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  1. Fired as Angels’ scouting director, Eddie Bane joins Tigers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    In a surprise move last month the Angels fired Eddie Bane as part of a housecleaning in the scouting department, but it didn’t take long for the well-respected scouting director to find another gig. Keith Law of ESPN.com reports that Bane “will join the Tigers’ pro scouting department.” His specialty is really more scouting amateurs…

  2. ALCS Game 5: Rangers lineup versus CC Sabathia

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS this afternoon against CC Sabathia: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Matt Treanor, C 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B The first seven spots…

  3. Sandy Alomar Jr., John Farrell, and DeMarlo Hale finalists in Blue Jays’ manager search

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com the Blue Jays have narrowed their long list of candidates to replace manager Cito Gaston down to three names: Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Alomar and Farrell have never managed, while Hale managed in…

  4. Reds trying to re-sign impending free agent Arthur Rhodes

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Arthur Rhodes

    Arthur Rhodes had one of the best seasons of his career at age 40, posting a 2.29 ERA and 50/18 K/BB ratio in 55 innings, and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds “have had initial talks” with his agent about a new contract. Rhodes is an impending free agent, but has…

  5. First guessing: Lance Berkman batting sixth against a lefty?

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    lance-berkman-yankees-sad

    I briefly made note of this already in posting the Yankees’ lineup, but it’s worth expanding on. Mark Teixeira’s hamstring injury has forced manager Joe Girardi to make some lineup changes for Game 5 of the ALCS today and he has Lance Berkman playing first base and batting sixth against left-hander C.J. Wilson. Berkman is…

  6. Twins “will likely decline” $5 million option on Nick Punto

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Kelly Thesier of MLB.com writes that the Twins “will likely decline” their $5 million team option on Nick Punto for 2011. Under normal circumstances not paying $5 million for a 33-year-old utility man who hit .238/.313/.302 this season and .247/.321/.322 for his career would be a no-brainer, but these circumstances aren’t normal. After all, Minnesota…

  7. ALCS Game 5: Yankees lineup versus C.J. Wilson

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Yankees’ lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS this afternoon against C.J. Wilson: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Nick Swisher, RF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Marcus Thames, DH 6. Lance Berkman, 1B 7. Jorge Posada, C 8. Curtis Granderson, CF 9. Brett Gardner, LF Mark Teixeira’s season-ending hamstring…

  8. Giants embracing the power of Aubrey Huff’s “rally thong”

    Oct 20, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    aubrey huff red thong

    Aubrey Huff started wearing a “lucky” red, rhinestone-encrusted thong around the clubhouse on August 30 and the Giants are 25-12 since then, so suddenly the “rally thong” is a very popular item in San Francisco. In fact, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the company producing Huff’s preferred brand of thongs…

  9. Ted Lilly’s three-year deal with Dodgers worth $33 million

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ted Lilly

    Ted Lilly and the Dodgers agreed to terms on a three-year contract yesterday and now Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com has the details: Lilly will get $33 million, including a $3.5 million signing bonus “to be paid out over the life of the contract” and the remaining $29.5 million “is weighted toward the back end of…

  10. Adrian Gonzalez has surgery to “clean up” right shoulder

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    After a pair of MRI exams and visits to three doctors Adrian Gonzalez has decided to undergo right shoulder surgery that Padres general manager Jed Hoyer described as a “clean up” procedure. Gonzalez admitted late in the season that he’d been playing through discomfort since May and altered his swing because of it, but he…

  11. Matt Cain shuts down Phillies as Giants take 2-1 lead in NLCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    NLCS Phillies Giants Baseball

    Philadelphia scored the second-most runs in the NL during the regular season, averaged 4.4 runs through five playoffs games, and hadn’t been shut out since August, but the Phillies’ lineup managed just three singles and three walks while being blanked by Matt Cain, Javier Lopez, and Brian Wilson in Game 3 of the NLCS. Cain…

  12. Jake Peavy hopes to be ready for Opening Day

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy, Ozzie Guillen, A.J. Pierzynski, Chad Fairchild

    Jake Peavy hasn’t resumed throwing yet following July shoulder surgery, but told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he plans to play some “easy catch” for the first time next month with an eye toward throwing at full strength at some point in December. His goal is to “not be behind at all when camp starts”…

