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  1. The ten weirdest career-ending performances of all time

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    John Kruk - 89 Topps

    Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times is at it again. Last time out he listed the ten worst career-ending performances. This time he trains his historical eye at the ten weirdest performances to end a career. The first one he lists — John Kruk’s — is the best.  I don’t think I ever knew this,…

  2. Who to follow on Twitter for World Series: Cardinals edition

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

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    If you’re anywhere close to as obsessed with Twitter as I am you’ll want to add a bunch of Cardinals and Rangers reporters, writers, and bloggers to your follow list for the next couple weeks. At the risk of leaving out some deserving folks, here’s a list of recommended Cardinals follows for the World Series…

  3. Jon Lester opens up on beer/chicken-gate, Terry Francona

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Fried chicken

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe spoke with Jon Lester, who is — as far as I can tell — the first of the Red Sox Fried Chicken Posse to answer the allegations about all of that beer and chicken and those video games and stuff.  Lester was contrite to some degree, but added a…

  4. No surprise: Cardinals will turn to Chris Carpenter in Game 1

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    By avoiding a Game 7 in the NLCS the Cardinals are able to line up their rotation for the World Series, which means Chris Carpenter will start Game 1 against the Rangers. He’ll be matched up against C.J. Wilson, although Texas hasn’t made that official yet. Carpenter was needed for Game 162 of the regular…

  5. Chien-Ming Wang and Nationals continue to talk contract

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    It took a pair of one-year contracts for the Nationals to get some value out of Chien-Ming Wang, who finally returned to the mound in the second half after missing two calendar years following shoulder surgery, and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Washington is working to re-sign him. According to Ladson both sides…

  6. Let’s keep a tally of the Michael Young tongue-baths for the next 48 hours

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Look, I don’t have anything against Michael Young. Fine player. For all I know he’s a nice guy.  But the level of adoration he gets from the baseball press has always vexed me. It’s been some time since he was the best player on his team, yet he is treated as though he is.  He…

  7. Free agent Mark Ellis “figures to return” to Rockies next year

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Mark Ellis

    Mark Ellis, whom the Rockies acquired from the A’s on June 30, “figures to return next season” according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post. Armstrong’s newspaper-mate, Troy Renck, has also tweeted repeatedly throughout the second half that Ellis would like to remain in Colorado and the Rockies would like to re-sign the 35-year-old. Ellis…

  8. Bud Selig wants the Theo Epstein stuff done before the World Series starts. But he shouldn’t care.

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    We keep hearing that the Red Sox and the Cubs are continuing to negotiate a compensation deal for the Cubs’ hiring Theo Epstein, but according to Buster Olney, Bud Selig wants this stuff wrapped up before the World Series starts on Wednesday so it doesn’t distract from baseball’s big show. I get his concern because…

  9. Yeah, Shaun Marcum was awful, but let’s not kill Ron Roenicke for it

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    My first impulse after Shaun Marcum‘s Game 2 four inning, five run performance was that he shouldn’t be allowed to start another playoff game this year.  Then, after thinking it over and looking up and down that Brewers roster, I came around to Ron Roenicke’s way of thinking: who the hell else could he pitch…

  10. Prince Fielder has likely played his last game as a Brewer

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    If it ends — and it looks like it has ended — Prince Fielder‘s tenure as a Milwaukee Brewer ended with an 0-for-4 night and a weak grounder to second base. But that will soon be forgotten. For one thing, he had an overall productive 2011 postseason, getting on base and hitting for power. For…

  11. Frank and Jamie McCourt reach a settlement over Dodgers ownership

    Oct 17, 2011, 6:02 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Frank McCourt’s multi-front war to maintain control over the Los Angeles Dodgers just got a bit simpler: according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Frank and Jamie McCourt have reached a settlement regarding ownership of the Dodgers. The deal has Frank paying Jamie $130 million in exchange for her giving up a claim to…

  12. That was really the best the NL has to offer?

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:32 AM EST

    Mark Kotsay, Nick Punto

    No juggernauts here. The Cardinals just beat the Brewers in a six-game series despite not having any one of their starters pitch more than five innings. There simply wasn’t a quality start in the bunch. But then, maybe beat is the wrong word. Unless one wants to apply to what the Brewers did to themselves. Seven…

  13. Winning ugly: The Cardinals topple the Brewers and win the NL Pennant

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:06 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Six

    Maybe I should say “beating ugly.”  Because while there were all kinds of things in this game that were hard to look at, the Brewers looked way worse in losing 12-6 to the NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Three more errors tonight made for seven in Milwaukee’s final two games.  Fourteen more hits allowed means…

  14. Live Chat: NLCS Game 6

    Oct 16, 2011, 7:59 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Six

    Here we go kids: Shaun Marcum in an elimination game! A chance to face a Texas Rangers team that, quite frankly, I don’t see either of these two NL squads beating!  But that’s why we play the games! The live-chatting will commence in a moment.

  15. NLCS Game 6 lineups: Cardinals vs. Brewers

    Oct 16, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

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    Below are the starting lineups for Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Brewers, set to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The roof will be closed and the crowd will be rocking at Miller Park: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF 2.…

  16. Shaun Marcum: NLCS Game 6 “the biggest of my career”

    Oct 16, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

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    Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum is well aware of what’s at stake in Sunday night’s NLCS Game 6 against the Cardinals. He never made it to the postseason during his five years with the Blue Jays and has struggled mightily in his first two October outings for Milwaukee. The guy needs to rebound. “It’s exciting,” Marcum…

  17. D’Backs undecided on bringing back infielder Aaron Hill

    Oct 16, 2011, 1:51 PM EST

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    Aaron Hill registered a cool .315/.386/.492 batting line with two home runs, 16 RBI and five stolen bases in 142 plate appearances after joining the Diamondbacks via trade in late August. He also posted a solid .879 OPS in the NLDS. But the Arizona front office is well aware that great results over a small…

  18. Phillies GM suspects Chase Utley’s knee issues may linger

    Oct 16, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

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    Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday that Chase Utley‘s patellar tendinitis could remain with him for the remainder of his MLB career: “I don’t know if it’s behind him,” the GM said. “Is he going to be a 30-homer, 110-RBI guy and hit .300? I don’t…

  19. Josh Hamilton says he’s playing at “50 percent” health

    Oct 16, 2011, 11:27 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Most of the 75 or so players remaining in this year’s postseason are dealing with some kind of malady, whether it be a major injury or general soreness. Josh Hamilton may be hurting more than most. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the 30-year-old outfielder said after Saturday’s 15-5 ALCS Game 6 victory over…

  20. Compensation talks for GM Epstein are “business-like, civil”

    Oct 16, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com heard from sources Saturday that talks between the Cubs and Red Sox involving compensation for GM Theo Epstein had grown “increasingly contentious.” Less than 24 hours later, things would seem to be moving in the right direction again. An executive involved in the ongoing negotiations told Peter Abraham of the Boston…

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