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  1. Angels want Andrew Friedman, but the feeling might not be mutual

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman stands in the dugout prior to the continuation of World Series in Philadelphia

    Rays general manager Andrew Friedman was spotted last week having dinner with Angels owner Arte Moreno and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’s their No. 1 target to replace Tony Reagins, but there’s plenty of doubt about whether Friedman actually wants the job. In fact, according to DiGiovanna’s sources “their chances…

  2. Can you hear me now? Bullpen phone mixup sinks Cardinals

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:23 AM EDT

    tony la russa and yadier molina cardinals

    During his postgame press conference Tony La Russa shed light on the odd sequence of events that led to the Rangers taking the lead in the eighth inning, explaining that he stayed with left-hander Marc Rzepczynski to face right-handed slugger Mike Napoli and then used Lance Lynn solely to intentionally walk Ian Kinsler because the…

  3. Ron Washington makes it clear: Rangers will stay with Matt Harrison in Game 7

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    There’s some doubt about whether Tony La Russa will stick with Kyle Lohse as the Cardinals’ starter if the World Series goes to Game 7, but Ron Washington left no doubt about who’ll get the nod for the Rangers: It’s Harry’s game. I’m going to stay consistent. That’s Harry’s game. Matt Harrison earned it. You…

  4. Scouting report from Rotoworld forums helped teacher win $1 million with “MLB 2K11″ perfect game

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    brian kingrey

    Back in May we wrote about the Louisiana music teacher who won $1 million by throwing a perfect game in “MLB 2K11″ using Roy Halladay versus the Astros. His name is Brian Kingrey and now he’s the subject of Google’s latest nationally televised commercial, which includes interviews with his students and tells the story of…

  5. World Series Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Allen Craig, RF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Matt Holliday, LF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Lance…

  6. Phillies decline 2012 options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    As expected, the Phillies have declined their 2012 team options on both Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge. Instead of exercising his $16 million option the Phillies will give Oswalt a $2 million buyout and Lidge will get a $1.5 million buyout instead of a $12.5 million option. In announcing the moves general manager Ruben Amaro…

  7. Jim Thome has no plans to retire … if a team wants him

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Last week there was some Chicago-based speculation that the White Sox might hire Jim Thome as their new hitting coach, but that seemed illogical to me right off the bat and today Thome made it clear that he has no plans to retire, let alone to retire and immediately become a hitting coach. While appearing…

  8. Dodgers lowering ticket prices for 96 percent of their seats

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Overall attendance at Dodger Stadium declined by 18 percent this year and many loyal customers decided they’ve had enough, with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reporting that the Dodgers’ season ticket base has dropped from 27,000 in 2007 to 17,000 in 2011. Not surprisingly the Dodgers have decided to lower their ticket prices…

  9. MLB Network has a new sabermetrics show

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    mlb network 2

    MLB Network is launching a new show called “Clubhouse Confidential” that they say “aspires to serve as an open forum to discuss and debate the day’s news and moves using modern statistical research.” In the past various mainstream attempts to integrate sabermetrics into the usual televised baseball talk has failed on multiple levels, but I’m…

  10. Tony La Russa is on pace for the most pitching changes in playoff history

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    The fact that Tony La Russa makes an incredible number of pitching changes is a surprise to no one, but Matthew Leach of MLB.com crunched the numbers and found that the Cardinals are on pace to set the all-time record for relievers used in the playoffs. With at least two and possibly three games remaining…

  11. Brewers GM thinks Yuniesky Betancourt is underrated

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Yuniesky Betancourt was horrible this season, batting .252 with a .271 on-base percentage and .381 slugging percentage to go along with his increasingly range-less defense at shortstop. Alex Gonzalez was the only player in baseball to accumulate more plate appearances than Betancourt with a lower on-base percentage and only five players batted more often with…

  12. Seven walks by Edwin Jackson? Big deal, Nolan Ryan did that all time

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Edwin Jackson walked seven batters last night before being pulled from Game 4 in the sixth inning, marking the third time in his career the 28-year-old right-hander has issued seven or more walks in a game. And one of those three was a no-hitter. It was the first time a pitcher had walked seven batters…

