Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… The Twins have re-signed minor league right-hander Mark Hamburger to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. The 27-year-old St. Paul native has had a brief taste of the Majors, tossing eight innings for the 2011 Rangers after the Twins sent him to Texas in exchange for Eddie Guardado. Last season, Hamburger split the season between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a combined 3.69 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 70 2/3 innings. The Pirates announced that they have signed right-hander Josh Stinson to a minor league contract that contains in invitation to Major League Spring Training. The Moye Sports client has big league experience with the Mets, Brewers and most recently the Orioles. Over the past two seasons, Stinson has posted a 4.50 ERA with 18 strikeouts and nine walks in 30 innings for Baltimore
Rockies pitching coach Jim Wright and assistant pitching coach/bullpen coach Bo McLaughlin will not return in 2015, as announced by the team via its Twitter account Thursday morning.
Omar Infante hit a homer, Hunter Strickland started yelling in English, Salvador Perez yelled back in Spanish and both dugouts momentarily braced for a skirmish that never occurred. After the Royals’ 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series, everyone was still confused.
Omar Infante’s first season with the Royals did not produce the desired results, but he delivered a spark in their Game 2 victory Wednesday night.
Billy Butler doesn’t want to go anywhere. He loves being a Royal and would be one forever if it were up to him. Unfortunately, it’s not up to him, so he is doing everything he can to bring joy to Royals fans for as long as possible.
Hunter Strickland may have three-digit velocity. He may have terrific potential. But his time is not the 2014 postseason, particularly the 2014 World Series. You can tell, because he keeps giving up home runs — five of them in 5 1/3 innings over seven postseason appearances.
Gregor Blanco was not thinking home run when he led off Wednesday night’s Game 2 of the World Series against Yordano Ventura, especially as the at-bat wore on. “You’re just trying to survive,” Blanco said after the Giants’ 7-2 loss to the Royals evened the Fall Classic.
Now we’ve got a Series. The Royals bounced back from their first loss of the postseason with a 7-2 victory over the Giants in Game 2 at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night, knotting up the Series at a game apiece as the teams head for San Francisco.
With RBI singles in the first and sixth innings in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, Billy Butler became the first Royals player with tying and go-ahead RBIs in the same postseason game since George Brett in the 1985 American League Championship Series.
As Royals catcher Salvador Perez trotted home to score on Omar Infante’s two-run homer in the sixth inning, Giants reliever Hunter Strickland began to yell in Perez’s direction. Both dugouts emptied, but order was restored before anything escalated.