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  1. Raul Ibanez is a big, hairy monster

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman had some, well, interesting quotes after the Yankees got swept out of the ALCS on Thursday. Here’s one of them: Raul Ibanez didn’t hit in last year’s postseason for Philadelphia; he hit in this postseason for us in a massive way. Why did we gravitate to him? He’s left-handed, he’s got…

  2. Sean Burnett has bone spurs removed from elbow

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Sean Burnett Getty

    After pitching through elbow problems for much of the second half Nationals left-hander Sean Burnett underwent surgery yesterday to remove two bone spurs. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the bone spurs were “small” and the surgery was a minor one that “shouldn’t even interrupt his throwing program.” Burnett pitched remarkably well down…

  3. Tigers to stay sharp during layoff by playing games against minor leaguers

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Last time the Tigers were in the World Series, back in 2006, they had a six-day wait after winning the ALCS and manager Jim Leyland thought it hurt their performance. This time around Leyland will try to keep the Tigers sharp by having them play games this weekend against minor leaguers from their instructional league…

  4. Matt LaPorta undergoes hip surgery to repair torn labrum

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Matt LaPorta

    Matt LaPorta was already facing an uncertain future in Cleveland after repeatedly struggling in various stints with the Indians and now he’ll have to come back from hip surgery. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that LaPorta underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip and “will need three to four months…

  5. New York Post reacts to the Yankees’ playoff exit like only the New York Post can

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    new york post yankees

    Hopefully those Yankees who were “spooked” by getting booed at Yankee Stadium didn’t read the New York Post this morning:

  6. Picture of the Day: Kung Fu Panda in all his glory

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    picture of the day

    Sometimes a picture speaks for itself:

  7. Buster Posey and Fernando Rodney win Comeback Player of the Year awards

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Award season is upon us. MLB just announced that Giants catcher Buster Posey and Rays reliever Fernando Rodney are the Comeback Player of the Year winners, as voted on by MLB.com writers. Posey missed most of last season after breaking his ankle in a home plate collision, but returned to play 146 games while hitting…

  8. Will the Tigers use Jose Valverde in the World Series?

    Oct 19, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde hasn’t pitched since coughing up four runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Yankees on October 13, with Phil Coke emerging as Jim Leyland’s replacement closer choice. It’s obviously hard to imagine the Tigers turning back to Valverde as closer at this point, but will they even have enough confidence to use…

  9. Yankee Stadium boos “spooked a lot of guys” according to anonymous Yankee

    Oct 19, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week Nick Swisher talked about how getting booed by the home crowd at Yankee Stadium really upset him and apparently he wasn’t alone. John Harper of the New York Daily News spoke to an unnamed Yankees player who claims the booing affected the team’s performance: I really think the booing spooked a lot…

  10. And now the Giants’ season comes down to Barry Zito

    Oct 19, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Two years ago during the Giants’ championship run Barry Zito wasn’t even on the playoff roster, but now he’s starting Game 5 of the NLCS tonight with their season on the line. The good news is that the Giants have won 12 straight Zito starts dating back to August 7. The bad news is that…

  11. Brian Cashman on CC Sabathia: “We’re going to look at that elbow, no doubt about it”

    Oct 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia insisted after last night’s ugly outing that the elbow problems he dealt with earlier in the season weren’t an issue, but general manager Brian Cashman noted that the Yankees will ask him to get checked out anyway. “Let’s put it this way, we’re going to look at that elbow, no doubt about it,”…

  12. This just isn’t the time for Yankees to trade Alex Rodriguez

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    As far as I can tell, Alex Rodriguez committed two crimes this month. He played pretty horribly in the playoffs, which hardly put him among the minority of Yankees hitters, and he embarrassed his team by reportedly trying to get a woman’s digits from the dugout. In the case of the latter, absolutely no one…

  13. Cardinals will try to finish off the Giants in five

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:43 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    Is everyone all geared up to see the NL’s fifth best team and the AL’s seventh best team square off in the World Series? Of course, the Cardinals and Tigers have genuinely looked like baseball’s best teams during October. And if some would prefer neither had reached the postseason because they weren’t all that good…

  14. Jon Jay loves himself some home cookin’

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:20 AM EDT

    Jon Jay

    That Cardinals leadoff man Jon Jay has struggled at the plate in the postseason is undeniable. Also undeniable: the Cardinals have played seven games on the road and just four at home. Playing a second straight game in St. Louis on Thursday, Jay went 2-for-5 with a two-run double in the Cardinals’ 8-3 win over…

  15. R.A. Dickey undergoes abdominal surgery

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey Getty

    As expected, R.A. Dickey underwent surgery Thursday in Philadelphia to repair a torn abdominal muscle that he pitched through for most of the season. Dickey confirmed via his Twitter account earlier this evening that the surgery was a success. He’s expected to be ready for spring training. Dickey posted a 2.73 ERA and 230/54 K/BB…

  16. Giants’ catcher switch a complete bust for Bruce Bochy

    Oct 18, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum, Hector Sanchez

    The real question is why Hector Sanchez ever started catching Tim Lincecum in the first place this year. Yeah, Lincecum got off to an awful start this year with Buster Posey catching him. But who made that about Posey? Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner certainly didn’t have any problem with Posey. And Lincecum was extremely…

  17. Cardinals defeat Giants to take commanding 3-1 lead in NLCS

    Oct 18, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright Reuters

    The Cardinals are just one win away from joining the Tigers in the World Series. Behind an excellent pitching performance from Adam Wainwright and a relentless attack from their offense, the Cardinals defeated the Giants 8-3 tonight and now own a commanding 3-1 series lead in the NLCS. Wainwright had his curveball working tonight and…

  18. Cardinals pouring it on against Giants, lead 8-1 through seven innings in Game 4

    Oct 18, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

    Jon Jay AP

    UPDATE: The Cardinals added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh and now lead it 8-1. Yadier Molina delivered an RBI double off Guillermo Mota while Pete Kozma later had an RBI single against Jeremy Affeldt. 10:33 PM: The Cardinals are starting to pour it on against the Giants in Game 4 of…

  19. Jaime Garcia will attempt to rehab shoulder injury rather than undergo surgery

    Oct 18, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

    Jaime Garcia Getty

    Jaime Garcia appeared bound for shoulder surgery after receiving the same diagnosis from three different doctors last week, but it turns out he won’t go under the knife. At least not yet. According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Dr. James Andrews recommended that Garcia attempt to rehab a rotator cuff strain and inflammation in his…

  20. Cardinals chase Tim Lincecum, lead 4-1 through five innings

    Oct 18, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday Reuters

    Adam Wainwright has some more cushion to work with going into the top of the sixth inning. The Cardinals tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and currently lead the Giants 4-1 in Game 4 of the NLCS. They got the first run after Matt Carpenter just missed a home…

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