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  1. Maryland State Police investigating Yankees claims of autograph-seeking troopers

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    super troopers

    Remember that story yesterday about how the Maryland state troopers assigned to the Yankees dugout at Camden Yards ruffled some feathers by asking Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher for autographs in the middle of the ninth inning? Maryland State Police spokesperson Greg Shipley said they’re investigating the claims and have “reacted as if it did…

  2. Sandy Alomar expects to be part of Terry Francona’s staff

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Sandy Alomar

    Terry Francona beat out Sandy Alomar for the Indians’ manager job, but Alomar expects to stay in Cleveland as part of Francona’s coaching staff. “I’m a professional with one more year on my contract,” Alomar told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I expect to come back. Terry said he wants me on the…

  3. It is apparently “tremendously unethical and unfair” for MLB to schedule playoff games like it always has

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    protest sign

    Earlier I laughed at Nats fans who were complaining about the start time of tomorrow’s playoff game. But I’ll acknowledge this much: it’s ok to complain some. I mean, it is kind of annoying when your team gets stuck with a game you can’t watch. Shucks. Darn. That sort of thing seems quite alright. The…

  4. Best hitters in playoff history: Ruth, Gehrig and … Beltran?

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    The perception of Carlos Beltran‘s performance in the playoffs is largely built around his once taking an Adam Wainwright curveball for an NLCS-ending called third strike. That narrative, like many narratives, couldn’t be further from the truth. After homering twice last night Beltran has now gone deep 13 times in 25 career playoff games while…

  5. It doesn’t matter now, but Ichiro shoulda been called out last night

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Division Series - New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two

    It was fun as anything to watch, and because the Orioles won the game it ended up not mattering, but we can all agree that Ichiro should have been called out on that crazy Matrix/parkour play from the first inning last night, right? In case you were under a rock last night: Rule 7.08 of…

  6. Jaime Garcia’s shoulder injury has teammates “incensed” and team “skeptical”

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jaime Garcia

    Jaime Garcia was pulled from his Game 2 start after just two innings and the Cardinals have decided to remove him from the playoff roster after the left-hander complained of shoulder problems. And that’s where it starts to get interesting, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Garcia was apparently pitching at…

  7. Elimination Tuesday? The Athletics and Giants have their backs up against the wall

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Division Series - Cincinnati Reds v San Francisco Giants - Game Two

    Today marks the first day when a team could be eliminated from the division series. The Athletics and the Giants are both in action and both face 0-2 deficits. It’s do or die time, Bay Area baseball fans. The Giants find themselves in Ohio of all places, facing a pitcher who tossed a no-hitter 11…

  8. Rockies fire hitting coach Carney Lansford, third base coach Rich Dauer

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Carney Lansford, Troy Tulowitzki

    One day after Jim Tracy resigned as manager the Rockies announced that hitting coach Carney Lansford and third base coach Rich Dauer will not be brought back for 2013. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that no other coaching changes are forthcoming, although whoever is hired to replace Tracy will surely want to build…

  9. Bryce Harper gets a bit testy at a reporter

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    After yesterday’s Nats-Cards game, a reporter asked Bryce Harper if he’s been “overanxious” in the playoffs. Harper didn’t much care for the question, and snipped back at him, asking “do I look overanxious?  Maybe you should be the hitting coach.”  The exchange is at the 45 second mark: If about 98% of major league baseball…

  10. The Nats rotation is a cause for concern? But I thought that was impossible!

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg AP

    Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post on September 2: The four-man rotation, primed for October that I’ve described is Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler. So all of the pundits who say the Nats can’t go to the Series or even win it, just because they won’t have Strasburg, can kiss my press pass. Barry Svrgula of The…

  11. Nationals fans are not happy about a 1PM start time for tomorrow’s game

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    MLB-Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals

    The Nationals will host their first playoff game ever tomorrow, and the first home baseball playoff game for any Washington team since 1933. The game time? 1PM.  This is not making some folks in our nation’s capital happy. From the Post: “It’s the worst-case scenario,” said John Quinn, who had already purchased tickets for Wednesday’s…

  12. The most Yankees fan t-shirt ever

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Yankees logo

    Darren Rovell tweeted this a little while ago. Yes, Majestic actually made it and is selling it: Fact: a victim wearing this shirt is an absolute defense to assault and battery charges in 49 states and most of Long Island.

  13. The deke that shouldn’t have worked

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Division Series - New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two

    A random observation from last night’s Yankees-O’s game. In the third inning, Adam Jones singled. It should have scored J.J. Hardy, but Alex Rodriguez deked him into thinking he had the ball and was going to tag him. Hardy stopped at third when he could have scored without a throw. While the Orioles prevailed, in…

  14. And That Happened: Monday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 9, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Cardinals 12, Nationals 4: Just sayin’, teams that lose their starting pitchers early due to injuries are 2-0 this postseason. If I’m the Giants or the A’s tonight, I hope for Ryan Vogelsong and Brett Anderson to get hurt. The Cardinals blast the Nats, with two homers from Carlos Beltran. About whom, some guy from…

  15. No homers, no problem for Chris Davis

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:59 AM EDT

    Chris Davis

    When he’s not winning games as a reliever, Chris Davis is pretty much known as a home run guy. He hit three of them in a win over Toronto on Aug. 24, and he homered in six games in a row coming down the stretch, helping the Orioles lock up a wild card bid in…

  16. The Yankees gotta get Alex Rodriguez out of the three hole

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:28 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    I’m not going to go all “blame A-Rod” here. The fact is that baseball’s active home run leader wasn’t half bad on Monday night. He lined into a double play in his first at-bat, but that as just bad luck: the ball was scalded. He had a clean single his second time up. Of course,…

  17. Jim Johnson bounces back as Orioles even ALDS with Yankees

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

    Jim Johnson Getty

    Jim Johnson took the loss in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees last night by giving up five runs (four earned) in the ninth inning while retiring just one batter. But he redeemed himself tonight. Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves during the regular season, pitched a perfect ninth inning for…

  18. Derek Jeter drives in run to cut into Orioles lead

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

    Jeter Getty

    UPDATE: The Orioles got out of it. Darren O’Day struck out Alex Rodriguez swinging for the second out before Buck Showalter made another change, this time bringing in Brian Matusz. The southpaw issued an intentional walk to Robinson Cano before getting Nick Swisher to fly out to left field to end the inning. The Orioles…

  19. Jaime Garcia to be removed from NLDS roster due to shoulder injury

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

    Jaime Garcia Getty

    UPDATE: According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Garcia will be removed from the NLDS roster due to his shoulder injury. The Cardinals can replace Garcia on the roster, but this makes him ineligible to pitch if the club advances to the NLCS. Of course, depending upon the severity of the injury, it’s…

  20. Chris Davis puts the Orioles in front of the Yankees with a two-run single

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Chris Davis AP

    The Orioles have taken the lead over the Yankees in Baltimore. Chris Davis just knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Andy Pettitte in the bottom of the third inning to put the Orioles on the board and give them a 2-1 lead. Adam Jones followed Davis’ hit with a bleeder that went…

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