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  1. Sox source: Jon Lester’s comments today “only told part of the story”

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Jon Lester reacts at end of second inning after he gave up six runs to New York Yankees in their MLB game in New York

    Earlier today self-proclaimed “grown-ass man” Jon Lester spoke with the Globe’s Pete Abraham about L’affaire Fried Chicken and the ouster of Terry Francona.  For the most part Lester has been given props for being frank and open and, well, grown-ass about it.  But two sources tell Mike Giardi of CSNNE.com that Lester’s downplaying of it…

  2. Rangers make it official: C.J. Wilson will start Game 1

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Not that there was any doubt, but the Rangers officially announced that C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. He’ll be matched up against Chris Carpenter, as both teams are able to arrange their rotations as they wanted thanks to neither LCS going the full seven games. Carpenter and…

  3. Baseball is a regional sport: Take 47

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Empty New York

    Just to continue a theme we’ve been beating into the ground for several weeks now. This time inspired by the observations of Rich Coutinho of CBS New York, found over at BTF: You know we all say the New York baseball fan is smarter and more perceptive than any other fans in the country, but…

  4. Tweet of the Day: Omar Vizquel had an epiphany

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    He’s earned $62 million and won 11 Gold Glove awards during a 23-year career in the majors, but today Omar Vizquel finally learned what true happiness means thanks to an unlikely source:

  5. Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to attend the World Series opener

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Michele Obama

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans. It’s part of MLB’s Welcome Back Veterans program and Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative, which seeks to support veterans and their families. There’s not much else to this little news item, which came as a…

  6. Do home runs make baseball boring?

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Are home runs anticlimactic and boring, or are they everything that is awesome about baseball?  That’s the question posed by Linda Holmes at NPR: Arguments in favor: a towering home run is an awfully impressive achievement, it sounds great and looks awesome (if you’ve never heard a really big hit in person, it’s weird how…

  7. Betting odds have Rangers as solid World Series favorites

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    Gambling odds don’t necessarily show which team is better than another team, since the goal is to align half the bettors one side and half the bettors on the other side rather than predict the actual outcome. With that said, Bodog has the Rangers as -165 favorites over the Cardinals in the World Series. Or,…

  8. Bad news for a great guy

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Mac Thomason

    I lost contact with baseball for many years in the mid-to-late 90s. I followed it, generally, but I didn’t obsess. I rooted for my team, but it was fairly shallow. It happens to a lot of people in their 20s, even if they were hardcore fans when they were kids. Some of us find our…

  9. Cardinals likely to keep 12-man pitching staff for World Series

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    This news is about as surprising as Chris Carpenter getting the Game 1 assignment, but general manager John Mozeliak indicated that the Cardinals will stick with a 12-man pitching staff for the World Series. On most teams 12 pitchers are overkill during the playoffs, when the rotation shortens and setup men and closers dominate the…

  10. And now a Korean Taiwanese video explanation of the Red Sox implosion

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE: I’m told the video is from Taiwan. Apologies. Doesn’t change the fact that it’s hilarious. I found this via, well, everyone on the planet re-tweeting it because it’s so nicely random and silly.  But in case you have been away for a couple of weeks, here’s a quick summary of how the Red Sox’…

  11. Who to follow on Twitter for World Series: Rangers edition

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    twitter follow me

    If you’re anywhere close to as obsessed with Twitter as I am you’ll want to add a bunch of Cardinals and Rangers reporters, writers, and bloggers to your follow list for the next couple weeks. At the risk of leaving out some deserving folks, here’s a list of recommended Rangers follows for the World Series…

  12. The ten weirdest career-ending performances of all time

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    John Kruk - 89 Topps

    Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times is at it again. Last time out he listed the ten worst career-ending performances. This time he trains his historical eye at the ten weirdest performances to end a career. The first one he lists — John Kruk’s — is the best.  I don’t think I ever knew this,…

  13. Who to follow on Twitter for World Series: Cardinals edition

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    twitter follow me

    If you’re anywhere close to as obsessed with Twitter as I am you’ll want to add a bunch of Cardinals and Rangers reporters, writers, and bloggers to your follow list for the next couple weeks. At the risk of leaving out some deserving folks, here’s a list of recommended Cardinals follows for the World Series…

  14. Jon Lester opens up on beer/chicken-gate, Terry Francona

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Fried chicken

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe spoke with Jon Lester, who is — as far as I can tell — the first of the Red Sox Fried Chicken Posse to answer the allegations about all of that beer and chicken and those video games and stuff.  Lester was contrite to some degree, but added a…

  15. No surprise: Cardinals will turn to Chris Carpenter in Game 1

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    By avoiding a Game 7 in the NLCS the Cardinals are able to line up their rotation for the World Series, which means Chris Carpenter will start Game 1 against the Rangers. He’ll be matched up against C.J. Wilson, although Texas hasn’t made that official yet. Carpenter was needed for Game 162 of the regular…

  16. Chien-Ming Wang and Nationals continue to talk contract

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    It took a pair of one-year contracts for the Nationals to get some value out of Chien-Ming Wang, who finally returned to the mound in the second half after missing two calendar years following shoulder surgery, and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Washington is working to re-sign him. According to Ladson both sides…

  17. Let’s keep a tally of the Michael Young tongue-baths for the next 48 hours

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    young_michael

    Look, I don’t have anything against Michael Young. Fine player. For all I know he’s a nice guy.  But the level of adoration he gets from the baseball press has always vexed me. It’s been some time since he was the best player on his team, yet he is treated as though he is.  He…

  18. Free agent Mark Ellis “figures to return” to Rockies next year

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Ellis

    Mark Ellis, whom the Rockies acquired from the A’s on June 30, “figures to return next season” according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post. Armstrong’s newspaper-mate, Troy Renck, has also tweeted repeatedly throughout the second half that Ellis would like to remain in Colorado and the Rockies would like to re-sign the 35-year-old. Ellis…

  19. Bud Selig wants the Theo Epstein stuff done before the World Series starts. But he shouldn’t care.

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    We keep hearing that the Red Sox and the Cubs are continuing to negotiate a compensation deal for the Cubs’ hiring Theo Epstein, but according to Buster Olney, Bud Selig wants this stuff wrapped up before the World Series starts on Wednesday so it doesn’t distract from baseball’s big show. I get his concern because…

  20. Yeah, Shaun Marcum was awful, but let’s not kill Ron Roenicke for it

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    My first impulse after Shaun Marcum‘s Game 2 four inning, five run performance was that he shouldn’t be allowed to start another playoff game this year.  Then, after thinking it over and looking up and down that Brewers roster, I came around to Ron Roenicke’s way of thinking: who the hell else could he pitch…

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