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

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

  2. Josh Hamilton has played through groin injury “for a while”

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton moved gingerly as he got to second base on last night’s extra-inning double and afterward the reigning MVP admitted that he’s been playing through a groin injury “for a while.” “My groin is sore,” Hamilton told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. “A lot of guys are hurting right now. That’s part of it…

  3. NLCS Game 3 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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

  4. Jack McKeon used to lock Marlins’ clubhouse door to keep Josh Beckett out during games

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett is among the Red Sox pitchers who reportedly drank beer, ate fried chicken, and played video games in the clubhouse during games and former Marlins manager Jack McKeon recalls locking the clubhouse door to keep Beckett (and Brad Penny) in the dugout during the 2003 season. Not only that, McKeon told Joe Capozzi…

  5. Pirates will decline $9.75 million 2012 option on Paul Maholm

    Oct 12, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm

    Paul Maholm can be added to the list of free agent starting pitchers, as the Pirates have decided not to exercise their $9.75 million team option on the left-hander for 2012 and will give him a $750,000 buyout instead. “I’m going to test free agency and see where it goes,” Maholm told Rob Biertempfel of…

  6. A.J. Pierzynski admits to drinking during games because “sometimes you just need a rally beer”

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Dunn

    As the stories about Red Sox pitchers drinking in the clubhouse get bigger and bigger White Sox catcher (and FOX television analyst) A.J. Pierzynski admitted during a radio interview today that he’s also knocked back a beer or two during games. Here’s what Pierzynski said while appearing on Dan Patrick’s show: Yes, absolutely I have…

  7. Chris Davis chooses rest, rehab over sports hernia surgery

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Sports hernia surgery is popular this month, but Chris Davis has opted against going under the knife and will instead try to rest and rehab the injury that is now being called “an extreme groin strain.” Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Davis got a second opinion and was told that surgery isn’t needed, so…

  8. ALCS Game 4 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 4 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, 1B 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Delmon Young, LF…

  9. MLB hiring former pitcher turned secret service agent as new security chief

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    MLB will soon hire former secret service agent Bill Bordley as its new chief of security, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Before joining the secret service Bordley was a left-handed pitcher who appeared in eight games for the Giants as a 22-year-old in 1980, throwing 31 innings with a 4.70 ERA despite a ghastly…

  10. Charlie Manuel thinks pitching coach Rich Dubee would make a good manager

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Despite overseeing the best pitching staff in baseball this season Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee hasn’t been linked any managerial openings, which doesn’t sit well with Charlie Manuel. “He should be considered for some of these jobs,” Manuel told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. “I see that kind of skill in him. He’s a real good…

  11. Russell Martin expects to be back with the Yankees in 2012

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin signed with the Yankees as a free agent last offseason, but he remains arbitration eligible for 2012 and because of that the All-Star catcher said yesterday that he expects to be back in New York next season. “So either I’ll get offered a contract or I won’t get offered a contract,” Martin told…

  12. Rangers won’t talk to C.J. Wilson until after the season

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    C.J. Wilson is on the verge of hitting the open market and signing a massive long-term contract as a free agent, but Rangers president Nolan Ryan said yesterday that the team won’t attempt to negotiate with him until after the season. “We don’t believe in negotiating during the season, so we have put that on…

  13. Buster Posey is hitting in cage and catching bullpen sessions

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Buster Posey‘s surgically repaired left leg is strong enough that he caught an eight-minute bullpen session yesterday at the Giants’ instructional league complex in Arizona, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. That means Posey is slightly ahead of schedule, as the Giants had set November 1 as the target date for catching…

  14. Red Sox “widely expected” to name Ben Cherington new GM

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Theo Epstein has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $15 million contract with the Cubs, which means the Red Sox are now in search of a new general manager. However, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com that search won’t take long, as vice president of player personnel Ben Cherington “is widely expected” to replace Epstein as…

  15. Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman on postseason samples

    Oct 11, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, saying something that is both absolutely correct and guaranteed to be criticized by fans angry about another early postseason exit: I don’t make decisions on postseason samples because no one’s going to have a large enough postseason sample to be meaningful. Amen.

  16. ALCS Game 3 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 11, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

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

  17. GM considered Paul Konerko as White Sox player/manager

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    In addition to learning that Robin Ventura’s contract with the White Sox runs through 2014 another interesting tidbit from his introductory press conference as manager today is that general manager Ken Williams admitted he considered first baseman Paul Konerko for the job before settling on Ventura: It was considered long enough for me to realize…

  18. Robin Ventura gets three-year contract as White Sox manager

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

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    This afternoon the White Sox officially introduced Robin Ventura as their new manager and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that he signed a three-year contract that runs through 2014. Ozzie Guillen had one season remaining on his contract with the White Sox, but received a four-year, $10 million extension from the Marlins. Asked…

  19. Jimmy Rollins wants to re-sign with the Phillies … as long as they give him a five-year contract

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Last week impending free agent Jimmy Rollins explained that he won’t be giving a “hometown discount” to the Phillies and today the former MVP told reporters that he’ll be looking for a five-year contract on the open market. During a press conference this morning Rollins made it clear that he wants to re-sign with the…

  20. Tweet of the Day: Bud Norris reviews Brian Wilson’s acting

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Astros right-hander Bud Norris tweeted his review of Brian Wilson‘s new Taco Bell commercial, which is now running non-stop during the ALCS and NLCS:

  21. Hunter Pence, Placido Polanco have sports hernia surgeries

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Hunter Pence announced via Twitter that his sports hernia surgery this morning “went well” and he’s “feeling good.” Or at least everyone is assuming it was sports hernia surgery, because as David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News points out the Phillies didn’t make an official announcement yet after saying last week that Pence would…

  22. Angels’ firings continue as scout is let go after 27 years in the organization

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    As part of a housecleaning that already included the general manager, director of player personnel, and two key front office assistants the Angels have now fired longtime scout Rich Schlenker after 27 years in the organization. And not only that, according to the 68-year-old scout he was fired “in a 30-second phone call.” Schlenker called…

  23. Rangers bench struggling Mitch Moreland for Game 3 tonight

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Shortly after last night’s Game 2 victory Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that struggling first baseman Mitch Moreland will be out of the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight. Moreland, who’s just 2-for-17 during the playoffs and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Game 2, will be replaced at first base with Michael…

  24. Skip Schumaker hoping to be available if Cardinals reach World Series

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    In removing Skip Schumaker from the NLCS roster because of an oblique injury the Cardinals initially expected him to miss the remainder of the playoffs, but now the utility man is hoping to be available if they reach the World Series. “There’s been a lot of improvement from then to now,” Schumaker told Joe Strauss…

  25. Jim Leyland reiterates that Justin Verlander will not pitch on short rest

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    With the Tigers down 2-0 to the Rangers in the ALCS some managers would be tempted to bring back Justin Verlander for Game 4 on short rest, but Jim Leyland reiterated yesterday that he doesn’t consider that an option. Or in his exact words: “He’s pitching Game 5.That’s a slam dunk. That is the end…

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