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|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.
|10/6/2014||Joseph Ortiz, P (ChC)||The Chicago Cubs have claimed left-hander Joseph Ortiz off waivers from the Texas Rangers.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Ortiz missed much of last season due to a broken left foot. He was limited to 15 minor league appearances after he went 2-2 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 games for Texas in 2013. The Cubs announced the move on Monday, which fills out their 40-man roster.
|10/5/2014||Alex Avila, C (Det)||Avila has left Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Baltimore after taking a foul tip off the mask.
Analysis: Avila, who has had concussion problems in the past, was hit by a ball off the bat of Steve Pearce in the sixth inning Sunday. Trainer Kevin Rand came out to check on Avila, who eventually walked off the field to a nice ovation from the Detroit crowd. Bryan Holaday replaced Avila behind the plate.
|10/5/2014||Salvador Perez, C (KC)||Perez said he felt "dizzy" and "foggy" after taking a blow to the head during Game 2 of the AL Division Series, even though he remained in the game.
Analysis: Speaking before Game 3 on Sunday night, Perez said Royals manager Ned Yost and trainer Nick Kenney asked him a series of questions and made sure he was OK before letting him to continue. The Royals won 4-1 in 11 innings, putting them on the brink of sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in their best-of-five series.
|10/5/2014||Rajai Davis, LF (Det)||Davis is out of the starting lineup Sunday for Game 3 of their AL Division Series against Baltimore.
Analysis: Davis has been dealing with a pelvic strain, and Detroit is starting Don Kelly in his place in center field. The Tigers trail the best-of-five series 2-0. Manager Brad Ausmus says he was concerned about starting Davis and potentially having to pull him out of the game. He says Davis is available as a substitute.
|10/3/2014||Jose Fernandez, P (Mia)||Fernandez's recovery from elbow-reconstruction surgery is turning another corner, with the Miami Marlins' ace now starting a throwing program. He made 25 tosses on Friday, the second throwing session of a rehab project that is still a long way from being finished.
Analysis: He needed about five minutes to complete the 25 throws to Marlins athletic trainer Sean Cunningham, who winced occasionally as Fernandez's throws from about 30 to 45 feet neared his glove.
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