Kansas City is looking like a Team O'Destiny. Clayton Kershaw is looking human. Detroit is looking like toast. On with the recaps from yesterday.
Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels - October 3, 2014 | MLB.com KC Recap - Kansas City's Magic Year of Unicorns and Rainbows continues.
St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers - October 3, 2014 | MLB.com STL Recap - Predicted pitchers duel becomes slugfest as Cardinals rock Kershaw to take the series opener.
San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals - October 3, 2014 | MLB.com SF Recap - Giants get to Strasburg while Nationals can't crack Peavy, as SF takes series opener.
Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles - October 3, 2014 | MLB.com BAL Recap - Detroiy bullpen implodes. Again. Orioles now up 2-0.
5:30 p.m (EDT) San Francisco (Hudson) at Washington (Zimmermann) on Fox Sports 1
9:30 p.m. (EDT) Saint Louis (Lynn) at Los Angeles (Greinke) on Fox Sports 1
5 losses from the 2014 season over which the Cleveland Indians are kicking themselves | cleveland.com - They certainly emerged victorious in a handful of games in which they had no business winning. However, they also had their share of painful losses, shortcomings that now have them thinking, "If only."
Cleveland Indians pitchers up for mustache award, seriously | FOX Sports - Indians ace Corey Kluber is the favorite to win the AL Cy Young award. But he's not the only one garnering national recognition -- the entire Tribe pitching staff has been nominated for an award with great prestige and significance.
The Struggles of Satchel Paige - NYTimes.com - The pitcher had to be painfully aware of the money and glory that were denied him by Major League Baseball, but he didn’t look back.
Michael Stanley: Rosewood may be bitter, but Cleveland's favorite son is not: Commentary | cleveland.com - Friends and fans on Sunday will gather at the Cleveland Performance Arts Center / Masonic Auditorium for "In Celebration: A Tribute to Michael Stanley.'' Story includes anecdote about playing at Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp.
Around the Horn
Pirates DFA Tabata, pick up RHP Guilmet from Orioles - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - The Pirates on Friday purchased the contract of LGFT right-hander Preston Guilmet from the Baltimore Orioles, the team announced. The Pirates also designated Jose Tabata for assignment Friday, according to MLB.com’s official transaction page.
Can John Hart revive the Braves? | www.ajc.com - More than 10 days ago John Hart stepped out of the shadows of his advisory role with the Atlanta Braves to become interim general manager after the dismissal of Frank Wren.
The best free-agent hitter available this winter. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article - Victor Martinez turns 36 years old this winter, but after his MVP-caliber season, he is likely to be the best hitter who is eligible for free agency this winter. The biggest questions is which team is willing to spend big on a player in his late-30s.
Pop Culture List
In honor of Michael Stanley, the Michael Stanley Band catalog ranked from least favorite to favorite:
- 11 - Fourth and Ten - Uggh -- The sound quality is terrible in spots. Stage Pass is a much better live album.
- 10 - Cabin Fever - a little too ballad heavy for my taste. Part of the overproduced Arista years
- 9 - Greatest Hints - Less ballad heavy, but still part of the overproduced Arista years.
- 8 - Inside Moves - The last studio album. Best song - "Shut Up and Leave Me Alone" , a parting shot at the recording industry
- 7 - You Can't Fight Fashion - Yeah, it contained their last big Top 40 hit "My Town" but other than "Fire in the Hole" there's not much else that stands out.
- 6 - You Break It, You Bought It - First MSB album, part of the country/rock, Jonah Koslen years. "Where Have All the Clowns Gone"/"Song For My Children" may be the two best songs placed back to back in the entire MSB oeuvre,
- 5 - Stage Pass - everyone was doing double live albums, so MSB did one. Midwest midnight, 10,000 watts of holy light on my radio so clear...
- 4 - North Coast - the follow up to their big breakthrough Heartland, Filled with 4-minute pop/rock gems. Never did understand why "Falling in Love Again" was never more than a regional hit.
- 3 - MSB - this record saw MTV fail to play Stanley's John Lennon tribute song, "Take the Time" because it had a scene where the band wore cowboy hats.
- 2 - Heartlland - The band's first big breakthrough album, featuring "He Can't Love You" and "Lover"
- 1 - Ladies Choice - from the band's early days. "What can you say for an old dancin' fool who has spent all his money on visions and rhymes..."