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  1. The Cardinals’ pitchers throw so hard they broke Yadier Molina’s mitt

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Cardinals pitching staffs of the past, particularly under former pitching coach Dave Duncan, were famous for the prodigious rate at which they generated ground balls. The 2013 staff, however, will be known for young arm after young arm hitting the upper 90’s and even the 100’s on the radar gun. When closer Trevor Rosenthal shut…

  2. 10 MLB teams valued at $1 billion or more, are the Dodgers to thank?

    Oct 25, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    ESPN Films "The Announcement" Los Angeles Premiere

    Bloomberg published valuations for all 30 Major League Baseball teams, finding that the average value of a team is at $1 billion, 35% higher than previous estimates. The Yankees and Dodgers led the way of course, valued at $3.3 and $2.1 billion, respectively. But eight other teams joined them in the billion-dollar club, including the…

  3. The World Series continues to get poor ratings

    Oct 25, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball has had ratings problems in recent years and that has continued during the World Series. The website Sports Media Watch writes that Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night got the third-worst overnight ratings ever, ahead of last year’s Game 2 between the Giants and Tigers, as well as the…

  4. Before signing latest deal with the Giants, Tim Lincecum thought about joining the Mariners

    Oct 25, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    The Giants locked up right-hander Tim Lincecum to a two-year, $35 million contract on Tuesday. Via CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, while he was contemplating his future prior to signing the deal, Lincecum thought about playing for the Seattle Mariners. Lincecum grew up in Washington, attending Liberty Senior High School in Renton, then playing for…

  5. A.J. Ellis: Red Sox manager John Farrell trusting gut over numbers in the World Series

    Oct 25, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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    Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is providing analysis of the World Series to the L.A. Times. In a column posted yesterday prior to Game 2, he wrote about how Red Sox manager John Farrell is trusting his gut over the numbers in a short series lasting between five and seven games. The Red Sox are one…

  6. Red Sox in Game 3: David Ortiz, Daniel Nava in; Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes out

    Oct 25, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    National League rules are causing quite the conundrum for the Red Sox. As they’ll be in St. Louis for Games 3, 4, and 5, they will have to watch their pitchers bat rather than utilizing a DH, normally David Ortiz. They must choose one of Ortiz and Mike Napoli, who has been playing first base…

  7. Despite shoulder issue, Clay Buchholz will start Game 4

    Oct 25, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox will go with starter Clay Buchholz in Game 4 of the World Series, reports USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale on Twitter. Some were concerned that Buchholz, dealing with tightness in his right shoulder, would have to be skipped in the rotation, but that won’t be the case. According to Brooks Baseball, Buchholz showed…

  8. How Domonic Brown trolled Phillies fans on the Internet

    Oct 20, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

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    Domonic Brown plays in Philadelphia, home to what many in the media — and many athletes who have played there — say are the harshest fans in sports. Brown knows this first-hand as a once-heralded top prospect who turned into a near-bust. His defensive miscues in the outfield and a perceived lackadaisical nature have already…

  9. Tigers could address their leadoff woes with Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo

    Oct 20, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Free agent-to-be Jacoby Ellsbury was part of the Red Sox arsenal that helped knock the Tigers out of the playoffs. “If you can’t beat ’em, sign ’em,” the Tigers must be thinking. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggests that, given the Tigers’ lack of success with Austin Jackson atop the lineup, they could pursue…

  10. Tim Lincecum will seek a short-term deal to rebuild his value

    Oct 20, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum has had a rough couple of years, posting a 4.76 ERA dating back to the start of the 2012 season. While some reported the right-hander was seeking a longer-term deal, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports disagrees. Heyman writes that Lincecum already turned down a two-year deal from the Giants and could be seeking…

  11. Heyman: Brian McCann to be heavily pursued by some of MLB’s richest teams

    Oct 20, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves

    Last week, we learned that some in the business think long time Braves catcher Brian McCann could earn as much as $100 million in free agency this off-season. That could come to fruition as many of the teams that will be in hot pursuit of McCann’s services rank among baseball’s richest teams. Jon Heyman of…

  12. Prince Fielder: “It’s over, bro”

    Oct 20, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    Prince Fielder was by no means the biggest reason the Tigers lost to the Red Sox in six games in the ALCS. But the Tigers are paying him $214 million over nine years and he had just four hits (three singles and a double) in 24 trips to the plate against Sox pitching, so he…

