Brewers won't exercise Doug Davis' $6.5M option for '11

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Here comes the least shocking news you’ll hear all weekend.

Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this afternoon that Doug Davis’ $6.5 mutual option for 2011 will not be exercised

Melvin and Co. signed Davis to a one-year contract last winter in the hope that he would bring a strong veteran presence to what looked to be a weak Milwaukee rotation.  That plan flopped immediately as Davis went 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in eight starts.  He was shut down for the season in early September due to heart and elbow issues.

The Brewers, as a whole, have posted a hideous 4.71 team ERA in 2010.

Davis, 35 next week, could have real trouble finding a spot in a starting rotation for 2011.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.