John Hart takes permanent role in Braves' FO
Fredi Gonzalez | ATL
(October 23, 2014 10:33 AM EDT)
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that John Hart will be named the Braves' president of baseball operations.
Hart had been serving as the Braves' interim general manager since the September 22 firing of Frank Wren and will now take a permanent role in Atlanta's front office. Hart is the former general manager of the Indians and Rangers. He also served as an in-studio analyst for a couple of years on MLB Network. The Braves still need to name a new GM, and that person will work directly under Hart.
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Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Pirates sign Josh Stinson to minors contract
Josh Stinson | PIT
(October 23, 2014 10:11 AM EDT)
Pirates signed RHP Josh Stinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Stinson posted a rough 6.23 ERA in 13 innings of relief this season for the Orioles and owns a 4.47 ERA for his career. The 26-year-old right-hander is doubtful to land a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen.
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Bill Brink on Twitter
Adam Lind drawing interest from other teams
Adam Lind | TOR
(October 23, 2014 9:49 AM EDT)
According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have received calls about Adam Lind.
"I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams," an unnamed executive told the Sun. "I’ve heard three or four clubs." Lind struggles mightily against left-handed pitching, but he mashes righties and is only due $7.5 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 (via a pair of club options). That relatively low price tag makes him an attractive trade target for teams that want to upgrade offensively but won't be able to compete for the bigger bats on the open market this winter.
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Toronto Sun
Colabello to undergo tests on right thumb
Chris Colabello | MIN
(October 23, 2014 9:32 AM EDT)
Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo X-rays and an MRI on his right thumb this week.
Colabello has been bothered by discomfort in the thumb since getting jammed by a Grant Balfour pitch on April 23 in Tampa Bay. That set off an 8-for-73 slump, and he finished the 2014 season with a rough .229/.282/.380 slash line. It's not clear how Colabello fits into the Twins' plans for 2015. There's talk that he might be shopped to a Korean team.
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St. Paul Pioneer Press
Lincecum leaves Game 2 with back tightness
Tim Lincecum | SF
(October 22, 2014 11:51 PM EDT)
Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's World Series Game 2 with lower back tightness.
Lincecum threw a pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately knew something was wrong, walking off with a trainer without much resistance. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't think it's a big deal, telling reporters, "We think he'll be fine." The club will know more on Thursday. It's possible that Lincecum could be available as soon as Friday's Game 3 in San Francisco.
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San Francisco Giants on Twitter
Infante delivers two-run homer in Game 2 win
Omar Infante | KC
(October 22, 2014 11:46 PM EDT)
Omar Infante went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in a World Series Game 2 win over the Giants on Wednesday.
Infante was one of the Royals' worst offensive performers during the regular season, but he came up big in Game 2. He doubled and scored the Royals' second run in the second inning, and his two-run blast off Hunter Strickland capped a five-run sixth inning that decided the outcome of the game. The homer was his first in 145 career postseason at-bats. It was a good time for it, as the Royals needed a split to stand a chance heading to San Francisco for a three-game set that starts Friday.
Blanco's leadoff homer not enough for Giants
Gregor Blanco | SF
(October 22, 2014 11:44 PM EDT)
Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff home run in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series, but it wasn't enough to get the Giants a win.
Blanco turned around a Yordano Ventura 98 mph fastball on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, sending it over the right field wall to give the Giants the early lead. To say it was unexpected is an understatement, as Blanco has just 15 homers in 1,948 regular season at-bats in his career. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk, and the Giants head back home tied 1-1 in the series.
Perez comes through with two-run double in G2
Salvador Perez | KC
(October 22, 2014 11:40 PM EDT)
Salvador Perez came up with a big two-run double in the Royals' win in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Perez was just 5-for-39 in his first postseason before coming up with two runners on in the sixth inning. He changed that by smashing a Hunter Strickland pitch to the left-center gap, scoring both runs and winding up at second base. Perez later scored on an Omar Infante home run. The big hit came a day after Perez took Madison Bumgarner out for the Royals' only run in the Game 1 loss. If Perez gets going at the plate, it could mean good things for the Royals going forward.
Ventura goes 5 1/3 innings in Game 2 start
Yordano Ventura | KC
(October 22, 2014 11:39 PM EDT)
Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Ventura came out throwing smoke, and it bit him early when Gregor Blanco turned on a 98 mph fastball for a leadoff homer. But the 23-year-old wasn't rattled, allowing just one more run over the rest of his time. Two singles in the sixth inning -- a soft liner to center and an infield single -- prompted manager Ned Yost to call on his bullpen, but Kelvin Herrera escaped without harm to save Ventura from a worse fate. The rookie acquitted himself well in his first World Series start, and he'll likely start a potential Game 6 should the series require it.
Peavy once again can't make it out of sixth
Jake Peavy | SF
(October 22, 2014 11:38 PM EDT)
Jake Peavy once again failed to last six innings in a postseason start, allowing four runs over five-plus innings in a loss to the Royals in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series.
Peavy entered the sixth inning tied 2-2 and having thrown just 57 pitches, but after a Lorenzo Cain leadoff single and an Eric Hosmer walk manager Bruce Bochy decided he'd seen enough. The Royals scored five runs in the inning, including both of Peavy's inherited runners, saddling him with the loss. The start was Peavy's eighth postseason start in his career, and he hasn't completed six innings in any of those eight starts. Even so, Peavy won a ring with the Red Sox last year and has a shot at another this season if the Giants can prevail. Peavy may have a shot at affecting that outcome if the series goes to a Game 6.

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