Monday, October 20, 2008
Pickoff Moves, Lunchtime Edition
Matt Garza Wins ALCS MVPRays starter Matt Garza won the ALCS MVP award:
He allowed one run and two hits over seven-plus innings in Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory in the clinching game. He went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts in the series.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander was one of several Rays who could've walked away with the series MVP award. B.J. Upton hit four homers and drove in 11 runs, Evan Longoria set an ALCS record by homering in four straight games and Pena went deep three times.
The Rays acquired Garza in an offseason deal with the Minnesota Twins that also netted them slick-fielding shortstop Jason Bartlett. Both players played key roles as Tampa Bay won the AL East title.
Cubs Extend Hendry Four More YearsThe Cubs extended GM Jim Hendry for four more years, through 2012.
Lowell Has Hip SurgeryNow that the Red Sox are well and truly defeated (though it took plenty long to do it and the Angels weren't standing atop them at the end, boo-hoo), Mike Lowell is having hip surgery; he expects to be back in time for spring training.
A's Re-Sign Ellis For $11M/2 YearsLike the headline says. Kind of surprised they did that considering his age, but given his fielding, maybe not.
The A's also have a club option in the deal that could keep Ellis around through the 2011 season. The 31-year-old Ellis, who is coming off right shoulder surgery last month to repair chips in the cartilage as well as a torn labrum, could have become a free agent after the World Series.
Vegas Oddsmakers Book Rays As World Series ChampsRays at -15.