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  1. A’s pick rookie Jarrod Parker to start Game 1 against Tigers

    Oct 5, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Fittingly for a team that has relied so heavily on rookie pitchers all season the A’s have picked the youngest starter on the staff, 23-year-old Jarrod Parker, to take the mound in Game 1 of the ALDS against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. Parker, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of the Trevor…

  2. Twins fire or reassign all but one member of coaching staff

    Oct 5, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Rick Anderson, Ron Gardenhire

    Last year 99 losses and the AL’s worst record motivated the Twins to fire general manager Bill Smith a month after the season ended. This year 96 losses and the AL’s worst record led to immediate and sweeping changes to the coaching staff, as the Twins announced that everyone on Ron Gardenhire’s staff except for…

  3. Picture of the Day: David Ortiz made a new friend

    Oct 5, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    picture of the day

    David Ortiz posted this picture via Twitter, along with a note that read: “This big guy don’t know that l maybe good at baseball but not at swimming.”

  4. Angels sign catcher Chris Iannetta to three-year extension

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver, Chris Iannetta

    Chris Iannetta‘s contract included a $5 million mutual option for 2013, but the 29-year-old catcher and the Angels have torn that up and agreed to a new three-year, $15.5 million deal that runs through 2015. Iannetta fell out of favor in Colorado and was traded to the Angels last November for Tyler Chatwood. He missed…

  5. Wild Card Game lineups: Cardinals vs. Braves

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cardinals Braves Baseball

    Here are the Cardinals’ and Braves’ lineups for the Wild Card playoff game: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS ATLANTA BRAVES 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Michael Bourn, CF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Martin Prado, LF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Jason Heyward, RF 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Chipper Jones, 3B 5. Yadier Molina, C 5.…

  6. Tigers set ALDS rotation, push Max Scherzer to Game 4

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander AP

    Justin Verlander starting Game 1 was a given and today the Tigers announced the rest of their ALDS rotation against the A’s: Doug Fister in Game 2, Anibal Sanchez in Game 3, and Max Scherzer in Game 4. And then if the series goes to a Game 5 it would be Verlander getting the ball…

  7. Last time the Orioles were in the playoffs …

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    jim thome indians

    OK, so by now we’ve all heard plenty about how the Orioles are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. October 15, 1997 to be exact, when they lost 1-0 to the Indians in Game 6 of the ALCS on a Tony Fernandez homer off Armando Benitez in the 11th inning. I…

  8. Video of the Day: Everything On The Line

    Oct 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    video of the day

    To get everyone properly hyped up for the playoffs MLB Productions put together this great video showing some of the most memorable “everything on the line” moments in postseason history. (Warning: Will cause goosebumps.)

  9. Terry Francona interviewed with the Indians this morning

    Oct 5, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Terry Francona’s interview to replace Manny Acta as Indians manager took place this morning in Cleveland, as the team’s official Twitter account revealed: Terry Francona arrived at 8:15AM ET today. Even spent some time on the field with Chris Antonetti watching our employee softball game. — Cleveland Indians(@tribeinsider) October 5, 2012 Everything points to Francona…

  10. We bid our farewell to Tiffany Simons

    Oct 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany Simons

    A fair number of HBT Extra/Daily viewers watch those videos for reasons other than me and my nasally lisping of the day’s baseball stories.  Many watch because of the lovely and talented anchor, Tiffany Simons. For those folks I have some sad news: today’s videos — the AL and NL playoff previews — were Tiffany’s…

  11. Braves and Rangers are favored in Wild Card playoff games

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    gambling poster

    I’d never recommend using betting lines for actual betting, but the Las Vegas odds do provide a clear picture of which teams are the favorites and which teams are the underdogs. And that can be valuable come playoff time, when every player on every team loves to say stuff like “no one thought we would…

  12. HBT Extra: NL Playoff Preview

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Tiffany and I break down the NL participants, video-style.  And I get a bit animated when I talk about the Nationals. Just warning you.

  13. Phillies looking at Matt Stairs or Mike Sweeney as assistant hitting coach

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Matt Stairs

    Philadelphia fired multiple coaches immediately after the final game ended and the Phillies are doing some interesting things while piecing together the new staff. Not only will manager Charlie Manuel go without a bench coach next season, Jim Salisbury of reports that the Phillies will hire an assistant hitting coach and “have targeted” Matt…

  14. Brennan: reign in the post-clinching booze-blasts

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Nationals Werth shakes beer and champagne out of his hair while celebrating with teammates after they defeated the Phillies in Washington

    We see a lot of beer and champagne celebrations after teams clinch, well, everything. When I’m feeling particularly grumpy and humorless I tend to think that maybe teams should save such celebrations until they win the pennant at the very least because, really, these things are getting a bit rote and scripted and isn’t one…

  15. HBT Extra: AL Playoff Preview

    Oct 5, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

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    Tiffany and I run down each of the five AL playoff teams and size up the cut of their jib and all of that sort of business.

  16. Quote of the Day: Theo Epstein on the State of the Cubs

    Oct 5, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Cubs president Theo Epstein spoke with’s Patrick Mooney about the state of the Cubs.  The money quote: “The only way we can thread that needle so to speak is being transparent, and that means not selling a bill of goods,” Epstein said. “I’m not going to sit here and say: ‘Don’t worry about 101…

  17. NBC SportsTalk: Was Bobby V. to blame?

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    CSN New England’s Trenni Kusnierek and I were both on NBC SportsTalk last night, and each of us talked about a little bit of what doomed Bobby Valentine.  Trenni correctly notes that Valentine lost control of the team. I think that happened too and was ultimately fatal to him, the gobs of losses the Red…

  18. If the Red Sox want John Farrell, the Blue Jays won’t stand in the way

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    Matthew outlined a pretty good case against the Red Sox hiring former pitching coach and current Blue Jays manager John Farrell to be their next skipper.  But if they don’t heed Matthew’s advice, it seems like they’re going to have access to him: The #Bluejays are not expected to stand in the way of the…

  19. AL Wild Card Game Preview: Can the Rangers snap out of it?

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Orioles Rangers Baseball

    The Matchup: Baltimore Orioles (93-69) at Texas Rangers (93-69) The Time: Friday, 8:37 PM Eastern The Starting Pitchers:  Joe Saunders (3-3, 3.63 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish (16-9, 3.90 ERA) The Breakdown:  Watching the Rangers melt down these past couple of weeks — especially in game 162 vs. the A’s on Wednesday — one is tempted…

  20. NL Wild Card Game Preview: Do the Cardinals stand a chance?

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Cardinals Braves Baseball

    The Matchup: St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) at Atlanta Braves (94-68) The Time: Friday, 5:07 PM Eastern The Starting Pitchers:  Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.86 ERA) vs. Kris Medlen (10-1, 1.57 ERA) The Breakdown:  Yes, the headline is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Any team stands a chance in any one game.  This is baseball for crying out…

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