  13. What did Ron Washington say to Derek Holland last night?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Ron Washington and Derek Holland provided two of my favorite moments from last night’s game. The first came when Washington took Holland by the shoulders and gave him a dugout pep talk moments before taking the mound in the first inning, trying to motivate the young left-hander who’d struggled in his previous two starts. Holland…

  14. Ryan Franklin began season as Cardinals closer, but now leaning toward retirement

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    ryan franklin posing

    It seems like a decade ago, but Ryan Franklin actually began this season as the Cardinals’ closer. He blew four of his first five save chances to quickly lose the job and then spent two months pitching sparingly in a mop-up role before the Cardinals released the 38-year-old veteran in late June. Franklin never latched…

  15. Nationals all but certain to retain Davey Johnson as manager

    Oct 21, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    No official decision has been made yet, but general manager Mike Rizzo made it very clear that Davey Johnson will remain the Nationals’ manager in 2012. Rizzo has interviewed several candidates for the job, but indicated to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that Johnson has never ceased being the heavy favorite: We feel pretty confident that…

  16. Royals rookie Johnny Giavotella undergoes hip surgery

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals rookie second baseman Johnny Giavotella underwent hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, but “is expected to be fine by the start of spring training.” Giavotella was one of many quality prospects called up by the Royals this season and struggled as a 23-year-old, hitting .247…

  17. Rangers reliever Koji Uehara wants to be back with Orioles

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Koji Uehara struggled following a midseason trade to the Rangers and was left off the World Series roster, and now Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the reliever wants to return to the Orioles next year: I continue to believe that Koji Uehara will find a way back to the Orioles. … It’s hard to…

  18. White Sox interested in Jim Thome as hitting coach?

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Their old hitting coach, Greg Walker, just joined the Braves, and Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times writes that the White Sox may try to talk Jim Thome into replacing him: Sox farm-system hitting instructors Jeff Manto or Tim Laker are thought to be the top candidates to replace Greg Walker as hitting…

  19. Braves hire Greg Walker as new hitting coach

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Greg Walker, Jerry Reinsdorf

    Greg Walker stepped down as the White Sox’s hitting coach immediately after the season and it didn’t take him long to find a new gig, with Bob Nightengale of USA Today reporting that Walker has agreed to become the Braves’ new hitting coach. Walker also interviewed for the Padres’ job, but given how frequently San…

  20. Rangers and Ian Kinsler didn’t let Yadier Molina stop them from running

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Rangers Kinsler steals second Cardinals Furcal in Game 2 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    I wondered yesterday whether the Rangers runners would continue to test Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. For most of Game 2 they avoided Molina, attempting zero steals, but that all changed in the ninth inning. Ian Kinsler was gunned down by Molina in the first inning of Game 1, at which point the Rangers put on…

  21. Pitching coach Curt Young leaves Red Sox, returns to A’s

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox new pitching coach Curt Young watches Andrew Miller throw during workouts in Ft. Myers

    UPDATE: Apparently the interview went well, because Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Young has left the Red Sox and rejoined the A’s. ========== Jane Lee of MLB.com reported yesterday that Oakland is interested in rehiring pitching coach Curt Young after he left the A’s to take the same job with the Red Sox…

  22. Pinch-hitting hero Allen Craig will be a starter in Texas

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    After delivering RBI hits off the bench in each of the first two games Allen Craig will move into the starting lineup for the next three games as the World Series shifts to Texas and American League rules. Craig is expected to serve as the Cardinals’ designated hitter for Games 3, 4, and 5, although…

  23. Tony La Russa to decide on future within two weeks of World Series

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Next season probably isn’t even on Tony La Russa’s mind right now, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the 67-year-old manager and the Cardinals must both decide whether to exercise their half of a mutual contract option within two weeks of the World Series ending. When asked if he knew…

  24. Reds send Aroldis Chapman to Arizona Fall League

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Two weeks ago the Reds revealed plans to have Aroldis Chapman stretch out his arm by working as a starter in winter ball, but before that they’ll send him to the Arizona Fall League. Rarely do players with more than one full season in the majors participate in the AFL, but Chapman is attempting to…

  25. Rangers will start Harrison in Game 3, Holland in Game 4

    Oct 20, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    UPDATE: It’s official now. Harrison in Game 3 and Holland in Game 4. ========== No official announcement has been made yet, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are expected to start left-hander Matt Harrison in Game 3 of the World Series. That means fellow southpaw Derek Holland would be in line to…

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