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  1. Giants grab 5-1 lead over Cardinals in Game 2 of NLCS

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro Getty

    Marco Scutaro just exacted a bit of a revenge en route to giving the Giants a 5-1 lead over the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLCS. After being taken out at second base by Matt Holliday in the top of the first inning, Scutaro pulled a bases-loaded, two-out single into left field in the…

  2. Chris Carpenter evens things up against Giants with RBI double

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

    Getty Chris Carpenter

    Ryan Vogelsong retired David Freese and Daniel Descalso to begin the top of the second inning, but he paid dearly for issuing a two-out walk to Pete Kozma. Chris Carpenter — yes, Chris Carpenter — followed by doubling into the left-center field gap to score Kozma and tie the game at 1-1. Carpenter went 2-for-3…

  3. Angel Pagan’s solo homer gives Giants early lead over Cardinals in NLCS Game 2

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan AP

    After dropping Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals last night, the Giants are off to a quick start in Game 2. Angel Pagan delivered a leadoff solo home run off Chris Carpenter in the bottom of the first inning to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. He also hit a leadoff homer in…

  4. Brett Gardner could get a shot in the starting lineup

    Oct 15, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Brett Gardner Getty

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been resistant to use Brett Gardner in the starting lineup because he only has four at-bats in the majors (including one on Saturday) since his elbow injury in mid-April, but the team’s continued struggles on offense have them reconsidering matters. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was on the “The Michael…

  5. Giants leaning towards starting Tim Lincecum in Game 4

    Oct 15, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    The Giants’ Tim Lincecum said he was ready to pitch in relief tonight after throwing two scoreless innings in Sunday’s Game 1 against the Cardinals. However, it appears to be manager Bruce Bochy’s strong preference to reserve him for the Game 4 start, according to CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly. “We’d like to have that…

  6. NLCS Game 2 lineups: Cardinals vs. Giants

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants manager Bochy shakes hands with St. Louis Cardinals manager Matheny before the start of Game 1 of their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants, in San Francisco: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Buster Posey,…

  7. The Red Sox will not raise ticket prices for 2013

    Oct 15, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

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    Supply, meet demand: The Red Sox announced this afternoon that ticket prices at Fenway Park — already the highest in the majors — will not go up for 2013 … The freeze applies to season tickets and individual game sales. The Red Sox have not raised prices since 2011. Team president Larry Lucchino noted in the…

  8. LCS ratings are way up so far this year

    Oct 15, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    old TV

    Some of us may be lamenting the lack of fresh faces in the LCS, but the old reliable warhorses from New York, Detroit, St. Louis and San Francisco are drawing the ratings in the LCS so far.  Through the first three games: Through the first two days of LCS coverage, FOX  and TBS are averaging…

  9. Phillies hire Wally Joyner as assistant hitting coach

    Oct 15, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    wally joyner 86 topps

    As part of their coaching shakeup last month the Phillies fired hitting coach Greg Gross and replaced him with Steve Henderson, and today they announced that Henderson will also have an assistant hitting coach in Wally Joyner. Joyner spent 16 seasons in the majors as a lefty-hitting first baseman, batting .289 with more walks than…

  10. Mr. Wallach, where do you see yourself five years from now?

    Oct 15, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Tim Wallach

    Tim Wallach must have aced that question: Told Tim Wallach was very impressive in Red Sox interview. Not sure its enough to get the job. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) October 15, 2012   If he doesn’t get the job it’s probably because he whiffed on the “what is your greatest weakness” question. Dudes, no matter…

  11. People want to imagine David Ortiz going to Texas

    Oct 15, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    This is all in the realm of sportswriter speculation, not news or rumors, but twice in the last week I’ve seen people wondering if David Ortiz might join the Rangers if he can’t get a deal done in Boston.  First was Nick Cafardo, who considered a bunch of landing spots: David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox…

  12. Reds and manager Dusty Baker agree to two-year contract

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker and the Reds have agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced this afternoon. Baker’s deal expired once the Reds were knocked out of the playoffs by the Giants last week. He’s been Cincinnati’s manager since 2008, during which time the Reds are 419-391 (.517) and have made the playoff twice, losing in…

  13. Baseball is trying to get back into the Olympics

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Olympic Flag

    According to the Associated Press baseball and softball have joined forces in an attempt to become Olympic sports again. Both sports were removed from the Olympics after 2008 and if they’re added back it wouldn’t be until 2020. Apparently their joint bid, which will be presented officially in December, revolves around an abbreviated tournament and…

  14. Deep Thoughts: Playoff commercials edition

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    DirectTV jackass

    Because I DVR almost everything I watch on TV and 90% of my regular season baseball watching occurs on, the only time I ever really watch commercials is during the playoffs.  And, as anyone who has watched a lot of playoff commercials this fall knows, a handful of them are on HEAVY rotation. This…

  15. The BBWAA sets the dates for award announcements

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Gentlemen, mark your calendars so you can properly schedule your outrage:  the Baseball Writers Association of America has announced the dates on which it will announce its awards: Monday, Nov. 12: AL and NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards. Tuesday, Nov. 13: AL and NL Managers of the Year. Wednesday, Nov. 14: AL and NL Cy…

  16. Jason Isringhausen “pretty sure” he’s retiring

    Oct 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    isringhausen getty

    Jason Isringhausen said last month that he was “70-30″ in favor of retiring and this morning the 40-year-old Angels reliever reiterated that he’s likely calling it quits after 16 seasons in the majors. During a radio interview with KFNS-590 in St. Louis, where he played seven years, Isringhausen said: At this point, I’m pretty sure…

  17. The Yankees blame StubHub for the lack of sellouts

    Oct 15, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    old turnstile

    As has been noted all over the place, the Yankees haven’t been selling out their playoff games.  There are probably a lot of reasons for that, as any remotely complicated market phenomenon is impacted by multiple factors. The Yankees, however, think they have a culprit: The bigger problem, the official said, is that fans have become used…

  18. Cubs fire traveling secretary after 20 years in organization

    Oct 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    We don’t normally do traveling secretary news here at HardballTalk, but this seemed a little more interesting than usual. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have fired traveling secretary Jimmy Bank after 20 years in the organization and a total of 34 years as a traveling secretary for MLB teams. Sullivan…

  19. Pretty much everyone hates the Cardinals, right?

    Oct 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals slap hands after defeating the San Francisco Giants duringtheir MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco

    Will Leitch is probably the most notable Cardinals fan in the little corner of the Internet a lot of us call home. And something dawned on him over the weekend: I have spent so much time watching the Cardinals, reveling in their victories and agonizing in their defeats, that I had forgotten that the rest…

  20. Nick Swisher on Yankee Stadium booing: “It hurts … sometimes I’m a sensitive guy”

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT


    Nick Swisher broke from his usual “Roll Call” salute to fans in the Yankee Stadium bleachers yesterday because Bryan Hoch of reports that he was “stung by jeers he heard from the home crowd” during Game 1 of the ALCS. Here’s more from Swisher: That’s the last thing that I ever thought would be…

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