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  1. Milton Bradley says his wife’s charges are bogus

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

    Milton Bradley sitting

    We report when Milton Bradley gets arrested and gets restraining orders filed against him and stuff, so it only seems fair to give the man time for his own side.  Not saying I believe him or that he’s a good guy, but the fact is that stuff starts flying in domestic situations and, while you…

  2. Why would you ever hit-and-run with Pujols at the plate?

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 5 - St Louis Cardinals v Texas Rangers

    In addition to taking the blame for the bullpen phone snafu on Monday night, Tony La Russa yesterday explained the failed hit and run with Albert Pujols at bat and Allen Craig on first.  In doing so he confirmed what everyone suspected and what he himself briefly said on Monday: that Pujols has the authority…

  3. Photo of the Day: The Daily News trolls Yankees fans with Sabathia as a Red Sox

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Troll

    This is pretty fantastic. Oh, not the story, which makes absolutely no suggestion that the Red Sox would ever spring for CC Sabathia should he opt out of his deal with the Yankees. It’s just a “hey, what if …” kind of piece that you often see this time of year, especially from papers like…

  4. Red Sox expected to pick up Marco Scutaro’s option for 2012

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:00 PM EST

    Marco Scutaro

    New Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has plenty of important decisions awaiting him this offseason, but the status of Marco Scutaro looks like an easy call. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was told by “a source familiar with the Red Sox thinking” that the club is leaning toward picking up Scutaro’s $6 million option…

  5. Hong-Chih Kuo to miss All-Star series in Taiwan due to elbow soreness

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo was scheduled to pitch for the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star series next week against a group of MLB players, but it turns out he’ll skip the series due to left elbow soreness. Kuo has undergone four procedures on his elbow during his career, including two Tommy John surgeries.…

  6. Tony La Russa takes responsibility for bullpen mix-up

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Tony La Russa

    Tony La Russa tried to explain the bullpen phone mix-up following last night’s loss and failed miserably, seemingly throwing his bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist under the bus. Fortunately he sung a decidedly different tune in his comments to the press this afternoon at Busch Stadium. According to the Associated Press, La Russa took full responsibility…

  7. Lance Berkman to bat cleanup in Game 6 vs. Rangers

    Oct 25, 2011, 7:01 PM EST

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    As expected, the Cardinals are making some changes to their lineup for Game 6 of the World Series against the Rangers. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed that Lance Berkman will bat cleanup against the right-hander Colby Lewis tomorrow night (weather permitting, of course) while Matt Holliday will…

  8. Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson undergoes hip surgery

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chris Narveson underwent hip surgery today, but according to the Brewers’ statement they expect the left-hander to be fully healthy in time for spring training. Barring setbacks along the way Narveson will be in Milwaukee’s rotation after throwing 162 innings with a 4.45 ERA and 126/65 K/BB ratio this season. He shifted to the bullpen…

  9. You should order the Hardball Times Annual

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    THT Annual

    I’m happy to report that you can now order The Hardball Times Annual for 2012.  Get it here. For those unfamiliar, the THT Annual has scads of articles with history, commentary, analysis and, of course, retrospectives of the 2011 season by some of the best writers going. For the past few years I’ve contributed some…

  10. A’s decline $3.25 million option on reliever Michael Wuertz

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Wuertz_Michael

    Michael Wuertz was injured and ineffective this season, throwing just 34 innings with a 6.68 ERA, so it comes as no surprise that the A’s have declined their $3.25 million option on the 32-year-old reliever for 2012. Wuertz will receive a $250,000 buyout instead and may have to settle for a minor-league deal as a…

  11. It sounds like Mike Quade will have to interview to keep his job

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Quade

    There was a point during the Theo Epstein press conference today in which Epstein said that before he officially resigned from the Red Sox he felt like Milton from the movie “Office Space.” A man without a job, but no one would actually tell him about it. From the sounds of it, Cubs manager Mike…

  12. John Lackey to undergo Tommy John surgery, will miss 2012

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

    John Lackey

    Well, at least this explains why he couldn’t get anyone out. John Lackey traveled to California to have his elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum and the Red Sox announced today that he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery, knocking him out for all of 2012 and perhaps part of 2013. Lackey will earn $15.25 million while…

  13. Twins decline $12.5 million option on closer Joe Nathan

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    Joe Nathan

    UPDATE: It’s official, as the Twins announced that they’ve declined Nathan’s option and hope to re-sign him at a lesser salary. ========== No surprise, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “all signs point to the Twins declining Joe Nathan‘s $12.5 million option for 2012.” Nathan missed all of 2010 following Tommy…

  14. 2011 Projection Review: First basemen

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    What follows is a review of some of my 2011 projections for Rotoworld.com. I’m highlighting my preseason top five for each position and some other notables. If you missed the catchers last week, click here. I hope to bang the rest of these out a lot more quickly. First Basemen Preseason Top 5 Albert Pujols…

  15. The worst teams to ever win a World Series

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    1945 Tigers

    The Cardinals could still win this thing. Indeed, as Buster Olney pointed out today, Cardinals teams have faced a 3-2 deficit in World Series play five times before this one and on four of those occasions they came back to win games 6 and 7.  So, sure, it could happen. If they do, however, where…

  16. Blue Jays change policy, would block John Farrell from interviewing with Red Sox

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    john-farrell-blue-jays-presser

    There’s been some speculation that the Red Sox may be interested in hiring former pitching coach and current Blue Jays manager John Farrell to replace Terry Francona. Because of that the Blue Jays have changed their policy about granting teams permission to speak to their employees and team president Paul Beeston released this statement: Due…

  17. Should phone companies sponsor the bullpen phones?

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:02 PM EST

    La Russa Phone

    Did you know that the Chinese word for “crisis” is the same as that for “opportunity.”  Ha! Just kidding! That’s not true at all!  But it makes people feel better, so why not let ‘em go with it?  And besides, it’s not like there isn’t some truth to it. When bad things happen it gives…

  18. “Continuous rain” forecast could postpone Game 6 tomorrow

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    charlie brown rain

    Tomorrow night’s Game 6 matchup between Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia is in jeopardy, with the National Weather Service forecasting a 90 percent chance of rain. National Weather Service meteorologist Karl Sieczynski told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the rain is expected to start around noon and will “be present for most of the day…

  19. That one guy was right! It was Theo Epstein at the Starbucks!

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Theo Epstein was just introduced as the new President of the Chicago Cubs. There’s a press conference going on right now and Epstein is saying all manner of press conferency things. I’m sure we’ll have more about that later, but we felt the need to break away to report on the bombshell that was dropped.…

  20. Royals hire Dave Eiland as new pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    dave-eiland-and-joe-girardi-yankees

    Dave Eiland, who spent three years as the Yankees’ pitching coach before being let go following the 2010 season, has been hired by the Royals to fill the same role in Kansas City. Eiland spent this season as an advisor with the Rays and coached for years in the Yankees’ minor-league system before joining their…

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