Quick Hits: Nationals-Astros, Plantier, Cabrera, Hillman

Palm Beach County has approved $108MM in public funding for a $135MM spring training complex to be shared by the Nationals and Astros, writes James Wagner of The Washington Post. The clubs must still agree to a site for their new spring home. The move to Florida’s east coast also has implications ...

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Who’s that orange-clad man in World Series crowd? It’s Marlins Man!

In a sea of blue at the World Series, a speck of orange popped out of the rabid Royals crowd behind home plate, in plain view of the TV cameras. On the man’s shirt: “Marlins.” The sight so rattled the home team that stadium officials asked him to leave — or at least cover up with a Kansas Ci...

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Clark Spencer
Miami Herald, Marlins Beat Writer
8h

Padres dismiss hitting coach Plantier

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have relieved Phil Plantier of his hitting-coach duties, a baseball source told MLB.com on Wednesday. The team is expected to formally announce the dismissal today, following a season in which the Padres ranked last in the Major Leagues in several offensive categories. Planti...

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Corey Brock
MLB.com, Padres Beat Writer
8h
Top tweets
Geoff Baker , Seattle Times, Mariners Beat Writer
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance voted Corey Kluber over Felix Hernandez as top AL pitcher, 80-74 in scoring that mirrors CY vote rules.
@GeoffBakerTIMES | | 9h | Score: 37
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NBCSports.com , MLB News and Updates
The Royals asked a fan in Marlins gear to change his shirt last night. He refused. t.co/3dtFH1hgvi
@HardballTalk | | 7h | Score: 8
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John Ourand , Sports Business Journal, Sportwriter
World Series Game 1 pulled an 8.0 overnight, down nearly 15% from last year's World Series Game 1 (Red Sox-Cardinals).
@Ourand_SBJ | | 9h | Score: 8
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Len Berman , ThatSports.com, Sportscaster
40 years ago today the Giants traded the "Next Willie Mays," Bobby Bonds to the Yankees for the "Next Mickey Mantle," Bobby Murcer.
@LenBermanSports | | 11h | Score: 8
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Roch Kubatko , MASNsports.com, Sportswriter
No #orioles were named to Sporting News AL All-Star team
@masnRoch | | 8h | Score: 5
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Corey Brock , MLB.com, Padres Beat Writer
The #Padres have relieved Phil Plantier of his hitting coach duties for 2015. Story soon at t.co/e5Py7RPuNB
@FollowThePadres | | 9h | Score: 5
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NBCSports.com , MLB News and Updates
The Phillies are thought to be front runners for Yasmany Tomas t.co/ZdJkWUTv49
@HardballTalk | | 9h | Score: 5
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Jerry Crasnick , ESPN.com, Baseball Writer
I just experienced a first: A reader from Texas accused me of "East Coast bias'' for writing a story on the #royals.
@jcrasnick | | 9h | Score: 5
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FoxSports.com , MLB News and Updates
5-time All-Star, 8-time Gold Glove winner, #WorldSeries Champ. #Royals HOFer, Frank White t.co/TvvKkihgiV
@MLBONFOX | | 7h | Score: 4
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Jeff Wilson , Star-Telegram, Texas Rangers Reporter
Jeff Banister met this a.m. with Steve Buechele. #Rangers need a bench coach. Buechele impressed as candidate for manager's job.
@JeffWilson_FWST | | 7h | Score: 3
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Tom Withers , Associated Press, Sportswriter
#Indians LF Michael Brantley named Sporting News All-Star, first Cleveland OF selected since Grady Sizemore (2008).
@twithersAP | | 7h | Score: 3
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Jeff Passan , Yahoo! Sports, MLB Columnist
Sloppy D. Limp bats. Three Frame James. The Royals finally lost. Now comes their truest test of resiliency. Column: t.co/NTr1cEhNJg
@JeffPassan | | 8h | Score: 3
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Greg Johns , MLB.com, Mariners Beat Writer
Felix Hernandez voted top pitcher in AL on The Sporting News AL All-Star team. Only Mariner on team. Altuve was 2B over Cano.
@GregJohnsMLB | | 8h | Score: 3
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David O'Brien , AJC, Braves Beat Writer
#Braves La Stella hit .256 in 312 ABs at 2B, while Gosselin, Uggla, Pena, Pastonicky, Bonifacio hit combined .190 (55-for-290) w 77 K at 2B
@DOBrienAJC | | 8h | Score: 3
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Alex Pavlovic , Mercury News, Giants Beat Reporter
There's one ace still standing, and he's better than he's ever been. On Madison Bumgarner: t.co/VPxmyQFJBA t.co/WHSOJNcX0c
@AlexPavlovic | | 9h | Score: 3
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USA TODAY , Sports News and Updates
Things got weird between Hunter Pence and Erin Andrews last night: t.co/MJNOFmq5KD t.co/dCHSjn4rlg
@USATODAYsports | | 7h | Score: 2
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Ken Rosenthal , FoxSports.com, Senior Baseball Writer
ICYMI: Column on #SFGiants’ Bumgarner, who in the opinion of one teammate could “pitch until December.” t.co/NB6BsTxvsQ
