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  1. Billy Beane wants to keep the band together

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    A’s GM Billy Beane spoke to the media this afternoon. When asked about the plans for next year, Beane said something you don’t hear from him as he enters the offseason all that often: he wants to keep the team together. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that Beane likes the group he…

  2. Jeremy Affeldt’s status in question after another weird injury

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jeremy Affeldt

    UPDATE: X-rays came back negative, so Affeldt is hoping to be available for Game 1 of the NLCS. ========== For the third time in the past 18 months Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt has suffered a weird injury. Back in late 2011 he sliced his right hand while separating hamburger patties for a barbeque and needed…

  3. MLB may be rooting for the Yankees tonight, but not for the reason you think

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Rain Comerica Park

    I assume that the powers that be at Major League Baseball always want to see the Yankees go far in the playoffs due to television ratings. But that’s old hat by now and goes without saying.  No, to the extent the suits are rooting for the Yankees today, it might have every bit as much…

  4. A-Rod on coming off the bench: “I’ll be ready”

    Oct 12, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    We heard the news about Alex Rodriguez being benched for Game 5, and the reaction from the manager, now here it is straight from the man himself: “Obviously I’m not happy and disappointed. You want to be in there in the worst way, but as I keep telling you guys, this isn’t a story about one…

  5. Mike Adams to have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

    Oct 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    mike adams getty

    Mike Adams struggled down the stretch before being shut down with neck and shoulder problems, and now the Rangers reliever will undergo surgery next week for thoracic outlet syndrome. That’s the same surgery Chris Carpenter underwent back in July, when it was called “season-ending.” Instead he made it back for September and won a playoff…

  6. The League Championship Series game times are announced

    Oct 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Schedule

    Hope that if the Nats make it in that no one is working the four to midnight shift in D.C. next Wednesday! Goodbye your life for the next couple of weeks.

  7. Joe Girardi on the A-Rod benching: “relationships aren’t perfect”

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    Joe Girardi faced the media after posting an A-Rod-free lineup for Game 5, and was pretty straightforward about why he benched his third baseman:  he rather stinks lately: “It is difficult. He has meant a lot to the organization, the game of baseball over the years,” manager Joe Girardi said. “And he has been a…

  8. Alex Rodriguez has Minnesota to thank for his playoff reputation not being even worse

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    minnesota nice

    If you think Alex Rodriguez has a terrible reputation for his playoff performance now, just imagine what things would be like without the Twins’ pitching staff around. As a lifelong Minnesotan and Twins fan I have some pretty vivid memories of A-Rod destroying my favorite team in the playoffs, and sure enough I crunched the…

  9. What’s the long-term plan for Dodger Stadium?

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Steve Dilbek talked to Stan Kasten about the plan for renovating Dodger Stadium. In the short term — meaning this offseason — there are a lot of things that are going to get done: upgrades to the electrical system and water pipes. A sound system tweak. Addition of more gathering areas. That sort of thing.…

  10. John Farrell on Red Sox’s reported interest: “I’m the manager of the Blue Jays”

    Oct 12, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    John Farrell; Marvin Hudson

    During an MLB Network Radio interview today Blue Jays manager John Farrell was asked about reports that the Red Sox are interested in hiring him away from Toronto to replace Bobby Valentine as their manager. Here’s his reply, via Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe: I am the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. That’s…

  11. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Adam Jones, CF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Chris Davis, RF 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B…

  12. A-Rod benched for Game 5

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez strikes out against the Orioles during Game 4 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    We don’t have the full lineups yet, but we have this much: ARod is benched for #Yankees, Ibanez is DH #MLB — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 12, 2012 Over/under on closeups of Rodriguez on the bench during the game: 157. I guess Joe Girardi was not impressed with Rodriguez’s track record against the Orioles’ starter,…

  13. Behold, the Jayson Werth cupcake

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    jayson werth cupcake

    After last night’s walk-off homer Fluffy Thoughts Cakes in Washington, D.C. decided to make a Jayson Werth cupcake to sell today for $5. Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post has a photo and it’s pretty great:

  14. Ahhh, now I see your game, Yankees and Orioles … clever. Verrryyy clever …

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Four

    Buster Olney passes on information that explains a lot: Rival scout:”The hitters in (NYY-BAL) series are executing so badly that the info the Tigers’ advance scouts are getting is almost useless.” — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 12, 2012 It’s not offensive impotence. It’s psy-ops. In other news: Column: #Orioles and #Yankees, like Affirmed & Alydar,…

  15. Game 5 odds: Nationals are slight favorites, Yankees are big favorites

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    With a pair of winner-take-all games tonight I thought it would be interesting to examine the Las Vegas betting lines (for entertainment purposes only, of course). In the early game the Yankees are -200 favorites over the Orioles, which means you’d have to risk $200 to win $100 on New York. During the regular season…

  16. Jaime Garcia may seek third opinion on shoulder injury

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jaime Garcia, Cameron Maybin

    Jaime Garcia traveled to New York to get a second opinion on his injured shoulder, but it sounds like the Cardinals left-hander is no closer to making a decision about potential surgery. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Garcia “may pursue an additional consultation with Dr. James Andrews.” Meeting with Dr.…

  17. Today is the 15th anniversary of the Eric Gregg game

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Eric gregg

    High Heat Stats reminds us that today is the 15th anniversary of the greatest ump show in the history of ump shows.  The day which explains why, every year, Livan Hernandez leaves half of a bottle of cognac and three roses on Eric Gregg’s grave. The box score.  And — though it sickens me to watch it…

  18. Photo of the Day: Max Scherzer’s celebration goggles are … appropriate

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Max Scherzer eyes

    Max Scherzer is cool for a lot of reasons, but one of the best things about him is that he rocks the Heterochromia iridum (i.e. he has two different eye colors). See: Which makes the goggles he wore for the celebration after last night’s Game 5 win over the A’s all the cooler: Best anniversary gift…

  19. Diamondbacks thinking about trading Jason Kubel or Gerardo Parra

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jason Kubel

    When the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to a two-year, $16 million contract last offseason there were lots of questions about how he fit in an outfield that already had Chris Young, Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra. It turned out that Parra was mostly the odd man out, starting a total of just 90 games one…

  20. Deep Thoughts: ex-Phillies edition

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Forgot to mention this earlier, but I was really wondering last night how it felt for Phillies fans to see Raul Ibanez play hero on Wednesday night and then, less than 20 hours later, seeing Jayson Werth play the hero for the Nats. If Scott Rolen had gone yard instead of striking out to end…

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