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Yankes Sign Reliever Andrew Miller, Acquire Shorstop Didi Gregorius via Trade

Yankes Sign Reliever Andrew Miller, Acquire Shorstop Didi Gregorius via Trade

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees have taken a major step, or make that steps, in making them a playoff contender again. On Friday, the team signed ace reliever Andrew Miller while also acquiring shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.

Miller's deal with the Yankees for four years and will pay him $36 million.

Over the past two seasons, Miller has emerged as one of more dominant relievers in the American League with the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

In 2014, Miller posted a 5-5 record with a 2.02 ERA to go along with 103 strikeouts in 62.1 innings pitched. His strikeout-per-nine-innings ratio of 14.87 was second to only Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

Meanwhile, Gregorius could very well be the replacement to longtime shortstop Derek Jeter. While he's not known for his bat, he's known as being a great defender at his position.

In order to get Gregorius, the Yankees sent pitcher Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers while the Diamondbacks acquired pitcher Robbie Ray and infielder Domingo Leyba.

In 2014, the Yankees missed out on the playoffs for the second-consecutive season after finishing 84-78.

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Free Agent Reliever Jim Johnson Signs with Braves

Free Agent Reliever Jim Johnson Signs with Braves

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with free agent reliever Jim Johnson on a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday. The deal is for $1.6 million with the potential for Johnson to earn another $900,000 in performance bonuses, according to ESPN.

Johnson was originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round of the 2001 draft. From 2006-2013, he saved 122 games and had an ERA of 3.11. Johnson led the American League in saves in 2012 and 2013.

Last season in 54 appearances with the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers, Johnson went 5-2 with a 7.09 ERA.

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Report: Nelson Cruz Agrees to Multi-Year Deal with the Mariners

Report: Nelson Cruz Agrees to Multi-Year Deal with the MarinersBrian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In desperate need of offense, ESPN's Enrique Rojas reports that the Seattle Mariners have signed free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz to a multi-year deal. Rojas reports Cruz and the Mariners have agreed on a four...

Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- Washington Nationals skipper Matt Williams and Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter were each named Manager of the Year in their respective leagues Tuesday.Williams, who was in his first season as a major league manager, led the Nationals to a National League best 96 wins.Showalter earns his third Manager of the Year award. He won his other two in 1994 and 2004.Showalter led the Orioles to their first American League East title since 1997, and then led the team past the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series before losing to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.Showalter is the first Orioles skipper to win this award since 1997, when Davey Johnson received it.Williams had 18 first place votes, which are placed by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.The Pittsburgh Pirates' Clint Hurdle came in second, followed by the San Francisco Giants' Bruce Bochy.In the AL, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia finished second in the votes, followed by Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost.

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Options Declined on Butler, Markakis, Weeks

Options Declined on Butler, Markakis, Weeks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three prominent names in baseball will be looking for work this offseason as Billy Butler, Nick Markakis and Rickie Weeks had

contract options declined by their teams.

Coming off a heartbreaking game 7 World Series loss, the Kansas City Royals turned down a $12 million option on Butler, their designated hitter and a fan favorite. Butler was a 2012 All-Star when he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI. Those numbers have took a sharp dive this season as he hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI. 

The Baltimore Orioles chose to buyout the remaining year on outfielder Nick Markakis's contract, choosing to pay him $2 million instead of the full $17.5 million he would have made this coming season. 

Markakis had stated that would like to stay in Baltimore and the Orioles would like him to return according to MASN's Roch Kubatko.

"Nick is a dependable player and the Orioles would like to continue a relationship with him," said executive vice president Dan Duquette in a text message.

The Milwaukee Brewers also chose to save some money by declining the option of second baseman Rickie Weeks that would have seen him earn $14.5 million.

