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  1. Albert Pujols didn’t speak with reporters after Game 2 loss

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 2

    Albert Pujols wasn’t present to answer questions from the media following last night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series. Neither were some other prominent veterans on the team, including Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. There’s plenty of blame to go around with this snubbing, but naturally the…

  2. Bud Selig could intervene in Theo Epstein talks

    Oct 21, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    If you thought the Theo Epstein situation wasn’t silly enough already, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that commissioner Bud Selig may act as arbitrator if the Red Sox and Cubs can’t agree on compensation for the former Boston GM. Selig made the comments last night during an appearance on Sirius XM’s “Mad Dog…

  3. Cardinals’ bullpen finally cracks, Rangers stage comeback to even World Series

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers left fielder Hamilton celebrates with teammates Cruz and Chavez after the Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Two games in, this World Series has the look of an instant classic. Wednesday’s thrilling Game 1 saw late-inning heroics that sent a 3-2 victory St. Louis’ way. In Game 2 on Thursday, it was the Rangers who benefited from a dose of last-minute magic. Facing a 1-0 deficit in the top of the ninth…

  4. David Ortiz wins Clemente Award, says he’d like to return to Red Sox

    Oct 20, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    Red Sox' Ortiz watches his two-run home run with Yankees' Cervelli during their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    David Ortiz, who will be a free agent this winter, said last week that he was open to joining the New York Yankees next season. On Thursday, while speaking to reporters in St. Louis after winning the Roberto Clemente Award, Ortiz clarified those comments about free agency. The upshot? People made too much about what…

  5. World Series Game 2 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 2

    Game 2 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals is set to get underway just after 8:00 p.m. ET Thursday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Hang with us from the first pitch to the last as we dissect the players, the broadcast, and all of the evening’s controversial managerial moves. OK, “dissect”…

  6. Arthur Rhodes wants to pitch one more season

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

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    Veteran left-hander Arthur Rhodes told the media before Game 2 of the World Series Thursday at Busch Stadium that he is hoping to continue his major league career for one more season. This according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Rhodes posted an underwhelming 4.64 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 51 regular-season appearances this year between the…

  7. Mets cut ties with Japanese righty Ryota Igarashi

    Oct 20, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that the Mets have released right-hander Ryota Igarashi, a native of Chiba, Japan. Igarashi proved to be a bust soon after signing a two-year, $3 million major league contract with the Mets in the winter of 2009. Over 69 total big league innings —…

  8. Beer in the clubhouse and the dugout? In Yankee Stadium? Yes!

    Oct 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    generic beer

    The beer drinkers in Boston? Amateurs. Pikers. For real beer drinking, you gotta read this New York Daily News story about the Yankees, based on reports from “insiders”: According to one of the insiders, Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens would routinely drink beer on the dugout bench when they played for the Yankees, passing back and forth what Giambi called…

  9. Rangers will start Harrison in Game 3, Holland in Game 4

    Oct 20, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    UPDATE: It’s official now. Harrison in Game 3 and Holland in Game 4. ========== No official announcement has been made yet, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are expected to start left-hander Matt Harrison in Game 3 of the World Series. That means fellow southpaw Derek Holland would be in line to…

  10. World Series Game 2 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Jon Jay, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Matt…

  11. The saga of the Lake County Fielders

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Lake County logo

    Remember back in July how we wrote about the Lake County Fielders? That independent team that had the announcer quite on the air after ripping the organization a new one? And had a player boycott when the team didn’t pay them, leading to crazy stuff like Jose Canseco pitching? Well, today Don Babwin of the…

  12. UPDATE: Theo, Hoyer to the Cubs is ALMOST a done deal

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    UPDATE:  OK, not everything is done. Edes just updated his tweet: To clarify: Hoyer as Cubs GM, Byrnes as Padres GM is done. Epstein to Chi not yet resolved per compensation. Review of medicals remains So, yeah, not quite yet the big news we expect. 3:25 PM: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston just tweeted that the…

  13. Confirmed: Angels met with Rays GM Andrew Friedman

    Oct 20, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    This morning Jason Collette of DRaysBay reported that Rays general manager Andrew Friedman dined Tuesday night with Angels owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms the story. Rosenthal adds that Friedman is the Angels’ top choice to replace Tony Reagins as general manager, although Friedman’s level of interest…

  14. Picture of the Day: Tony La Russa’s mohawk

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    It was windy at Busch Stadium prior to last night’s game, so Tony La Russa channeled his inner-Donald Trump for a temporary mohawk:

  15. HBT Extra: Looking back at Game 1

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers second baseman Esteban German flips his bat after his second strike with two on and two outs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 7th inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Tiffany and I take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Game 1 of the World Series

  16. Ozzie Guillen is open to Hanley Ramirez switching positions

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Ozzie Guillen met with Hanley Ramirez earlier this week and indicated afterward that he’s open to the Marlins’ star shortstop possibly switching positions. “I just got there and I just want him on the field no matter where,” Guillen told Adam Berry of MLB.com. “If he has to be a shortstop, it’s shortstop. If he…

  17. Thhhheeee Yankees win!

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Sorry, I’m going to let the real world intrude on our baseball world here for a minute.  From a report of Muammar Qaddafi’s capture/death today: A fighter in Sirte has told the BBC his account of the reported capture. Mohammed, a young fighter in his 20s, wearing a blue T-shirt and a New York Yankees…

  18. Will the Rangers’ runners keep testing Yadier Molina’s arm?

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    yadier-molina-cardinals-throwing

    Running has been a big part of the Rangers’ offense all year, as they ranked fourth among AL teams in steals during the regular season and swiped seven bases in 10 games through the first two playoff rounds. Texas tried to get that running game going right away in Game 1 of the World Series…

  19. Great Moments in Tortured Metaphors: The Red Sox were unsinkable!

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    TITANIC 11/26/97 HO

    Rob Bradford of WEEI apparently didn’t read Pete Abraham’s column from yesterday in which Pete made a great case for chilling out about the Red Sox’ recent troubles.  About how this stuff happens on lots of teams and that, because of that, it makes little sense to make this into some sort of high and…

  20. Jerry Dipoto looks like the favorite for Orioles’ GM job

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Jerry Dipoto of the Diamondbacks and Tony LaCava of the Blue Jays are the two general manager candidates who’ve already interviewed with the Orioles and a third candidate, Dan Jennings, likely won’t be allowed to interview because the Marlins blocked the request. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun believes Dipoto is the current favorite to…

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