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

    Oct 9, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

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    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Ryan Howard needs surgery for ruptured Achilles’ tendon

    Oct 8, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Oct 6, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    ian stewart getty

    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’…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.…

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

    Oct 2, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    cano square reuters

    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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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