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  1. Robinson Cano “ready for this to go past Christmas, into January if necessary”

    Nov 16, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Long time Yankee and current free agent second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to sign a very lucrative contract this off-season, making his next deal not a matter of if, but when. So far, though, talks involving Cano and other suitors have been few and far between. At the end of September, he was reportedly…

  2. The Cubs have talked to Jeff Samardzija about an extension

    Nov 15, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    David Kaplan is reporting that the Cubs have approached starter Jeff Samardzija to get the ball rolling on a contract extension. The right-hander, who turns 29 in January, can become a free agent after the 2015 season. Samardzija wrapped up 2013 with a 4.34 ERA in a career-high 213.2 innings of work, his second year…

  3. An interesting statistical note about Yadier Molina

    Nov 15, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

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    The beautiful thing about science — any field of it — is that you start out with a hypothesis and you use data to confirm or reject your hypothesis. You don’t simply accept something as fact because a lot of people believe it or because someone in authority told you it was true. Science does…

  4. Orioles may trade Matt Wieters or J.J. Hardy to create payroll flexibility

    Nov 15, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    With their eyes on the horizon, the Orioles are open to the possibility of trading catcher Matt Wieters or shortstop J.J. Hardy to create payroll flexibility, reports Steve Melewski of MASN. The O’s have some interesting situations to address in the near future including extending Chris Davis (a free agent after 2015) and buying out…

  5. Twins, Padres, Giants, Phillies all pursuing Ricky Nolasco

    Nov 15, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press spoke with an unnamed Major League general manager, who said that the Twins are eyeing free agent starter Ricky Nolasco. Specifically, that the Twins were “on him hard”. The GM also mentioned that the Padres were showing a great deal of interest as well. Berardino later provided…

  6. Report: Phillies GM Ruben Amaro willing to give three years for a new set-up man

    Nov 15, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted last night that the Phillies are “strongly pursuing” set-up men to pitch the eighth inning behind closer Jonathan Papelbon, namely Edward Mujica. Passan says the Phillies are believed to be willing to go up to three years for such a bullpen piece. Though it doesn’t make sense from a…

  7. J.P. Howell clarifies his statement that Yasiel Puig was bullied in the Dodger clubhouse

    Nov 15, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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    Howell spoke to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times about bullying recently, which caused some controversy when he stated that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was bullied in the clubhouse. Shaikin specifically wrote in his article, “Howell said he saw Yasiel Puig bullied in the Dodgers’ clubhouse,” but Howell has clarified that comment with Ken Gurnick…

  8. Matt Garza would be open to reuniting with the Twins

    Nov 15, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    ESPN 1500 is reporting that free agent starter Matt Garza would be open to rejoining the Twins. According to the report, the Twins and Garza’s representatives from Creative Arts Agency met during the GM meetings in Orlando, though no official offer has been made yet. Garza was originally taken in the first round of the…

  9. Jonny Gomes gets his first hit of the World Series, a three-run homer to give Red Sox 4-1 lead

    Oct 27, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Going into his sixth-inning at-bat against Cardinals reliever Seth Maness, Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes was 0-for-10. He had reached base just once on a walk in the fifth inning. Fans complained that he had started Games 1 and 2 in lieu of Daniel Nava. He wasn’t even supposed to start Game 4, but Shane…

  10. Red Sox tie up Game 4 at 1-1 on Stephen Drew’s fifth inning sacrifice fly

    Oct 27, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    David Ortiz seems to be the only consistent source of offense for the Red Sox thus far in the World Series. He led off the fifth inning of Game 4 with a double to right-center, their first extra-base hit of the night against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. Lynn started to unravel, walking Jonny Gomes, and…

  11. Miguel Cabrera considering having surgery performed on his pulled groin

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Miguel Cabrera powered himself through the final month of the season despite dealing with a severely pulled groin that sapped him of his effectiveness at the plate. After an 11-homer August which put him in a position to pull ahead of Chris Davis in dingers to potentially win another Triple Crown, Cabrera could muster just…

  12. Carlos Beltran gives the Cardinals the lead in the third inning of Game 4

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Carlos Beltran gave the Cardinals the early 1-0 lead in Game 4 of the World Series with an RBI single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the third inning against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. The opportunity came about after Matt Carpenter singled to center, then advanced to second base when…

  13. Clay Buchholz showing diminished velocity, but has held Cardinals scoreless through two innings

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    There was some concern about Clay Buchholz going into his start in Game 4 of the World Series due to tightness in his right shoulder, the same one that knocked him out of commission for three months during the regular season. Nevertheless, Red Sox manager John Farrell gave his right-hander the ball. Through two innings,…

