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  1. A.J. Burnett prepares for ALCS start with simulated game

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett went unused in the ALDS, but the Yankees will need him to make one start in the ALCS. He hasn’t pitched since October 2, so to shake some of the rust off Burnett is scheduled to throw four or five innings in a simulated game today. Javier Vazquez and Chad Gaudin will also…

  2. Magglio Ordonez: "I want to stay in Detroit, obviously"

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Because of an ankle injury Magglio Ordonez fell short of the 540 plate appearances needed to trigger his $15 million option for 2011, so the 37-year-old outfielder will be a free agent after six seasons in Detroit. Earlier this week Ordonez told Venezuelan reporter Augusto Cardenas that he wants to stay with the Tigers after…

  3. Chien-Ming Wang adds velocity in second post-surgery outing

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Clocked at 85-87 miles per hour last week in his first game action since shoulder surgery, Chien-Ming Wang took the mound for the second time in an instructional league game today and upped his velocity to 89 mph. Wang threw 17 pitches in two shutout innings, inducing four ground-ball outs. Soon to be a free…

  4. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Rangers versus Rays

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s Game 5 of the ALDS: TAMPA BAY RAYS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Jason Bartlett, SS 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Ben Zobrist, RF 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Carl Crawford, LF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Evan Longoria, 3B 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Carlos Pena, 1B 5. Nelson…

  5. Poll: Will the Rangers or Rays win Game 5 tonight?

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    With the first win-or-go-home game of the 2010 playoffs set for tonight in Tampa Bay, let’s see how good the Hardball Talk posse is at predicting the future: Who will win Game 5 of the ALDS tonight?online surveys

  6. Logan White will remain with the Dodgers if he doesn't get a GM job elsewhere

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that assistant general manager Logan White has agreed to a new contract with the Dodgers and will remain in the same role unless he’s hired to be another team’s general manager. White is scheduled to interview for the Mets’ general manager opening, but the assumption is that…

  7. Jair Jurrjens to undergo minor knee surgery next week

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens threw six innings in an instructional league game yesterday and afterward general manager Frank Wren explained that “everything went well” and “he didn’t have any problems.” That may have been true, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Jurrjens will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the partially torn meniscus in his right knee…

  8. Tony La Russa remains undecided about his 2011 status

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Tony La Russa has not yet made a decision on whether he’ll return as the Cardinals’ manager in 2011. According to Goold the Cardinals “made a formal offer last week” and La Russa previously indicated that he’d have an answer by early this week, but…

  9. Appreciating the historic, unhittable greatness of Billy Wagner

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Billy Wagner’s phenomenal career ending with him leaving a save situation and limping off the field before being replaced on the playoff roster due to an oblique injury is all kinds of not fair, but the diminutive flame-thrower remained a badass until the very end, agreeing to a pair of injections for the slim chance…

  10. Quote of the Day: Brian Wilson on Lincecum vs. Halladay

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Giants closer Brian Wilson, on “whether he would pay to see” the NLCS Game 1 matchup between Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay: No. They are paying me to see it. For some reason that cracked me up, maybe because the guy saying it looks like this.

  11. Jair Jurrjens feeling good after instructional league outing

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    This news comes qualifies as too little, too late for the Braves this season, but it sounds like Jair Jurrjens will at least be healthy heading into the offseason. Sidelined since mid-September with a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, Jurrjens threw six innings in an instructional league game yesterday and reported no problems.…

  12. Billy Beane thinks Sandy Alderson would be perfect for Mets

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    All things Billy Beane have lost quite a bit of gravitas over the past few years, but the A’s general manager still makes headlines when he weighs in on various topics and said yesterday that he thinks Sandy Alderson would be the perfect fit as the Mets’ next GM. There’s no question he would change…

  13. Damaso Marte expected to undergo shoulder surgery

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Limited to 13 innings last season and 18 innings this year, Damaso Marte is now expected to undergo shoulder surgery after shutting down his rehab. “We’re going to pull the plug on Marte,” general manager Brian Cashman told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. “He’s attempted to come back, but it just hasn’t…

