even address the question of whether Yankees officials
met with Tanaka during his visit to the United States last week.
Angels near one-year deal with IbanezVeteran slugger connected on 29 home runs for Mariners in 2013
Chavez, D-backs agree on one-year contractInfielder batted .281 last season with club, provides lefty bat off bench
Hot Stove roundup: Rox-Tribe deal leads active dayVeteran Stubbs to patrol Coors Field outfield; Colorado parts with Outman
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