PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks added Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Mike Russell as professional scouting coordinator Thursday.

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The Detroit Tigers season ended earlier then they’d hoped and in very disappointing fashion after they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS. Now their offseason is getting off to a pretty rough start too after the team learned that Miguel Cabrera will not be able to resume baseball activities for at least three months following surgery on his right ankle. Though resurgent in September, Cabrera wasn’t his MVP caliber self for most of the second half of the season. His lack of production (three home runs and 16 RBIs from the All-Star break until Sept. 1) can be attributed in part to a bone spur in his right ankle injury, which was bothersome enough that manager Brad Ausmus considered giving Cabrera multiple days off in late August even after the team had fallen behind the Kansas City Royals in the standings. The Tigers knew offseason surgery was distinct possibility, but nobody was anticipating that in addition to the bone spur, doctors would find a stress fracture in the navicular bone on the top of his foot. Doctors were forced to place two screws in his foot to stabilize the fracture, which changed his offseason outlook significantly. From MLive.com’s Chris Iott:   The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day. But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be. “He is as tough as you can possibly be,” general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “They cannot even believe once they went in there and looked at it that he could play with the ankle that he had. It’s worse than what we ever would have anticipated.” Cabrera had the operation on Wednesday, so that would set his three-month evaluation for late January. Depending on the news there, he could either begin baseball activities about three weeks ahead of spring training, or be recommended more rest. Either way, his season preparation would be well behind schedule, and more rest could push his full recovery into the regular season.  The Cabrera waiting game will be an unwanted subplot in an already important offseason for general manager Dave Dombrowski. With Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer likely to test the free agent market and a bullpen that needs an overhaul, Dombrowski has plenty to consider. Any uncertainty over Cabrera’s recovery only adds to his plate and could place some urgency on re-signing Martinez, who’s reportedly looking for a four-year deal . The Tigers championship window isn’t closed yet. Not with Justin Verlander, David Price, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello definitely in the mix, but the Kansas City Royals postseason run coupled with another competitive season from the Cleveland Indians makes it clear winning a fifth straight AL Central title will take some work. Avoiding a slow start will be critical in that equation, and not having Cabrera or Martinez in the lineup in April makes them vulnerable.  It’s going to be a challenge for Dombrowski to build his roster with this extra hurdle now in his way. Can he rise to the occasion again, or will the circumstances finally push Detroit down the ladder in 2015?   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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The Detroit Tigers say slugger Miguel Cabrera has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture. The team announced Friday that the surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cabrera will be reevaluated in three months. The Tigers say the stress fracture was to the navicular bone.

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Salvador Perez is a player who doesn’t want to make a stink. The upbeat All-Star catcher for the Kansas City Royals wore Victoria’s Secret perfume late in the 2013 season – teammate Alcides Escobar sprayed some on him, and Perez had a four-hit game. I asked him, where did you buy that?” Perez recalled this week at the World Series. Escobar buys it for him, and Perez has gone through three bottles.

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Darnell Coles is the new hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that missed the playoffs in large part because of problems at the plate. Coles returns to Milwaukee after spending this season as the assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers. Coles previously worked in the Brewers organization as the team’s Double-A manager from 2012-13, and as minor league hitting coordinator in 2011. Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday the 52-year-old Coles had the familiarity to connect with the Brewers’ hitters.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.

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Giants coach Tim Flannery found a talisman for the team in the hills behind Dodger Stadium. Or so goes the legend.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.

