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  1. Rick Ankiel homers in 11th as Braves draw even with Giants

    Oct 9, 2010, 1:45 AM EST

    We might just have ourselves a competitive series here. The Braves evened things up with the Giants tonight — or this morning, really — taking Game 2 by the score of 5-4 in 11 innings. They jumped ahead thanks to a long solo home run by Rick Ankiel, which splashed down in McCovey Cove beyond…

  2. Pat Burrell powers Giants to early lead over Braves

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:05 PM EST

    Already a lot going on in this one. The Giants were fortunate enough to survive an early scare, as Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval collided attempting to track down a foul ball hit by Jason Heyward in the first inning. Amazingly, Posey managed to catch the ball and both players stayed in the game. It…

  3. Phillies take advantage of sloppy Reds, lead 2-0 in series

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:25 PM EST

    Roy Oswalt was far from unhittable tonight. In fact, he gave up a home run to Brandon Phillips, the very first batter of the game. It’s all good, though, because the Reds forgot to bring their gloves to the ballpark. The Reds matched a Division Series record with four errors, handing the Phillies to a…

  4. Phillies take lead as Reds melt down in epic fashion

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:20 PM EST

    Well, that bottom of the seventh inning was probably one of the worst meltdowns I have seen in quite some time. And this is coming from a Mets fan. The Phillies now lead the Reds 6-4 in the eighth inning. It all started when Chase Utley reached first base on a questionable HBP against Aroldis…

  5. Orlando Cabrera exits after aggravating oblique injury

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:20 PM EST

    Orlando Cabrera left tonight’s game against the Phillies after aggravating an injury to his left oblique, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. As you can see in the image to the right, Cabrera tweaked something while avoiding a takeout slide by Jayson Werth on a double play ball to end the bottom of…

  6. Phillies fighting back thanks to some porous defense

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:01 PM EST

    We’ve got ourselves a ballgame, folks. The Phillies just scored a pair on a bases-loaded single by Chase Utley, narrowing the gap to 4-2 through five innings. Just don’t blame Bronson Arroyo here. The normally sure-handed Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen set up the two-run single by committing consecutive errors with two outs during the…

  7. Pat Gillick drops out of running for Mets GM job

    Oct 8, 2010, 7:09 PM EST

    According to Ken Rosenthal of, Pat Gillick has taken his name out of the running for the Mets general manager job. Gillick is known as one of the most successful executives in the game, leading the Blue Jays and Phillies to world championships. Now 74 years old, he still works with Philadelphia as a…

  8. There goes the no-no: Brandon Phillips gets the Reds on the board early

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:22 PM EST

    The Reds were 0-for-27 to begin the 2010 postseason, but Brandon Phillips just changed the conversation early this evening, slugging a leadoff home run against Roy Oswalt for an early 1-0 lead. Of course, Phillips famously made the final out in Roy Halladay’s no-hitter in Game 1 on Wednesday, so he has redemption on his…

  9. Rafael Soriano returns to Dominican Republic, but will be available for Game 1

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:01 PM EST

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano had an excused absence from the team’s workout today in order to return to his native Dominican Republic to attend to a “personal matter.” According to Topkin, Soriano is scheduled to return from the Dominican tonight via a private plane, so it…

  10. David Murphy says he's "good to go" for ALDS

    Oct 5, 2010, 7:32 PM EST

    David Murphy declared himself “good to go” for the ALDS after running in the outfield and on the bases today, according to Richard Durrett of Murphy has been sidelined since last Wednesday due to a strained left groin. “I ran pretty hard,” Murphy said. “I can’t say that I ran 100 percent, but I…

  11. David Murphy feels "good" after running at 50 to 60 percent

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:42 PM EST

    David Murphy tested his injured groin Monday by taking batting practice, shagging some flyballs and doing some light throwing, according to Richard Durrett of “I feel good,” Murphy said. “I probably ran out there at 50 to 60 percent. I’m not going to know until I ramp it up some more.” Murphy hasn’t played…

  12. Mariners' e-mail message to fans is missing somebody

    Oct 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

    This is a day where nearly every team that isn’t in the playoffs is sending out mass e-mails, thanking their fans and talking about their grand plans to build a winning ballclub. There’s usually nothing newsworthy in any of them, but I wasn’t the only one who found a portion of this e-mail from Mariners…

