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|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.
|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.
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