Well, distraught Los Angeles Dodgers fans, here’s something that might cheer you up a tad bit after watching your bitter rivals win the World Series — the Dodgers are the early favorites to win the 2015 World Series, according to online sportsbook Bovada . The Washington Nationals share that honor with the Dodgers. Both teams, which were knocked out in the NLDS this season, are listed at 15/2 odds. The San Francisco Giants, whose World Series win hasn’t even dried yet, ranked fifth at 12/1. The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels are just ahead of the Giants, both carrying 10/1 odds. Here’s Bovada’s complete rundown: Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 Washington Nationals 15/2 Detroit Tigers 10/1 Los Angeles Angels 10/1 San Francisco Giants 12/1 St. Louis Cardinals 12/1 Kansas City Royals 16/1 Seattle Mariners 18/1 Baltimore Orioles 20/1 Oakland Athletics 20/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 Atlanta Braves 22/1 Boston Red Sox 22/1 New York Yankees 22/1 Cleveland Indians 25/1 Cincinnati Reds 33/1 Tampa Bay Rays 33/1 Texas Rangers 33/1 Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 Chicago White Sox 40/1 Milwaukee Brewers 40/1 New York Mets 40/1 Chicago Cubs 50/1 Miami Marlins 50/1 San Diego Padres 66/1 Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 Colorado Rockies 100/1 Houston Astros 100/1 Minnesota Twins 100/1 For context’s sake, we’ll point out that the Dodgers topped the list when Bovada released its day-after-the-World Series odds last year too. There were listed at 7/1. The Giants were 18/1. We all know how both of those worked out. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners will have right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma under contract for the 2015 season.

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – In an informal survey during the World Series, Reuters asked around for the most important elements of the reign of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who is retiring in January: — Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants manager “It’s a better game today and that’s because of our commissioner. He’s had a great tenure and really is a great ambassador for our game. I think we’re all thankful that it’s an improved game, a cleaner game. “He’s created more interest in baseball, it gives more teams hope, more cities hope. …

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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers Tuesday.

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Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art – the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Using a calligraphy style he has worked to develop for more than a decade, Wakamatsu takes manager Ned Yost’s lineup and writes out the starters for both teams, the reserves and available relievers. ”I don’t see them as beautiful,” Wakamatsu said, humbly, before the Royals beat San Francisco 7-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Series at 1-all.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.

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DETROIT (AP) — Dave Dombrowski believes Detroit’s window to win a World Series is still very much open.

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Sometimes it’s the move a team doesn’t make that causes it to look back with the biggest relief or most regret. In the case of the 2014 Seattle Mariners, it sounds like regret after Bob Dutton of the News Tribune reported the team had a one-year deal in place to sign outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz, but the signing was ultimately nixed by the team’s ownership. The Mariners had a deal in place last winter with Cruz, then a free agent, for roughly $7.5 million in 2014 with a club option of about $9 million for 2015…before ownership backed away. The primary concern, which all clubs shared, was how Cruz, then 33, would respond after being caught and suspended as part of the Biogenesis drug scandal. Still, officials with several clubs say they stopped viewing Cruz as a potential target because they expected he would bridge any differences with the Mariners. “I still don’t know what happened there,” an official with a rival club said. “We were told it was done. And it seemed such an obvious fit for both sides. There was risk, certainly, but…” But no go for Seattle. As it turned out, Cruz ended up inking a one-year, $8 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles, which was celebrated as a shrewd signing at the time. Now it looks like the best bargain of the entire offseason. Cruz went on to lead MLB with 40 home runs during the regular season as the Orioles surprisingly ran away with the AL East. His three homers in the ALDS helped Baltimore sweep the Detroit Tigers. As for Seattle, they’re on the outside looking in after missing the postseason by one game. Just one game. Oh, the possibilities that must be going through the minds of Mariners fans, especially when analyzing how little they received from their designated hitter spot. Several players filled the role, but for the season Seattle DH’s combined to hit just .190 with 15 homers. The offense, as a whole, hit .244, which ranked 21st in MLB.   The Mariners were among the most aggressive teams in free agency, signing Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract last December. They also signed free agents Corey Hart, Scott Baker and John Buck — all of whom were released or designated for assignment — and traded for Logan Morrison. By and large, the moves were hit or miss, and perhaps the biggest miss was letting Cruz get away.  The Orioles on the other hand, were criticized for not being more aggressive early in free agency. They sat back and watched the market play out before striking late deals with Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez. Cruz obviously worked out. Without him Baltimore would have had a difficult time overcoming season-ending injuries to Matt Wieters and Manny Machado. But his stand-alone value may make it difficult to lock him up on a long-term deal. Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal, has been a flop so far. He was left off Baltimore’s ALCS roster .  With Cruz likely hitting the market again, Dutton says it’s possible the Mariners will make another play for him to help fill out their lineup.  “Oh, I wouldn’t rule it out,” one Mariners official said. “We know what we need, and we’re going to go hard after one of those guys.” That said, given the circumstances surrounding his previous Mariners deal falling apart, in addition to his substantial rise in value, Cruz should have enough suitors with money to spend to make Seattle an extreme long shot, if not an afterthought in the process.    More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Reddick drove in three runs, Scott Kazmir won for the first time in seven starts and the Oakland Athletics moved oh so close to finally clinching their third consecutive playoff berth.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Manager Lloyd McClendon wanted to make the point clear to his team: Playing a meaningful 161st game of the season is an accomplishment.

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