Normally, when a manager is under contract for the next season, teams don't see the need to announce he will be returning.

Take it from Kenny Reitz: He was definitely not taking one for the team.

It's going to take some tough love to turn around the Twins, Terry Ryan concluded last week, difficult decisions that hurt in order to heal. Ryan made a big one on Monday.

As unpopular as it has become to agree with any decision made at Target Field, the local ballclub got this right.

George "Shotgun" Shuba, a member of the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers who was best known for offering a congratulatory handshake to minor league teammate Jackie Robinson, died Monday. He was 89.

KANSAS CITY - Texas general manager Jon Daniels came into the chaos of a celebratory A's clubhouse Sunday wanting to offer congratulations to manager Bob Melvin and some of Melvin's troops.

A look at the American League wild-card playoff between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics:

CLEVELAND - I walked away from the Indians' American League wild card loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last year obsessed with one thought: The Tribe needed a big bat.

The Arizona Diamondbacks boosted their payroll to unprecedented levels, hoping the influx would break them out of a two-year funk.

A look at the National League wild-card playoff between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates:

Arguably the worst year in San Diego Padres history ended with an eighth straight season out of the playoffs and manager Bud Black still employed.

Less than 24 hours after the end to a disappointing season, many of the lockers at Turner Field were already cleaned out Monday.

Max Scherzer stood in Detroit's soaked clubhouse amid another euphoric celebration and spoke for a team that was taking nothing for granted.

No matter how the race for the National League batting title ended Sunday night, one thing was certain: Josh Harrison went down swinging.

The Seattle Mariners have activated Jesus Montero off the suspended list and designated outfielder Corey Hart for assignment.

The Marlins are not playing into October, which in the eyes of every front office constitutes failure. Yet President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill can take solace in that the team got better - a lot better.

Yadier Molina returned in late August from a torn ligament in his right thumb, and the All-Star catcher has been a difference-maker for the St. Louis Cardinals as they try to reach the NL championship series for the fourth straight year.

Umpires Gerry Davis and Joe West will be the crew chiefs for the wild-card games this week.

The Houston Astros have hired A.J. Hinch as their new manager.

The San Francisco Giants have proven themselves to be elimination experts.

The last gasps of the 2014 Phillies filled the room while Cole Hamels spoke. He stood in the middle of the clubhouse Sunday afternoon as his teammates packed boxes and hugged. The exits for most were quick; no one wanted to dwell on this disaster.

Clint Hurdle greeted each member of the Pittsburgh Pirates as they walked off the field in Cincinnati on Sunday, telling them he "liked the fight" even after their chances of winning the NL Central evaporated in a loss to the Reds.

When their disjointed season ended, the Indians didn't agonize over missing the playoffs. They did that a few days earlier.

Rookie right-hander Matt Shoemaker and outfielder Josh Hamilton are both making progress toward a return from injuries for the Los Angeles Angels' playoff run.

Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.

Don Baylor's return to the Los Angeles Angels got off to an unbelievably inauspicious start when the hitting coach broke his leg while crouching to catch the ceremonial first pitch on opening day.

Major League Baseball attendance dipped slightly for the second straight season.

Veteran umpires Gerry Davis and Joe West will serve as crew chiefs for this week's wild-card games, MLB announced on Monday.

The Yankees began life without Derek Jeter on Monday, facing a future full of holes in an offense already among the American League's worst.

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels never intended to have a managerial search on his to-do list after a lost season.

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