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  1. NLDS Live Chat: Cardinals vs. Phillies Game 2

    Oct 2, 2011, 8:17 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 1

    Tony La Russa vs. the Phillies? It’s hard to pick who to root against. But you know I’ll try hard to figure it out! Come on in and join the live chat!

  2. Max Scherzer dazzles as Tigers even ALDS with Yankees

    Oct 2, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Scherzer pitches to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer had a very up-and-down regular season. When he was good, he was great. When he was bad, it often got ugly. On Sunday afternoon in New York City, the 27-year-old couldn’t have been much better. Scherzer issued two first-inning walks, but settled in soon after and held the Yankees’ star-studded lineup…

  3. Is it time to hit Alex Rodriguez eighth again?

    Oct 2, 2011, 5:14 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    After the Yankees finally got their first hit off Max Scherzer — a Robinson Cano flare to left in the sixth inning — Alex Rodriguez came up for the third time in Sunday’s Game 2 and popped out to shallow right.  He’s now 0-for-7 with a walk in the series. This isn’t about A-Rod choking. …

  4. NLDS Game 2 lineups: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Oct 2, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Phillies, set to get underway Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Allen Craig, RF 2. Chase Utley, 2B 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Hunter Pence, RF 4.…

  5. Leyland: “Cano is one of the best players I’ve ever seen”

    Oct 2, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

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    Tigers manager Jim Leyland offered high praise for Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano before Game 2 of the ALDS Sunday in New York: “My staff think he’s one of the top five players in all of baseball without question,” Leyland said. “He’s a great player. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen. He…

  6. Yankees suspend beerman for taunting Red Sox pitcher

    Oct 2, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    BESTPIX Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 1

    If it could even be considered a taunt. The New York Post reports that Steve Lazarus, who has been serving beer at Yankee Stadiums for 35 years, was suspended for the first two games of the ALDS as the result of an exchange with former Yankee and current Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves. According to…

  7. NLDS Game 2 lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    Oct 2, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

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    Here are the starting lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Diamondbacks and Brewers. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET. 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,…

  8. ALDS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 2, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the Tigers and Yankees, set to get underway this afternoon around 3:00 p.m. ET: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Magglio Ordonez, RF 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Delmon Young, LF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4.…

  9. Sabathia starting Game 3, Burnett in line for Game 4

    Oct 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

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    Game 1’s 27-hour rain delay threw a hitch into the Yankees’ and Tigers’ rotation plans for the ALDS. On Sunday morning, we got a bit of clarity. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed in his pre-game press conference Sunday that staff ace CC Sabathia will indeed…

  10. Ozzie Guillen has reached out to Big Z about joining Marlins

    Oct 2, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

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    There was speculation at the end of the regular season that the Marlins might have interest in bringing Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano aboard this winter to pair him with his off-field friend and fellow Venezuelan native Ozzie Guillen. Now those rumors are gaining serious traction. According to beat writer Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Venezuela’s El…

  11. Cubs draw thousands for “Movie Night at Wrigley Field”

    Oct 2, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Wrigley Field

    The Cubs’ effort to generate some October revenue (for a change) apparently went off without a hitch. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports, around 10,000 Chicagoans showed up to a screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Saturday night at Wrigley Field. And nearly a thousand of them took part in a pre-screening rendition of…

  12. Quote of the Day: Lance Berkman on Phillies fans

    Oct 2, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

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    The Phillies handled the Cardinals with a decisive 11-6 victory in Game 1 of the NLDS Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. But not before veteran slugger Lance Berkman gave St. Louis an early 3-0 lead with a first-inning three-run homer to deep right field. That shot seemed to stun the fans in the stadium, who…

  13. Royals seeking “front-line” starter this offseason

    Oct 2, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

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    The Royals are pleased with the strides that top position prospects Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez made in 2011. But the Royals also know that they’re going to need an improved starting rotation to reach their organizational goal of competing in 2012, and that the desired upgrade might have to come from an…

  14. Josh Hamilton on facing David Price at The Trop: “It sucks”

    Oct 2, 2011, 8:33 AM EST

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    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, a No. 1 overall selection of the Rays back in 1999, is not looking forward to returning to Tropicana Field on Monday for Game 3 of the ALDS. And he is not looking forward to facing Tampa Bay left-hander David Price. “In the dome, it sucks,” Hamilton said. “I was messing…

  15. Nova impresses, Cano mashes as Yankees capture 9-3 Game 1 win over Tigers

    Oct 1, 2011, 11:51 PM EST

    Yankees pitcher Nova reacts after getting the Tigers out to end fifth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova opened a whole lot of eyes during the regular season while registering a 3.70 ERA across 165 1/3 innings. On a wet and cold Saturday night in New York, he opened many more. Making his first-ever postseason appearance, the 24-year-old Dominican hurled 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball, striking out five…

  16. Rangers tie series by topping Rays 8-6 in ALDS Game 2

    Oct 1, 2011, 10:36 PM EST

    Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz

    Aided by a big miscue from home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley, the Rangers overcame a 3-0 deficit and defeated the Rays 8-6 on Saturday to even the ALDS at one game apiece. The Rays got it started early again tonight, picking up a run in the first on Kelly Shoppach‘s bases-loaded walk and then two more on Matt Joyce‘s homer…

  17. Albert Pujols dealing with heel injury, probable for Sunday

    Oct 1, 2011, 8:52 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Those watching Saturday’s Cardinals-Phillies game surely noticed that Albert Pujols didn’t exactly bust it down the line on his sixth-inning groundout. As it turned out, there was good reason why. Cards manager Tony La Russa said after the game that Pujols is dealing with a heel injury, but that he should play Sunday. Pujols was…

  18. Phillies’ bats explode in 11-6 Game 1 victory over Cardinals

    Oct 1, 2011, 8:25 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 1

    If you want to beat Roy Halladay, you have to get to him early. That’s the common thought around baseball and it’s backed by the statisctics. The Cards followed that strategy to near-perfection in the early going, plating three runs in the top of the first inning courtesy of a Lance Berkman home run. But…

  19. Andy Pettitte to throw 1st pitch at Yankee Stadium Sunday

    Oct 1, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

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    Andy Pettitte will return to the Yankee Stadium mound on Sunday. To pitch. Well, kind of. According to beat writer Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, the 39-year-old left-hander will toss the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees’ Game 2 matchup against the Tigers. Pettitte, who hasn’t officially retired but sat out all of this season, has…

  20. Update: Someone thinks Theo Epstein is Chicago bound

    Oct 1, 2011, 7:25 PM EST

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    That being the New York Post’s Joel Sherman: I am shocked, but in last 36 hrs every exec talk to says believe #Redsox will give permssion and Theo will go to #Cubs to be GM It certainly wouldn’t make any sense for the Red Sox to stand in Epstein’s way if he does want to leave. Keeping…

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