SAN DIEGO - Baseballs winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids.Alfredo Simon, Dee Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Montero, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss, Dan Haren and Howie Kendrick were among the All-Stars dealt by the time teams headed home Thursday, and Matt Kemp and Jimmy Rollins were on the verge of switching clubs.The Los Angeles and Chicago teams were the epicenter of change along with Miami.Twelve trades involving 44 players were made over the four days, according to Major League Baseball, up from five swaps last year and three in 2012. There hadnt been this many trades at a winter meetings since 2006.People are motivated, Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said.With major league revenues in the $9 billion range, increased sharing and changes to rules for the amateur draft, more clubs have money to spend and large-market teams are more constrained.The four organizations chasing San Francisco in the NL West all changed their top baseball front-office official since last years gathering: Tony La Russa took over at the Diamondbacks, Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers, A. J. Preller with the Padres and Jeff Bridich with the Rockies. Matt Silverman replaced Friedman with the Rays.People have been very, very aggressive, Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said. Action starts more quickly, so when you get here I think youre prepared to move. Secondly, a lot of free agents started to sign. I think a lot of clubs were open-minded. Theres been some change of regimes that have also contributed to that.A $155 million, six-year agreement between left-hander Jon Lester and the Cubs late Tuesday night seemed to break a market logjam.In deals announced just before midnight Wednesday, the Dodgers acquired Kendrick from the Angels to play second and worked to obtain Rollins from Philadelphia in a remake of their middle infield. They dealt Gordon, Haren — who is mulling retirement — infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.The Dodgers then sent Heaney, considered one of baseballs top pitching prospects, to the Angels for Kendrick.And as dawn broke, the Dodgers had a deal in place to send Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz down Interstate 5 to San Diego for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers. The trade was pending physical exams and approval by the commissioners office of the $32 million the Dodgers would send the Padres to help offset the $107 million remaining in the final five years of Kemps deal.And the Dodgers also worked to complete a $48 million, four-year agreement with pitcher Brandon McCarthy.Detroit made a pair of trades, sending Rick Porcello to Boston for Cespedes and two minor leaguers and replacing Porcello on its staff with Alfredo Simon, obtained from Cincinnati for two minor leaguers. Reds GM Walt Jocketty made that deal in a hotel hallway — Dombrowskis room was right near his.Boston also completed a one-year, $9.5 million deal with free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson, who began his career with the Red Sox, and worked to finalize a trade with Arizona for pitcher Wade Miley.Theres obviously been a lot more movement. The pace has quickened, certainly, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. As expected, it picked up after Lester.The Cubs also have a $20 million, two-year deal with right-hander Jason Hammel. And they acquired All-Star catcher Miguel Montero from Arizona as they try to bring a World Series title to the North Side for the first time since 1908.On the South Side, the White Sox struck a $46 million, four-year deal with closer David Robertson and acquired starter Jeff Samardzija from Oakland after adding reliever Zach Duke and first baseman Adam LaRoche earlier in the off-season.Other teams in the Central divisions were adding, too. Minnesota and right-hander Ervin Santana worked to finalize a $55 million, four-year agreement, and AL champion Kansas City had a $17 million, two-year deal in place with Kendrys Morales. He figures to take over at designated hitter from Billy Butler, who left as a free agent and agreed to a $30 million, three-year deal with Oakland.Jocketty attributed much of the action to new team bosses.I think they wanted to be active and try to do things quickly, he said. Nate McMillan Jersey
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Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single — one of eight Royals to get hits in the seven-run burst — and Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop.Guys stepped up in a big way tonight, Cain said.Jeremy Guthrie starts Wednesday night for Kansas City and Tim Hudson for San Francisco in a rematch of Game 3, won by Kansas City 3-2. Hudson, 39, will become the oldest Game 7 starter in Series history.Were confident, the Royals Billy Butler said. Jeremy, every time out, gives us a chance to win.Lurking is Madison Bumgarner, ready to pitch in relief after suffocating the Royals on a total of one run in winning Games 1 and 5. Giants manager Bruce Bochy elected not to start him on two days rest.This guy is human. I mean, you cant push him that much, Bochy said. Hell be available if we need him, but to start him, I think thats asking a lot.Kansas City can be comfortable in this bit of history: Home teams have won nine straight Game 7s in the Series since Pittsburghs victory at Baltimore in 1979, including the Royals 11-0 rout of St. Louis in 1985. And the Giants have lost all four of their World Series finales pushed to the limit.I had a very, very strong feeling that whoever won Game 6 was going to win Game 7, Royals manager Ned Yost said. We have to wait until tomorrow to see if my theorys correct.Teams with the home-field advantage have won 23 of the last 28 titles, including five in a row. This Series has followed the exact pattern of the only other all-wild card matchup in 2002, when the Giants won the opener, fell behind 2-1, took a 3-2 lead and lost the last two games at Anaheim.I cant wait to get out there tomorrow and have some fun, Hudson said.There was a moment of silence before the game in honour of Taveras, the 22-year-old killed in an automobile accident Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Ventura wrote RIP O.T #18 in silver marker on the left side of hiis cap and brought a Dominican flag to his postgame interview.ddddddddddddFrom the minute that I found out about Oscar, I said this game was going to be dedicated to him, Ventura said through a translator. I prepared myself mentally and physically for this game, and Im very proud to be a Dominican, and thats why I brought the flag.He escaped his only trouble in the third, when he walked the bases loaded with one out and got Buster Posey to ground a 97 mph fastball into a double play. Ventura threw fastballs on 81 of 100 pitches, reaching up to 100 mph. Yost was able to rest the hard-throwing back of his bullpen: Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis enter Game 7 with two days off and closer Greg Holland with four.Kansas City out-hit the Giants 15-6 in another blowout in the first Series in which five games were decided by five runs or more. All nine Royals had hits by the third, matching the mark set by Arizona against the Yankees in Game 6 in 2001.Cain drove in three runs and was among six Royals with two hits each. Mike Moustakas homered in the seventh against Hunter Strickland, ending a 36-inning homerless streak in the Series, the longest since 1945.Peavy was charged with five runs and six hits in 1 1-3 innings, leaving with a career Series record of 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA in three starts. His record at Kauffman Stadium is 1-7 with a 7.28 ERA.Its hugely disappointing. Its as disappointing as it can get, he said.San Francisco had scored 15 straight runs entering the night, but the Royals rocked Peavy and Yusmeiro Petit in the 32-minute bottom of the second.Moustakas grounded an RBI double over the first-base bag, past Brandon Belt and down the right-field line. Alcides Escobar hit a one-out bouncer to Belt. With Peavy yelling Home! Belt checked Salvador Perez at third and then tried to out-race Escobar to first base rather than throw to second baseman Joe Panik, who already was at the base. Escobar slid past Belts failed tag attempt and into first to reach on the infield hit.Its a play you can definitely learn from, Belt said. Unfortunately, it happened in the World Series.Nori Aoki chased Peavy after 42 pitches with an RBI single, Cains blooped double off Petit made it 4-0 and Hosmer chopped a ball that hopped over drawn-in shortstop Brandon Crawford for a double that made it 6-0. The rout was on.Were going to make history. The only way to make history is to win, Jarrod Dyson said.HOME COOKINGHome teams are 23-3 in Games 6 and 7 combined since 1982. The last eight home teams that won Game 6 to even the Series also went on to win Game 7, and no road team has lost Game 6 and rebounded to win the title since the 1975 Cincinnati Reds at Bostons Fenway Park. ' ' '