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  1. Cliff Lee is available out of the Phillies’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee threw 110 pitches Sunday in a Game 2 loss, but manager Charlie Manuel told reporters that the left-hander will be available out of the Phillies’ bullpen in relief of Roy Oswalt tonight. Lee would normally do his between-starts throwing today, so instead he’ll skip that and be ready to pitch an inning or…

  2. Rangers will start C.J. Wilson in Game 1 of ALCS, keep Alexi Ogando in bullpen

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    C.J. Wilson

    With the Rangers the first team to advance past the first round manager Ron Washington announced that they’ll predictably line up C.J. Wilson to start Game 1 of the ALCS and will also keep Alexi Ogando in the bullpen. Ogando spent nearly the entire season in the Rangers’ rotation, starting 29 games, but made three…

  3. Tim McCarver needs “minor” heart procedure, Terry Francona to fill in for early ALCS games

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    UPDATE: Francona’s role will be a big one, as Ben Grossman of Broadcasting and Cable reports that he’ll be partnered with Joe Buck for Game 1 and Game 2 of the ALCS because Tim McCarver is undergoing a “minor” heart procedure. Quite a first broadcasting gig for Francona. McCarver, who’ll be 70 years in two…

  4. Tigers catcher Alex Avila playing through knee injury

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Alex Avila doesn’t plan to miss any time, but both the All-Star catcher and manager Jim Leyland admitted yesterday that the knee injury he suffered while stepping on Robinson Cano‘s foot in Game 3 is a concern. “Minor injuries happen to everybody,” Avila told Jason Beck of MLB.com. “Whether I was injured badly or not,…

  5. Johnny Damon and B.J. Upton want to stay with Rays in 2012

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Johnny Damon

    Matthew Pouliot wrote yesterday about how the Rays are in position to potentially bring back nearly their entire roster next season, with the notable exception of Johnny Damon being one of their few free agents and B.J. Upton possibly being on the trading block. Following yesterday’s season-ending loss Damon and Upton both expressed a desire…

  6. Shane Victorino: “There was poo everywhere”

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Even after the Phillies took a 2-1 series lead over the Cardinals yesterday Shane Victorino mostly just wanted to talk about the Budweiser Clydesdales being part of the on-field pregame festivities in St. Louis, telling Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com: How about the horses? They went around a second time and crapped all by our dugout.…

  7. Tony La Russa: “I’m embarrassed that I crossed the line”

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    La Russa

    MLB slapped Tony La Russa with an undisclosed fine yesterday for his in-game remarks about the umpiring in Game 2 and the Cardinals manager quietly accepted his punishment, saying he had “no disagreement at all” with the decision. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the fine was “four figures” after La…

  8. Andy MacPhail reconsidering leaving Orioles?

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Andy MacPhail AP

    For most of September all indications were that Andy MacPhail planned to step down as Orioles president of baseball operations at season’s end, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that there’s growing chatter about MacPhail sticking around. Connolly speculates that owner Peter Angelos talked MacPhail out of leaving during a meeting last…

  9. Yankees will turn to Ivan Nova for Game 5, with CC Sabathia available in relief

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Yankees pitcher Nova reacts after getting the Tigers out to end fifth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    After getting a solid start from the much-maligned A.J. Burnett last night the Yankees have to be feeling pretty good about their chances of winning Game 5, as they’ll turn to rookie Ivan Nova against Doug Fister and the Tigers. Nova was technically a reliever in Game 1, “starting” the suspended game and pitching 6.1…

  10. Grady Sizemore undergoes another knee surgery as 2012 option looms

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    When the Indians shut down Grady Sizemore for the final week of the season they described the move as precautionary, but yesterday the oft-injured center fielder underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery in Colorado. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that the surgery was Sizemore’s fifth in the past three years, but says the…

  11. Live chat: Rangers-Rays, ALDS Game 4

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 3

    Hang out, avoid work, watch the Rangers-Rays game, and chat with Aaron Gleeman and Craig Calcaterra this afternoon. Pitching matchup: Rangers: LHP Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA, 3.85 xFIP in 186 innings) Rays: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95 ERA, 4.72 xFIP in 189 innings) Click here for the lineups. And just press “play” to start…

  12. Daisuke Matsuzaka throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    Red Sox starting pitcher Matsuzaka of Japan stands on the mound with a trainer and his translator during their American League MLB baseball game against the Mariners in Boston

