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  1. Your Official HardballTalk World Series Preview

    Oct 18, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    Ron Washington

    Boston beats Philly in six games. Mark it down. Oh, wait.  The accepted narrative was upset weeks ago. None of the 45 ESPN experts — and to be honest, none of us here — picked the Rangers to face the Cardinals back in the spring. It made some amount of sense to pick against the…

  2. Dave Duncan has a lot on his mind

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    We’ve touched on this before, but in case you were unaware, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan missed a lot of time late in the season to be with his wife who underwent brain surgery for a tumor. Dave has been back for the playoffs, largely because his wife Jeanine’s insistence that he do so. Today Mike Lopresti…

  3. Michael Young = Derek Jeter

    Oct 18, 2011, 7:09 AM EST

    Michael Young dugout

    In the wake of my Michael Young post from yesterday, I was drawn into a little Twitter skirmish with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, who called the post “boneheaded,” and said I didn’t understand or appreciate Michael Young. What Evan missed, I think, was that I wasn’t criticizing Young as much as I…

  4. Report: Announcement on Theo Epstein likely several days away

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:26 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Don’t hold your breath for a quick resolution with the Theo Epstein situation. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com heard from a source Monday that “significant work” remains in talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for the former Boston GM. While the two sides have made progress in recent days, the Red Sox believe…

  5. Michael Young expected to play first base under National League rules in St. Louis

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:50 PM EST

    Michael Young

    The Rangers won’t have the benefit of the designated hitter for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series against the Cardinals, which means Michael Young will almost certainly get the nod at first base in St. Louis. The only other realistic option is Mitch Moreland, but he is hitting just .105 (2-for-19) during the…

  6. Orioles to interview Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava for general manager this week

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

    orioles

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles will interview Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava this week for their vacant general manager post. Dipoto, who impressed many around baseball when he took over as Diamondbacks’ interim general manager after Josh Byrnes was fired last July, served as vice president of scouting and player development…

  7. All World Series games to begin at 8:05 p.m. ET

    Oct 17, 2011, 7:50 PM EST

    250px-2011_World_Series

    A minor programming note to pass along, as Major League Baseball has announced that every World Series game between the Rangers and Cardinals will begin at 8:05 p.m. ET. This is welcome news in that the scheduling for the World Series last year was mostly hit or miss. We had one 8:20 p.m start due…

  8. Nolan Ryan picks Rangers in six games

    Oct 17, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Nolan Ryan

    Showing apparently little confidence in his ragtag group of ballplayers, Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said Monday that his team would lose twice to the Cardinals before eventually winning the World Series in six games. Ryan made the predicion on the ESPN Dallas “Galloway & Company” radio show. Even though six of the last seven World…

  9. Koji Uehara could be left off the Rangers’ World Series roster

    Oct 17, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    When the Rangers acquired Koji Uehara from the Orioles at the trade deadline, they were hoping he would be a stabilizing force for the backend of their bullpen. However, he’s been anything but during the postseason, allowing five runs on five hits (including three home runs) in just 1 1/3 innings over three appearances. Other…

  10. Red Sox wanted Matt Garza from Cubs for Theo Epstein

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    There are varying reports about how negotiations between the Red Sox and Cubs for general manager Theo Epstein have gone, but here’s something new: According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago the initial asking price was Matt Garza. Realistically that was never going to happen, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Red Sox figured…

  11. Sox source: Jon Lester’s comments today “only told part of the story”

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Jon Lester reacts at end of second inning after he gave up six runs to New York Yankees in their MLB game in New York

    Earlier today self-proclaimed “grown-ass man” Jon Lester spoke with the Globe’s Pete Abraham about L’affaire Fried Chicken and the ouster of Terry Francona.  For the most part Lester has been given props for being frank and open and, well, grown-ass about it.  But two sources tell Mike Giardi of CSNNE.com that Lester’s downplaying of it…

  12. Rangers make it official: C.J. Wilson will start Game 1

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Not that there was any doubt, but the Rangers officially announced that C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. He’ll be matched up against Chris Carpenter, as both teams are able to arrange their rotations as they wanted thanks to neither LCS going the full seven games. Carpenter and…

  13. Baseball is a regional sport: Take 47

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Empty New York

    Just to continue a theme we’ve been beating into the ground for several weeks now. This time inspired by the observations of Rich Coutinho of CBS New York, found over at BTF: You know we all say the New York baseball fan is smarter and more perceptive than any other fans in the country, but…

  14. Tweet of the Day: Omar Vizquel had an epiphany

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    He’s earned $62 million and won 11 Gold Glove awards during a 23-year career in the majors, but today Omar Vizquel finally learned what true happiness means thanks to an unlikely source:

  15. Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to attend the World Series opener

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Michele Obama

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans. It’s part of MLB’s Welcome Back Veterans program and Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative, which seeks to support veterans and their families. There’s not much else to this little news item, which came as a…

  16. Do home runs make baseball boring?

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:53 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Are home runs anticlimactic and boring, or are they everything that is awesome about baseball?  That’s the question posed by Linda Holmes at NPR: Arguments in favor: a towering home run is an awfully impressive achievement, it sounds great and looks awesome (if you’ve never heard a really big hit in person, it’s weird how…

  17. Betting odds have Rangers as solid World Series favorites

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:23 PM EST

    gambling poster

    Gambling odds don’t necessarily show which team is better than another team, since the goal is to align half the bettors one side and half the bettors on the other side rather than predict the actual outcome. With that said, Bodog has the Rangers as -165 favorites over the Cardinals in the World Series. Or,…

  18. Bad news for a great guy

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    Mac Thomason

    I lost contact with baseball for many years in the mid-to-late 90s. I followed it, generally, but I didn’t obsess. I rooted for my team, but it was fairly shallow. It happens to a lot of people in their 20s, even if they were hardcore fans when they were kids. Some of us find our…

  19. Cardinals likely to keep 12-man pitching staff for World Series

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    This news is about as surprising as Chris Carpenter getting the Game 1 assignment, but general manager John Mozeliak indicated that the Cardinals will stick with a 12-man pitching staff for the World Series. On most teams 12 pitchers are overkill during the playoffs, when the rotation shortens and setup men and closers dominate the…

  20. And now a Korean Taiwanese video explanation of the Red Sox implosion

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    UPDATE: I’m told the video is from Taiwan. Apologies. Doesn’t change the fact that it’s hilarious. I found this via, well, everyone on the planet re-tweeting it because it’s so nicely random and silly.  But in case you have been away for a couple of weeks, here’s a quick summary of how the Red Sox’…

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