AL West News and Rumors
Maddux, Magadan will return to Rangers' staff
MLB.com Updated 16 hours ago
The Rangers officially announced that pitching coach Mike Maddux has agreed to a new contract and hitting coach Dave Magadan is returning for the final season of his three-year deal, while Triple-A Round Rock manager Steve Buechele has been promoted to …Upvote Share Tweet
Astros games will be available to a larger portion of the Houston television market beginning next year after a bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that will allow AT&T and DirecTV to purchase Comcast SportsNet Hou…Upvote Share Tweet
Cherington hopes to meet with LesterStarting on Tuesday, the Red Sox can start negotiating with free agents on other teams. And that could include a pitcher the Red Sox are extremely familiar with in lefty Jon Lester, the man they traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes back i…Upvote Share Tweet
Street remains an Angel as club picks up '15 optionThe Angels retained a big piece of their bullpen Thursday, picking up their $7 million option on closer Huston Street.Upvote Share Tweet
Bush promoted to replace Davis as hitting coachThe A's have promoted from within to fill out their 2015 coaching staff. Notably, Darren Bush has been chosen to replace Chili Davis as hitting coach after serving as the club's bullpen coach the past two seasons.Upvote Share Tweet
Iwakuma's $7M option for '15 vested by MarinersHisashi Iwakuma had his $7 million contract option for the 2015 season vested by the Mariners on Thursday, as expected, meaning the standout right-hander will return for his fourth season with the club next year.Upvote Share Tweet
Aiming to shore up rotation, Rangers open talks with LewisThe Rangers, having set starting pitching as their top priority for the offseason, have made an opening offer to free-agent pitcher Colby Lewis. With the World Series over, the Rangers have five days to negotiate with and sign their own free agents. The…Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Oct 28 (4 days ago)It was the kind of link nobody wants to make, but one few could avoid. On Sunday afternoon, when word spread of the tragic death of 22-year-old Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, many within the Angels' organization undoubtedly thought back to 2009, when…Upvote Share TweetThe Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants know the emotions of a potential clincher wellMLB.com Oct 27 (4 days ago)A number of Giants know the sensations that the occasion of a potential World Series-clinching prompts. They experienced them in 2010, when they bested the Rangers in five games and in 2012, as they swept the Tigers.Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers grab third baseman Jimenez off waiversMLB.com Oct 27 (5 days ago)With Aramis Ramirez's future in limbo until after the World Series, the Brewers on Monday won a waiver claim for Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez, a 26-year-old coming off his first 20-homer season in the Minor Leagues.Upvote Share Tweet
Essay: When the Earth Shook and the Series Stood Stillnytimes.com Oct 25 (7 days ago)Dave Stewart, the Diamondbacks’ general manager, grew up in East Oakland and pitched for the Athletics in the 1989 World Series that was interrupted by the Loma Prieta earthquake.Upvote Share Tweet
Kansas City Royals Aren't the First Team From Their City to Exploit Pinch-Runningnytimes.com Oct 24In 1967, Charlie Finley, the unconventional owner of the Kansas City A’s, took Allan Lewis, nicknamed the Panamanian Express, and used him to run for his team’s slower players.Upvote Share Tweet
Banister working to settle on coaching staffMLB.com Oct 22New Rangers manager Jeff Banister is in Surprise, Ariz., this week for organizational meetings and to continue the process of putting together his coaching staff.Upvote Share Tweet
Scioscia named AL Manager of Year by Sporting NewsMLB.com Oct 21Angels skipper Mike Scioscia was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday by Sporting News, which also named Matt Williams of the Nationals in the National League based on a panel of 22 fellow managers.Upvote Share Tweet
Astros' prospect Velasquez untouchable in AFL actionMLB.com Oct 21Vincent Velasquez, ranked Houston's No. 8 prospect by MLB.com, allowed just one hit against a star-studded lineup for Peoria. The Javelinas had three of the top 100 prospects ranked by MLB.com in Tuesday's lineup, but Velasquez and three Salt River reli…Upvote Share Tweet
What It Was Like Driving My Dream Car, A Hyperbluprle McLaren P1, Homedeadspin.com Oct 21C.J Wilson is this car enthusiast we know who always seems to have a smile on his face, a camera around his neck, and a gear spinning in his heart. We've been told he also "pitches" for something called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Here'…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Oct 20The game had been over for hours. Kauffman Stadium had gone dark. The roars of a sold-out crowd, which had rooted the Kansas City Royals to a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels, had drifted away into the cool night air.Upvote Share TweetOn his first day on the job, Rangers manager Jeff Banister met with pitching coach Mike Maddux and spoke with hitting coach Dave Magadan and bench coach Tim Bogar. It was the first step toward putting together his coaching staff.Upvote Share Tweet
Rangers looking to extend GM Daniels' dealESPN.com Oct 17Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis wants to extend GM Jon Daniels' contract by the time spring training starts.Upvote Share Tweet
The World Series Earthquake: 1989ESPN.com Oct 17On Oct. 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area and disrupted the World Series between the Giants and the A's for 10 days. A retrospective look on the 25th anniversary.Upvote Share Tweet
OTL San Francisco Talkback 10/17Oct 17Today marks the 25th anniversary of the massive earthquake that hit the San Francisco Bay Area just before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series. Bob Ley talks with former A's pitcher Dave Stewart, and Dr. James Betts about their experience that day.
Texas Native Jeff Banister Hired By RangersOct 16ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins discusses the Rangers' hiring of Jeff Banister as the team's new manager.
1989 World Series Earthquake: 25 Years LaterOct 16Bob Ley looks back on Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Giants and the Athletics, and the earthquake that shook Candlestick Park.
30 for 30: The Day The Series Stopped - SafetyOct 14Fans begin to realize the trauma Candlestick Park went though during the earthquake. 30 for 30: The Day The Series Stopped premieres Tuesday October 14th at 10pm ET on ESPN.
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves agree to contract extensionOct 31With three hours to go before the midnight deadline Friday, Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to terms on a contract extension, the team announced.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors agree on contract extensionOct 31The Golden State Warriors have agreed to a contract extension with shooting guard Klay Thompson, the team announced Friday.
The Race to SevenOct 31There are two premier games this weekend featuring four six-win teams. In the AFC, it’s 6-1 Denver at 6-2 New England, with superstars all over the field. In the NFC, it’s 6-1 Arizona at 6-2 Dallas, with emerging players like John Brown and Jeremy Mince…
NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder's West path gets trickier without Russell Westb…Oct 31Without a margin for error in the unforgiving West, the Thunder are winless and now perhaps starless, with Russell Westbrook joining Kevin Durant in street clothes.