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Reports: Royals to Sign SP Edinson Volquez

Reports: Royals to Sign SP Edinson Volquez

Major League Baseball(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The American League pennant winners are adding to their rotation.

Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez will join the Kansas City Royals rotation on a two-year, $20 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. 

The right-handed pitcher spent 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a bounce back season as he posted a 3.04 ERA, 140 strikeouts and a 3.3 BB/ 9 over 192.2 innings pitched.

Volquez, 31, had struggled after Tommy John Surgery in 2009. He was suspended for 50 games in 2010 after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. He was then traded to the Padres and had a brief stint with the the Dodgers. In that span, he never posted an ERA better than 4.14.

He will likely replace James Sheilds in the Royals rotation as he is expected to leave via free agency. 

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Report: Cubs Sign Jon Lester

Report: Cubs Sign Jon Lester

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca) -- The biggest pitching prize in baseball signed with the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday.

According to FoxSports.com and ESPN, Jon Lester has agreed to a 6 year, $155 million contract as part of a new look, new attitude club that hasn't won a World Series in over 100 years.

Lester joins new Chicago manager Joe Maddon, who recently came over from the Tampa Bay Rays, in what many are expecting to be an aggressive push towards contending in 2015.

The Cubs have also recently signed starting pitcher Jason Hammel, as well as catcher Miguel Montero.

"We have a nice ball club," Maddon said. "The pitching staff needed to be solidified, Jason Hammel helped do that. Now all of a sudden you get Jon Lester in there, beyond his pitching ability, what it does within the clubhouse among the other guys, when you talk about playoffs and World Series', it becomes more believable."

While the big name, high-priced acquisitions are capturing the headlines, the Cubs future is dependent upon the young talent the team has been developing. The list of players soon to join The Show include infielder Addison Russell, who the team acquired from the A's last season in the Jeff Samardzija deal, slugger Javier Baez, third basemen Kris Bryant and outfielder Jorge Soler.

"Primarily, I think every young Cub, sitting wherever they are sitting tonight, has a stronger believability in what we are doing next year," said Maddon to ESPN after the announcement of the Lester signing.

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Chicago Cubs Acquire Montero from Diamondbacks

Chicago Cubs Acquire Montero from Diamondbacks

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The Chicago Cubs have made the latest move in the MLB offseason, trading for catcher Miguel Montero.

The Cubs traded two prospects to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday to acquire what many within baseball consider the top catcher at framing pitches.

"It really gives us a solid presence in the catching position," manager Joe Maddon said.

In addition, Chicago will assume most of the $40 million left on the remaining three years of Montero's contract.

"I want to say thank you to the Diamondbacks for 14 years in the organization. I made a lot of great friends and I’m going to miss them all. Excited for the next chapter in my career with a team with so much history and a bright future. See you soon Windy City!" Montero tweeted after the trade was announced.

Montero, 31, has struggled at the plate in recent years. Last season he batted .243 with an OBP of .329. The Cubs will hope he can return to his 2011 form when he was an All-Star, who batted .286 with 15 home runs and 88 RBI.

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White Sox Land Samardzija and Robertson

White Sox Land Samardzija and Robertson

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO, Il) -- The Chicago White Sox brought their pots and pans to MLB's Hot Stove.

The White Sox traded for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and signed free agent closer David Robertson to the up-and-coming team. Samardzija owned a 2.99 ERA last season as a member of both the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics.

Samardzija was acquired from the Athletics in exchange for infielder Marcus Semien and pitcher Chris Bassit, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Robertson, a free agent from the New York Yankees, signed with the White Sox for a four-year, $46 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The White Sox will now boast a formidable rotation including ace Chris Sale, Samardzija, and 25-year-old left-hander Jose Quintana, who posted a 3.32 ERA last season. Robertson will resume his role as a closer to shore up a bullpen that put up a poor 4.28 ERA last season.

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A’s Trade Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays

A’s Trade Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- Friday, the Oakland Athletics traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie.

Donaldson, 29, is considered one of the best players in baseball.  He has a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) rating second only to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout.