  13. Reds likely to decline Orlando Cabrera’s option for 2011, but may try to re-sign shortstop

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    General manager Walt Jocketty indicated yesterday that the Reds are likely to decline their $4 million option on Orlando Cabrera for next season, but may be interested in re-signing the veteran shortstop for a lesser salary. Cabrera hit just .263/.303/.354 for a .657 OPS that ranked fourth-worst among all NL hitters and at age 35…

  14. Details on why Tim Wallach wasn’t allowed to interview with the Blue Jays

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com did some digging and uncovered why Tim Wallach agreed to a contract with the Dodgers that allowed him to interview for certain managerial openings (like the Brewers) while prohibiting him from pursuing other jobs (like the Blue Jays): Wallach was allowed to make those lists himself while negotiating the deal, which…

  15. Ryne Sandberg unlikely to remain in Cubs organization

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ managerial search this morning Ryne Sandberg told Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune that he’s unlikely to remain in the organization. I’m just kind of digesting it right now and I’ve got my agent getting feelers out. I’m hoping there’s something else out there. I’m…

  16. Bryce Harper: Nationals “will be the Yankees of the NL East”

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Prior to making his Arizona Fall League debut tomorrow Bryce Harper chatted with Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com and had some interesting things to say about the Nationals’ future: I think in the next couple years we will be the Yankees of the NL East. I have been telling everyone that. We are going to roll.…

  17. Blue Jays upset that Dodgers denied their request to interview Tim Wallach

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    USA MLB SPRING TRAINING-LOS ANGELES DODGERS

    Last week the Dodgers denied the Blue Jays permission to interview Tim Wallach for their managerial opening and Robert Macleod of the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that “the Blue Jays organization is miffed at the Dodgers for their refusal to make Wallach available.” Macleod quotes an unnamed Blue Jays “senior official” as saying that…

  18. Milton Bradley on history with Eric Wedge: “I’m over it”

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    eric wedge and milton bradley indians

    Hired as the Mariners’ new manager yesterday, Eric Wedge’s ugly history with Milton Bradley from their time together with the Indians in 2003/2004 seemingly makes it unlikely that they’ll be asked to co-exist again in Seattle. That may prove true–Wedge hasn’t even been officially introduced to the local media yet–but in the meantime Larry Stone…

  19. Cubs remove interim tag, name Mike Quade manager

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    Mike Quade went 24-13 as Chicago’s interim manager after taking over a 51-74 team from Lou Piniella in mid-August and today the Cubs announced that he’s been hired as the full-time skipper. Quade will reportedly get a two-year contract with a team option for 2013. Ryne Sandberg was the most popular candidate among Cubs fans…

  20. Twins starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn undergoing elbow surgeries

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    scott baker and nick blackburn twins

    Twins right fielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer had arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after they were swept out of the playoffs by the Yankees and now starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn are both going under the knife as well. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Blackburn underwent minor elbow surgery last week and…

  21. Rangers won’t move slumping Vladimir Guerrero out of the cleanup spot

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Session

    Vladimir Guerrero is 7-for-32 (.219) with one RBI in eight playoff games after hitting just .278/.322/.426 in the second half, but manager Ron Washington made it very clear that he won’t be moving out of the cleanup spot: That’s the way I ran the lineup all year and it’s going to stay that way. A…

  22. Rangers relying on a shaky Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Lost in the various teeth-gnashing over Joe Girardi sticking with A.J. Burnett for tonight is that the Rangers are turning to a less than stellar Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter. On the surface Hunter’s numbers this season look great, as he went 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 23 starts, but…

  23. Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 “no matter what”

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bruce Bochy ended any speculation about the Giants making rotation changes by saying yesterday that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 of the NLCS “no matter what.” Bochy has always been pretty clear about Bumgarner getting the Game 4 nod, but that didn’t stop some people from predicting that he’d use Tim Lincecum on short…

  24. ALCS Game 3: Rangers’ lineup versus Andy Pettitte

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight against Andy Pettitte: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Bengie Molina, C 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B While the Yankees have gone…

  25. Tony La Russa will return as Cardinals manager in 2011

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

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    After taking a few weeks to consider his options Tony La Russa has decided to return as the Cardinals’ manager, agreeing to a one-year deal with an option for 2012. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will offer 2011 contracts to La Russa’s entire coaching staff except for bullpen…

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