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  1. No Bartolo?! Lance Berkman, Jacoby Ellsbury win Comeback Player of the Year awards

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    Major League Baseball just announced that Lance Berkman and Jacoby Ellsbury have won the Comeback Player of the Year Awards.  Obviously they both had great years after (a) a lost year for Ellsbury due to injury; and (b) a mostly lost year for Berkman which, due to a trade that didn’t work out well and…

  2. Every team in baseball passed over Nelson Cruz, including the Rangers

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    nelson cruz reuters wide

    Long before he became one of the league’s top sluggers and a postseason hero Nelson Cruz was passed over by every team in baseball, including the Rangers. His journey to playoff stardom is pretty remarkable, actually. Cruz was signed out of the Dominican Republic as an 18-year-old by the Mets in 1998. Two years later…

  3. Someone should ask Mike Scioscia for his opinion of Mike Napoli’s performance

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:34 AM EST

    Mike Napoli

    This is squarely in “deep thoughts” territory. And by that I mean it’s a really, really shallow thought.  But I couldn’t help wonder last night, as I saw Mike Napoli block the plate on the Cabrerea play and as he threw out Austin Jackson on that steal, whether Mike Scioscia was kicking his television. No,…

  4. Josh Hamilton has played through groin injury “for a while”

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    hamilton getty square

    Josh Hamilton moved gingerly as he got to second base on last night’s extra-inning double and afterward the reigning MVP admitted that he’s been playing through a groin injury “for a while.” “My groin is sore,” Hamilton told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. “A lot of guys are hurting right now. That’s part of it…

  5. Sox, Cubs to talk Theo compensation today

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    John Dennis of WEEI reports that the Red Sox and Cubs will start talks regarding compensation for Theo Epstein today. As reported earlier, it’s likely to involve either non-prospecty minor leaguers or cash, with some suggesting yesterday that the Sox would just prefer the cash. I wish I could listen in on those negotiations.  I’d…

  6. Acrimony! A family seating dispute erupts between the Cards and Brewers

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    There is a good bit of acrimony between the Cardinals and the Brewers. Brewers fans think Albert Pujols and that whole operation in St. Louis is lousy, two-faced and low-rent (adjectives which actually filled my inbox from Brewers fans in recent weeks).  The Cardinals think much the same about the Brewers. Or at least Nyjer…

  7. Great moments in media synergy: Red Sox fat photos

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    The Boston Globe certainly made the biggest news yesterday with all of that chicken and beer stuff — it was ludicrous, really — so it’s no surprise that they’re gonna stay on that story until its greasy, tasty end. To that end: a photo slide show in which you can compare spring training pics of…

  8. Mark Kotsay in center field: that was an interesting choice

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Mark Kotsay is unable to reach an RBI double by St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    When the lineups came out yesterday and Mark Kotsay was listed as the Brewers’ starting center fielder, well, let’s just say that the Internet did not approve. Yes, Nyjer Morgan was struggling and yes Kotsay has had some success against Chris Carpenter in a tiny sample size. But really? The same Mark Kotsay who played ten…

  9. All kinds of ugly: Miguel Cabrera getting thrown out at home last night

    Oct 13, 2011, 5:59 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers baserunner Cabrera is out at home plate as Texas Rangers catcher Napoli makes the tag in the eighth inning in Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Can we just pretend the bottom of the eighth inning in last night’s Tigers-Rangers game didn’t happen? For those of you who missed it, with one out, Miguel Cabrera came up to bat.  For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Ron Washington had, to that point, been pitching to Cabrera with men on base, getting burned…

  10. David Ortiz open to joining Yankees … does it matter?

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:16 AM EST

    David Ortiz

    During a conversation about the Red Sox’ collapse Wednesday with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez, David Ortiz was asked whether he would be open to joining the rival Yankees this winter as a free agent. Big Papi’s well-thought-out response to that question: “That’s something I gotta think about,” Ortiz said. “I’ve been here on the Red Sox…

  11. Cardinals’ bullpen shines as St. Louis wins Game 3, takes 2-1 NLCS lead

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:49 PM EST

    motte reuters

    Game 3 of the NLCS was supposed to be a classic duel of two great pitchers: the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo against the Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter. But it’s not often that things go as they’re expected to in Major League Baseball’s postseason. Gallardo was hammered for four earned runs in the first inning and didn’t make…

  12. NLCS Game 3 Live Blog: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:20 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    11:20pm: Thanks for hanging out. Game 4 of the NLCS is scheduled for Thursday at 8:05 p.m. ET. 11:19pm: McGehee also chases a high fastball from Mote. Game over. 11:18pm: The Brewers will pinch-hit for Lucroy with Casey McGehee. 11:16pm: Betancourt chases high heat. Two down. 11:14pm: Hairston grounds out to shortstop. One down. 11:11pm:…

  13. Jose Valverde falters and Rangers take 3-1 lead in ALCS

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:40 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    The Tigers never asked Jose Valverde to get more than three outs during the regular season. On Wednesday, they asked him to do it for the second time in three days, and it backfired in a big way. Mike Napoli delivered an RBI single and Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the top of…

  14. Magglio Ordonez might want to continue playing

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:13 PM EST

    magglio ordonez getty

    When veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez fractured his right ankle last week for the second time in 14 months, many assumed that the 37-year-old would be forced to hang up his baseball cleats for good. But that might not be the case. According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Ordonez “is said to want to keep playing” and…

  15. Ryan Howard expected to recover from Achilles’ tendon surgery in 5-6 months

    Oct 12, 2011, 7:08 PM EST

    howard getty

    As Craig noted earlier, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard underwent surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles’ tendon early Wednesday morning. Now some recovery timetables are pouring in. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday evening that Howard will be back to playing at the level he’s accustomed to within 5-6…

  16. Justin Masterson undergoes surgery on left shoulder

    Oct 12, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    masterson getty

    From MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian comes word that starter Justin Masterson underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his non-throwing shoulder. The minor operation was performed by Dr. Craig Morgan in Wilmington, Deleware and deemed an initial success. Masterson should be fully recovered by the start of spring training next February. The 26-year-old right-hander registered a solid 3.21…

  17. UPDATE: ALCS Game 4 finally underway

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    UPDATE: It’s damp in Detroit, but Game 4 of the ALCS is officially underway. 5:54 PM:  We not have a start time of 6:30.  It has stopped raining, so this may actually be a go. 4:50 PM: Now it’s set for 5:45.  And by “set” I mean “that’s as good a guess as they got…

  18. NLCS Game 3 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Brewers-Cardinals series: MILWAUKEE BREWERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Corey Hart, RF 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Mark Kotsay, CF 2. Jon Jay, CF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Matt Holliday, LF 5. Rickie Weeks, 2B 5. Lance Berkman,…

  19. Tweet of the Day: The Red Sox must have been doing it wrong

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Fried chicken

    It’s been a pretty neat day in baseball. Well, that is if you can call all of this post-facto recrimination stuff going on in Boston “neat.” I sure can, but then again, I sort of love chaos. Anyway, this tweet from FanGraph’s Matt Klaassen pretty much sums up my thoughts on the whole matter: Amen.

  20. Jack McKeon used to lock Marlins’ clubhouse door to keep Josh Beckett out during games

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    josh beckett marlins si cover

    Josh Beckett is among the Red Sox pitchers who reportedly drank beer, ate fried chicken, and played video games in the clubhouse during games and former Marlins manager Jack McKeon recalls locking the clubhouse door to keep Beckett (and Brad Penny) in the dugout during the 2003 season. Not only that, McKeon told Joe Capozzi…

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