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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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”…

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