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  1. Reds prepared to listen to trade offers for Joey Votto

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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    An intriguing report from ESPN’s Buster Olney: Rival executives getting signals that the Reds won’t shop Joey Votto — but that they are fully prepared to listen to offers. Votto is owed a bargain $9.5 million salary in 2012, but that number jumps sharply to $17 million in 2013 and the Canadian-born first baseman will…

  2. Zack Greinke calls Chris Carpenter a “phony”

    Oct 8, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Pre-series trash-talking is as rare as it is awesome in this modern era of Major League Baseball. The Cardinals and Brewers don’t like each other. It’s a feud that goes back several years, to when the “Brew Crew” began celebrating their regular season victories by un-tucking their jerseys. Loud-mouthed center fielder Nyjer Morgan has only…

  3. Jose Valverde earns 51st straight save of 2011, Tigers top Yankees and advance to ALCS

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

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    Tigers closer Jose Valverde converted 49-of-49 save opportunities during the 2011 regular season. At times those saves were pretty, others times they weren’t. On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, the American League Central champions just wanted results. And Valverde once again came through. The seemingly possessed right-hander induced a weak flyout to left field from…

  4. Yankees missed many scoring opportunities in Game 5 loss

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Nick Swisher strikes out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of play against the Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    The fine folks at STATS Inc. shared this nugget of information shortly after Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher chased an outside pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning of Thursday’s 3-2 Game 5 loss to the Tigers: Swisher is 1 for 31 with 10 Ks with runners in scoring position over…

  5. Delmon Young exits Game 5 with mild left oblique strain

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Delmon Young took his place in left field at the beginning of the seventh inning Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, then suddenly headed back to the visitors dugout after a couple of warmup tosses. He was later spotted heading down the clubhouse steps with a trainer, clutching the left side of his abdomen. After a…

  6. Yankees say Ivan Nova left early due to tight forearm

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Forget all that “Girardi is panicking” talk. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees announced in the press box during the top of the sixth that Game 5 starter Ivan Nova was pulled after just two innings due to “right forearm tightness.” Not because manager Joe Girardi was displeased with…

  7. Ivan Nova pulled from Game 5 after just two innings

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova reacts after giving up a solo home run to Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young in the first inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Yankees Game 5 starter Ivan Nova surrendered back-to-back homers on back-to-back pitches in the top of the first inning to Detroit’s Don Kelly and Delmon Young. He also yielded a leadoff double to Magglio Ordonez in the top of the second. But the 24-year-old’s “stuff” didn’t look all that terrible and he was pounding the…

  8. FOX’s Tim McCarver undergoes minor heart surgery

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that baseball broadcaster Tim McCarver underwent a successful minor heart procedure on Thursday. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has already been named McCarver’s replacement on FOX for the first two games of the ALCS, but the veteran McCarver should be able to return in time for Game…

  9. Ian Stewart won’t attend instructional league due to lingering wrist discomfort

    Oct 6, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    The bad news continues to pour in for Ian Stewart, the Rockies’ once-promising corner infielder. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the 26-year-old is still being bothered the inflammation in his left wrist that put an early end to his 2011 season and has backed out of a scheduled visit to the Rox’…

  10. Jackson settles, Freese shines as Cardinals force Game 5

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

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    “I knew I couldn’t let the game overwhelm me,” Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson told a reporter a few minutes after the conclusion of Wednesday night’s 5-3 NLDS Game 4 victory over the Phillies. Whether that mindset came to the right-hander in hindsight or he truly felt mentally calm after allowing a double, triple and single…

  11. NLDS Game 4 Live Blog: Phillies vs. Cardinals

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

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    8:42pm: Jay makes a sliding catch in center field to end it. Cards win, 5-3. This series will come down to Game 5, Friday in Philadelphia. Chris Carpenter vs. Roy Halladay. You couldn’t ask for much better. 8:40pm: Motte blows a 98 mph heater past Ibanez’s late swing for the second out of the inning.…

  12. Max Scherzer dazzles as Tigers even ALDS with Yankees

    Oct 2, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Scherzer pitches to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer had a very up-and-down regular season. When he was good, he was great. When he was bad, it often got ugly. On Sunday afternoon in New York City, the 27-year-old couldn’t have been much better. Scherzer issued two first-inning walks, but settled in soon after and held the Yankees’ star-studded lineup…