  13. Evan Longoria will not return to lineup until playoffs

    Oct 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Evan Longoria said he will not return to the lineup until the playoffs begin on Wednesday. Longoria did his best to talk his way back into the lineup, but ultimately decided to play if safe after working out in front of Rays manager Joe Maddon and…

  14. Royals pick up club option on David DeJesus for next season

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    In a relative no-brainer, the Royals have picked up the $6 million option on David DeJesus for next season, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. DeJesus, who turns 31 in December, needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb after he crashed into the outfield wall at Yankee…

  15. Justin Morneau officially ruled out for ALDS

    Oct 2, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire made it official just a short while ago, confirming that Justin Morneau will not be included on the ALDS roster, according to Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. “He hasn’t hit live, he hasn’t dove for a ball, he hasn’t done anything like that. If you want a formal, ‘No…

  16. Jair Jurrjens could pitch in relief this weekend

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jair Jurrjens threw his second bullpen session in the past three days Friday and said his ailing right knee felt well enough to pitch in a game. “Some pitches I feel it, some pitches I don’t,” Jurrjens said. “It was good.” Braves manager Bobby Cox said “it’s…

  17. Quote of the day: Josh Hamilton is "not that stupid"

    Oct 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    As you probably know, Josh Hamilton was back in the starting lineup last night for the first time since September 4 due to fractured ribs. He went 0-for-3 and left the game after six innings, by the way. His return is a promising sign for the Rangers’ playoff hopes, but that’s not why I’m mentioning…

  18. Jered Weaver, the surprise strikeout king

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:06 PM EST

    Jered Weaver notched just four strikeouts over seven innings against the Rangers last night, however they were just enough to give him the major league lead in strikeouts (233) over Tim Lincecum (231) and Felix Hernandez (232). Armed with a fastball that averages around 90 mph, Weaver entered the season averaging 7.3 K/9 over his…

  19. Chan Ho Park made some history last night

    Oct 2, 2010, 10:51 AM EST

    We haven’t heard much from Chan Ho Park this season — outside of these infamous comments during his brief stint with the Yankees — but I guess that’s what happens when you get shipped off to Pittsburgh. Still, it’s worth mentioning that Park made history last night tossing by three scoreless innings for his 124th…

  20. There's plenty left to decide in the National League

    Oct 2, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

    And you thought this weekend would be boring. The Padres are still alive in the National League West. They slugged three homers against Matt Cain en route to a 6-4 victory over the Giants last night. The Friars now sit two games back in the National League West with two left to play. And don’t…

  21. Clay Buchholz scratched from final start due to back stiffness

    Oct 2, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

    Clay Buchholz was scratched from his final start of the season today against the Yankees due to lower back stiffness, according to Joe McDonald of Because of last night’s rainout, Tim Wakefield will oppose Andy Pettitte in the first game of a day-night doubleheader this afternoon. Buchholz said he felt his lower back “grab”…

  22. UPDATE: Miguel Olivo diagnosed with mild concussion

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:55 PM EST

    UPDATE: According to the team’s Twitter feed, Miguel Olivo was diagnosed with a mild concussion. His status for the rest of the season really doesn’t matter at this point, but he is not expected to play on Saturday or Sunday. If there’s a bit of good news to report, it’s that he is already back…

  23. David Price to pitch in relief Saturday

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

    Craig informed us early this morning that Rays manager Joe Maddon was thinking about starting David Price on Saturday against the Royals. Not so. It turns out that Price is expected to pitch two innings in relief, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Either Jeremy Hellickson or Andy Sonnanstine are set to…

  24. Reds clinch first trip to postseason since 1995

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:31 PM EST

    And what a way to do it. Jay Bruce homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning against Tim Byrdak just a short while ago, propelling the Reds to a 3-2 walkoff win over the Astros. The Reds have wrapped up the National League Central division and are now headed to the postseason…

  25. Rays and Yankees clinch, but there's still work to do

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:03 PM EST

    It’s been a foregone conclusion for weeks, but we now officially know who is playoff-bound in the American League. In front of a crowd of 17,891, the Rays just shut out the Orioles by the score of 5-0, clinching the franchise’s second ever trip to the postseason. David Price delivered eight shutout frames en route…

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