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Whenever he could, Buster Posey turned on the TV and watched the Kansas City Royals burn a hole through the AL playoffs. He understands what awaits him on Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium. A test of his arm, and of his composure. “Yeah, I’d imagine,” said the Giants’ lead-by-example catcher, asked if he expects the Royals to run. “Watching them the last month or so, they’re very aggressive, they have a ton of speed and I expect them to use it.” This is not the kind of challenge the Giants faced in the 2010 World Series, when the Texas Rangers tried to pass off designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero as a right fielder. The Royals are not the 2012 Detroit Tigers, who mostly waddled around the bases and hoped to outslug teams. The Royals are a National League wolf wrapped in American League wool, perfectly capable of beating the Giants at their own game. Kansas City manager Ned Yost is such an aficionado of playing small ball that he’s inspired the phrase, “The Bunt for Ned October.”   [RELATED: Bochy sets World Series rotation, see role for Lincecum ] No wonder, then, that the Giants worked on pitcher fielding practice and took infield drills in a workout Saturday at AT&T Park. No wonder they’ll work out both Sunday and Monday at Kauffman Stadium, too. They’ve played cleaner baseball than their opponents to claim an NL pennant. They can’t let down now. Ask the Giants how they slow down the go-go Royals and you’ll get two answers. The first one is laced with homespun humor. “Oh the Royals?” Tim Hudson said. “Don’t let ‘em get on base. That’s easy.” The second answer is the stuff that bench coach Ron Wotus prints out and stuffs in his clipboard: tag times, slide steps, secondary leads … “You can pitch out and they can still beat you,” backup catcher Andrew Susac said. “You have to stay focused on it as a pitching staff, mixing holds and looks, slide stepping is going to be a key. But that’s how these guys get a lot of pitches, too. If you’re slide stepping and it causes your arm to drag, that’s when you could leave pitch over the plate.” Right now, the Royals aren’t missing those pitches. They hit the fewest home runs of any AL team, but Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer have been extra-base threats all postseason. The Giants didn’t need to watch the Royals steal, bunt and thump their way through an 8-0 postseason to know how dangerous they can be. The Royals swept a three-game interleague series from the Giants at Kauffman Stadium in August, winning by scores of 4-2, 5-0 and 7-4. Susac started that last game behind the plate, when the Royals stole seven bases. The first five came with Tim Lincecum on the mound; Sergio Romo and Juan Gutierrez were victimized once each. It’s not like Susac is a slouch behind the plate. He once threw out blinding fast Reds rookie Billy Hamilton twice in a Single-A California League game. That day in Kansas City, though, he had virtually no chance. And he could summarize his feelings with one word. “Helpless,” Susac said. “Yeah, it was not a lot of fun. We didn’t do the best job holding them on, and it kind of hit us out of nowhere. I put a few good throws on and I know I couldn’t do much more. I don’t think I’ve ever had seven stolen bases in a month and they did it in a game. “If anything it was a good eye opener for us. You’ve got to know what they’ll try and put it to a stop to it early, and that’s how we can kill that sense of confidence they have.” Norichika Aoki and Jarrod Dyson each stole three bases that day. Alcides Escobar swiped one, too. [RELATED: Giants' experience may not be enough to beat Royals ] “It’s important to do a lot of things to disrupt that,” Posey said. “As a pitching staff we’ll have to vary our holds and our delivery times and it’s going to be important for me to be ready to make a good throw.” In terms of World Series opponents, the Royals might be most similar to the 2002 Angels, and coincidentally, this is the first meeting of two wild card teams since they raised a trophy in Anaheim 12 years ago. This series promises to be just as turbocharged. Other than managing the Royals’ aggressiveness on the bases, it would behoove the Giants to score early runs. The Royals have a better bullpen than any club the Giants have faced this postseason, and you don’t want to be in comeback mode against the three-headed monster of Wade Davis (1.00 ERA in 71 games), Kelvin Herrera (1.41 ERA in 70 games) and Greg Holland (1.44 ERA and 46 saves). Herrera, Davis and Holland have combined for a 1.05 ERA this postseason while throwing 32 percent of the Royals’ innings. This is their first World Series, though. It’ll be a test of their composure as well. – Andrew Baggarly, CSN Bay Area

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KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – The wild card Kansas City Royals completed a stunning playoff sweep of the top-seeded Los Angeles Angels on Sunday with an 8-3 win that set up an American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles. The high-spirited Royals, in the postseason for the first time in 29 years, claimed the best-of-five Division Series 3-0. Baltimore also wrapped up their series without a blemish as they beat the Tigers 2-1 in Detroit on Sunday. …

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