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Major League Baseball makes off-day changes in middle of LCS

compiled from staff and wire reports

Bud Selig MLB Commissioner (Creative Commons/wfe photo)

There had been a lot of talk during the off-season that Major League Baseball would make changes in the off days in the postseason.

The awkward off-day between Games 4 and 5 of the league championship series, will be eliminated. Instead, there will be another off-day between the division series and the start of the LCS. That’s the word from the commissioner’s office on Wednesday.

The overall length of the postseason will not be shortened and the first round will remain a best-of-five at least through 2011.

Without any rainouts, this year’s switch will make it more difficult for any team to get through the best-of -seven LCS with only three starting pitchers, as the defending world champion New York Yankees did in 2009.

The off-day was among the four baseball added for the Fox network who wanted the World Series to open on a Wednesday rather than a Saturday, usually the lowest-rated night of the week.

This year’s division series starts October 6, and the National League team with the best record will likely be the one that decides whether it wants the eight-day division series. The American League Championship Series starts October 15, with the National League Championship Series beginning the following day. The World Series opens on Wednesday, October 27, and Game 7 would be scheduled for November 3, the second straight year it could extend past Halloween.

No Free Agency for Joe Mauer; will stay with Twins through 2018

compiled from staff and wire reports

Everybody connected with Major League Baseball, especially in the Twin Cities are of Minneapolis/St. Paul expected Joe Mauer to bolt the city for free agency like every other big-name Twins player over the years. But with a new ballpark getting ready to open, Twins management wasn’t about to let their most popular player leave for another team. Johan Santana and Torii Hunter have left for free agent millions elsewhere.

The Minnesota Twins and Joe Mauer agreed to extend his contract by $184 million and 8 years through 2018. The deal which will kick in for the 2011 season and goes through 2018, and includes a no-trade clause.

Joe Mauer Twins catcher (CC/WFE photo)

Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro, had stated several times over the past months that negotiations would cease once the regular season began, and talks between the two sides picked up alot of momentum in advance of the deadline mandate.

The $184 million for 8 years deal is more than doubles the largest and richest contract ever for a catcher; Mike Piazza signed a $91 million, seven-year contract in 1999.

Cleveland Indians closer Kerry Wood on shelf with back strain

Indians closer Kerry Wood (wfe)

compiled from staff and news reports

Kerry Wood did one thing in Cleveland last year that he hasn’t been able to do much in his career, stay healthy. He had a subpar season with only 20 saves.

He won’t go through 2010 without an injury. The former Cubs phenom has a long history of injuries and surgeries, could end up missing two months with a strained muscle in his upper back, an injury that at first, didn’t appear to be serious. Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff told the media Saturday that an MRI exam on Wood revealed a “moderate” strain. He said that adequate rest is a minimum of six weeks.

While Wood is recuperating, 24-year-old Chris Perez will be the team’s closer. Perez came over in the Mark DeRosa trade in 2009 from St. Louis.

Wood felt soreness after throwing one inning in an exhibition game on March 10, but Soloff says this injury has happened “over time’ not from one inning or one appearance.

Wood will begin conditioning work next week and start playing catch in 10 to 14 days.

Cleveland signed Kerry Wood to a two-year, 20.5 million contract before last season.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS

Reds' Infielder Aaron Miles (wfe)

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cincinnati Reds figure to have a pretty good bench this year. Eventhough the roster hasn’t been finalized, it’ll probably be Aaron Miles, Chris Dickerson, Ryan Hanigan, Paul Janish, Miguel Cairo, Wladimir Balentien and Laynce Nix.

With the Reds’ trading away of centerfielder Willy Taveras and his $4 million dollar salary, it made it possible for them to add a solid utilityman in Aaron Miles. Miles will make $2.7 million but it is worth it because he can play all over the field except pitcher and catcher.

Rockies 1b Todd Helton (wfe)

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who ranks 44th all-time in doubles with 509, could pass several Hall of Fame members during the 2010 baseball season. Those will include Rickey Henderson(510), Joe Cronin (515), Willie Mays (523), Ted Williams (525), Frank Robinson (528), Lou Gehrig (534), Al Simmons (539), Joe Medwick  and Dave Winfield both at (540), Rogers Hornsby (541), Harry Heilmann (542) and Tony Gwynn (543).

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre has changed his mind about 2010 being his last year as a mamager.  He says if his health is good and the Dodgers want him to stay, he would.

Dodgers Manager Joe Torre (LAD)

Torre enters the final season of a three-year, $13 million dollar contract signed on November 7, 2007. Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly, who came with Torre from the New York Yankees, is the manager in waiting.

Torre enters 2010 with 2,246 wins and 1,915 losses in 28 years as a manager.  His teams have reached the post sesason for 14 consecutive seasons and have won a division title in 11 of his last 12 seasons, including two consecutive NL West titles in his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reds beat Dodgers 3-2 in Cactus League action

compiled from staff and wire reports

Aroldis Chapman is all smiles this spring (mlb)

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2 on Friday. Prized Left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman had another solid outing, striking out 2 in two scoreless innings. The Cuban allowed just two infield singles, relying on just his best two pitches: fastball and change-up. His fastball once again topped out at 100 mph.

Today, at the Reds will play the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona with Homer Bailey making his first start of the spring.

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