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  1. Joe Mauer won’t require another knee surgery

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

    mauer stretching

    Twins catcher Joe Mauer underwent an MRI this week on his surgically-repaired left knee that showed only inflammation.  That means that he will not need another procedure this offseason and that only “rest and rehab” will be required for a full recovery. Twins GM Bill Smith relayed this information to MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier on Thursday…

  2. Giants outfielder Jose Guillen linked to HGH shipments

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    guillen big head

    Some breaking news here from Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times. Giants outfielder Jose Guillen was left off San Francisco’s postseason roster this month not because of his poor play, but because he is being investigated currently for ties to performance-enhancing drugs. According to Schmidt’s report, Guillen had packages of human growth hormone…

  3. Tim Wakefield honored with Roberto Clemente Award

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield waves at a news conference where he was awarded the Roberto Clemente award before Game 2 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award is handed out annually to a player who “combines on-field excellence with extraordinary community endeavors.”  Or so says Alex Speier of the great WEEI.com.  This year, Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield was given the honor at a press conference before Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco.  A note…

  4. MLB grants Mets extension for discussions with Takahashi

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    takahashi shrugging

    As Aaron pointed out earlier today, the Mets have been working hard to get an extension on their deadline for contract talks with impending free agent Hisanori Takahashi.  A clause in the left-hander’s contract states that a deal must be worked between the two sides by October 31 of this year, but Takahashi changed agents…

  5. Pedro Martinez is again considering a comeback

    Oct 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    pedro martinez shaving

    Veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez sat out for the entire 2010 season because of a lack of personal motivation and an eventual lack of interest from big league teams.  He’s hoping things are different in 2011. Martinez trained Thursday with the Licey Tigers of the Dominican Winter League and told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that…

  6. Rangers in trouble as Cliff Lee falls in Game 1 to Giants

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    Giants' Sanchez celebrates scoring a run next to Rangers' Lee during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Cliff Lee was 7-0 in his first eight postseason starts.  He shut out the Yankees in the ALCS and struck out 21 Tampa Bay hitters in two ALDS starts before that.  He was supposed to be unbeatable in big games.  He was supposed to handle the Giants with ease.  He was supposed to lead the…

  7. Willie Mays calls in sick for ceremonial first pitch

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

    willie mays in suit

    The Giants invited six legends from the franchise’s past to throw out the first pitch Wednesday before Game 1 of the World Series at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.  Unfortunately, only five could make it. Willie Mays, called the greatest player of all time in some circles, had to call in sick for the pre-game ceremony. …

  8. Barry Bonds hoping Giants consider him for coaching gig

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

    bonds in att park

    When the Cardinals named Mark McGwire as their hitting coach last offseason it was first met with shock.  Then criticism.  Then questions.  Then McGwire apologized, the season started and all of the media hype sort of just … went away. Would we see the same reaction if Rafael Palmeiro was suddenly named the Orioles’ hitting…

  9. Placido Polanco scheduled to undergo elbow surgery Friday

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

    polanco throwing

    Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco played most of the 2010 season with a painful bone chip in his left elbow.  He also struggled with back problems near the end of the year and into October.  One of those ailments will be taken care of Friday. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Polanco is…

  10. Blue Jays exercise $1.2M option on Jose Molina

    Oct 27, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    molina in black

    From John Lott of Toronto’s National Post comes word that the Blue Jays have exercised catcher Jose Molina’s $1.2 million option for the 2011 season. No surprise here.  John Buck had an exceptional 2010 campaign as the Blue Jays’ starting catcher, tallying 20 homers and an 802 OPS over 409 at-bats, but he will be…

  11. Halladay suffered mild groin pull in his Game 5 start

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    halladay wiping sweat

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel informed the media after Thursday’s NLCS Game 5 victory that staff ace Roy Halladay suffered a mild pull in his groin during the second inning of his seven-inning effort against the Giants.  This according to Major League Baseball’s official Twitter feed. Halladay was obviously able to pitch through the pain, but…

  12. Phillies push NLCS to Game 6 with 4-2 victory in San Fran

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:23 PM EDT

    halladay on mound at att park

    Just as the Yankees did Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS, the Phillies have pushed their NLCS matchup with the Giants to a Game 6. Phillies ace Roy Halladay had a little trouble early on, both in finding the strike zone and during a first-inning stare-down with Giants outfielder Pat Burrell, but the right-hander…

  13. Giants move back within a run as Game 5 grows late

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:41 PM EDT

    cody ross giving high five

    Here come the Giants. Cody Ross entered this NLCS Game 5 with an incredible .357/.438/.893 batting line, four home runs and eight RBI over 28 postseason at-bats.  So you can probably guess what he did in his fourth-inning plate appearance against Phillies starter Roy Halladay.  (Hint: it was, uh, pretty clutch). Ross ripped a run-scoring…

