9/30/2013 | With strong finish, Medlen is Pitcher of Month
Kris Medlen is making a habit out of finishing the season strong. The Braves right-hander was named National League Pitcher of the Month on Monday, claiming the honor for the second consecutive September.
9/30/2013 | Collins returning is only certainty for Mets
The Mets eliminated one of their many uncertainties as quickly as possible after the closing on another season of oops, ouch and uh-oh. They said on Monday that Terry Collins returns next season for a fourth summer in the Citi. He is contracted for a fifth, and a sixth is at least contractually possible.
9/30/2013 | Epstein will begin search for new manager Tuesday
If Dale Sveum wasn't the right manager for the Cubs and the up-and-coming young players, who is? Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, said the search will begin on Tuesday when the club starts asking for permission to talk to potential candidates.
9/30/2013 | Past and present Astros join together for golf benefit
Astros stars, as well as a few heavyweights in the Houston business community, gathered at Shadow Hawk Golf Club on Monday for the Astros Foundation's annual golf classic to benefit Urban Youth Academy.
9/30/2013 | NL Wild Card Game to be a Dominican duel
When the Reds' Johnny Cueto and the Pirates' Francisco Liriano take the PNC Park mound for Tuesday night's National League Wild Card Game, they will participate in Major League Baseball's first elimination game featuring both starters from that Caribbean country.
9/30/2013 | Melvin, Athletics in sync on road to playoffs
A's manager Bob Melvin is engaging, always present and polite. He's secure in his thoughts, thoughtful in his answers and truly enjoys talking shop. Just don't ask him to talk about himself.
9/30/2013 | Myers named AL Rookie of the Month
Wil Myers' chase for the American League Rookie of the Year Award received a boost Monday when the Rays outfielder was named AL Rookie of the Month for September.
9/30/2013 | Sveum would have liked to help Cubs realize vision
Dale Sveum is well aware of the prospects in the Cubs' system, and was looking forward to the day when they joined the Major League team. But Sveum will only be able to watch from afar. On Monday, he was dismissed as the Cubs manager after two seasons.
9/30/2013 | Donaldson earns first Player of Month honor
Josh Donaldson's breakout season ended with the A's third baseman earning American League Player of the Month honors for September. It was Donaldson's first award of its kind and the first for an A's player since September 2000.
9/30/2013 | Ubaldo deals himself Pitcher of Month Award
Ubaldo Jimenez's unbeaten September earned the Indians right-hander the American League Pitcher of the Month Award.
9/30/2013 | Bucs' Cole earns NL Rookie of Month honors
Right-hander Gerrit Cole's strong finish helped the Pirates lock up their first playoff berth since 1992, and on Monday it earned him National League Rookie of the Month honors.
9/30/2013 | Pence's monster month earns NL honors
A lucrative September got even better for Hunter Pence on Monday, when the Giants outfielder was named National League Player of the Month.
9/30/2013 | Unconventional Maddon creates winning atmosphere
Rays manager Joe Maddon has never been one to follow. And now in his eighth season at the helm -- and fourth postseason appearance -- he has always strived to make the Rays' clubhouse a place where players wanted to be. At times he's gone to great lengths to accomplish that mission.
9/30/2013 | After no-no, Alvarez gets Player of the Week honors
Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday, a day after the right-hander tossed an unusual no-hitter in the regular-season finale against the Tigers.
9/30/2013 | Loney, Rios share award for lifting clubs into tiebreaker
Rays first baseman James Loney and Rangers outfielder Alex Rios powered their teams to Monday night's American League Wild Card tiebreaker during the regular season's final week and were honored because of it, sharing the season's final AL Player of the Week Award.
9/30/2013 | Jennings returns to lineup for tiebreaker
Desmond Jennings was not going to let the lingering tightness in his left hamstring keep him out for another one of these do-or-die games. On Monday, for the American League tiebreaker showdown at Rangers Ballpark, the 26-year-old outfielder was in the lineup for the first time in eight days, leading off and playing center field.
9/30/2013 | Being back with Rays invigorates Niemann
Jeff Niemann finally rejoined his Rays teammates in Texas, the site of the season-ending surgery he underwent nearly six months ago. "The full circle," Niemann said.
9/30/2013 | Kiermaier gets first callup, joins Rays in Texas
Kevin Kiermaier was lounging in his apartment in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Sunday, watching the series finale of "Breaking Bad," when suddenly a call came in from Jeff McLerran, the Rays' assistant of Minor League operations. On Monday morning he was boarding a flight to Texas to get his first Major League callup and to join the Rays for Game No. 163.
9/30/2013 | Amaro breaks down '13 season, looks forward
In a wide-ranging interview with the team's traveling beat writers, Ruben Amaro discussed everything from the heat he is feeling from fans, increasing the organization's use of analytics in player evaluation, finding an everyday right fielder, payroll and making sure they do not enter next season crossing their fingers and hoping a multitude of things go perfectly to have a chance to win.
9/30/2013 | Alderson targets improved bullpen depth for 2014
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday he would like to have more quality arms in the bullpen next season. While the bullpen showed improvement in 2013, it still wasn't as deep as the Mets would've liked.
9/30/2013 | Cubs' plan in place, but patience necessary
Next season will be Year 3 of Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein's rebuilding efforts, and the emphasis will be the same as the club focuses on "building the foundation for sustained success."
9/30/2013 | With Medlen on hill, mind over matter prevails
Kris Medlen arrived at suburban Los Angeles' Gahr High School as a 93-pound freshman who dreamed of growing up to play shortstop for the Dodgers. After reading this in an essay, his English teacher told him he should begin evaluating other career aspirations.
9/30/2013 | Three up, three down: End of season roundup
Finally. After 20 consecutive losing seasons -- a North American professional sports record -- and back-to-back second-half implosions the last two seasons, the Pirates are headed back to the postseason for the first time since 1992.
9/30/2013 | First-base situation unclear with Davis, Duda for 2014
The Mets have two first basemen on their roster going into next season in Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. But manager Terry Collins, who officially signed a two-year contract extension Monday with the Mets, said he isn't sure if both Davis and Duda could be on the roster at the same time.
9/30/2013 | Manfred named MLB's chief operating officer
Commissioner Bud Selig began the transition process in preparation for his January 2015 retirement by appointing Rob Manfred chief operating officer of Major League Baseball on Monday.
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