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Bumgarner-Led Giants Take Opener

Madison Bumgarner took a shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their playoff poise, putting a stop to the Royals' perfect postseason roll by romping to a 7-1 win in the World Series opener Tuesday night.

Via ESPN.com

Denbo Replaces Newman As Senior VP For Yankees

Gary Denbo is taking over as the head of the farm system for the New York Yankees.

Denbo, 53, is replacing the retiring Mark Newman, who has overseen the club's minor leagues for the last 15 years as senior vice president of baseball operations, according to a source.

Denbo was also the hitting coach for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan from 2003-05. In New York's 2014 media guide, he is listed as a pro scout.

Via Mark Feinsand/New York Daily News

Twins Continue Search For Manager

The Minnesota Twins continue to seek a replacement for long-time manager Ron Gardenhire.

Paul Moliter had a one-on-one meeting scheduled with Terry Ryan on Monday, while Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Torey Lovullo is "very much" still in the mix.

Doug Mientkiewicz is also believed to still be a candidate.



Via Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Hudson Received 'Very Good Offer' From Kansas City

The Kansas City Royals were willing to pay Tim Hudson, who they offered a two-year deal this past offseason.

Hudson, who went on to sign a two-year, $23 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, said Kansas City made him a "very good offer."

The right-hander, 38, had a 3.57 ERA, 1.231 WHIP and 120 strikeouts in 189.1 innings this season.

Via Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Posey Looks To Limit Speedy Royals

The Kansas City Royals led baseball with 153 stolen bases this season and they have picked up the pace in the playoffs.

Buster Posey, behind the plate for the San Francisco Giants, will look to limit the Royals, who have accumulated 13 steals in eight postseason games.

"Watching them for the last month or so, they're obviously very aggressive and have a ton of speed, and I would expect them to try and use that," Posey said.

The catcher threw out 29.8 percent (25-of-84) of runners trying to steal this year, essentially duplicating his 30 percent (27-of-90) success rate last season.

Via Chris Haft/MLB

Royals Passed On Chance To Sign Sergio Romo

The Kansas City Royals passed on the chance to sign Sergio Romo to a small $1,000 bonus before the San Francisco Giants took a chance on the reliever.

He was drafted in the 28th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Romo was an unheralded pitcher at the time, but now the Royals will have to face the right-hander in the World Series.

The 31-year-old had a 3.72 ERA, 0.948 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 58 innings this season.

Via Keith Law/ESPN

Fan Returns Ball To Ishikawa, Gets World Series Tickets

Frank Burke, a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants, caught Travis Ishikawa's home run ball on Thursday night.

The blast sent the Giants to the World Series. Burke said he wanted to gave Ishikawa the ball.

"I believe in karma," he said. "I didn't hit that ball ....if anybody's going to have that ball in their game room or trophy case, it's going to be the guy who hit it."

After having the ball authenticated by a Giants official, and being told that Ishikawa wanted it back, Burke went down to the clubhouse area and handed it over. Ishikawa thanked him and gave him a signed bat in return.

Burke said Giants officials asked him what he would like and he suggested World Series tickets but was told that was unlikely.

After doing a media interview the next morning, however, he got a call from the Giants. Burke now has four tickets to Game 3 of the World Series at San Francisco's AT&T Park on Friday night.

Via Associated Press

Shields Passed Kidney Stone Last Week

James Shields, who dealt recently with back pain and nausea, passed a kidney stone last week as the Kansas City Royals were finishing off the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS.

"It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn't feeling good."

Shields will face Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 of the Worid Series on Tuesday night after 11 days off.

The Royals debated starting him in the fourth game of the ALCS, but ultimately opted for Jason Vargas.

Shields underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort. By then, the team's medical staff deduced he had already passed the stone. He was still dealing with the illness early last week.

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Via Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Taveras Could Become Cardinals' Right Fielder

With right field unsettled, the St. Louis Cardinals could look to Oscar Taveras to fill the position in 2015.

St. Louis will consider Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Taveras for the job.

Taveras struggled when given everyday playing time and was exposed defensively after lagging with his conditioning work this season.

"I think he can be a star, and I think he showed things all season long that showed that," Mike Matheny said. "You see some things there offensively that absolutely excite you. … I think part of that process is that he's never been pushed and never naturally had that passion for the defensive side of the game. He's never had that passion for the baserunning and some of the minor details, which are things that he's now seen guys in that clubhouse who have been around here for a long time, it's all. It's all or nothing. I think that's part of his maturing."

John Mozeliak and Matheny sat down with Taveras at the end of the season to outline their suggestions for an offseason plan.

Via Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Cardinals Expect 'Significant' Payroll Increase

The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to increase their payroll in the coming years, according to chairman Bill DeWitt.

"We have forecasted increases over the next three to five years that will accommodate what we need to do with the young players we have," DeWitt told The Post-Dispatch.

"We knew as younger players matured at the major-league level they would get to arbitration and into free agency. We wouldn't be able to retain them at the current payroll level, so we're forecasting fairly significant increases in the next three to five years."

The Cardinals finished the 2014 season with a payroll around $115 million, and even though it grew with additions of pitchers John Lackey and Justin Masterson at midseason.

Via Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch