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

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. Who are the heftiest shortstops of all time?

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. 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…

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

    Oct 20, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

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    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…

  20. Jake Peavy hopes to be ready for Opening Day

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    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”…

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

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

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

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    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…

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