The A's also acquired right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.

"We addressed a lot of areas we thought we needed filled from our organizational standpoint," said Billy Beane, general manager of the Athletics.

Lawrie, 24, is considered a promising talent, but has been unable to remain healthy. A player with plus power, average and on-base skills, Lawrie has played in only 345 games the last four seasons, with a high of 125 in 2012. 

Oakland appears to be in a rebuilding phase after going all-in last season by acquiring pitchers Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzjia and Jason Hammel.  The team fell flat in the playoffs losing in the Wild Card to the Kansas City Royals.

The A's have also acquired designated hitter Billy Butler and first baseman Ike Davis this offseason.

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Diamondbacks Sign Yasmany Tomas

Diamondbacks Sign Yasmany Tomas

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Major League Baseball (MLB) hot stove continues to heat up as a report from MLB.com indicates that the Arizona Diamondbacks have reached a deal with Yasmany Tomas.

The Cuban slugger will reportedly sign a six-year contract worth $68.5 million dollars. According to the report, Tomas will have an opt-out clause after the fourth year of the deal.

The 24-year-old outfielder joins a team that had the worst record in baseball last season, 64-98, and struggled with injuries at the position. Both Mark Trumbo and A.J. Pollock missed almost half the season with different injuries in 2014. 

Tomas has spent the last seven years playing for the Havana Industriales and hit .375 with two home runs and five RBIs in the World Baseball Classic.

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2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot Announced

2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot Announced

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Monday, baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot was released and features 44 players, including 27 newcomers. 

Three of the best pitchers of their era highlight the list of first-timers up for induction. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz join a bevy of others looking to be enshrined among the games greats in Cooperstown next summer.

Martinez owns the sixth-best win percentage of all-time at .687, while Johnson became the last 300-game winner in his final season of 2009. Smoltz, who racked up 231 wins and 121 saves in 21 seasons, will be looking to join former Atlanta Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine who were selected to the Hall in 2014.

Carlos Delgado, Nomar Garciappara, Gary Sheffield and Tony Clark, the current head of the players' association, are also among those appearing on the ballot for the first time. 

Among the 17 players making a return to the ballot, Craig Biggio seems to be a favorite for enshrinement. The former Houston Astros infielder missed induction by two votes last year, receiving 74.8 percent of the vote.

Also on the list are Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens. Piazza, who earned 62.2 percent of the 75 percent needed, has hit more home runs than any other catcher ever (396). Tim Raines, and Alan Trammell are among the others back on the ballot while Don Mattingly enters his 15th, and final, year of eligibility.

In order to be inducted, a player must receive 75% of the vote on a ballot. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) are only allowed to put 10 names on a singular ballot. Enshrined along with those from the BBWAA ballot is anyone elected by the 16-person Golden Era Committee, which will make its announcement on Dec. 8. Results of the BBWAA ballot will be revealed on Jan. 6, 2015.

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Young, McGehee MLB Comeback Players

Young, McGehee MLB Comeback Players

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Young was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year while Miami's Casey McGehee third baseman earned the award in the National League as announced on Friday.

Young was 12-9 in 2014 with a 3.65 earned run average in 30 appearances for the Mariners, including 29 starts. The 35-year-old pitcher missed almost all of 2013 with injuries and made just nine minor league starts. His 12 victories marked the first time since 2006 he posted double-digit wins. 

After a year playing in Japan, McGehee hit .287 with four home runs and 76 RBIs for the Marlins. The 32-year-old was fourth in the NL in hits with 177, a career high, while also hitting 29 doubles in his first year with the club.

Both awards were voted on by beat writers from all 30 Major League teams on MLB.com, each of whom selected one candidate in each league.

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Sandoval Given $15.3 Million Qualifying Offer

Sandoval Given $15.3 Million Qualifying Offer

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The World Champion San Francisco Giants made the first step in retaining third baseman Pablo Sandoval, extending him a qualifying offer on Monday. The Giants issued a $15.3 million offer to Sandoval, one he has seven days to accept or decline.

