Indians tab Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin to start World Series

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October 18, 2016: Cleveland Indians Starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) pitches during ALCS Game 4 between the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto ON. Toronto won the game 5-1 to remain in the series down 3-1. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)

Right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin are slated to start for the Cleveland Indians in Games 1 through 3 of the World Series with manager Terry Francona’s rotation remaining up in the air for the rest of the series.

The 30-year-old Kluber is in the midst of the first postseason action of his career and has been excellent. Over 18.1 innings pitched across three starts, he is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA. Opposing batters have hit .197 against him in the playoffs while he has managed 20 strikeouts against seven walks.

A 2016 All-Star and the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, Kluber went 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and 227 strikeouts against 57 walks in 215 innings pitched for the Indians this season. He put up the third-best ERA and was fourth in wins and fifth in strikeouts in the American League.

Bauer, a 25-year-old, is also experiencing his first stint in the playoffs. His postseason performance has been slightly less impressive than Kluber’s, however. In 5.1 innings of work across two games, he has posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He gave up six hits for an opposing average of .286 with seven strikeouts and two free passes.

He went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA in the regular season, the second-lowest of his five-year career. He had 168 strikeouts and 70 walks over 190 innings of work.

Tomlin is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA with 10 batters retired. The 32-year-old has spent his entire major league career with Cleveland since 2010, just one year more than Kluber. Tomlin had 13 wins and nine losses with a 4.40 ERA in the regular season. He pitched 174 innings for Cleveland and posted a near 6:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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Chris Getz to take over as White Sox director of player development

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April 24, 2014: Chicago White Sox cap and glove in the helmet well of the visitor's dugout at Comerica Park in Detroit, Thursday afternoon.

Chris Getz is headed to the “Windy City” to take over as the Chicago White Sox’s director of player development, per a report from Jeffery Flanagan of MLB.com.

The 33-year-old Getz joined the Kansas City Royals’ front office in November 2014 after retiring from professional baseball. He assisted in player personnel and development as an assistant in the Royals’ baseball operations department. Now, he will be spearheading Chicago’s player development program while replacing Nick Carpa, who held the role for the last two seasons.

Getz attended both Michigan and Wake Forest before being selected by the White Sox in the fourth-round of the 2005 MLB Draft. He made his big league debut three years later, and over a seven-year career, he hit .250/.309/.307  with 11 RBI and 89 stolen bases.

His career strength was moving runners. In 2009, he led the American League in stolen base percentage at 92.59. His career percentage of 83.18 ranks 19th all-time. He also ranked fourth, fifth and seventh in the American League in sacrifices between 2011 and 2013.

Getz played 3,436.2 innings at second base in his time with the White Sox, Royals and Toronto Blue Jays. He recorded 713 putouts, 1,116 assists, 24 errors and 286 double plays for a .987 fielding percentage. In 2011, his .986 fielding percentage ranked fourth in the American League among second baseman. He also appeared at third base, shortstop and designated hitter in his major league career.

In 2016, the White Sox and Royals both encountered disappointing campaigns as each American League Central club was initially expected to potentially play well into October.

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Diamondbacks name Mike Hazen as new general manager

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27 June 2011: Diamondbacks logo on the field behind home plate during batting practice before a Major League Baseball game MLB Cleveland Indians defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 inside Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. MLB All Star banner. **Editorial Use Only**

The Arizona Diamondbacks have officially announced that Mike Hazen has been named as the club’s new executive vice president and general manager.

Hazen, 40, served as the executive vice president and general manager of the Boston Red Sox in the 2016 season after spending four years as the club’s assistant general manager. He spent five years with the Cleveland Indians in scouting and player development before joining the Red Sox in 2006.

“We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations,” Diamondbacks’ managing general partner Ken Kendrick said. “Mike’s reputation throughout the game is impeccable, and his championship experience gives us great confidence in naming him to this position.”

The Red Sox made the playoffs five times and won two World Series titles during Hazen’s tenure, where he worked in every facet of baseball operations from scouting to contract negotiations.

Hazen graduated from Princeton University where he played four years of varsity baseball and was a two-time All-Ivy League outfielder. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1998, but joined the Indians’ front office after two years in the minor leagues.

“I’m extremely grateful for this incredible opportunity to help the D-backs reach the next level,” said Hazen. “This is a franchise that has experienced a lot of success both on and off the field in less than two decades of existence, and I’m looking forward to working with Ken and Derrick to help bring back a tradition of winning to Arizona.”

Hazen and Diamondbacks’ president and CEO Derrick Hall will hold a press conference on October 17.

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Enrique Hernandez placed on Dodgers’ NLCS roster

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August 03 2016: Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder, Enrique Hernandez (14) during a regular season major league baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

Utility man Enrique Hernandez has reportedly been placed on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ roster for the club’s upcoming NLCS slate against the Chicago Cubs, per Buster Olney of ESPN. Hernandez was previously assigned to the minor leagues on October 7 while the Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals in the NLDS in order to reach the NLCS.

A sixth-round pick out of Puerto Rico, Hernandez made his big league debut in 2014. His sophomore season was by far his best offensive campaign when he hit .307/.346/.490 with seven home runs and 22 RBI.

Then, in the 2015 postseason, the Dodgers lost to the New York Mets in a five-game series in the NLDS. He went 4-for-13 with three runs scored, one stolen base and a .708 OPS.

His offensive stats fell off in 2016, however. In 14 more at bats, he hit .190/.283/.324 with 18 RBI. He also struck outs 64 times and walked 28, both far and away career-highs. Hernandez also spent time on the Dodgers’ disabled list in early July due to inflammation in his ribs.

