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  1. Indians bring back Fausto Carmona, cut loose Grady Sizemore

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    Fausto Carmona will stay with Cleveland in 2012 after the team exercised his $7 million option, but the Indians made Grady Sizemore a free agent by choosing a $500,000 buyout rather than pay him $8.5 million following another injury wrecked season. Once upon a time Sizemore was one of the best young players in baseball…

  2. Nationals name Davey Johnson full-time manager

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    As expected, the Nationals have decided to stick with Davey Johnson as manager. General manager Mike Rizzo went through the interview process with other candidates, but various reports pegged Johnson as the man for the job for weeks now and the Nationals simply held off making things official until after the World Series. Rizzo said…

  3. Marlins trying to talk Javier Vazquez out of retirement

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Javier Vazquez has repeatedly indicated that he plans to retire despite being a free agent coming off a very good season, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins may try to talk the 35-year-old right-hander into pitching at least one more season. Capozzi writes that playing close to his home…

  4. Going out on top: Tony La Russa announces retirement

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Last week every indication was that Tony La Russa planned to return for his 17th season as Cardinals manager and even today when the Cardinals announced a press conference few people suspected it had anything to do with the manager. Turns out he’s decided to go out on top, with La Russa making the surprise…

  5. Rangers will be strong contenders again in 2012

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:03 AM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    It won’t make them feel much better tonight and replacing the team’s ace for a second straight offseason would be a tall order, but Rangers fans should take some solace in the fact that C.J. Wilson is their only significant free agent. Wilson, who earned $7 million in his final year of arbitration, figures to…

  6. World Series Game 7 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 28, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 7 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Ryan Theriot, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Allen Craig, LF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. David…

  7. Yankees will announce new contract with general manager Brian Cashman after World Series

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman and the Yankees have made it very clear that finalizing his new contract was merely a formality, with the general manager saying something would get done by Halloween. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal and will make things official after the World Series, following Bud…

  8. Chris Carpenter is starting Game 7 on short rest

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    UPDATE: It’s official, Carpenter is starting on short rest. Here’s Tony La Russa’s rather simple explanation, via R.B. Fallstrom of the Associated Press: “He’s the guy our club wants to have out there, and he’s ready to take it. Plain and simple. He’s our guy.” ========== Tony La Russa might wait until the last possible moment…

  9. Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli are both in the Rangers’ lineup

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Barring a last-minute change Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli will start Game 7 tonight despite suffering what appeared to be pretty significant injuries last night. Napoli rolled his ankle running the bases, but stayed in to catch the final eight innings and X-rays taken afterward were negative. Speed has never been part of Napoli’s game…

  10. John Lackey is the last pitcher to win a World Series Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    LACKEY

    Tonight will be the first time since 2002 that there’s been a Game 7 in the World Series. And hard as it may be to believe considering his current predicament John Lackey was the winning pitcher that night, tossing five innings of one-run ball as the Angels defeated Livan Hernandez and the Giants on October…

  11. Last night’s Win Probability graph is hilarious

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    win probability chart

    Fan Graphs has real-time Win Probability graphs for every game, which track each team’s chances of winning based on the historical odds of the specific game situation at the time. Last night’s Win Probability graph is pretty amazing. It looks more like an EKG for … well, a Cardinals or Rangers fan watching the game:

  12. Cardinals remove injured Matt Holliday from roster, Allen Craig to start Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Matt Holliday left last night’s game with a sprained right wrist and X-rays were negative, but the Cardinals have removed the injured left fielder from the World Series roster for Game 7. Holliday, who suffered the injury diving back into third base on a play in which Mike Napoli and Adrian Beltre picked him off,…

  13. Dodgers set to hire MLB’s first female physical trainer

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    sue falsone dodgers

    Stephania Bell of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers will soon make Sue Falsone the first female head physical trainer in MLB history when they announce her hiring next week. Not only that, according to Bell she’ll be the first head physical trainer in any of the four major sports. Falsone has served as a consultant…

