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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    tony-la-russa-and-albert-pujols-cardinals-dugout

    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…

  5. ALCS Game 3: Yankees’ lineup versus Cliff Lee

    Oct 18, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    joe-girardi-yankees-dap

    Here’s the Yankees’ lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight against Cliff Lee: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Nick Swisher, RF 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Robinson Cano, 2B 6. Marcus Thames, DH 7. Jorge Posada, C 8. Curtis Granderson, CF 9. Brett Gardner, LF New York has faced a…

  6. Mariners’ new manager has an ugly history with Milton Bradley

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    eric wedge and milton bradley indians

    Now that Eric Wedge has been hired as the Mariners’ new manager Milton Bradley’s odds of playing a second season in Seattle are seemingly extremely slim. That is if they weren’t extremely slim already, of course. Back in 2003 the Indians had Wedge as their manager and Bradley as their center fielder, and while the…

  7. Twins likely to let Orlando Hudson hit the open market

    Oct 18, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus reports that “the Twins have no plans to re-sign Orlando Hudson,” which jibes with what I’ve been told from various people who know about such things. Outwardly he has a reputation for being a chatty jokester who lightens up a clubhouse, but I’m told he rubbed some people the wrong…

  8. Woman sues Mets after 300-pound man fell on her at ballpark

    Oct 18, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Ellen Massey broke her back when a 300-pound man named Timothy Cassidy fell on her at Shea Stadium on Opening Day of the 2007 season. Now she’s suing the Mets, claiming the team should be held responsible for her injuries because vendors continued to serve Cassidy beer after he was clearly intoxicated. Lawyers for the…

  9. Mariners officially announce Eric Wedge as new manager

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    eric wedge indians

    Seattle decided to hire Eric Wedge as its new manager last week, but no official announcement was made because MLB generally frowns on teams overshadowing playoff games with that type of thing. However, according to Jim Street of MLB.com “the Mariners have received permission from the commissioner’s office to announce the hiring” and could make…

  10. Rangers setup man Frank Francisco likely out for playoffs

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Frank Francisco initially expressed some optimism that he could return from a strained rib cage to pitch at some point in the playoffs, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have all but ruled out the setup man until 2011. Francisco threw a 20-pitch bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems, but he’s…

  11. Phillies sticking with Joe Blanton for Game 4 start … for now

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    With the NLCS tied 1-1 following Roy Oswalt’s gem last night the Phillies are still planning to start Joe Blanton in Game 4 of the series Wednesday. However, there’s plenty of speculation that Charlie Manuel would instead turn to Roy Halladay on short rest for Game 4 if the Phillies are down 2-1 and the…

  12. Bo Porter “has emerged as the frontrunner” for Marlins job

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Bo Porter, Barry Enright

    According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “indications are Bo Porter has emerged as the frontrunner” for the Marlins’ managerial opening. Porter was the Diamondbacks’ bench coach this season before being let go in the housecleaning that went along with Kirk Gibson being named full-time manager earlier this month. Prior to that he was the Marlins’…

  13. Tigers deny Mets’ request to interview Al Avila for GM opening

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Al Avila

    According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers have denied the Mets’ request to interview Al Avila as a potential general manager replacement for Omar Minaya. Avila, who is currently Detroit’s assistant general manager under Dave Dombrowski, has a contract that allows the Tigers to deny such requests. Beck reports that the Tigers also denied…

  14. Disastrous eighth inning dooms Rangers as Yankees steal Game 1 in Texas

    Oct 16, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT

    nolan ryan george bush alcs game 1

    Pictures may say a thousand words, but the shot of Nolan Ryan and George Bush after the Rangers’ implosion in the eighth inning of the ALCS opener can probably be boiled down to just one: Yuck. Texas chased CC Sabathia from the game after four innings, got an excellent start from C.J. Wilson, and then…

  15. Eric Wedge on verge of becoming Mariners’ new manager

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    eric wedge indians

    News that Bobby Valentine and John Gibbons are both out of the running for Seattle’s managerial opening has people starting to connect some dots suggesting that the Mariners are leaning very heavily toward Eric Wedge as their new manager. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that “all signs point toward” Wedge getting the job and Buster…

  16. ALCS Game 1 lineups: Yankees vs. Rangers

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    cc sabathia and cj wilson

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS tonight …

  17. Phillies tab Domonic Brown, Kyle Kendrick for NLCS roster

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies fifth starter Kyle Kendrick was left off the NLDS roster, but with Philadelphia potentially needing to use someone other than The Big Three to start against the Giants he’s back on the roster for the NLCS. Kendrick won’t start, because Joe Blanton will get the assignment if Charlie Manuel turns to a mere mortal…

  18. Carney Lansford replaces Don Baylor as Rockies hitting coach

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Don Baylor

    Don Baylor is out as the Rockies’ hitting coach, which at first glance may seem strange after Colorado scored the third-most runs in the league this season. However, thanks to playing half their games at Coors Field the Rockies always score a ton of runs. In fact, they’ve finished among the league’s top five in…

  19. 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…

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

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    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…

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

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Martin Broughton,  John Henry, Christian Purslow

    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…

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

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira rangers

    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…

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

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    jorge posada yankees throwing

    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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