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  1. John Gibbons removes himself from Pirates’ manager search

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    John Gibbons

    John Gibbons was one of seven candidates the Pirates interviewed to replace John Russell as manager, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that he’s removed his name from consideration for the job and will remain the Royals’ bench coach. Gibbons was one of six finalists for the gig because the seventh candidate…

  2. Spandex-wearing Phillies fan sentenced to community service for running onto the field

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Braves Phillies Baseball

    Remember the guy who ran onto the field in Philadelphia last month wearing a red, full body spandex suit and got tripped by Braves left fielder Matt Diaz? Well, his name is Sean Hagan, he’s 17 years old, and yesterday he was sentenced to 80 hours of community service. Now, if the judge involved had…

  3. Agent: Ricky Nolasco and Marlins “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension talks

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have been trying to work out a long-term contract extension for months and agent Matt Sosnick said yesterday that the two sides have agreed to an acceptable number of years but are “about 20 percent” apart on the salaries. That may not seem like much of a gap, but it…

  4. NLCS Game 5: Giants lineup versus Roy Halladay

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Roy Halladay: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Aubrey Huff, 1B 4. Buster Posey, C 5. Pat Burrell, LF 6. Cody Ross, RF 7. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 8. Juan Uribe, SS 9. Tim Lincecum, P Despite facing a right-hander last…

  5. NLCS Game 5: Phillies lineup versus Tim Lincecum

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Here’s the Phillies’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Tim Lincecum: 1. Shane Victorino, CF 2. Placido Polanco, 3B 3. Chase Utley, 2B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Jayson Werth, RF 6. Jimmy Rollins, SS 7. Raul Ibanez, LF 8. Carlos Ruiz, C 9. Roy Halladay, P Ibanez was benched in favor…

  6. Nelson Cruz “definitely” expects to play in Game 6 tomorrow

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    Nelson Cruz left Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning with a hamstring injury, but told reporters this afternoon that he “definitely” expects to play in Game 6 of the ALCS tomorrow. Hamstring problems are particularly worrisome for Cruz after they caused him to spend three different stints on the disabled list during the season, but…

  7. Jose Bautista undergoes hernia surgery after playing through injury since May

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Blue Jays Bautista rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Indians during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    As if Jose Bautista hitting 54 homers this season wasn’t an amazing enough feat, now it turns out he did most of that slugging with a hernia. Bautista underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia today and is expected to be out of commission for 4-6 weeks, leaving him plenty of time to get healthy…

  8. Fired by Angels, Rally Monkey creator selling World Series ring

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    rally monkey

    Robert Castillo created the “Rally Monkey” in 2000 when he was the Angels’ production manager, but the team fired him in 2007 and he’s been out of work since. And now he’s trying to sell his World Series ring from 2002 for $19,000. Here’s what Castillo told Darren Rovell of CNBC: Having been out of…

  9. Tigers sign Brandon Inge to two-year, $11.5 million deal with option for 2013

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    Last week general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers “would ideally like to” sign free agent-to-be Brandon Inge before he hit the open market five days after the World Series and sure enough the two sides have agreed to a deal. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he’ll get $11 million for two years, with…

  10. Yankees send two prospects to Indians to complete Kerry Wood trade

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    kerry-wood-yankees-alcs

    Just prior to the July 31 trading deadline the Yankees acquired Kerry Wood from the Indians for what was believed to be a player to be named later or cash. Today the two sides completed the trade and it turns out Cleveland gets two players: Right-hander Andrew Shive and infielder Matt Cusick. Cusick was the…

  11. Former top prospect Adam Miller is on the comeback trail

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    adam miller indians

    Once upon a time Indians right-hander Adam Miller was an elite pitching prospect, ranking as high as 16th on Baseball America‘s annual list in 2005 and cracking BA‘s top 100 in five different years. Unfortunately he’s missed all of the past two seasons while undergoing four different surgeries on his right middle finger and Miller…

  12. Reds “probably will” exercise their $1.75 million option on Jonny Gomes for 2011

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    jonny-gomes-reds-suit

    Last season Jonny Gomes hit .267/.338/.541 with 20 homers in 314 plate appearances as a part-time player and the Reds non-tendered him prior to arbitration, re-signing him to a one-year, $800,000 deal with a team option for 2011. This season Gomes hit .266/.327/.431 with 18 homers in 571 plate appearances as a full-time player, watching…

  13. A’s re-hire Gerald Perry as hitting coach, add Joel Skinner to bench

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    gerald perry cubs

    In two seasons under Jim Skaalen the A’s offense ranked ninth and 11th among AL teams in runs scored and yesterday they fired him and hired Gerald Perry as their new hitting coach. Perry was previously Oakland’s hitting coach in 2006, which is the last time the A’s made the playoffs, but even while winning…

  14. Who are the heftiest shortstops of all time?

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    juan-uribe-sac-fly-nlcs-game-4

    After watching Juan Uribe throw a rocket from deep in the hole at shortstop to nail Ross Gload at first base in the top of the ninth inning last night I wondered via Twitter: “Best throw by a fat shortstop in playoff history?” In retrospect “fat” is probably too harsh of a term. Pablo Sandoval…

  15. Brian Butterfield is the fourth finalist for Blue Jays job

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    brian-butterfield-blue-jays

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported yesterday that the Blue Jays had narrowed their manager search down to Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, but today he writes that there’s a fourth finalist: Toronto third base coach Brian Butterfield. It makes some…

  16. And a rookie shall lead them: Buster Posey carries Giants to brink of World Series

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

    buster-posey-nlcs-game-4

    Juan Uribe surprisingly didn’t put up much of a fight in the bottom of the ninth inning when home plate umpire Wally Bell ruled that the 1-1 pitch from Roy Oswalt hit his bat handle and not his hand. Instead of taking his base Uribe just waited a couple pitches and hit the game-winning sacrifice…

  17. Zack Greinke can block a trade to 15 teams in 2011

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    As the Royals drop more and more hints that they’ll be entertaining offers for Zack Greinke this winter Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com passes along the details of Greinke’s no-trade clause. According to Morosi, he has the right to block a trade to a pre-selected list of 20 teams through the end of this year.…

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

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    eddie bane

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

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

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    joe-girardi-yankees-dap1

    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…

  25. 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…

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