The 28-year-old hit .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 2014 for San Francisco and also caught the final out of the World Series. In seven years with the Giants, Sandoval has helped the team to three World Series titles by belting 106 homers, driving in 462 runs and hitting at a .294 clip.

During the postseason, "Kung Fu Panda" has been even better, hitting .344 with six homers and 20 RBI in 39 playoff games.

Sandoval had previously rejected a three-year, $40 million contract extension in March and earned $8.25 million this past season. 

Sandoval was one of 12 different Major Leaguers that had qualifying offers issued on Monday. All will have until Nov. 10 to decide, but none of the 22 offers extended in the last two years have been accepted.

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Bumgarner’s Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead

Bumgarner’s Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete game shutout and Brandon Crawford had three RBI's as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. With the victory, the Giants are one win away from their third World Series title in five years.

"He was on early in the game and didn't have any stressful innings," said manager Bruce Bochy. "This guy was right on tonight. He was strong all night and when this guy is on, it's fun to watch."

Bumgarner finished the game with no walks and eight strikeouts, giving up just four hits in the game. The 25-year-old became the first pitcher to toss a complete game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett did it for the Florida Marlins in 2003.

The Giants ace was aided by a strong effort from his offense. Despite a solid six innings of work by Kansas City's James Shields, San Francisco struck for a run in the second and another in the fourth. Crawford drove in both runs before adding another RBI to his day in the eighth. Juan Perez tripled in the eighth as well, driving in two insurance runs.

San Francisco can clinch their third championship in five years when the series returns to Kansas City on Tuesday night.

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Giants Rally, Rout Royals to Even Series

Giants Rally, Rout Royals to Even Series

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- After facing an early 4-1 deficit, the San Francisco Giants scored 10 unanswered runs to pick up an 11-4 win over Kansas City in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night. The victory evens the Fall Classic at 2-2 with Game 5 to be played in San Francisco on Sunday.

The Giants did get on the board first on a fielder's choice, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Kansas City responded in the third with a four-run inning. Eric Hosmer singled home a run to tie the game before Omar Infante drove in a pair with a base hit of his own, making it a 3-1 Royals lead. Catcher Salvador Perez then added another run with a single into centerfield, chasing San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong.

San Francisco's bullpen was able to get out of the inning without further damage, and began the comeback almost immediately. Buster Posey cut the deficit to 4-2 with an RBI single in the bottom of the third, helping to build a rally. That effort was aided by the impressive relief pitching of Yusmeiro Petit, who entered to begin the fourth.

Petit tossed three scoreless innings for the Giants while the offense continued to attack. Following a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth, Jason Frasor was brought on to replace Royals starter Jason Vargas. Two batters later, Hunter Pence singled home Joe Panik to make it a 4-3 Kansas City lead. After another pitching change, San Francisco tied the game with a sacrifice fly from Jose Perez.

The game turned in favor of the home Giants in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and the bases loaded Pablo Sandoval singled off reliever Brandon Finnegan, driving in two runs and giving San Francisco a 6-4 advantage. Brandon Belt then added another run on the very next pitch for a three-run lead. The Giants would add four more runs in the seventh, including a two-run double from Panik, to put the game out of reach.

With the win, the Series is guaranteed to return to Kansas City. However, a pivotal Game 5 will take place on Sunday night in San Francisco before the trip back to the midwest. The Giants will turn to Madison Bumgarner, who won Game One, while the Royals send James Shields to the hill for the starts.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB World Series: San Francisco Giants 11 - Kansas City Royals 4 (Series tied, 2-2)

NCAAF Top-25: (1) Mississippi State 45 (7-0) - Kentucky 31 (5-3)

(24) LSU 10 (7-2) - (3) Ole Miss 7 (7-1)

(4) Alabama 34 (7-1) - Tennessee 20 (3-5)

(5) Auburn 42 (6-1) - South Carolina 35 (4-4)

 (8) Michigan State 35 (7-1) - Michigan 3 (3-5)

(10) TCU 82 (6-1) - Texas Tech 27 (3-5)

(11) Kansas State 23 (6-1) - Texas 0 (3-5)

