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

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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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…

  2. Arthur Rhodes guaranteed a World Series ring either way

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

  3. Jaime Garcia gets Game 2 assignment for Cardinals

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    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…

  4. Marlins deny Orioles permission to interview Dan Jennings

    Oct 18, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Brian Cashman expects to sign new contract by October 31

    Oct 18, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    There’s never been much doubt about Brian Cashman and the Yankees working out a new contract and the general manager told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that “it’ll get done between now and October 31, I’m sure.” October 31 is when his current contract expires and Cashman explained that “it’s not a pressing circumstance, as far…

  8. Cubs sign 30-year deal to keep spring training home in Mesa

    Oct 18, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

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    City council members in Mesa, Arizona voted unanimously to approve a 30-year contract with the Cubs that will include a new $99 million spring training complex. Last year voters in Mesa approved the deal by a 2-to-1 margin, but Garin Groff of the East Valley Tribune reports that protesters have said the public wasn’t fully…

  9. Yankees tell Jesus Montero to skip winter ball

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Jesus Montero won’t participate in winter ball after the Yankees decided he’s played enough games this year, according to Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News. Montero played 109 games at Triple-A prior to being called up on September 1 and got into 18 more games for the Yankees down the stretch, totaling 532…

  10. Ozzie Guillen angry at White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

    Don Cooper managed the White Sox’s final game following Ozzie Guillen’s departure and signed a multi-year contract extension to remain Chicago’s pitching coach, but apparently Guillen and Cooper aren’t exactly on good terms. Guillen, who just returned from a two-week vacation in Spain and will join the “Baseball Tonight” crew for World Series analysis, had…

  11. Chris Carpenter has “inflammation and swelling” in elbow

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Chris Carpenter will start Game 1 of the World Series for the Cardinals and publicly at least various members of the team downplayed talk of his elbow being an issue, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “Carpenter suffered inflammation and swelling of the elbow” following his start against the Brewers…

  12. Red Sox wanted Matt Garza from Cubs for Theo Epstein

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    There are varying reports about how negotiations between the Red Sox and Cubs for general manager Theo Epstein have gone, but here’s something new: According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago the initial asking price was Matt Garza. Realistically that was never going to happen, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Red Sox figured…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    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:

  15. Betting odds have Rangers as solid World Series favorites

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    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,…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

  22. NLCS Game 5 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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    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,…

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

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. Indians promote Scott Radinsky as new pitching coach

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    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…

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