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  1. Bud Selig wants the Theo Epstein stuff done before the World Series starts. But he shouldn’t care.

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    We keep hearing that the Red Sox and the Cubs are continuing to negotiate a compensation deal for the Cubs’ hiring Theo Epstein, but according to Buster Olney, Bud Selig wants this stuff wrapped up before the World Series starts on Wednesday so it doesn’t distract from baseball’s big show. I get his concern because…

  2. Yeah, Shaun Marcum was awful, but let’s not kill Ron Roenicke for it

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    My first impulse after Shaun Marcum‘s Game 2 four inning, five run performance was that he shouldn’t be allowed to start another playoff game this year.  Then, after thinking it over and looking up and down that Brewers roster, I came around to Ron Roenicke’s way of thinking: who the hell else could he pitch…

  3. Prince Fielder has likely played his last game as a Brewer

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    If it ends — and it looks like it has ended — Prince Fielder‘s tenure as a Milwaukee Brewer ended with an 0-for-4 night and a weak grounder to second base. But that will soon be forgotten. For one thing, he had an overall productive 2011 postseason, getting on base and hitting for power. For…

  4. Frank and Jamie McCourt reach a settlement over Dodgers ownership

    Oct 17, 2011, 6:02 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Frank McCourt’s multi-front war to maintain control over the Los Angeles Dodgers just got a bit simpler: according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Frank and Jamie McCourt have reached a settlement regarding ownership of the Dodgers. The deal has Frank paying Jamie $130 million in exchange for her giving up a claim to…

  5. That was really the best the NL has to offer?

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:32 AM EST

    Mark Kotsay, Nick Punto

    No juggernauts here. The Cardinals just beat the Brewers in a six-game series despite not having any one of their starters pitch more than five innings. There simply wasn’t a quality start in the bunch. But then, maybe beat is the wrong word. Unless one wants to apply to what the Brewers did to themselves. Seven…

  6. Winning ugly: The Cardinals topple the Brewers and win the NL Pennant

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:06 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Six

    Maybe I should say “beating ugly.”  Because while there were all kinds of things in this game that were hard to look at, the Brewers looked way worse in losing 12-6 to the NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Three more errors tonight made for seven in Milwaukee’s final two games.  Fourteen more hits allowed means…

  7. Live Chat: NLCS Game 6

    Oct 16, 2011, 7:59 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Six

    Here we go kids: Shaun Marcum in an elimination game! A chance to face a Texas Rangers team that, quite frankly, I don’t see either of these two NL squads beating!  But that’s why we play the games! The live-chatting will commence in a moment.

  8. NLCS Game 6 lineups: Cardinals vs. Brewers

    Oct 16, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Below are the starting lineups for Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Brewers, set to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The roof will be closed and the crowd will be rocking at Miller Park: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF 2.…

  9. Shaun Marcum: NLCS Game 6 “the biggest of my career”

    Oct 16, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    marcum ap

    Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum is well aware of what’s at stake in Sunday night’s NLCS Game 6 against the Cardinals. He never made it to the postseason during his five years with the Blue Jays and has struggled mightily in his first two October outings for Milwaukee. The guy needs to rebound. “It’s exciting,” Marcum…

  10. D’Backs undecided on bringing back infielder Aaron Hill

    Oct 16, 2011, 1:51 PM EST

    aaron hill getty

    Aaron Hill registered a cool .315/.386/.492 batting line with two home runs, 16 RBI and five stolen bases in 142 plate appearances after joining the Diamondbacks via trade in late August. He also posted a solid .879 OPS in the NLDS. But the Arizona front office is well aware that great results over a small…

  11. Phillies GM suspects Chase Utley’s knee issues may linger

    Oct 16, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

    utley ap

    Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday that Chase Utley‘s patellar tendinitis could remain with him for the remainder of his MLB career: “I don’t know if it’s behind him,” the GM said. “Is he going to be a 30-homer, 110-RBI guy and hit .300? I don’t…

  12. Josh Hamilton says he’s playing at “50 percent” health

    Oct 16, 2011, 11:27 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Most of the 75 or so players remaining in this year’s postseason are dealing with some kind of malady, whether it be a major injury or general soreness. Josh Hamilton may be hurting more than most. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the 30-year-old outfielder said after Saturday’s 15-5 ALCS Game 6 victory over…

  13. Compensation talks for GM Epstein are “business-like, civil”

    Oct 16, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com heard from sources Saturday that talks between the Cubs and Red Sox involving compensation for GM Theo Epstein had grown “increasingly contentious.” Less than 24 hours later, things would seem to be moving in the right direction again. An executive involved in the ongoing negotiations told Peter Abraham of the Boston…

  14. Blue Jays prospect Travis d’Arnaud needs thumb surgery

    Oct 16, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    d'arnaud pose getty

    According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, Blue Jays prospect Travis d’Arnaud tore ligaments in his thumb while serving as Team USA’s catcher at the 39th Baseball World Cup in Panama and has headed home to undergo a surgical procedure. Acquired in a package for Roy Halladay back in December of 2009, d’Arnaud batted…

  15. NLCS Game 6 bumped from 4:05 p.m. ET to 8:05 p.m. ET

    Oct 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    The Cardinals team warms up at Miller Park the day before the start of the NLCS series against the Brewers in Milwaukee

    A scheduling note from Major League Baseball. With the Rangers finishing off the Tigers on Saturday night in Arlington by a score of 15-5 and advancing to the World Series, Game 6 of the NLCS has been moved up to primetime. It’ll still be shown on TBS. Initially scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. first pitch,…

  16. Rangers dominate ALCS Game 6 for 15-5 victory, move along to World Series

    Oct 16, 2011, 12:01 AM EST

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    The Rangers’ rotation has managed just one quality start in 10 postseason outings, but it doesn’t really matter. Texas is advancing to the World Series for the second consecutive year on the back of a dynamic and powerful batting order — one that strung together 17 hits and 15 runs in Saturday’s ALCS-clinching Game 6…

  17. Rangers keep raking, maintain large ALCS Game 6 lead

    Oct 15, 2011, 10:53 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers - Game Six

    We’ve got a blowout going on in Texas. After a nine-run third inning, the Rangers have tacked on three more scores and hold a commanding 12-4 lead in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Tigers. It’s the top of the seventh inning in Arlington. Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton plated the Rangers’ 10th run with…

  18. Rangers explode in third inning, jump way ahead of Tigers in ALCS Game 6

    Oct 15, 2011, 9:41 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers - Game Six

    Ramon Santiago, the Tigers’ No. 9 hitter, smacked a leadoff single to open the third inning, but center fielder Austin Jackson struck out for the 19th time this October and right fielder Ryan Raburn hit into his second double play of the night to end the threat. In the bottom half of the third, perhaps…

  19. Tigers take early ALCS Game 6 lead courtesy of Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta homers

    Oct 15, 2011, 8:47 PM EST

    ALCS Tigers Rangers Baseball

    Rangers lefty Derek Holland had more first-inning trouble Saturday in Game 6 of the ALCS, allowing a leadoff single to Austin Jackson. Ryan Raburn hit into a double play to erase that initial threat, but Miguel Cabrera launched an opposite-field homer a moment later to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. Holland entered the…

  20. Rangers deny report of plan to pursue CC Sabathia

    Oct 15, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    sabathia reuters

    Remember that talk about the Rangers throwing a “boatload of money” at left-hander CC Sabathia if (or when, really) he opts out of his contract with the Yankees? It apparently has no legs. Sources within the Texas organization told CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler that there’s “no way” a substantial offer will be made this winter.…

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