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  1. Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay talk Game 1

    Oct 16, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    Game 1 of the NLCS between the Giants and Phillies is scheduled to begin somewhere around 7:30 p.m. ET, so to wet our collective appetites for what some say has the potential to be one of the best playoff pitching matchups in baseball history, here’s a few words from tonight’s starters, Tim Lincecum and Roy…

  2. Brett Gardner is pretty darn lucky

    Oct 16, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Gardner slide

    Brett Gardner told Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that he was spiked on his left hand when he beat out C.J. Wilson at first base on his rally-sparking head-first dive in the eighth inning of Game 1 last night. “I don’t know what size he wears,” Gardner said, speaking of Wilson’s shoe, holding up his…

  3. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Yankees vs. Rangers

    Oct 16, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Arlington ALCS

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Rangers, set to begin shortly after 4 p.m. ET: NEW YORK YANKEES                TEXAS RANGERS 1. Derek Jeter, SS              1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Curtis Granderson, CF        2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B            3. Josh Hamilton, CF…

  4. UPDATE: Mets and Francisco Rodriguez cancel hearing, close to settlement

    Oct 16, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez arrested

    UPDATE: The Mets confirmed to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record that Monday’s hearing with Francisco Rodriguez has been canceled and that the two sides are nearing a settlement. 10:50 AM: According to Dan Martin and Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets and Francisco Rodriguez are close to a negotiated settlement and…

  5. Former players to testify against Barry Bonds in perjury trial

    Oct 16, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds court appearance

    We’re currently enjoying the makings of a fantastic postseason, so hearing anything relating to Barry Bonds is something of a downer, but here goes. According to the Associated Press, Federal prosecutors on Friday submitted their list of witnesses they intend to call for Bonds’ long-delayed perjury hearing, scheduled to begin March 21 in San Francisco.…

  6. Report: Royals to listen to offers for Zack Greinke

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Insider is required to read this one, but according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Royals intend to listen to “any and all offers” for Zack Greinke. The Royals have a nice stockpile of top prospects, including third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left-hander John Lamb, but the franchise will probably not…

  7. Barry Zito left off Giants’ roster for second straight round

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

    Barry Zito throwing

    We hinted at the possibility last night and the Giants just made it official: Barry Zito is not on the team’s roster for the NLCS against the Phillies, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Zito was also left off the roster for the NLDS against the Braves. Madison Bumgarner, who yielded…

  8. Adrian Gonzalez undergoes two MRIs on right shoulder

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Adrian Gonzalez told the San Diego Union-Tribune in September that an injury to his right shoulder in May impacted his ability to hit for power this season. Now he’s trying to figure out why. According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Gonzalez underwent two MRI exams on his right shoulder this week. His…

  9. Report: Mets request permission to interview Al Avila

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Al Avila

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, the Detroit Free-Press reports that the Mets have requested permission to interview Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila for their general manager vacancy. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com mentioned Avila as a possibility earlier this week. Avila has worked under Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers since 2002, but has also…

  10. Why didn’t Ron Washington bring in Neftali Feliz in the eighth inning?

    Oct 16, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Ron Washington

    It’s the question ringing in everybody’s head this morning. In the post-game press conference, Ron Washington was asked why he didn’t consider bringing in Neftali Feliz for a six-out save, instead of turning to Darren Oliver, Darren O’Day, Clay Rapada and then, finally, Derek Holland (via the Dallas Morning News). You know, pretty much everyone…

  11. Live blog: Yankees-Rangers ALCS Game 1

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s all over. Thanks to a stunning eighth inning comeback, the Yankees have taken Game 1 of the ALCS over the Rangers 6-5. Mitch Moreland singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning against Mariano Rivera and was then bunted over to second base by Elvis Andrus. Not the worst play if…

  12. Jeff Wilpon tells us what he’s been up to this week

    Oct 15, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    You won’t believe it, but I just got an e-mail from Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. Okay, well, me and thousands of other fans who subscribe to “The Flushing Flash,” the team’s e-mail newsletter. Sadly, Wilpon doesn’t communicate in Comic Sans, but with the way things have been going with the franchise over the past few…

