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  1. Rangers make it official: C.J. Wilson will start Game 1

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Not that there was any doubt, but the Rangers officially announced that C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. He’ll be matched up against Chris Carpenter, as both teams are able to arrange their rotations as they wanted thanks to neither LCS going the full seven games. Carpenter and…

  2. Tweet of the Day: Omar Vizquel had an epiphany

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    He’s earned $62 million and won 11 Gold Glove awards during a 23-year career in the majors, but today Omar Vizquel finally learned what true happiness means thanks to an unlikely source:

  3. Betting odds have Rangers as solid World Series favorites

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:23 PM EST

    gambling poster

    Gambling odds don’t necessarily show which team is better than another team, since the goal is to align half the bettors one side and half the bettors on the other side rather than predict the actual outcome. With that said, Bodog has the Rangers as -165 favorites over the Cardinals in the World Series. Or,…

  4. Cardinals likely to keep 12-man pitching staff for World Series

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    This news is about as surprising as Chris Carpenter getting the Game 1 assignment, but general manager John Mozeliak indicated that the Cardinals will stick with a 12-man pitching staff for the World Series. On most teams 12 pitchers are overkill during the playoffs, when the rotation shortens and setup men and closers dominate the…

  5. Who to follow on Twitter for World Series: Rangers edition

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    twitter follow me

    If you’re anywhere close to as obsessed with Twitter as I am you’ll want to add a bunch of Cardinals and Rangers reporters, writers, and bloggers to your follow list for the next couple weeks. At the risk of leaving out some deserving folks, here’s a list of recommended Rangers follows for the World Series…

  6. Who to follow on Twitter for World Series: Cardinals edition

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    twitter follow me

    If you’re anywhere close to as obsessed with Twitter as I am you’ll want to add a bunch of Cardinals and Rangers reporters, writers, and bloggers to your follow list for the next couple weeks. At the risk of leaving out some deserving folks, here’s a list of recommended Cardinals follows for the World Series…

  7. No surprise: Cardinals will turn to Chris Carpenter in Game 1

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    By avoiding a Game 7 in the NLCS the Cardinals are able to line up their rotation for the World Series, which means Chris Carpenter will start Game 1 against the Rangers. He’ll be matched up against C.J. Wilson, although Texas hasn’t made that official yet. Carpenter was needed for Game 162 of the regular…

  8. Chien-Ming Wang and Nationals continue to talk contract

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    It took a pair of one-year contracts for the Nationals to get some value out of Chien-Ming Wang, who finally returned to the mound in the second half after missing two calendar years following shoulder surgery, and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Washington is working to re-sign him. According to Ladson both sides…

  9. Free agent Mark Ellis “figures to return” to Rockies next year

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Mark Ellis

    Mark Ellis, whom the Rockies acquired from the A’s on June 30, “figures to return next season” according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post. Armstrong’s newspaper-mate, Troy Renck, has also tweeted repeatedly throughout the second half that Ellis would like to remain in Colorado and the Rockies would like to re-sign the 35-year-old. Ellis…

  10. NLCS Game 5 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    blank lineup card

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

  11. Stat of the Day: Most pitches thrown in a postseason start

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander tosses a ball in the dugout during the eighth inning of Game 3 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs against the Texas Rangers in Detroit

    Justin Verlander threw 133 pitches in last night’s win over the Rangers, which got me wondering about the most pitches ever thrown in a postseason start. Turns out, Verlander wasn’t even close to cracking the top 10. And that’s only counting games since people started tracking pitch counts, which rules out a whole lot of…

  12. Red Sox owner John Henry: “I personally opposed” signing Carl Crawford

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    During a radio appearance on 98.5 “The Sports Hub” in Boston this afternoon Red Sox owner John Henry explained that he “personally opposed” the team’s decision to sign free agent Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract last offseason. Henry said that he ultimately deferred to general manager Theo Epstein and the front office…

  13. Indians promote Scott Radinsky as new pitching coach

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians  Photo Day

    Tim Belcher stepped down as Cleveland’s pitching coach last month, citing the need to spend more time with his family, and today the Indians officially replaced him with Scott Radinsky. Cleveland also announced other changes to manager Manny Acta’s staff, naming Tom Wiedenbauer first base coach and Dave Miller bullpen coach. Radinsky has been the…

