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  1. Source close to Theo: It’s “50-50″ Epstein would leave the Red Sox

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Theo Epstein is truly on the fence about leaving Boston, with one source close to Epstein saying that it’s 50-50 Epstein would take another job. It’s all rather touchy-feely, of course. Epstein may want to go to find a new challenge, but he feels a loyalty to the…

  2. Jimmy Rollins won’t take “hometown discount” from Phillies

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    When he wasn’t busy taking shots at Jose Reyes and tweeting about how the fans at last night’s game weren’t loud enough Jimmy Rollins told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he won’t accept a “hometown discount” to remain with the Phillies after this season. Rollins has spent his entire professional career with the Phillies after…

  3. Twins owner: GM and manager are safe, payroll may drop

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    jim pohlad

    During a lengthy interview with LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins owner Jim Pohlad predictably confirmed that manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Bill Smithwill be back in 2012, saying: “We’re not a knee-jerk organization.” When asked about holding people accountable following a 63-99 season that ranks as one of the…

  4. Kyle Farnsworth had “little bit of a setback” with elbow injury

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Joe Maddon revealed yesterday that Kyle Farnsworth had “a little bit of a setback” with his elbow injury and likely would have been unavailable to pitch Saturday had the Rays needed a late lead closed out. Instead they lost 8-6 and it was a moot point, but Farnsworth’s status remains up in the air with…

  5. Matt Holliday looking doubtful for remainder of Phillies series

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    As the Cardinals return to St. Louis following last night’s series-evening comeback win Matt Holliday will have his hand injury examined by doctors after being on the bench for the first two games against the Phillies. Holliday was able to appear as a pinch-hitter in Game 1, but struck out on three pitches and Joe…

  6. The playoffs: when insanity is perfectly acceptable

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Phillies' Lee reacts during Game 2 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Things I’ve learned while listening to readers and fans for the past couple of days: Robinson Cano is the best there ever was; The Rays are an unstoppable juggernaut; Kirk Gibson is a fraud; The Rays lack a knockout punch; Alex Rodriguez is a terrible baseball player; Robinson Cano isn’t clutch; Tony La Russa is…

  7. Kevin Youkilis likely to have sports hernia surgery Tuesday

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    While struggling to stay healthy and productive in the second half Kevin Youkilis indicated that he was headed for offseason sports hernia surgery and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that he’ll likely go under the knife Tuesday. According to Bradford there’s still some chance Youkilis could decide against surgery if a last-minute examination by doctors…

  8. Jose Valverde: “It’s over for the Yankees”

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Put your pitchforks down, because Valverde wasn’t taunting or being provocative. He was just being Jose Valverde, which we are coming to learn is a thing. Half joking, half wishful thinking, but generally not caring. Still, he did say it, and it’s rather fun to see someone eschew the “we gotta play ‘em one game…

  9. How Juan Carlos Oviedo became “Leo Nunez”

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    leo nunez getty

    Old Gator brought my attention to a good story from yesterday’s Miami Herald, detailing how the pitcher we all know as Leo Nunez — but who is in fact Juan Carlos Oviedo — was able to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes for so long. Part of it is just the normal anonymity of a…

  10. New York in a nutshell

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    New York Yankees' Robinson Cano reacts after striking out against the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    On Saturday Robinson Cano was the Game 1 ALDS hero.  In the wake of that, columns were written pumping him up to demigod status. On Sunday, Cano came up to bat in the ninth with the tying runs on base and grounded to second.  He gets this the next morning:       Good or…

  11. Jimmy Rollins would like the Philly crowd to be a bit louder

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    I’ve been told by several people, with absolute certainty, that Phillies fans are the best in the world, so I was rather confused when Jimmy Rollins took to Twitter last night and made the following observation: He later tweeted, in response to someone defending the fans, that “This is the playoffs & they’re at game 4…

  12. Oh good: A.J. Pierzynski to be a part of Fox’s World Series coverage

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

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    Sometimes I wonder if Fox is involved in a grand experiment to drive baseball fans into insanity. The latest reason: they’re going to announce today that A.J. Pierzynski will part of their World Series coverage, helping host the studio shows with Chris Rose and Eric Karros. Maybe he’ll be good. I don’t know.  But with Pierzynski,…

  13. Tony La Russa and the Cards bullpen shine as St. Louis beats Philly 5-4

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:24 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 2

    This was maybe the most Tony La Russa game ever.  Some mind games early, 125 double switches late, and a close game was won by the Cardinals, 5-4.  What did we learn, kids? You can fall behind one of the Phillies’ aces 4-0 and still win.  I didn’t go back and look, but man, I…

  14. Brewers win 9-4, take 2-0 NLDS lead on Diamondbacks

    Oct 2, 2011, 8:37 PM EST

    Ryan Braun

    Busting a tie game open with a five-spot in the sixth, the Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 9-4 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NLDS. The Brewers won even though Zack Greinke gave up three homers in his first ever postseason start.  Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Young and Justin Upton took the 2009 AL Cy Young…

  15. 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!

  16. 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…

  17. 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. …

  18. 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.…

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

    Oct 2, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    cano square reuters

    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…

  20. 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…

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