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

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:06 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

    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…

  3. Red Sox managerial search on hold until Theo Epstein’s situation is resolved

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:49 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Here’s something that’s not entirely surprising, but noteworthy, anyway. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Red Sox will not interview any candidates for their managerial vacancy until the Theo Epstein situation is involved. The Cubs have expressed interest in Epstein for their general manager vacancy and the Red Sox GM was reportedly spotted in a…

  4. Cardinals get early lead on Brewers behind two-run homer by Albert Pujols

    Oct 10, 2011, 8:27 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Two

    It didn’t work out so well for them yesterday, but the Cardinals have another early lead against the Brewers. After Jon Jay reached on a bunt single with one out in the top of the first inning, Albert Pujols took right-hander Shaun Marcum deep for a two-run home run, giving the Cardinals an early 2-0…

  5. Brian Cashman says he hasn’t spoken with Yankees about new contract

    Oct 10, 2011, 7:56 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    One sure sign we’re rapidly approaching silly season? Plenty of conflicting reports. While Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported over the weekend that negotiations between the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman were going smoothly and a new contract could be completed within the week, it appears they aren’t very far along in the process. Cashman told…

  6. MRI comes back negative on Jason Heyward’s shoulder

    Oct 10, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    The Braves haven’t promised Jason Heyward the starting right field job next season, but he’ll at least go into the winter with some peace of mind about his right shoulder. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an MRI on Heyward’s shoulder came back negative. The 22-year-old missed four weeks during the first half…

  7. UPDATE: Mets to interview Jim Riggleman for bench coach job

    Oct 10, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Jim Riggleman

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets plan to interview former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman for their bench coach vacancy. The team has an opening after bench coach Ken Oberkfell was let go last week as part of a staff shakeup. Riggleman stepped down as Nationals manager in June out of frustration with his…

  8. NLCS Preview: Cardinals vs. Brewers

    Oct 8, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Brewers have in store for us during the National League Championship Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers The Probable Matchups Game 1 Sunday in Milwaukee: Jaime Garcia vs. Zack Greinke…

  9. ALCS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 8, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Rangers, which is scheduled to get underway right around 8:05 p.m. ET: DETROIT TIGERS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Ryan Raburn, LF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4.…

  10. Zack Greinke to start Game 1 of NLCS on Sunday against Cardinals

    Oct 8, 2011, 3:14 PM EST

    NLDS Diamondbacks Brewers Baseball

    With Yovani Gallardo unavailable after starting Game 5 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks yesterday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has confirmed that Zack Greinke will start Game 1 of the NLCS tomorrow against the Cardinals. Greinke allowed four runs on eight hits (including three home runs) over five innings in Game 2 of the NLDS. He…

  11. Rangers drop Matt Treanor from ALCS roster, add Yoshinori Tateyama

    Oct 8, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    Ron Washington

    According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers will go with an eight-man bullpen during the ALCS against the Tigers, removing catcher Matt Treanor from the roster and adding right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama. The Rangers kept Treanor around as a third catcher during the ALDS so that Ron Washington had the option of putting…

  12. Nyjer Morgan got a little carried away in the postgame interview last night

    Oct 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    You’ll be shocked to hear this, but Nyjer Morgan was a little excited following his walk-off hit last night against the Diamondbacks. Moments after driving in Carlos Gomez with the winning run, Sam Ryan of TBS went to interview Morgan for the television broadcast. What was the first thing we heard? “F*** yeah,” said directly…

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:55 AM EST

    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…

  15. Skip Schumaker may miss NLCS with oblique injury

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    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…

  17. ALCS Preview: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 2:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 12:52 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:20 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Oct 7, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:13 AM EST

    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.…

  24. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Brewers vs. Diamondbacks

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:37 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:20 PM EST

    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…

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