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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:26 AM EDT

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    “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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Hanley Ramirez: I’ll “definitely” be ready for Opening Day

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    New Miami Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen said during his introductory press conference Wednesday in south Florida that one of his primary goals is revilatizing the career of talented 27-year-old shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez, a .306/.380/.506 career hitter, batted just .243/.333/.379 in 385 plate appearances this season. He’s averaged 25 homers since arriving in the major…

  17. Cardinals mashing early, jump out to big lead on Astros

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals went right to work in the top of the first inning against Astros starter Brett Myers, providing an early 5-0 cushion for Chris Carpenter. Jon Jay singled through the left side of the infield, Allen Craig did the same, then Albert Pujols rocketed a ball off Minute Maid Park’s Crawford Boxes to tally…

  18. Chris Davis will undergo offseason hernia surgery

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

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    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that Orioles infielder Chris Davis will have sports hernia surgery soon after the end of the regular season. Davis is playing third base in Wednesday night’s season finale against the Red Sox, just as he’s done for the majority of this month, but he’ll go under the knife within…

  19. Dave Duncan rejoins Cardinals for regular season finale

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

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    If you’re into plots and storylines, you’ll love this. According to the Cardinals’ official Twitter feed, pitching coach Dave Duncan will return to the dugout for Wednesday night’s regular season finale against the Astros after missing nearly all of September to be with his wife, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. There’s no way…

  20. Colby Rasmus: “I still got a lot of stuff going on through my head from being in St. Louis”

    Sep 25, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

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    The eight-player trade that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto back in late July was supposed to have a liberating effect for the young center fielder. His relationship with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had reached a tipping point, and most assumed that the 25-year-old would begin to flourish in a new, less mentally-taxing environment. So…

  21. Carlos Gonzalez unlikely to play again this season

    Sep 25, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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    From Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is unlikely to return to the playing field this season. CarGo is still battling soreness in his banged-up right wrist and had a wisdom tooth extracted last week. He could probably push through the discomfort and function as a pinch-hitter or…

  22. Clay Buchholz could return to the Red Sox on Wednesday

    Sep 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

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    It appears Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will indeed return to the major leagues before the end of the regular season. Just before. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Buchholz is scheduled to pitch an inning Monday in the Red Sox’ fall instructional league down in Fort Myers, Florida. If the appearance goes…

  23. Tweet of the Day: Brad Pitt, sabermetrics’ biggest beneficiary

    Sep 25, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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    “Moneyball” opened in theaters nationwide on Friday and brought in $6.8 million within 24 hours. It’s on pace to gross more than $20 million by the end of the day Sunday, the highest total ever for the opening weekend of a baseball-related drama. Not that any of this was unexpected. Take a best-selling book, make…

  24. Mets likely to tender a contract to starter Mike Pelfrey

    Sep 25, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey has registered an underwhelming 4.58 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 190 2/3 innings this season, failing in many ways to build on his breakout 2010 campaign. But the arbitration-eligible starter is likely to be back in New York’s rotation next year anyway. According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark…

  25. Cardinals’ offer to Albert Pujols likely to remain in the range of $22 million per year

    Sep 25, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals tried to lock up first baseman Albert Pujols last offseason with a nine-year offer worth between $22 million and $22.5 million annually. Since the day that proposal was rejected by Pujols and his agent Dan Lozano, talks have not restarted. But they will in early November, when baseball’s best hitter will be just…

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