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  1. Rangers will start C.J. Wilson in Game 1 of ALCS, keep Alexi Ogando in bullpen

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    C.J. Wilson

    With the Rangers the first team to advance past the first round manager Ron Washington announced that they’ll predictably line up C.J. Wilson to start Game 1 of the ALCS and will also keep Alexi Ogando in the bullpen. Ogando spent nearly the entire season in the Rangers’ rotation, starting 29 games, but made three…

  2. Mike Francesa has never heard of Al Alburquerque

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque reacts after called for a balk which scored New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez during the fifth inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    There are a times when a guy I’ve never heard of shows up in a box score. I try to cover every team as much as possible and that hurt’s one’s depth of baseball knowledge, so it happens. I don’t know every fourth outfielder or fifth bullpen arm in the game and if a dude…

  3. Tim McCarver needs “minor” heart procedure, Terry Francona to fill in for early ALCS games

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    UPDATE: Francona’s role will be a big one, as Ben Grossman of Broadcasting and Cable reports that he’ll be partnered with Joe Buck for Game 1 and Game 2 of the ALCS because Tim McCarver is undergoing a “minor” heart procedure. Quite a first broadcasting gig for Francona. McCarver, who’ll be 70 years in two…

  4. Tigers catcher Alex Avila playing through knee injury

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Alex Avila doesn’t plan to miss any time, but both the All-Star catcher and manager Jim Leyland admitted yesterday that the knee injury he suffered while stepping on Robinson Cano‘s foot in Game 3 is a concern. “Minor injuries happen to everybody,” Avila told Jason Beck of MLB.com. “Whether I was injured badly or not,…

  5. Johnny Damon and B.J. Upton want to stay with Rays in 2012

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Johnny Damon

    Matthew Pouliot wrote yesterday about how the Rays are in position to potentially bring back nearly their entire roster next season, with the notable exception of Johnny Damon being one of their few free agents and B.J. Upton possibly being on the trading block. Following yesterday’s season-ending loss Damon and Upton both expressed a desire…

  6. Shane Victorino: “There was poo everywhere”

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Even after the Phillies took a 2-1 series lead over the Cardinals yesterday Shane Victorino mostly just wanted to talk about the Budweiser Clydesdales being part of the on-field pregame festivities in St. Louis, telling Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com: How about the horses? They went around a second time and crapped all by our dugout.…

  7. Tony La Russa: “I’m embarrassed that I crossed the line”

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    La Russa

    MLB slapped Tony La Russa with an undisclosed fine yesterday for his in-game remarks about the umpiring in Game 2 and the Cardinals manager quietly accepted his punishment, saying he had “no disagreement at all” with the decision. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the fine was “four figures” after La…

  8. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg: “This is untenable as a model going forward.”

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 3

    After yesterday’s loss to the Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg held court and he brought the noise regarding the Rays’ future. The extremely pessimistic and damn nigh depressing noise. The upshot: the Rays keep winning but attendance goes down. About how the model that he and everyone believed in — win games, get…

  9. Andy MacPhail reconsidering leaving Orioles?

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Andy MacPhail AP

    For most of September all indications were that Andy MacPhail planned to step down as Orioles president of baseball operations at season’s end, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that there’s growing chatter about MacPhail sticking around. Connolly speculates that owner Peter Angelos talked MacPhail out of leaving during a meeting last…

  10. Prepare for Brian Wilson to sell you Chalupas

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    brian wilson getty wide

    I thought the idea behind those Taco Bell ads with Mariano Rivera from last postseason was pretty clever.  The execution was a bit off — seemed rather local-used-car-ad-quality and Joe Girardi and Rivera are not, alas, a great actors — but the ad was fun, at least before they decided to run it every half…

  11. Yankees will turn to Ivan Nova for Game 5, with CC Sabathia available in relief

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:47 AM 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

    After getting a solid start from the much-maligned A.J. Burnett last night the Yankees have to be feeling pretty good about their chances of winning Game 5, as they’ll turn to rookie Ivan Nova against Doug Fister and the Tigers. Nova was technically a reliever in Game 1, “starting” the suspended game and pitching 6.1…

  12. Terry Francona was offered a job

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Terry Francona

    White Sox? No. Muskrats: The Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League faxed a job offer to Francona’s agent immediately after he was released from his contract with the major league club last week, but haven’t heard back. Horrible fit for Francona, really.  A collegiate league is going to have a number of players under the…

  13. Grady Sizemore undergoes another knee surgery as 2012 option looms

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    When the Indians shut down Grady Sizemore for the final week of the season they described the move as precautionary, but yesterday the oft-injured center fielder underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery in Colorado. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that the surgery was Sizemore’s fifth in the past three years, but says the…

  14. The Mets to reduce season ticket prices

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    supply and demand curve

    Supply, meet demand: for the third straight year the Mets are going to reduce season ticket prices.  This in the face of attendance dropping off seven percent in 2011: Next year, no full 81-game season-ticket holder will pay more than this year, and more than 80 percent of them will have their ticket prices fall…

  15. Wanna buy the Bill Buckner ball?

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    "The Summer of 86: The Rise and Fall Of The World Champion Mets" Premiere

    The great thing about the Red Sox’ collapse is that it’s now apparently OK to go back and make fun of their historic bad luck and wallow in all of that dubious history.  At least that’s what I’m gathering based on stuff like this: The curse may be over, but the evidence remains. One of…

  16. Timo Perez and three other minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Timo Perez

    I had no idea that former Mets outfielder Timo Perez was still playing baseball, but apparently he is — or at least was — because he was just suspended for violating baseball’s drug program, presumably for PEDs.  He and three other minor leaguers — Oakland outfielder Mitchell LeVier and minor league free agents Oscar Rodriguez…

  17. Exclusive sneak peak at the trailer for the “Moneyball” sequel

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Like “The Godfather Part II” and “Empire Strikes Back,” I think this is going to be one of the rare instances in which the sequel is better than the original: UPDATE: The video — which was made by College Humor — has been taken down from YouTube on copyright grounds. Apologies to the College Humor…

  18. Quote of the Day: Tony La Russa on “Moneyball”

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Well, it’s the quote of yesterday anyway.  La Russa was asked why he put Lance Berkman in left field and Allen Craig in right field for Game 3 on Sunday night.  His answer: “It’s my tribute to Moneyball. I’m not a big Moneyball fan. I have this little place, don’t have a big place. So…

  19. Diamondbacks stave off elimination with 8-1 victory

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:49 AM EST

    Diamondbacks

    The Diamondbacks jumped all over Brewers starter Shaun Marcum and won 8-1 Tuesday to extend the NLDS to a Game 4. Pitching with Arizona down 2-0 in the series, Josh Collmenter shut down the Brewers for the third time this year. He pitched 14 scoreless innings against Milwaukee during the regular season, and he allowed…

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