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  1. Brian Cashman expects to sign new contract by October 31

    Oct 18, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    There’s never been much doubt about Brian Cashman and the Yankees working out a new contract and the general manager told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that “it’ll get done between now and October 31, I’m sure.” October 31 is when his current contract expires and Cashman explained that “it’s not a pressing circumstance, as far…

  2. Cubs sign 30-year deal to keep spring training home in Mesa

    Oct 18, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    welcome to mesa

    City council members in Mesa, Arizona voted unanimously to approve a 30-year contract with the Cubs that will include a new $99 million spring training complex. Last year voters in Mesa approved the deal by a 2-to-1 margin, but Garin Groff of the East Valley Tribune reports that protesters have said the public wasn’t fully…

  3. Senators urge World Series tobacco ban

    Oct 18, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    Dykstra Tobacco

    Four U.S. Senators and the city health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas sent letters to union head Michael Weiner, urging players to not use smokeless tobacco during the World Series. Well, that ain’t happening, but it’s worth noting insofar as this is just the latest instance of public pressure on Major League Baseball over…

  4. Yankees tell Jesus Montero to skip winter ball

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Jesus Montero

    Jesus Montero won’t participate in winter ball after the Yankees decided he’s played enough games this year, according to Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News. Montero played 109 games at Triple-A prior to being called up on September 1 and got into 18 more games for the Yankees down the stretch, totaling 532…

  5. Must-Click Link: The most comprehensive article about catchers blocking pitches in the dirt you’ve ever seen

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Block pitch

    That may be the most comprehensive headline I’ve ever written too, but really there’s no other way to go with this. Bojan Koprivica of The Hardball Times has a huge article up today in which he attacked the issue of catchers blocking pitchers in the dirt, explaining how to go at the problem, how to…

  6. Ozzie Guillen angry at White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

    Don Cooper managed the White Sox’s final game following Ozzie Guillen’s departure and signed a multi-year contract extension to remain Chicago’s pitching coach, but apparently Guillen and Cooper aren’t exactly on good terms. Guillen, who just returned from a two-week vacation in Spain and will join the “Baseball Tonight” crew for World Series analysis, had…

  7. Emily Greinke was not happy with her NLCS seats in Busch Stadium

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Remember the dustup about where the Brewers’ players’ families would sit in Busch Stadium during the NLCS? About how it was all a misunderstanding and that everyone would be in suites and stuff? Yeah, someone forgot to get Emily Greinke the right ticket because she ended up sitting down in the left field corner and wasn’t…

  8. Chris Carpenter has “inflammation and swelling” in elbow

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Chris Carpenter will start Game 1 of the World Series for the Cardinals and publicly at least various members of the team downplayed talk of his elbow being an issue, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “Carpenter suffered inflammation and swelling of the elbow” following his start against the Brewers…

  9. Your Official HardballTalk World Series Preview

    Oct 18, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    Ron Washington

    Boston beats Philly in six games. Mark it down. Oh, wait.  The accepted narrative was upset weeks ago. None of the 45 ESPN experts — and to be honest, none of us here — picked the Rangers to face the Cardinals back in the spring. It made some amount of sense to pick against the…

  10. Dave Duncan has a lot on his mind

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    We’ve touched on this before, but in case you were unaware, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan missed a lot of time late in the season to be with his wife who underwent brain surgery for a tumor. Dave has been back for the playoffs, largely because his wife Jeanine’s insistence that he do so. Today Mike Lopresti…

  11. Michael Young = Derek Jeter

    Oct 18, 2011, 7:09 AM EST

    Michael Young dugout

    In the wake of my Michael Young post from yesterday, I was drawn into a little Twitter skirmish with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, who called the post “boneheaded,” and said I didn’t understand or appreciate Michael Young. What Evan missed, I think, was that I wasn’t criticizing Young as much as I…

  12. Report: Announcement on Theo Epstein likely several days away

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:26 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Don’t hold your breath for a quick resolution with the Theo Epstein situation. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com heard from a source Monday that “significant work” remains in talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for the former Boston GM. While the two sides have made progress in recent days, the Red Sox believe…

  13. Michael Young expected to play first base under National League rules in St. Louis

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:50 PM EST

    Michael Young

    The Rangers won’t have the benefit of the designated hitter for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series against the Cardinals, which means Michael Young will almost certainly get the nod at first base in St. Louis. The only other realistic option is Mitch Moreland, but he is hitting just .105 (2-for-19) during the…

  14. Orioles to interview Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava for general manager this week

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

    orioles

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles will interview Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava this week for their vacant general manager post. Dipoto, who impressed many around baseball when he took over as Diamondbacks’ interim general manager after Josh Byrnes was fired last July, served as vice president of scouting and player development…

  15. All World Series games to begin at 8:05 p.m. ET

    Oct 17, 2011, 7:50 PM EST

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    A minor programming note to pass along, as Major League Baseball has announced that every World Series game between the Rangers and Cardinals will begin at 8:05 p.m. ET. This is welcome news in that the scheduling for the World Series last year was mostly hit or miss. We had one 8:20 p.m start due…

  16. Nolan Ryan picks Rangers in six games

    Oct 17, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Nolan Ryan

    Showing apparently little confidence in his ragtag group of ballplayers, Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said Monday that his team would lose twice to the Cardinals before eventually winning the World Series in six games. Ryan made the predicion on the ESPN Dallas “Galloway & Company” radio show. Even though six of the last seven World…

  17. Koji Uehara could be left off the Rangers’ World Series roster

    Oct 17, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    When the Rangers acquired Koji Uehara from the Orioles at the trade deadline, they were hoping he would be a stabilizing force for the backend of their bullpen. However, he’s been anything but during the postseason, allowing five runs on five hits (including three home runs) in just 1 1/3 innings over three appearances. Other…

  18. Red Sox wanted Matt Garza from Cubs for Theo Epstein

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    There are varying reports about how negotiations between the Red Sox and Cubs for general manager Theo Epstein have gone, but here’s something new: According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago the initial asking price was Matt Garza. Realistically that was never going to happen, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Red Sox figured…

  19. Sox source: Jon Lester’s comments today “only told part of the story”

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Jon Lester reacts at end of second inning after he gave up six runs to New York Yankees in their MLB game in New York

    Earlier today self-proclaimed “grown-ass man” Jon Lester spoke with the Globe’s Pete Abraham about L’affaire Fried Chicken and the ouster of Terry Francona.  For the most part Lester has been given props for being frank and open and, well, grown-ass about it.  But two sources tell Mike Giardi of CSNNE.com that Lester’s downplaying of it…

  20. Rangers make it official: C.J. Wilson will start Game 1

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Not that there was any doubt, but the Rangers officially announced that C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. He’ll be matched up against Chris Carpenter, as both teams are able to arrange their rotations as they wanted thanks to neither LCS going the full seven games. Carpenter and…

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