San Francisco Giants baseball player Hunter Pence waves to fans during the victory parade for the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the World Series champions. ''These guys play together, they believe in each other, they play as one and they never give up,'' Hall of Famer Willie McCovey said as he waited to greet the young members of his former team for a post-parade rally at San Francisco City Hall, the end of the 2-mile route. ''I'm going to send them to school on Monday saying they had 'orange fever,''' said Marcela Habash, 36, of San Francisco, who brought three of her four children to the plaza outside City Hall. While other players doubled up on the buses, the day's undisputed giant among Giants, pitching ace Madison Bumgarner, was given his own flatbed truck to ride.

Posted: November 1, 2014, 2:03 am

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon smiles during a news conference before Game 3 of baseball's American League division series against the Boston Red Sox in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Rick Renteria after one season to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. Team President Theo Epstein said Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, that Renteria deserved to come back next season as the Cubs continue their rebuilding effort. But Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays and Epstein says that changed things for the Cubs.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball's best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. Looking for a turnaround after five consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs announced Friday that they had hired Maddon to replace Renteria after just one year on the job. Renteria was fired after leading Chicago to a 73-89 record in his only season as a major league manager.

Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:17 pm

San Francisco Giants baseball fans Megan McPhillips, right, and Travis Saracco from Santa Rosa, Calif., wait in the rain for the start of the victory parade for the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Pablo Sandoval walked up the stairs as he brought up the rear of yet another Giants victory parade and immediately got stopped by home run king Barry Bonds. Sandoval insists he wants to play the rest of his career for the San Francisco Giants, and for moments just like this. ''I want to wear that jersey for the rest of my career,'' Sandoval said. ''I'm going to go from what my heart tells me.'' As the Giants parted ways for another World Series-shortened offseason, the biggest question is whether Sandoval will be back in the orange and black to make another run at a title.

Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:01 pm
The Brewers exercised right-hander Yovani Gallardo's $13 million option for next year and their half of third baseman Aramis Ramirez's $14 million option. Milwaukee also announced Friday it had voided Rickie Weeks' $11.5 million salary for 2015, making the second baseman eligible for free agency. The Brewers had the right to void the salary because Weeks did not have 1,200 plate appearances in 2013-14 combined, with at least 600 this year. Gallardo was 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 32 starts, and Ramirez hit .285 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 10:25 pm
DENVER (AP) -- Closer LaTroy Hawkins' $2.25 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Colorado Rockies.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 9:38 pm
Hall of Famer Willie McCovey took a break from his hospital-based rehab to attend the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory parade Friday from behind the scenes, thanking all the fans and well-wishers for the support and love through his recent health ordeal. ''I feel great,'' McCovey said with a smile. The 76-year-old McCovey said he continues to recover from an infection that hospitalized him in September for about a month, and watching the Giants' third World Series championship run in five years helped his cause. ''They pulled me through, and I've come a long way.'' McCovey attended one game at AT&T Park during both the NL Championship Series and World Series.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 8:36 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 8:14 pm
BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox have declined to exercise their $4 million option on left-handed reliever Craig Breslow.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 7:53 pm

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joakim Soria stands in the dugout in the ninth inning of Game 2 in baseball's AL Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Baltimore scored three runs against Soria in the eighth, and Baltimore won 7-6. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DETROIT (AP) -- Reliever Joakim Soria's $7 million option for 2015 was exercised Friday by the Detroit Tigers.

Posted: October 31, 2014, 7:35 pm
The Indians have exercised their $3.5 million option for next season on versatile infielder Mike Aviles. In his second season with Cleveland, the 33-year-old Aviles batted .247 with 16 doubles, five homers and 39 RBIs in 113 games. Cleveland went 48-40 in games Aviles started. If the option had been declined, Aviles would have been owed a $250,000 buyout.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 5:24 pm

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