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Orange fever reigns over drizzly Giants' parade (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 1 hour 51 min ago

San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as tens of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the city's World Series champions. Under gray skies where a steady drizzle mixed with clouds of orange, black and white confetti shot from sidewalk cannons, players waved, snapped photos and mugged for the roaring crowds from the top of double-decker buses, a change from the classic convertibles and cable cars on wheels that had transported them along their now-familiar parade route in 2012 and 2010. ''These guys play together, they believe in each other, they play as one and they never give up,'' baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey said as he waited to greet the young members of his former team for a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, the end of the 2-mile route. ''I'm going to send them to school on Monday saying they had 'orange fever,''' said Marcela Habash, 36, of San Francisco, who brought three of her four children to the plaza outside City Hall to see the celebration.

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Maddux, Magadan will return to Rangers' staff

Major League Baseball - 2 hours 5 min ago
The Rangers officially announced that pitching coach Mike Maddux has agreed to a new contract and hitting coach Dave Magadan is returning for the final season of his three-year deal, while Triple-A Round Rock manager Steve Buechele has been promoted to bench coach under new manager Jeff Banister.
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Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 2 hours 13 min ago

Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball's best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. Looking for a turnaround after five consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs announced Friday that they had hired Maddon to replace Renteria after just one year on the job. Renteria was fired after leading Chicago to a 73-89 record in his only season as a major league manager.

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Thousands of fans flock to celebrate Giants' title

Major League Baseball - 2 hours 16 min ago
It literally rained on the Giants' World Series victory parade on Friday, but not even the unfavorable weather stopped tens of thousands of fans from showing up to join in the celebration.
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Duffy didn't start in postseason due to cracked rib

Major League Baseball - 2 hours 33 min ago
Left-hander Danny Duffy was the only member of the Royals' five-man rotation who didn't get a postseason start, but it wasn't because manager Ned Yost lost confidence in him. It was because Duffy had a cracked rib.
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Brewers exercise Gallardo's option, decline Weeks (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 3 hours 5 min ago
The Brewers exercised right-hander Yovani Gallardo's $13 million option for next year and their half of third baseman Aramis Ramirez's $14 million option. Milwaukee also announced Friday it had voided Rickie Weeks' $11.5 million salary for 2015, making the second baseman eligible for free agency. The Brewers had the right to void the salary because Weeks did not have 1,200 plate appearances in 2013-14 combined, with at least 600 this year. Gallardo was 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 32 starts, and Ramirez hit .285 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs.
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Buxton expected back for Spring Training after surgery

Major League Baseball - 3 hours 11 min ago
Byron Buxton underwent surgery Thursday to repair a broken middle finger on his left hand, but he is expected to be ready for Spring Training, Twins director of Minor League operations Brad Steil said Friday.
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Duda to join MLB team for Japan tour

Major League Baseball - 3 hours 23 min ago
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will tour Japan in November as part of a Major League Baseball All-Star series against Japan's national team.
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Revisions made to Yankees' spring schedule

Major League Baseball - 3 hours 37 min ago
The Yankees announced on Friday that four revisions have been made to their 2015 Spring Training schedule.
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Hawkins' $2.25M option exercised by Rockies (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 3 hours 52 min ago
DENVER (AP) -- Closer LaTroy Hawkins' $2.25 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Colorado Rockies.
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Tigers extend qualifying offers to Scherzer, V-Mart

Major League Baseball - 4 hours 18 min ago
The Tigers announced qualifying offers to free agents Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez among a flurry of moves Friday, including the loss of Andy Dirks off waivers to Toronto and Patrick McCoy off waivers to Baltimore.
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Cubs hiring Maddon to replace Renteria as manager

Major League Baseball - 4 hours 18 min ago
The Cubs dismissed Rick Renteria on Friday, and they will introduce Joe Maddon on Monday as the 54th manager in franchise history -- and third in four seasons under president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.
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Maddux, Magadan return on Rangers coaching staff (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 4 hours 26 min ago
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Pitching coach Mike Maddux and hitting coach Dave Magadan will remain on the Texas Rangers' coaching staff with new manager Jeff Banister.
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Tribe picks up Aviles' 2015 option

Major League Baseball - 4 hours 47 min ago
Cleveland exercised its $3.5 million team option to keep Mike Aviles on the roster for the 2015 season, providing the Tribe with an experienced player capable of handling multiple infield and outfield positions.
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Giants Hall of Famer McCovey attends parade (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 4 hours 55 min ago
Hall of Famer Willie McCovey took a break from his hospital-based rehab to attend the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory parade Friday from behind the scenes, thanking all the fans and well-wishers for the support and love through his recent health ordeal. ''I feel great,'' McCovey said with a smile. The 76-year-old McCovey said he continues to recover from an infection that hospitalized him in September for about a month, and watching the Giants' third World Series championship run in five years helped his cause. ''They pulled me through, and I've come a long way.'' McCovey attended one game at AT&T Park during both the NL Championship Series and World Series.
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Ben Zobrist's $7.5M option exercised by Rays (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 5 hours 16 min ago
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Red Sox decline option on Breslow (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 5 hours 37 min ago
BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox have declined to exercise their $4 million option on left-handed reliever Craig Breslow.
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Statcast: Dissecting Gordon's odds of scoring

Major League Baseball - 5 hours 43 min ago
The beauty -- or the agony, if you're a Royals fan -- is that we'll never know. We'll never know what would have happened if Kansas City third-base coach Mike Jirschele had sent Alex Gordon home with two outs in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's World Series Game 7.
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Soria's option exercised by Tigers (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 5 hours 55 min ago

DETROIT (AP) -- Reliever Joakim Soria's $7 million option for 2015 was exercised Friday by the Detroit Tigers.

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Jeff Francis agrees to deal with Blue Jays (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 6 hours 8 min ago
TORONTO (AP) -- The Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Jeff Francis and claimed outfielder Andy Dirks off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.
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