Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Youkilis, a three-time All-Star known affectionately as Yoooouuuuk in Boston and "the Greek God of Walks" in the book "Moneyball," announced his retirement Thursday. The 35-year-old was limited to 21 games in Japan last season due to plantar fasciitis. Youkilis spent most of his 10-year major-league career in Boston, where he was part of World Series champions in 2004 (as a rookie) and 2007. - - The Red Sox re-signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year contract on Thursday. The deal was reported by WEEI.com to be worth $18 million. ...

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Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Youkilis, a three-time All-Star known affectionately as Yoooouuuuk in Boston and "the Greek God of Walks" in the book "Moneyball," announced his retirement Thursday. The 35-year-old was limited to 21 games in Japan last season due to plantar fasciitis. Youkilis spent most of his 10-year major-league career in Boston, where he was part of World Series champions in 2004 (as a rookie) and 2007. - - The Red Sox re-signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year contract on Thursday. The deal was reported by WEEI.com to be worth $18 million. ...

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Giants a new-age dynasty with help from Bumgarner (Reuters)

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - A different kind of Major League Baseball dynasty has emerged. The San Francisco Giants are champions of a new age of parity, the best at juggling budget and talent, and managing the changing tides of a tumultuous 162-game regular season. Despite missing key players due to injury in pitcher Matt Cain and center fielder Angel Pagan, the Giants squeaked into the playoffs and won a third World Series title in five years with Wednesday's Game Seven win over the Kansas City Royals. ...

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Rodriguez suspension ends, back on Yanks’ roster (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension formally ended Thursday, a day after the World Series ended.

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Former Red Sox INF Youkilis retires (The Associated Press)

BOSTON (AP) -- ''The Greek God of Walks'' is walking away from the game.

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Former Red Sox INF Youkilis retires (The Associated Press)

BOSTON (AP) -- ''The Greek God of Walks'' is walking away from the game.

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Dodgers, Nationals are early favorites to win 2015 World Series; Giants rank fifth (Big League Stew)

Well, distraught Los Angeles Dodgers fans, here's something that might cheer you up a tad bit after watching your bitter rivals win the World Series — the Dodgers are the early favorites to win the 2015 World Series, according to online sportsbook Bovada . The Washington Nationals share that honor with the Dodgers. Both teams, which were knocked out in the NLDS this season, are listed at 15/2 odds. The San Francisco Giants, whose World Series win hasn't even dried yet, ranked fifth at 12/1. The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels are just ahead of the Giants, both carrying 10/1 odds. Here's Bovada's complete rundown: Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 Washington Nationals 15/2 Detroit Tigers 10/1 Los Angeles Angels 10/1 San Francisco Giants 12/1 St. Louis Cardinals 12/1 Kansas City Royals 16/1 Seattle Mariners 18/1 Baltimore Orioles 20/1 Oakland Athletics 20/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 Atlanta Braves 22/1 Boston Red Sox 22/1 New York Yankees 22/1 Cleveland Indians 25/1 Cincinnati Reds 33/1 Tampa Bay Rays 33/1 Texas Rangers 33/1 Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 Chicago White Sox 40/1 Milwaukee Brewers 40/1 New York Mets 40/1 Chicago Cubs 50/1 Miami Marlins 50/1 San Diego Padres 66/1 Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 Colorado Rockies 100/1 Houston Astros 100/1 Minnesota Twins 100/1 For context's sake, we'll point out that the Dodgers topped the list when Bovada released its day-after-the-World Series odds last year too. There were listed at 7/1. The Giants were 18/1. We all know how both of those worked out. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Bumgarner a throwback to pre-pitch count era (The Associated Press)

Madison Bumgarner is a throwback to the days before pampering and pitch counts. Tall, with droopy hair and the look of a gunslinger, he strung together a sequence of World Series performances seldom seen since the games were played in daylight, kids in school listened on radios and Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Mickey Lolich dominated. ''I don't know if it'll ever be done again,'' Jeremy Affeldt said after Bumgarner came out of the bullpen with five scoreless innings to lead San Francisco over the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday for the Giants' third World Series title in five years. In an age when arms are treated like fragile investments and fear of Tommy John surgery fills every clubhouse, Bumgarner just wanted the ball as often as possible.

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Are the Giants a dynasty after winning third World Series in five seasons? (Big League Stew)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As it relates to sport, a dynasty is supposed to be a sequence of champions. A sequence is supposed to be a continuously connected series of occurrences. The championships must connect, and not merely in a figurative sense. And yet, it's tempting to bend the definition of dynasty so that it might fit what the San Francisco Giants have accomplished three times, though not in a row, since 2010. The Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series, giving manager Bruce Bochy, general manager Brian Sabean and many others connected to the team a third championship ring. For those men, along with many of Bochy's coaches and Sabean's lieutenants, and eight of the players who span all three championship rosters, winning certainly has become a habit.  "In today’s game, if it’s not, it’s as close as you’re gonna get," said catcher Buster Posey, a rookie in 2010 and one of nine players with three rings. But is it a dynasty? The most recent MLB team to win three straight was the New York Yankees from 1998-2000. The Oakland Athletics did the same from 1972-1974. Three in a row; that's a dynasty. [ Yahoo Sports Shop: Buy San Francisco Giants World Series title gear right here ] Pitching coach Dave Righetti's presence on the Giants spans 15 years, two managers and two different sets of World Series appearances. The Giants also made it in 2002. Now, nobody would say that season could be used to say the Giants are a dynasty, even though most other teams in the majors would envy an organization that's been to the Series four times in 13 years. Righetti doesn't think the current Giants run equals a dynasty.

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New dynasty: Giants capture 3rd title in 5 years (The Associated Press)

Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. It's a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager. Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. ''Dynasty'' blared the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.

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