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

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v St. Louis Cardinals

    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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. ALDS Game 2 lineups: Rays vs. Rangers

    Oct 1, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the Rays and Rangers. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7 p.m. ET. TAMPA BAY RAYS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Desmond Jennings, LF 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. B.J. Upton, CF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4.…

  17. NLDS Game 1 lineups: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Phillies. First pitch is scheduled for 5:07 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. Lance Berkman,…

  18. Report: Terry Francona, Red Sox likely to part ways

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

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    Stunning news tonight this morning out of Boston. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, manager Terry Francona is expected to leave the Red Sox organization after a meeting Friday morning with upper management. Allow Rosenthal to explain: While Francona’s departure is not certain, it is the likely outcome, in part because he is pressing for…

  19. Carlos Zambrano allowed back on Cubs’ 40-man roster

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

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    From Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune comes word that the Cubs have activated right-hander Carlos Zambrano from the disqualified list. Just in time for the start of the offseason. Big Z, you might remember, was suspended indefinitely in mid-August after walking out on his Cubs teammates following a blowout loss to the Braves. He…

  20. Rays turn to rookie Matt Moore for ALDS Game 1 start

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon is going all-in. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the bespectacled skipper announced late Thursday evening that rookie left-hander Matt Moore will take the mound Friday in Texas for Game 1 of the Rays’ ALDS matchup with the Rangers. James Shields probably would have been Maddon’s preferred option…

  21. Dustin Pedroia undergoing minor foot surgery Friday

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal comes word that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is scheduled to undergo minor surgery Friday on his left foot. The procedure, which has been scheduled since the start of spring training, will involve the removal of a stabilizing screw that was inserted into Pedroia’s foot…

  22. Matt Holliday unavailable for Game 1 of NLDS

    Sep 29, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

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    Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday hasn’t played since aggravating his injured right middle finger during Tuesday’s game against the Astros. And he’ll remain sidelined even as the postseason is set to begin. According to beat writer Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday has been ruled out for Game 1 of the Cardinals’ NLDS matchup…

  23. “Baseball is a sport for red-blooded men, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest”

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:26 AM EDT

    Ryan Theriot

    “Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.” Ty Cobb said that, more than 80 years ago.

  24. Chris Carpenter hurls shutout and Braves continue collapse as St. Louis captures Wild Card

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

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    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter defined the term “ace” Wednesday night in Houston, limiting the Astros to just two hits over nine scoreless innings. He issued only one walk and struck out 11 batters, throwing 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes. Every member of the St. Louis starting lineup netted a hit as the Redbirds…

  25. Chris Carpenter working on a gem, Cards stomping ‘Stros

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Thanks to a massive opening frame and a sprinkling of hits and runs in between, the Cardinals are leading the Astros 7-0 after six full innings. And it’s not just about the awoken offense. Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has surrendered just two hits over six scoreless innings. He has eight strikeouts and has issued just…

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