Weeks has spent his entire 11-year career with the Brewers but was becoming a part-time player as he has missed at least 40 games in three of the last four seasons for the Brew Crew. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB American League Championship Series – Game 4: Kansas City Royals 2 – Baltimore Orioles 1 (Royals win series, 4-0)

National League Championship Series - Game 4: San Francisco Giants 6 - St. Louis Cardinals 4 

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (2-3-0; 4pts) – Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-1-1; 3pts) SO

Calgary Flames 2 (3-2-0; 6pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (2-0-1; 5pts) OT

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K.C. Royals Sweep the Orioles in the ALCS

K.C. Royals Sweep the Orioles in the ALCS

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals are the kings of the American League.

The Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday to punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time since 1985.

Royals starter Jason Vargas along with relievers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland held the Orioles to just four hits. Kansas City pushed across two runs in the first inning on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph.

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was named the ALCS MVP after going 8-for-15 (.555), with two doubles and five runs scored.

The Royals will play the winner of the San Francisco Giants-St. Louis Cardinals NLCS matchup in the World Series.

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Royals One Game Away From World Series

Royals One Game Away From World Series

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Jeremy Guthrie pitched five innings of one-run ball, and pinch runner Jarrod Dyson scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, as the Kansas City Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Tuesday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.Baltimore got on the board first in the second inning when shortstop J.J. Hardy's double drove in teammate Steve Pearce. The score stayed that way until the fourth inning, when the Royals loaded the bases, before Alex Gordon grounded into a fielder's choice to score Lorenzo Cain.The Royals took the lead for good in the sixth when Dyson scored on Billy Butler's sac fly.Jason Frasor (W, 1-0), Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland (S, 3) all pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the Royals.Wei-Yin Chen took the loss, pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out four.The Royals can clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1985 on Wednesday. Kansas City sends Jason Vargas to the mound. He will be opposed by Miguel Gonzalez.

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ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Game Three of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) was postponed Monday night due to rain in Kansas City. The Royals currently lead the Baltimore Orioles two games to none in the best-of-seven series.

The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Jeremy Guthrie will get the start for Kansas City while Baltimore will send Wei-Yin Chen to the hill. Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Peter Woodfork said the decision was made, in part, with the players and fans in mind.

"We want a game we know we can get through nine innings, hopefully play dry baseball, not risk player safety or uncomfortable fans," noted Woodfork.

This change in schedule also shifts Game 4 to Wednesday and Game 5, if necessary, to Thursday. The final two games of the series, if needed, will be played in Baltimore on Friday (Game 6) and Saturday (Game 7).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: ALCS: Kansas City Royals - Baltimore Orioles (Royals lead series, 2-0) Postponed

NFL: San Francisco 49ers 31 (4-2) - St. Louis Rams 17 (1-4)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-3-0, 0 points)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (1-2-0, 2 points) - Boston Bruins 1 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Ottawa Senators 1 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Florida Panthers 0 (0-2-1, 0 points)

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (2-0-1, 5 points) - Montreal Canadiens 1 (3-1-0, 6 points)

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Kansas City Tops Baltimore 6-4

Kansas City Tops Baltimore 6-4

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BALTIMORE, MD) -- The Kansas City Royals put the Baltimore Orioles behind the eight ball with a 6-4 victory in Camden Yards.

Following the trend of his teammates late inning heroics, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar broke a 4-4 tie when he hit a double to drive in pinch runner Terrance Gore from second.  Escobar would soon score when Lorenzo Cain singled to left.

With a 6-4 lead, closer Greg Holland once again took to the mound to seal away a victory. 

Mike Moustakas continued his playoff tear as he hit another home run, his fourth of the postseason, and as many in the last five games. 

Yordano Ventura went 5 2/3 innings for the Royals allowing four earned runs on five hits.  Orioles pitcher Bud Norris was knocked out after only 4 1/3 innings after allowing four earned runs on nine hits.

