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  1. Yankees will meet to formulate plan to keep CC Sabathia

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    While the New York Daily News photo-shops CC Sabathia into a Red Sox uniform the New York Post (and George King) reports that the Yankees will meet in Florida to formulate a plan to keep Sabathia. A few months ago there were several reports about how Sabathia had no plans to exercise his opt-out clause,…

  2. Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson undergoes hip surgery

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chris Narveson underwent hip surgery today, but according to the Brewers’ statement they expect the left-hander to be fully healthy in time for spring training. Barring setbacks along the way Narveson will be in Milwaukee’s rotation after throwing 162 innings with a 4.45 ERA and 126/65 K/BB ratio this season. He shifted to the bullpen…

  3. A’s decline $3.25 million option on reliever Michael Wuertz

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Michael Wuertz was injured and ineffective this season, throwing just 34 innings with a 6.68 ERA, so it comes as no surprise that the A’s have declined their $3.25 million option on the 32-year-old reliever for 2012. Wuertz will receive a $250,000 buyout instead and may have to settle for a minor-league deal as a…

  4. John Lackey to undergo Tommy John surgery, will miss 2012

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    Well, at least this explains why he couldn’t get anyone out. John Lackey traveled to California to have his elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum and the Red Sox announced today that he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery, knocking him out for all of 2012 and perhaps part of 2013. Lackey will earn $15.25 million while…

  5. Twins decline $12.5 million option on closer Joe Nathan

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan

    UPDATE: It’s official, as the Twins announced that they’ve declined Nathan’s option and hope to re-sign him at a lesser salary. ========== No surprise, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “all signs point to the Twins declining Joe Nathan‘s $12.5 million option for 2012.” Nathan missed all of 2010 following Tommy…

  6. Blue Jays change policy, would block John Farrell from interviewing with Red Sox

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    There’s been some speculation that the Red Sox may be interested in hiring former pitching coach and current Blue Jays manager John Farrell to replace Terry Francona. Because of that the Blue Jays have changed their policy about granting teams permission to speak to their employees and team president Paul Beeston released this statement: Due…

  7. “Continuous rain” forecast could postpone Game 6 tomorrow

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    charlie brown rain

    Tomorrow night’s Game 6 matchup between Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia is in jeopardy, with the National Weather Service forecasting a 90 percent chance of rain. National Weather Service meteorologist Karl Sieczynski told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the rain is expected to start around noon and will “be present for most of the day…

  8. Royals hire Dave Eiland as new pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    dave-eiland-and-joe-girardi-yankees

    Dave Eiland, who spent three years as the Yankees’ pitching coach before being let go following the 2010 season, has been hired by the Royals to fill the same role in Kansas City. Eiland spent this season as an advisor with the Rays and coached for years in the Yankees’ minor-league system before joining their…

  9. Chris Carpenter would “absolutely” be available out of the Cardinals’ bullpen for Game 7

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter threw 101 pitches last night, holding the Rangers to two runs over seven innings, and afterward wasted no time saying that he’ll be available out of the bullpen if the series goes to Game 7. For now Kyle Lohse is the Cardinals’ scheduled Game 7 starter, but manager Tony La Russa’s confidence in…

  10. John Lackey had elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    No details of the visit have been revealed by the Red Sox, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that John Lackey recently met with Dr. Lewis Yocum in California to have his right elbow examined. According to Bradford’s sources the Red Sox expect to have a “final resolution” by the end of this week, which…

  11. Angels want Andrew Friedman, but the feeling might not be mutual

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    Rays general manager Andrew Friedman was spotted last week having dinner with Angels owner Arte Moreno and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’s their No. 1 target to replace Tony Reagins, but there’s plenty of doubt about whether Friedman actually wants the job. In fact, according to DiGiovanna’s sources “their chances…

  12. Can you hear me now? Bullpen phone mixup sinks Cardinals

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:23 AM EDT

    tony la russa and yadier molina cardinals

    During his postgame press conference Tony La Russa shed light on the odd sequence of events that led to the Rangers taking the lead in the eighth inning, explaining that he stayed with left-hander Marc Rzepczynski to face right-handed slugger Mike Napoli and then used Lance Lynn solely to intentionally walk Ian Kinsler because the…

