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  1. World Series Game 2 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 2

    Game 2 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals is set to get underway just after 8:00 p.m. ET Thursday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Hang with us from the first pitch to the last as we dissect the players, the broadcast, and all of the evening’s controversial managerial moves. OK, “dissect”…

  2. Arthur Rhodes wants to pitch one more season

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

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    Veteran left-hander Arthur Rhodes told the media before Game 2 of the World Series Thursday at Busch Stadium that he is hoping to continue his major league career for one more season. This according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Rhodes posted an underwhelming 4.64 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 51 regular-season appearances this year between the…

  3. Mets cut ties with Japanese righty Ryota Igarashi

    Oct 20, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

    igarashi getty wide

    From beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that the Mets have released right-hander Ryota Igarashi, a native of Chiba, Japan. Igarashi proved to be a bust soon after signing a two-year, $3 million major league contract with the Mets in the winter of 2009. Over 69 total big league innings —…

  4. Beer in the clubhouse and the dugout? In Yankee Stadium? Yes!

    Oct 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    generic beer

    The beer drinkers in Boston? Amateurs. Pikers. For real beer drinking, you gotta read this New York Daily News story about the Yankees, based on reports from “insiders”: According to one of the insiders, Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens would routinely drink beer on the dugout bench when they played for the Yankees, passing back and forth what Giambi called…

  5. Rangers will start Harrison in Game 3, Holland in Game 4

    Oct 20, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    UPDATE: It’s official now. Harrison in Game 3 and Holland in Game 4. ========== No official announcement has been made yet, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are expected to start left-hander Matt Harrison in Game 3 of the World Series. That means fellow southpaw Derek Holland would be in line to…

  6. World Series Game 2 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Jon Jay, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Matt…

  7. The saga of the Lake County Fielders

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

    Lake County logo

    Remember back in July how we wrote about the Lake County Fielders? That independent team that had the announcer quite on the air after ripping the organization a new one? And had a player boycott when the team didn’t pay them, leading to crazy stuff like Jose Canseco pitching? Well, today Don Babwin of the…

  8. UPDATE: Theo, Hoyer to the Cubs is ALMOST a done deal

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    UPDATE:  OK, not everything is done. Edes just updated his tweet: To clarify: Hoyer as Cubs GM, Byrnes as Padres GM is done. Epstein to Chi not yet resolved per compensation. Review of medicals remains So, yeah, not quite yet the big news we expect. 3:25 PM: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston just tweeted that the…

  9. Confirmed: Angels met with Rays GM Andrew Friedman

    Oct 20, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    This morning Jason Collette of DRaysBay reported that Rays general manager Andrew Friedman dined Tuesday night with Angels owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms the story. Rosenthal adds that Friedman is the Angels’ top choice to replace Tony Reagins as general manager, although Friedman’s level of interest…

  10. Picture of the Day: Tony La Russa’s mohawk

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    Tony La Russa

    It was windy at Busch Stadium prior to last night’s game, so Tony La Russa channeled his inner-Donald Trump for a temporary mohawk:

  11. HBT Extra: Looking back at Game 1

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:56 PM EST

    Texas Rangers second baseman Esteban German flips his bat after his second strike with two on and two outs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 7th inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Tiffany and I take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Game 1 of the World Series

  12. Ozzie Guillen is open to Hanley Ramirez switching positions

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Ozzie Guillen met with Hanley Ramirez earlier this week and indicated afterward that he’s open to the Marlins’ star shortstop possibly switching positions. “I just got there and I just want him on the field no matter where,” Guillen told Adam Berry of MLB.com. “If he has to be a shortstop, it’s shortstop. If he…

  13. Thhhheeee Yankees win!

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

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    Sorry, I’m going to let the real world intrude on our baseball world here for a minute.  From a report of Muammar Qaddafi’s capture/death today: A fighter in Sirte has told the BBC his account of the reported capture. Mohammed, a young fighter in his 20s, wearing a blue T-shirt and a New York Yankees…

  14. Will the Rangers’ runners keep testing Yadier Molina’s arm?

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Running has been a big part of the Rangers’ offense all year, as they ranked fourth among AL teams in steals during the regular season and swiped seven bases in 10 games through the first two playoff rounds. Texas tried to get that running game going right away in Game 1 of the World Series…

  15. Great Moments in Tortured Metaphors: The Red Sox were unsinkable!

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    TITANIC 11/26/97 HO

    Rob Bradford of WEEI apparently didn’t read Pete Abraham’s column from yesterday in which Pete made a great case for chilling out about the Red Sox’ recent troubles.  About how this stuff happens on lots of teams and that, because of that, it makes little sense to make this into some sort of high and…

  16. Jerry Dipoto looks like the favorite for Orioles’ GM job

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Jerry DiPoto

    Jerry Dipoto of the Diamondbacks and Tony LaCava of the Blue Jays are the two general manager candidates who’ve already interviewed with the Orioles and a third candidate, Dan Jennings, likely won’t be allowed to interview because the Marlins blocked the request. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun believes Dipoto is the current favorite to…

  17. A Cubs/Theo Epstein deal could be done as soon as today

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that “significant progress has been made” in negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox over compensation to be paid in exchange for the Sox letting Theo Epstein out of his contract to join the Cubs.  Kaplan says that a deal could be done as soon as today and that, pending…

  18. Padres “have internally discussed” trading for John Lackey

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    John Lackey

    San Diego’s front office is in a state of flux amid rumors that Theo Epstein could take various Padres staffers with him to the Cubs, but in the meantime they’re apparently talking about taking John Lackey off the Red Sox’s hands. Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres “have internally…

  19. Jim Crane wants $50 million to switch the Astros to the American League

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:07 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    How much is a league-switch worth?  According to this story in the New York Post, Jim Crane thinks it’s worth $50 million: Potential Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is looking to cut $50 million from the purchase price of the team in exchange for the Astros switching leagues, The Post has learned … Sources told The Post that…

  20. A’s want pitching coach Curt Young back from Red Sox

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Curt Young

    Right around this time last fall Curt Young resigned as A’s pitching coach to take the same job with the Red Sox, but a year later Young may be returning to Oakland. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Young “is expected to be reeled back to the Bay Area by the end of the month”…

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