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  1. Way back when: David Freese almost signed with Red Sox

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    freese getty

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com has a good story about how Cardinals playoff hero David Freese almost signed with the Red Sox coming out of college. Back in 2006 fifth-year seniors like Freese were allowed to sign with MLB organizations before the draft if their college team’s season was already over. Freese played for South Alabama…

  2. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 12, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Mike Matheny

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in Washington: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Jayson Werth, RF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Bryce Harper, CF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Adam LaRoche, 1B 5.…

  3. Jeremy Affeldt’s status in question after another weird injury

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jeremy Affeldt

    UPDATE: X-rays came back negative, so Affeldt is hoping to be available for Game 1 of the NLCS. ========== For the third time in the past 18 months Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt has suffered a weird injury. Back in late 2011 he sliced his right hand while separating hamburger patties for a barbeque and needed…

  4. Mike Adams to have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

    Oct 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    mike adams getty

    Mike Adams struggled down the stretch before being shut down with neck and shoulder problems, and now the Rangers reliever will undergo surgery next week for thoracic outlet syndrome. That’s the same surgery Chris Carpenter underwent back in July, when it was called “season-ending.” Instead he made it back for September and won a playoff…

  5. Alex Rodriguez has Minnesota to thank for his playoff reputation not being even worse

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    minnesota nice

    If you think Alex Rodriguez has a terrible reputation for his playoff performance now, just imagine what things would be like without the Twins’ pitching staff around. As a lifelong Minnesotan and Twins fan I have some pretty vivid memories of A-Rod destroying my favorite team in the playoffs, and sure enough I crunched the…

  6. John Farrell on Red Sox’s reported interest: “I’m the manager of the Blue Jays”

    Oct 12, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    John Farrell; Marvin Hudson

    During an MLB Network Radio interview today Blue Jays manager John Farrell was asked about reports that the Red Sox are interested in hiring him away from Toronto to replace Bobby Valentine as their manager. Here’s his reply, via Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe: I am the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. That’s…

  7. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Adam Jones, CF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Chris Davis, RF 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B…

  8. Behold, the Jayson Werth cupcake

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    jayson werth cupcake

    After last night’s walk-off homer Fluffy Thoughts Cakes in Washington, D.C. decided to make a Jayson Werth cupcake to sell today for $5. Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post has a photo and it’s pretty great:

  9. Game 5 odds: Nationals are slight favorites, Yankees are big favorites

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    With a pair of winner-take-all games tonight I thought it would be interesting to examine the Las Vegas betting lines (for entertainment purposes only, of course). In the early game the Yankees are -200 favorites over the Orioles, which means you’d have to risk $200 to win $100 on New York. During the regular season…

  10. Jaime Garcia may seek third opinion on shoulder injury

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jaime Garcia, Cameron Maybin

    Jaime Garcia traveled to New York to get a second opinion on his injured shoulder, but it sounds like the Cardinals left-hander is no closer to making a decision about potential surgery. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Garcia “may pursue an additional consultation with Dr. James Andrews.” Meeting with Dr.…

  11. Diamondbacks thinking about trading Jason Kubel or Gerardo Parra

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jason Kubel

    When the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to a two-year, $16 million contract last offseason there were lots of questions about how he fit in an outfield that already had Chris Young, Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra. It turned out that Parra was mostly the odd man out, starting a total of just 90 games one…

  12. Red Sox in contract talks with Cody Ross

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    cody ross getty

    Two months ago there were reports that the Red Sox were “very interested” in re-signing impending free agent Cody Ross and then reports that the two sides were on the verge of a deal, so I’m not quite sure what to make of today’s news. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that “contract talks between the…

  13. What do Scott Rolen, Alex Rodriguez, and Omar Vizquel have in common?

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    This doesn’t mean anything, really, but I found it interesting. From the “stats and info” department at ESPN: Scott Rolen joins A-Rod and Omar Vizquel as only players to K to end a postseason series twice in a career. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2012 And as Calcaterra points out, Dusty Baker…

