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  1. Hunter Pence, Placido Polanco have sports hernia surgeries

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    Hunter Pence announced via Twitter that his sports hernia surgery this morning “went well” and he’s “feeling good.” Or at least everyone is assuming it was sports hernia surgery, because as David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News points out the Phillies didn’t make an official announcement yet after saying last week that Pence would…

  2. Angels’ firings continue as scout is let go after 27 years in the organization

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    rally monkey angels

    As part of a housecleaning that already included the general manager, director of player personnel, and two key front office assistants the Angels have now fired longtime scout Rich Schlenker after 27 years in the organization. And not only that, according to the 68-year-old scout he was fired “in a 30-second phone call.” Schlenker called…

  3. Rangers bench struggling Mitch Moreland for Game 3 tonight

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Shortly after last night’s Game 2 victory Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that struggling first baseman Mitch Moreland will be out of the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight. Moreland, who’s just 2-for-17 during the playoffs and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Game 2, will be replaced at first base with Michael…

  4. Skip Schumaker hoping to be available if Cardinals reach World Series

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Skip Schumaker

    In removing Skip Schumaker from the NLCS roster because of an oblique injury the Cardinals initially expected him to miss the remainder of the playoffs, but now the utility man is hoping to be available if they reach the World Series. “There’s been a lot of improvement from then to now,” Schumaker told Joe Strauss…

  5. Jim Leyland reiterates that Justin Verlander will not pitch on short rest

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    With the Tigers down 2-0 to the Rangers in the ALCS some managers would be tempted to bring back Justin Verlander for Game 4 on short rest, but Jim Leyland reiterated yesterday that he doesn’t consider that an option. Or in his exact words: “He’s pitching Game 5.That’s a slam dunk. That is the end…

  6. TBS’ Ernie Johnson is attending to more importmant matters

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Ernie Johnson

    Ernie Johnson is TBS’ first-team baseball guy, but he’s been absent from this postseason due to his son’s illness.  Today’s USA Today has a story detailing what Johnson and his family are dealing with.  It’s heart-aching stuff. Keep a thought in your heart for Johnson and his family.

  7. Magglio Ordonez likely to have surgery on fractured ankle

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Magglio Ordonez

    For now Magglio Ordonez remains with the Tigers during the ALCS, watching the games from the dugout after re-fracturing the same ankle he injured last year, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he “almost certainly” will undergo another surgery. Ordonez is scheduled to be examined by a foot specialist back in Detroit and is…

  8. Great Moments in Denial: Shaun Marcum edition

    Oct 11, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum bobbles a bunt from St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 2 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    If you hadn’t watched last night’s game, and instead, simply read the quotes from manager Ron Roenicke and last night’s starter Shaun Marcum in this Tom Haudricourt blog post, you’d think that Marcum and the Brewers lost a 4-3 game in the late innings or something: “He left the ball up to Pujols in the…

  9. “The sausages don’t talk. It’s one of the basic rules of racing meat.”

    Oct 11, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Sausage races

    We all know and love the sausage races at Miller Park, but I’m guessing there are a lot of New York Times readers who have made quite the point of structuring their lives in such a way as to have the races’ existence and nuances elude them for the past 20 years or so.  So…

  10. Selig: expanded playoffs coming, but maybe not next year

    Oct 11, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Commissioner of Baseball Selig gestures to the crowd after throwing out the opening pitch before the start of Game 5 of the MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoff in Milwaukee

    When Bud Selig talks to reporters he usually runs thought three or four things and then walks on. He did that last night in Milwaukee. Here are the things: Labor negotiations are moving along just swell. There is no timetable or deadlines for implementing a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expires…

  11. Wally Backman could join the Nationals’ coaching staff

    Oct 11, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Wally Backman

    Wally Backman was a finalist for the Mets’ job last season, didn’t get it and went on to manage Double-A Binghamton. He’s currently expected to be in line for the job at Triple-A Buffalo, but Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that he may leave the Mets organization altogether and take a job…

  12. Did Prince Fielder just play his final home game with the Brewers?

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:00 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Two

    There’s still plenty of baseball left to be played, so we might be getting a little bit ahead of ourselves here, but Monday’s win by the Cardinals at least makes it possible that Prince Fielder has played his final game at Miller Park as a member of the Brewers. With the series now tied 1-1,…

  13. Albert Pujols leads the way in Game 2 blowout win over Brewers

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:06 AM EST

    Pujols AP

    Albert Pujols didn’t do everything for the Cardinals tonight, but it sure seemed like it at times. Pujols went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, three doubles, five RBI and three runs scored in a 12-3 win over the Brewers in Game 2 of the NLCS, tying the series at 1-1. As part of a 17-hit attack…

  14. Brewers’ rally cut short by double play in fifth inning

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

    NLCS Cardinals Brewers Baseball

    The Brewers just missed out on a big opportunity in the fifth inning. But it wasn’t all their fault. After Arthur Rhodes walked Prince Fielder to load the bases with one out, Tony La Russa brought in right-hander Lance Lynn to face Rickie Weeks, who hit a two-run home run in his previous at-bat. Weeks…

  15. Red Sox managerial search on hold until Theo Epstein’s situation is resolved

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:49 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Here’s something that’s not entirely surprising, but noteworthy, anyway. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Red Sox will not interview any candidates for their managerial vacancy until the Theo Epstein situation is involved. The Cubs have expressed interest in Epstein for their general manager vacancy and the Red Sox GM was reportedly spotted in a…

  16. Nelson Cruz getting hot at a great time for Texas

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:10 PM EST

    Nelson Cruz

    Take a bow, Nelson Cruz. Already having homered to give the Rangers their third run in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Tigers, Cruz unleashed some more fury Monday, tying the game with a solo bomb in the seventh and then hitting a rare walkoff grand slam in the 11th as the Rangers won 7-3. Cruz, who…

  17. Scott Feldman bails out Rangers in Game 2 win over Tigers

    Oct 10, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

    Scott Feldman pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning in Game 2 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    The Texas bullpen figured to be a strength this month, with Alexi Ogando, Koji Uehara, Mike Adams and closer Neftali Feliz available to pitch the final four innings of games. Starter-turned-middle reliever Scott Feldman wasn’t so much a part of that plan, but the former 17-game winner stepped up big on Monday, pitching 4 1/3 scoreless…

  18. Cardinals get early lead on Brewers behind two-run homer by Albert Pujols

    Oct 10, 2011, 8:27 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Two

    It didn’t work out so well for them yesterday, but the Cardinals have another early lead against the Brewers. After Jon Jay reached on a bunt single with one out in the top of the first inning, Albert Pujols took right-hander Shaun Marcum deep for a two-run home run, giving the Cardinals an early 2-0…

  19. Brian Cashman says he hasn’t spoken with Yankees about new contract

    Oct 10, 2011, 7:56 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    One sure sign we’re rapidly approaching silly season? Plenty of conflicting reports. While Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported over the weekend that negotiations between the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman were going smoothly and a new contract could be completed within the week, it appears they aren’t very far along in the process. Cashman told…

  20. MRI comes back negative on Jason Heyward’s shoulder

    Oct 10, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    The Braves haven’t promised Jason Heyward the starting right field job next season, but he’ll at least go into the winter with some peace of mind about his right shoulder. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an MRI on Heyward’s shoulder came back negative. The 22-year-old missed four weeks during the first half…

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