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Maddon could add to Cubs' elite build

insider.espn.go.com — Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports Joe Maddon is widely regarded as one of the best managers in major league baseball. SAN FRANCISCO - The Chicago Cubs are not in the World Series and have not been since 1945, but on Friday afternoon, they were the talk of the World Series after news broke of Joe Maddon's departure from Tampa Bay.

Phillies could move Cole Hamels

insider.espn.go.com — Drew Hallowell/Getty Images Cole Hamels had a 2.46 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP last season in Philadelphia. This is called lowering the bar: Pat Gillick says the Philadelphia Phillies are not likely to contend over the next two seasons.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon exercises opt-out clause, leaving team

espn.go.com — By Buster Olney | ESPN.com Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately, according to sources. The Rays were 77-85 this season. Maddon was 754-705 in nine seasons with the team. Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine

Phillies could move Cole Hamels

insider.espn.go.com — Drew Hallowell/Getty Images Cole Hamels had a 2.46 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP last season in Philadelphia. This is called lowering the bar: Pat Gillick says the Philadelphia Phillies are not likely to contend over the next two seasons.

Royals' playoff inexperience was exposed in Game 1 -- MLB World Series

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Jamie Squire Madison Bumgarner had a masterful performance in Game 1 of the World Series. KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have become America's team during the postseason, the team that casual fans are rooting for because of their energetic style and because, quite simply, they haven't been on this stage for a very long time.

Will the Kansas City Royals run on Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner?

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Jack Dempsey Madison Bumgarner has an elongated delivery, which the Royals might try to take advantage of. KANSAS CITY -- When San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers the ball to home plate with a runner at first base tonight, the numbers that appear on the stopwatch of Kansas City Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz will indicate to him that the Royals should try to steal.

10 key matchups in the World Series

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images, US TODAY Sports Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost will match managerial wits in the 2014 World Series, which begins Tuesday. Time to look at the crucial matchups to watch in the World Series: 1. The San Francisco Giants vs.

MLB - Offseason questions for Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals - ESPN

insider.espn.go.com — Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY Sports The Baltimore had a sudden end to their season, getting swept by Kansas City in the ALCS. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are moving on, while the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals are left to wonder about what might have been.

A hero one step beyond 'unlikely'

insider.espn.go.com — Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Travis Ishikawa would normally be out of a tight game in the later innings. SAN FRANCISCO -- Jake Peavy's eyesight is awful and the truth is he sprinted out of the Giants' dugout Thursday night not entirely sure of what he had just seen.

New Los Angeles Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman's parital to-do list

insider.espn.go.com — Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Longtime Rays GM Andrew Friedman was hired Tuesday to run the Dodgers' front office. SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Friedman takes over a Los Angeles Dodgers franchise that has a payroll three times larger than what he's worked with in the past, with an all-time great pitcher in Clayton Kershaw and a ton of talent in both the major leagues and the minors.
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Oct 25, 2014

Pablo Sandoval will play sick, battling some kind of bug, like Mike Morse in Game 3.

Oct 25, 2014

RT @WayneRandazzo: Jim Leyland said on @670TheScore that the #Tigers are not interested in Joe Maddon because they already have a manager in place.

Oct 25, 2014

Dodgers, Mets, Phillies have all come out and backed their current managers and said they won't pursue Joe Maddon, ending speculation.

Oct 25, 2014

Joe Maddon could be the latest elite talent the Cubs acquire, as they build what looks to be a powerhouse team. insider.espn.go.com/blog/buster-ol…

Oct 25, 2014

The Cubs haven't been to the World Series since '45,but they were the talk of the World Series Friday, re:Joe Maddon: es.pn/1DbuEY7

Oct 25, 2014

RT @BrinkPG: #Pirates also reinstate Charlie Morton (hip surgery) from 60-day DL, designate RHP John Axford, RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.

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