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  1. David Ortiz open to joining Yankees … does it matter?

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    During a conversation about the Red Sox’ collapse Wednesday with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez, David Ortiz was asked whether he would be open to joining the rival Yankees this winter as a free agent. Big Papi’s well-thought-out response to that question: “That’s something I gotta think about,” Ortiz said. “I’ve been here on the Red Sox…

  2. Cardinals’ bullpen shines as St. Louis wins Game 3, takes 2-1 NLCS lead

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:49 PM EDT

    motte reuters

    Game 3 of the NLCS was supposed to be a classic duel of two great pitchers: the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo against the Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter. But it’s not often that things go as they’re expected to in Major League Baseball’s postseason. Gallardo was hammered for four earned runs in the first inning and didn’t make…

  3. NLCS Game 3 Live Blog: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    11:20pm: Thanks for hanging out. Game 4 of the NLCS is scheduled for Thursday at 8:05 p.m. ET. 11:19pm: McGehee also chases a high fastball from Mote. Game over. 11:18pm: The Brewers will pinch-hit for Lucroy with Casey McGehee. 11:16pm: Betancourt chases high heat. Two down. 11:14pm: Hairston grounds out to shortstop. One down. 11:11pm:…

  4. Magglio Ordonez might want to continue playing

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    magglio ordonez getty

    When veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez fractured his right ankle last week for the second time in 14 months, many assumed that the 37-year-old would be forced to hang up his baseball cleats for good. But that might not be the case. According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Ordonez “is said to want to keep playing” and…

  5. Ryan Howard expected to recover from Achilles’ tendon surgery in 5-6 months

    Oct 12, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    howard getty

    As Craig noted earlier, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard underwent surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles’ tendon early Wednesday morning. Now some recovery timetables are pouring in. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday evening that Howard will be back to playing at the level he’s accustomed to within 5-6…

  6. Justin Masterson undergoes surgery on left shoulder

    Oct 12, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    masterson getty

    From MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian comes word that starter Justin Masterson underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his non-throwing shoulder. The minor operation was performed by Dr. Craig Morgan in Wilmington, Deleware and deemed an initial success. Masterson should be fully recovered by the start of spring training next February. The 26-year-old right-hander registered a solid 3.21…

  7. Porcello still on tap for Game 4, Verlander starts Game 5

    Oct 9, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    verlander reuters

    The Tigers were forced to use two of their starting pitchers in Saturday night’s rain-ravaged Game 1 loss to the Rangers, and they just had Game 2 postponed, but they’re not going to let any of that affect their mapped-out ALCS rotation. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, right-hander Rick Porcello is still scheduled to…

  8. Magglio Ordonez shut down for year due to broken ankle

    Oct 9, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    magglio getty

    Bad news (with terrible timing) for the Tigers. According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced Sunday afternoon that outfielder Magglio Ordonez has been ruled out for the rest of the ALCS because of an ankle injury. Ordonez was 5-for-11 with a double and a run scored during the Tigers’ ALDS defeat of…

  9. ALCS Game 2 postponed due to rain, will be played Monday

    Oct 9, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers - Game One

    Rain, rain — go away. And all that. According to beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sunday night’s Game 2 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Rangers has been officially postponed due to looming thunderstorms in the area surrounding Arlington, Texas. The game will be played Monday at 4:19 p.m. ET…

  10. Cardinals add two right-handed relievers to NLCS roster

    Oct 9, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Brewers made no changes to their 25-man postseason roster heading into Sunday’s NLCS Game 1. The Cardinals were a littler bit busier. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, the Cardinals have added right-handed relievers Kyle McClellan and Lance Lynn for the NLCS while dropping Skip Schumaker and Jake Westbrook. Lynn is finally…

  11. NLCS Game 1 lineups: Cardinals vs. Brewers

    Oct 9, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the starting lineups for Game 1 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Brewers, set to get underway just after 4:00 p.m. ET on TBS: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF 2. Jon Jay, CF 2. Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Ryan…

  12. Rain in the forecast for Game 2 of the ALCS

    Oct 9, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers players sit in the dugout during the game's second rain delay in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs against the Texas Rangers in Arlington

    Game 1 of the ALCS Saturday night in Arlington, Texas featured nearly two hours of rain delays. Game 2 on Sunday could see much of the same. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, there’s a 60 to 70 percent chance of thunderstorms Sunday night in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area and the ALCS umpiring crew has…

  13. Phillies and Cardinals drew strong ratings in NLDS Game 5

    Oct 9, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    From the Associated Press, via MSNBC.com: St. Louis’ 1-0 victory over Philadelphia in Game 5 of the NL division series Friday night received a 5.1 rating and was seen by 8,389,000 viewers on TBS, a National League record for first-round games on cable. For reference, the NLDS Game 5 played between the Diamondbacks and Brewers…

  14. Chicagoan says he spotted Theo Epstein near Wrigley Field

    Oct 9, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Take all of this with a boulder-sized grain of salt, but keep in mind a Boston Globe report from only a few days ago stating that the Cubs’ ownership had officially asked permission of the Red Sox to speak with their current general manager, Theo Epstein. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, a…

  15. Angels cut ties with fourth key front-office executive

    Oct 9, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The Halos are shaking things up in a major way. From beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Angels have cut ties with another member of their front office, this time letting go director of player development Abe Flores. General manager Tony Reagins resigned a couple days after the…

  16. Yankees, Brian Cashman nearing contract extension

    Oct 9, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    The Yankees made a disappointing first-round exit from the playoffs this year, but they’re not panicking or seeking a scapegoat. It’s much the opposite. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, negotiations have gone smoothly between the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman as the two sides look to reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension. Cashman’s current…

  17. Nelson Cruz comes alive, plays hero in ALCS Game 1 win

    Oct 9, 2011, 2:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    It might not be remembered this way because of Game 1′s dual rain delays and the lights-out performance by the Rangers’ bullpen, but Nelson Cruz‘s solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be a game-winning blast. And considering he hit it off Tigers ace Justin Verlander, we…

  18. Rangers’ bullpen shines in rainy ALCS Game 1 victory

    Oct 9, 2011, 1:26 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Adams reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    A fifth-inning rain storm caused two hours of delay time in Saturday’s ALCS opener at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, stripping C.J. Wilson of his command and forcing Justin Verlander from the game. A battle of aces turned into a battle of bullpens. And while both relief corps posted zeroes, it was the fellas from Texas…

  19. ALCS Game 1 halted in fifth inning by two rain delays

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:37 PM EDT

    Fans try to stay dry during the game's second rain delay in the fifth inning in Game 1 between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    A fairly sizable rain storm is now making its way through the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so the Rangers’ groundscrew has rolled out the tarp and put a temporary halt to Game 1 of the ALCS. There’s been no estimate as to when the action might resume. The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom…

  20. Ryan Howard needs surgery for ruptured Achilles’ tendon

    Oct 8, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

    ryan howard ap

    From Danny Knobler of CBS Sports comes word that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard indeed ruptured his Achilles’ tendon on the final play of Friday’s NLDS Game 5 loss to the Cardinals. The 31-year-old slugger will undergo surgery within the next week or two and is unlikely to recover in time to participate in the…

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    votto getty

    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…

  22. Zack Greinke calls Chris Carpenter a “phony”

    Oct 8, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    greinke getty

    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…

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

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

    valverde ap

    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…

  24. 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…

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

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    delmon young ap

    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…

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