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  1. Must-click link: Mariano Rivera doesn’t throw any meatballs

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Over at the Replacement Level Yankees Weblog there’s a very interesting post showing “heat maps” for Mariano Rivera’s pitches, which are unique in that they’re rarely thrown over the middle of the plate. That may sound obvious, but as you’ll see if you click the link Rivera is actually an oddity compared to MLB pitchers…

  2. Madison Bumgarner “almost surely will start Game 4″

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Bruce Bochy hasn’t announced anything official about his Game 4 starter choice, leaving room to change his mind depending on how the Giants fare through three games, but Chris Haft of MLB.com writes that rookie Madison Bumgarner “almost surely will start Game 4.” Turning to Tim Lincecum on short rest is the other option for…

  3. Red Sox owner John Henry buys Liverpool soccer team for $476 million

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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    New England Sports Ventures, which is a group headed by Red Sox owner John Henry, has officially purchased the Liverpool soccer team in the Premier League. Henry told the London Telegraph that he’s “proud and humbled” by the 300-million pound sale and “guaranteed” that New England Sports Ventures will not be participating in a leveraged…

  4. Rangers acquired Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus by trading Mark Teixeira in 2007

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

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    Surprisingly little has been made of Mark Teixeira facing his old team in the ALCS, perhaps because he had stints with the Braves and Angels in between going from the Rangers to the Yankees. Selected by Texas with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft, Teixeira hit .283/.368/.533 with 153 homers and 499 RBIs…

  5. Can Jorge Posada stop the Rangers from running wild?

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Minnesota attempted zero stolen bases while being swept out of ALDS in three games, but you can be certain that Texas will test New York’s ability to control the running game early and often in the ALCS. Texas swiped 123 bases during the regular season to rank seventh among all MLB teams and second to…

  6. Cardinals reiterate their desire to re-sign Jake Westbrook

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s news that Jake Westbrook recently underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder hasn’t changed the Cardinals’ interest in re-signing the free agent-to-be. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch general manager John Mozeliak “did reaffirm the team’s plan to pursue Westbrook this offseason for the team’s vacancy in the rotation.” Westbrook has…

  7. Lyle Overbay doesn't expect to be back in Toronto next year

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Lyle Overbay is preparing to hit the open market as a free agent next month and the veteran first baseman told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that re-signing with the Blue Jays seems unlikely: The situation has got to be right. Obviously, it’s not going to be a long-term deal. So, if they take a step…

  8. Phillies announce NLCS rotation; Joe Blanton to start Game 4

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Because of the drawn-out nature of the playoffs and all the extra off days the Phillies headed into the postseason knowing they would only need to use a fourth starter twice, at most. Game 4 of the NLDS is one of those times, and manager Charlie Manuel announced today that Joe Blanton will get the…

  9. Barry Bonds: "If you think I’m going for Philadelphia, forget it"

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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      TMZ’s cameras spotted Barry Bonds walking through a parking lot in California yesterday and after prefacing his comments with “I’ll give you your thing” the seven-time MVP had the following thoughts on the NLCS: I will always be a Giants fan. The Giants are in my heart. The city I love. It’s like I…

  10. Joey Cora to interview for Brewers' managerial opening

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports that White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the Brewers’ managerial opening “soon.” Gonzalez notes that Cora “is believed to be a long shot” for the Milwaukee job and has interviewed for past managerial openings in Pittsburgh and Seattle. Prior to serving as Ozzie Guillen’s right-hand…

  11. Rockies hope to re-sign Jeff Francis after declining $7 million option for 2011

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Jeff Francis’ four-year, $13.25 million contract signed in November of 2006 includes a $7 million option for 2011 that the Rockies are all but guaranteed to decline, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they’ll likely try to re-sign Francis at a lesser salary. Francis missed all of last season following shoulder surgery…

  12. Tommy Hunter soaked Craig Sager with "a fire hose of barley and hops"

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    When you wear ridiculously flamboyant clothing into a baseball clubhouse where the players are celebrating an ALDS victory by spraying each other with champagne, ginger ale, and beer … well, you run the risk of catching some liquid shrapnel. And as Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com writes, that’s exactly what happened to TBS sideline reporter Craig…

  13. Tigers will try to re-sign Brandon Inge before free agency hits

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    General manager Dave Dombrowski said yesterday that the Tigers “would ideally like to” sign free agent-to-be Brandon Inge to a new contract before he hits the open market five days after the World Series: We have a month advantage over anybody else, so I would hope to find out. I never, ever hold it against…

  14. Cliff Lee is the fourth pitcher since 1995 to throw 90 strikes in a playoff game

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    It’s been, like, an hour since I posted an amazing Cliff Lee stat, so … Lee threw 90 of his 120 pitches for strikes in last night’s complete-game win over the Rays, becoming the first pitcher since Orlando Hernandez in 2000 to throw 90 or more strikes in a playoff game. El Duque threw 91…

  15. Mickey Mantle was a "neuromuscular genius" and may have played 17 years with a torn ACL

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wrote about Jane Leavy’s new Mickey Mantle biography and included this interesting tidbit regarding the Hall of Famer’s infamous 1951 knee injury: Her research into Mantle’s injury history rejects his claim that his right knee was operated on after he fell over a drain cover at Yankee Stadium…

  16. Blue Jays interview various Red Sox coaches for manager gig

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Apparently the Blue Jays think the Red Sox have a pretty amazing coaching staff. CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam reports that the Blue Jays have already interviewed Red Sox third base coach Tim Bogar and bench coach DeMarlo Hale as potential replacements for manager Cito Gaston and also have Boston pitching coach John Farrell on their list…

  17. No. 1 pick Bryce Harper to play in the Arizona Fall League

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    After initially indicating that they wouldn’t send Bryce Harper to the Arizona Fall League, the Nationals have changed their mind. According to general manager Mike Rizzo, the No. 1 overall pick will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions “effective immediately.” Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Harper will be on the Scorpions “taxi squad,” which means…

  18. Quote of the Day: Warming up in vain during a Cliff Lee start

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Rangers reliever Darren O’Day, on the bullpen chatter during Cliff Lee’s complete-game win over the Rays last night: About the sixth inning we were talking and we said, “Cliff’s gonna finish this game, but let’s warm up so our moms can see us at home.” He likes to finish what he starts. Lee is now…

  19. Pat Listach is finding little interest on the managerial market

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Bill Ladson of MLB.com noted that Pat Listach was no longer in the running for the Cubs’ managerial opening and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that Listach hasn’t even heard from the Brewers about their opening. Listach was drafted by Milwaukee in 1988 and won the Rookie of…

  20. Jake Westbrook underwent surgery on non-throwing shoulder

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that free agent-to-be Jake Westbrook underwent surgery “to repair a small tear” in his left, non-throwing shoulder shortly after the regular season ended. According to Goold the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews within the past 10 days and came after Westbrook pitched through the…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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

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