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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.
10/10/2014 A.J. Pierzynski, C (StL) The San Francisco Giants expect to add Michael Morse to the roster for the NL Championship Series, while the St. Louis Cardinals strengthened their bench by including catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Pierzynski replaces lefty reliever Sam Freeman on the Cardinals roster. Manager Mike Matheny said Pierzynski gave the team an experienced bat off the bench, and a third catcher that allows for use of backup Tony Cruz. ''It's more so what A.J. brings more than anything else,'' Matheny said.
10/10/2014 Michael Morse, LF (SF) The San Francisco Giants expect to add Michael Morse to the roster for the NL Championship Series.

Analysis: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Morse looked good playing in the instructional league, saying that he had homered. Morse was en route to St. Louis, where the best-of-seven series starts Saturday night.
10/10/2014 J.J. Hardy, SS (Bal) Hardy can earn $54.8 million over four years in his new contract with the Baltimore Orioles. The shortstop, who could have become a free agent, is guaranteed $40 million over three seasons in Thursday's deal: $11.5 million next year, $12.5 million in 2016 and $14 million in 2017.

Analysis: His agreement includes a $14 million team option for 2018 with a $2 million buyout. The option would become guaranteed if he has 600 plate appearances in 2017 or 1,150 in 2016 and 2017 combined, and if he passes a physical at the end of the 2017 season. Hardy can earn $700,000 annually in performance bonuses: $350,000 each for 125 and 135 games started. The performance bonuses are payable on the July 1 four years after the season in which they are earned.
10/9/2014 Chris Davis, 1B (Bal) Davis won't be playing in the AL Championship Series for the Baltimore Orioles.

Analysis: Manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that Davis will be omitted from the 25-man roster, which must be submitted on Friday morning before the Orioles host the Kansas City Royals in Game 1. The only way Davis could play if the ALCS reaches six games is if he replaces an injured teammate on the roster.
10/9/2014 J.J. Hardy, SS (Bal) Hardy says he's close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension.

Analysis: Hardy's current contract expires at the end of this season. He earned $21 million over the past three years. The 32-year-old Hardy batted .268 with nine homers in 141 games this season, then went 3 for 10 in Baltimore's three-game sweep of Detroit in the AL Division Series.
10/9/2014 Lance Lynn, P (StL) Lynn will work Game 2 of the NLCS.

Analysis: Manager Mike Matheny said before the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS Game 4 clincher that Lynn was available on regular rest if Adam Wainwright couldn't go.
10/9/2014 Adam Wainwright, P (StL) The St. Louis Cardinals are sticking with the same rotation that clicked in the first round of the postseason and ace Adam Wainwright is set to pitch Game 1 of the National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants.

Analysis: Wainwright did not pitch well against the Dodgers and now gets another West Coast opponent to test his mettle.
10/8/2014 Josh Beckett, P (LAD) Beckett announced his retirement Wednesday, ending a 14-year career.

Analysis: Beckett, facing surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip that caused him to miss most of the last three months of the season, has retired at 34, ending a career that included two World Series championships and a no-hitter. Beckett had a career record of 138-106 and a 3.88 ERA. He won the World Series with the Marlins in 2003 and Red Sox in 2007.
10/8/2014 Alfredo Marte, LF (LAA) The Los Angeles Angels have designated outfielder Brennan Boesch and catcher John Buck for assignment. The AL West champions made the moves while claiming outfielders Roger Kieschnick and Marte off waivers from Arizona on Tuesday.

Analysis: Marte batted .170 in 44 games for Arizona this season, but excelled with Triple-A Reno. He served a 50-game suspension in 2011 for a positive drug test.
10/8/2014 Roger Kieschnick, LF (LAA) The Los Angeles Angels have designated outfielder Brennan Boesch and catcher John Buck for assignment. The AL West champions made the moves while claiming Kieschnick and Alfredo Marte off waivers from Arizona on Tuesday.

Analysis: Kieschnick batted .195 in 25 games this season with the Diamondbacks, who claimed him off waivers from San Francisco in April. He spent most of the season in the minors.
10/8/2014 John Buck, C (LAA) The Los Angeles Angels have designated outfielder Brennan Boesch and Buck for assignment.

Analysis: Buck signed with the Angels in July, but appeared in only five games.
10/8/2014 Brennan Boesch, RF (LAA) The Los Angeles Angels have designated Boesch and catcher John Buck for assignment.

Analysis: Boesch batted .187 in 27 games during his first season with the Angels, playing mostly with Triple-A Salt Lake.
10/7/2014 Yasiel Puig, RF (LAD) Puig is not in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup for Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

Analysis: Puig struck out seven consecutive times before he tripled and scored the tying run in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss on Monday night, which gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. He is batting .250 in the series, going 3 for 12, with eight strikeouts.
10/7/2014 Daniel Norris, P (Tor) Norris underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove bone spurs and loose bodies in his pitching elbow.

Analysis: The 21-year-old will need at least six weeks of recovery time and is expected to be ready for spring training. Norris had a 5.40 ERA in one start and four relief appearances during a late-season call-up, when he allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings. He was 12-2 with a 2.53 ERA this year at three minor-league levels, including 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in five games at Triple-A Buffalo.
10/6/2014 Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD) The Los Angeles Dodgers will go to ace Clayton Kershaw on three days' rest in Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Analysis: Manager Don Mattingly made the announcement Monday before Game 3 in a best-of-five series tied at a game apiece. He added he ''pretty much knew'' before the series started. Kershaw is set to pitch Tuesday night. Mattingly said Zack Greinke would start a potential Game 5.
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