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Dodgers Trade for Howie Kendrick, Sign Brandon McCarthy

The Los Angeles Dodgers added Howie Kendrick via trade with the Los Angeles Angels and signed free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy to  a four year deal worth $48 million. Earlier Wednesday night the Dodgers completed a blockbuster deal with the Miami Marlins that allowed them to add pitching prospect Andrew Heaney. They then shipped Heaney to the Marlins in exchange for Kendrick. Swapping out Dee Gordon for Howie Kendrick gives the Dodgers a substantial upgrade at the second base position, at least for 2015. The 31 year-old Kendrick is in... 
 

Chicago White Sox Sign David Robertson

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement on a four-year deal with free agent closer David Robertson. The deal will reportedly pay Robertson $46 million. Robertson immediately becomes the teams closer who had been had not has a named closer since since Addison Reed was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks last offseason. He was paid $5,215,000 million in 2014. The Yankees made a one-year qualifying offer of $15.3 million to Robertson for 2015, ensuring them draft-pick compensation if he signs with another team. However, that pick will be... 
 

Madison Bumgarner Gem Leads Giants In Rout of Mets

San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner twirled a two-hit gem and Hunter Pence homered twice to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 9-0 rout over the New York Mets. Bumgarner struck out 10 and walked one in his second career shutout, tossing just 94 pitches. Mets starter Bartolo Colon (10-9) was going for win No. 200 allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Pence’s two-run shot in the third was a line drive that went off the railing above the moved-in fence in left field and homered again in the ninth. Bumgarner helped his own... 
 

Felix Hernandez Dominates, Mariners Beat A’s 4-1

Felix Hernandez was on top of his game again. The Seattle Mariners starter hurled 8.1 innings against the Oakland Athletics, and the M’s moved to 4-1. After rolling through the Los Angeles Angels lineup his first time out, Hernandez mowed down the A’s Saturday. King Felix needed just 101 pitches to get through 8.1 innings, as he threw 72 of them for strikes. Jed Lowrie broke up his shutout bid, smacking a home run to right-center to lead off the 9th. Closer Fernando Rodney came on in the 9th to finish off the A’s, striking... 
 

Rays Down Blue Jays Behind Chris Archer, Evan Longoria

The Tampa Bay Rays bounced back to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Thurday night behind a solid pitching performance from Chris Archer and a three run home run from Evan Longoria. Archer, who signed a $25.5 million dollar, six year deal Wednesday, worked through six innings, allowing two runs. He allowed four hits and struck out seven, issuing two walks. Still, Archer wasn’t satisfied with his performance. “I fell behind way too many times, that’s not the type of pitcher I want to be.” He also added, “I think... 
 

Buehrle, Bautista, Blue Jays Too Much For Rays

ST.PETERSBURG, Fl.– Mark Buehrle pitched into the ninth inning, Jose Bautista hit two solo home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the second straight night 3-0. The win ends a winless road series streak against Tampa Bay for Toronto. The Blue Jays have not won a road series against the Rays since 2007. From the start Buehrle was masterful, allowing just four hits and striking out 11. He allowed one walk and missed his 29th complete game by one out. It was just the second time in 430 major league starts, Buehrle has... 
 

Gio Gonzalez, Nationals Rack up Strikeouts in Win over Mets

After their pitching staff tallied 18 strikeouts in an Opening Day win over the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals managed 13 strikeouts in a 5-1 victory, shutting out the Mets over the last eight innings. Stephen Strasburg fanned ten Mets in six frames Monday, and the bullpen tallied eight more in an extra-inning win. Starter Gio Gonzalez was strong Wednesday, hurling six frames. He allowed just three hits and one run, striking out six and walking one. Gonzalez also helped his cause by smacking a solo shot off Bartolo Colon in the 5th,... 
 

