Brandon McCarthy is in The Best Shape of His Life

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It’s not often that we have original news here. Scoops and such.  But I can report to you — exclusively — that A’s starter Brandon McCarthy is in The Best Shape of His Life. I know this because he told me himself:

 

Of course, it’s possible that he’s lying about that and just wanted to be featured on the blogosphere’s most popular offseason ballplayer health update feature.

I’ll be in Phoenix in a couple of weeks and I’m going to make a point to see McCarthy in person and judge for myself. Like, I’m gonna make him do jumping jacks and stuff.  Better come correct, McCarthy.

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off three-run home run off of John Lackey in the ninth inning to win Game 2 for the Dodgers.

Taylor hit .316/.458/.789 with two singles, a double, a triple, two home runs, and five walks in 24 NLCS plate appearances. He hit a go-ahead solo home run in Game 1. He hit another go-ahead solo homer in Game 3 and later added an RBI triple.