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  1. ALDS Game 5 Live Chat: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 6, 2011, 7:55 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    Two teams enter, one team leaves. It’s Thunderdome, baby. Baseball-style. Ivan Nova takes on Doug Fister. Which is totally what we expected in Game 5. Actually, I would have sooner expected Andy Hawkins and Dan Petry. Maybe even preferred it.  Oh well, you can’t always get what you want. This will be good enough for…

  2. Ian Stewart won’t attend instructional league due to lingering wrist discomfort

    Oct 6, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

    ian stewart getty

    The bad news continues to pour in for Ian Stewart, the Rockies’ once-promising corner infielder. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the 26-year-old is still being bothered the inflammation in his left wrist that put an early end to his 2011 season and has backed out of a scheduled visit to the Rox’…

  3. A Tigers-Yankees Game 5 preview and a prediction

    Oct 6, 2011, 7:07 PM EST

    Robinson Cano

    While waiting for the decisive Game 5 to start, it’s hard not to notice that the Yankees have outscored the Tigers 26-14 through four games in the ALDS. And I get the feeling tonight’s game will play out in the same manner that the previous games did: either the Yankees will win big or the Tigers will…

  4. Bryan Stow getting stronger, has trach tube removed

    Oct 6, 2011, 6:19 PM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    Bryan Stow’s family reported Thursday that the formerly comatose Giants fan has had the tube removed from his tracheotomy procedure and that he continues to spreak with a “stronger and clearer voice.” Giants manager Bruce Bochy visited Stow for 45 minutes on Saturday, telling him that he wanted to see him at spring training in…

  5. Ken Williams makes daring and dangerous move in hiring Robin Ventura

    Oct 6, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Ken Williams

    White Sox GM Ken Williams has never been one to play it safe, and he likely just put his job on the line by hiring Robin Ventura to manage the club. The gamble here, of course, is that Ventura has never managed at any level. The only coaching he’s done was at Arroyo Grande High…

  6. Reds sending Aroldis Chapman to winter ball to work as a starter

    Oct 6, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen since debuting with Cincinnati in August of last season, but the Reds are now sending the flamethrowing left-hander to winter ball in order to build up arm strength to join the rotation next year. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Chapman will stretch out…

  7. Lawsuit alleges that Tim Lincecum trashed his San Francisco apartment

    Oct 6, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Lincecum cap

    How very rock and roll: Tim Lincecum is being sued by his San Francisco landlord, who claims that Lincecum “broke, stained, defaced, tore, injured or destroyed” some $200,000 worth of furniture, fixtures and appliances in his Mission District apartment. According to the Mercury News, landlord Mindy Freile’s complains that all manner of items were damaged or stolen,…

  8. Robin Ventura replaces Ozzie Guillen as White Sox manager

    Oct 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EST

    robin ventura white sox

    Lots of names have been linked to the White Sox’s managerial opening since Ozzie Guillen went to the Marlins on September 28, but in the end the choice came out of nowhere. In a surprise move the White Sox announced that Robin Ventura will replace Guillen as their new manager. Ventura played 10 seasons for…

  9. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Don Kelly, 3B 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Delmon Young, LF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Mark…

  10. They’re holding a press conference about the Busch Stadium squirrel

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    A squirrel runs behind Philadelphia Phillies Polanco to cause a stop in play during Game 3 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the St. Louis Cardinals

    We haven’t been posting as much as usual today. Just not a lot happening as four of the six teams still playing in the division series are travelling and the other two are getting ready to play tonight.  Baseball is gonna happen and happen in a big way the next two nights, but right now…

  11. Jim Riggleman, Larry Bowa, Bob Geren among Mets’ bench coach candidates

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Jim Riggleman

    Bench coach Ken Oberkfell was let go yesterday as part of the Mets’ coaching staff shakeup and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that their list of candidates to replace him includes former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. In addition to Riggleman, who stepped down in the middle of the season over a contract dispute,…

  12. Braves, Giants brass apologize to fans

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

    I'm sorry

    Has this always happened, or is it a new thing? Braves’ President John Schuerholz and Giants managing partner Larry Baer have each written letters to the fans talking about how much of a bummer it was for the teams to miss the playoffs but, dadgummit, we’re gonna double our efforts and happiness is but a season…

  13. Ozzie Guillen to keep most of Marlins’ coaching staff intact

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gestures as Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria listens during news conference in Miami

    Ozzie Guillen brought bench Joey Cora with him from the White Sox to the Marlins, but it looks like the rest of Florida’s coaching staff is going to remain mostly the same under the new manager. Last week the Marlins announced that hitting coach Eduardo Perez and pitching coach Randy St. Claire would be staying…

  14. Frank McCourt loses again

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Last week the judge told Frank McCourt’s lawyers that they’re not entitled to get into the financial information of the other 29 teams as he tries to make a case that Bud Selig is treating him unfairly. The other day McCourt filed a motion to have the judge reconsider that ruling.  Yesterday the lawyers argued…

  15. Max Scherzer is available out of the Tigers’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Scherzer pitches to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    Justin Verlander has been ruled out as a Game 5 bullpen option after throwing 120 pitches Monday, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Max Scherzer is available in relief of Doug Fister tonight. Scherzer shut out the Yankees for six innings in Game 2, throwing 104 pitches Sunday, so he’d likely be an option…

  16. The anti-”Moneyball?” Clint Eastwood to star in a movie about a baseball scout

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:24 PM EST

    Clint Eastwood

    “Moneyball” made money and everyone loves Clint Eastwood, so it is not at all shocking that another baseball movie is getting off the ground.  It’s called “Trouble With the Curve,” and here is the description, courtesy of Indiewire: Penned by Randy Brown, the film has a great concept, centering on an aging baseball scout, who is…

  17. Padres CEO: “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to”

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    San Diego Padres  v Tampa Bay Rays

    There’s been some speculation linking Bud Black to various managerial and front office openings, but Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad attempted to shut down those rumors yesterday by saying that “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to, he’s a perfect skipper for the Padres in the near term as…

  18. That Marlins logo everyone hated: it’s legit

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    From Jane Winston, here’s a pic of the seats being installed in the new Marlins ballpark.  Which confirms that the logo that everyone was tweeting about a couple of weeks ago is the real deal: It looks better in white than in the rainbow colors. Give it some time — and see it featured on…

  19. Matt Holliday on injured hand: “I’ll be out there Friday”

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday rejoined the Cardinals’ lineup last night after missing most of the past three weeks with a hand injury and went 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch and two runs scored. Asked afterward how the injured hand felt, Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “Depends on what you think a…

  20. The Phillies’ bats have gone cold

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies' Howard reacts to striking out during their MLB Divisional Series playoffs against St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis

    Don’t kill the messenger. I merely pass along the observations of others about how the Phillies’ offense sucks right now, not to make judgments myself.  But of course, reasonable people can only draw so many conclusions from data. ESPN’s stats crew — passed along in Buster Olney’s column today — noted that in yesterday’s Cards-Phillies…

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