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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Sandy Alderson asked back for a 2nd interview with Mets

    Oct 17, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    mets logo on hat

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse predicted one week ago that the Mets have already decided on hiring Sandy Alderson to serve as the club’s next general manager. It looks like Price is going to be correct. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Alderson has been asked back for a second interview that will…

  19. Rockies, De La Rosa making little progress in contract talks

    Oct 17, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    Jorge De La Rosa registered a solid 4.22 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 20 starts this season, fanning 113 batters and walking only 55 over 121.2 innings. The Rockies were hoping to lock him up to a multi-year extension this offseason before he got a taste of the free agent market.  That plan is apparently…

  20. Joe Morgan and Jon Miller have not been re-signed by the World Wide Leader

    Oct 17, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    jon miller and joe morgan

    This is interesting.  It involves a bit too much speculation for our liking, but it is interesting. Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News suspects that baseball broadcasters Jon Miller and Joe Morgan might be done as a tandem at ESPN.  The two are scheduled to broadcast the World Series on ESPN Radio later…

  21. Bobby Valentine could wind up back at ESPN next season

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    valentine in suit

    ESPN analyst and former major league skipper Bobby Valentine has interviewed for a variety of managerial openings this offseason and has expressed interest in a few different gigs.  He is highly respected and has enjoyed success at nearly every level of baseball, and yet he hasn’t been offered a position by any club. Maybe his…

  22. Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures agree to put a halt to homophobic chant

    Oct 17, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Rays Yankees Baseball

    Score one for the eradication of discrimination.  At baseball stadiums, at least. According to Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News, several key members of Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures have agreed to put a halt to a cheer that for years has involved a homophobic slur. During the middle innings of games at Yankee…

  23. Dodgers complete three-year deal with left-hander Ted Lilly

    Oct 17, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported Saturday that the Dodgers and left-handed starter Ted Lilly were “close” on a new three-year contract. Now, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, that deal is complete. No financial details have been released because Lilly still needs to pass a physical.  That should take place early next…

  24. La Russa expected to return to Cardinals for 2011

    Oct 17, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan informed the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday that he will be returning for the 2011 season. And now it looks like manager Tony La Russa is about to make the same call. According to the Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, a person close to La Russa said Saturday that he would be…

  25. Duncan hoping to remain with Cards for three more years

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    The Cardinals still don’t know whether Tony La Russa will manage in 2011. But his longtime sidekick, pitching coach Dave Duncan, is locked in for at least one more year. Duncan told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday that he would like to coach for three more seasons in St. Louis before…

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