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  1. Hunter Pence providing no protection for Buster Posey

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    The Giants acquired Hunter Pence to drive in runs hitting behind Buster Posey. And that’s exactly what he did in the regular season. In 59 games after coming over from the Phillies, Pence racked up 45 RBI. That pace would have led the NL had he maintained it for the full year. Of course, it’s…

  2. Giants to start Tim Lincecum in Game 4, Barry Zito in Game 5

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

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    The Giants made it official after the Game 3 loss to the Cardinals, naming Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito their starters in St. Louis the next two days. Madison Bumgarner, who took the loss in Game 1 after allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings, will spend the rest of the NLCS in the bullpen.…

  3. Cardinals win rain-soaked Game 3 of NLCS against Giants

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

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    It took over six hours — due to a rain delay that lasted more than three — but the Cardinals topped the Giants by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday evening in Game 3 of the NLCS at a wet Busch Stadium. Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse was far from sharp, yielding seven hits and a season-high…

  4. Carlos Beltran could play in NLCS Game 4 on Thursday despite suffering left knee injury

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Refreshing news here for anxious Cardinals fans. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the knee injury that Carlos Beltran suffered in first inning of Wednesday’s NLCS Game 3 is “not serious” and the veteran outfielder “could play tomorrow.” Beltran was initially diagnosed with a left knee strain, but it sounds more like he’s merely dealing…

  5. NLCS Game 3 back on after delay of more than three hours

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

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    7:03 PM ET: The skies have opened up at Busch Stadium and Game 3 of the NLCS is in a delay. The Giants took a 1-0 lead on a Pablo Sandoval RBI groundout in the top of the third inning, but the Cardinals have provided all the scoring since. Matt Carpenter launched a two-run homer…

  6. Game 4 of ALCS postponed due to rain in Detroit

    Oct 17, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

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    From Bryan Hoch of MLB.com comes word that Game 4 of the ALCS has been postponed due to rainy conditions in and around Comerica Park. It will be made up at 4:07 p.m. ET on Thursday. CC Sabathia and Max Scherzer didn’t even bother warming up, so they’ll both be fresh for the makeup. The rest of…

  7. ALCS Game 4 will not begin on time due to rain in forecast

    Oct 17, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

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    Rain, rain, go away. And all that sort of stuff. Game 3 of the NLCS was pushed into a rain delay in the bottom of the seventh due to storms blowing through downtown St. Louis, and now Game 4 of the ALCS has also been affected by wet weather. Neither starting pitcher has warmed up…

  8. Bob Brenly won’t return to Cubs broadcasts in 2013

    Oct 17, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

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    There’s been speculation for the past few weeks that Bob Brenly might leave the WGN booth for an opening as a broadcaster for the Diamondbacks. And it appears we’re indeed headed that way. According to ESPNChicago.com, Brenly informed the Cubs on Wednesday that he will not be back in 2013 and will “seek another baseball…

  9. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

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    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  10. Tweet of the Day: I guess it isn’t “FlirtGate” after all

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    The fact that this even had to be said is a testament to how utterly looney the New York press corps can be at times: Cashman says A-Rod’s benching is purely baseball related, and nothing to do with story that he flirted with women during game. #Yankees — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 17, 2012 So…

  11. ALCS Game 4 lineups: A-Rod, Granderson benched

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers, in Detroit: NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS 1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Nick Swisher, RF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 5.…

  12. The Tigers are about to make some history

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    Rany Jazayerli with a good find today: The Tigers would be the first team to ever defeat the Yankees in three straight postseason matchups (2006, 2011, 2012). — Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) October 17, 2012   Indeed, only two teams before the Tigers have ever done it in two straight: the 2002 and 2005 Angels and…

  13. Carlos Beltran leaves Game 3 with knee injury

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Carlos Beltran grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and then left Game 3 of the NLCS with what the Cardinals have announced as a strained left knee. Matt Carpenter replaced Beltran in right field to begin the second inning. Beltran has been dealing with a hand injury, but it didn’t stop him…

  14. Derek Jeter to have surgery on Saturday; 4-5 month recovery time

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

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    The New York Yankees just announced, as was suspected, that Derek Jeter is going to have surgery on Saturday.  The expected recovery time is 4-5 months. That puts him on schedule for the start of spring training and thereabouts, assuming no complications.

  15. Blue Jays claim Cory Wade off waivers from Yankees

    Oct 17, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Joe Girardi removes Cory Wade in MLB game with Chicago White Sox in New York

    When the Yankees designated reliever Cory Wade for assignment last week I wrote that he could help quite a few teams as a bullpen option for 2013 and it turns out one of the other AL East teams agreed. Toronto claimed Wade off waivers, presumably to give the 31-year-old right-hander a shot at winning a…

  16. UPDATE: Olbermann’s Yankees-Marlins A-Rod trade report already shot down

    Oct 17, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    UPDATE: That was fast: Yankees GM Brian Cashman says a report of A-Rod discussions with Marlins is “not true.” — Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) October 17, 2012   And let’s not forget that A-Rod has a full no-trade clause. If he was going to allow a trade anywhere it may be Miami because he lives there,…

  17. Ryan Ludwick turns down his mutual option with the Reds

    Oct 17, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Jon Heyman says that Ryan Ludwick will turn down his part of the $5 million mutual option he was with the Reds for 2013.  The Reds, however, will still try to keep him. A no-brainer for Ludwick, who put together a nice season — .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs, 80 RBI — and is entering…

  18. MLB’s media dress code not universally well-received

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and Brandon Phillips

    Before the season began, Major League Baseball instituted a dress code for reporters, the requirements of which aren’t universally well-regarded, especially by some women. In part because the restrictions make working in the hot summer weather pretty uncomfortable. In part because of potential double-standards. And in part because it seems like it’s addressing either a…

  19. Breaking news: Gregor Blanco is not Melky Cabrera

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Gregor Blanco, Melky Cabrera

    Some dispatches from the Giants’ pregame media session: Giants send Gregor Blanco to the pregame press conference. National reporter starts question with “Melky, the Giants…” #fail — Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) October 17, 2012 gregor blanco seems like a terrific guy. writer accidentally called him “melky,” and he gregor didnt take a swing at him. —…

  20. What do the rock stars think about the AL MVP debate?

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Handsome Dick Manitoba

    Everyone else has an opinion. Why not folks like George Thorogood, Scott Ian and Pete Yorn? Dan Epstein continues to his Rolling Stone series in which he asks baseball fan musicians their thoughts on the great issues of the day. And who knew that Handsome Dick Manitoba was a stathead trapped in his mother’s basement? For the AL,…

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