(13) Ohio State 31 (6-1) - Penn State 24 (4-3) Double Overtime

(15) Arizona 59 (6-1) - Washington State 37 (2-6)

(16) Nebraska 42 (7-1) - Rutgers 24 (5-3)

(21) Clemson 16 (6-2) - Syracuse 6 (3-5)

(22) West Virginia 20 (6-2) Oklahoma State 10 (5-3)

(23) Marshall 35 (8-0) - Florida Atlantic 16 (3-5)

(25) UCLA 40 (6-2) - Colorado 37 (2-6) - Double Overtime

NHL: Buffalo Sabres 2 (2-7-0) - San Jose Sharks 1 (4-4-1)

Montreal Canadiens 3 (7-1-0) - New York Rangers 1 (4-4-0)

Boston Bruins 4 (5-5-0) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (3-4-1)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (3-3-2) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (4-2-2)

New Jersey Devils 3 (4-2-2) - Ottawa Senators 2 (4-1-1) - Overtime

New York Islanders 7 (6-2-0) - Dallas Stars 5 (4-2-2)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (4-2-1) - Nashville Predators 0 (5-1-2)

Minnesota Wild 7 (4-2-0) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (5-3-1)

St. Louis Blues 3 (3-3-1) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (4-2-1)

Arizona Coyotes 2 (3-3-1) - Florida Panthers 1 (2-2-3) - Overtime

Washington Capitals 3 (4-1-2, 10 points) - Clagary Flames 1 (5-4-1, 11 points)

NASCAR: Darrell Wallace Jr. won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway

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Atlanta Braves Name John Hart President of Baseball Operations

Atlanta Braves Name John Hart President of Baseball Operations

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ATLANTA, GA) -- John Hart has accepted a permanent role as president of baseball operations with the Atlanta Braves.

The team announced that Hart has signed a three-year deal that will run through the 2017 season.

Atlanta fired longtime GM Frank Wren after a disappointing 2014 season that saw the Braves finish 79-83, and named Hart as interim GM.  Wren had been the GM since 1990.

Earlier in October the Braves had offered Hart the role of general manager, but he turned down the role. Now Hart will likely search for the man to take on the challenge as Braves GM.

 

“I’m delighted that John Hart has agreed to accept the position of President, Baseball Operations,” team president John Schuerholz said in a press release. “Our organization is now poised to move forward in the best possible manner to do the important work that lies ahead. John’s credentials speak for themselves. He has had great success as a baseball executive and demonstrated remarkable ability to construct championship teams. We are excited by John’s dynamic and positive leadership style and look forward to him leading our baseball operations.”

Hart certainly has the pieces in place to contend for a title.  With star players like Freddy Freeman, Jason Heyward, and Justin and BJ Upton, the Braves have the players for a potent offense.

"You certainly love your star players, but I tell you I love the winning players," Hart said. "I like the players with grit. I like players that care more about winning than anything else. It's a team game and it is about winning."

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Giants Grab 2-1 NLCS Lead on Throwing Error

Giants Grab 2-1 NLCS Lead on Throwing Error

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Randy Choate's throwing error in the bottom of the tenth allowed Brandon Crawford to score and give the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) on Tuesday. With the victory, the Giants now hold a 2-1 series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.

San Francisco had to battle for the win despite putting up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run double off Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey, giving the Giants the early 4-0 advantage. St. Louis' veteran righty would settle down and wait as his team found a way to get back into the game.

The rally began in the top of the fourth when Kolton Wong tripled off the right field wall, plating both John Jay and Matt Holliday. San Francisco's Tim Hudson would get out of the inning but gave up another run on Jhonny Peralta's RBI single in the sixth, making it a 4-3 Giants lead.

Hudson, making the first LCS start in his 16-year career, got the first out of the seventh before Randal Grichuk homered to tie the game. That chased Hudson from the game and left it in the hands of the bullpen.

After St. Louis stranded the go-ahead run on base in the top of the tenth, Crawford worked a leadoff walk from the newly inserted Choate (0-1) in the bottom of the frame. Juan Perez then singled to put runners and first and second with nobody out.

