The Yankees re-sign Marcus Thames

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Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.  Well, sometimes you can live life backwards too:

The Yankees signed 34-year-old Marcus Thames to a minor league contract. Recently released by the Dodgers, Thames will report to Tampa and work out at the minor league complex before being assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

I’d be shocked if Thames had any meaningful at bats for the Yankees, but you never know when one of your outfielders might get hit by a bus, mauled by a bear or taken up into a spaceship by a bunch of rogue grays trying to make human-alien hybrids.

(h/t to River Ave. Blues)

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.