Well, distraught Los Angeles Dodgers fans, here’s something that might cheer you up a tad bit after watching your bitter rivals win the World Series — the Dodgers are the early favorites to win the 2015 World Series, according to online sportsbook Bovada . The Washington Nationals share that honor with the Dodgers. Both teams, which were knocked out in the NLDS this season, are listed at 15/2 odds. The San Francisco Giants, whose World Series win hasn’t even dried yet, ranked fifth at 12/1. The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels are just ahead of the Giants, both carrying 10/1 odds. Here’s Bovada’s complete rundown: Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 Washington Nationals 15/2 Detroit Tigers 10/1 Los Angeles Angels 10/1 San Francisco Giants 12/1 St. Louis Cardinals 12/1 Kansas City Royals 16/1 Seattle Mariners 18/1 Baltimore Orioles 20/1 Oakland Athletics 20/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 Atlanta Braves 22/1 Boston Red Sox 22/1 New York Yankees 22/1 Cleveland Indians 25/1 Cincinnati Reds 33/1 Tampa Bay Rays 33/1 Texas Rangers 33/1 Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 Chicago White Sox 40/1 Milwaukee Brewers 40/1 New York Mets 40/1 Chicago Cubs 50/1 Miami Marlins 50/1 San Diego Padres 66/1 Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 Colorado Rockies 100/1 Houston Astros 100/1 Minnesota Twins 100/1 For context’s sake, we’ll point out that the Dodgers topped the list when Bovada released its day-after-the-World Series odds last year too. There were listed at 7/1. The Giants were 18/1. We all know how both of those worked out. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have acquired minor league catcher Santiago Nessy from the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed pitcher Liam Hendricks one day after losing in Game 7 of the World Series. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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(Reuters) – List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball’s World Series. 2014 – Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 – David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 – Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 – David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 – Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 – Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 – Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 – David Eckstein (St. … View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers Tuesday. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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New hitting coach Kevin Seitzer said he’ll bring an up-the-middle philosophy to an Atlanta Braves team which flopped at the plate this season. The Braves hired Seitzer from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday to replace Greg Walker. Atlanta also named Jose Castro as assistant hitting coach. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are bringing back much of manager John Gibbons’ coaching staff for next season. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Making a rare 40-man roster move in the middle of the World Series, the AL champion Kansas City Royals claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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After the long wait to finally get to the World Series, it was the first pitch of the game that helped put Tim Hudson in a hole San Francisco could never overcome. Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar doubled on Hudson’s first offering and came around to score on a pair of groundouts that helped the Royals beat the Giants 3-2 in Game 3 of the Series on Friday night. The Giants now trail 2-1 in the Series with Game 4 on Saturday night. At 39 years, 102 days, Hudson became the second-oldest starting pitcher to make his World Series debut behind Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer, according to STATS. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art – the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Using a calligraphy style he has worked to develop for more than a decade, Wakamatsu takes manager Ned Yost’s lineup and writes out the starters for both teams, the reserves and available relievers. ”I don’t see them as beautiful,” Wakamatsu said, humbly, before the Royals beat San Francisco 7-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Series at 1-all. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Before the news that Andrew Friedman was leaving his post as executive vice president and general manager with the Tampa Bay Rays to become team president of the Los Angeles Dodgers could even settle in on Tuesday, speculation was already running wild over what this might mean for current Rays manager Joe Maddon. Maddon, who’s widely regarded as one the game’s top skippers and smartest baseball minds, has worked along side Friedman for the past nine years. Together, they’ve done a job no one person could do alone. Together, they’ve help piece together and guide the small-market Rays to the postseason four times, including a World Series appearance in 2008, without ever having to truly rebuild along the way. It’s a relationship that’s led to sustained success in a market and division not built for it. Not with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays all able to outspend them three, sometimes four times over. With that against-the-odds success in mind, it’s only natural to put two and two together and assume Friedman would at least explore the possibility of continuing that relationship in a situation far more conducive to short and long term success. But based on Maddon’s comments on Tuesday, we shouldn’t look for that happen to any time soon.   From the Los Angeles Times:   However, Maddon said Tuesday that he expects to discuss a contract extension with the Rays this winter. “I want to continue to be a Ray, absolutely,” Maddon said. “They have to want me to be a Ray too.” Maddon said he and his wife recently moved into a Tampa home once owned by former USC and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach John McKay. “I’m really embedded here pretty well,” he said. “The roots are pretty strong. We have a great infrastructure here. We have a great operation. We have great people. Maddon’s contract, which is set to expire following the 2015 season, obviously complicates things. At this point, if Friedman wanted him he’d have to seek permission to speak with Maddon from replacement Matt Silverman and likely put together a compensation package to complete an agreement. Seeing as both sides are going through a transition period, it might take awhile for that to be sorted out anyway, leaving Friedman in a position where retaining Don Mattingly might make the most sense regardless of future possibilities.   And yes, that’s also a factor here. Mattingly is under contract to the Dodgers through the 2016 season, so Friedman can use 2015 as an evaluation period. If it goes well, there may be no need to make a switch. if not, then he can take a good look at his options.  At the end of the day, though, this could all come down to what Maddon wants, or more likely how much he perceives the Rays want him.  “There’s so much to like. There’s only one negative. That’s the ballpark. It’s a big negative. But that’s about it.” That was a not-so-hint about the stadium, but it’s anybody’s guess if that would be a game-changer in a possible decision. Only Joe Maddon for sure, though it sounds like the rest of us should have a pretty good idea what he’s thinking by the time the Rays report to spring training.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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