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  1. Yankees' playoff bullpen has the potential to be dominant

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte’s health and Phil Hughes’ second-half struggles give the Yankees’ rotation some major question marks after CC Sabathia, but New York’s bullpen may actually be underrated at this point. Mariano Rivera’s late-season rough patch provides a bit of worry that he’ll be something less than his usual unhittable self, but I’m not counting on…

  2. Colletti, Mattingly don't know what the future holds for the Dodgers

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times can be a great read. Sometimes I think he stacks the deck a bit with his presentation (query: did he really ask the question that way, or is he making himself look macho in the writeup?), but oftentimes his approach manages to pull out the larger truths of…

  3. GM says Padres "would love to have Miguel Tejada back"

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    I scoffed at the Padres acquiring a 36-year-old and seemingly washed-up Miguel Tejada to be their shortstop down the stretch, but he ended up hitting .268/.317/.413 in 59 games, which is actually above average once you factor in Petco Park, and amazingly avoided being a disaster defensively. Yesterday general manager Jed Hoyer said the Padres…

  4. The next time you complain about player salaries . . .

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

     . . . think about this.  The CEO of Liberty Media, the company that owns the Atlanta Braves — Gregory Maffei — was paid $87.5 million last year.  The entire Braves payroll was $84.4 million. Yes, I realize that there’s more going on with a big company like Liberty Media than just the Braves, and…

  5. ALDS Preview: Yankees vs. Twins

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    The Guild sent out a memo saying that I’m obligated to write playoff previews. I think simply waiting for the games to happen and observing what happens is better, but I’m behind in my dues and don’t want to make trouble.

  6. Twins using New York Daily News front page as motivation

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Yesterday the New York Daily News‘ front page featured the headline “E-Z Pass” next to a photo of Jorge Posada and this text: Bad news: Yanks must go on the road for playoffs. Good news: They play the Twins. Some of my fellow Minnesotans who’re apparently unfamiliar with the nature of New York newspapers and…

  7. Great moments in talk radio: "James Shields is pitching because he's a Jewish person"

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    This is why I don’t listen to talk radio. A woman called into a sports radio show down in Tampa and opined that the Rays chose to go with James Shields in Game 2 of the ALDS “because he is a Jewish person.”  The caller — Linda, who claimed to be a Quaker “and has…

  8. Matt Murton is Japan's new single-season hit king, breaking Ichiro Suzuki's record

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Matt Murton went 3-for-5 last night, giving the former Cubs outfielder 213 hits on the year to break Japan’s single-season record of 210 hits set by Ichiro Suzuki in 1994. Murton still has two more games to add to his total, although it’s worth noting that Suzuki played when the Japanese schedule was 130 games,…

  9. Why shouldn't Mets fans be happy that Manuel and Minaya got canned?

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday, after the Minaya and Manuel firings, a number of New York (or New Yorky) writers made a point to talk about how great those guys are, how sad it is that they’re losing their jobs and how unseemly it was that Mets fans and bloggers were expressing happiness about the moves. I thought it…

  10. Yankees to use CC Sabathia on short rest rather than start A.J. Burnett in ALDS

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett is in the second season of a five-year, $82.5 million contract, but the Yankees don’t even trust him enough to start Game 4 of the ALDS and will instead bump Burnett from the rotation while using CC Sabathia on short rest. And it’s tough to blame them, because Burnett is 1-7 with a…

  11. Rockies exercise $2.5 million option on Miguel Olivo for 2011

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo followed up a big first half by hitting .193 after the All-Star break, but finished with a solid .269/.315/.449 line in 112 games overall and will be back in Colorado next season after the Rockies’ exercised their $2.5 million team option for 2011. Olivo either figures to split time behind the plate with…

  12. Two things you didn't know about Hideki Matsui

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    Thing number one: Angels GM Tony Reagins hasn’t totally ruled out bringing him back for 2011: “Would I say that it’s completely out of the likelihood that he’ll be back? I can’t say that at this point. You never know.” Eh, I’m going to assume that’s just polite talk, because the Angels likely aren’t going…

  13. Why must the Mets copy anyone?

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday one of the ESPN talking heads — I want to say Olney, but it may have been someone else — said, after the Mets fired Omar Minaya, that they need a GM who can make a big splash and who can “compete with the Yankees.”  I thought this was silly, because an argument can…

  14. Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell a possibility in Toronto

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    CSN New England is reporting that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is in the running for the Blue Jays’ managerial vacancy and is said to be on Toronto’s “short list.”  CSN is also saying that there’s a possibility that he could be interviewed for the Mariners job as well. Farrell has declined interviews with…

  15. Deep Thought: How the fans of playoff teams feel at the moment

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    With no games on last night I spent most of the evening screwin’ around on the Internet, trying to start fights on message boards and that sort of thing.  In the course of my virtual travels, I spoke (more or less) with fans of every playoff team.  Based on these conversations, I’ve figured something out:…

  16. Poll: What do you think of MLB's unwritten rules?

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

    Bob Harkins has written a story on the unwritten rules of baseball over at NBCSports.com. He interviewed several players to get their views, and the results, found here, are pretty interesting. There is also a story looking at the most common unwritten rules, and you can get Craig’s take here. So what do you think? Vote…

  17. David Murphy feels "good" after running at 50 to 60 percent

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    David Murphy tested his injured groin Monday by taking batting practice, shagging some flyballs and doing some light throwing, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. “I feel good,” Murphy said. “I probably ran out there at 50 to 60 percent. I’m not going to know until I ramp it up some more.” Murphy hasn’t played…

  18. Mariners' e-mail message to fans is missing somebody

    Oct 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    This is a day where nearly every team that isn’t in the playoffs is sending out mass e-mails, thanking their fans and talking about their grand plans to build a winning ballclub. There’s usually nothing newsworthy in any of them, but I wasn’t the only one who found a portion of this e-mail from Mariners…

  19. Rockies GM calls re-signing Jorge De La Rosa "a priority"

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    General manager Dan O’Dowd called re-signing free agent starter Jorge De La Rosa “a priority” for the Rockies this offseason, telling Troy Renck of the Denver Post that “adding a middle-of-the-rotation starter” is atop the offseason wishlist and “we would certainly like that to be Jorge.” De La Rosa turned down a two-year, $8.75 million…

  20. Ronny Cedeno wore the wrong jersey yesterday

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno wore the wrong jersey for yesterday’s season finale against the Marlins. He wore the one from Hispanic Heritage Night that, instead of Pittsburgh,” said “Piratas” on the front.  I couldn’t find any still pics of it, but you can see it in the video of the home run he hit yesterday, here. The…

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