  14. Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz arrested for disturbing the peace

    Oct 14, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who was acquired from the Indians as the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was arrested last night and charged with disturbing the peace in Mississippi. Pomeranz got arrested while coming out of a bar around 1:25 a.m. and the 22-year-old was released on a cash bond three hours later. No…

  15. Koji Uehara was mostly unhittable for Orioles, but he’s been a mess for Rangers

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    Koji Uehara

    Texas bulked up its bullpen at the trade deadline, acquiring Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, and Mike Gonzalez to go alongside Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando, and Darren Oliver in what’s now arguably the best, deepest group of relievers in baseball. However, after dominating with the Orioles for the past one-and-a-half seasons Uehara has been a mess…

  16. Mets hire former A’s manager Bob Geren as bench coach

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:47 AM EST

    Bob Geren

    After interviewing several potential candidates, including former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, the Mets have settled on former A’s manager Bob Geren as their new bench coach, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Geren was fired by Oakland in June after compiling a 334-376 (.470) record in four-plus seasons, but has previous ties to the various…

  17. Angels negotiating new television deal with FOX Sports

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    television money

    For months now the Dodgers’ attempts to get a new television contract have made headlines, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels may be nearing a new TV deal of their own with FOX Sports. According Shaikin in a recent court filing on behalf of MLB media consultant Ed Desser…

  18. Tigers open the floodgates after lucky bounce and hang on to beat Rangers, forcing Game 6

    Oct 13, 2011, 7:55 PM EST

    miguel cabrera double off third base

    It started with a lucky bounce and ended with the Tigers knocking around C.J. Wilson to stave off elimination and force a Game 6 with a 7-5 victory. Texas missed a big opportunity to break the game open with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, as Ian Kinsler helped Justin Verlander…

  19. NLCS Game 4 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Brewers-Cardinals series: MILWAUKEE BREWERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Nyjer Morgan, CF 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Mark Kotsay, RF 2. Allen Craig, RF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. David Freese, 3B 5. Rickie Weeks, 2B 5. Matt Holliday,…

  20. Report: Ben Cherington will be named Red Sox’s new GM

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    ben cherington red sox

    Ben Cherington has always been Boston’s presumed choice to replace Theo Epstein and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Red Sox have informed him that the general manager job is his. Cherington was with the Red Sox before Epstein, joining the organization in 2002 and rising up the front office ranks to…

  21. ALCS Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    blank lineup card

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

  22. Alex Avila keeps playing despite knee injury and .061 average

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila avoids a pitch thrown by Texas Rangers Yoshinori Tateyama during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Alex Avila has been behind the plate for every Tigers playoff game despite injuring his knee stepping on Robinson Cano‘s foot in Game 3 of the ALDS, but his limp has becoming increasingly obvious of late and his production at the plate has been non-existent. Avila hit .295 with 19 homers and an .895 OPS…

  23. Charlie Manuel wants the Phillies to upgrade over Placido Polanco at third base

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco is under contract for $6.25 million next season with a $5.5 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2013, but manager Charlie Manuel said yesterday that he’d like to see the Phillies find an upgrade at third base this offseason. “If we need to upgrade and we can, we should do it,”…

  24. Why can’t Yovani Gallardo beat the Cardinals?

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Yovani Gallardo

    Yovani Gallardo is a fantastic pitcher, but he struggled against the Cardinals last night in what has become a career-long pattern versus St. Louis. Jordan Schelling of MLB.com crunched the numbers and found that Gallardo is 1-8 with a 5.78 ERA in 12 career starts against the Cardinals compared to 53-27 with a 3.32 ERA…

  25. Every team in baseball passed over Nelson Cruz, including the Rangers

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    nelson cruz reuters wide

    Long before he became one of the league’s top sluggers and a postseason hero Nelson Cruz was passed over by every team in baseball, including the Rangers. His journey to playoff stardom is pretty remarkable, actually. Cruz was signed out of the Dominican Republic as an 18-year-old by the Mets in 1998. Two years later…

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