That would bring up Gregor Blanco, who dropped a bunt down just the third-base side of the mound. As Choate went to field the ball, the lefty's throw went up the right field line, allowing Crawford to score the game-winning run. Sergio Romo (1-0) got the win by getting the final out in the top of the tenth inning.

Both teams meet in Game 4 on Wednesday night at 8:07 p.m. ET in San Francisco. Shelby Miller (0-0, 3.18 ERA) takes the ball for St. Louis while the Giants turn to Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 1.59).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: NLCS: San Francisco Giants 5 - St. Louis Cardinals 4 in 10 Innings (Giants Lead Series, 2-1)

NHL: New York Islanders 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) - New York Rangers 3 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (3-1-0, 6 points) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (0-2-2, 2 points) Shootout

San Jose Sharks 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) - Washington Capitals 5 (1-0-2, 4 points) Shootout

Dallas Stars 4 (1-1-1, 3 points) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (2-1-0, 4 points)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (2-2-0, 4 points) - Colorado Avalance 2 (1-2-1, 3 points) Overtime

New Jersey Devils 2 (3-0-0, 6 points) - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (2-1-1, 5 points)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (1-3-0, 2 points) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-1, 1 point) Shootout

 

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Chip Hale Named Manager of Diamondbacks

Chip Hale Named Manager of Diamondbacks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(PHOENIX, AZ) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have named Chip Hale as the new manager of their baseball franchise.

After finishing 64-98 last season under Kirk Gibson, who was fired with three games remaining in the season, the Diamondbacks tabbed the 49-year-old Hale to lead the team.  Hale spent the least three seasons as the third base coach for the Oakland Athletics.

In May, Arizona named Tony La Russa as the chief baseball officer.  After the season, the Diamondbacks fired GM Kevin Towers and named Dave Stewart as his replacement.

"When you walk into a room like that and you sit down to talk baseball you know this is the place you want to be." Hale said, in reference to working with La Russa, Stewart and special assistant to the team president Luiz Gonzalez.

Under the leadership of Towers and Gibson the Diamondbacks were 353-375.  While the team has promising players such as Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt, La Russa, Hale and Stewart will have work to do bringing in players that fit Arizona's style of play.

"We wanted a guy that would give us our best chance to communicate with the players that we have in our clubhouse," Stewart said of Hale. "The chemisty in our clubhouse is important and the guy that leads that chemistry is important."

 

 

 

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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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Wong Blasts Cardinals Past Giants

Wong Blasts Cardinals Past Giants

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- Kolten Wong has tied up the NLCS at a game apiece with a ninth inning walk-off solo home run.

The Cardinals second baseman took a Sergio Romo pitch deep to right field in the bottom of the ninth, giving St. Louis a 5-4 victory over San Francisco.

"I didn't know if it was going out or not," Wong said to ESPN after the game. "When it finally went out, all emotion came out."

Not all news was good for the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left the game in the sixth inning with what is described as a strained oblique. Manager Mike Matheny said Molina was undergoing further tests but that the injury, "didn't look real good."

The series resumes Tuesday night in San Francisco as John Lackey takes the hill for the Cardinals. For San Francisco, Tim Hudson will get the nod.

 

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Bumgarner Dominant as Giants Take Game 1

Bumgarner Dominant as Giants Take Game 1

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- The Giants have struck first, taking game one from the Cardinals with a 3-0 victory in St. Louis. 

Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings allowing four hits while fanning seven.  

Bumgarner continues to stymie opposing lineups as he set a major league postseason record with 26 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.

His start wasn't without a little controversy. In the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on second and third Tony Cruz at the plate for the Cardinals, Bumgarner stepped off the mound after being in the set position. Cruz and the Cardinals screamed for a balk but no call came. With the next pitch, Bumgarner struck Cruz out.

Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Belt each had and RBI for the Giants. Gregor Blanco drove in Hunter Pence on a throwing error from Matt Carpenter in the top of the second.

Game 2 starts Sunday as Jake Peavy will take the rubber for the Giants facing off against Lance Lynn for the Cardinals. 

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