    Daisuke Matsuzaka played catch yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in June, with the Koyodo News reporting that he made 39 throws from “short range” at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Florida. Matsuzaka reported no problems with his surgically repaired elbow, but he’ll have to clear many more…

  13. MLB fines Tony La Russa for in-game criticism of umpires

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    MLB has fined Cardinals manager Tony La Russa an undisclosed amount for his criticism of umpires during a between-innings television interview Sunday, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. In speaking to the TBS announcers, La Russa said of home plate umpire Jerry Meals: “I would add–which could get me in trouble,…

  14. Don’t expect Phillies to use any starters on short rest

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Chris Carpenter‘s first career short-rest start didn’t go well Sunday in Philadelphia and when asked if he’d ever use a Phillies starter on short rest during the playoffs pitching coach Rich Dubee made it pretty clear that he’s against the idea: Most real good players at this level get accustomed to a routine. Apparently that…

  15. Placido Polanco “definitely” still bothered by sports hernia

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Placido Polanco went 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in the first two games against the Cardinals and also looked somewhat limited defensively at times, with manager Charlie Manuel admitting yesterday that the third baseman’s sports hernia may still be affecting him. “I think it bothers him some,” Manuel told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. “He’s missed time…

  16. Jordan Schafer arrested, charged with marijuana possession

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Jordan Schafer

    Jordan Schafer, who was traded from the Braves to the Astros in July as part of the Michael Bourn deal, was arrested last night in Florida and charged with felony possession of marijuana. According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times the arrest took place shortly after midnight at The Cheesecake Factory, which some…

  17. ALDS Game 4 lineups: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Rangers-Rays series: TEXAS RANGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Desmond Jennings, LF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. B.J. Upton, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Johnny Damon,…

  18. GM says “no change” in status of Matt Holliday’s hand injury

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday had his strained finger tendon examined further by hand specialists in St. Louis yesterday and general manager John Mozeliak said afterward that there’s “no change” in his status. That means Holliday remains on the Cardinals’ roster, but is doubtful to start any of the remaining three games against the Phillies and may not…

  19. Mike Scioscia not interested in being Angels general manager

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    mike-scioscia-angels

    In the wake of Tony Reagins resigning as Angels general manager amid an overall front office housecleaning there’s been a lot written about how manager Mike Scioscia is truly pulling all the personnel strings and any GM would mostly just be a figurehead. In terms of actually becoming the GM, though, Scioscia has no interest.…

  20. Two more fired as Angels continue front office house cleaning

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins

    General manager Tony Reagins resigned Friday and today the Angels cleaned house even further by firing assistant general manager Ken Forsch and special assistant to the general manager Gary Sutherland. They’d filled those roles for 14 and 12 years, respectively, working with both Reagins and his predecessor Bill Stoneman. Obviously there were any number of…

  21. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Yankees vs. Tigers

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Yankees-Tigers series: NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS 1. Derek Jeter, SS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 2. Ramon Santiago, 2B 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Delmon Young, LF 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 5. Mark Teixeira, 1B 5. Victor Martinez,…

  22. Magglio Ordonez “almost hung it up” after terrible first half

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

    Magglio Ordonez

    Magglio Ordonez told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that he considered retiring around midseason after hitting .217 in the first half while struggling through soreness in his surgically repaired ankle. “I almost hung it up,” Ordonez said. “When I was playing, I didn’t enjoy the game and I play with my heart.” Ordonez also plays with…

  23. Video of the Day: Matt Kemp’s 39 homers in 39 seconds

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    UPDATE: Well, so much for that. MLB Advanced Media shut it down in approximately 39 seconds. Sorry. ========== Because the Dodgers only played 161 games this season Matt Kemp didn’t get a full crack at joining the 40-40 club, so instead he’ll have to settle for 40 steals and 39 homers. And here’s a fun…

  24. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:21 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Rangers-Rays series: TEXAS RANGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Desmond Jennings, LF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. B.J. Upton, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Matt Joyce, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Johnny Damon,…

  25. Three days rest: Carpenter, Spahn, Maddux, and … Loaiza?

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    For the first time in his 14-season, 339-start career Chris Carpenter started on short rest last night and it didn’t go well, as he failed to make it out of the fourth inning while allowing four runs to put the Cardinals in an early hole. St. Louis came back to win, so rightly or wrongly…

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