  14. There's a "Giants playoff anthem" that actually sounds good

    Oct 11, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    OK, so this is one of those weird “worlds colliding” moments (for me, at least) Over the weekend I was listening to some old episodes of the highly enjoyable podcast “Jordan, Jesse, Go!” and heard a rapper named Ashkon appear as a guest. And now today Ashkon released a “playoff anthem” for the Giants set…

  15. Josh Lewin won't be back as Rangers' play-by-play announcer

    Oct 11, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Rangers television analyst Tom Grieve has agreed to a three-year contract extension, but the team announced today that play-by-play man Josh Lewin will not be back after nine seasons on the job. Lewin and the Rangers seem to have parted ways on good terms, but he’s generally considered one of the best in the business…

  16. Michael Cuddyer to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    While cleaning out his locker at Target Field this afternoon Michael Cuddyer revealed that he’s scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery. Cuddyer told reporters that his right knee bothered him for “pretty much the whole season,” which perhaps helps explain his hitting just .259/.322/.382 over the final two months. He also struggled defensively after replacing…

  17. Darren Daulton did the Phillies' postgame show without pants

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    In terms of doing odd things this doesn’t even crack his personal top 100 list, but Darren Daulton served as an analyst on the Phillies’ postgame show while not wearing any pants. SportsByBrooks has the screen shot, which is pretty funny. Plenty of news anchors tell stories about going on the air sans pants, which…

  18. Carlos Ruiz's double off Aroldis Chapman was on historic heat

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz doubled on a 103.5-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman last night and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes that it’s the fastest pitch any player has actually gotten a hit on since the Pitch-f/x system began tracking velocity in 2008. Carlos Gonzalez’s single off Chapman on September 6 had been the record-holder at 102.0 miles…

  19. Twins likely to give Ron Gardenhire a contract extension

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    I co-hosted the postgame call-in show on 1500-ESPN here in Minnesota following the Twins’ season-ending loss to the Yankees on Saturday night and many of the callers wanted Ron Gardenhire fired, but not surprisingly the manager is in absolutely no danger of actually being let go. Gardenhire is under contract through next season and Twins…

  20. Pat Listach no longer in mix to become Cubs' new manager

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Nationals third base coach Pat Listach was on the short list to become the Cubs’ new manager, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the former Rookie of the Year is no longer in the running for the job. Ladson notes that Listach “is still respected by the organization” from his days managing in the…

  21. Joe Maddon told Evan Longoria "to guard that leg" with injury

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria’s quadriceps injury hasn’t hurt his hitting any, as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles in the Rays’ win yesterday, but he was clearly running at significantly less than full strength on his home run trot. “I kind of felt like Kirk Gibson going around the bases a little bit,” Longoria…

  22. Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies gets cocaine charges dropped

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Last month Tyson Gillies pleaded not guilty to cocaine possession charges stemming from a June arrest in Florida and now the Kamloops Daily News reports that the state attorney’s office has dropped all charges against the 21-year-old outfield prospect acquired by the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade. Here’s what Gillies said about the charges…

  23. Tim Wallach has a spot on Don Mattingly's coaching staff

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tim Wallach was passed over for the Dodgers’ managerial opening in favor of Don Mattingly, but Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that “he will be a part of the Dodgers’ major league staff in 2011, either as bench coach or third-base coach.” Assuming, of course, that Wallach isn’t hired to managed elsewhere. According to Jackson…

  24. Roy Oswalt photo-bombs pitching coach Rich Dubee

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Via our friends at The Fightins comes this screen shot of Roy Oswalt photo-bombing Rich Dubee during the Phillies pitching coach’s in-game interview with TBS. Click here for the video, which is even more amusing. After finishing off the Reds yesterday the Phillies now have five days off before the NLCS begins and Oswalt will…

  25. Yankees knock Twins starter Brian Duensing out in fourth

    Oct 9, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    Brian Duensing is 12-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 22 career regular season starts, including 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 13 starts after moving from the bullpen to the rotation in mid-July of this year, but the Yankees had little trouble knocking the 27-year-old left-hander around tonight. Duensing failed to make it out of…

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