  14. Tony LaCava “very likely” to be Orioles’ new general manager

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    tony lacava

    Shortly after news of the Angels deciding on Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that current Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava is “very likely” to be named the Orioles’ next GM. Dipoto and LaCava both interviewed with Baltimore and Heyman speculates that Dipoto talking to the Orioles…

  15. X-rays were negative, so Mike Napoli expects to play

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    In the moment it seemed impossible that Mike Napoli would stay in the game to run the bases, let alone catch the final six (or as it turned out eight) innings, but his ugly looking ankle injury turned out to be less severe than it appeared. X-rays taken immediately after the game were negative and…

  16. Tigers exercise $9 million option on closer Jose Valverde

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    UPDATE: It’s official. ========== Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Tigers are expected to exercise their $9 million option on closer Jose Valverde, which is no surprise after he went 49-for-49 converting saves in the regular season. Valverde didn’t pitch quite as well as the perfect save  percentage would suggest, posting the lowest strikeout…

  17. Tony La Russa expected back with Cardinals in 2012

    Oct 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Regardless of what happens in Game 7 tonight Tony La Russa is expected to return as Cardinals manager next season, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Officially both La Russa and the Cardinals must decide on their respective half of his mutual option within two weeks after the World Series ends,…

  18. World Series Game 6 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Skip Schumaker, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Matt…

  19. Padres prospect lied about age, identity for $1 million bonus

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

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    Three years ago 16-year-old Dominican middle infielder Alvaro Aristy signed with the Padres for $1 million as one of the top international prospects available that season. Since then he’s hit .169 while failing to advance beyond rookie-ball and now Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that Aristy’s real name is Jorge Leandro Guzman and his…

  20. Hong-Chih Kuo has no plans to retire despite fifth surgery

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    kuo small

    Hong-Chih Kuo‘s agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the injured left-hander has no plans to retire despite battling anxiety issues during the season and needing a fifth elbow surgery. Kuo is scheduled to go under the knife tomorrow, but the surgery is a relatively minor removal of “loose bodies” from his…

  21. Picture of the Day: Portrait of the GM as a young man

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    ben cherington kid

    Kevin Gray of the New Hampshire Union Leader wrote a good article about new Red Sox general manager (and New Hampshire native) Ben Cherington, including this picture of the GM attending his first game at Fenway Park as a 5-year-old in 1979:

  22. After the rain: Lewis and Garcia set for Game 6 pitchers’ duel

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Tarp covers the infield at Bush Stadium after Major League Baseball cancelled Game 6 in St. Louis

    Last night’s rainout in St. Louis could dramatically change the pitching plans for Game 7, but the Cardinals will have to get there first by winning tonight’s Colby Lewis-Jaime Garcia matchup. They faced off in Game 2, combining for 13.2 innings of one-run ball. Garcia exited after seven shutout innings with a 1-0 lead, but…

  23. Brian Cashman’s new deal with Yankees “just about” done

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    There was never much doubt about general manager Brian Cashman agreeing to a new contract with the Yankees and it sounds like the two sides could reach an agreement very soon. Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that negotiations for a new deal are “just about” complete and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com…

  24. Yankees readying new contract offer for CC Sabathia

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    CC Sabathia

    After meeting in Florida this week to formulate a plan to keep CC Sabathia if/when he exercises the opt-out clause in his contract the Yankees have prepared a new contract offer for the 30-year-old left-hander. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that they’ll make the proposal to Sabathia and his agent before he…

  25. Mariners keep manager Eric Wedge and entire coaching staff

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Eric Wedge, Paul Emmel

    Eric Wedge went 67-95 in his first season as Seattle’s manager, but the Mariners announced last night that he’ll be back in 2012 along with his entire coaching staff. In a statement released to the media general manager Jack Zduriencik called them “a group of hard-working professionals.” Greg Johns of MLB.com notes that this is…

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