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10/30/2014 Madison Bumgarner, P (SF) Bumgarner capped off a performance for the ages and earned MVP honors Wednesday night, pitching five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 for their third World Series title in five seasons.

Analysis: Bumgarner earned a sensational save to go along with two sparkling wins as a starter in the Series. That on top of being MVP of the NL Championship Series and pitching a record 52 2-3 innings in this postseason. He went 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA in seven appearances in these playoffs and is 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA in five career World Series games.
10/28/2014 Kyle Zimmer, P (KC) Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer had surgery on his shoulder to remove damaged tissue, throwing his status for the start of next season into question.

Analysis: Tuesday's surgery was performed by New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek in New York. The Royals had hoped the 23-year-old Zimmer would be able to help them this season, but a series of injuries have curtailed his development. He was shut down in May with a lat injury.
10/28/2014 Justin Smoak, 1B (Tor) The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers.

Analysis: The 27-year-old Smoak appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, batting.202 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs.
10/27/2014 Oscar Taveras, RF (StL) Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Analysis: Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency. Taveras made his major league debut this year. He hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games for the Cardinals.
10/26/2014 Salvador Perez, C (KC) Perez has been moved up two spots to fifth in the Kansas City Royals' batting order for Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night.

Analysis: Perez will follow first baseman Eric Hosmer. Manager Ned Yost says he made the decision because left-hander Madison Bumgarner, the Game 1 winner, was San Francisco's starting pitcher.
10/26/2014 Joe Panik, 2B (SF) Panik was brilliant yet again Saturday night.

Analysis: Panik doubled twice and drove in two runs. Panik, an amazing story after he grew up in Hopewell Junction, New York, has eight career postseason RBIs - to put that into perspective, that's more than Mets star David Wright.
10/26/2014 Hunter Pence, RF (SF) Pence lit up the postseason yet again Saturday night.

Analysis: Pence was 3 for 5 with three RBIs to raise his World Series average to .467. He faces a favorable matchup Sunday in Game 5 against James 'Big Game' Shields.
10/25/2014 Liam Hendriks, P (KC) The Royals designated right-hander Liam Hendriks for assignment.

Analysis: Hendricks was acquired from Toronto on July 29 with catcher Erik Kratz for third baseman Danny Valencia, and he has not played since Sept. 23.
10/25/2014 Moises Sierra, RF (KC) Kansas City claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Analysis: Sierra hit .230 with two homers and 22 RBIs this year for Toronto and the White Sox.
10/25/2014 Jeurys Familia, P (NYM) Familia has undergone hernia surgery.

Analysis: The team said Dr. Bill Meyers operated to repair bilateral sports hernias on Friday in Philadelphia. Familia was en route to his home in the Dominican Republic, the Mets said Saturday. The 25-year-old was 2-5 with a 2.21 ERA and five saves in a team-high 76 pitching appearances this year.
10/24/2014 Jimmy Rollins, SS (Phi) Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins are the first co-winners of Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award. The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent the sport and is named for the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Analysis: Rollins developed JRoll's Aces in 2007 through The Rollins Family Foundation to provide tickets to children in disadvantaged areas who excel in academics.
10/24/2014 Paul Konerko, 1B (CWS) Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins are the first co-winners of Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award. The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent the sport and is named for the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Analysis: Konerko founded the "Bring Me Home Campaign," which also includes a pair of former teammates: retired great Jim Thome and the Los Angeles Angels' Gordon Beckham. The campaign says it has raised nearly $450,000 to assist foster children in Illinois.
10/24/2014 Adam Wainwright, P (StL) Wainwright has undergone what the team describes as minor elbow surgery that should not set him back for next season.

Analysis: The Cardinals say Friday's operation was an arthroscopic procedure to trim a small piece of cartilage from the right elbow. The 33-year-old Wainwright is expected to begin physical therapy in two weeks and resume his offseason throwing program in eight weeks. Wainwright went 20-9 with a career-low 2.38 ERA in 32 starts this season.
10/24/2014 Miguel Cabrera, 1B (Det) Cabrera has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture.

Analysis: Cabrera will be reevaluated in three months. The Tigers say the stress fracture was to the navicular bone. Cabrera dealt with ankle problems during the Tigers season, which ended with the team eliminated from the AL Division Series by Baltimore.
10/23/2014 Cesar Jimenez, P (Phi) The Phillies agreed to a one-year deal with Jimenez, they announced Thursday.

Analysis: Jimenez didn't record a decision and posted a 1.69 ERA over 16 innings for Philadelphia in 2014.
10/23/2014 Grady Sizemore, CF (Phi) The Phillies and Sizemore have agreed to a one year, $2 million contract. The team announced the contract, which includes performance bonuses, on Thursday. Sizemore would have been eligible for free agency after the World Series.

Analysis: Sizemore split the 2014 season between the Red Sox and Phillies, hitting .233 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 112 combined games. He hit .253 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 60 games for the Phillies.
10/23/2014 Tim Lincecum, P (SF) Lincecum is set to undergo treatment and further evaluation on his tight back once the team returns to AT&T Park.

Analysis: Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner says in a text message that ''he is doing OK'' and Lincecum will be checked out further. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was walked off the field by Groeschner during the eighth inning of San Francisco's 7-2 loss in Game 2 when his lower back tightened up on him. He hadn't pitched since Sept. 28, not called upon out of the bullpen during the NL Division Series against Atlanta or the NLCS versus St. Louis.
10/22/2014 Jared Burton, P (Min) The Minnesota Twins have declined their $3.6 million option for 2015 on Burton, who gets a $200,000 buyout and becomes eligible for free agency after the World Series.

Analysis: The 33-year-old had a stellar 2012 season for the Twins, posting a 2.18 ERA in 64 appearances with an opponent batting average of .186. But he regressed the last two years, with his walks going up and his strikeouts going down. Burton went 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 68 games this season while losing his spot as the primary setup man.
10/22/2014 James Shields, P (KC) Shields recorded just nine outs in Tuesday's World Series opener, a 7-1 home loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: "Big Game James" has hardly lived up to his nickname in the postseason. He's 3-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 10 career starts there and is 1-1 with a 7.11 ERA in four playoff starts this year. He was charged with five runs and seven hits while throwing 71 pitches Tuesday.
10/22/2014 Madison Bumgarner, P (SF) Bumgarner was superb in the World Series again with a 7-1 victory in Tuesday's opener of this year's Fall Classic against Kansas City.

Analysis: Bumgarner gave up one run and three hits in seven innings to improve to 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA in three career World Series starts. He's 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA in five games this postseason and had a record streak of 32 2-3 scoreless innings in road playoff contests snapped Tuesday.
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