@Ken_Rosenthal | | 7h | Score: 0
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Jeff Wilson , Star-Telegram, Texas Rangers Reporter
Jeff Banister met this a.m. with Steve Buechele. #Rangers need a bench coach. Buechele impressed as candidate for manager's job.
@JeffWilson_FWST | | 7h | Score: 3
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Jeff Rosen , KC Star, Sportswriter
Big Game James Shields has a Slurpee ERA this postseason: 7.11.
@jeff_rosen88 | | 7h | Score: 0
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USA TODAY , Sports News and Updates
Things got weird between Hunter Pence and Erin Andrews last night: t.co/MJNOFmq5KD t.co/dCHSjn4rlg
@USATODAYsports | | 7h | Score: 2
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Brett Taylor , BleacherNation.com, Writer
Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Updated Pictures from the Deconstructed Ballpark t.co/EoC4KWZAni #Cubs t.co/F36QQyPSDF
@BleacherNation | | 7h | Score: 0
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Alex Pavlovic , Mercury News, Giants Beat Reporter
Going through Game 1 transcripts, enjoyed this answer from Pence: t.co/puMjHjrqLM
@AlexPavlovic | | 7h | Score: 1
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Adam Kilgore , Washington Post, Nationals Beat Writer
What goes through Hunter Pence's mind when he hits a World Series home run? "Emptiness." t.co/w1tGd1vJgb
@AdamKilgoreWP | | 7h | Score: 0
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Alyson Footer , MLB.com, National Correspondent
At a roundtable discussion at Negro Leagues Museum w/'85 Royals Willie Wilson, Frank White &Danny Jackson. Jackson also a '90 Red of cou
@alysonfooter | | 7h | Score: 0
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NBCSports.com , MLB News and Updates
The Royals asked a fan in Marlins gear to change his shirt last night. He refused. t.co/3dtFH1hgvi
@HardballTalk | | 7h | Score: 8
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ESPNLosAngeles .com , Sports News and Updates
Beaten San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow hopes to walk again t.co/J8pci7yVd2
@ESPNLosAngeles | | 7h | Score: 0
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Tim Sullivan , Courier Journal, Sportswriter
See the #Padres have fired another hitting coach. Job has more turnover than Derek Jeter's love life.
@TimSullivan714 | | 7h | Score: 1
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FoxSports.com , MLB News and Updates
5-time All-Star, 8-time Gold Glove winner, #WorldSeries Champ. #Royals HOFer, Frank White t.co/TvvKkihgiV
@MLBONFOX | | 7h | Score: 4
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Tom Withers , Associated Press, Sportswriter
#Indians LF Michael Brantley named Sporting News All-Star, first Cleveland OF selected since Grady Sizemore (2008).
@twithersAP | | 7h | Score: 3
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Bernie Wilson , Associated Press, Sportswriter
Many in baseball know the #Padres have a lot of LOFT hitters ... Lack Of (expletive) Talent hitters. #balltalk.
@berniewilson | | 7h | Score: 0
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David O'Brien , AJC, Braves Beat Writer
#Braves shortstop Simmons had as many XBH (29) and more HR (9) in 67 games after the 2013 All-Star break as had in entire 2014 season (29/7)
@DOBrienAJC | | 8h | Score: 2
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Bill Shaikin , Los Angeles Times, Baseball Sportswriter
Sporting News All-Stars (picked by league execs): NL--Kershaw P, Gordon 2B; AL--Trout OF, Aybar SS. #Dodgers #Angels
@BillShaikin | | 8h | Score: 2
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John Shea , San Francisco Chronicle, Baseball Writer
The unique world of Hunter Pence ("It was really loud in my head"), Homer by #TheUnnatural silences #royals: t.co/T9KF7M9pTu
@JohnSheaHey | | 8h | Score: 1
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Corey Brock , MLB.com, Padres Beat Writer
Bookmark this: Updated stats of #Padres players in winter ball. t.co/R0vn67qwgw Also, I think Grandal's 1.143 slug is sustainable.
@FollowThePadres | | 8h | Score: 0
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Jeff Passan , Yahoo! Sports, MLB Columnist
Sloppy D. Limp bats. Three Frame James. The Royals finally lost. Now comes their truest test of resiliency. Column: t.co/NTr1cEhNJg
@JeffPassan | | 8h | Score: 3
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NL East Notes: Braves Catcher, Burnett, Tomas

Who will catch for the Braves in 2015? It’s liable to be a question of interest all offseason long as several roster moves could depend on the outcome. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explores the conundrum. We’ve previously seen speculation that the Braves will deal Evan Gat...

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9h
Geoff Baker - Seattle Times, Mariners Beat Writer
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance voted Corey Kluber over Felix Hernandez as top AL pitcher, 80-74 in scoring that mirrors CY vote rules.
@GeoffBakerTIMES | | 9h | Score: 37

AL Notes: Shields, Magadan, Yankees

Prior to last night’s three inning, five run meltdown, Mike Petriello of FanGraphs examined why Royals ace James Shields has failed to live up to his “Big Game” moniker. In a detailed analysis, Petriello discovered Shields’ pitch selection has changed in the postseason and his cutter has bee...

