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  1. Curt Schilling has a good point about that big Red Sox story

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Schilling

    There has been a lot of talk in the blogosphere and Twitterverse today about that Boston Globe story in which anonymous Red Sox sources basically tear Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and multiple Sox players a new one. Whether its use of anonymous sources was the right thing to do. Whether it had actual value or…

  2. MLB hiring former pitcher turned secret service agent as new security chief

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    MLB will soon hire former secret service agent Bill Bordley as its new chief of security, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Before joining the secret service Bordley was a left-handed pitcher who appeared in eight games for the Giants as a 22-year-old in 1980, throwing 31 innings with a 4.70 ERA despite a ghastly…

  3. Ryan Howard had surgery today

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

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    Matt Gelb reports that Ryan Howard had surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon this morning. The recovery time is unknown, though lots of people have been suggesting that it’s a solid six months.  I certainly wouldn’t bet the farm on him being in the Opening Day lineup right now but I suppose stranger…

  4. Charlie Manuel thinks pitching coach Rich Dubee would make a good manager

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Despite overseeing the best pitching staff in baseball this season Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee hasn’t been linked any managerial openings, which doesn’t sit well with Charlie Manuel. “He should be considered for some of these jobs,” Manuel told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. “I see that kind of skill in him. He’s a real good…

  5. Jim Crane to be approved in mid-November

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    We’ve heard so much back-and-forth on whether or not Jim Crane is going to be approved as the owner of the Astros and when that it’s hard to know what to believe anymore. But when Peter Gammons says it all matter-of-factly like this, it rings true: Houston ownership change expected to go through in mid-November,…

  6. Russell Martin expects to be back with the Yankees in 2012

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin signed with the Yankees as a free agent last offseason, but he remains arbitration eligible for 2012 and because of that the All-Star catcher said yesterday that he expects to be back in New York next season. “So either I’ll get offered a contract or I won’t get offered a contract,” Martin told…

  7. The Yankees’ problem? Lack of “killer instinct”

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Killer

    That’s Bob Klapisch’s view in his column this morning anyway. A-Rod and the Yankees couldn’t get a key hit against Joaquin Benoit or Max Scherzer last Thursday because, well, they just couldn’t will it to be so: The past-era Yankees had a ferocious trait that couldn’t be quantified. It was an intangible expectation of victory…

  8. Rangers won’t talk to C.J. Wilson until after the season

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    C.J. Wilson

    C.J. Wilson is on the verge of hitting the open market and signing a massive long-term contract as a free agent, but Rangers president Nolan Ryan said yesterday that the team won’t attempt to negotiate with him until after the season. “We don’t believe in negotiating during the season, so we have put that on…

  9. As the leaves turn, the “let’s contract the Rays” talk begins anew

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Tropicana Field

    I feel like I spent half of last offseason debunking the notion of Major League Baseball contracting a team, be it the A’s or the Rays or whoever. It’s an easy notion to debunk when you actually think about what contraction of a franchise would entail. Just off the top of my head it would…

  10. Buster Posey is hitting in cage and catching bullpen sessions

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Buster Posey‘s surgically repaired left leg is strong enough that he caught an eight-minute bullpen session yesterday at the Giants’ instructional league complex in Arizona, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. That means Posey is slightly ahead of schedule, as the Giants had set November 1 as the target date for catching…

  11. Theo Epstein in Chicago: Can he break a second curse?

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    The first thing most people thought when the rumors of Theo Epstein possibly joining the Chicago Cubs began to circulate was “can he do it again?”  Can the man credited with ending baseball’s most famous world championship drought end baseball’s longest?  Now that Epstein and the Cubs have a deal, it’s worth taking a look…

  12. Red Sox “widely expected” to name Ben Cherington new GM

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Theo Epstein has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $15 million contract with the Cubs, which means the Red Sox are now in search of a new general manager. However, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com that search won’t take long, as vice president of player personnel Ben Cherington “is widely expected” to replace Epstein as…

  13. The Phillies want Domonic Brown to play another year of Triple-A ball

    Oct 12, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Phillies Brown drops his bat and helmet at the plate after striking out in their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    From hope-for-the-future to organizational guy?  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday that he’d like outfielder Domonic Brown to spend another full season at Triple-A. Brown certainly hasn’t busted out in his 280 major league plate appearances, but man, he’s 24 now and he has never truly been given the chance to have a big…

  14. Report: Theo Epstein agrees to a five-year deal with the Cubs

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:56 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    John Dennis of WEEI just reported that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has agreed with the Cubs on a five-year deal worth more than $15 million. This is a huge moment for the Cubs.  Franchise-altering. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week. The Cubs and Red Sox still have…

  15. Victor Martinez expects to play today

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Tigers’ DH Victor Martinez tweaked his oblique when he hit that home run in the fourth inning of last night’s game.  But he told the Detroit Free Press last night that he expects to play in Game 4 this afternoon.  Well, most likely anyway: Q: Are you positive you’ll play tomorrow (this afternoon’s Game 4)? A:…

  16. The 2011 Red Sox: “a story of disunity, disloyalty, and dysfunction like few others in franchise history”

    Oct 12, 2011, 6:09 AM EST

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

    There’s a long and rich history of the folks in the Red Sox organization casting blame, settling scores and throwing people under the bus after things have gone sideways on the field.  It’s been a subdued dynamic for the past several years as success and a new professionalism has asserted itself, but with Terry Francona…

  17. Two World Series rings outweighs Theo Epstein’s betrayal

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:44 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Make no mistake: Theo Epstein should not be leaving the Red Sox like this. Not after one of the biggest September collapses in baseball history. Not one year after handing out $142 million for Carl Crawford and two years after giving John Lackey $82.5 million. If Theo Epstein wanted to leave the Red Sox, he should…

  18. Stepping up: the Tigers’ big guns give them new life

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:33 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

    It’s an overused cliche — I know, because I’ve overused it — to say that a team has to have someone “step up” when things go poorly.  I guess what makes it most objectionable is the notion implied in the term itself that a player can simply choose to perform better. To “take a step”…

  19. ALCS Game 3 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 11, 2011, 7:50 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Only three teams have overcome a 0-2 deficit in the LCS since it became a seven-game format in 1985, but the Tigers will hope to chip away when they return home tonight to take on the Rangers in Game 3 of the ALCS. We’ll cover it all in a live chat, beginning right around 8:05…

  20. Report: Theo Epstein “on the cusp” of leaving Red Sox to accept job with Cubs

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    It’s really happening. According to Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald, Theo Epstein is “on the cusp” of leaving the Red Sox to accept a job with the Cubs. The new position is believed “to include powers greater than he has in Boston” and an announcement could be made “within the next 24 to 48…

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