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  1. Rangers reliever Koji Uehara wants to be back with Orioles

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Koji Uehara struggled following a midseason trade to the Rangers and was left off the World Series roster, and now Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the reliever wants to return to the Orioles next year: I continue to believe that Koji Uehara will find a way back to the Orioles. … It’s hard to…

  2. Yu Darvish says he hasn’t decided on move to MLB

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

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    Most signs point to Japanese ace Yu Darvish making the jump from Nippon Professional Baseball to Major League Baseball at some point this winter. But to hear the right-hander tell it, on a personal blog no less, he has not completely made up his mind. And probably won’t for a couple more weeks. From Patrick…

  3. White Sox interested in Jim Thome as hitting coach?

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    Their old hitting coach, Greg Walker, just joined the Braves, and Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times writes that the White Sox may try to talk Jim Thome into replacing him: Sox farm-system hitting instructors Jeff Manto or Tim Laker are thought to be the top candidates to replace Greg Walker as hitting…

  4. Braves hire Greg Walker as new hitting coach

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Greg Walker, Jerry Reinsdorf

    Greg Walker stepped down as the White Sox’s hitting coach immediately after the season and it didn’t take him long to find a new gig, with Bob Nightengale of USA Today reporting that Walker has agreed to become the Braves’ new hitting coach. Walker also interviewed for the Padres’ job, but given how frequently San…

  5. Rangers and Ian Kinsler didn’t let Yadier Molina stop them from running

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Rangers Kinsler steals second Cardinals Furcal in Game 2 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    I wondered yesterday whether the Rangers runners would continue to test Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. For most of Game 2 they avoided Molina, attempting zero steals, but that all changed in the ninth inning. Ian Kinsler was gunned down by Molina in the first inning of Game 1, at which point the Rangers put on…

  6. Pitching coach Curt Young leaves Red Sox, returns to A’s

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox new pitching coach Curt Young watches Andrew Miller throw during workouts in Ft. Myers

    UPDATE: Apparently the interview went well, because Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Young has left the Red Sox and rejoined the A’s. ========== Jane Lee of MLB.com reported yesterday that Oakland is interested in rehiring pitching coach Curt Young after he left the A’s to take the same job with the Red Sox…

  7. Pinch-hitting hero Allen Craig will be a starter in Texas

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Allen Craig

    After delivering RBI hits off the bench in each of the first two games Allen Craig will move into the starting lineup for the next three games as the World Series shifts to Texas and American League rules. Craig is expected to serve as the Cardinals’ designated hitter for Games 3, 4, and 5, although…

  8. Padres will receive compensation from Cubs for losing Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

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    According to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, the Padres will receive compensation if (or really, when) general manager Jed Hoyer and assistant general manager Jason McLeod leave to join the new-look Cubs’ front office. Hoyer, who has served as GM for the past two seasons, is under contract with the Padres through 2013 with a club…

  9. Tony La Russa to decide on future within two weeks of World Series

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Next season probably isn’t even on Tony La Russa’s mind right now, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the 67-year-old manager and the Cardinals must both decide whether to exercise their half of a mutual contract option within two weeks of the World Series ending. When asked if he knew…

  10. Reds send Aroldis Chapman to Arizona Fall League

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Two weeks ago the Reds revealed plans to have Aroldis Chapman stretch out his arm by working as a starter in winter ball, but before that they’ll send him to the Arizona Fall League. Rarely do players with more than one full season in the majors participate in the AFL, but Chapman is attempting to…

  11. Albert Pujols didn’t speak with reporters after Game 2 loss

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 2

    Albert Pujols wasn’t present to answer questions from the media following last night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series. Neither were some other prominent veterans on the team, including Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. There’s plenty of blame to go around with this snubbing, but naturally the…

  12. Bud Selig could intervene in Theo Epstein talks

    Oct 21, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

    Bud Selig

    If you thought the Theo Epstein situation wasn’t silly enough already, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that commissioner Bud Selig may act as arbitrator if the Red Sox and Cubs can’t agree on compensation for the former Boston GM. Selig made the comments last night during an appearance on Sirius XM’s “Mad Dog…

  13. Cardinals’ bullpen finally cracks, Rangers stage comeback to even World Series

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 PM EST

    Texas Rangers left fielder Hamilton celebrates with teammates Cruz and Chavez after the Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Two games in, this World Series has the look of an instant classic. Wednesday’s thrilling Game 1 saw late-inning heroics that sent a 3-2 victory St. Louis’ way. In Game 2 on Thursday, it was the Rangers who benefited from a dose of last-minute magic. Facing a 1-0 deficit in the top of the ninth…

  14. David Ortiz wins Clemente Award, says he’d like to return to Red Sox

    Oct 20, 2011, 9:13 PM EST

    Red Sox' Ortiz watches his two-run home run with Yankees' Cervelli during their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    David Ortiz, who will be a free agent this winter, said last week that he was open to joining the New York Yankees next season. On Thursday, while speaking to reporters in St. Louis after winning the Roberto Clemente Award, Ortiz clarified those comments about free agency. The upshot? People made too much about what…

  15. 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”…

  16. 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…

  17. 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 —…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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    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…

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