DETROIT (AP) — Reliever Joakim Soria’s $7 million option for 2015 was exercised Friday by the Detroit Tigers.

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Baseball’s business season began Thursday when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free. Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.

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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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(Reuters) – List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball’s World Series. 2014 – Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 – David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 – Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 – David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 – Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 – Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 – Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 – David Eckstein (St. …

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Probability swung in favor of the Cinderella Kansas City Royals after the American League champions routed the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday to force a deciding Game Seven in the World Series. While the underdog Royals are seeking their first Major League Baseball crown in 29 years against a Giants team looking for a third title in five years, trends favor Kansas City, who will be hosting the Giants in Wednesday’s deciding game. …

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The Royals’ remarkable postseason run came to a grinding halt against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

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The Royals’ remarkable postseason run came to a grinding halt against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

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The Royals’ remarkable postseason run came to a grinding halt against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

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The Royals’ remarkable postseason run came to a grinding halt against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

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The Baltimore and Kansas City police departments weren’t the only ones with a friendly bet riding on the American League Championship Series . It turns out the mayors of both cities, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore and Sly James of Kansas City, had a bet of their own that was a little more intricate . As we all know, the Royals went on to sweep that series 4-0, and now are two wins away from winning the whole thing with Game 5 of the World Series approaching on Sunday night. That result meant Rawlings-Blake was forced to produce a video of her singing John Long’s parody of Lorde’s hit song “Royals.” With assistance from the Baltimore School for the Arts, which produced the video and provided two very worthy backup singers, Rawlings-Blake took her shot this past week. Here’s the finsihed video with the performance beginning at the 1:05 mark. Hey, she admitted she’s no Lorde. We must say she’s no John Long either, but she’s a good sport and that was a respectable effort under the circumstances. As for the other details of the bet, Baltimore’s blue crabcakes have been renamed “Royal blue crabcakes” until the end of the World Series. Rawlings-Blake will also be traveling to Kansas City to read to local students.  Had the Orioles won, Rawlings-Blake wanted James to record a video in full Orioles gear with a personal congratulations to the city of Baltimore. She also called for Kansas City to light its city hall in orange, rename its Baltimore Avenue to “Baltimore Orioles Avenue” and donate fitness equipment to Baltimore recreation centers. All very worthy conditions, but the kicker was Rawlings-Blake’s “Royal” performance. We take our hat off to her for playing along, and once again we tip our caps to Long and lyric writer Aaron Lage for creating a parody worth parodying. By the way, John Long’s version is now available on iTunes .   BLS H/N: Aaron Lage 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! Follow @Townie813

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