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  1. Rangers won’t make pre-free agency offer to Josh Hamilton

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    josh hamilton ap

    This afternoon the Rangers held their season-ending press conference with reporters and among the interesting tidbits passed along by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is that they won’t make Josh Hamilton an offer before he hits the open market. Obviously it’s unlikely that Hamilton would have passed up free agency anyway and Nolan Ryan did not…

  2. Game times released for the rest of the division series

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    schedule planner

    Major League Baseball just released the game times for the remainder of the division series. Here are your Thursday and Friday game times. Assume all of the “if necessaries” as applicable: THURSDAY NLDS Game 5, SF @ CIN: 1:07 p.m. (ET) TBS NLDS Game 4, STL @ WSH: 4:07 p.m. (ET) TBS ALDS Game 4, BAL @ NYY: 7:37…

  3. On the silence from Bobby Valentine

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Buster Olney makes the following observation about the post-firing Bobby Valentine: Rival officials believe that Bobby Valentine’s relatively muted response to his firing may be tied to some kind of financial incentive, which is not uncommon in the sport. In other words, people are sometimes paid to not criticize. Yes, non-disparagement clauses are common. Of course, given…

  4. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Giants vs. Reds

    Oct 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    bruce bochy and dusty baker

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Giants and Reds, in Cincinnati: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS CINCINNATI REDS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 1. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 2. Zack Cozart, SS 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 3. Joey Votto, 1B 4. Buster Posey, C 4. Ryan Ludwick, LF 5.…

  5. The Cardinals remove Jaime Garcia from the playoff roster, add Shelby Miller

    Oct 9, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    shelby miller getty

    Aaron noted this morning that Jaime Garcia‘s health status was weird.  But now it’s moot. The Cardinals just announced that Garcia has been removed from the postseason roster and will be replaced with Shelby Miller. Miller will almost certainly be slated for the pen, but I suppose weirder things have happened than giving him a…

  6. Steve Stone says he’s sticking with Hawk Harrelson

    Oct 9, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    harrelson and stone

    When the Diamondbacks officially fired their television announcing duo of Daron Sutton and Mark Grace there was speculation that they might try to hire Steve Stone away from the White Sox and then Stone fanned the flames a bit by playing sort of coy about his status beyond this season. That changed today, as Stone…

  7. Red Sox to start contract talks with David Ortiz next week

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    General manager Ben Cherington has said that the Red Sox hope to re-sign free agent David Ortiz and Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston talked to a team source who says negotiations will begin “at some point next week.” According to McDonald the two sides have had some informal talks already, but things are expected to…

  8. The Rockies managerial candidates include … Jason Giambi?

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi (23)

    Jim Tracy resigned and the Rockies are trying to figure out who might replace him.  Troy Renck names some names: The Rockies determining whether will stay in-house or look at external managerial candidates.In-house: Runnells, Cole, maybe Giambi — Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) October 9, 2012 Outside candidates surely to come up if Rox look that way:…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.

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