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  1. Albert Pujols didn’t speak with reporters after Game 2 loss

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 2

    Albert Pujols wasn’t present to answer questions from the media following last night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series. Neither were some other prominent veterans on the team, including Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. There’s plenty of blame to go around with this snubbing, but naturally the…

  2. Bud Selig could intervene in Theo Epstein talks

    Oct 21, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    If you thought the Theo Epstein situation wasn’t silly enough already, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that commissioner Bud Selig may act as arbitrator if the Red Sox and Cubs can’t agree on compensation for the former Boston GM. Selig made the comments last night during an appearance on Sirius XM’s “Mad Dog…

  3. Red Sox release statement denying allegations pitchers drank beer in dugout

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Spring Training Workout Session

    The Red Sox released a series of statements late tonight in response to a report from Joe Amorosino of WHDH-7 NBC in Boston earlier this afternoon, which claimed that pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer in the dugout during games this season. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona provided a statement,…

  4. Report: Theo Epstein “actively looking” to hire GM in order to become Cubs’ president

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Many were surprised when SI’s Jon Heyman reported earlier today that the Cubs were interested in hiring Padres general manager Jed Hoyer. Now it makes a lot of sense. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Theo Epstein is “actively looking” to hire a general manager, a move that would enable him to become the Cubs’…

  5. Cardinals expected to add Jake Westbrook and Skip Schumaker to World Series roster

    Oct 18, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Cardinals logo

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa hasn’t confirmed his roster for the World Series against the Rangers quite yet, but he is expected to make two notable changes. From Matthew Leach and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com comes word that Jake Westbrook will take the place of Kyle McCllelan in the Cardinals’ bullpen while Skip Schumaker is…

  6. Ron Washington considering moving Nelson Cruz up in lineup for World Series

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers - Game Six

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Rangers manager Ron Washington is considering batting Nelson Cruz higher than seventh during the World Series against the Cardinals. “I may make a change, I just don’t know where it’s going to be yet,” Washington said. Asked if moving Cruz up was under consideration, Washington said: “It’s a…

  7. Report: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey drank beer in dugout during games

    Oct 18, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    red sox mugs

    Oh, man. Remember the report yesterday which claimed Jon Lester only told “part of the story” on the beer/fried chicken situation? Well, this might be the other part. According to a report from Joe Amorosino of WHDH-7 NBC in Boston, citing two “Red Sox employees,” Josh Beckett, John Lackey and the aforementioned Lester drank beer…

  8. Report: Announcement on Theo Epstein likely several days away

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Don’t hold your breath for a quick resolution with the Theo Epstein situation. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com heard from a source Monday that “significant work” remains in talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for the former Boston GM. While the two sides have made progress in recent days, the Red Sox believe…

  9. Michael Young expected to play first base under National League rules in St. Louis

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    The Rangers won’t have the benefit of the designated hitter for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series against the Cardinals, which means Michael Young will almost certainly get the nod at first base in St. Louis. The only other realistic option is Mitch Moreland, but he is hitting just .105 (2-for-19) during the…

  10. Orioles to interview Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava for general manager this week

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    orioles

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles will interview Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava this week for their vacant general manager post. Dipoto, who impressed many around baseball when he took over as Diamondbacks’ interim general manager after Josh Byrnes was fired last July, served as vice president of scouting and player development…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    250px-2011_World_Series

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. ALCS Game 6 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 15, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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