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  1. Blue Jays prospect Travis d’Arnaud needs thumb surgery

    Oct 16, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    d'arnaud pose getty

    According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, Blue Jays prospect Travis d’Arnaud tore ligaments in his thumb while serving as Team USA’s catcher at the 39th Baseball World Cup in Panama and has headed home to undergo a surgical procedure. Acquired in a package for Roy Halladay back in December of 2009, d’Arnaud batted…

  2. NLCS Game 6 bumped from 4:05 p.m. ET to 8:05 p.m. ET

    Oct 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    The Cardinals team warms up at Miller Park the day before the start of the NLCS series against the Brewers in Milwaukee

    A scheduling note from Major League Baseball. With the Rangers finishing off the Tigers on Saturday night in Arlington by a score of 15-5 and advancing to the World Series, Game 6 of the NLCS has been moved up to primetime. It’ll still be shown on TBS. Initially scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. first pitch,…

  3. Rangers dominate ALCS Game 6 for 15-5 victory, move along to World Series

    Oct 16, 2011, 12:01 AM EST

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    The Rangers’ rotation has managed just one quality start in 10 postseason outings, but it doesn’t really matter. Texas is advancing to the World Series for the second consecutive year on the back of a dynamic and powerful batting order — one that strung together 17 hits and 15 runs in Saturday’s ALCS-clinching Game 6…

  4. Rangers keep raking, maintain large ALCS Game 6 lead

    Oct 15, 2011, 10:53 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers - Game Six

    We’ve got a blowout going on in Texas. After a nine-run third inning, the Rangers have tacked on three more scores and hold a commanding 12-4 lead in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Tigers. It’s the top of the seventh inning in Arlington. Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton plated the Rangers’ 10th run with…

  5. Rangers explode in third inning, jump way ahead of Tigers in ALCS Game 6

    Oct 15, 2011, 9:41 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers - Game Six

    Ramon Santiago, the Tigers’ No. 9 hitter, smacked a leadoff single to open the third inning, but center fielder Austin Jackson struck out for the 19th time this October and right fielder Ryan Raburn hit into his second double play of the night to end the threat. In the bottom half of the third, perhaps…

  6. Tigers take early ALCS Game 6 lead courtesy of Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta homers

    Oct 15, 2011, 8:47 PM EST

    ALCS Tigers Rangers Baseball

    Rangers lefty Derek Holland had more first-inning trouble Saturday in Game 6 of the ALCS, allowing a leadoff single to Austin Jackson. Ryan Raburn hit into a double play to erase that initial threat, but Miguel Cabrera launched an opposite-field homer a moment later to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. Holland entered the…

  7. Rangers deny report of plan to pursue CC Sabathia

    Oct 15, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    sabathia reuters

    Remember that talk about the Rangers throwing a “boatload of money” at left-hander CC Sabathia if (or when, really) he opts out of his contract with the Yankees? It apparently has no legs. Sources within the Texas organization told CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler that there’s “no way” a substantial offer will be made this winter.…

  8. Skip Schumaker expects to be ready for World Series

    Oct 15, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    Skip Schumaker

    If the Cardinals are able to win either Game 6 or Game 7 in Milwaukee and advance to the World Series, they’ll have a nice treat waiting for them on the other end. And not just champagne, or Bud Light, or a larger share of playoff revenue. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis…

  9. Justin Verlander will not pitch again during the ALCS

    Oct 15, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Tigers starting pitcher Verlander throws to the Yankees during first inning in Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    If the Tigers win the next two games in Texas and reach the World Series, they will have done it without Justin Verlander. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Tigers manager Jim Leyland just confirmed that Verlander will not pitch again during the ALCS. Some speculated that he could be available for a relief appearance in…

  10. ALCS Game 6 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 15, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the Tigers-Rangers series: DETROIT TIGERS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Ryan Raburn, RF 2. Elvis Andrus, RF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Victor Martinez, DH 4. Michael Young, 1B 5. Delmon Young, LF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B…

  11. Could the Cubs and Red Sox also clash over Ryne Sandberg?

    Oct 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Ryne Sandberg AP

    Negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox regarding compensation for Theo Epstein are getting pretty complicated, but it’s possible they could clash again later this offseason. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com paints a scenario where the clubs could compete for managerial candidates, naming Hall of Famer and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg in particular. Epstein attempted to…

  12. Athletics denied permission to interview Reds pitching coach Bryan Price

    Oct 15, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Getty Bryan Price

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Athletics were denied permission to interview Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. The Athletics are currently seeking a replacement for Ron Romanick, who was fired following his first season on the job. Bob Melvin, who took over for Bob Geren in June and just inked a three-extension to remain…

  13. Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton skip optional workout, still expected to play in Game 6

    Oct 15, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton were the only two players on the Rangers’ 25-man roster who did not attend an optional workout Friday at Rangers’ ballpark. While noteworthy, neither absence is a big surprise. Beltre is dealing with discomfort after fouling a pitch off his left knee in Game…

  14. It sure looks like CC Sabathia will opt out of his contract with the Yankees

    Oct 15, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia still has around three weeks to decide whether to opt out of his contract with the Yankees, but from what his agent Brian Peters told Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider only) this morning, it sure sounds like he has already made up his mind. “CC has been clear about how he feels about…

  15. Jerry Dipoto to interview for general manager jobs with Angels and Orioles

    Oct 15, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    Jerry DiPoto

    Jerry Dipoto was passed over for the Diamondbacks general manager job last year in favor of Kevin Towers, but he’s still a hot property around MLB. Jack McGruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that the Angels and Orioles have received permission from the Diamondbacks to speak with Dipoto about their vacant general manager positions. Dipoto,…

  16. No, Yovani Gallardo still isn’t an option for Game 6 of the NLCS on Sunday

    Oct 15, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

    Yovani Gallardo

    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before last night’s game that Yovani Gallardo wasn’t an option to start Game 6 on Sunday and he isn’t wavering now that his club is facing elimination. According to Tom Haudricourt and Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Roenicke confirmed that Shaun Marcum will indeed make the start as…

  17. 2011 No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole makes pro debut in Arizona Fall League

    Oct 15, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

    Bob Nutting, Gerrit Cole

    Gerrit Cole, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Pirates in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League yesterday. The results aren’t all that important, but Cole gave up three runs on three hits over 2 1/3 innings while striking out two and walking one. The 21-year-old…

  18. It sounds like Tony La Russa will be back with the Cardinals next season

    Oct 15, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    According to the Associated Press, in speaking with reporters prior to Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers last night, Tony La Russa dropped some pretty strong hints that he will return as manager of the Cardinals next season. La Russa and the Cardinals have a mutual option for 2012. “We don’t get into…

  19. Talks between Cubs, Red Sox for Theo Epstein have turned “increasingly contentious”

    Oct 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    And you thought this would be easy, huh? David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for Theo Epstein have turned “increasingly contentious” as the two sides remain “far apart” on an agreement. In fact, one baseball executive with knowledge of the parties involved says that Red Sox…

  20. Cole Hamels undergoes elbow, hernia surgeries

    Oct 15, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels had a pair of surgeries Friday, neither of which are expected to impact his availability for the start of the 2012 season. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the southpaw underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and had loose bodies removed from his left elbow. The Phillies announced that Hamels should be…

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