Very early World Series odds have Yankees as 2011 favorites

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There hasn’t even been a victory parade for the Giants yet, but gambling website Bodog.com has posted odds on all 30 teams winning the World Series next season.

Not surprisingly, the Yankees lead the way at 4-to-1 while the reigning champs in San Francisco open at 10-to-1 (which is a big improvement from this season, when they opened at 25-to-1).

Here are all the odds:

Yankees        4/1          Cubs          30/1
Phillies       6/1          Tigers        35/1
Giants        10/1          Marlins       35/1
Red Sox       10/1          Athletics     35/1
Cardinals     14/1          Mets          40/1
Rays          14/1          Blue Jays     50/1
Rangers       16/1          Astros        65/1
Twins         16/1          Brewers       65/1
Braves        18/1          Mariners      70/1
Rockies       18/1          Orioles       75/1
Reds          20/1          D-Backs       80/1
Padres        20/1          Indians       80/1
White Sox     22/1          Nationals     80/1
Dodgers       22/1          Royals       125/1
Angels        25/1          Pirates      150/1

For entertainment purposes only, of course.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.