Joe Maddon ends decade-long Rays tenure (AFP)

Joe Maddon, who led Tampa Bay Rays to a World Series berth in 2008, has stepped down after almost a decade at the helm, the Major League Baseball club said. The long-time manager's exit came after Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. The 60-year-old presided over the Rays during their most successful period in the franchise's 17-year history. It followed the departure of longtime executive Andrew Friedman, who was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm



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Alleged MLB drug supplier pleads not guilty (The Associated Press)

A man described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a black-market chemist who concocted athletic performance-enhancing drugs in his garage pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges arising from Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal. Paulo Berejuk, 50, entered the plea during a federal court hearing on charges of conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone, both controlled substances. The DEA says that Berejuk for years was the main supplier for Anthony Bosch, former owner of the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic on Coral Gables that sold banned substances to MLB players and other athletes, some still in high school. Magistrate Judge Barry Garber agreed with prosecutors that Berejuk might flee to Brazil and is a danger to the community because he was dispensing controlled substances without a medical or pharmaceutical license.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm



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High-schooler Anraku 1st in Japan baseball draft (The Associated Press)

High school pitching star Tomohiro Anraku was chosen first overall in Nippon Professional Baseball's amateur draft on Thursday and was headed to the former team of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The Yakult Swallows and Rakuten Eagles selected Anraku with the first and second picks respectively, and the Eagles won a lottery for the highly touted 17-year-old right-hander. ''One of my dreams was to be taken first in the draft,'' Anraku said.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 23, 2014 at 6:05 am



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Giants’ bullpen melts down in 7-2 loss to Royals (The Associated Press)

Giants manager Bruce Bochy signaled to his bullpen and got no relief. While the Kansas City Royals showed off their late-inning heat, San Francisco's relievers melted down. Given a sixth-inning tie to preserve, Jean Machi allowed Billy Butler's go-ahead single. Rookie Hunter Strickland then yielded Salvador Perez's two-run double and Omar Infante's two-run homer in the Giants' 7-2 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday night, which tied the World Series at one game apiece.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm



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Giants’ bullpen melts down in 7-2 loss to Royals (The Associated Press)

Giants manager Bruce Bochy signaled to his bullpen and got no relief. While the Kansas City Royals showed off their late-inning heat, San Francisco's relievers melted down. Given a sixth-inning tie to preserve, Jean Machi allowed Billy Butler's go-ahead single. Rookie Hunter Strickland then yielded Salvador Perez's two-run double and Omar Infante's two-run homer in the Giants' 7-2 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday night, which tied the World Series at one game apiece.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm



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Royals beat Giants 7-2 to tie World Series 1-all (The Associated Press)

Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece. A night after the Giants opened with a 7-1 victory for their seventh straight Series win, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run against hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura. Brandon Belt tied the score 2-all with an RBI double in the fourth.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm



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Royals remain upbeat heading into Game 2 against a familiar opponent on the mound (Big League Stew)

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 22, 2014 at 12:33 am



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Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener (The Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 22, 2014 at 12:32 am



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DEA complaint charges alleged MLB drug supplier (The Associated Press)

MIAMI (AP) -- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Tuesday arrested a South Florida man suspected of manufacturing and supplying banned performance-enhancing drugs to clinics that distributed them to Major League Baseball players and other athletes.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm



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Finnegan learns fast: from school to World Series (The Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Betty Finnegan made the 5 1/2-hour drive from Fort Worth, Texas, with a friend Aug. 31 to watch the last two games of the season for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Her 21-year-old son was finishing his first summer as a professional baseball player on the Double-A team after helping pitch TCU into the College World Series.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on October 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm



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