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  1. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: team owner to get divorce, finds himself in sea of financial troubles

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    stack of money

    A team owner with nine houses and three-dozen other properties scattered around the world? Crazy spending on cars and baubles? An acrimonious divorce that could impact the course of the franchise? Nah, not Los Angeles.  Seattle. Geoff Baker has the story of Mariners’ minority owner Chris Larson. A man who, it has long been thought, would…

  2. Roy Halladay on five days’ rest? Yeah, the Phillies gotta be favored

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    I want the record to reflect that I have not trolled Philly fans all day. As a 1990s Braves fan I learned the hard way that awesome rotations aren’t always enough and that six months of brilliance can be erased pretty damn quickly once your depth advantage is reduced due to the nature of playoff…

  3. Stat of the Day: Alex Rodriguez’s postseason production

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Alex Avila

    Alex Rodriguez is getting a ton of criticism for his poor ALDS performance against the Tigers and the usual talk about how he isn’t “clutch” in the playoffs is once again very loud, so it’s worth noting how his career numbers in the postseason stack up to, say, Derek Jeter‘s career numbers in the postseason:…

  4. Delmon Young’s status uncertain for ALCS

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    The fact that Delmon Young‘s health will have an impact on who will represent the American League in the World Series this year is one of those things that didn’t seem all that plausible back in July.  Just one of the many reasons to love baseball.  But it will have an impact, and given that…

  5. With contract up Brian Cashman wants to remain Yankees GM

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman’s contract ends later this month, but when asked last night about impending free agency he made it very clear that remaining the Yankees’ general manager is his preference, saying “that has not changed.” Cashman will surely get plenty of criticism following a first-round exit, particularly after he missed out on Cliff Lee during…

  6. Zack Greinke is available out of the Brewers’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    In last night’s Tigers-Yankees game we saw both managers turn to top-of-the-rotation starters in relief roles and Zack Greinke may join the fun tonight. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that “Zack would be available and not just if [Yovani Gallardo] isn’t pitching well.” Greinke threw just 86 pitches in his Game…

  7. John Henry: Theo won’t be the Red Sox GM forever

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    As I’ve mentioned a couple of times this morning, Red Sox owner John Henry and team CEO Lary Lucchino sat down for an interview on WEEI this morning and offered up all manner of postmortem on the Red Sox’ 2011 season and some glimpses into the future as well.  Here is audio of the entire…

  8. CC Sabathia side steps questions about contract opt out

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Within minutes of the Yankees’ season ending CC Sabathia was asked whether he planned to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract to become a free agent, but the left-hander told reporters that he wasn’t ready to think about it yet. “I can’t even wrap my head around that right now,” Sabathia said. “I’m just…

  9. Bryce Harper tweets — then deletes — some pro-Yankees rah-rah

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Every time I read a story about Bryce Harper I have to remind myself that he’s still only 18-years-old and that, on the whole, 18-year-olds are pretty much awful in every respect.  Or at least honest in a “I don’t know nor do I care what other people think” kind of way. Which is usually…

  10. Sandy Alomar Jr. never even heard from the White Sox

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Sandy Alomar

    Sandy Alomar Jr. made no secret about his interest in the White Sox’s managerial opening, but the current Indians bench coach admitted yesterday that he never even heard from them. In a surprise move the White Sox hired Robin Ventura to replace Ozzie Guillen, so naturally Alomar told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer…

  11. Report: Dale Sveum on the Red Sox’ list of potential managers

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports this morning that Dale Sveum, who coached for the Sox back when they won the title in 2004, is on Boston’s list of candidates to replace Terry Francona as manager. Interesting. On the one hand, Sveum wasn’t too popular with the fans when he left after the 2005 season, having been…

  12. Jose Reyes on contract talks with Mets: “Everything is quiet”

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Rayes

    Last month there were reports that the Mets wanted a quick decision from Jose Reyes, but yesterday the free agent shortstop told Nick Klopsis of New York Newsday that the two sides haven’t even started contract talks. “They’ll probably start up within the next few days, but right now everything is quiet,” Reyes said, reiterating…

  13. “A lot of people at Yankee Stadium were enraged at A-Rod … those people are idiots”

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    We had a nice little burst of Yankees rage this morning, with writers who blamed everyone (A-Rod) for everything they could think of, never once acknowledging that (a) the Yankees, on the whole, out-pitched and out-hit the Tigers in the series; but (b) sometimes the ball just bounces the wrong way for you and anything…

  14. Instant classic: the Red Sox had “nutritional issues”

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett reacts after striking out Tampa Bay Rays John Jaso to end the top of sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox owner John Henry gave a press conference this morning summing up the team’s problems down the stretch, talking about Terry Francona’s departure and all of that stuff.  We’ll have more on that later this morning, but for now I am preoccupied with one particular thing he said. When asked about the team’s conditioning…

  15. A word about that bandage on Joaquin Benoit’s face

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit pulls a bandage off his face at the request of the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    We had a tense three and a half hour playoff elimination game last night. Some of baseball’s biggest names coming to bat and hurling pitches in clutch situations. Drama. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.  And the subject that took up the most real estate in our live chat last night?  That…

  16. What they’re saying about the Yankees’ first round exit

    Oct 7, 2011, 7:27 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez strikes out with the bases loaded against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    It’s audacious, I realize, to attribute the result in this series to the Tigers winning rather than the Yankees losing. Derek Jeter acknowledged it (see below), but that’s just not how New York rolls. So let us absorb the New York sturm und drang, shall we? Joe Girardi:  “It’s an empty feeling for everyone in that…

  17. Ranking the blame for the Yankees’ loss

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:57 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Here’s a fun fact: the only one of the Yankees’ five highest-paid players to actually have a successful ALDS against the Tigers was A.J. Burnett. But who is the most to blame for the series loss?  Let’s go in reverse order. 5. Joe Girardi – I don’t think he’s the main culprit here, though he could…

  18. Jose Valverde earns 51st straight save of 2011, Tigers top Yankees and advance to ALCS

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

    valverde ap

    Tigers closer Jose Valverde converted 49-of-49 save opportunities during the 2011 regular season. At times those saves were pretty, others times they weren’t. On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, the American League Central champions just wanted results. And Valverde once again came through. The seemingly possessed right-hander induced a weak flyout to left field from…

  19. Yankees missed many scoring opportunities in Game 5 loss

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Nick Swisher strikes out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of play against the Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    The fine folks at STATS Inc. shared this nugget of information shortly after Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher chased an outside pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning of Thursday’s 3-2 Game 5 loss to the Tigers: Swisher is 1 for 31 with 10 Ks with runners in scoring position over…

  20. Delmon Young exits Game 5 with mild left oblique strain

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    delmon young ap

    Delmon Young took his place in left field at the beginning of the seventh inning Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, then suddenly headed back to the visitors dugout after a couple of warmup tosses. He was later spotted heading down the clubhouse steps with a trainer, clutching the left side of his abdomen. After a…

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