  14. Yankees lineup: Derek Jeter at DH, Alex Rodriguez batting fifth, Raul Ibanez on bench

    Oct 11, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez is in the Yankees’ starting lineup tonight after being pinch-hit for last night, but manager Joe Girardi has decided to drop him from third to fifth. Raul Ibanez, who came off the bench to pinch-hit for Rodriguez and became the hero with two homers, is back on the bench because the Orioles are…

  15. Dustin Pedroia has surgery to repair torn finger ligament

    Oct 11, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia Reuters

    Dustin Pedroia underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn ligament in his right pinky finger, which is not to be confused with the broken left ring finger that he played through in the Red Sox’s season finale. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Pedroia had a pin inserted into the right pinky finger that will…

  16. Joe Girardi to manage tonight despite father’s death

    Oct 11, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    Sad news, as the Yankees announced that Joe Girardi’s father, Jerry Girardi, passed away at 81. Girardi will manage tonight’s game against the Orioles and revealed during his pregame media session that his father died Saturday, but he didn’t say anything until now. Jerry Girardi was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago and was…

  17. Michael Brantley undergoes sports hernia surgery

    Oct 11, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Michael Brantley

    Indians outfielder Michael Brantley underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he’ll be sidelined for 3-6 weeks. That gives Brantley plenty of time to get healthy for spring training after missing some action down the stretch with what was initially called a strained groin. Despite the injury he…

  18. NLDS Game 4 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Mike Matheny

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in Washington: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Jayson Werth, RF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Bryce Harper, CF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Adam LaRoche, 1B 5.…

  19. Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt hate the intentional walk

    Oct 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

    “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm and his longtime girlfriend, actor/director Jennifer Westfeldt, did an interview with Vulture that quickly turned to baseball talk and this excerpt about the intentional walk amused me: Westfeldt: Don’t get me started on the walking. I became very angry last year. The walking editorial I wanted to write … Hamm:…

  20. Red Sox to interview Brad Ausmus next week

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brad Ausmus

    With the Red Sox set to begin interviewing manager candidates reports have started to surface identifying their targets. Yesterday we learned that Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach will come in for an interview and now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that three-time Gold Glove catcher Brad Ausmus will do the same “early…

  21. Jeff Kent on “Survivor” recap: “I can control some people”

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Survivor Smacked Me In The Chops

    I watched Jeff Kent on “Survivor” last night so you didn’t have to … • As hinted at last week Kent aligned himself with tribe-mate Jonathan, who has possession of the hidden immunity idol. And they also brought in a third tribe-mate, Carter, in order to have a stronger alliance with more voting power. Or…

  22. Joe Saunders gets Game 4 start with Orioles’ season on the line, again

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joe Saunders Getty

    For the second time in a week the Orioles will turn to Joe Saunders with their season on the line. Saunders, who started the Wild Card playoff game against the Rangers last Friday, will take the mound tonight against the Yankees with the Orioles facing elimination down 2-1. Buck Showalter opted to go with Saunders…

  23. Mariano Rivera threw out the first pitch last night

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    There was a pretty great moment at Yankee Stadium last night before all the late-inning craziness, as Mariano Rivera came jogging out to the mound while “Enter Sandman” blared on the speakers and threw out the ceremonial first pitch:

  24. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 10, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Chris Davis, RF 3. Alex Rodriguez, DH 4. Adam Jones, CF 4. Robinson Cano, 2B…

  25. Red Sox to interview Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach

    Oct 10, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is congratulated by third base coach Tim Wallach after hitting the game-winning home run against the Washington Nationals during the tenth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox will begin interviewing candidates for their managerial opening Friday and Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald has uncovered one name on their list: Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach. According to Silverman the Red Sox have contacted Wallach and he’s interested, so he’s expected to…

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