The Chicago Cubs fired Rick Renteria on Friday to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. In an extraordinary statement, team President Theo Epstein said Renteria deserved to come back next season as the Cubs continue their rebuilding effort but Maddon’s unexpected decision to opt out of his contract with the Rays changed the equation. In short, Maddon was too good to pass up. We decided to pursue Joe.” Epstein said the Cubs were ”transparent” at all times with Renteria throughout the past two weeks.

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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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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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(Reuters) – List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball’s World Series. 2014 – Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 – David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 – Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 – David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 – Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 – Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 – Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 – David Eckstein (St. …

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Now that we’re preparing for a World Series Game 7 , now that the 2014 World Series has been pushed to its limit, things make a lot more sense. All along, the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals seemed like two teams that were very evenly matched. Plus, they both have a notable history in Game 7s. The Royals won a Game 7 in 1985 to capture their first, last and only World Series (they won Games 6 and 7 at home too). The Giants, meanwhile, will be playing in their fifth Game 7. They’re 0-4 in those previous games, dating back to their first Game 7 in 1912. Their most recent loss was 2002 against the Angels. That’s not the only way history is against the Giants. A road team hasn’t won a World Series Game 7 since 1979 when the Pittsburgh Pirates did it. Past Game 7 performances, though, aren’t a valid indication of anything that will happen during Wednesday’s contest. They’re just fun to examine. So if we’re going to talk Game 7 history, we figured we should also look back at some of the most memorable Game 7s throughout history. This will be the 37th World Series Game 7 in MLB history and the first since 2011 when the Cardinals beat the Rangers. There have been a number of great ones over the years, but we picked memorable ones. This isn’t a ranked list. Just seven that we remind you about as the Royals and Giants prepare to tussle one last time.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Athletics have hired former Oakland and San Francisco first baseman and outfielder Mike Aldrete as bench coach on manager Bob Melvin’s staff.

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks added Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Mike Russell as professional scouting coordinator Thursday.

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Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art – the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Using a calligraphy style he has worked to develop for more than a decade, Wakamatsu takes manager Ned Yost’s lineup and writes out the starters for both teams, the reserves and available relievers. ”I don’t see them as beautiful,” Wakamatsu said, humbly, before the Royals beat San Francisco 7-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Series at 1-all.

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The Kansas City Royals were dealt their first postseason setback in Game 1 of the World Series, falling 7-1 to the Madison Bumgarner- and Hunter Pence-led San Francisco Giants at a boisterous Kauffman Stadium. The lopsided result wasn’t what they had in mind, obviously, and it was a bit surprising given the unstoppable roll it appeared they were on coming in. The Royals, who are looking for their first world championship since 1985, set an MLB record by winning their first eight postseason games, including the AL wild-card game. Given the franchise’s championship drought and the relative ease with which they were able to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, they were obviously the story coming into Game 1 and in many circles were considered the favorites until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, at least through one game, it was proven otherwise. The Royals’ story actually more closely resembled another recent Cinderella story gone wrong in the World Series. That would be the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who like Kansas City streaked to World Series by winning seven straight games in the postseason and 21 of 22 overall dating back to the regular season, but were quickly brought back to earth in a 13-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1.  Though it wasn’t quite the drubbing Colorado experienced, there were still some eerie similarities, both glaring and subtle, between the two results. • Long layoff at the worst time:  In 2007, the Rockies swept through the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and then sat idly by for the next nine days while the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians went seven games in the ALCS. The Royals were only off for five days, compared to four for San Francisco. It’s not a Royals excuse or necessarily even a legit excuse to begin with, but any such layoff is awkward and can prove disruptive in October.  • First-inning woes: Like the Rockies, Kansas City was down 3-0 in the first inning before the national anthem could stop reverberating through the stadium. Hunter Pence capped San Francisco’s rally with a two-run homer off James Shields. Dustin Pedroia greeted Jeff Francis with a homer in 2007, and then Boston sent seven more to the plate. 

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.

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