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  1. Robin Ventura replaces Ozzie Guillen as White Sox manager

    Oct 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    robin ventura white sox

    Lots of names have been linked to the White Sox’s managerial opening since Ozzie Guillen went to the Marlins on September 28, but in the end the choice came out of nowhere. In a surprise move the White Sox announced that Robin Ventura will replace Guillen as their new manager. Ventura played 10 seasons for…

  2. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Don Kelly, 3B 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Delmon Young, LF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Mark…

  3. They’re holding a press conference about the Busch Stadium squirrel

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    A squirrel runs behind Philadelphia Phillies Polanco to cause a stop in play during Game 3 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the St. Louis Cardinals

    We haven’t been posting as much as usual today. Just not a lot happening as four of the six teams still playing in the division series are travelling and the other two are getting ready to play tonight.  Baseball is gonna happen and happen in a big way the next two nights, but right now…

  4. Jim Riggleman, Larry Bowa, Bob Geren among Mets’ bench coach candidates

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    Bench coach Ken Oberkfell was let go yesterday as part of the Mets’ coaching staff shakeup and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that their list of candidates to replace him includes former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. In addition to Riggleman, who stepped down in the middle of the season over a contract dispute,…

  5. Braves, Giants brass apologize to fans

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    I'm sorry

    Has this always happened, or is it a new thing? Braves’ President John Schuerholz and Giants managing partner Larry Baer have each written letters to the fans talking about how much of a bummer it was for the teams to miss the playoffs but, dadgummit, we’re gonna double our efforts and happiness is but a season…

  6. Ozzie Guillen to keep most of Marlins’ coaching staff intact

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gestures as Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria listens during news conference in Miami

    Ozzie Guillen brought bench Joey Cora with him from the White Sox to the Marlins, but it looks like the rest of Florida’s coaching staff is going to remain mostly the same under the new manager. Last week the Marlins announced that hitting coach Eduardo Perez and pitching coach Randy St. Claire would be staying…

  7. Frank McCourt loses again

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Last week the judge told Frank McCourt’s lawyers that they’re not entitled to get into the financial information of the other 29 teams as he tries to make a case that Bud Selig is treating him unfairly. The other day McCourt filed a motion to have the judge reconsider that ruling.  Yesterday the lawyers argued…

  8. Max Scherzer is available out of the Tigers’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    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

    Justin Verlander has been ruled out as a Game 5 bullpen option after throwing 120 pitches Monday, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Max Scherzer is available in relief of Doug Fister tonight. Scherzer shut out the Yankees for six innings in Game 2, throwing 104 pitches Sunday, so he’d likely be an option…

  9. The anti-“Moneyball?” Clint Eastwood to star in a movie about a baseball scout

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Clint Eastwood

    “Moneyball” made money and everyone loves Clint Eastwood, so it is not at all shocking that another baseball movie is getting off the ground.  It’s called “Trouble With the Curve,” and here is the description, courtesy of Indiewire: Penned by Randy Brown, the film has a great concept, centering on an aging baseball scout, who is…

  10. Padres CEO: “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to”

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Tampa Bay Rays

    There’s been some speculation linking Bud Black to various managerial and front office openings, but Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad attempted to shut down those rumors yesterday by saying that “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to, he’s a perfect skipper for the Padres in the near term as…

  11. That Marlins logo everyone hated: it’s legit

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    From Jane Winston, here’s a pic of the seats being installed in the new Marlins ballpark.  Which confirms that the logo that everyone was tweeting about a couple of weeks ago is the real deal: It looks better in white than in the rainbow colors. Give it some time — and see it featured on…

  12. Matt Holliday on injured hand: “I’ll be out there Friday”

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday rejoined the Cardinals’ lineup last night after missing most of the past three weeks with a hand injury and went 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch and two runs scored. Asked afterward how the injured hand felt, Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “Depends on what you think a…

  13. The Phillies’ bats have gone cold

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Howard reacts to striking out during their MLB Divisional Series playoffs against St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis

    Don’t kill the messenger. I merely pass along the observations of others about how the Phillies’ offense sucks right now, not to make judgments myself.  But of course, reasonable people can only draw so many conclusions from data. ESPN’s stats crew — passed along in Buster Olney’s column today — noted that in yesterday’s Cards-Phillies…

  14. Johan Santana skips winter ball for ‘medically-prescribed rest’

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Johan Santana and the Mets have decided against the rehabbing left-hander pitching in winter ball, with Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reporting that he’ll instead be “entering a long period of medically-prescribed rest that will preclude him from pitching.” He last pitched in an instructional league game on September 30, but general manager Sandy Alderson described…

  15. Your animated Gif of the day: Shane Victorino would like this moment back

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    OK, we don’t actually have an Animated Gif of the Day — I don’t think I’ve ever even posted one — but sometimes words don’t do a play justice. I saw this in a Grant Brisbee post over at Baseball Nation. Grant thinks he first saw it from Dan McQuade on Twitter.  Whoever it was that…

  16. Kevin Kouzmanoff outrighted by Rockies, picks free agency

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Kevin Kouzmanoff‘s struggles offensively continued after being traded from Oakland to Colorado in mid-August, leading to the Rockies dropping the veteran third baseman from the 40-man roster and Kouzmanoff opting for free agency. That was mostly just a timing issue anyway, because Kouzmanoff would have been in line for a $5 million salary via the…

  17. Tony La Russa whines about his team being accused of whining

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Tony La Russa and the Cardinals have been vocal about mid-afternoon start times recently.  It started back in the regular season, actually, but this week we’ve once again heard about how the shadows that fall across the field at around 4PM Central time make it difficult for the Cardinals. I suppose it makes it difficult…

  18. We’ll be live-somethinging tonight’s Tigers-Yankees game, and we’re requesting some feedback

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    DT Crymes, Shawn Darwin

    Early round playoff baseball is fun, but I’d be lying if I said I’m not feeling a little bit of overload at the moment. Maybe it’d be different if I was just taking it all in from the couch with a beer in my hand, but since I have to actually think about the games…

  19. Did you know that the NFL is more popular than baseball? It’s true!

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    old TV

    Christine Brennan of USA Today is blowing the lid off of this baby.  And it’s somewhat surprising to her: If I had had to guess, I would have said the TV ratings in Milwaukee for the two games would have been about equal, considering the Packers were early in their season, while the Brewers were…

  20. Game 5 for the Cards, Yanks and Dbacks? Been there. Done that.

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    2001 Diamondbacks

    All this has happened before. All this will happen again. The Cardinals, Yankees and Diamondbacks are all heading into a Game 5 in the division series. But this is not the first time that has happened. Flash back to 2001 when the Yankees beat the A’s in a deciding Game 5 of the ALDS and…

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