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  1. It doesn’t sound like Terry Francona will land with the White Sox

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    While Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported yesterday that White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was pushing Terry Francona for the team’s managerial vacancy, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be joining the South Siders. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Francona’s sudden availability has not changed the focus of the White Sox, as general manager Ken…

  2. NLDS Game 1 lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    Oct 1, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

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    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLDS between the Diamondbacks and Brewers this afternoon: 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. Chris…

  3. Joe Girardi rules out CC Sabathia to start Game 2 of the ALDS on Sunday

    Oct 1, 2011, 11:53 AM EST

    BESTPIX Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 1

    Barring a last-minute change of plans, we can now say that CC Sabathia will only make one start during the ALDS against the Tigers. While there was some buzz late last night that Sabathia could talk his way into pitching tomorrow, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com this morning they will hold…

  4. Diamondbacks include Jarrod Parker on NLDS roster against Brewers

    Oct 1, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Diamondbacks have finalized their roster for the NLDS against the Brewers and according to Jack McGruder of FOX Sports Arizona, rookie right-hander Jarrod Parker has made the final cut. Parker, who was just promoted from the minors in September, gave up four hits over 5 2/3 shutout innings Tuesday in his major league debut…

  5. Justin Morneau undergoes minor surgery on left wrist

    Oct 1, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

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    Justin Morneau is apparently trying to set the record for the most offseason surgeries of all-time. Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities reports that Morneau had minor surgery on his left wrist yesterday morning, just 10 days after undergoing procedures on his left knee and right foot. According to Twins general manager…

  6. Jimmy Rollins takes some shots at Jose Reyes

    Oct 1, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v  New York Mets

    While preparing for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals yesterday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Jimmy Rollins still managed to keep up with one of his favorite hobbies: Tweaking Mets fans. The big topic of the day? Jose Reyes‘ decision to take himself out of Wednesday’s season finale following a bunt single…

  7. Zack Greinke to start Game 2 of NLDS vs. Diamondbacks on short rest

    Oct 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Zack Greinke started on short rest for just the second time in his career in Wednesday’s regular season finale against the Pirates. This called into question his availability for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks tomorrow, as he would again be pitching on just three days’ rest, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told…

  8. Don Wakamatsu “floated” as possibility for Red Sox manager

    Oct 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Blue Jays interim manager Don Wakamatsu at home plate during lineup exchange before their game against the Orioles in Baltimore

    We’re going to hear all sorts of rampant speculation about potential candidates for the Red Sox manager vacancy over the next few days, so don’t take this too seriously, but Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle hears that current Blue Jays bench coach and former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu has been “floated” as a possibility for…

  9. MLB says no doubleheader during the ALDS

    Oct 1, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    BESTPIX Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 1

    After last night’s game between the Tigers and Yankees was suspended due to rain, Joe Girardi and Joe Torre both mentioned the possibility of a day-night doubleheader for Sunday should tonight’s game also be washed out. However, it turns out a doubleheader is not a realistic option. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the commissioner’s…

  10. Cooper Stone throws out the first pitch before Game 1

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:43 PM EST

    Cooper Stone, Josh Hamilton

    6-year-old Cooper Stone, the son of the firefighter who died falling out of the stands at Rangers Ballpark on July 7, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday’s ALDS Game 1 against the Rays. It was Stone’s first trip back to park since he attended the game at which his father, Shannon, died. …

  11. Tigers lose more than Yankees after suspension

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:27 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    In theory, the Tigers were going to be significantly more dangerous in a five-game series than in a seven-gamer.  All because certain AL Cy Young Award winner and probable MVP Justin Verlander would have been able to start 40 percent of the possible games, rather than 29 percent. Now, he’s essentially starting 20. Friday’s Game…

  12. Tigers-Yankees Game 1: Suspended. To be resumed tomorrow

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 1

    Ain’t this a daisy: Joe Torre just announced that Game 1 has been suspended. You can’t predict baseball. But you can predict weather. Makes you wonder why they didn’t do that here. Because of the new postseason rules that were put into place after the soggy 2008 postseason, all playoff games are played to their…

  13. ALDS Tigers-Yankees Game 1 Liveblog: POSTPONED

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

    Yankees' Sabathia waits to catch fly balls during workout day before their MLB American League Division Series against the Tigers begins in New York

    10:24: Live blog over, kids. Back to some normal posting. And “Ghostbusters.” The boys just got arrested and the EPA man is going nuts. Enjoy! 10:21: They’ve postponed the game. Same game time tomorrow, but it will still be Game 1, picking it  up in the 2nd. Sunday will be Game 2 at 3:07PM. No…

  14. Terry Francona to St. Louis would be a fit

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:25 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    Excluding the job in Boston he just vacated, there’s only one current managerial opening for Terry Francona. The White Sox, though, aren’t believed to be all that interested, in large part because Francona is sure to want to remain one of the game’s highest-paid managers (and deservedly so). So, where to for Terry? The North Side of Chicago…

  15. Matt Moore dominates as Rays cruise to Game 1 victory

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:09 PM EST

    Matt Morre

    Pretty much any team other than the Rays would have given Matt Moore an opportunity months ago. Fortunately, Tampa Bay did find some room for him in the end. Making just his second big-league start and fourth appearance, Moore blanked the Rangers for seven innings on Friday and, supported by a pair of homers from Kelly Shoppach, picked…

  16. A’s won’t bring back bench, pitching or hitting coaches

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

    Joel Skinner

    The A’s announced Friday that bench coach Joel Skinner, pitching coach Ron Romanick and hitting coach Gerald Perry won’t return for the 2012 season. All three were in the first year’s on the job in 2011, though it was actually Perry’s second go-round with the A’s.  Of course, all three were hired during Bob Geren’s…

  17. Red Sox owner John Henry taken off yacht in neck brace

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

    John Henry, Tom Werner

    WBZ NewsRadio’s Mike Macklin reports that he witnessed Red Sox owner John Henry getting into an ambulance wearing a neck brace after being helped off his yacht. Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said Henry was involved in a minor accident in his yacht but was OK.  Henry was reportedly on his way to the hospital…

  18. Philadelphia, St. Louis mayors make a beer bet

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

    Michael Nutter

    Because beer and baseball go hand in hand… and not just in the Boston clubhouse. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and St. Louis mayor Francis Slay have made a friendly wager on the results of their teams’ NLDS series. Nutter is putting up beer from several local microbreweries against the St. Louis-based Budweiser being offered by Slay.…

  19. White Sox sign closer Sergio Santos to three-year deal

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

    Sergio Santos

    Sergio Santos, who saved 30 games for the White Sox in just his third year since converting from the infield to the mound, was given a three-year, $8.25 million deal on Friday. It looks like a bargain for the White Sox, who turned to Santos in the ninth after Matt Thornton‘s shaky start this season. Santos…

  20. Angels far better off without Tony Reagins

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Anaheim Angels general manager Tony Reagins, helps three-time all-star and twelve-year veteran Vernon Wells, whom they acquired in a trade last Friday with the Toronto Blue Jays, to put on his new uniform jersey at a press conference in Anaheim

    While the Angels’ much-hyped prospects didn’t always pan out, Tony Reagins had a very good record as the team’s director of player development from 2002-07. As a general manager, the 44-year-old was simply overmatched. It’s safe to say he didn’t resign Friday on his own terms. Reagins’ legacy will be the Vernon Wells deal. It was viewed…

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