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11/18/2013 | The Week Ahead: Offseason stove is getting hotter
Although the General Managers and Owners Meetings have come and gone, in the next seven days there should be plenty of Hot Stove business to talk about.

11/18/2013 | Winter Leagues: Almonte, Marte lead Aguilas in thriller
Winter Leagues: Zoilo Almonte and Andy Marte led Aguilas to a win over Gigantes in a thriller. Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Rangers prospect Luis Sardinas also had big nights in Venezuela.

11/17/2013 | No replacement named yet for departed coach Jewett
With Trent Jewett leaving to become a bench coach with the Mariners, the Nationals continue to search for a third-base coach to replace the departed Jewett.

11/17/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Infield depth gives Texas options
With Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler, the Rangers have a wealth of infield depth, and Texas could very well trade one of those players to fill other needs.

11/17/2013 | Joyner won't return to Phillies' staff
Wally Joyner -- whose return to the Phillies as assistant hitting coach has been on-again, off-again -- is off again, as the club announced Sunday that the former big league first baseman has left the organization, reportedly to be the Tigers' hitting coach.

11/17/2013 | Tigers adding Phils' Joyner, Billmeyer to Ausmus' staff
The Tigers' coaching staff under first-time manager Brad Ausmus continues to take a veteran shape. A pair of coaches from Charlie Manuel's old staff in Philadelphia are the latest additions. Wally Joyner stepped down from his position as assistant hitting coach with the Phillies on Sunday to fill the Tigers' opening as head hitting coach, according to industry sources.

11/17/2013 | Pena family once again represented in KC
Catcher Francisco Pena, son of former Kansas City manager Tony Pena and brother of former Royals player Tony Pena Jr., has signed a Major League contract and was added to the 40-man roster, the club announced Sunday. He was a Minor League free agent.

11/16/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Cano in no hurry
The MLB Hot Stove is starting to warm as we head into the winter, but there have been indications that one of baseball's top players will draw his free agency well into winter. What other free agent news came about on Saturday?

11/16/2013 | Cecchini receives AFL's sportsmanship award
Garin Cecchini has earned a gold medal with a U.S. national team, All-Star recognition in three different Minor Leagues and berths in the Futures Game and Fall Stars Game. Yet, the Red Sox's third-base prospect says Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award he received before the Arizona Fall League Championship Game means the most.

11/16/2013 | Humanitarian Kershaw gets Branch Rickey Award
Clayton Kershaw, a left-hander of historic accomplishment for the Los Angeles Dodgers, added to his lengthy list of awards on Saturday when he received the Branch Rickey Award, created in 1991 by the Rotary Club of Denver and presented by AMG National Trust Bank.

11/16/2013 | Bryant's big year capped with AFL MVP Award
Cubs third-base prospect Kris Bryant added to his trophy case Saturday when he was named the Arizona Fall League's 2013 Joe Black MVP Award winner before his Mesa Solar Sox faced the Surprise Saguaros for the league title.

11/16/2013 | Alfaro plays key role in Saguaros' championship win
Jorge Alfaro, the Rangers' top prospect, contributed in all phases of the game Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium. As a result, the Surprise Saguaros won the Arizona Fall League championship, 2-0, over the Mesa Solar Sox.

11/16/2013 | Stellar pitching helps Surprise top Mesa for AFL title
Throughout the fall, Surprise outslugged its AFL opponents on its way to a division title. The Saguaros were the highest scoring team in the league, averaging six runs per game. But in the AFL Championship Game at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday, it was Surprise's pitching that shined. The Saguaros scored a run in the second and they held on for a 2-0 victory.

11/16/2013 | History tells us voters find 'value' in victories
The AL MVP Award debate centered on the term "valuable," and whether a player on a postseason team, such as Miguel Cabrera, is more "valuable" than a player whose team does not advance, such as Mike Trout. Technically, the answer is no. Realistically, in the eyes of the voters the answer is usually yes.

11/15/2013 | Renteria uses walker to put best foot forward
Rick Renteria's navigation of the interview process was unconventional, as Oct. 4 hip surgery had him unable to travel for six weeks when the clubs with managerial vacancies came calling. Despite needing a walker, Chicago's new manager was able to put his best foot forward from his home in Temecula, Calif.

11/15/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Phillies may be shoppers
The Hot Stove endured a quiet day on Friday, but there's always the promise of weekend moves to come. Phil Rogers sees the Phillies as a team that could be aggressive this winter, and he points to the recent Marlon Byrd signing as evidence that Philadelphia won't be rebuilding.

11/15/2013 | Batkid to the rescue: Child's wish comes true
AT&T Park has seen its share of batboys. Friday was different, with "Batkid's" dramatic appearance. Batkid, aka 5-year-old Miles Scott, performed a series of daring feats throughout the city, fulfilling his desire to be a superhero. The Giants became involved in Batkid's saga as he dashed into their ballpark to rescue Lou Seal, the club's mascot, from the dastardly clutches of the Penguin.

11/15/2013 | Surprise's bats meet Mesa's arms in AFL title game
Surprise and Mesa will get their chance to earn a celebration Saturday afternoon. They will meet in the AFL Championship Game at 3 p.m. ET at Scottsdale Stadium. The teams enter Saturday's game with identical 18-12-1 records, but have different strengths. Surprise had the league's highest-scoring offense, while Mesa allowed the fewest runs in the league.

11/15/2013 | Anderson confident he's future White Sox shortstop
Yes, Tim Anderson committed 19 errors at shortstop in just 63 games for Class A Kannapolis. But that short season of work didn't stop Anderson from believing shortstop remains his best position. The White Sox stand in agreement with the 20-year-old.

11/15/2013 | Washington teeing it up for New Orleans UYA
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will get to honor his profession and his hometown in one fell swoop on Monday, when he hosts a golf tournament designed to benefit the Urban Youth Academy in New Orleans.

11/15/2013 | Four with Giants ties on Bay Area Sports HOF ballot
Pitchers Dave Dravecky and Mike McCormick, former owner Bob Lurie and ex-manager Alvin Dark are the nominees with Giants connections who appear on the 2014 ballot for the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF).

11/15/2013 | Howell clarifies comments about bullying, Puig
One day reliever J.P. Howell is reading a book written by his wife to preschoolers, and the next day he's drawn into the national discussion over bullying. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, it was written that Howell said he saw teammate Yasiel Puig bullied in the Dodgers' clubhouse. On Friday, Howell insisted that's not what he said.

11/15/2013 | Dealing Scherzer opposite of Tigers' win-now mentality
Trading Max Scherzer, while attractive both from the money it would save and the youth it could inject into the organization, makes too little sense for the Tigers to be taken too seriously.

11/15/2013 | No talks of long-term deal with Sox, Bogaerts
The Red Sox are not thinking about locking up 21-year-old shortstop/third baseman Xander Bogaerts to a long-term contract, general manager Ben Cherington confirmed earlier this month. Not now, at least.

11/15/2013 | Pujols says left foot is '99.9 percent healthy'
Speaking to on-site reporters via ESPNDeportes Radio earlier this week, Albert Pujols said his left foot, which suffered a partial tear of the plantar fascia and put him out for the last two months, is "99.9 percent healthy" and his rehab is going "really good."


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