  13. As expected, the Cardinals will go with Adam Wainwright in Game 1 of the World Series

    Oct 20, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

    Division Series - Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    In the least shocking bit of news you’ll hear this week, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will send ace Adam Wainwright to the mound to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. Wainwright has been nothing short of excellent for the Cardinals, dating all the way…

  14. Looking ahead to the World Series

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals and Red Sox will open up the 2013 World Series in Boston on Wednesday night, a rematch of the 2004 World Series ultimately taken by the Sox in four games. The two teams are, both by their regular season records and various statistical measures, the best teams from their respective leagues. Let’s go…

  15. Koji Uehara is your ALCS MVP

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Closer Koji Uehara has been Mr. Dependable for the Red Sox all year long and he’s finally been rewarded for it. Not only does he get to pitch in the World Series, he will go home tonight with some hardware, earning MVP of the ALCS for a sterling effort, notching three saves in as many…

  16. For Tigers and Dodgers, injuries make you wonder what could have been

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

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    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha went home with the NLCS MVP hardware, but perhaps it should have gone to Joe Kelly. Kelly started off the series by drilling shortstop Hanley Ramirez — one of the most productive players during the regular season, and a godsend to the Dodgers in the NLDS — in the ribs with…

  17. Red Sox emerge victorious in Game 6 of ALCS, will return to the World Series

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    It was the Tigers’ game to lose, but ultimately, the Red Sox won it. Shane Victorino delivered a timely grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to give the Red Sox a three-run lead. In doing so, he tasked the sterling Red Sox bullpen with getting six outs to punch their ticket to the…

  18. Shane Victorino’s grand slam puts the Red Sox back on top in the seventh inning of Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Shane Victorino stopped switch-hitting again. For the Red Sox, it’s a good thing he did. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Victorino drove a Jose Veras curve down the left field line into the seats atop the Green Monster. The Red Sox took back the lead, 5-2 with…

  19. The Tigers storm back to take the lead in the 6th inning of Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz didn’t have enough gas to get through the sixth inning of Game 6. After shutting the Tigers out through five, he showed diminished velocity and command, as he walked lead-off batter Torii Hunter on consecutive 88 MPH fastballs. He then surrendered a single to Miguel Cabrera through the hole between…

  20. Xander Bogaerts sparks a two-out rally in the fifth as Red Sox take the lead in Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    Xander Bogaerts

    Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts doubled high off the Green Monster in left-center against Max Scherzer with two outs in the fifth inning. It seemed innocent enough, despite an impressive piece of hitting from the 20-year-old. Jacoby Ellsbury, however, quickly followed up with a well-struck line drive to right field. Torii Hunter came up…

  21. Max Scherzer just found out baseball is, in fact, a game of inches

    Oct 19, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

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    The scene: Runners on first and second after Tigers starter Max Scherzer walks both Xander Bogaerts and Jacoby Ellsbury to start the bottom of the third inning. Shane Victorino poorly attempts to advance both runners with a sacrifice bunt, popping up to a diving Scherzer in front of home plate. Dustin Pedroia then crushes a…

  22. Tigers, Red Sox both set LCS strikeout records in Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 9:06 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    When you bring Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, and Doug Fister into any series, there are going to be some strikeouts. In the ALCS between the Tigers and Red Sox, they’ve combined to knock down a long-standing League Championship Series record while helping the Red Sox knock down an inauspicious one of their own.…

  23. Leyland: Seeing Miguel Cabrera play hurt “kind of breaks your heart”

    Oct 19, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera played with a sore groin throughout most of the second half of the season, limiting his ability to defend his Triple Crown. The soreness has continued to bother him throughout the post-season both at the plate and defensively at third base. Opposing teams have considered attacking him with bunts, but…

  24. Olney: Dodgers offered Clayton Kershaw a $300 million contract concept earlier this year

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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    With starter Clayton Kershaw set to enter his third and final year or arbitration eligibility this off-season, the Dodgers are expected to offer their ace a long-term contract extension. Kershaw is the presumptive NL Cy Young award winner. If he should earn the hardware, it would be his second such honor in three years. As…

  25. Cardinals manager and former catcher Mike Matheny supports a ban on home plate collisions

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    Earlier, D.J. Short informed us that Major League Baseball is considering banning collisions at home plate in an effort to better protect catchers. There have been quite a few incidents that have been the impetus of the call for change, most notably when Buster Posey and Scott Cousins collided on May 25, 2011. Posey was…

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