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  1. Joe Torre: “Do you want to play in the rain?”

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Can’t help but think that Joe Torre and the powers that be made the easy — and the correct — call in postponing Game 6. Why risk having delays knock out Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia? Why risk the annoyance? Why risk the broadcast going on until 1AM?  Especially when Thursday and Friday look to…

  2. Melky Cabrera unlikely to sign long-term extension with Royals

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    General manager Dayton Moore told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that the Royals are unlikely to sign Melky Cabrera to a long-term contract extension because the 27-year-old outfielder wants to test free agency following next season: We’ll probably go a year at a time at this point, but he was a terrific player for us and…

  3. MLB postpones Game 6 until Thursday due to expected rain

    Oct 26, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    charlie brown rain

    MLB announced that tonight’s scheduled Game 6 of the World Series has been postponed because of expected rain in St. Louis. Cardinals and Rangers officials learned of the early postponement during an afternoon conference call with MLB. Light rain has been falling throughout the day in St. Louis and various weather reports peg the chances…

  4. Still no word on whether Game 6 will be postponed

    Oct 26, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Rain Busch

    UPDATE II:  It’s postponed. Here’s our updated post. UPDATE: Well, we’re an hour past the time the Cardinals and Major League Baseball were supposed to meet to determine if tonight’s game will be postponed and there’s still no word.  Some people looking at the radar — amateurs, natch — think the rain will swing south…

  5. HBT Extra: Looking ahead to Game 6

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    2011 World Series - Workout Day

    Tiffany and I preview the game which may or may not go down tonight

  6. Theo Epstein wants to meet with Carlos Zambrano

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    zambrano getty wide

    Not so long ago it seemed certain that Carlos Zambrano would never pitch for the Cubs again, but new team president Theo Epstein said during a television interview today that he wants to meet with the veteran right-hander. I need to get to the bottom of that. I think the best organizations get the most…

  7. Nationals waiting until after World Series to announce Davey Johnson as full-time manager

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    At this point it’s no secret that the Nationals have decided to retain Davey Johnson as their full-time manager, but general manager Mike Rizzo continues to avoid confirming various reports and said today that the team will wait until after the World Series to make an announcement. Rizzo did, however, tell reporters that Johnson has…

  8. The Frank McCourt trial pushed back a month

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    We were supposed to see Bud Selig and Frank McCourt take the stand in the final showdown in bankruptcy court next week, but the judge just kicked the whole thing a month.  The trial is now scheduled for November 29 through December 2. No reason was given. No interesting reason has to exist. Litigation just…

  9. Marcel Lachemann resigns from Rockies after 12 seasons

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Marcel Lachemann

    Marcel Lachemann has resigned as specialist assistant to Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd, stepping down after spending 12 seasons in the organization because of “different ideas on the development of pitchers.” Based on what Lachemann told Jack Etkin of Inside the Rockies, he appears to have a pretty strong disagreement with the team’s approach: Not…

  10. La Russa’s Game 5: Age? Medication? Exhaustion? Or does stuff just happen?

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a provocative column today, trying to drill down into why, exactly, things got out of Tony La Russa’s control in Game 5.  It goes in a direction that I’ve not seen anyone take — and I predict that Bernie will catch some serious hell from some quarters…

  11. Albert Pujols prepares for Game 6 by hanging out at Best Buy

    Oct 26, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    albert pujols best buy

    What would you do before playing in Game 6 of the World Series? Well, if you’re Albert Pujols apparently you’d put on a sleeveless shirt and go hang out at Best Buy: It’s always nice when sleeveless shirt-wearing people find other sleeveless shirt-wearing people. And can anyone figure out which DVD he’s holding?

  12. Mike Scioscia gets defensive about the Mike Napoli trade

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mike Napoli continuing his spectacular season in the playoffs has led to the Angels being criticized for trading him in a deal for Vernon Wells and manager Mike Scioscia being criticized for never being the biggest Napoli fan. Scioscia got defensive when that topic was raised during a radio interview yesterday, saying: We did not…

  13. Wait, Theo Epstein had a stalker?

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    I’ve said it before, but one of the best things about Peter Gammons is how he’ll be writing about topic A and then, in the course of it, he’ll drop some background factoid that completely blows your mind. The best thing is that he doesn’t do it in a way that screams “check out this…

  14. Yankees will meet to formulate plan to keep CC Sabathia

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    While the New York Daily News photo-shops CC Sabathia into a Red Sox uniform the New York Post (and George King) reports that the Yankees will meet in Florida to formulate a plan to keep Sabathia. A few months ago there were several reports about how Sabathia had no plans to exercise his opt-out clause,…

  15. Milton Bradley says his wife’s charges are bogus

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    We report when Milton Bradley gets arrested and gets restraining orders filed against him and stuff, so it only seems fair to give the man time for his own side.  Not saying I believe him or that he’s a good guy, but the fact is that stuff starts flying in domestic situations and, while you…

  16. Why would you ever hit-and-run with Pujols at the plate?

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 5 - St Louis Cardinals v Texas Rangers

    In addition to taking the blame for the bullpen phone snafu on Monday night, Tony La Russa yesterday explained the failed hit and run with Albert Pujols at bat and Allen Craig on first.  In doing so he confirmed what everyone suspected and what he himself briefly said on Monday: that Pujols has the authority…

  17. Photo of the Day: The Daily News trolls Yankees fans with Sabathia as a Red Sox

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Troll

    This is pretty fantastic. Oh, not the story, which makes absolutely no suggestion that the Red Sox would ever spring for CC Sabathia should he opt out of his deal with the Yankees. It’s just a “hey, what if …” kind of piece that you often see this time of year, especially from papers like…

  18. Red Sox expected to pick up Marco Scutaro’s option for 2012

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro

    New Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has plenty of important decisions awaiting him this offseason, but the status of Marco Scutaro looks like an easy call. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was told by “a source familiar with the Red Sox thinking” that the club is leaning toward picking up Scutaro’s $6 million option…

  19. Hong-Chih Kuo to miss All-Star series in Taiwan due to elbow soreness

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo was scheduled to pitch for the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star series next week against a group of MLB players, but it turns out he’ll skip the series due to left elbow soreness. Kuo has undergone four procedures on his elbow during his career, including two Tommy John surgeries.…

  20. Tony La Russa takes responsibility for bullpen mix-up

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Tony La Russa tried to explain the bullpen phone mix-up following last night’s loss and failed miserably, seemingly throwing his bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist under the bus. Fortunately he sung a decidedly different tune in his comments to the press this afternoon at Busch Stadium. According to the Associated Press, La Russa took full responsibility…

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