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  1. UPDATE: Delmon Young left off ALCS roster due to oblique injury

    Oct 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    UPDATE: Not only is Delmon Young not playing tonight, but the Tigers have ruled him out for the entire series. According to Dave Hogg of FOXSportsDetroit.com, Young has been left off the ALCS roster due to his recent oblique injury. Danny Worth will replace him on the roster while Ryan Raburn should get most of…

  2. None of the top-nine payroll teams are still alive in the playoffs

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    Money Bag

    Just a quick update on something Aaron mentioned yesterday. With the Phillies eliminated, we can now say that none of the top-nine payroll teams made it through the first round of the playoffs. In fact, the Tigers and Cardinals are the only teams left with a payroll north of $100 million. Here are the payroll and…

  3. Skip Schumaker may miss NLCS with oblique injury

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 5

    Skip Schumaker didn’t last long in last night’s win over the Phillies, but he made quite the impact. Getting the surprising nod over Jon Jay in center field for the deciding Game 5, Schumaker drove in the only run of the game with an RBI double off Roy Halladay in the first inning. However, he…

  4. Andy MacPhail opts to step down as Orioles’ president

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Andy MacPhail AP

    UPDATE: The Orioles have confirmed that Andy MacPhail has decided to walk away. 11:02 AM: This flew a little bit under the radar with all the excitement of the Diamondbacks-Brewers and Cardinals-Phillies yesterday, but Andy MacPhail will indeed step down as Orioles’ president. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he is leaving the team…

  5. ALCS Preview: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Rangers have in store for us during the American League Championship Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Texas: Justin Verlander vs. C.J. Wilson Game 2 Sunday…

  6. What they’re saying about the Phillies’ first round exit

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 5

    We did this with the Yankees yesterday, so it’s only appropriate that we check out some of the reaction to the Phillies’ surprising first round exit. Here’s a quick sampling: Charlie Manuel: “Right now, I’ve just got some anger. I just feel very empty.” Roy Halladay: “The hard part is, you think about all the work you…

  7. Ryan Howard believes he may have torn Achilles’ tendon

    Oct 8, 2011, 2:30 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    As if Ryan Howard making the final out of the season for a second straight year wasn’t painful enough for Phillies fans, there’s a chance he could be sidelined when his five-year, $125 million extension kicks in next season. According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, Howard believes he may have torn his…

  8. Cardinals continue Cinderella run, will meet division-rival Brewers in NLCS

    Oct 8, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 5

    Do you know where the Cardinals were exactly one month ago? Oh, just 6 1/2 games behind the shoo-in Braves in the Wild Card race. Yet in the space of one month, not only did they leapfrog the Braves to win the National League Wild Card, but they also earned a trip to the NLCS…

  9. NLDS Game 5 Live Chat: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    It all comes down to this. Another win-or-go-home game in the division series, this time between the Cardinals and the Phillies. Chris Carpenter will take on Roy Halladay tonight, which is pretty much one of the sweetest matchups you can ask for in a deciding game. Looking for lineups? We have you covered right here.…

  10. Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels both available in relief tonight

    Oct 7, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    The Phillies would prefer that Roy Halladay take care of business tonight against the Cardinals, but he has some pretty good reinforcements if needed. According to David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said this afternoon that both Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are available in relief for Game 5. Lee…

  11. A.J. Burnett steps up against Tigers as Yankees force fifth game

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Craig did his best to talk everybody off the ledge this morning in regard to A.J. Burnett, but even the most optimistic among us had absolutely no idea what pitcher we were going to see tonight against the Tigers. Now that the dust has settled, it fair to say that the enigmatic right-hander exceeded all expectations.…

  12. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Brewers vs. Diamondbacks

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Brewers-Diamondbacks series, scheduled for 9:37 p.m. ET: MILWAUKEE BREWERS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 1. Corey Hart, RF 1. Willie Bloomquist, SS 2. Nyjer Morgan, CF 2. Aaron Hill, 2B 3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Justin Upton, RF 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Miguel Montero, C 5. Rickie Weeks,…

