Cubs outfielder Ben Zobrist was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Series. He went 1-for-5 in the decisive Game 7, knocking in the first of two 10th-inning runs with a double to help stave off the Indians 8-7. In all seven games, Zobrist hit .357/.419/.464 with eight singles, a double, a triple, and two runs batted in.
Zobrist also won the World Series last year with the Royals. He was likewise a huge factor, getting three hits in a crucial 14-inning Game 1 win against the Mets. Wednesday marked the 54th postseason game in which Zobrist has played.
Zobrist, 35, is under contract with the Cubs through 2019, so he’ll hope to help the Cubs repeat next season.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.