  14. Red Sox manager John Farrell willing to use Koji Uehara for more than three outs if necessary

    Oct 27, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Closer and ALCS MVP Koji Uehara didn’t have to throw too many pitches last night. He had tossed his third pitch of the night when Jon Jay hit the infamous ground ball to Dustin Pedroia, starting the chain of events that led to the walk-off obstruction call. As a result, Red Sox manager John Farrell…

  15. Shane Victorino has been pulled from the Red Sox lineup in Game 4

    Oct 27, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has been pulled from manager John Farrell’s starting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series due to lower back tightness, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. As a result, Daniel Nava will move from left field to right field, and Jonny Gomes will enter into the lineup and play…

  16. More on Rule 7.06, Obstruction

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    The Cardinals just won Game 3 of the World Series on an obstruction call by third base umpire Jim Joyce. You can read how the play went down in the recap right here or watch this video: This post will deal with the intricacies of the rule for those of you who may find the jargon…

  17. Cardinals win Game 3 of the World Series on an obstruction call

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

    Jim Joyce

    Oh boy. You’re going to be hearing a lot about the ending of this one for a long time. Let’s set up the scene: Brandon Workman in for his second inning of relief. Matt Adams strikes out on a dropped third strike. Yadier Molina bloops a single to shallow right-center. Allen Craig pinch-hits. Reliever Koji…

  18. What do Brandon Workman and Graeme Lloyd have in common?

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Neither is in my kitchen. I kid. ESPN’s Mark Simon posted this fascinating bit of Trivia on Twitter a few minutes ago, after Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman had stepped into the batter’s box in the ninth inning of a tie game against Trevor Rosenthal. Workman, of course, struck out looking. Last pitcher to bat…

  19. The back-and-forth continues, Red Sox knot the game at 4-4 in the eighth

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    The Red Sox were responsible for the fourth lead-change of the night as they knotted Game 3 up at four apiece with a two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth against the exalted Cardinal bullpen. Carlos Martinez put the first two batters he faced on base, allowing a lead-off single to Jacoby Ellsbury, then…

  20. Matt Holliday comes up big against Junichi Tazawa as Cardinals retake lead in the 7th

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    The Red Sox couldn’t hold the tie game Daniel Nava generously gave them after the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Will Middlebrooks took over at third base and Xander Bogaerts moved to shortstop in lieu of Stephen Drew. Meanwhile, lefty Craig Breslow toed the rubber to start the inning. Important details. Matt…

  21. Daniel Nava’s RBI single ties Game 3 up in the sixth

    Oct 26, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Daniel Nava, getting a much-anticipated start in left field over Jonny Gomes, delivered a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning. Some would argue that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny deserves half of Nava’s credit, though. The inning started off innocently enough as Shane Victorino drew a walk off of Cardinals starter Joe Kelly. Dustin Pedroia…

  22. Red Sox use Xander Bogaerts lead-off triple to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the fifth inning

    Oct 26, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Red Sox rookie phenom Xander Bogaerts helped the Red Sox finally get to Cardinals starter Joe Kelly in the fifth inning of Game 3. The 21-year-old hit a slicing liner to right-center, tailing away from center fielder Jon Jay. Right fielder Carlos Beltran gave chase and attempted to cut it off after it landed, but…

  23. Joe Kelly holding the Red Sox scoreless through four innings in Game 3

    Oct 26, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Cardinals starter Joe Kelly hit 98 MPH with his fourth pitch of the game, striking out Jacoby Ellsbury looking. It might have been a harbinger of things to come. Kelly retired the first nine Red Sox he faced, using a hard, tailing two-seam fastball to induce six ground outs and three strikeouts. Ellsbury got his…

  24. Cardinals waste no time, take 2-0 lead over the Red Sox in the first inning of Game 3

    Oct 26, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Jake Peavy went into his start in Game 3 of the World Series hoping to improve on his last start in which he allowed seven runs in three innings of work against the Tigers in Game 4 of the ALCS. The Cardinals aren’t playing nice, as they quickly got to Peavy in the bottom of…

  25. John Farrell may use Mike Napoli as a late-game defensive replacement at first base

    Oct 26, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Now playing under National League rules, Red Sox manager John Farrell has opted to start David Ortiz at first base over Mike Napoli, at least in Game 3 of the World Series. While Napoli has hit well for the Red Sox throughout the post-season, Ortiz has out-done him, homering in the first two games against…

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