The Detroit Tigers season ended earlier then they'd hoped and in very disappointing fashion after they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS. Now their offseason is getting off to a pretty rough start too after the team learned that Miguel Cabrera will not be able to resume baseball activities for at least three months following surgery on his right ankle. Though resurgent in September, Cabrera wasn't his MVP caliber self for most of the second half of the season. His lack of production (three home runs and 16 RBIs from the All-Star break until Sept. 1) can be attributed in part to a bone spur in his right ankle, which was bothersome enough that manager Brad Ausmus considered giving Cabrera multiple days off in late August even after the team had fallen behind the Kansas City Royals in the standings. The Tigers knew offseason surgery was a distinct possibility, but nobody was anticipating that in addition to the bone spur, doctors would find a stress fracture in the navicular bone on the top of his foot. Doctors were forced to place two screws in his foot to stabilize the fracture, which changed his offseason outlook significantly. From MLive.com's Chris Iott: The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day. But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be. "He is as tough as you can possibly be," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "They cannot even believe once they went in there and looked at it that he could play with the ankle that he had. It's worse than what we ever would have anticipated." Cabrera had the operation on Wednesday, so that would set his three-month evaluation for late January. Depending on the news there, he could either begin baseball activities about three weeks ahead of spring training, or be recommended more rest. Either way, his season preparation would be well behind schedule, and more rest could push his full recovery into the regular season. The Cabrera waiting game will be an unwanted subplot in an already important offseason for general manager Dave Dombrowski. With Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer likely to test the free agent market and a bullpen that needs an overhaul, Dombrowski has plenty to consider. Any uncertainty over Cabrera's recovery only adds to his plate and could place some urgency on re-signing Martinez, who's reportedly looking for a four-year deal . The Tigers championship window isn't closed yet. Not with Justin Verlander, David Price, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello definitely in the mix, but the Kansas City Royals postseason run coupled with another competitive season from the Cleveland Indians makes it clear winning a fifth straight AL Central title will take some work. Avoiding a slow start will be critical in that equation, and not having Cabrera or Martinez in the lineup in April makes them vulnerable. It's going to be a challenge for Dombrowski to build his roster with this extra hurdle now in his way. Can he rise to the occasion again, or will the circumstances finally push Detroit down the ladder in 2015? More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813
Jeremy Guthrie walked onto the field in the middle of the first inning, got behind the mound and saw what he described as a ''sea of orange.'' After pitching for two colleges, three minor league teams and four major league clubs, after finishing with a losing record in five of his first six big league seasons, after enduring four consecutive last-place finishes, he had made it to baseball's pinnacle: the World Series. ''A lot of people say they dreamed of playing in the World Series. He also accomplished a first: No starting pitcher in the 111-year history of the World Series had ever before gotten a win without any strikeouts or walks.
The starting pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series are a study in contrasts. The Royals will send out rookie Yordano Ventura, the hard-throwing right-hander from the Dominican Republic who grew up idolizing Pedro Martinez and now talks to him just about every day. San Francisco will counter with veteran Jake Peavy, the hired gun from Mobile, Alabama, who helped Boston win the World Series last year. ''A lot of energy, I think, on both sides,'' said Peavy, pointing out perhaps the one thing they have in common.
The Kansas City Royals were dealt their first postseason setback in Game 1 of the World Series, falling 7-1 to the Madison Bumgarner- and Hunter Pence-led San Francisco Giants at a boisterous Kauffman Stadium. The lopsided result wasn't what they had in mind, obviously, and it was a bit surprising given the unstoppable roll it appeared they were on coming in. The Royals, who are looking for their first world championship since 1985, set an MLB record by winning their first eight postseason games, including the AL wild-card game. Given the franchise's championship drought and the relative ease with which they were able to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, they were obviously the story coming into Game 1 and in many circles were considered the favorites until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, at least through one game, it was proven otherwise. The Royals' story actually more closely resembled another recent Cinderella story gone wrong in the World Series. That would be the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who like Kansas City streaked to World Series by winning seven straight games in the postseason and 21 of 22 overall dating back to the regular season, but were quickly brought back to earth in a 13-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1. Though it wasn't quite the drubbing Colorado experienced, there were still some eerie similarities, both glaring and subtle, between the two results. • Long layoff at the worst time: In 2007, the Rockies swept through the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and then sat idly by for the next nine days while the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians went seven games in the ALCS. The Royals were only off for five days, compared to four for San Francisco. It's not a Royals excuse or necessarily even a legit excuse to begin with, but any such layoff is awkward and can prove disruptive in October. • First-inning woes: Like the Rockies, Kansas City was down 3-0 in the first inning before the national anthem could stop reverberating through the stadium. Hunter Pence capped San Francisco's rally with a two-run homer off James Shields. Dustin Pedroia greeted Jeff Francis with a homer in 2007, and then Boston sent seven more to the plate.
(Reuters) - List of winners in Major League Baseball's World Series: 2013 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 - San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3 2010 - San Francisco Giants 4, Texas Rangers 1 2009 - New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 2008 - Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 2007 - Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0 2006 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit Tigers 1 2005 - Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 0 2004 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. ...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Jeff Banister is a baseball lifer who calls Texas home. He grew up there and played his entire amateur career there before getting drafted.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night.
The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Bench coach Tim Bogar, the Rangers' interim manager for the final 22 games after Ron Washington's sudden resignation, is among three finalists for the Texas manager's job.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Chip Hale spent 10 seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization, the final three as the major league third base coach. He also played at the University of Arizona and still lives in Tucson.
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