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  1. The Tigers’ next outfield option: Clete Thomas

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:27 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers Photo Day

    I’m not going to say that outfield depth is an issue for the Tigers, because the move they made earlier this afternoon pretty much sums it up: they’ve sent Clete Thomas to the instructional league to get the rust off in the event they need to activate him as a result of another outfielder injury.…

  2. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Tigers-Rangers series: DETROIT TIGERS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Ramon Santiago, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Delmon Young, LF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Michael Young, DH 5. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B…

  3. Baseball: it’s better than killing Osama bin Laden

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Bin Laden

    The problem with the playoffs is that there’s only, like, one or two games a night and after you talk about them you sort of have to wait around all day for more games. If you’re like me, you kill that time by reading a bunch of articles in which people who never ever write…

  4. Greg Walker interviews to be hitting coach for Braves, Padres

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Greg Walker, Jerry Reinsdorf

    Greg Walker stepped down as White Sox hitting coach as soon as the season ended and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that he’ll soon interview for the same job with the Braves and Padres. Chicago has filled in most of the coaching staff around new manager Robin Ventura, but have yet to replace Walker…

  5. Great Moments in Cognitive Dissonance: big market/small market edition

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Here’s Associated Press columnist Tim Dahlberg on September 28th, talking about the “Moneyball” movie: Bottom line is small market teams can’t win consistently, no matter how many numbers they crunch. The deck is stacked against them by the most important numbers in baseball — the size of a team’s payroll. Here’s Associated Press columnist Tim…

  6. White Sox add Joe McEwing, Mark Parent to Robin Ventura’s coaching staff

    Oct 10, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    joe mcewing

    Pitching coach Don Cooper and first base coach Harold Baines are staying with the White Sox despite the manager switch from Ozzie Guillen to Robin Ventura and Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that Joe McEwing and Mark Parent will soon join Ventura’s staff. Parent is expected to serve as Ventura’s bench coach, which is…

  7. Mark Lowe aims to be available if Rangers make World Series

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    mark-lowe-rangers

    Mark Lowe hasn’t pitched since September 21 because of a hamstring injury, being left off the Rangers’ roster for the ALDS and ALCS, but the right-hander is still trying to make his way back in case Texas reaches the World Series. Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Lowe threw off a…

  8. Quote of the Day: Jim Leyland

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers' manager Jim Leyland looks on during a practice in preparation for the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington, Texas

    Several writers covering the Tigers-Rangers series just tweeted this gem from Jim Leyland, who was asked about yesterday’s no-rain rain postponement:  “If somebody buys an umbrella down here, then they cancel school.” Dude, that rain delay just gave Max Scherzer an extra day of rest after his little bullpen stint against the Yankees on Thursday.…

  9. Zack Greinke just knows how to win … or something

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    NLDS Diamondbacks Brewers Baseball

    Zack Greinke picked up the victory last night in Game 1 of the NLCS and in doing so became the first pitcher in more than a decade to be credited with a “win” in the postseason while allowing six or more runs. Orlando Hernandez of the Yankees was the last pitcher to receive the long…

  10. Photo of the Day: The Philadelphia Daily News

    Oct 10, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    I’ll give Philly, its fans and its media this much: for as insufferable as they can be when they’re cruising, they offset it rather appropriately with anger, recriminations and negativity when things go poorly. You won’t hear a lot of “we got robbed” from those guys.  You won’t hear a lot of “oh well, see…

  11. In the future, more players will be in the best shape of their lives

    Oct 10, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Atlas

    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a story about how the Pirates are going to emphasize offseason conditioning for their players this year.  In linking it, Buster Olney makes a good point that, while probably obvious, isn’t something we hear too much about over the winter: You’ll be hearing this kind of thing more…

  12. Francisco Rodriguez says “of course” he’d consider signing with Mets as a free agent

    Oct 10, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez is on the verge of becoming a free agent and lots of non-Brewers media are covering the Brewers at this point, so naturally he was asked yesterday whether signing with the Mets is something he’d consider. “Of course,” Rodriguez told David Lennon of New York Newsday. “I don’t have no hard feelings for…

  13. For Derek Holland’s love of the game

    Oct 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    For The Love of the Game

    I’m sure Rangers fans have heard about this a bunch of times but the rest of the nation was introduced to Derek Holland‘s pre-game routine in the New York Times this morning.  Seems that before every start he watches the 15 minute segment of the Kevin Costner movie “For Love of the Game” in which…

  14. Delmon Young is back on the Tigers’ playoff roster, replacing Magglio Ordonez

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young was removed from Detroit’s playoff roster after straining his oblique muscle in Game 5 of the ALDS, but Magglio Ordonez‘s fractured ankle and a lack of other outfield options has convinced the Tigers to re-add him to the ALCS roster. Young missed nearly a month with an oblique strain earlier this season and…

  15. OK, here’s an even better “Moneyball” parody

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    The “Moneyball” parody about the Yankees was pretty funny. But this one from “Saturday Night Live” is even better. It’s funny because it’s true ….

  16. More talk of the Marlins being interested in Carlos Zambrano

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Connecting all the dots, Florida’s interest in Carlos Zambrano sounds pretty real. As soon as Ozzie Guillen became the Marlins’ manager last month there was speculation about him convincing the team to trade for his friend and last week El Nacional in Venezuela reported that Guillen has already reached out to Zambrano. And now Barry…

  17. Maddux, Glavine and the wide strike zone of the 1990s

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

    Maddux Glavine Smoltz

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has a story about the evolution of the strike zone over the past 30 or 40 years and how monitoring of it by Major League Baseball via first the QuesTec system and then Pitch f/x has changed things and made it more uniform. The overall story is good…

  18. Hideki Irabu’s sad final years

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Hideki Irabu

    Ken Belson of the New York Times had an excellent albeit sad story in yesterday’s New York Times about the final years of Hideki Irabu, who committed suicide in late July. In some ways it’s a familiar story of an athlete who doesn’t know what to do with himself after his playing days are over.…

  19. If you missed our Phillies postmortem over the weekend

    Oct 10, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    I know some of you don’t read the site much over the weekend. That’s cool. We’d love to have a more meaningful relationship with you, but we can handle being your workplace fling if that’s all you want of us. Anyway, given how much real estate has been devoted to the Phillies on this blog…

  20. The rain-free rain postponement

    Oct 10, 2011, 5:57 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers players sit in the dugout during the game's second rain delay in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs against the Texas Rangers in Arlington

    I woke up this morning and had an email from a reader who lives fairly close to the Rangers’ ballpark and tells me that it never rained last night. At least not before the Tigers-Rangers game that was postponed due to the threat of rain would have been over. Oh well, that’s life. And weather.…

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