  13. NLDS Game 2 lineups: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Oct 2, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Phillies, set to get underway Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Allen Craig, RF 2. Chase Utley, 2B 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Hunter Pence, RF 4.…

  14. Leyland: “Cano is one of the best players I’ve ever seen”

    Oct 2, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Tigers manager Jim Leyland offered high praise for Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano before Game 2 of the ALDS Sunday in New York: “My staff think he’s one of the top five players in all of baseball without question,” Leyland said. “He’s a great player. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen. He…

  15. NLDS Game 2 lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    Oct 2, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

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    Here are the starting lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Diamondbacks and Brewers. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1. Willie Bloomquist, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF 2. Aaron Hill, 2B 2. Nyjer Morgan, CF 3. Justin Upton, RF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 4. Miguel Montero,…

  16. ALDS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 2, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the Tigers and Yankees, set to get underway this afternoon around 3:00 p.m. ET: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Magglio Ordonez, RF 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Delmon Young, LF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4.…

  17. Sabathia starting Game 3, Burnett in line for Game 4

    Oct 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Game 1′s 27-hour rain delay threw a hitch into the Yankees’ and Tigers’ rotation plans for the ALDS. On Sunday morning, we got a bit of clarity. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed in his pre-game press conference Sunday that staff ace CC Sabathia will indeed…

  18. Ozzie Guillen has reached out to Big Z about joining Marlins

    Oct 2, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

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    There was speculation at the end of the regular season that the Marlins might have interest in bringing Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano aboard this winter to pair him with his off-field friend and fellow Venezuelan native Ozzie Guillen. Now those rumors are gaining serious traction. According to beat writer Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Venezuela’s El…

  19. Cubs draw thousands for “Movie Night at Wrigley Field”

    Oct 2, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Wrigley Field

    The Cubs’ effort to generate some October revenue (for a change) apparently went off without a hitch. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports, around 10,000 Chicagoans showed up to a screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Saturday night at Wrigley Field. And nearly a thousand of them took part in a pre-screening rendition of…

  20. Quote of the Day: Lance Berkman on Phillies fans

    Oct 2, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

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    The Phillies handled the Cardinals with a decisive 11-6 victory in Game 1 of the NLDS Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. But not before veteran slugger Lance Berkman gave St. Louis an early 3-0 lead with a first-inning three-run homer to deep right field. That shot seemed to stun the fans in the stadium, who…

  21. Royals seeking “front-line” starter this offseason

    Oct 2, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    The Royals are pleased with the strides that top position prospects Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez made in 2011. But the Royals also know that they’re going to need an improved starting rotation to reach their organizational goal of competing in 2012, and that the desired upgrade might have to come from an…

  22. Josh Hamilton on facing David Price at The Trop: “It sucks”

    Oct 2, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

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    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, a No. 1 overall selection of the Rays back in 1999, is not looking forward to returning to Tropicana Field on Monday for Game 3 of the ALDS. And he is not looking forward to facing Tampa Bay left-hander David Price. “In the dome, it sucks,” Hamilton said. “I was messing…

  23. Nova impresses, Cano mashes as Yankees capture 9-3 Game 1 win over Tigers

    Oct 1, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Yankees pitcher Nova reacts after getting the Tigers out to end fifth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova opened a whole lot of eyes during the regular season while registering a 3.70 ERA across 165 1/3 innings. On a wet and cold Saturday night in New York, he opened many more. Making his first-ever postseason appearance, the 24-year-old Dominican hurled 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball, striking out five…

  24. Phillies’ bats explode in 11-6 Game 1 victory over Cardinals

    Oct 1, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

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    If you want to beat Roy Halladay, you have to get to him early. That’s the common thought around baseball and it’s backed by the statisctics. The Cards followed that strategy to near-perfection in the early going, plating three runs in the top of the first inning courtesy of a Lance Berkman home run. But…

  25. Andy Pettitte to throw 1st pitch at Yankee Stadium Sunday

    Oct 1, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Andy Pettitte will return to the Yankee Stadium mound on Sunday. To pitch. Well, kind of. According to beat writer Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, the 39-year-old left-hander will toss the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees’ Game 2 matchup against the Tigers. Pettitte, who hasn’t officially retired but sat out all of this season, has…

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