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|10/22/2014||Jared Burton, P (Min)||The Minnesota Twins have declined their $3.6 million option for 2015 on Burton, who gets a $200,000 buyout and becomes eligible for free agency after the World Series.
Analysis: The 33-year-old had a stellar 2012 season for the Twins, posting a 2.18 ERA in 64 appearances with an opponent batting average of .186. But he regressed the last two years, with his walks going up and his strikeouts going down. Burton went 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 68 games this season while losing his spot as the primary setup man.
|10/22/2014||James Shields, P (KC)||Shields recorded just nine outs in Tuesday's World Series opener, a 7-1 home loss to San Francisco.
Analysis: "Big Game James" has hardly lived up to his nickname in the postseason. He's 3-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 10 career starts there and is 1-1 with a 7.11 ERA in four playoff starts this year. He was charged with five runs and seven hits while throwing 71 pitches Tuesday.
|10/22/2014||Madison Bumgarner, P (SF)||Bumgarner was superb in the World Series again with a 7-1 victory in Tuesday's opener of this year's Fall Classic against Kansas City.
Analysis: Bumgarner gave up one run and three hits in seven innings to improve to 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA in three career World Series starts. He's 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA in five games this postseason and had a record streak of 32 2-3 scoreless innings in road playoff contests snapped Tuesday.
|10/22/2014||Dan Haren, P (LAD)||Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday.
Analysis: The Dodgers said the 30-minute procedure on Haren's non-throwing shoulder was to clean out bursitis and the AC joint. He will begin his rehab in a week and is expected to be ready by spring training. The 34-year-old right-hander had a 13-11 record with a 4.02 ERA this season.
|10/21/2014||Jerome Williams, P (Phi)||Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Analysis: Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. He also pitched for Houston last year and was 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 37 games with all three teams. He made 11 starts overall. The 32-year-old Williams has pitched for seven teams in his nine-year career. He's 48-54 with a 4.40 ERA in 192 games.
|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.
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