Mariners Down Angels 8-3 Behind Two Home Runs from Brad Miller

The Seattle Mariners brought home another victory Tuesday night, defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-3. Erasmo Ramirez went seven strong innings, and received more than enough offensive support. The 23 year-old Ramirez had a tough act to follow after Felix Hernandez thoroughly dominated the Angels the previous night. However, the right-hander did his best, striking out six Halos hitters, without issuing a walk. He pounded the lower half of the zone with his sinker, recording 11 ground ball outs. A two-run shot by former Mariner Raul Ibanez were... 
 

Red Sox Win Game 5 Take 3-2 World Series Lead

The Boston Red Sox have a chance to clinch a World Series title at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918 on Wednesday night. That has been made a possibility following a 3-1 victory in Game 5 on Monday evening. Boston had a tall order heading into St. Louis for Games 3 through 5, but were successful in that endeavor, besting the Cardinals (one of the strongest teams to face on the road during the regular season) at home in two of three games. Now with the final two games to be played in Boston, it will now be a tall order for the Cardinals to... 
 

Boston Red Sox Slam Cardinals for 8-1 in Game 1

For the fourth time in history, the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals will square off in baseball’s fall classic. For the third time in those matchups, the Red Sox would grab a victory in Game 1, as Boston took an easy 8-1 victory on Wednesday evening at Fenway Park. Out of the gates the Red Sox would take control of the game and would set sail on the Cardinals, besting them in all departments. The Boston offense tested Wainwright early. Each of the first six batters took the first two pitches of their respective at-bats, all of which... 
 

Boston Red Sox’ Mike Napoli Hits Big Home Run

Somebody finally scored off Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. In the 7th inning of Game Three of the ALCS, Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli drove a fastball into the seats in left center field. The home run would be the difference in the game, as the Red Sox won, 1-0. Verlander had previously pitched 21.1 scoreless innings in the 2013 playoffs with 31 strikeouts. Napoli was a strikeout victim in each of his first two at-bats, and he struck out three times in Game One. Napoli strikes out a lot. He was 4th in the AL in strikeouts... 
 

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers Shut Down Cardinals in NLCS Game 3

Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen shutout the St Louis Cardinals 3- 0 in game 3 of the 2013 NLCS. He became the first Dodger to pitch seven shutout innings in a postseason game since Jerry Reuss in 1981, yielding just three hits. The Dodgers still trail the Cardinals, 2 games to 1 in the best-of-seven series. The left-hander didn’t allow a Cardinals runner past second base. David Freese‘s single to right leading off the fifth was their first hit of the game. St Louis starter Adam Wainwright gave up two runs and six... 
 

Red Sox Rally Late to Even ALCS with Tigers

The Boston Red Sox rallied with four runs in the eighth inning and one more in the ninth to best the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series 6-5. David Ortiz launched a grand slam in eight to tie the game 5-5 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to left, to score Jonny Gomes for the walkout victory in the ninth. It was Ortiz’s third home run of this postseason, the 15th of his career. For the second straight night, a Tigers pitcher no-hit the Red Sox through 5+ innings of play. Max Scherzer did the honors in Game... 
 

Michael Wacha, Cardinals Take 2-0 Series Lead in NLCS

Michael Wacha pitched into the seventh, and the St Louis Cardinals bullpen combined to shutout the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second straight day and winning 1-0 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. Relievers Randy Choate and Carlos Martinez pitched the eighth for St. Louis before turning it over to Trevor Rosenthal. The Cardinals managed only two hits off Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but Jon Jay‘s sacrifice fly set up by Freese’s double and A.J. Ellis‘ passed ball in the fifth stood up. In... 
 

Boston Red Sox Down Rays 3-1 and Advance to ALCS

Get out the champagne goggles everyone. The Boston Red Sox will advance to their first ALCS since 2008 when they lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Rays, who would go onto lose to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. After a dramatic walk-off loss to the Rays on Monday evening, the Red Sox would look to put away the Rays for a second and final time on Tuesday evening in Tampa. This time, Boston would be able to close it out easily. The contest would get off to a quiet start, featuring five innings of scoreless baseball before the Rays... 
 
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