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  1. Report: Yankees, CC Sabathia to discuss contract this weekend

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Many have considered it a foregone conclusion that CC Sabathia will use the opt-out clause in his contract and hit free agency next week, but the Yankees are doing their best to make sure that doesn’t happen. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees “will be talking extensively” with the agent for…

  2. World Series Game 7 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 28, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 7 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Ryan Theriot, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Allen Craig, LF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. David…

  3. Yankees will announce new contract with general manager Brian Cashman after World Series

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman and the Yankees have made it very clear that finalizing his new contract was merely a formality, with the general manager saying something would get done by Halloween. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal and will make things official after the World Series, following Bud…

  4. Chris Carpenter is starting Game 7 on short rest

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    UPDATE: It’s official, Carpenter is starting on short rest. Here’s Tony La Russa’s rather simple explanation, via R.B. Fallstrom of the Associated Press: “He’s the guy our club wants to have out there, and he’s ready to take it. Plain and simple. He’s our guy.” ========== Tony La Russa might wait until the last possible moment…

  5. Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli are both in the Rangers’ lineup

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Barring a last-minute change Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli will start Game 7 tonight despite suffering what appeared to be pretty significant injuries last night. Napoli rolled his ankle running the bases, but stayed in to catch the final eight innings and X-rays taken afterward were negative. Speed has never been part of Napoli’s game…

  6. 2011 Projection Review: Shortstops

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    What follows is a review of some of my 2011 projections for Rotoworld.com. I’m highlighting my preseason top five for each position and some other notables. Catchers First basemen Second basemen Third basemen Shortstops Preseason Top 5 Hanley Ramirez – Marlins – $39 – #1 Projection: .317/.398/.533, 27 HR, 104 R, 93 RBI, 30 SB…

  7. John Lackey is the last pitcher to win a World Series Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    LACKEY

    Tonight will be the first time since 2002 that there’s been a Game 7 in the World Series. And hard as it may be to believe considering his current predicament John Lackey was the winning pitcher that night, tossing five innings of one-run ball as the Angels defeated Livan Hernandez and the Giants on October…

  8. HBT Extra: Game 7? I’m still catching my breath from Game 6!

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Tiffany and I talk about the sights and sounds from the amazing Game 6 and look ahead to baseball’s last game of the season.

  9. Last night’s Win Probability graph is hilarious

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    win probability chart

    Fan Graphs has real-time Win Probability graphs for every game, which track each team’s chances of winning based on the historical odds of the specific game situation at the time. Last night’s Win Probability graph is pretty amazing. It looks more like an EKG for … well, a Cardinals or Rangers fan watching the game:

  10. Cardinals remove injured Matt Holliday from roster, Allen Craig to start Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Matt Holliday left last night’s game with a sprained right wrist and X-rays were negative, but the Cardinals have removed the injured left fielder from the World Series roster for Game 7. Holliday, who suffered the injury diving back into third base on a play in which Mike Napoli and Adrian Beltre picked him off,…

  11. The Orioles are going back to the cartoon bird

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orioles cap

    News you can use: Roch Kubatko of MASN tweeted that the Baltimore Orioles are going to change their caps next year, returning the cartoon bird of the 70s and 80s. No word yet if it will be like the one shown here or if it will have the white field like it did in the…

  12. Dodgers set to hire MLB’s first female physical trainer

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    sue falsone dodgers

    Stephania Bell of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers will soon make Sue Falsone the first female head physical trainer in MLB history when they announce her hiring next week. Not only that, according to Bell she’ll be the first head physical trainer in any of the four major sports. Falsone has served as a consultant…

  13. Reggie Jackson accuses Billy Martin of being a racist and anti-semite

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Billy Martin

    Reggie Jackson spoke with Bob Costas for a documentary that will air on the MLB Network on Monday and during that conversation he spoke of his former manager Billy Martin. He didn’t speak well of him: “I did not accept the way he managed me. I did not accept the way he managed Ken Holtzman.…

  14. Tony LaCava “very likely” to be Orioles’ new general manager

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    tony lacava

    Shortly after news of the Angels deciding on Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that current Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava is “very likely” to be named the Orioles’ next GM. Dipoto and LaCava both interviewed with Baltimore and Heyman speculates that Dipoto talking to the Orioles…

  15. Report: Jerry Dipoto to be named Angels GM

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that, according to his sources, the Angels are going to name Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager. Dipoto is currently Arizona’s senior vice president of scouting and player development. He previously served as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM. While filling that role he traded Dan Haren to the Angels, so part of…

  16. X-rays were negative, so Mike Napoli expects to play

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    In the moment it seemed impossible that Mike Napoli would stay in the game to run the bases, let alone catch the final six (or as it turned out eight) innings, but his ugly looking ankle injury turned out to be less severe than it appeared. X-rays taken immediately after the game were negative and…

  17. The Rockies are going to try to get Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros again

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros

    The Rockies claimed Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez on waivers (off waivers? Hurm) in August and tried hard to make a deal for him but it fell though. Now Troy Renck of the Denver Post says they’ll make a second run at Rodriguez this winter. Rodriguez makes a goodly bit of money — $36 million over…

  18. Tigers exercise $9 million option on closer Jose Valverde

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    UPDATE: It’s official. ========== Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Tigers are expected to exercise their $9 million option on closer Jose Valverde, which is no surprise after he went 49-for-49 converting saves in the regular season. Valverde didn’t pitch quite as well as the perfect save  percentage would suggest, posting the lowest strikeout…

  19. Both teams were preparing for a Rangers win late last night

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    champagne pic

    I’m sure this stuff happens in every close elimination game, but it’s still the kind of thing that causes your brain to bend a bit and to reflect at just how unpredictable a crazy baseball game can be. From the Post-Dispatch: La Russa at one point phoned the bullpen to remind his relievers they were…

  20. Tony La Russa expected back with Cardinals in 2012

    Oct 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Regardless of what happens in Game 7 tonight Tony La Russa is expected to return as Cardinals manager next season, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Officially both La Russa and the Cardinals must decide on their respective half of his mutual option within two weeks after the World Series ends,…

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