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|Stanton wins Hank Aaron Award in the NL||10-25-2014|
|Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA|
Giancarlo Stanton has been awarded the Hank Aaron award, acknowledging the National League's best hitter for 2014.
MLB Public Relations on Twitter
|Stanton batted .288/.395/.555, leading the league with 37 home runs and coming in second in RBI with 105. Also of note, he raised his on-base percentage 35-40 points over his finishes in previous years. Stanton's counting stats were slightly deflated as he missed the final three weeks after getting hit in the face with a pitch. He's expected to be completely ready for spring training and should once again be relied upon for elite offensive numbers, going early in many fantasy drafts.|
|Trout wins the Hank Aaron Award for the AL||10-25-2014|
|Mike Trout CF LAA|
Mike Trout has been awarded the Hank Aaron award, acknowledging the American League's best hitter for 2014.
MLB Public Relations on Twitter
|Trout led the American League with 115 runs scored and 111 RBI. He slashed .287/.377/.561, finishing in a tie for third in home runs with Jose Abreu at 36. Many worried about Trout's increased strikeout rate but the results remain elite. Fantasy players will be hard-pressed to do better than Trout with the #1 overall pick in fantasy drafts in 2015.|
|Perez in Giants' lineup for Game 4 vs. Royals||10-25-2014|
|Juan Perez LF SF|
Juan Perez is starting in left field for the Giants in World Series Game 4 on Saturday night against the Royals.
San Francisco Giants on Twitter
|The left-handed Travis Ishikawa has started the first three games of the World Series, but righty Perez gets the nod against Royals left-handed starter Jason Vargas. The Giants' full lineup for Game 4: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Hunter Pence RF, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Brandon Belt 1B, Juan Perez LF, Brandon Crawford SS, Ryan Vogelsong SP.|
|Royals stick with same lineup for Game 3||10-25-2014|
|Jarrod Dyson CF KC|
The Royals will utilize the same lineup they used in Friday's victory over the Giants in Game 4 on Saturday.
Joel Goldberg on Twitter
|That means that Jarrod Dyson will remain in center field and hit eighth with Lorenzo Cain handling right field defensively and Nori Aoki stowed away on the bench. Ned Yost's moves worked out brilliantly in Game 3 as Cain played a flawless right field and made several plays that Aoki otherwise wouldn't have.|
|Jeurys Familia undergoes successful surgery||10-25-2014|
|Jeurys Familia P NYM|
Jeurys Familia underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair bilateral sports hernias.
New York Mets on Twitter
|It's the same issue that bullpen mate Jenrry Mejia had surgically repaired earlier this month. The 25-year-old right-hander was one of the top relievers in the Mets bullpen in 2014, posting a 2.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 73/32 K/BB ratio over 77 1/3 innings. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training.|
|Byron Buxton tallies three hits in win Friday||10-25-2014|
|Byron Buxton CF MIN|
Twins top prospect Byron Buxton tallied three hits in Arizona Fall League play on Friday as Salt River dispatched of Glendale 8-1.
|Buxton finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with a double, pair of runs scored and two RBI. He also showed off his wheels, swiping a pair of bases. Through 12 games in the Fall showcase, he's slashing .264/.316/.302 with six RBI, four stolen bases and an 11/4 K/BB ratio. The 20-year-old is expected to open the 2015 season at Double-A New Britain.|
|Raul Mondesi excels in Fall League victory||10-25-2014|
|Raul Mondesi SS KC|
Royals prospect Raul Mondesi had a strong day at the dish in Friday's victory over Mesa in Arizona Fall League action, going 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.
|Mondesi also swiped his third base of the Fall season in the contest. The 19-year-old struggled at High-A Wilmington in 2014, slashing just .211/.256/.354 with eight homers, 33 RBI and 17 stolen bases in his 110 games. He's expected to return to Wilmington for the start of the 2015 season and remains firmly entrenched in the Royals future plans.|
|Dave Martinez leading candidate for manager||10-25-2014|
|Evan Longoria 3B TB|
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Dave Martinez is the leading candidate to succeed Joe Maddon as the manager of the Rays.
Tampa Bay Times
|Martinez has been the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons and seems like the obvious fit. He has also generated interest as a managerial candidate around the league in recent seasons. Topkin also mentions several other potential candidates including Gabe Kapler, Tim Bogar, Joe McEwing and Charlie Montoyo.|
|Bucs designate Jeanmar Gomez for assignment||10-25-2014|
|Jeanmar Gomez P PIT|
|Pirates designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.||The 26-year-old right-hander was arbitration eligible for the first time this winter. In 44 appearances out of the Pirates bullpen in 2014, Gomez registered a 3.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 38/23 K/BB mark in 62 innings.|
|Pirates designate John Axford for assignment||10-25-2014|
|John Axford P PIT|
|Pirates designated RHP John Axford for assignment.||The 31-year-old hurler entered the 2014 campaign as the Indians closer, but lost his role to Cody Allen and was dealt to the Pirates mid-season. He finished the year with a 3.95 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 63/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. He still has a power arm, which will interest teams looking for bullpen depth, but his inability to find the plate consistently limits his upside.|
|Pirates activate Charlie Morton from DL||10-25-2014|
|Charlie Morton P PIT|
|Pirates activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 60-day disabled list.||Morton underwent surgery in late September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Even the most optimistic estimates have him sidelined until March, so it's unlikely that he'll be ready for Opening Day.|
|Pirates acquire Justin Sellers from Indians||10-25-2014|
|Justin Sellers SS PIT|
|Pirates acquired INF Justin Sellers from the Indians for cash considerations.||The 28-year-old utility infielder owns a troublesome career slash of .198/.280/.294 over 99 big league contests. He'll be nothing more than additional depth in the infield for the Pirates.|
|Phillies activate Cliff Lee from 60-day DL||10-25-2014|
|Cliff Lee P PHI|
|Phillies activated LHP Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list.||The 36-year-old left-hander was shelved in late-July due to a continuance of a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow. He was able to avoid surgery, getting treated instead with platelet-rich plasma injections. He's on track to begin a throwing program in November, though a possible recurrence of this issue certainly needs to be factored in when thinking of calling Lee's name in fantasy drafts.|
|Phillies activate Mario Hollands from DL||10-25-2014|
|Mario Hollands P PHI|
|Phillies activated LHP Mario Hollands from the 60-day disabled list.||Nothing more than a procedural move here that puts Hollands back on the team's 40-man roster. The 26-year-old southpaw was shut down in early September due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow after posting a 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 35/21 K/BB ratio in 47 frames.|
|Royals designate Liam Hendriks for assignment||10-25-2014|
|Liam Hendriks P KC|
|Royals designated RHP Liam Hendriks for assignment.||The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Moises Sierra who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Friday. The 25-year-old Australian hurler appeared in nine games between the Blue Jays and Royals in 2014, compiling a 5.23 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings. With the ability to start and work in relief, he shouldn't have any trouble finding another team willing to give him a shot.|