Bill Shaikin: Royals want to keep good times going

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was an impulsive, almost whimsical decision, the kind college students make all the time. And so it was that Dayton Moore and his college buddy decided to pull off the freeway, head to the ballpark and try to score a couple tickets for Game 7 of the 1985 World Series.

Orioles exercise options on Chen and O'Day

|Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The Orioles have exercised a $4.75 million option on left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and a $4.25 million option on right-hander Darren O'Day.

Padres decline Josh Johnson's $4 million option

|Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The San Diego Padres have declined right-hander Josh Johnson's $4 million option for 2015.

Joe Maddon should find acclimating to Chicago an easy task

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Joe Maddon will need to get acclimated to a new coaching staff, buy clothes warmer than the light stuff he sports in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area and make sure Javier Baez no longer wants the No. 70 jersey he wore in spring training.

Nielsen: 23.5 million saw Game 7 of World Series

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape the distinction of least-watched World Series.

Rangers surveying trades more than free agents

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Executives, scouts and development personnel in the Texas Rangers' organization spent last week in Surprise, Ariz., in part to get a handle on how they will proceed now that the annual overhyped, overpriced off-season market is open.

Nielsen: 23.5 million saw Game 7 of World Series

|Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape the distinction of least-watched World Series.

O's pick up options on Chen, O'Day

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The Baltimore Orioles have exercised the 2015 club options on the contracts of pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day, the team announced Thursday.

Dan Haren returns to Dodgers for 2015

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren exercised his $10 million contract option to return to the team for the 2015 season on Thursday.

Phillies decline option on Adams

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The Philadelphia Phillies declined Mike Adams' 2015 $6 million club option on Thursday.