Rounding Third: Maddon won't be short on options

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Joe Maddon is now the most coveted free agent in Major League Baseball.

Maddon excises opt-out, won't return to Rays

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Joe Maddon won't be returning to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Maddon leaving Rays after 9 seasons

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Joe Maddon ended his tenure as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays after nine seasons by exercising an opt-out clause in his contract, the team said Friday.

Tigers 1B Cabrera has ankle surgery

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had surgery this week on injuries to his right ankle and foot, the team said Friday.

World Series fan creates buzz with Marlins jersey

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Among the standouts at Games 1 and 2 of the World Series was a Miami Marlins fan in the front row behind home plate.

Perfumed Perez making good scents for Royals

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Salvador Perez is a player who doesn't want to make a stink.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has ankle surgery

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The Detroit Tigers say slugger Miguel Cabrera has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture.

Kansas City Royals (9-1) at San Francisco Giants (9-3), 8:07 p.m. (ET)

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

No active pitcher in baseball has made more starts without appearing in a World Series game than San Francisco righty Tim Hudson.

Buster Posey and the art of catching

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - Jake Peavy was in the midst of a long explanation of why he has been better with the Giants than he was with the Red Sox. He stopped, squinted and started scanning the room of reporters, a new thought suddenly on the tip of one of the most talkative tongues in baseball.

Injured Matt Cain is Series spectator for Giants

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Well after the rest of his teammates put on their uniforms, Matt Cain wandered into the San Francisco clubhouse and changed clothes for a recent World Series practice.