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  1. All World Series games to begin at 8:05 p.m. ET

    Oct 17, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

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    A minor programming note to pass along, as Major League Baseball has announced that every World Series game between the Rangers and Cardinals will begin at 8:05 p.m. ET. This is welcome news in that the scheduling for the World Series last year was mostly hit or miss. We had one 8:20 p.m start due…

  2. Koji Uehara could be left off the Rangers’ World Series roster

    Oct 17, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    When the Rangers acquired Koji Uehara from the Orioles at the trade deadline, they were hoping he would be a stabilizing force for the backend of their bullpen. However, he’s been anything but during the postseason, allowing five runs on five hits (including three home runs) in just 1 1/3 innings over three appearances. Other…

  3. Justin Verlander will not pitch again during the ALCS

    Oct 15, 2011, 5:30 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

    If the Tigers win the next two games in Texas and reach the World Series, they will have done it without Justin Verlander. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Tigers manager Jim Leyland just confirmed that Verlander will not pitch again during the ALCS. Some speculated that he could be available for a relief appearance in…

  4. ALCS Game 6 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 15, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the Tigers-Rangers series: DETROIT TIGERS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Ryan Raburn, RF 2. Elvis Andrus, RF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Victor Martinez, DH 4. Michael Young, 1B 5. Delmon Young, LF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B…

  5. Could the Cubs and Red Sox also clash over Ryne Sandberg?

    Oct 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg AP

    Negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox regarding compensation for Theo Epstein are getting pretty complicated, but it’s possible they could clash again later this offseason. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com paints a scenario where the clubs could compete for managerial candidates, naming Hall of Famer and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg in particular. Epstein attempted to…

  6. Athletics denied permission to interview Reds pitching coach Bryan Price

    Oct 15, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Getty Bryan Price

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Athletics were denied permission to interview Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. The Athletics are currently seeking a replacement for Ron Romanick, who was fired following his first season on the job. Bob Melvin, who took over for Bob Geren in June and just inked a three-extension to remain…

  7. Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton skip optional workout, still expected to play in Game 6

    Oct 15, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton were the only two players on the Rangers’ 25-man roster who did not attend an optional workout Friday at Rangers’ ballpark. While noteworthy, neither absence is a big surprise. Beltre is dealing with discomfort after fouling a pitch off his left knee in Game…

  8. It sure looks like CC Sabathia will opt out of his contract with the Yankees

    Oct 15, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia still has around three weeks to decide whether to opt out of his contract with the Yankees, but from what his agent Brian Peters told Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider only) this morning, it sure sounds like he has already made up his mind. “CC has been clear about how he feels about…

  9. Jerry Dipoto to interview for general manager jobs with Angels and Orioles

    Oct 15, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Jerry Dipoto was passed over for the Diamondbacks general manager job last year in favor of Kevin Towers, but he’s still a hot property around MLB. Jack McGruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that the Angels and Orioles have received permission from the Diamondbacks to speak with Dipoto about their vacant general manager positions. Dipoto,…

  10. No, Yovani Gallardo still isn’t an option for Game 6 of the NLCS on Sunday

    Oct 15, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo

    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before last night’s game that Yovani Gallardo wasn’t an option to start Game 6 on Sunday and he isn’t wavering now that his club is facing elimination. According to Tom Haudricourt and Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Roenicke confirmed that Shaun Marcum will indeed make the start as…

  11. 2011 No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole makes pro debut in Arizona Fall League

    Oct 15, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Bob Nutting, Gerrit Cole

    Gerrit Cole, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Pirates in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League yesterday. The results aren’t all that important, but Cole gave up three runs on three hits over 2 1/3 innings while striking out two and walking one. The 21-year-old…

  12. It sounds like Tony La Russa will be back with the Cardinals next season

    Oct 15, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    According to the Associated Press, in speaking with reporters prior to Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers last night, Tony La Russa dropped some pretty strong hints that he will return as manager of the Cardinals next season. La Russa and the Cardinals have a mutual option for 2012. “We don’t get into…

  13. Talks between Cubs, Red Sox for Theo Epstein have turned “increasingly contentious”

    Oct 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    And you thought this would be easy, huh? David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for Theo Epstein have turned “increasingly contentious” as the two sides remain “far apart” on an agreement. In fact, one baseball executive with knowledge of the parties involved says that Red Sox…

