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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT


    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Astros prospect Dustin Kellogg killed in auto accident

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT


    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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. MLB fines Tony La Russa for in-game criticism of umpires

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    MLB has fined Cardinals manager Tony La Russa an undisclosed amount for his criticism of umpires during a between-innings television interview Sunday, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. In speaking to the TBS announcers, La Russa said of home plate umpire Jerry Meals: “I would add–which could get me in trouble,…

  16. Quote of the Day: Josh Hamilton on the Angels

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kelso burn

    Josh Hamilton spoke to the media a few moments ago and was asked about the success of Vlad Guerrero in a Rangers uniform last season and Mike Napoli in one in 2011:  “I think we’re going to look at who we can get from the Angels next year.” Boom. Roasted. (quote via a bunch of…

  17. Don’t expect Phillies to use any starters on short rest

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Chris Carpenter‘s first career short-rest start didn’t go well Sunday in Philadelphia and when asked if he’d ever use a Phillies starter on short rest during the playoffs pitching coach Rich Dubee made it pretty clear that he’s against the idea: Most real good players at this level get accustomed to a routine. Apparently that…

  18. Are you experienced? Who cares?

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT


    Dan Szymborski — who I will call “Baseball Think Factory’s Dan Szymborski” even though he’s writing this piece for ESPN Insider — has a good column up today.  In it he breaks down playoff performance by players with “playoff experience,” which we are told by so many commentators matters this time of year. Of course, if…

  19. Placido Polanco “definitely” still bothered by sports hernia

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Placido Polanco went 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in the first two games against the Cardinals and also looked somewhat limited defensively at times, with manager Charlie Manuel admitting yesterday that the third baseman’s sports hernia may still be affecting him. “I think it bothers him some,” Manuel told Todd Zolecki of “He’s missed time…

  20. Hey Detroiters: does this bother you?

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT


    I have never lived in Detroit, so I am an outsider to the place in most every respect.  My parents were both born and raised there. My extended family calls the Detroit suburbs home now (like a lot of folks they started moving out after the 1967 riots). But I was born and lived until…

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