  14. Phillies tally three runs in the 3rd, Giants now trail

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    polanco fist bump

    How quickly things change in the game of baseball. Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez kicked off the top of the third inning with a bloop single to right-center field, Carlos Ruiz got hit by a pitch, then a bunt by Roy Halladay that should have been called foul was, for some reason, ruled fair. An error…

  15. Lincecum cruising as Giants take early Game 5 lead

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:39 PM EDT

    lincecum big

    Giants fans couldn’t have asked for a better start. The remaining members of the San Francisco-based Grateful Dead belted out the National Anthem in style, starter Tim Lincecum retired the Phillies in order in the first inning and the rain that settled over AT&T Park during pregame festivities was light and nonthreatening. Then Andres Torres…

  16. Braves may trade Kenshin Kawakami back to Japan

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:11 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Atlanta Braves

    It looks like the Braves may cut ties this winter with one of their 2010 season-opening starters. According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, a Japanese club has expressed interest in acquiring right-hander Kenshin Kawakami from Atlanta and may be willing to eat around $3 million of the $6.67 million that remaining on his contract. If those…

  17. John Farrell likely to be named Blue Jays’ next manager

    Oct 21, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT

    john farrell in jacket

    Peter Gammons, now working for the MLB Network, MLB.com and NESN, heard from three MLB general managers Thursday that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is going to be named the Blue Jays’ next skipper. Legendary Toronto manager Cito Gaston stepped down at the end of the 2010 season and the Jays went on an…

  18. Nelson Cruz expects hamstring to be fine for Game 6

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:39 PM EDT

    cruz watching homer

    As noted in our handy little ALCS Game 5 Live Blog, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was pulled from Wednesday’s game because of tightness in his left hamstring — the same hamstring that forced him to the disabled list twice this year.  He landed on the disabled list a third time with right hamstring problems. For…

  19. Yanks push ALCS back to Texas with Game 5 victory

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Trailing 3-1 in this year’s seven-game ALCS against the Rangers, the Yankees’ offense finally decided to wake up on Wednesday evening in New York. Jorge Posada kicked off the game’s scoring with an RBI single in the second inning, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers in the third and Lance Berkman even registered…

  20. ALCS Live Blog: Rangers-Yankees ALCS Game 5

    Oct 20, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    ALCS logo

    7:55 PM: That’ll do it.  Yankees win 7-2 and we’re headed back to Texas for Game 6. 7:46 PM: Yep, here comes Mo.  It’s a non-save situation, but Rivera hasn’t pitched in five days and needs a little work. 7:35 PM: This one is just about over.  Granderson just launched a line drive homer to…

  21. Braves’ Jurrjens undergoes surgery on right knee

    Oct 20, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Braves starter Jair Jurrjens underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee Wednesday. The procedure, done by Dr. James in Andrews in Alabama, was deemed a success. Jurrjens injured his right knee during a late-September bullpen session and did…

  22. Grim LeRogue to be arraigned bedside on Thursday

    Oct 20, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    Man Who Ran Onto Feild In Game 3 Of ALCS Obsessed With Cameron Diaz.

    Ian Begley of ESPN New York has an update on Grim LeRogue — the man who was arrested for running on the field during Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. LeRogue will have a bedside arraignment Thursday at New York’s Lincoln Hospital, where he has been held since the incident.  A judge will…

  23. Talks between Cards and Westbrook already “taking place”

    Oct 17, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Things are falling into place for a long-term marriage between the Cardinals and right-hander Jake Westbrook.  The free agent told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in September that he would “definitely” be interested in returning to St. Louis and GM John Mozeliak shared the same feeling last week. Now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com…

  24. NLCS Game 2 lineups: Giants vs. Phillies

    Oct 17, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    game 1 of nlcs

    The lineups are in for Game 2 of the NLCS, set for Sunday evening at 8:00pm ET. Giants CF Andres Torres 2B Freddy Sanchez 1B Aubrey Huff C Buster Posey LF Pat Burrell SS Juan Uribe 3B Mike Fontenot RF Cody Ross SP Jonathan Sanchez Phillies CF Shane Victorino 2B Chase Utley 3B Placido Polanco…

  25. Francisco Rodriguez has made plans to play winter ball

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    k-rod running in from bullpen

    Francisco Rodriguez was placed on the restricted list in mid-August after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father inside the walls of Citi Field.  He did not throw another pitch and was not paid over the last month-plus of the regular season. Hey may never pitching again for the Mets, but, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN…

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