  13. Ron Washington makes it clear: Rangers will stay with Matt Harrison in Game 7

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    There’s some doubt about whether Tony La Russa will stick with Kyle Lohse as the Cardinals’ starter if the World Series goes to Game 7, but Ron Washington left no doubt about who’ll get the nod for the Rangers: It’s Harry’s game. I’m going to stay consistent. That’s Harry’s game. Matt Harrison earned it. You…

  14. Scouting report from Rotoworld forums helped teacher win $1 million with “MLB 2K11” perfect game

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Back in May we wrote about the Louisiana music teacher who won $1 million by throwing a perfect game in “MLB 2K11” using Roy Halladay versus the Astros. His name is Brian Kingrey and now he’s the subject of Google’s latest nationally televised commercial, which includes interviews with his students and tells the story of…

  15. World Series Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

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

  16. Phillies decline 2012 options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    As expected, the Phillies have declined their 2012 team options on both Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge. Instead of exercising his $16 million option the Phillies will give Oswalt a $2 million buyout and Lidge will get a $1.5 million buyout instead of a $12.5 million option. In announcing the moves general manager Ruben Amaro…

  17. Jim Thome has no plans to retire … if a team wants him

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Last week there was some Chicago-based speculation that the White Sox might hire Jim Thome as their new hitting coach, but that seemed illogical to me right off the bat and today Thome made it clear that he has no plans to retire, let alone to retire and immediately become a hitting coach. While appearing…

  18. Dodgers lowering ticket prices for 96 percent of their seats

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Overall attendance at Dodger Stadium declined by 18 percent this year and many loyal customers decided they’ve had enough, with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reporting that the Dodgers’ season ticket base has dropped from 27,000 in 2007 to 17,000 in 2011. Not surprisingly the Dodgers have decided to lower their ticket prices…

  19. MLB Network has a new sabermetrics show

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    MLB Network is launching a new show called “Clubhouse Confidential” that they say “aspires to serve as an open forum to discuss and debate the day’s news and moves using modern statistical research.” In the past various mainstream attempts to integrate sabermetrics into the usual televised baseball talk has failed on multiple levels, but I’m…

  20. Tony La Russa is on pace for the most pitching changes in playoff history

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    The fact that Tony La Russa makes an incredible number of pitching changes is a surprise to no one, but Matthew Leach of MLB.com crunched the numbers and found that the Cardinals are on pace to set the all-time record for relievers used in the playoffs. With at least two and possibly three games remaining…

  21. Brewers GM thinks Yuniesky Betancourt is underrated

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Yuniesky Betancourt was horrible this season, batting .252 with a .271 on-base percentage and .381 slugging percentage to go along with his increasingly range-less defense at shortstop. Alex Gonzalez was the only player in baseball to accumulate more plate appearances than Betancourt with a lower on-base percentage and only five players batted more often with…

  22. Seven walks by Edwin Jackson? Big deal, Nolan Ryan did that all time

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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

    Edwin Jackson walked seven batters last night before being pulled from Game 4 in the sixth inning, marking the third time in his career the 28-year-old right-hander has issued seven or more walks in a game. And one of those three was a no-hitter. It was the first time a pitcher had walked seven batters…

  23. What did Ron Washington say to Derek Holland last night?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Ron Washington and Derek Holland provided two of my favorite moments from last night’s game. The first came when Washington took Holland by the shoulders and gave him a dugout pep talk moments before taking the mound in the first inning, trying to motivate the young left-hander who’d struggled in his previous two starts. Holland…

  24. Ryan Franklin began season as Cardinals closer, but now leaning toward retirement

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    It seems like a decade ago, but Ryan Franklin actually began this season as the Cardinals’ closer. He blew four of his first five save chances to quickly lose the job and then spent two months pitching sparingly in a mop-up role before the Cardinals released the 38-year-old veteran in late June. Franklin never latched…

  25. Nationals all but certain to retain Davey Johnson as manager

    Oct 21, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    No official decision has been made yet, but general manager Mike Rizzo made it very clear that Davey Johnson will remain the Nationals’ manager in 2012. Rizzo has interviewed several candidates for the job, but indicated to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that Johnson has never ceased being the heavy favorite: We feel pretty confident that…

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