The versatile veteran played all over the field defensively for the Dodgers in 2016. He saw time at every outfield spot as well as third base, second base and shortstop. In 350.2 innings in the outfield, he had 78 putouts, four assists and no errors with one double play.

Infielder Charlie Culberson stayed on the roster for the NLDS, leaving Hernandez on the sideline in order to clear another roster spot for the series. Now, the Dodgers need Hernandez to face Cubs’ Game 1 starter in Jon Lester as he has had success hitting left-handers.

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Cubs, Giants NLDS Game 2 sets MLB Network viewers record

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27 AUG 2016: Chicago Cubs Pitcher Travis Wood (37) in action during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

Game 2 of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants drew 4.6 million viewers on Saturday evening, setting a new record for MLB Network.

The viewership peaked at 5.2 million, another record for the network’s eight-year history of broadcasting big league games. MLB Network reportedly reaches 90 million homes, and cable news companies had arranged MLB Network to host two playoff series, which is why a major network like FOX or CBS isn’t carrying this particular series.

Fans were treated to a fairly competitive game as the Cubs beat the Giants 5-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the series with the win at Wrigley Field.

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks started on the mound for Chicago in Game 2 while allowing four hits and two earned runs before being relieved by left-hander Travis Wood. Wood earned the victory on the scorecard despite only pitching 1.1 innings with closer Aroldis Chapman earning the save.

Hendricks had a two RBI single in the bottom half of the second inning while an additional RBI came from third baseman Kris Bryant. The Giants scored twice in the top half of the third inning to make it a 4-2 ballgame. The aforementioned Wood hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the fourth frame to end the matchup’s scoring after he was asked to bat upon remaining in the game in relief of the injured Hendricks.

The series between the two teams will resume on Monday at AT&T Park in San Francisco with the Giants looking to avoid a 3-0 series sweep at the hands of the surging Cubs.

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Padres’ Erik Johnson undergoes Tommy John surgery

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June 11 2016: San Diego Padres Starting Pitcher, Erik Johnson (50) during a regular season major league baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting San Diego Padres at Coors Field in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

San Diego Padres’ right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday, per Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Johnson landed on the 15-day disabled list on July 1 with a strained right elbow. On August 15, he was moved to the 60-day disabled list as a result of related complications. Further medical analysis revealed that Tommy John surgery was required, which will bench Johnson for the entire 2017 season.

The 26-year-old was acquired by San Diego alongside shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr. from the Chicago White Sox in return for right-hander James Shields.

Johnson pitched just 19.2 innings with the Padres following the trade. Over that time, he gave up 20 earned runs on 32 hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts. He went 0-4 in four starts.

Johnson was a second-round pick in 2011 and made his big league debut in 2013. Despite being rated in the top 100 prospects while in the minors, he hasn’t been nearly as productive as advertised. He owns a 5.28 earned run average in 117.2 innings of work between the White Sox and the Padres. He is 7-10 across 22 starts while averaging 6.7 strikeouts and 4.1 walks per nine innings.

The Padres finished the season 23rd in team ERA at 4.46. The club’s starting rotation for 2017 looks a little shallow with Johnson out, despite the fact that he wasn’t a lock to be part of the rotation. Tyson Ross, who had one appearance on Opening Day, is now weighing shoulder surgery. The team doesn’t have many other options except in their farm system with Edwin Jackson and lefty Clayton Richard entering free agency.

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Rogers Centre to open roof for first time in playoffs

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July 5, 2016: Toronto Blue Jays team mates celebrate after the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)

The Rogers Centre in Toronto will have the roof open for Tuesday’s wild card matchup against the Baltimore Orioles, the first time the roof will be open for a playoff game. The Rogers Centre, which was originally called the SkyDome, opened in 1989. The Blue Jays have played 45 playoff games (both there and on […]

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Athletics’ Matt Olson records first big league hit

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September 15, 2016: Oakland Athletics First base Matt Olson (13) attempts to get Kansas City Royals Outfield Jarrod Dyson (1) out at first during series finally between the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals played at Kauffman Stadium. (Photo by Nick Tre Smith/Icon Sportswire)

It took a few tries at the plate, but Oakland Athletics’ outfielder and first baseman Matt Olson recorded the first hit of his big league career on Sunday against the Texas Rangers. Olson walked in his first plate appearance of the outing and later scored as part of a seven-run bottom half of the second […]

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Mets set franchise record in 17-0 win over Phillies

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September 24, 2016: New York Mets Right field Jay Bruce (19) [5420] slaps hands with New York Mets Third Base Coach Tim Teufel (11) as he rounds the bases after homering during the ninth inning of the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 17-0 on Sunday while setting a franchise record for the most lopsided shutout in franchise history. During this series, which the Mets took three games to one with Sunday’s win, has been a wild one. After a 9-8 extra-inning victory on Thursday and a 10-5 victory on […]

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Nationals’ Bryce Harper exits with hand injury

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Sept 12 2016: Washington Nationals Right field Bryce Harper (34) [5424] hits a line drive in the game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Victory Field in Washington DC. Washington won the game 8 to 1. (Photo by Bradley Rex/Icon Sportswire)

Washington Nationals’ right fielder Bryce Harper left Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with an injury to his left hand. Harper grounded out and hit a triple in his two at bats before making his premature departure on Sunday. When he slid into third base on the aforementioned triple in the top half of the […]

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