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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Chris Young powers Diamondbacks past Brewers and into Game 5

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:08 AM EDT

    Chris Young celebrates solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix

    Three of the four Divisional Series are going the distance, as the Diamondbacks topped the Brewers 10-6 on Wednesday night to create a decisive Game 5 on Friday. Both starters lasted exactly three innings in this offensive showcase.  Randy Wolf was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the top of the fourth having given up seven…

  8. Jackson settles, Freese shines as Cardinals force Game 5

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

    freese ap

    “I knew I couldn’t let the game overwhelm me,” Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson told a reporter a few minutes after the conclusion of Wednesday night’s 5-3 NLDS Game 4 victory over the Phillies. Whether that mindset came to the right-hander in hindsight or he truly felt mentally calm after allowing a double, triple and single…

  9. NLDS Game 4 Live Blog: Phillies vs. Cardinals

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v St. Louis Cardinals

    8:42pm: Jay makes a sliding catch in center field to end it. Cards win, 5-3. This series will come down to Game 5, Friday in Philadelphia. Chris Carpenter vs. Roy Halladay. You couldn’t ask for much better. 8:40pm: Motte blows a 98 mph heater past Ibanez’s late swing for the second out of the inning.…

  10. The squirrel that stole a strike

    Oct 5, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    squirrel cardinals

    Just as Roy Oswalt‘s 1-1 pitch crossed the plate in the bottom of the fifth of Wednesday’s NLDS Game 4, a squirrel took off through the batter’s box, racing from the Cardinals dugout area across the field into the stands down the third-base line. And Angel Hernandez was so distracted by the scene that he neglected to…

  11. Justin Verlander unavailable, CC Sabathia a possibility for Game 5

    Oct 5, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    While the Yankees are likely to have CC Sabathia available out of the pen for Thursday’s ALDS Game 5, the Tigers ruled out using Justin Verlander. Both aces started Monday, so an appearance Thursday would come on just two days’ rest. Doug Fister and Ivan Nova are the scheduled starters for Game 5. Verlander threw…

  12. Terry Francona unsure about managing in 2012

    Oct 5, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Speaking publicly for the first time since exiting as Boston’s manager, Terry Francona touched on several subjects Wednesday on WEEI, saying that he would have stayed with the Red Sox had his options been picked up and that he’s unsure about his status for 2012. On his departure: I have to own a lot of…

  13. Jose Valverde wins the Delivery Man of the Year award. Um, OK.

    Oct 5, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde was named Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the Year today.  It’s a fan vote, so take it for what it’s worth.  And from where I’m sitting, it’s not worth a heck of a lot.  Here’s part of that: Other relievers receiving votes from the MLB panel this year included John Axford of…

  14. Red Sox fire first base coach Ron Johnson

    Oct 5, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Tough day to be a first base coach. Mookie Wilson is out of a job with the Mets and now Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have fired their first base coach, Ron Johnson. McDonald notes that Johnson spent a dozen years coaching in the Red Sox’s organization, including the past…

  15. Mike Napoli swallowed a wad of chewing tobacco during that home plate collision

    Oct 5, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Rays' Rodriguez runs to collide with Rangers catcher Napoli at home plate, before knocking the ball loose to score in the second inning on a double by teammate Joyce in Game 4 in their MLB playoffs in St. Petersburg

    Reason number 1,246 not to use smokeless tobacco.  Yesterday, during the Rays-Rangers game, Mike Napoli was leveled by Sean Rodriguez at a play at the plate.  The initial concern was that Napoli might have gotten a concussion, but he was examined after the game and his head seems to be fine. His stomach, though? Eh,…

  16. Matt Holliday is “good enough” to play through hand injury, rejoins Cardinals lineup tonight

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    holliday getty wide

    Matt Holliday is still bothered by the inflamed tendon in his right hand, but the Cardinals outfielder tested the injury during batting practice this afternoon and has decided to play tonight against the Phillies. Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he took “a numbing agent … like a dentist gives”…

  17. What constitutes an emergency in Wisconsin

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    911

    I’m against abuse of emergency services, but given the caller’s age and the situation, I wholeheartedly endorse this use of 911 and offer thanks to our brave first responders: A 97-year-old man who wanted to watch a Milwaukee Brewers game called 911 to report someone had stolen his remote control … The remote control was found…

  18. Cliff Lee is available out of the Phillies’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee threw 110 pitches Sunday in a Game 2 loss, but manager Charlie Manuel told reporters that the left-hander will be available out of the Phillies’ bullpen in relief of Roy Oswalt tonight. Lee would normally do his between-starts throwing today, so instead he’ll skip that and be ready to pitch an inning or…

  19. The Mets fire a bunch of coaches … including Mookie!

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Mookie Wilson

    UPDATE: Chip Hale has been hired by the Athletics. Quick work, there, Chip! 3:50 PM: The Mets announced a few minutes ago that bench coach Ken Oberkfell, third base coach Chip Hale, first base coach Mookie Wilson, and bullpen coach Jon Debus won’t be with the the major league club in 2012.  It’s not clear…

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

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    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…

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