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  1. ALCS Game 6 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 15, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the Tigers-Rangers series: DETROIT TIGERS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Ryan Raburn, RF 2. Elvis Andrus, RF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Victor Martinez, DH 4. Michael Young, 1B 5. Delmon Young, LF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B…

  2. Could the Cubs and Red Sox also clash over Ryne Sandberg?

    Oct 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg AP

    Negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox regarding compensation for Theo Epstein are getting pretty complicated, but it’s possible they could clash again later this offseason. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com paints a scenario where the clubs could compete for managerial candidates, naming Hall of Famer and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg in particular. Epstein attempted to…

  3. Athletics denied permission to interview Reds pitching coach Bryan Price

    Oct 15, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Getty Bryan Price

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Athletics were denied permission to interview Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. The Athletics are currently seeking a replacement for Ron Romanick, who was fired following his first season on the job. Bob Melvin, who took over for Bob Geren in June and just inked a three-extension to remain…

  4. Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton skip optional workout, still expected to play in Game 6

    Oct 15, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton were the only two players on the Rangers’ 25-man roster who did not attend an optional workout Friday at Rangers’ ballpark. While noteworthy, neither absence is a big surprise. Beltre is dealing with discomfort after fouling a pitch off his left knee in Game…

  5. It sure looks like CC Sabathia will opt out of his contract with the Yankees

    Oct 15, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia still has around three weeks to decide whether to opt out of his contract with the Yankees, but from what his agent Brian Peters told Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider only) this morning, it sure sounds like he has already made up his mind. “CC has been clear about how he feels about…

  6. Jerry Dipoto to interview for general manager jobs with Angels and Orioles

    Oct 15, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Jerry Dipoto was passed over for the Diamondbacks general manager job last year in favor of Kevin Towers, but he’s still a hot property around MLB. Jack McGruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that the Angels and Orioles have received permission from the Diamondbacks to speak with Dipoto about their vacant general manager positions. Dipoto,…

  7. No, Yovani Gallardo still isn’t an option for Game 6 of the NLCS on Sunday

    Oct 15, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo

    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before last night’s game that Yovani Gallardo wasn’t an option to start Game 6 on Sunday and he isn’t wavering now that his club is facing elimination. According to Tom Haudricourt and Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Roenicke confirmed that Shaun Marcum will indeed make the start as…

  8. 2011 No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole makes pro debut in Arizona Fall League

    Oct 15, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Bob Nutting, Gerrit Cole

    Gerrit Cole, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Pirates in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League yesterday. The results aren’t all that important, but Cole gave up three runs on three hits over 2 1/3 innings while striking out two and walking one. The 21-year-old…

  9. It sounds like Tony La Russa will be back with the Cardinals next season

    Oct 15, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    According to the Associated Press, in speaking with reporters prior to Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers last night, Tony La Russa dropped some pretty strong hints that he will return as manager of the Cardinals next season. La Russa and the Cardinals have a mutual option for 2012. “We don’t get into…

  10. Talks between Cubs, Red Sox for Theo Epstein have turned “increasingly contentious”

    Oct 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    And you thought this would be easy, huh? David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for Theo Epstein have turned “increasingly contentious” as the two sides remain “far apart” on an agreement. In fact, one baseball executive with knowledge of the parties involved says that Red Sox…

  11. Cole Hamels undergoes elbow, hernia surgeries

    Oct 15, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels had a pair of surgeries Friday, neither of which are expected to impact his availability for the start of the 2012 season. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the southpaw underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and had loose bodies removed from his left elbow. The Phillies announced that Hamels should be…

  12. Tony La Russa presses all the right buttons as Cardinals take 3-2 lead over Brewers in NLCS

    Oct 15, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    Tony La Russa has managed well over 5,000 games in the big leagues, yet on any given day, he will do something that will make you shake your head. And the crazy thing is, he often walks away looking like a genius. Friday’s 7-1 win over the Brewers in Game 5 of the NLCS was…

  13. NLCS Game 5 Live Blog: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    11:15: It’s all over, as Craig Counsell pops out to Daniel Descalso at third base for the final out of the ballgame. The Cardinals win 7-1 and take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS. The series will resume Sunday in Milwaukee. 11:14: A little confusion in shallow left center, but Jon Jay catches a pop…

  14. Brewers still plan to start Shaun Marcum in Game 6 on Sunday

    Oct 14, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Two

    The NLCS is now a best out of three, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke isn’t panicking. According to Jordan Schelling of MLB.com, Roenicke said earlier this afternoon that Shaun Marcum is still on track to start Game 6 against the Cardinals on Sunday. Marcum allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings in a…

  15. Fox’s LCS audience is getting older

    Oct 14, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    old TV

    This tweet just started getting circulated around: Median age of LCS Game #5 audience for FOX over time: 1996=46 years, 2001=49 years, 2006=51 years, 2011=55 years To be fair, there was probably a higher percentage of retired types watching yesterday’s Game 5 due to the 4:15PM Eastern start time. The youngins were either at work or at…

  16. NLCS Game 5 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Brewers-Cardinals series: MILWAUKEE BREWERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Corey Hart, RF 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Jerry Hairston, 3B 2. Jon Jay, CF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Rickie Weeks, 2B 5. Matt Holliday,…

  17. The 24 most bizarre injuries in baseball history

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Seattle Mariners' Griffey Jr. following through a three-run home run against the Yankees in Seattle

    Just a link from the people at Mental Floss as we prepare ourselves for the Cardinals-Brewers game tonight.  They do God’s work. I had forgotten all about the “Ken Griffey Jr. pinched his testicle” thing.  That proves that my mind is doing its best to protect me from awful, awful thoughts.

  18. Stat of the Day: Most pitches thrown in a postseason start

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander tosses a ball in the dugout during the eighth inning of Game 3 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs against the Texas Rangers in Detroit

    Justin Verlander threw 133 pitches in last night’s win over the Rangers, which got me wondering about the most pitches ever thrown in a postseason start. Turns out, Verlander wasn’t even close to cracking the top 10. And that’s only counting games since people started tracking pitch counts, which rules out a whole lot of…

  19. Brian Cashman’s new deal with the Yankees expected to be quick and easy

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    So much drama in Boston. So much rancor. Thank goodness there’s still a bastion of simple, straightforward baseball business: the Bronx: Hal Steinbrenner/Cashman are scheduled to meet next week, and all parties expect a new GM contract to be done without much rancor Hear that Red Sox Nation? No rancor. No … Sorry about that.…

  20. Red Sox owner John Henry: “I personally opposed” signing Carl Crawford

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    During a radio appearance on 98.5 “The Sports Hub” in Boston this afternoon Red Sox owner John Henry explained that he “personally opposed” the team’s decision to sign free agent Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract last offseason. Henry said that he ultimately deferred to general manager Theo Epstein and the front office…

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