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10h
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Red Sox’s Rusney Castillo Suffers Hand Injury In Arizona Fall League

Boston Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is a little banged up. Castillo, who currently is playing for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, left Monday’s game against the Mesa Solar Sox with a bruised hand/thumb, according to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier. Castillo is considered day-to-da...

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Sports News and Updates
10h

Mets to interview former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long

The Mets will formally interview former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for their vacant hitting coach position on Wednesday.1,2,3 Long was the hitting coach for the Yankees for seven seasons before being fired by the team at the end of the season. The Mets, Blue Jays and Braves reached out to Long...

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10h

State of the Cubs: Diving back into free agency after Edwin Jackson deal

Three years into The Plan, the Cubs have used three top-six draft picks on hitters while trading away 40 percent of their rotation each summer. It’s obvious what’s next on Theo Epstein’s agenda. “We need impact starting pitching,” Epstein said. “If you can add a top-of-the-rotation start...

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Patrick Mooney
CSNChicago, Cubs Beat Reporter
10h
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Still going strong into World Series, Giants' Bumgarner rules Game 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He has now pitched 256 innings this season, including nearly 40 in the playoffs. And it does not appear that Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner has even broken a sweat. “He’s a big, strong boy,” Giants catcher Buster Posey said, smiling as he talked about the 6-foot-5, 2...

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Ken Rosenthal
FoxSports.com, Senior Baseball Writer
11h

Royals to stick with James Shields in rotation, but should they?

KANSAS CITY - After the Giants dominant 7-1 win over the Royals in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series, we're gonna ask a question. It's a question that would have been unthinkable coming into the postseason, but here we are: Should the Royals consider removing James Shields from their starting rotation...

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11h

Hunter Pence and Erin Andrews Share Awkward Moment Following Game 1 of World Series

Erin Andrews put words in Hunter Pence’s mouth after the Giants win in Game 1 of the World Series. Pence corrected EA, who tried to defend her paraphrasing of the locker room talk. Pence then apologized and Andrews said she loved it. It was semi-awkward, but it was also nice to see an athlete brea...

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Jason McIntyre
TheBigLead.com, Sports Reporter
11h

Is 'Big Game' James Shields losing big dollars with lousy postseason?

Is pitching his way into a more palatable contract for teams that might pursue him on the free agent market? On Tuesday, in Game 1 of the World Series, Shields added to a growing resume of performances that has rendered his "Big Game" James moniker something of an October punchline. He got shelled f...

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Alex Speier
WEEI.com, Red Sox Beat Writer
11h

Pence's HR might be Series-altering

KANSAS CITY -- Has a World Series ever been won in the first inning of Game 1? OK, the correct answer is no, even though the 2007 Rockies might not be so sure about that. But what are we to make of that moment in the first inning Tuesday night, when Hunter Pence sent a baseball flying through the el...

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Jayson Stark
ESPN, Senior Baseball Writer
17h

How the Royals lost for the first time in the 2014 playoffs, and what comes next

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For nearly a month, the Kansas City Royals forgot what the solemnity of a losing clubhouse felt like. No music straining through the speakers. No boisterous ceremony tabbing the player of the game. No smoke machine coughing out thick clouds of vapor. Just quiet and reflection an...

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Jeff Passan
Yahoo! Sports, MLB Columnist
17h

POSTGAME NOTES: Pence helps Giants jump ahead early; Bumgarner adds a new trick; Looking for Lincecum

They waited a long time for this game here, so they put blue dye in the fountains around town and stocked up on BBQ and filled the Big K. And they roared when Buster Posey was cut down at the plate, confident that James Shields would find his way through the early issues. And then Hunter Pence hit a...

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Alex Pavlovic
Mercury News, Giants Beat Reporter
17h

“There is no bigger stage. But he’s just Madison Bumgarner.” And he’s the last ace standing.

The downfall of the ace this postseason was swift and nearly universal. The last image of Clayton Kershaw was a left-hander crouching on the Busch Stadium mound, hands on his knees as he watched his season wash away. Stephen Strasburg looked on from the visiting dugout at AT&T Park as the Giants sen...

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Alex Pavlovic
Mercury News, Giants Beat Reporter
18h

The full Hunter Pence quote is just a thing of beauty: #WorldSeries #Giants #Royals

Pete Abraham
Boston Globe, Red Sox Beat Writer
19h
Alex Pavlovic - Mercury News, Giants Beat Reporter
Bumgarner on his celebrations: "I don't really drink much of the beers. I just pour it on me. It's pretty difficult to drink six at a time."
@AlexPavlovic | | 20h | Score: 13
Alex Pavlovic - Mercury News, Giants Beat Reporter
Bumgarner on podium, about Pence: "It's an honor and a blessing to have him as a teammate." Pence hugged him. "I paid him to say that."
@AlexPavlovic | | 20h | Score: 14