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  1. Ivan Nova diagnosed with Grade 1 forearm strain

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova reacts after giving up a solo home run to Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young in the first inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Ivan Nova was pulled from last night’s game after two innings with tightness in his forearm and today the Yankees announced that he’s been diagnosed with a Grade 1 flexor strain. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees expect the injury to “heal on its own this winter,” so there’s no…

  2. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Diamondbacks-Brewers series: ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1. Willie Bloomquist, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF 2. Aaron Hill, 2B 2. Nyjer Morgan, CF 3. Justin Upton, RF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 4. Miguel Montero, C 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B 5. Rickie Weeks, 2B…

  3. Phillies are only playoff team left with payroll over $110 million

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Money Bag

    New York getting bounced from the playoffs last night means that of the 12 teams with payrolls above $100 million this season only the Phillies, Tigers, and Cardinals remain alive. And if the Phillies lose to the Cardinals tonight that would mean none of the nine highest-payroll teams advanced past the first round. Here are…

  4. Stat of the Day: Alex Rodriguez’s postseason production

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Alex Avila

    Alex Rodriguez is getting a ton of criticism for his poor ALDS performance against the Tigers and the usual talk about how he isn’t “clutch” in the playoffs is once again very loud, so it’s worth noting how his career numbers in the postseason stack up to, say, Derek Jeter‘s career numbers in the postseason:…

  5. With contract up Brian Cashman wants to remain Yankees GM

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman’s contract ends later this month, but when asked last night about impending free agency he made it very clear that remaining the Yankees’ general manager is his preference, saying “that has not changed.” Cashman will surely get plenty of criticism following a first-round exit, particularly after he missed out on Cliff Lee during…

  6. Zack Greinke is available out of the Brewers’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    In last night’s Tigers-Yankees game we saw both managers turn to top-of-the-rotation starters in relief roles and Zack Greinke may join the fun tonight. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that “Zack would be available and not just if [Yovani Gallardo] isn’t pitching well.” Greinke threw just 86 pitches in his Game…

  7. CC Sabathia side steps questions about contract opt out

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Within minutes of the Yankees’ season ending CC Sabathia was asked whether he planned to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract to become a free agent, but the left-hander told reporters that he wasn’t ready to think about it yet. “I can’t even wrap my head around that right now,” Sabathia said. “I’m just…

  8. Sandy Alomar Jr. never even heard from the White Sox

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Sandy Alomar

    Sandy Alomar Jr. made no secret about his interest in the White Sox’s managerial opening, but the current Indians bench coach admitted yesterday that he never even heard from them. In a surprise move the White Sox hired Robin Ventura to replace Ozzie Guillen, so naturally Alomar told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer…

  9. Jose Reyes on contract talks with Mets: “Everything is quiet”

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Rayes

    Last month there were reports that the Mets wanted a quick decision from Jose Reyes, but yesterday the free agent shortstop told Nick Klopsis of New York Newsday that the two sides haven’t even started contract talks. “They’ll probably start up within the next few days, but right now everything is quiet,” Reyes said, reiterating…

  10. Reds sending Aroldis Chapman to winter ball to work as a starter

    Oct 6, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen since debuting with Cincinnati in August of last season, but the Reds are now sending the flamethrowing left-hander to winter ball in order to build up arm strength to join the rotation next year. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Chapman will stretch out…

  11. Robin Ventura replaces Ozzie Guillen as White Sox manager

    Oct 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    robin ventura white sox

    Lots of names have been linked to the White Sox’s managerial opening since Ozzie Guillen went to the Marlins on September 28, but in the end the choice came out of nowhere. In a surprise move the White Sox announced that Robin Ventura will replace Guillen as their new manager. Ventura played 10 seasons for…

  12. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Don Kelly, 3B 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Delmon Young, LF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Mark…

  13. Jim Riggleman, Larry Bowa, Bob Geren among Mets’ bench coach candidates

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    Bench coach Ken Oberkfell was let go yesterday as part of the Mets’ coaching staff shakeup and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that their list of candidates to replace him includes former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. In addition to Riggleman, who stepped down in the middle of the season over a contract dispute,…

  14. Ozzie Guillen to keep most of Marlins’ coaching staff intact

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gestures as Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria listens during news conference in Miami

