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Game Over: The 2016 Boston Red Sox (Big League Stew)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:46:25 PDT

Sorry, Boston Red Sox, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that’s furnished with David Ortiz’s retirement gifts.

Game Over: The 2016 Texas Rangers (Big League Stew)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:36:28 PDT

Sorry, Texas Rangers, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that doesn’t care one iota about run differential.

Game Over: The 2016 Seattle Mariners (Big League Stew)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:57:37 PDT

Sorry, Seattle Mariners, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And if Bowser is in that castle, it would be the most on-brand one of these we’ve done.

Game Over: The 2016 Houston Astros (Big League Stew)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:25:42 PDT

Sorry, Houston Astros, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Well, that, or maybe Colby Rasmus got there first and is off somewhere throwing an epic celebration party without you.

Game Over: The 2016 Kansas City Royals (Big League Stew)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:03:00 PDT

Sorry, Kansas City Royals, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Probably the same one you left it in last year before losing the key.

Injured pitcher Liriano replaced on Blue Jays roster (Reuters)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 12:22:20 PDT

(The Sports Xchange) - Pitcher Francisco Liriano was replaced on the Toronto Blue Jays roster for the remainder of the American League Division Series (ALDS). Liriano is likely to be re-evaluated daily by the Blue Jays with the expectation that he could be back within a week. The Dominican Republic native was injured in the eighth inning of Friday's ALDS Game Two against the Texas Rangers when he was hit in the back of the head or neck area by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Gomez.

Baseball-Injured pitcher Liriano replaced on Blue Jays roster (Reuters)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 12:20:56 PDT

Pitcher Francisco Liriano was replaced on the Toronto Blue Jays roster for the remainder of the American League Division Series (ALDS). Liriano is likely to be re-evaluated daily by the Blue Jays with the expectation that he could be back within a week. The Dominican Republic native was injured in the eighth inning of Friday's ALDS Game Two against the Texas Rangers when he was hit in the back of the head or neck area by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Gomez.

Game Over: The 2016 New York Yankees (Big League Stew)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:56:10 PDT

Sorry, New York Yankees, your World Series trophy is in another castle. A castle likely owned by Derek Jeter.

Game Over: The 2016 Baltimore Orioles (Big League Stew)

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 16:30:00 PDT

Sorry, Baltimore Orioles, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Maybe call the bullpen to see if your lonely closer has seen it.

Hanley Ramirez guarantees Red Sox will return to Cleveland for Game 5 (Big League Stew)

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:22:54 PDT

Less than 24 hours after their postseason started, the Boston Red Sox were pushed to the brink of elimination on Friday by the short-handed Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox suffered back-to-back losses at Progressive Field — with aces Rick Porcello and David Price on the hill, no less — which means they’ll have to overcome a 2-0 deficit to win the best-of-five American League Division Series. Despite the fact they’re headed home for two games, the odds are clearly not in the Red Sox favor. Just don’t tell that to Hanley Ramirez, who despite going 0-for-4 in Game 2 remained supremely confident in himself and the Red Sox abilities to return to Cleveland for a Game 5 next Wednesday.

Game Over: The 2016 New York Mets (Big League Stew)

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:57:07 PDT

Sorry, New York Mets, your World Series trophy is in another castle. In fact, rumor has it that it’s receiving treatment in the trainer’s room.

Team Roundup: Twins (Rotoworld)

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:38:00 PDT

Drew Silva recaps the Twins' miserable 2016 with a fantasy baseball slant.

LEADING OFF: O's, Jays swing away in Toronto (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:59:44 PDT

Offense is expected when the Orioles and Blue Jays play the AL wild-card game in Toronto. The pitching matchup favors the O's. Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman was 1-2 with a 7.04 ERA in four starts against Baltimore this season, while Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA in four starts against Toronto.

Yankees figure to keep getting younger in offseason (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:06:22 PDT

There were two celebrations at Yankee Stadium during the season's final week - both in the visitors' clubhouse. This is not what New York and its fans are accustomed to. The Yankees like to spend the season wondering how deep they will go in the postseason, not whether they will reach it.

