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  1. Sabathia starting Game 3, Burnett in line for Game 4

    Oct 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Game 1’s 27-hour rain delay threw a hitch into the Yankees’ and Tigers’ rotation plans for the ALDS. On Sunday morning, we got a bit of clarity. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed in his pre-game press conference Sunday that staff ace CC Sabathia will indeed…

  2. Ozzie Guillen has reached out to Big Z about joining Marlins

    Oct 2, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

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    There was speculation at the end of the regular season that the Marlins might have interest in bringing Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano aboard this winter to pair him with his off-field friend and fellow Venezuelan native Ozzie Guillen. Now those rumors are gaining serious traction. According to beat writer Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Venezuela’s El…

  3. Cubs draw thousands for “Movie Night at Wrigley Field”

    Oct 2, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Wrigley Field

    The Cubs’ effort to generate some October revenue (for a change) apparently went off without a hitch. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports, around 10,000 Chicagoans showed up to a screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Saturday night at Wrigley Field. And nearly a thousand of them took part in a pre-screening rendition of…

  4. Quote of the Day: Lance Berkman on Phillies fans

    Oct 2, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

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    The Phillies handled the Cardinals with a decisive 11-6 victory in Game 1 of the NLDS Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. But not before veteran slugger Lance Berkman gave St. Louis an early 3-0 lead with a first-inning three-run homer to deep right field. That shot seemed to stun the fans in the stadium, who…

  5. Royals seeking “front-line” starter this offseason

    Oct 2, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    The Royals are pleased with the strides that top position prospects Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez made in 2011. But the Royals also know that they’re going to need an improved starting rotation to reach their organizational goal of competing in 2012, and that the desired upgrade might have to come from an…

  6. Josh Hamilton on facing David Price at The Trop: “It sucks”

    Oct 2, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

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    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, a No. 1 overall selection of the Rays back in 1999, is not looking forward to returning to Tropicana Field on Monday for Game 3 of the ALDS. And he is not looking forward to facing Tampa Bay left-hander David Price. “In the dome, it sucks,” Hamilton said. “I was messing…

  7. Nova impresses, Cano mashes as Yankees capture 9-3 Game 1 win over Tigers

    Oct 1, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Yankees pitcher Nova reacts after getting the Tigers out to end fifth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova opened a whole lot of eyes during the regular season while registering a 3.70 ERA across 165 1/3 innings. On a wet and cold Saturday night in New York, he opened many more. Making his first-ever postseason appearance, the 24-year-old Dominican hurled 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball, striking out five…

  8. Rangers tie series by topping Rays 8-6 in ALDS Game 2

    Oct 1, 2011, 10:36 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz

    Aided by a big miscue from home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley, the Rangers overcame a 3-0 deficit and defeated the Rays 8-6 on Saturday to even the ALDS at one game apiece. The Rays got it started early again tonight, picking up a run in the first on Kelly Shoppach‘s bases-loaded walk and then two more on Matt Joyce‘s homer…

  9. Albert Pujols dealing with heel injury, probable for Sunday

    Oct 1, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Those watching Saturday’s Cardinals-Phillies game surely noticed that Albert Pujols didn’t exactly bust it down the line on his sixth-inning groundout. As it turned out, there was good reason why. Cards manager Tony La Russa said after the game that Pujols is dealing with a heel injury, but that he should play Sunday. Pujols was…

  10. Phillies’ bats explode in 11-6 Game 1 victory over Cardinals

    Oct 1, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 1

    If you want to beat Roy Halladay, you have to get to him early. That’s the common thought around baseball and it’s backed by the statisctics. The Cards followed that strategy to near-perfection in the early going, plating three runs in the top of the first inning courtesy of a Lance Berkman home run. But…

  11. Andy Pettitte to throw 1st pitch at Yankee Stadium Sunday

    Oct 1, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Andy Pettitte will return to the Yankee Stadium mound on Sunday. To pitch. Well, kind of. According to beat writer Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, the 39-year-old left-hander will toss the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees’ Game 2 matchup against the Tigers. Pettitte, who hasn’t officially retired but sat out all of this season, has…

  12. Update: Someone thinks Theo Epstein is Chicago bound

    Oct 1, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Tom Werner, Theo Epstein

    That being the New York Post’s Joel Sherman: I am shocked, but in last 36 hrs every exec talk to says believe #Redsox will give permssion and Theo will go to #Cubs to be GM It certainly wouldn’t make any sense for the Red Sox to stand in Epstein’s way if he does want to leave. Keeping…

  13. Report: White Sox have Dave Martinez at top of managerial list

    Oct 1, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Dave Martinez, Joe Maddon

    Two sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that Rays bench coach Dave Martinez is the White Sox’s preferred choice to replace Ozzie Guillen in dugout. It’s not a surprise, as Martinez’s name was one of the first to come up when Guillen’s departure was announced.  A 16-year major leaguer, Martinez played with the White Sox from 1995-97.…

  14. Yovani Gallardo, Prince Fielder lead Brewers past Diamondbacks in Game 1 victory

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 1

    Yovani Gallardo ended the regular season as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, allowing two runs or less in each of his last three starts while posting a ridiculous 36/3 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings. He was equally brilliant this afternoon in Milwaukee, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 victory…

  15. NLDS Diamondbacks-Brewers Game 1 Live Blog

    Oct 1, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Corey Hart, Prince Fielder

    4:52: Game of the NLDS is in the books, as the Brewers defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1. John Axford pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to notch the save. The series will resume tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET when Daniel Hudson pitches against Zack Greinke. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for a recap. Enjoy…

  16. ALDS Game 2 lineups: Rays vs. Rangers

    Oct 1, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the Rays and Rangers. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7 p.m. ET. TAMPA BAY RAYS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Desmond Jennings, LF 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. B.J. Upton, CF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4.…

  17. Dave Roberts, Rich Aurilia present their 2008 Cabernet

    Oct 1, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Dave Roberts

    Former Giants Dave Roberts and Rich Aurilia, as part of their company Red Stitch, are ready to release their new wine, a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon: The 2008 Red Stitch Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot.  The grapes were harvested in October 2008 and aged for 26 months…

  18. NLDS Game 1 lineups: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Phillies. First pitch is scheduled for 5:07 p.m. ET. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Allen Craig, RF 2. Chase Utley, 2B 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Hunter Pence, RF 4. Lance Berkman,…

  19. Diamondbacks hitting coach Don Baylor back with team after fainting Friday

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Don Baylor

    Good news out of Milwaukee. Diamondbacks hitting coach Don Baylor was hospitalized after fainting in the clubhouse last night, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that he is back with the team for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Brewers this afternoon. In fact, he was spotted looking over some video with…

  20. It doesn’t sound like Terry Francona will land with the White Sox

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    While Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported yesterday that White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was pushing Terry Francona for the team’s managerial vacancy, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be joining the South Siders. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Francona’s sudden availability has not changed the focus of the White Sox, as general manager Ken…

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