The Royals now take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS as they head home for game 3 Tuesday. Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Royals in Kansas City, while Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod for the Orioles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Kansas City Royals 6 - Baltimore Orioles 4 (Orioles Lead ALCS, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - St Louis Cardinals 0 (Giants Lead NLCS 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 38 (6-0) Syracuse 20 (2-4)

(3) Mississippi State 38 (6-0) - (2)Auburn 23 (5-1)

(3) Mississippi  35 (6-0) - Texas A&M 20 (5-2)

(5) Baylor 61 (6-0) - (9) TCU 58 (4-1)

(6) Notre Dame 50 (5-0) - North Carolina 43 (2-3)

(7) Alabama 14 (5-1) - Arkansas 13 (3-3)

(8) Michigan State 45 (5-1) - Purdue 31 (3-4)

USC 28 (4-2) - (10) Arizona 26 (5-1) 

(11) Oklahoma 31 (5-1) - Texas 26 (2-4) 

(12) Oregon 42 - (5-1) - (18) UCLA 30 (4-2)

(13) Georgia 34 (5-1) - (23) Missouri 0 (4-2)

(16) Oklahoma State 27 (5-1) - Kansas 20 (2-4)

(19) East Carolina 28 (5-1) - South Florida 17 (2-4)

Duke 31 (5-1) - (22) Georgia Tech 25 (5-1) 

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick Wins Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NHL: Washington Captitals 4 (1-0-1, 3 pts) - Boston Bruins 0 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Anaheim Ducks 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (1-0-1, 3 pts)

New Jersey Devils 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Florida Panthers 1 (0-1-1, 1 pts)

New York Islanders 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Final/SO)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 - New York Rangers 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

St. Louis Blues 4 (1-1-0, 2 pts)- Calgary Flames 1 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Dallas Stars 1 (0-1-1 1pt)

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Colorado Avalanche 0 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Arizona Coyotes 3 (1-1-0 2pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ OT)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (2-0-0 4pts)- Edmonton Oilers 4 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ SO) 

San Jose Sharks 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (1-1-0 2pts)

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Royals Take Game 1 Over Orioles 8-6

Royals Take Game 1 Over Orioles 8-6

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(BALTIMORE, MD) -- The Kansas City Royals have struck first, taking game one of the ALCS from the Baltimore Orioles, 8-6.

Powered by tenth inning home runs from Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas the Royals continued their extra inning success.  The Royals now have four wins this postseason in games that have gone longer than nine innings.

Gordon spoke about the sudden power outburst. "We know we're capable of hitting home runs,"Gordon said, "We didn't do it during the regular season, but it doesn't really matter."

Greg Holland earned the save in the tenth, though not without some drama. After earning the first two outs, Holland gave up a single to Ryan Flaherty and a walk to Jimmy Paredes. Delmon Young smacked a single to center driving in Flaherty making the score 8-6. Holland locked it down with the next batter as he forced Nick Markakis to groundout to second, ending the game.

In game two, Bud Norris will take the hill for the Orioles and Yordano Ventura will get the nod for the Royals.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB ALCS Game 1: Kansas City Royals 8  -Baltimore Orioles 6 - 10 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0) NCAAF: Stanford Cardinal 27 (4-2) - Washington State Cougars 17 (2-5) NHL: New York Islanders 5 (1-0-0) - Carolina ...

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Division Series: Baltimore Orioles 2 - Detroit Tigers 1 (Orioles win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

Kansas City Royals 8 - Los Angeles Angels 3 (Royals win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

NFL: New England Patriots 43 (3-2) - Cincinnati Bengals 17 (3-1)

Carolina Panthers 31 (3-2) - Chicago Bears 24 (2-3)

Cleveland Browns 29 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 28 (1-4)

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (4-1) - St. Louis Rams 28 (1-3)

New York Giants 30 (3-2) - Atlanta Falcons 20 (2-3)

New Orleans Saints 37 (2-3) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 (1-4) - Overtime

Dallas Cowboys 20 (4-1) - Houston Texans 17 (3-2) - Overtime

Buffalo Bills 17 (3-2) - Detroit Lions 14 (3-2)

Indianapolis Colts 20 (3-2) - Baltimore Ravens 13 (3-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (3-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 9 (0-5)

Denver Broncos 41 (3-1) - Arizona Cardinals 20 (3-1)

San Francisco 49ers 22 (3-2) - Kansas City Chiefs 17 (2-3)

San Diego Chargers 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 0 (1-4)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at Kansas Speedway.