  13. Ben Francisco powers Phillies to 2-1 lead over Cardinals in NLDS

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    Ben Francisco delivered a three-run pinch-hit home run off Jaime Garcia in the top of the seventh inning while the bullpen survived two late rallies as the Phillies topped the Cardinals 3-2 in Game 3 of the NLDS. We had ourselves a pretty compelling pitchers’ duel over the first six innings as Garcia and Cole…

  14. NLDS Phillies-Cardinals Game 3 Live Blog

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    8:21: Theriot bounces out to second base to end it. The Phillies win the ballgame 3-2 and take a 2-1 lead over the Cardinals in the NLDS. The Phillies will attempt to advance to the NLCS tomorrow night when Roy Oswalt goes up against Edwin Jackson. Thanks for reading, everyone, and stay tuned for a…

  15. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Phillies vs. Cardinals

    Oct 4, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Phillies-Cardinals series: PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Chase Utley, 2B 2. Allen Craig, LF 3. Hunter Pence, RF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Shane Victorino, CF 5. David Freese,…

  16. Justin Verlander perseveres as Tigers send Yankees to the brink of elimination

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:17 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    When Justin Verlander gave up two runs and threw 21 pitches in the first inning tonight, it didn’t look like he would be long for this ballgame. Fortunately for the Tigers, he was just getting warmed up. While CC Sabathia walked a season-high six batters and failed to make it out of the sixth inning,…

  17. ALDS Yankees-Tigers Game 3 Live Chat

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Tigers starting pitcher Verlander throws to the Yankees during first inning in Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    Jose Valverde says this series is already over, but we’re going to have ourselves a live chat, anyway. CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander will meet tonight in a rematch of Friday’s suspended Game 1. Sabathia threw 27 pitches and allowed one run over two innings before the rains came while Verlander gave up one run…

  18. Report: Red Sox to consider Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin for manager

    Oct 3, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Pete Mackanin Getty

    Let the search begin. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Red Sox will “consider” Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin among “a field of candidates” for their managerial vacancy. Mackanin, who has been with the Phillies since the 2009 season, previously served as an interim manager with the Pirates in 2005 and the Reds in…

  19. John Mayberry Jr. likely starting in left field for Game 3 of NLDS

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel confirmed that John Mayberry Jr. will likely start in left field for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals tomorrow, leaving Raul Ibanez on the bench. This isn’t a huge surprise given that the Phillies will be facing left-hander Jaime Garcia. Mayberry…

  20. Yovani Gallardo, Prince Fielder lead Brewers past Diamondbacks in Game 1 victory

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 1

    Yovani Gallardo ended the regular season as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, allowing two runs or less in each of his last three starts while posting a ridiculous 36/3 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings. He was equally brilliant this afternoon in Milwaukee, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 victory…

  21. NLDS Diamondbacks-Brewers Game 1 Live Blog

    Oct 1, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Corey Hart, Prince Fielder

    4:52: Game of the NLDS is in the books, as the Brewers defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1. John Axford pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to notch the save. The series will resume tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET when Daniel Hudson pitches against Zack Greinke. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for a recap. Enjoy…

  22. Diamondbacks hitting coach Don Baylor back with team after fainting Friday

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Don Baylor

    Good news out of Milwaukee. Diamondbacks hitting coach Don Baylor was hospitalized after fainting in the clubhouse last night, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that he is back with the team for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Brewers this afternoon. In fact, he was spotted looking over some video with…

  23. It doesn’t sound like Terry Francona will land with the White Sox

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    While Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported yesterday that White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was pushing Terry Francona for the team’s managerial vacancy, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be joining the South Siders. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Francona’s sudden availability has not changed the focus of the White Sox, as general manager Ken…

  24. NLDS Game 1 lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    Oct 1, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLDS between the Diamondbacks and Brewers this afternoon: ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1. Willie Bloomquist, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF 2. Aaron Hill, 2B 2. Nyjer Morgan, CF 3. Justin Upton, RF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 4. Miguel Montero, C 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 5. Chris…

  25. Joe Girardi rules out CC Sabathia to start Game 2 of the ALDS on Sunday

    Oct 1, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    BESTPIX Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 1

    Barring a last-minute change of plans, we can now say that CC Sabathia will only make one start during the ALDS against the Tigers. While there was some buzz late last night that Sabathia could talk his way into pitching tomorrow, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com this morning they will hold…

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