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

    Oct 20, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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    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…

  3. Confirmed: Angels met with Rays GM Andrew Friedman

    Oct 20, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    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:

  5. Ozzie Guillen is open to Hanley Ramirez switching positions

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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”…

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

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

  11. Yankees decline 2012 option on reliever Damaso Marte

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    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…

  14. Cardinals add Skip Schumaker and Jake Westbrook to roster

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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    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…

  16. Rangers remove Uehara and Tateyama from roster, add Lowe and Treanor

    Oct 19, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara‘s inability to keep the ball in the ballpark since coming to the Rangers in a midseason trade with the Orioles has gotten the previously dominant reliever removed from the World Series roster. Texas also removed fellow reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from the roster, adding right-hander Mark Lowe and catcher Matt Treanor in their place.…

  17. Bold decision to hire Mark McGwire as hitting coach has paid off for Cardinals

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

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    When the Cardinals hired Mark McGwire as their hitting coach prior to the 2010 season there was lots of talk about his lack of coaching experience and lots of speculation about how his steroids-related baggage would be a distraction. Two years later all of that seems to have been forgotten, as McGwire has mostly flown…

  18. Break between series gave Matt Holliday time to get healthy

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday has been limited by a hand injury throughout the postseason, but the Cardinals left fielder told Matthew Leach of MLB.com that the time off between the NLCS and World Series has allowed him to get much healthier. “I feel pretty good about where I’m at,” Holliday told Leach. “I think [the off days]…

  19. No decision yet, but Nationals set to stick with Davey Johnson

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When the regular season ended every indication was that the Nationals would retain Davey Johnson as their manager for 2012 and despite an ongoing manager “search” and no official announcement yet Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Johnson is still a near-lock to keep the job. General manager Mike Rizzo has declined to…

  20. No surprise: Rafael Soriano won’t opt out of Yankees contract

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Rafael Soriano‘s contract with the Yankees allows him to opt out after this season, but coming off a mediocre, injury marred campaign there’s little chance of that happening and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York talked to a source who confirmed Soriano will be staying put. Soriano followed a poor start with a disabled list…

  21. Arthur Rhodes guaranteed a World Series ring either way

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    It took Arthur Rhodes two decades in the majors to make it to a World Series and now that the 41-year-old reliever is finally there he’s guaranteed a ring no matter the outcome. Rhodes, like Bengie Molina last season, has been a member of both World Series participants this year and will be getting some…

  22. Jaime Garcia gets Game 2 assignment for Cardinals

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:37 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Earlier today the Rangers announced that Colby Lewis, not Derek Holland, will start Game 2 of the World Series and now the Cardinals have revealed that he’ll be matched up against Jaime Garcia. Garcia started Game 3 of the NLDS and Game 1 of the NLCS, and the Cardinals prefer to pitch the 25-year-old left-hander…

  23. Marlins deny Orioles permission to interview Dan Jennings

    Oct 18, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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    Baltimore is talking to various general manager candidates from other organizations, but Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Marlins denied the Orioles permission to interview vice president of player personnel and assistant general manager Dan Jennings. And according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun this is actually the fourth time the Marlins have…

  24. Rangers change rotation, will start Colby Lewis in Game 2

    Oct 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Colby Lewis

    Derek Holland‘s struggles in the ALCS have convinced the Rangers to juggle their rotation, with manager Ron Washington announcing that Colby Lewis will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Cardinals. Texas stuck with the same rotation in the ALDS and ALCS, with C.J. Wilson followed by Holland, Lewis, and Matt Harrison. Washington…

  25. MLB announces Jerry Layne-led World Series umpiring crew

    Oct 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Jerry Layne

    MLB announced the umpiring assignments for the World Series and the crew will be led by 23-year veteran Jerry Layne, who’ll be behind the plate for Game 1 tomorrow night. Layne will be joined by Greg Gibson, Alfonso Marquez, Ron Kulpa, Ted Barrett, and Gary Cederstrom, each of whom have significant postseason experience. There isn’t…

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