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  1. Nolan Ryan says Josh Hamilton picked the wrong time to stop dipping

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Lloyd Bridges

    Nolan Ryan spoke with ESPN Dallas about Josh Hamilton‘s late season struggles.  Ryan beat back the notion that Josh Hamilton somehow quit on the team — which should go without saying, but whatever — and noted that to the extent he had issues late, it was because he was simply in an unfamiliar situation and…

  2. Don’t wear white to the ballpark today, Nats fans

    Oct 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    White Out

    Ian Desmond took to Twitter last night to give Nats fans tips about the right way and the wrong way to show their Nattitude today: If your sitting behind home plate field level I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t wear white shirts. For those of u thinkin white out. — Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) October…

  3. Hunter Pence rallied the troops before last night’s game

    Oct 10, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Three

    Hunter Pence did more to add to his legend yesterday than most guys do all year. In addition to playing without functioning legs (more or less), he gave the Giants the Knute Rockne treatment before the game. Via Andrew Baggarly at CSNBayArea.com, here’s the speech he gave his teammates: “Get in here, everyone get in…

  4. Quote of the Day: Nats players pining for Strasburg

    Oct 10, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, Davey Johnson AP

    Ken Rosenthal has a “the Nats need Strasburg” column up today.  At the beginning, this nugget: “If we had ‘Stras, we’d be up 2-0,” one player told me Tuesday. It’s not like anyone can know that, but yikes that anyone would even say that in the first place, anonymously or not.  And, according to Rosenthal, it’s…

  5. That 1PM start time is gonna mess up traffic in D.C.

    Oct 10, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Traffic Jam

    That 1PM start time for today’s Nats-Cards game continues to exact a heavy price from innocent victims in our nation’s capital: Massive crowds are expected to descend on the Navy Yard area Wednesday for the first playoff game at Nationals Park, but the big problems could begin after the final out. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.,…

  6. And That Happened: Tuesday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 10, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Sergio Romo

    Giants 2, Reds 1: No one would ever get rich betting on things like “Scott Rolen will make a critical error on a relatively easy bouncer to third,” but that’s what happened. It was set up by a passed ball, allowing the winning run to get to third. The Reds have still not won a…

  7. Backs against the wall, Giants and A’s come through

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    With four teams combining on just 16 hits and five runs, Tuesday’s games were all about the pitching. Facing elimination, the Giants and A’s survived thanks to the strength of their rotations and bullpens. Tied 1-1 for most of the day, the Giants tried emptying their bench as a means to score a run in…

  8. Offense a problem for these Tigers

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Cliff Pennington, Delmon Young

    The Tigers possess MLB’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years in Miguel Cabrera and a second premium bat in Prince Fielder, but the offense as a whole is really quite average. And even average seems kind given its performance so far against the A’s in the ALDS. Shut out in Tuesday’s loss, the Tigers…

  9. Brett Anderson dazzles in Game 3 of ALDS as Athletics shut out Tigers and stay alive

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

    brett anderson getty

    A’s left-hander Brett Anderson made only six starts during the regular season and had not pitched since September 19 because of an oblique strain, so there was reason for concern about how he’d fare in Game 3 of the ALDS on Tuesday night against the Tigers. It didn’t take long for those concerns to disappear.…

  10. Coco Crisp makes exceptional catch in Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    crisp getty

    Oakland’s Coco Crisp failed to haul in a fly ball in center field in Game 2 of the ALDS on Sunday afternoon at Detroit’s Comerica Park, allowing the Tigers to tack on two runs in an eventual 5-4 Detroit victory. But the speedster just leapt out of the doghouse in the second inning of ALDS Game 3 tonight…

  11. Shaky Rolen should take a seat in Game 4

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    As costly as it was, Scott Rolen‘s second error of the NLDS, which scored the go-ahead run as the Reds lost in 10 innings, isn’t reason alone to stick him on the bench against San Francisco’s Barry Zito in Wednesday’s Game 4 in Cincinnati. But it doesn’t need to be. In Todd Frazier, the Reds…

  12. Giants break through in 10th inning of NLDS Game 3 against Reds to avoid elimination

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    joaquin arias getty

    Scott Rolen ranks among the best defensive third basemen in major league history and catcher Ryan Hanigan had a fantastic season behind the plate. But baseball can be an incredibly cruel sport. Hanigan let a Jonathan Broxton pitch get to the backstop with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, allowing Buster Posey…

  13. Giants and Reds head to extra innings in NLDS Game 3

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    The Reds scored one run on a Jay Bruce RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and San Francisco answered back on a sacrifice fly from Angel Pagan in the top of the third. But that’s where the scoring summary stops through nine innings of this NLDS Game 3 at Great American Ball…

  14. Homer Bailey loses no-hitter in sixth inning, Game 3 of NLDS remains tied at 1-1 in Cincy

    Oct 9, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

    bailey getty

    Reds right-hander Homer Bailey tossed a no-hitter on September 28 against the Pirates. Only 11 days later, he’s been almost equally as dominant. And on a much grander stage. Bailey carried a no-no into the sixth inning of this NLDS Game 3 against the Giants and has used just 77 pitches through those six frames…

  15. Giants tie NLDS Game 3 with one-run third inning

    Oct 9, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    gregor blanco getty

    A little bit of small ball has given the Giants life. After Gregor Blanco took a pitch off his shoulder and Brandon Crawford walked, Ryan Vogelsong laid down a sacrifice bunt that put two runners in scoring position with one out. Angel Pagan then launched a sacrifice fly to deep center field, pushing the Giants…

  16. Reds again strike first in Game 3 of NLDS vs. Giants

    Oct 9, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    jay bruce getty

    If the Giants want to remain alive in the 2012 postseason, they’ll have to get rolling soon. The hot-hitting Reds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Tuesday night’s NLDS Game 3 against the Giants and have now scored first in all three games of this five-game set. Zack Cozart walked,…

  17. Wanna buy Pete Rose’s personal copy of the document banning him from baseball?

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    The document which banned Pete Rose from baseball is up for auction: Now, Rose’s personal copy of the 1989 agreement—the only other original copy belongs to Major League Baseball—is being put up for bid by Goldin Auctions. In addition to Rose’s autograph, the pact features the signatures of Rose’s attorney, Giamatti and Fay Vincent, the…

  18. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Tigers vs. A’s

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s, in Oakland: DETROIT TIGERS OAKLAND A’S 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Coco Crisp, CF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Stephen Drew, SS 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B 5. Delmon…

  19. The Mets are expected to offer “in the neighborhood of $100 million” to David Wright

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are preparing an offer for David Wright: The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for star third baseman David Wright, people familiar with the team’s thinking said. That had better be a big neighborhood, because $100 million seems…

  20. David Ortiz undergoes ultrasound treatment, needs walking boot and 4-6 weeks of rest

    Oct 9, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    With the Red Sox and David Ortiz expected to begin contract talks next week the 36-year-old designated hitter underwent ultrasound treatments on his injured Achilles’ tendon yesterday. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Ortiz will be in a walking boot for the next 7-10 days and will be sidelined for a total of 4-6 weeks.…

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