MLB managers on the hot seat: Walt Weiss and Chip Hale fired, who's next? (Big League Stew)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:18:32 PDT

The regular season might be over, but the real fun is just beginning for any club that didn’t make the postseason. When things don’t go your way in baseball, people get fired. The first to go was Colorado Rockies skipper Walt Weiss, who resigned his post after three seasons. The Arizona Diamondbacks then canned Chip Hale after two years, along with GM Dave Stewart.

Twins quickly move forward with new executive Derek Falvey (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:39:07 PDT

The day after their worst season in club history, the Minnesota Twins took a symbolic step forward. The Twins formally announced 33-year-old Cleveland Indians assistant general manager Derek Falvey would be their new executive vice president and chief baseball officer, charged with turning around a team that lost by far the most games (103) in the major leagues. ''I believe the addition of Derek Falvey to the Minnesota Twins will markedly enhance our organizational excellence and bring championship baseball back to Minnesota,'' Twins owner and chief executive officer Jim Pohlad said on Monday, in a prepared-yet-ambitious statement distributed by the Twins.

Blue Jays heading to post-season: Defining moments from the 2016 season (Eh Game)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:12:23 PDT

After Toronto endured more than two decades without October baseball, the Blue Jays have delivered on a post-season promise in back-to-back years. After an 89-73 regular season, the Jays will get at least one more when they take on the Baltimore Orioles in the American League wild-card game. Thanks to a season series win over the O's — who also finished with a 89-73 record — the Rogers Centre will play host to the do-or-die game that goes Tuesday night. The winner is off to the American League Division Series, where the Texas Rangers — well-known foes north of the border  – await. The loser is done, their playoffs done in a flash. The baseball season is a grind, and the Blue Jays experienced their fair share of ups and downs throughout the 162-game marathon this year. Before we get to the fateful wild-card game, let's take a look back at some defining moments from the Blue Jays 2016 season: May 15 – Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor punches Jose Bautista Dating back to last year’s ALDS, the Rangers and Blue Jays have had a contentious history with one another. The Rangers, who would lose that series three games to two, took particular issue with Jose Bautista’s infamous bat-flip that capped off a dramatic seventh inning of Game 5, and eventually led the Jays to victory. On May 15 this year — the last regular season meeting between the two — the Rangers made it known they didn’t appreciate Bautista’s playoff theatrics. In the eighth inning, reliever Matt Bush hit Bautista with a pitch. A few moments later, Bautista slid hard into second to break up a potential double play, which Rougned Odor didn’t take kindly to. The two quickly got into each others' faces — and Odor swiftly punched Bautista’s. The aftermath involved a bench-clearing brawl, a seven-game suspension for Odor and one for Bautista. The Internet feasts on GIF-able moments, and this one was like a Thanksgiving dinner for the meme-loving corner of the web. The photos, video and GIFs of the punch were shared all over and instantly became a contender for most memorable moment of the season, only a month and a half in. June 18 – Michael Saunders hits three home runs, 8 RBIs Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders enjoyed a productive first half, leading to the 29-year-old Canadian’s first all-star appearance of his career. Through the first half, Saunders was sporting a slash line of .298/.372/.559, which was good enough to be ranked among the top left-handed hitters in the majors. Through 81 games, he had 42 RBIs and 16 homers. Three of those homers — not to mention eight RBIs — came against the Orioles on June 18 in a 13-3 victory. Saunders hit three-run shots in the first and fourth inning and added a two-run homer in the sixth to total eight runs batted in. He became the fourth Canadian in major-league history to have a triple home run day. And in true Canadian fashion, some travelling Blue Jays fans tossed their hats on to the field when Saunders' third homer left the park. July 30 – Blue Jays take over first in the American League East As the defending American League East champions, the Blue Jays came into the season as the team to beat in the division. But things didn’t go as smoothly as they hoped, as they spent the majority of the first half chasing the top of the division, behind Baltimore and Boston. But on July 30, Blue Jays took over atop the AL East for the first time since early April after a 9-1 win against the Orioles. Cy Young contender J.A. Happ pitched a strong seven plus innings of one-run baseball. The offensive output was a full team effort, as well, [...]

Twins name Indians' Falvey to lead baseball operations (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:02:16 PDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins have named Cleveland Indians executive Derek Falvey to take over baseball operation, one day after wrapping up their worst season ever.

