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MLB roundup: Yankees extend GM Cashman

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[October 11, 2014]  The Sports Xchange

Some thought Brian Cashman was a natural candidate to take the fall for the many offensive failings that an aging roster endured as the New York Yankees sputtered through a second straight nonplayoff season.

Instead, Cashman was re-signed to a three-year contract on Friday and spent the day expressing his happiness at having another opportunity to get the Yankees to the World Series.

"The thing that we're not used to is what we've experienced recently," Cashman said on ESPN radio. "I'm really happy that I have a chance to be part of the solution rather than being on the outside looking in."

Before getting into the formalities of the longtime general manager's new deal, and the challenges of getting the Yankees back to the postseason, the blame was placed on hitting coach Kevin Long and to some extent first base coach Mick Kelleher, who were not retained despite having a year left on their contracts.

Offense was down throughout the game as pitching staffs improved and defensive shifts forced teams to make adjustments. Perhaps the lack of offensive results was most noticeable with the 26 hitters that the Yankees used.

 



The average age of that group was 33. It was a group that was near the bottom of the American League with 633 runs, a .245 batting average, a .307 on-base percentage and a .687 on-base percentage.

--The St. Louis Cardinals added veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski to the roster for the National League Championship Series and removed left-handed reliever Sam Freeman.

Pierzynski gives the Cardinals an extra bat on the bench and a third catcher behind Yadier Molina and backup Tony Cruz against the San Francisco Giants.

--The Baltimore Orioles dropped starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez from their American League Championship Series roster and added left-handed reliever Brian Matusz.

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The Orioles signed Jimenez to a $50 million deal before the season started. For their investment they received a pitcher who compiled a 6-8 record with a 4.81 ERA. He missed much of July and pitched only 11 innings in September.

Matusz had a 2-3 record with a 3.48 ERA this season.

--Manager Ron Roenicke will be back with the Milwaukee Brewers next season, but hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base coach Garth Iorg won't be on his staff.

The Brewers announced that Narron and Iorg were not retained for next year, but the rest of coaches will return, including Roenicke, who has a 335-313 record in four years as Brewers manager.

Milwaukee collapsed down the stretch after leading the National League Central for a significant portion of the season. A stretch of 16 losses in 20 games doomed the Brewers in the division, which was won by the St. Louis Cardinals.

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