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  1. Tweet of the Day: Bud Norris reviews Brian Wilson’s acting

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Astros right-hander Bud Norris tweeted his review of Brian Wilson‘s new Taco Bell commercial, which is now running non-stop during the ALCS and NLCS:

  2. Hunter Pence, Placido Polanco have sports hernia surgeries

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Hunter Pence announced via Twitter that his sports hernia surgery this morning “went well” and he’s “feeling good.” Or at least everyone is assuming it was sports hernia surgery, because as David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News points out the Phillies didn’t make an official announcement yet after saying last week that Pence would…

  3. Angels’ firings continue as scout is let go after 27 years in the organization

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    As part of a housecleaning that already included the general manager, director of player personnel, and two key front office assistants the Angels have now fired longtime scout Rich Schlenker after 27 years in the organization. And not only that, according to the 68-year-old scout he was fired “in a 30-second phone call.” Schlenker called…

  4. Rangers bench struggling Mitch Moreland for Game 3 tonight

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Shortly after last night’s Game 2 victory Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that struggling first baseman Mitch Moreland will be out of the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight. Moreland, who’s just 2-for-17 during the playoffs and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Game 2, will be replaced at first base with Michael…

  5. Skip Schumaker hoping to be available if Cardinals reach World Series

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    In removing Skip Schumaker from the NLCS roster because of an oblique injury the Cardinals initially expected him to miss the remainder of the playoffs, but now the utility man is hoping to be available if they reach the World Series. “There’s been a lot of improvement from then to now,” Schumaker told Joe Strauss…

  6. Jim Leyland reiterates that Justin Verlander will not pitch on short rest

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    With the Tigers down 2-0 to the Rangers in the ALCS some managers would be tempted to bring back Justin Verlander for Game 4 on short rest, but Jim Leyland reiterated yesterday that he doesn’t consider that an option. Or in his exact words: “He’s pitching Game 5.That’s a slam dunk. That is the end…

  7. Magglio Ordonez likely to have surgery on fractured ankle

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    For now Magglio Ordonez remains with the Tigers during the ALCS, watching the games from the dugout after re-fracturing the same ankle he injured last year, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he “almost certainly” will undergo another surgery. Ordonez is scheduled to be examined by a foot specialist back in Detroit and is…

  8. Rays catcher Robinson Chirinos breaks hand in winter ball

    Oct 10, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay catcher Robinson Chirinos “broke a bone near his right wrist” while playing winter ball in Venezuela, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Topkin reports that Chirinos is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, which is bad news for his winter ball career but should leave him plenty of time…

  9. So much for that: GM says Reds aren’t trading Joey Votto

    Oct 10, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

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    Yonder Alonso‘s strong showing offensively and poor showing defensively led to some speculation that the Reds might clear a spot for him in the lineup by trading reigning MVP Joey Votto, but general manager Walt Jocketty put an end to those rumors today. “We haven’t talked about it,” Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “I…

  10. NLCS Game 2 lineups: Cardinals vs. Brewers

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Cardinals-Brewers series: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF 2. Jon Jay, CF 2. Nyjer Morgan, CF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Ryan Braun, LF 4. Matt Holliday, LF 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 5. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Rickie Weeks,…

  11. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Tigers-Rangers series: DETROIT TIGERS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Ramon Santiago, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Delmon Young, LF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Michael Young, DH 5. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B…

  12. Greg Walker interviews to be hitting coach for Braves, Padres

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Greg Walker, Jerry Reinsdorf

    Greg Walker stepped down as White Sox hitting coach as soon as the season ended and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that he’ll soon interview for the same job with the Braves and Padres. Chicago has filled in most of the coaching staff around new manager Robin Ventura, but have yet to replace Walker…

  13. White Sox add Joe McEwing, Mark Parent to Robin Ventura’s coaching staff

    Oct 10, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Pitching coach Don Cooper and first base coach Harold Baines are staying with the White Sox despite the manager switch from Ozzie Guillen to Robin Ventura and Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that Joe McEwing and Mark Parent will soon join Ventura’s staff. Parent is expected to serve as Ventura’s bench coach, which is…

  14. Mark Lowe aims to be available if Rangers make World Series

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Mark Lowe hasn’t pitched since September 21 because of a hamstring injury, being left off the Rangers’ roster for the ALDS and ALCS, but the right-hander is still trying to make his way back in case Texas reaches the World Series. Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Lowe threw off a…

  15. Zack Greinke just knows how to win … or something

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    NLDS Diamondbacks Brewers Baseball

    Zack Greinke picked up the victory last night in Game 1 of the NLCS and in doing so became the first pitcher in more than a decade to be credited with a “win” in the postseason while allowing six or more runs. Orlando Hernandez of the Yankees was the last pitcher to receive the long…

  16. Francisco Rodriguez says “of course” he’d consider signing with Mets as a free agent

    Oct 10, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez is on the verge of becoming a free agent and lots of non-Brewers media are covering the Brewers at this point, so naturally he was asked yesterday whether signing with the Mets is something he’d consider. “Of course,” Rodriguez told David Lennon of New York Newsday. “I don’t have no hard feelings for…

  17. Delmon Young is back on the Tigers’ playoff roster, replacing Magglio Ordonez

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young was removed from Detroit’s playoff roster after straining his oblique muscle in Game 5 of the ALDS, but Magglio Ordonez‘s fractured ankle and a lack of other outfield options has convinced the Tigers to re-add him to the ALCS roster. Young missed nearly a month with an oblique strain earlier this season and…

  18. More talk of the Marlins being interested in Carlos Zambrano

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Connecting all the dots, Florida’s interest in Carlos Zambrano sounds pretty real. As soon as Ozzie Guillen became the Marlins’ manager last month there was speculation about him convincing the team to trade for his friend and last week El Nacional in Venezuela reported that Guillen has already reached out to Zambrano. And now Barry…

  19. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Oct 7, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Cardinals-Phillies series tonight: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Skip Schumaker, CF 2. Chase Utley, 2B 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Hunter Pence, RF 4. Lance Berkman, RF 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Matt Holliday, LF 5. Shane…

  20. Tigers set ALCS rotation: Verlander, Porcello, Fister, Scherzer

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    By defeating the Rays in four games the Rangers got a chance to set up their ALCS rotation in the same order as the ALDS, but the Tigers will juggle things a bit after needing five games to defeat the Yankees. Jim Leyland avoided using Justin Verlander as a reliever in Game 5, so he’ll…

  21. Rangers choose Derek Holland for Game 2 start in ALCS

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Ron Washington waited to see who the Rangers would be playing in the ALCS before announcing their rotation, but it looks like the Tigers will be facing the same starters the Rays did. C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 for Texas, followed by fellow left-hander Derek Holland in Game 2. Washington hasn’t named his Game…

  22. Yankees have struggled in playoffs against non-Twins teams

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    joe girardi and ron gardenhire

    I’m a Minnesotan and so it has seemed at times like the Yankees are unbeatable in the playoffs, but it turns out they haven’t been so good when they’re not beating up on the Twins. During the past 10 seasons the Yankees’ playoff record is 12-2 against the Twins and 26-34 against all other teams.…

  23. 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…

  24. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. 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…

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