Weekend Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 23:46:28 PDT

Robin Ventura announced he will not return as manager of the White Sox next season. Speaking after Chicago's season-ending 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Ventura said it was ''a personal decision.'' He was in the last year of his contract. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that bench coach and former Cubs manager Rick Renteria will likely take over, but the team did not immediately announce a replacement.

Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's MLB games (Reuters)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:46:38 PDT

Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1 Troy Tulowitzki singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning to help the Toronto Blue Jays clinch an American League wildcard berth with the win over the Boston Red Sox. Toronto (89-73) claimed the top American League wildcard spot despite the Baltimore Orioles' win over the New York Yankees.

Robin Ventura announces he's out as White Sox manager (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:15:02 PDT

Robin Ventura has decided the success-starved South Siders need a new leader. Ventura announced Sunday he will not return as Chicago White Sox manager next season, insisting it was his decision and he wasn't pushed out due to a fourth consecutive losing season. Ventura was in the last year of his contract.

Buxton's inside-the-park HR fuels Twins over Sale, ChiSox (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:46:32 PDT

Although he had Byron Buxton lead off Sunday's season finale, Twins manager Paul Molitor said beforehand he doesn't envision the talented rookie as a top-of-the-lineup hitter just yet. Buxton hit the game's first pitch for an inside-the-park home run and Minnesota beat Chris Sale and the White Sox 6-3 in manager Robin Ventura's final game with Chicago. According to MLB's Statcast, it took Buxton just 14.05 seconds to circle the bases, the fastest since it began tracking in 2015.

Byron Buxton flies around the bases for 14-second inside-the-park homer (Big League Stew)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:15:58 PDT

Byron Buxton’s 2016 season wasn’t what the Minnesota Twins had hoped for. Buxton hit an inside-the-park homer on the first pitch of the Twins’ game against the Chicago White Sox. If you’ve never realized just how fast Buxton is, this proved it.

Twins' Buxton hits inside-the-park HR on 1st pitch of game (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 12:40:09 PDT

Minnesota Twins speedster Byron Buxton hit an inside-the-park home run on the first pitch of Sunday's game against the White Sox. Leading off for the first time this season, Buxton sent Chicago ace Chris Sale's 93 mph fastball to center field. Leury Garcia appeared to misjudge it as it carried toward the wall.

Baseball-Highlights of Saturday's MLB games (Reuters)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:55:43 PDT

Mets 5, Phillies 3 New York's James Loney got all of a 3-1 pitch in the sixth inning and sent a tiebreaking two-run homer over the fence in right field. The Mets never relinquished the advantage and clinched a 2016 National League wild-card berth with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. New York hosts the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Daily Dose: Blach Party (Rotoworld)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:03:00 PDT

Nate Grimm recaps Ty Blach's outing for the ages and discusses Craig Kimbrel's place in the Red Sox bullpen in Sunday's Daily Dose.

White Sox's Ventura faces reported swan song (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:43:02 PDT

Robin Ventura will possibly manage his final game for the White Sox -- and Chris Sale will audition one last time for the American League Cy Young Award -- on Sunday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox are expected to replace Ventura with bench coach and former Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday night. Ventura has a record of 375-434 in five seasons and is in the final year of his contract.

Buxton homers, Shields gets 19th loss; Twins beat White Sox (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 20:38:40 PDT

Far removed from the playoff races, James Shields was trying to avoid his 19th defeat this season while facing the 103-loss Minnesota Twins. It resulted in a rare night of smiles for Minnesota while confusion surrounded White Sox manager Robin Ventura's future. Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco each hit a two-run home run to send Shields to a major league high-tying 19th loss, and the Twins beat Chicago 6-0 on Saturday night.

Ventura declines to discuss report he's leaving White Sox (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 20:19:11 PDT

White Sox manager Robin Ventura declined to address a report that he will step down from the job and be replaced by bench coach Rick Renteria next season. In an odd scene after Chicago's 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night, general manager Rick Hahn declined interview requests and White Sox players claimed they hadn't heard about the report or Ventura's status. The Chicago Sun-Times reported during the game that Ventura, who is in the last year of his contract, would not return after five seasons and that Renteria, a former manager of the Chicago Cubs, would take over.

Game Over: The 2016 Miami Marlins (Big League Stew)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:51:59 PDT

Sorry, Miami Marlins, your World Series trophy is in another castle.