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10/18/2014 Madison Bumgarner, P (SF) Bumgarner will pitch the World Series opener for the San Francisco Giants at Kansas City on Tuesday.

Analysis: Bumgarner, an 18-game winner, was voted NL Championship Series MVP as the Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals in five games.
10/17/2014 Travis Ishikawa, 1B (SF) Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

Analysis: Ishikawa, called up from the minors July 29, went 5 for 13 with three extra-base hits and seven RBIs in the NL championship series. He played in the 2010 World Series with the Giants, who will seek their third title in five years.
10/17/2014 Madison Bumgarner, P (SF) Bumgarner has been chosen MVP of the NL Championship Series after his latest display of postseason poise for the San Francisco Giants.

Analysis: Bumgarner tossed eight solid innings Thursday night in Game 5 and took home MVP honors after the Giants rallied for a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Travis Ishikawa's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. The big left-hander also pitched shutout ball in a Game 1 win at St. Louis, getting the Giants off to a fast start in a best-of-seven series they won 4-1. Now, they're headed to the World Series for the third time in five years.
10/16/2014 Tony Cruz, C (StL) Cruz is in the St. Louis lineup for Game 5 of the NL Championship Series with the Cardinals facing elimination by the San Francisco Giants. A.J. Pierzynski caught the previous two games in place of injured star Yadier Molina and went 1 for 6 with an RBI single Wednesday.

Analysis: Cruz is in to face a lefty starter in Madison Bumgarner and to catch ace Adam Wainwright's tough curveball. Molina is missing his third straight start Thursday night after two losses at AT&T Park. He strained his left oblique muscle during Sunday's Game 2 at Busch Stadium.
10/16/2014 David Ortiz, DH (Bos) Ortiz will return to the World Series as an analyst for Fox. The network said Thursday that the Red Sox slugger will be on the pre- and postgame shows for Games 1 and 2. He'll appear alongside Frank Thomas, Nick Swisher and Gabe Kapler on the set.

Analysis: "Big Papi" won a World Series ring with Boston last year, and has a .455 batting average in 14 career World Series game. Game 1 will be played Tuesday at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.
10/15/2014 Lorenzo Cain, CF (KC) Cain has been selected MVP of the AL Championship Series after helping the Kansas City Royals to a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

Analysis: Along with making a series of splendid defensive plays in center field, Cain had eight hits in the series, matching the franchise record for an ALCS set by Willie Wilson in 1985 against Toronto. Cain matched a Royals record with four hits in Game 2 on Saturday, and scored Kansas City's first run in Game 3 on Tuesday night. He also laid down a key sacrifice bunt - the first of his career - that helped the Royals take a 2-0 lead in the first inning Wednesday.
10/15/2014 Mike Napoli, 1B (Bos) Napoli will have surgery to treat a sleeping disorder.

Analysis: The disorder occurs when someone briefly stops breathing during sleep. It can disrupt sleep, leading to fatigue. The surgery involves repositioning the jaws and sometimes the tongue to keep the windpipe from becoming obstructed. A year after helping the Red Sox win the World Series, Napoli batted .248 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs this season while fighting injuries to his finger, toe, knee and back.
10/15/2014 Alex Rios, RF (Tex) Rios will become a free agent after the World Series.

Analysis: After Wednesday's decision, Texas could still work out another deal for Rios to return next season. Rios hit .280 with four home runs and 54 RBIs in 131 games this year. He sprained his left ankle in August and didn't play after Sept. 4 because of an infected thumb.
10/15/2014 Mark Guthrie, P (TB) Guthrie apologized on Twitter to the Orioles for wearing a T-shirt to his post-game news conference Tuesday night that read, "These O's Ain't Royal."

Analysis: Guthrie wore the shirt, a twist on the Chris Brown song "Loyal," after Kansas City beat his former team 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven AL Championship Series.
10/14/2014 Miguel Gonzalez, P (Bal) Baltimore will give the ball to Gonzalez for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

Analysis: Gonzalez will start for Baltimore for the first time since Sept. 28, his final outing of the regular season.
10/14/2014 Jason Vargas, P (KC) The Royals are sticking with Vargas for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

Analysis: Vargas will be pitching for the first time since the Royals beat the Angels in the AL Division Series on Oct. 2.
10/14/2014 Roger Bernadina, CF (LAD) Bernadina has elected to become a free agent.

Analysis: He split this season between Cincinnati and Los Angeles, where he played in nine games and batted .286 with the Dodgers. He hit .153 in 44 games with the Reds. He was removed from the Dodgers' roster on Tuesday.
10/14/2014 A.J. Pierzynski, C (StL) Pierzynski will start at catcher in place of the injured Yadier Molina for the St. Louis Cardinals in the third game of the NL Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Analysis: Pierzynski has experience catching Game 3 starter John Lackey when the two were teammates in Boston.
10/13/2014 Stephen Fife, P (LAD) The Dodgers have reinstated Fife from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted him to the team's Triple-A roster.

Analysis: Fife made one start for the Dodgers this season and pitched in 11 games for Triple-A Albuquerque before undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 13.
10/13/2014 Yadier Molina, C (StL) A.J. Pierzynski will start at catcher in place of the injured Molina for the St. Louis Cardinals in the third game of the NL Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Analysis: Molina had started the past 83 postseason games for the Cardinals, since current manager Mike Matheny was behind the plate for Game 3 of the 2004 World Series against Boston. Molina strained his left oblique in St. Louis' win in Game 2 of the series and was replaced by Tony Cruz. Pierzynski is getting the nod despite not being on the division series roster.
10/11/2014 Yordano Ventura, P (KC) Ventura has left Saturday's playoff game against the Orioles because of tightness in his pitching shoulder.

Analysis: Ventura was facing Caleb Joseph in the sixth inning when he winced and walked off the mound after throwing a pitch. After a quick visit from the Kansas City trainer, Ventura left the game and was replaced by Brandon Finnegan. Back in May, Ventura was led off the field by a trainer because of a sore elbow in the third inning of a start against Houston. An MRI exam at the time did not show any major damage, but Ventura missed his next scheduled start.
10/10/2014 Brandon Moss, 1B (Oak) Moss is set for surgery on his right hip.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Moss played a career-high 147 games this season, batting .234 with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs. He played 67 games at first base and 56 of his 84 games in the outfield in left field. He was bothered by the hip at times through the season and struggled late in the year. He also received a cortisone shot.
10/10/2014 Stephen Vogt, C (Oak) Vogt said he would have a procedure to repair a ruptured plantar plate.

Analysis: Vogt, 29, began the season with Triple-A Sacramento before playing his first game with Oakland on June 1 and remaining in the majors the rest of the way. He batted .279 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs in a career-best 84 games. Vogt didn't catch again after July 7.
10/10/2014 Matt Albers, P (Hou) The Houston Astros have declined a $3 million team option for right-hander reliever Matt Albers.

Analysis: The team will pay $200,000 to buy out the contract of Albers, who appeared in eight games this year before missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
10/10/2014 Ed Lucas, 2B (Tex) The Texas Rangers have acquired infielder Ed Lucas from the Miami Marlins on a waiver claim.

Analysis: The Rangers got the 32-year-old Lucas on Friday. Lucas hit .251 with one home run and nine RBIs in 69 games for Miami last season. He played all four infield spots, and also saw time in left field and right field.
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