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Josh Hamilton Ready For Postseason

Josh Hamilton says he's feeling better and is ready for the playoffs later this week.

Hamilton missed 21 of the Los Angeles Angels' last 22 games because of shoulder and other upper-body injuries.

He worked out Tuesday, and said he's set for Thursday when the Angels host the Kansas City Royals in the opener of the AL Division Series.

"I feel good, just like yesterday. I ran, threw, faced a lot of pitching, so I'm good to go," Hamilton said.

"There's always pain, but the point is that I'm not having muscle spasms. It's been responding well every day. I didn't have any spasms after I finished, so I'll see how it responds tomorrow," he added.

Via Associated Press

Vargas Will Start Game 1 Of ALDS For Royals

The Kansas City Royals will start Jason Vargas in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

Vargas, who was 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 30 starts this season, has never started in the postseason.

The left-hander pitched for the Angels last season.

He signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Royals over the offseason.

Via T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Drew Interested In Re-Signing With Yankees

Stephen Drew, who the New York Yankees acquired at midseason, is interested in re-signing with the club.

"This year was totally crazy," Drew said. "I'm looking forward to a normal offseason. But I really like New York. They have something special here. We'll see how things play out."

Drew plays shortstop, a position the Yankees will look to fill with Derek Jeter retiring.

"I don't know who it's going to be, but whoever it is, you have to realize how special it is to play there and that you're not Derek," Drew said. "That's the biggest thing. If you try to be like him — whoever it might be — you're not him."

Via George A. King III/New York Post

Diamondbacks Confirm Manager Candidates

The Arizona Diamondbacks have confirmed seven candidates for their managerial job.

Arizona has interest in Sandy Alomar Jr., Jay Bell, Andy Green, Phil Nevin, Jim Tracy, Turner Ward and Joe McEwing.


Wacha To Pitch Out Of Bullpen In NLDS

The St. Louis Cardinals will use Michael Wacha out of the bullpen for the NL Division Series.

"I was kind of expecting it," Wacha said.

"Just never made it back to where I wanted to be as a starter," he added. "I'm just happy they're going to take a little chance on me in the bullpen."

Mike Matheny said he'll go with Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller the first four games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Via Associated Press

Molitor, Twins To Discuss Manager Vacancy

The Minnesota Twins are expected to meet with Paul Molitor about their vacant managerial position, according to a report.

Molitor may have even met with Terry Ryan and other Minnesota executives on Wednesday.

The Hall of Famer played three seasons (1996-98) with the Twins to cap his 21-year career.

The Twins added him to their staff in October 2013, assigning him supervision of the team's baserunning, bunting, infield instruction and positioning as well as assistance with in-game strategy.

In July, he became the team's first-base coach.


Mariners Focused On Adding Offensive Pieces

The Seattle Mariners are focused on adding an offensive piece this winter as they prepare for 2015 season.

"I think we are going to do everything we can to add to the ballclub," Jack Zduriencik said. "Offense is something we think we need. We will explore every opportunity out there. I think we will be reasonably aggressive to try to add an offensive piece or two and you never have enough pitching. Where all this ends up none of us know, but we will be pretty aggressive in trying to add to this ballclub."

Seattle just missed out on the American League playoffs, as the Oakland Athletics held them off.



Via Shannon Drayer/710 ESPN

Dunn Will Retire After 14 Seasons

After "playing" in the only playoff game of his career, Adam Dunn will retire.

Dunn never got off the bench for the Oakland Athletics in Tuesday night's Wild Card loss to the Kansas City Royals.

"I guess the computer got me," Dunn said, referring to the A's "Moneyball" tactics.

Dunn ends his career with a .237 batting average, 462 home runs and 1,168 RBIs but a zero in the postseason games played column.

Via Doug Padilla/ESPN

Royals Win AL Wild-Card Game

The Royals ran wild and outlasted the A's in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.

Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a 9-8 victory Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game.

Via ESPN.com

Tigers Will Begin ALDS With Max Scherzer

The Detroit Tigers will have Max Scherzer on the mound for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles.

Justin Verlander will start the second game of the series. The AL Division Series begins on Thursday in Baltimore.

"He's been our best pitcher," Brad Ausmus said of Scherzer.

Via Associated Press