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  1. Will the Rangers’ runners keep testing Yadier Molina’s arm?

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Running has been a big part of the Rangers’ offense all year, as they ranked fourth among AL teams in steals during the regular season and swiped seven bases in 10 games through the first two playoff rounds. Texas tried to get that running game going right away in Game 1 of the World Series…

  2. Great Moments in Tortured Metaphors: The Red Sox were unsinkable!

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    TITANIC 11/26/97 HO

    Rob Bradford of WEEI apparently didn’t read Pete Abraham’s column from yesterday in which Pete made a great case for chilling out about the Red Sox’ recent troubles.  About how this stuff happens on lots of teams and that, because of that, it makes little sense to make this into some sort of high and…

  3. Jerry Dipoto looks like the favorite for Orioles’ GM job

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Jerry DiPoto

    Jerry Dipoto of the Diamondbacks and Tony LaCava of the Blue Jays are the two general manager candidates who’ve already interviewed with the Orioles and a third candidate, Dan Jennings, likely won’t be allowed to interview because the Marlins blocked the request. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun believes Dipoto is the current favorite to…

  4. A Cubs/Theo Epstein deal could be done as soon as today

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that “significant progress has been made” in negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox over compensation to be paid in exchange for the Sox letting Theo Epstein out of his contract to join the Cubs.  Kaplan says that a deal could be done as soon as today and that, pending…

  5. Padres “have internally discussed” trading for John Lackey

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    John Lackey

    San Diego’s front office is in a state of flux amid rumors that Theo Epstein could take various Padres staffers with him to the Cubs, but in the meantime they’re apparently talking about taking John Lackey off the Red Sox’s hands. Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres “have internally…

  6. Jim Crane wants $50 million to switch the Astros to the American League

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:07 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    How much is a league-switch worth?  According to this story in the New York Post, Jim Crane thinks it’s worth $50 million: Potential Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is looking to cut $50 million from the purchase price of the team in exchange for the Astros switching leagues, The Post has learned … Sources told The Post that…

  7. A’s want pitching coach Curt Young back from Red Sox

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Curt Young

    Right around this time last fall Curt Young resigned as A’s pitching coach to take the same job with the Red Sox, but a year later Young may be returning to Oakland. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Young “is expected to be reeled back to the Bay Area by the end of the month”…

  8. Is Rays’ GM Andrew Friedman Anaheim-bound?

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    I’m angry at DRays Bay. Oh, they’re a fine blog and in this case they have a neat little news/gossip item that could be pretty significant, so that’s all good. No, I’m mad that they took the “my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this girl who’s going out…

  9. Change of plans: Dirk Nowitzki to throw out Game 3 first pitch

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Marc Stein of ESPN Dallas reported yesterday that MLB rejected the Rangers’ request to have Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki throw out the ceremonial first pitch once the World Series moves to Texas. That led to a lot of angry fans, particularly since MLB’s attempted explanation didn’t really make much sense, and now they’ve changed their…

  10. Crown the Cardinals!

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols slaps hands with relief pitcher Jason Motte after defeating the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    We like to say that anything can happen in a short series, but at some point you have to acknowledge that some things happening are pretty unlikely, at least from a statistical/historical point of view. Example: the team losing Game 1 of the World Series going on to win it.  In fact, as noted in…

  11. C.J. Wilson achieves a rare and dubious feat

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    I presume it’s rare. I couldn’t think of anyone else who has done it, and I’m not exactly sure how to research it without sifting through 100 box scores I don’t feel like sifting through right now. But C.J. Wilson‘s loss last night means that in 2011 he lost (a) the All-Star Game; (b) a…

  12. In Game 2, Rangers turn to playoff ace … Colby Lewis?

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:56 AM EST

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    ST. LOUIS — All the talk about bad starting pitching from these two World Series teams — and the numbers to back it up — has taken the focus away from the hottest starting pitcher in the last two postseasons. Who’s that, you’re thinking? Colby Lewis, that’s who. The Rangers’ Game 2 starter is the…

  13. Josh Hamilton, clearly in pain, goes 0-for-4 with a K

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:43 AM EST

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton told reporters this past weekend, after Texas had secured a World Series berth by taking care of the Detroit Tigers, that he has been operating at about 50 percent health this postseason due to a lingering groin injury. After checking out Game 1 of the World Series, we’re thinking he’s hurting…

  14. La Russa presses the right buttons again, Cardinals defeat Rangers in World Series Game 1

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:58 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa greets Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington during introductions ahead of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Locked in a 2-2 tie with the Rangers in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa stuck by the script he’s been authoring since his club snuck into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Game 1 starter Chris Carpenter was cruising, fresh…

  15. World Series Game 1 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    Fans are shown as they enter Busch Stadium before the start of play between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Game 1 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals is set to get underway this evening just after 8:00 p.m. ET in St. Louis. Busch Stadium should be rocking, despite the cold and rain. We’ll be chatting it up here at HardballTalk from the player introductions through the final pitch. Stop by, hang…

  16. Skip Schumaker merely a fourth outfielder in World Series

    Oct 19, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Skip Schumaker started two games at second base in the Cardinals’ NLDS defeat of the Phillies, going 6-for-10 in that five-game series. But Schumaker missed the NLCS due to an oblique strain and is on the bench for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night in St. Louis. According to beat writer Joe…

  17. Jeremy Affeldt making steady recovery from sliced hand

    Oct 19, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

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    Giants setup man Jeremy Affeldt was shut down in early September after slicing open his right (non-throwing) hand while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties in his home kitchen. The cut was deep — coming within a millimeter of a major artery — so the left-hander has been treated with care over the last month-plus.…

  18. Hmmm. Maybe Bud Selig is retiring next year after all

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig has said he plans to retire after the 2012 season. Most people don’t believe he will. They believe that some emergency or some groundswell of support from the owners or the simple fact that there isn’t an obvious successor will cause him to extend his time in a job that (a) he truly…

  19. Yankees decline 2012 option on reliever Damaso Marte

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Damaso Marte throwing

    Damaso Marte missed all of this season following shoulder surgery last October and today the Yankees officially declined his $4 million option for 2012, buying the left-handed reliever out for $250,000 instead. Marte was consistently one of the best southpaw setup men in baseball prior to joining the Yankees in a mid-2008 trade with the…

  20. What should be THE LAST word on the beer and fried chicken thing

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Fried chicken

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe writes what — if the universe is reasonable and just — should be the final word on the Red Sox’ beer and friend chicken scandal.  The upshot: this is no scandal and everyone should get a grip. What makes it so persuasive is how he lays out what goes…

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