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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. World Series Game 2 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

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

  13. Confirmed: Angels met with Rays GM Andrew Friedman

    Oct 20, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    This morning Jason Collette of DRaysBay reported that Rays general manager Andrew Friedman dined Tuesday night with Angels owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms the story. Rosenthal adds that Friedman is the Angels’ top choice to replace Tony Reagins as general manager, although Friedman’s level of interest…

  14. Picture of the Day: Tony La Russa’s mohawk

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    It was windy at Busch Stadium prior to last night’s game, so Tony La Russa channeled his inner-Donald Trump for a temporary mohawk:

  15. Ozzie Guillen is open to Hanley Ramirez switching positions

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Ozzie Guillen met with Hanley Ramirez earlier this week and indicated afterward that he’s open to the Marlins’ star shortstop possibly switching positions. “I just got there and I just want him on the field no matter where,” Guillen told Adam Berry of MLB.com. “If he has to be a shortstop, it’s shortstop. If he…

  16. Will the Rangers’ runners keep testing Yadier Molina’s arm?

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    yadier-molina-cardinals-throwing

    Running has been a big part of the Rangers’ offense all year, as they ranked fourth among AL teams in steals during the regular season and swiped seven bases in 10 games through the first two playoff rounds. Texas tried to get that running game going right away in Game 1 of the World Series…

  17. Jerry Dipoto looks like the favorite for Orioles’ GM job

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Jerry Dipoto of the Diamondbacks and Tony LaCava of the Blue Jays are the two general manager candidates who’ve already interviewed with the Orioles and a third candidate, Dan Jennings, likely won’t be allowed to interview because the Marlins blocked the request. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun believes Dipoto is the current favorite to…

  18. Padres “have internally discussed” trading for John Lackey

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    John Lackey

    San Diego’s front office is in a state of flux amid rumors that Theo Epstein could take various Padres staffers with him to the Cubs, but in the meantime they’re apparently talking about taking John Lackey off the Red Sox’s hands. Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres “have internally…

  19. A’s want pitching coach Curt Young back from Red Sox

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Curt Young

    Right around this time last fall Curt Young resigned as A’s pitching coach to take the same job with the Red Sox, but a year later Young may be returning to Oakland. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Young “is expected to be reeled back to the Bay Area by the end of the month”…

  20. Change of plans: Dirk Nowitzki to throw out Game 3 first pitch

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    dirk nowitzki rangers

    Marc Stein of ESPN Dallas reported yesterday that MLB rejected the Rangers’ request to have Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki throw out the ceremonial first pitch once the World Series moves to Texas. That led to a lot of angry fans, particularly since MLB’s attempted explanation didn’t really make much sense, and now they’ve changed their…

  21. Yankees decline 2012 option on reliever Damaso Marte

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Damaso Marte throwing

    Damaso Marte missed all of this season following shoulder surgery last October and today the Yankees officially declined his $4 million option for 2012, buying the left-handed reliever out for $250,000 instead. Marte was consistently one of the best southpaw setup men in baseball prior to joining the Yankees in a mid-2008 trade with the…

  22. World Series Game 1 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

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

  23. MLB changes mind, invites Dirk Nowitzki to throw first pitch

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    dirk nowitzki rangers

    UPDATE: MLB apparently changed its mind–or had its mind changed–and has now invited Nowitzki to throw out the first pitch at an as-yet-undecided game in Texas. ========== Dirk Nowitzki threw out of the ceremonial first pitch at a Rangers game back in June and they wanted the Mavericks star to do so again when the…

  24. Cardinals add Skip Schumaker and Jake Westbrook to roster

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    As expected, the Cardinals have added utility man Skip Schumaker and right-hander Jake Westbrook to the World Series roster in place of right-hander Kyle McClellan and outfielder Adron Chambers. Schumaker was left off the NLCS roster after injuring his oblique muscle in Game 5 of the NLDS versus Philadelphia, but was the Cardinals’ primary second…

  25. Place your bets: Albert Pujols and Nelson Cruz are favorites for World Series MVP

    Oct 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    Bodog has betting odds on which player will be named World Series MVP and not surprisingly Albert Pujols and Nelson Cruz lead the way: Albert Pujols 5/1 Nelson Cruz 6/1 Adrian Beltre 7/1 Josh Hamilton 7/1 Field 10/1 Ian Kinsler 10/1 Michael Young 10/1 David Freese 11/1 Matt Holliday 11/1 Lance Berkman 14/1 Yadier Molina…

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