  13. Aaron Rowand on NLCS roster, Barry Zito likely off

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Aaron Rowand diving

    The Giants haven’t officially announced their roster for the NLCS against the Phillies — Bruce Bochy plans to speak with his players later tonight — but some early pieces are starting to fall into place. According to Andrew Baggarly of San Jose Mercury News, Bochy just announced that Aaron Rowand will be on the roster.…

  14. Korean reporter comes clean about Shin-Soo Choo story

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo swing

    As you may recall, a report in the Korea Times earlier this week quoted Shin-Soo Choo as saying that he wanted to be “transferred” to a winning team. The report was immediately downplayed by Indians GM Chris Antonetti and later debunked by another reporter Jeeho Yoo, who said that Choo was misquoted in the piece.…

  15. Rangers add Michael Kirkman, Clay Rapada to ALCS roster

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Rapada throws against the Minnesota Twins during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    With Game 1 of the ALCS against the Yankees only hours away, the Rangers have announced some slight changes to their roster. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, left-handers Michael Kirkman and Clay Rapada have been added for this round, while right-hander Dustin Nippert and speedster Esteban German have been taken off. Kirkman, 24,…

  16. Jon Daniels on Mets’ GM possibility: “My mom is loving this”

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

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    That whole Mets-Jon Daniels thing? Not dead yet. At least not in the eyes of the New York media. According to Bill Madden and Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, though the Mets haven’t asked permission to speak with Daniels, “executives following their search” say they might once the Rangers’ postseason run is…

  17. Rangers win first ever postseason series, advance to ALCS vs. Yanks

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay made history last week, but Cliff Lee continues to rule the postseason. Lee struck out 11 in a 5-1 victory over the Rays in Game 5 tonight, giving the Rangers their first ever postseason series victory and a date with the Yankees in the ALCS. The Rangers held a 3-1 lead going into…

  18. Cliff Lee coming back out for eighth as Rangers cling to late lead

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson was up in the bullpen during the seventh inning, but Ron Washington is putting Cliff Lee back out there in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead. Lee has allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings so far tonight, striking out nine and walking none. He has…

  19. Rangers take advantage of bad throw, jump back in front of Rays

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Wild sequence in the top of the fourth inning. Nelson Cruz didn’t hustle out of the batter’s box on a fly ball to distant left center field, only to see the ball hit off the wall and roll around on the warning track. Cruz should have been standing on third base, but because he was…

  20. Elvis Andrus helps Rangers to early lead in Game 5

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Game 5 between the Rangers and Rays is underway. The Rangers just scratched across a run in the top of the first inning against David Price. Elvis Andrus led off with a single and stole second base on a strikeout to Michael Young. Then, in a brilliant display of baserunning, Andrus scored all the way…

  21. Takashi Saito undecided on returning next season

    Oct 12, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Takashi Saito is not sure whether he will return next season. “I don’t have a certain answer yet,” Saito said with a member of the Japanese media interpreting. “But I don’t have a definite feeling of ‘I’m quitting.’ I’m still thinking….I still believe I can pitch.” Saito,…

  22. Cody Ross pushes Giants ahead of Braves in seventh inning

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    Some more to-and-fro in this one. Derek Lowe got Freddy Sanchez to ground out to begin the top of the seventh inning, but was pulled in favor of Peter Moylan after loading the bases. Juan Uribe followed with a groundball to Alex Gonzalez, who pulled Omar Infante off the second base bag with the throw…

  23. Brian McCann puts Braves back in front with solo homer

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    It looks like another nail-biter as we move to the top of the seventh inning at Turner Field. Cody Ross homered to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning — the first Giants’ hit of the evening, by the way — but Brian McCann just answered with a solo home…

  24. Braves strike first in Game 4 vs. Giants

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Brian McCann just got the Braves on the board first against the Giants, delivering a sacrifice fly for an early 1-0 lead as we head to the top of the fourth inning. The run was set up by back-to-back singles by Omar Infante and Matt Diaz to begin the inning. Madison Bumgarner has thrown 50…

  25. Arthur Rhodes interested in returning to Reds next season

    Oct 11, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Here’s a little news item while we await the start of Game 4 between the Giants and Braves. Reflecting on a season that resulted in the first All-Star selection of his career and a trip to the postseason, Arthur Rhodes told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com today that he is interested in returning to the Reds…

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