  14. Cole Hamels undergoes elbow, hernia surgeries

    Oct 15, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels had a pair of surgeries Friday, neither of which are expected to impact his availability for the start of the 2012 season. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the southpaw underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and had loose bodies removed from his left elbow. The Phillies announced that Hamels should be…

  15. Tony La Russa presses all the right buttons as Cardinals take 3-2 lead over Brewers in NLCS

    Oct 15, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    Tony La Russa has managed well over 5,000 games in the big leagues, yet on any given day, he will do something that will make you shake your head. And the crazy thing is, he often walks away looking like a genius. Friday’s 7-1 win over the Brewers in Game 5 of the NLCS was…

  16. NLCS Game 5 Live Blog: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    11:15: It’s all over, as Craig Counsell pops out to Daniel Descalso at third base for the final out of the ballgame. The Cardinals win 7-1 and take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS. The series will resume Sunday in Milwaukee. 11:14: A little confusion in shallow left center, but Jon Jay catches a pop…

  17. Brewers still plan to start Shaun Marcum in Game 6 on Sunday

    Oct 14, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Two

    The NLCS is now a best out of three, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke isn’t panicking. According to Jordan Schelling of MLB.com, Roenicke said earlier this afternoon that Shaun Marcum is still on track to start Game 6 against the Cardinals on Sunday. Marcum allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings in a…

  18. ALCS Game 3 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 11, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Only three teams have overcome a 0-2 deficit in the LCS since it became a seven-game format in 1985, but the Tigers will hope to chip away when they return home tonight to take on the Rangers in Game 3 of the ALCS. We’ll cover it all in a live chat, beginning right around 8:05…

  19. Report: Theo Epstein “on the cusp” of leaving Red Sox to accept job with Cubs

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    It’s really happening. According to Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald, Theo Epstein is “on the cusp” of leaving the Red Sox to accept a job with the Cubs. The new position is believed “to include powers greater than he has in Boston” and an announcement could be made “within the next 24 to 48…

  20. The Orioles have a lengthy list of candidates for general manager

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

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    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Orioles are considering a lengthy list of high-profile executives for their general manager vacancy. This list includes former Diamondbacks GM and current Padres VP Josh Byrnes, former Astros GM and current Rays’ senior VP Gerry Hunsicker, former Blue Jays GM and current Mets’ assistant GM J.P Ricciardi, Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, Blue…

  21. Bryan Stow out of hospital, transferred to rehabilitation facility

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The news continues to get better about Bryan Stow, the Giants’ fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on March 31. According to the Associated Press, Stow was transferred to a rehabilitation facility today after nearly seven months in hospitals. “Bryan has been an extremely challenging patient,” said Dr. Geoff Manley, who is the…

  22. Charlie Morton undergoes surgery to repair torn labrum in left hip

    Oct 11, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates announced this afternoon that right-hander Charlie Morton underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review hears that Morton is expected to be sidelined for six months, a timeline which could put his status…

  23. Did Prince Fielder just play his final home game with the Brewers?

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:00 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Two

    There’s still plenty of baseball left to be played, so we might be getting a little bit ahead of ourselves here, but Monday’s win by the Cardinals at least makes it possible that Prince Fielder has played his final game at Miller Park as a member of the Brewers. With the series now tied 1-1,…

  24. Albert Pujols leads the way in Game 2 blowout win over Brewers

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    Pujols AP

    Albert Pujols didn’t do everything for the Cardinals tonight, but it sure seemed like it at times. Pujols went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, three doubles, five RBI and three runs scored in a 12-3 win over the Brewers in Game 2 of the NLCS, tying the series at 1-1. As part of a 17-hit attack…

  25. Brewers’ rally cut short by double play in fifth inning

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    NLCS Cardinals Brewers Baseball

    The Brewers just missed out on a big opportunity in the fifth inning. But it wasn’t all their fault. After Arthur Rhodes walked Prince Fielder to load the bases with one out, Tony La Russa brought in right-hander Lance Lynn to face Rickie Weeks, who hit a two-run home run in his previous at-bat. Weeks…

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