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  1. HBT Extra: Turning to the NLDS Game 5s

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I break down the Snakes vs. the Brew Crew and the Cards vs. the Phills

  2. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Diamondbacks-Brewers series: ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1. Willie Bloomquist, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF 2. Aaron Hill, 2B 2. Nyjer Morgan, CF 3. Justin Upton, RF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 4. Miguel Montero, C 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B 5. Rickie Weeks, 2B…

  3. It’s a beautiful day in Milwaukee, so naturally the roof at Miller Park is closed

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Miller Park

    As we speak, it is in the upper 70s in Milwaukee.  At game time this afternoon it will be around 76 degrees. The skies are as clear as a bell. It should remain gorgeous throughout the evening.  Indeed, the Milwaukee weather is expected to be spectacular though at least next Wednesday. So naturally baseball has…

  4. Phillies are only playoff team left with payroll over $110 million

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Money Bag

    New York getting bounced from the playoffs last night means that of the 12 teams with payrolls above $100 million this season only the Phillies, Tigers, and Cardinals remain alive. And if the Phillies lose to the Cardinals tonight that would mean none of the nine highest-payroll teams advanced past the first round. Here are…

  5. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: team owner to get divorce, finds himself in sea of financial troubles

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    stack of money

    A team owner with nine houses and three-dozen other properties scattered around the world? Crazy spending on cars and baubles? An acrimonious divorce that could impact the course of the franchise? Nah, not Los Angeles.  Seattle. Geoff Baker has the story of Mariners’ minority owner Chris Larson. A man who, it has long been thought, would…

  6. Roy Halladay on five days’ rest? Yeah, the Phillies gotta be favored

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    I want the record to reflect that I have not trolled Philly fans all day. As a 1990s Braves fan I learned the hard way that awesome rotations aren’t always enough and that six months of brilliance can be erased pretty damn quickly once your depth advantage is reduced due to the nature of playoff…

  7. Stat of the Day: Alex Rodriguez’s postseason production

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Alex Avila

    Alex Rodriguez is getting a ton of criticism for his poor ALDS performance against the Tigers and the usual talk about how he isn’t “clutch” in the playoffs is once again very loud, so it’s worth noting how his career numbers in the postseason stack up to, say, Derek Jeter‘s career numbers in the postseason:…

  8. Delmon Young’s status uncertain for ALCS

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Delmon Young

    The fact that Delmon Young‘s health will have an impact on who will represent the American League in the World Series this year is one of those things that didn’t seem all that plausible back in July.  Just one of the many reasons to love baseball.  But it will have an impact, and given that…

  9. With contract up Brian Cashman wants to remain Yankees GM

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman’s contract ends later this month, but when asked last night about impending free agency he made it very clear that remaining the Yankees’ general manager is his preference, saying “that has not changed.” Cashman will surely get plenty of criticism following a first-round exit, particularly after he missed out on Cliff Lee during…

  10. Zack Greinke is available out of the Brewers’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    In last night’s Tigers-Yankees game we saw both managers turn to top-of-the-rotation starters in relief roles and Zack Greinke may join the fun tonight. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that “Zack would be available and not just if [Yovani Gallardo] isn’t pitching well.” Greinke threw just 86 pitches in his Game…

  11. John Henry: Theo won’t be the Red Sox GM forever

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    As I’ve mentioned a couple of times this morning, Red Sox owner John Henry and team CEO Lary Lucchino sat down for an interview on WEEI this morning and offered up all manner of postmortem on the Red Sox’ 2011 season and some glimpses into the future as well.  Here is audio of the entire…

  12. CC Sabathia side steps questions about contract opt out

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    CC Sabathia

    Within minutes of the Yankees’ season ending CC Sabathia was asked whether he planned to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract to become a free agent, but the left-hander told reporters that he wasn’t ready to think about it yet. “I can’t even wrap my head around that right now,” Sabathia said. “I’m just…

  13. Bryce Harper tweets — then deletes — some pro-Yankees rah-rah

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Every time I read a story about Bryce Harper I have to remind myself that he’s still only 18-years-old and that, on the whole, 18-year-olds are pretty much awful in every respect.  Or at least honest in a “I don’t know nor do I care what other people think” kind of way. Which is usually…

  14. Sandy Alomar Jr. never even heard from the White Sox

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Sandy Alomar

    Sandy Alomar Jr. made no secret about his interest in the White Sox’s managerial opening, but the current Indians bench coach admitted yesterday that he never even heard from them. In a surprise move the White Sox hired Robin Ventura to replace Ozzie Guillen, so naturally Alomar told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer…

  15. Report: Dale Sveum on the Red Sox’ list of potential managers

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports this morning that Dale Sveum, who coached for the Sox back when they won the title in 2004, is on Boston’s list of candidates to replace Terry Francona as manager. Interesting. On the one hand, Sveum wasn’t too popular with the fans when he left after the 2005 season, having been…

  16. Jose Reyes on contract talks with Mets: “Everything is quiet”

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Jose Rayes

    Last month there were reports that the Mets wanted a quick decision from Jose Reyes, but yesterday the free agent shortstop told Nick Klopsis of New York Newsday that the two sides haven’t even started contract talks. “They’ll probably start up within the next few days, but right now everything is quiet,” Reyes said, reiterating…

  17. “A lot of people at Yankee Stadium were enraged at A-Rod … those people are idiots”

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    We had a nice little burst of Yankees rage this morning, with writers who blamed everyone (A-Rod) for everything they could think of, never once acknowledging that (a) the Yankees, on the whole, out-pitched and out-hit the Tigers in the series; but (b) sometimes the ball just bounces the wrong way for you and anything…

  18. Instant classic: the Red Sox had “nutritional issues”

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett reacts after striking out Tampa Bay Rays John Jaso to end the top of sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox owner John Henry gave a press conference this morning summing up the team’s problems down the stretch, talking about Terry Francona’s departure and all of that stuff.  We’ll have more on that later this morning, but for now I am preoccupied with one particular thing he said. When asked about the team’s conditioning…

  19. A word about that bandage on Joaquin Benoit’s face

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit pulls a bandage off his face at the request of the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    We had a tense three and a half hour playoff elimination game last night. Some of baseball’s biggest names coming to bat and hurling pitches in clutch situations. Drama. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.  And the subject that took up the most real estate in our live chat last night?  That…

  20. What they’re saying about the Yankees’ first round exit

    Oct 7, 2011, 7:27 AM EST

    New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez strikes out with the bases loaded against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    It’s audacious, I realize, to attribute the result in this series to the Tigers winning rather than the Yankees losing. Derek Jeter acknowledged it (see below), but that’s just not how New York rolls. So let us absorb the New York sturm und drang, shall we? Joe Girardi:  “It’s an empty feeling for everyone in that…

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