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  1. The Royals have three closers, really. And they’re closing things out at an amazing rate

    Oct 21, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Joe Posnanski looks at where they came from and just how dominant they’ve been.

  2. Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer re-injures shoulder in Arizona Fall League

    Oct 21, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Zimmer came into this season as a top-25 prospect according to Baseball America and MLB.com.

  3. Funding approved for a new spring training complex for the Nationals and Astros

    Oct 21, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Now they just need a site. If you have a few hundred acres in the Palm Beach area, call Mark Lerner.

  4. Mark Appel is thriving in the Arizona Fall League

    Oct 21, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Mark Appel had a weird season, as the former No. 1 overall pick was awful at Single-A with a 9.74 ERA in 12 starts and then made headlines over the weird quasi-controversy of him throwing a bullpen session in Houston.

  5. The Kansas City Star is drunk on World Series excitement

    Oct 21, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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    So drunk that today’s editorial says that the taxpayer subsidies to renovate the place several years ago are all worth it. Um, yeah.

  6. Royals add Jayson Nix to the World Series roster

    Oct 21, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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    He replaces rookie Christian Colon.

  7. HBT Daily: In which I waffle on my World Series pick

    Oct 21, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Breaking down tonight’s starters, the bullpens and the magic.

  8. The World Series will likely be Lorde-free

    Oct 21, 2014, 11:53 AM EDT

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    I suppose she could parachute into the stadium and surprise us or something, but don’t count on it.

  9. Must-click link: surviving spring training on $0 a day

    Oct 21, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Minor leaguers have filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging unfair labor practices. Here’s the story of one player who realized that there has to be a better way.

  10. Your Official HardballTalk World Series Preview

    Oct 21, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT

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    If anyone tells you they know what’s going to happen in the next week they’re lying to you. But let’s try to break this thing down all the same.

  11. Erroneous Narrative Alert: no, the Giants are not a “gritty,” anti-stats organization

    Oct 21, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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    For the third time in five years, the Giants are in the World Series. For the third time in five years, someone tries to claim they’re there because they are some sort of anti-stats organization. Which is baloney.

  12. Ned Yost totally Yosted a Vida Blue autograph when he was a kid

    Oct 21, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

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    To be fair, a Colossal Dog probably tastes pretty good.

  13. World Series Reset: Game 1 — finally! — is tonight

    Oct 21, 2014, 6:42 AM EDT

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    After four days without baseball, the World Series finally kicks off. Wait, not, it begins. “Kicks off” is a football term and dumb football is the whole reason we had to wait four days for the World Series to start.

  14. Adam Wainwright won’t require surgery on elbow

    Oct 20, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals expect that Wainwright will benefit from normal rest during the offseason.

  15. Paul Molitor to have another interview for Twins manager job

    Oct 20, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT

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    Molitor has been considered the favorite for the job and now he’s having another meeting with GM Terry Ryan.

  16. Cardinals will try to trade Randy Choate this offseason

    Oct 20, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Choate posted a 4.50 ERA over 61 appearances this season, but he held left-handed batters to an .093/.205/.147 batting line.

  17. Tim Bogar is leaving the Rangers after being passed over as manager

    Oct 20, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Bogar served as former manager Ron Washington’s bench coach and then went 14-8 as interim manager for a team that had been horrible until that point.

  18. Dave Magadan won’t be Yankees hitting coach, but he could be front-runner with A’s

    Oct 20, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

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    The Yankees aren’t hiring Dave Magadan as hitting coach, but he could be the favorite for the A’s job after Chili Davis left for the Red Sox.

  19. James Shields was in “excruciating pain” and passed a kidney stone during the ALCS

    Oct 20, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Royals manager Ned Yost chose Jason Vargas over James Shields to start Game 4 of the ALCS and now we know one factor that played into the decision: Shields was busy passing a kidney stone.

  20. Yoenis Cespedes joins Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports

    Oct 20, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

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    Following in the footsteps of fellow MLB players Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and his teammate and countryman Rusney Castillo, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will now be represented by Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

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