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  1. Wanna buy the Bill Buckner ball?

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    "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…

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

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    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…

  5. Diamondbacks stave off elimination with 8-1 victory

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

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    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…

  6. A.J. Burnett steps up against Tigers as Yankees force fifth game

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Craig did his best to talk everybody off the ledge this morning in regard to A.J. Burnett, but even the most optimistic among us had absolutely no idea what pitcher we were going to see tonight against the Tigers. Now that the dust has settled, it fair to say that the enigmatic right-hander exceeded all expectations.…

  7. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Brewers vs. Diamondbacks

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Brewers-Diamondbacks series, scheduled for 9:37 p.m. ET: MILWAUKEE BREWERS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 1. Corey Hart, RF 1. Willie Bloomquist, SS 2. Nyjer Morgan, CF 2. Aaron Hill, 2B 3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Justin Upton, RF 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Miguel Montero, C 5. Rickie Weeks,…

  8. Ben Francisco powers Phillies to 2-1 lead over Cardinals in NLDS

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    Ben Francisco delivered a three-run pinch-hit home run off Jaime Garcia in the top of the seventh inning while the bullpen survived two late rallies as the Phillies topped the Cardinals 3-2 in Game 3 of the NLDS. We had ourselves a pretty compelling pitchers’ duel over the first six innings as Garcia and Cole…

  9. NLDS Phillies-Cardinals Game 3 Live Blog

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    8:21: Theriot bounces out to second base to end it. The Phillies win the ballgame 3-2 and take a 2-1 lead over the Cardinals in the NLDS. The Phillies will attempt to advance to the NLCS tomorrow night when Roy Oswalt goes up against Edwin Jackson. Thanks for reading, everyone, and stay tuned for a…

  10. Umpires huddle, reverse bad call in ninth inning of Phils-Cards game

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    They got this one right. After Jerry Meals ruled that Carlos Ruiz‘s fly to center with one on and one out in the ninth was a single, the umpires huddled and correctly stated that Skip Schumaker caught the ball. Schumaker, who had just entered as a defensive replacement at the start of the inning, argued…

  11. Report: Cubs ask permission to talk to Red Sox GM Theo Epstein

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Tom Werner, Theo Epstein

    The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy reports that the Cubs have officially asked permission to speak to Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. According to Shaughnessy, there were meetings at Fenway Park this afternoon regarding the team’s response to the request. Epstein is under contract for another year, so the Red Sox would have the right to…

  12. Dodgers decline options on Casey Blake, Jon Garland

    Oct 4, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    The Dodgers moved quickly to erase some of their bad 2011 memories Tuesday, declining options on Casey Blake and Jon Garland and outrighting Eugenio Velez to Triple-A. Blake’s option was worth $6 million, while Garland would have made $8 million. Blake played in just 63 games in the final season of a three-year, $17.5 million…

  13. ALDS Game 4 lineups: Yankees vs. Tigers

    Oct 4, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Yankees-Tigers series, scheduled for 8:37 p.m. EDT tonight: NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS 1. Derek Jeter, SS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 2. Ramon Santiago, 2B 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Delmon Young, LF 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 5. Mark…

  14. Rays fans have a lot to look forward to

    Oct 4, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    So, yeah, that amazing September comeback didn’t result in a whole lot of October excitement, but the Rays should only be stronger in 2012. This was supposed to be something of a rebuilding year for Tampa Bay after the losses of Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena and the decimation of a bullpen that was could…

  15. Astros prospect Dustin Kellogg killed in auto accident

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

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    18-year-old Dustin Kellogg, a 34th-round pick of the Astros in the 2011 draft, was killed late Monday in a collision outside Houston, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported. Kellogg, driving a pickup truck, was killed in his hometown of Conroe when he collided head-on with a Wal-Mart 18-wheeler. The DPS said the freight truck…

  16. Adrian Beltre hits three homers, clubs the Rangers past the Rays and into the ALCS

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 4

    Adrian Beltre hit three homers — all solo shots — to lead the Rangers past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3.  That win makes three which puts the Rangers in the ALCS, making it there by beating the Rays in the division series for the second straight year. For the Rays, the season ends six days…

  17. Adrian Beltre first ever to hit three homers in LDS game

    Oct 4, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a trio of solo homers Tuesday against the Rays, making him the seventh player ever to hit three in a postseason game and first to do it in an LDS. Here’s the list: 1. Babe Ruth (NYY) – 1926 World Series – Game 4 2. Babe Ruth (NYY) – 1928…

  18. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Phillies vs. Cardinals

    Oct 4, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Phillies-Cardinals series: PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Chase Utley, 2B 2. Allen Craig, LF 3. Hunter Pence, RF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Shane Victorino, CF 5. David Freese,…

  19. Live chat: Rangers-Rays, ALDS Game 4

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 3

    Hang out, avoid work, watch the Rangers-Rays game, and chat with Aaron Gleeman and Craig Calcaterra this afternoon. Pitching matchup: Rangers: LHP Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA, 3.85 xFIP in 186 innings) Rays: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95 ERA, 4.72 xFIP in 189 innings) Click here for the lineups. And just press “play” to start…

  20. Daisuke Matsuzaka throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Red Sox starting pitcher Matsuzaka of Japan stands on the mound with a trainer and his translator during their American League MLB baseball game against the Mariners in Boston

    Daisuke Matsuzaka played catch yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in June, with the Koyodo News reporting that he made 39 throws from “short range” at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Florida. Matsuzaka reported no problems with his surgically repaired elbow, but he’ll have to clear many more…

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