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Orioles Sweep Tigers, Advance to ALCS

Orioles Sweep Tigers, Advance to ALCS

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(DETROIT) -- The Baltimore Orioles are flying to the American League Championship Series.

Baltimore struck first on Sunday when Nelson Cruz's two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning off of David Price gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead. 

The Tigers would fight in the bottom of the ninth when J.D. Martinez hit a RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning off Zach Britton, but Britton then got pinch hitter Hernan Perez to ground into a double play to end the game.

Baltimore completed a 3-0 Division Series sweep and they'll wait on the winner of Kansas City and the Angels series.

Cruz's homer in the sixth was his 16th postseason dinger, which passed Babe Ruth on the all-time list.

Bud Norris pitched 6.1 and allowed two hits and struck out six for the victory.

Tigers starter David Price, who came over in a trade during the summer, threw 112 pitches in eight innings of work with six strike outs and gave up the two-run homer to Cruz in the sixth.  

This is Baltimore's first trip to the ALCS since 1997.

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Scoreboard Roundup 10/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup 10/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: Baltimore Orioles 7 - Detroit Tigers 6 (Orioles Lead Series, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - Washington Nationals 2 (Giants Lead Series, 1-0)

St. Louis Cardinals 10 - Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (Cardinals Lead Series, 1-0)

Kansas City Royals 4 - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 in 11 Innings (Royals Lead Series, 2-0)

NCAA Football: Utah State 35 (3-2) - (18) BYU 20 (4-1)

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O’s Blast Tigers in Game 1 of ALDS

O’s Blast Tigers in Game 1 of ALDS

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) -- The Orioles got their post season off to a fast start.Nelson Cruz had a home run and three RBIs, and Baltimore scored eight runs in the eighth inning, on their way to routing the Detroit Tigers 12-3 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series Thursday.Chris Tillman (1-0) pitched five innings, allowing four hits, two runs, one walk, while striking out six in the victory.The Orioles started off fast when Cruz hit a two-run homer off Detroit ace Max Scherzer in the first. Scherzer (0-1) finished the day pitching 7 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, five runs, one walk, while striking out two.The Orioles' 12 runs were the most the team ever recorded in a postseason game.Game 2 is Friday in Baltimore. The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound. He will be opposed by the Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Divisional Series: Baltimore Orioles 12 - Detroit Tigers 3 (Orioles lead series, 1-0)

Kansas City Royals 3 - Los Angeles Angels 2 - 11 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: Arizona 31 (5-0) - (2) Oregon 24 (4-1)

NFL: Green Bay Packers 42 (3-2) - Minnesota Vikings 10 (2-3) 

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MLB Postseason Matchups Set

MLB Postseason Matchups Set

Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It took all 162 games, but the Major League postseason was decided on Sunday as the top 10 teams found out where and when their next games will be. Both the American League and National League Central division titles were also won on Sunday while the final AL Wild Card spot was decided.

David Price tossed seven and one-third innings of shutout baseball, giving up four hits and striking out eight, to give the Detroit Tigers the AL Central crown for the fourth straight year. Ian Kinsler drove in a pair of runs in the 3-0 victory while Joe Nathan picked up his 35th save of the season. The Tigers will travel to AL East Champion Baltimore to begin best-of-five divisional series against the Orioles on Thursday.

The Tigers' victory means that Kansas City's first postseason appearance in 29 years will come in the Wild Card round. The Royals will host the Oakland Athletics, who eliminated the Seattle Mariners with a 4-0 win over the Texas Rangers Sunday, in a one-game "play-in" on Tuesday night. The winner of that contest will then travel to Los Angeles to battle the Angels in the divisional round, beginning Thursday.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 after they were already crowned Central division champs. Pittsburgh's 4-1 loss relegated the Pirates to the Wild Card round where they will host the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Whoever advances will then visit the Washington Nationals, winner of the NL East, in the divisional series on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals begin their defense of the NL Pennant on Friday when they travel to NL West champion Los Angeles to battle with the Dodgers.

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