    Ozzie Guillen brought bench Joey Cora with him from the White Sox to the Marlins, but it looks like the rest of Florida’s coaching staff is going to remain mostly the same under the new manager. Last week the Marlins announced that hitting coach Eduardo Perez and pitching coach Randy St. Claire would be staying…

  15. Max Scherzer is available out of the Tigers’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Scherzer pitches to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    Justin Verlander has been ruled out as a Game 5 bullpen option after throwing 120 pitches Monday, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Max Scherzer is available in relief of Doug Fister tonight. Scherzer shut out the Yankees for six innings in Game 2, throwing 104 pitches Sunday, so he’d likely be an option…

  16. Padres CEO: “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to”

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Tampa Bay Rays

    There’s been some speculation linking Bud Black to various managerial and front office openings, but Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad attempted to shut down those rumors yesterday by saying that “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to, he’s a perfect skipper for the Padres in the near term as…

  17. Matt Holliday on injured hand: “I’ll be out there Friday”

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday rejoined the Cardinals’ lineup last night after missing most of the past three weeks with a hand injury and went 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch and two runs scored. Asked afterward how the injured hand felt, Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “Depends on what you think a…

  18. Johan Santana skips winter ball for ‘medically-prescribed rest’

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Johan Santana and the Mets have decided against the rehabbing left-hander pitching in winter ball, with Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reporting that he’ll instead be “entering a long period of medically-prescribed rest that will preclude him from pitching.” He last pitched in an instructional league game on September 30, but general manager Sandy Alderson described…

  19. Kevin Kouzmanoff outrighted by Rockies, picks free agency

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Kevin Kouzmanoff‘s struggles offensively continued after being traded from Oakland to Colorado in mid-August, leading to the Rockies dropping the veteran third baseman from the 40-man roster and Kouzmanoff opting for free agency. That was mostly just a timing issue anyway, because Kouzmanoff would have been in line for a $5 million salary via the…

  20. Red Sox fire first base coach Ron Johnson

    Oct 5, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Tough day to be a first base coach. Mookie Wilson is out of a job with the Mets and now Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have fired their first base coach, Ron Johnson. McDonald notes that Johnson spent a dozen years coaching in the Red Sox’s organization, including the past…

  21. Matt Holliday is “good enough” to play through hand injury, rejoins Cardinals lineup tonight

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    holliday getty wide

    Matt Holliday is still bothered by the inflamed tendon in his right hand, but the Cardinals outfielder tested the injury during batting practice this afternoon and has decided to play tonight against the Phillies. Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he took “a numbing agent … like a dentist gives”…

  22. Cliff Lee is available out of the Phillies’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee threw 110 pitches Sunday in a Game 2 loss, but manager Charlie Manuel told reporters that the left-hander will be available out of the Phillies’ bullpen in relief of Roy Oswalt tonight. Lee would normally do his between-starts throwing today, so instead he’ll skip that and be ready to pitch an inning or…

  23. Rangers will start C.J. Wilson in Game 1 of ALCS, keep Alexi Ogando in bullpen

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    With the Rangers the first team to advance past the first round manager Ron Washington announced that they’ll predictably line up C.J. Wilson to start Game 1 of the ALCS and will also keep Alexi Ogando in the bullpen. Ogando spent nearly the entire season in the Rangers’ rotation, starting 29 games, but made three…

  24. Tim McCarver needs “minor” heart procedure, Terry Francona to fill in for early ALCS games

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    UPDATE: Francona’s role will be a big one, as Ben Grossman of Broadcasting and Cable reports that he’ll be partnered with Joe Buck for Game 1 and Game 2 of the ALCS because Tim McCarver is undergoing a “minor” heart procedure. Quite a first broadcasting gig for Francona. McCarver, who’ll be 70 years in two…

  25. Tigers catcher Alex Avila playing through knee injury

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Alex Avila doesn’t plan to miss any time, but both the All-Star catcher and manager Jim Leyland admitted yesterday that the knee injury he suffered while stepping on Robinson Cano‘s foot in Game 3 is a concern. “Minor injuries happen to everybody,” Avila told Jason Beck of MLB.com. “Whether I was injured badly or not,…

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