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  1. Jordan Schafer arrested, charged with marijuana possession

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Jordan Schafer, who was traded from the Braves to the Astros in July as part of the Michael Bourn deal, was arrested last night in Florida and charged with felony possession of marijuana. According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times the arrest took place shortly after midnight at The Cheesecake Factory, which some…

  2. ALDS Game 4 lineups: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Rangers-Rays series: TEXAS RANGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Desmond Jennings, LF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. B.J. Upton, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Johnny Damon,…

  3. Rafael Palmeiro: 3000 hits was “a nightmare”

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Palmeiro Orioles

    We hear from Rafael Palmeiro, and others in his particular place in baseball history, once or twice a year. Usually around Hall of Fame vote time in the winter and then around the time of the inductions in the summer.  They’re asked how he feels to be on the outside looking in because of their…

  4. GM says “no change” in status of Matt Holliday’s hand injury

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday had his strained finger tendon examined further by hand specialists in St. Louis yesterday and general manager John Mozeliak said afterward that there’s “no change” in his status. That means Holliday remains on the Cardinals’ roster, but is doubtful to start any of the remaining three games against the Phillies and may not…

  5. HBT Extra: Talking NLDS Game 3

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tiffany asks me if the Phillies should panic. Though the thought would make me happy I, alas, had to answer truthfully.

  6. Mike Scioscia not interested in being Angels general manager

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    mike-scioscia-angels

    In the wake of Tony Reagins resigning as Angels general manager amid an overall front office housecleaning there’s been a lot written about how manager Mike Scioscia is truly pulling all the personnel strings and any GM would mostly just be a figurehead. In terms of actually becoming the GM, though, Scioscia has no interest.…

  7. No, it is not all up to A.J.

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    I had one earlier, but here’s one more little sharp jab at the “A.J.-Burnett-Will-Be-The-Death-of-Us-All” balloon:  he may not actually pitch too terribly much of tonight’s game. Joe Girardi said last night that Burnett will have a short leash, so we can presume that he will not be allowed to give up five runs on eleventeen…

  8. Verlander was fantastic! Um … wasn’t he?

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    Posnanski makes a great point today about how sports commentators, columnists, broadcasters and the like tend to fall in love with narratives, even if they don’t really hold up.  His example: how everyone during and after last night’s Tigers game was gushing about Justin Verlander, and sticking with that narrative even though, on the merits,…

  9. The Comments Section

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Internet Tough Guy

    I’m old and I go to sleep early so I never watch SNL these days. Given that people have been saying that it’s no good anymore for about the last 30 years, I suppose it’s the same as it ever was: some good stuff, some bad stuff, with the quality ebbing and flowing because that’s…

  10. Photo of the Day: Gut Check Time

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Whoever was in charge of the baseball front of ESPN.com during last night’s Yankees-Tigers game is owed a golf clap for this one. And no, it’s not mean and insensitive to make fun of the appearance of a really rich and successful professional athlete. It’s written down right … well, I’m sure it’s written somewhere.…

  11. A.J. Burnett in an elimination game is scary, but it could be worse

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    The first thing you’ll read in any story about tonight’s Yankees-Tigers game is that the Yankees are throwing out A.J. Burnett in an elimination game.  And yes, that is far from ideal given how unreliable Burnett has been since arriving in New York. He wouldn’t have gotten a start absent last Friday night’s rain, and…

  12. Justin Verlander perseveres as Tigers send Yankees to the brink of elimination

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:17 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    When Justin Verlander gave up two runs and threw 21 pitches in the first inning tonight, it didn’t look like he would be long for this ballgame. Fortunately for the Tigers, he was just getting warmed up. While CC Sabathia walked a season-high six batters and failed to make it out of the sixth inning,…

  13. Rangers edge Rays 4-3, take 2-1 lead in ALDS

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    The Rangers ended David Price‘s shutout bid with four runs in the top of the seventh and held on to beat the Rays 4-3 on Monday and take a 2-1 lead in the ALDS. Colby Lewis was the winning pitcher for Texas after allowing just one hit — a Desmond Jennings homer on the first…

  14. ALDS Yankees-Tigers Game 3 Live Chat

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Tigers starting pitcher Verlander throws to the Yankees during first inning in Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    Jose Valverde says this series is already over, but we’re going to have ourselves a live chat, anyway. CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander will meet tonight in a rematch of Friday’s suspended Game 1. Sabathia threw 27 pitches and allowed one run over two innings before the rains came while Verlander gave up one run…

  15. Report: Red Sox to consider Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin for manager

    Oct 3, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Pete Mackanin Getty

    Let the search begin. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Red Sox will “consider” Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin among “a field of candidates” for their managerial vacancy. Mackanin, who has been with the Phillies since the 2009 season, previously served as an interim manager with the Pirates in 2005 and the Reds in…

  16. John Mayberry Jr. likely starting in left field for Game 3 of NLDS

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel confirmed that John Mayberry Jr. will likely start in left field for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals tomorrow, leaving Raul Ibanez on the bench. This isn’t a huge surprise given that the Phillies will be facing left-hander Jaime Garcia. Mayberry…

  17. Hank Aaron Award nominees announced (and then picked apart)

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Ackley

    The Hank Aaron Award nominees were announced on Monday.  The award is meant to honor the best offensive performers in each league.  As always, there’s one nominee from every team and the winner will be selected by a fan vote in combination with a vote of select Hall of Fame players. Here are the nominees:…

  18. Two more fired as Angels continue front office house cleaning

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins

    General manager Tony Reagins resigned Friday and today the Angels cleaned house even further by firing assistant general manager Ken Forsch and special assistant to the general manager Gary Sutherland. They’d filled those roles for 14 and 12 years, respectively, working with both Reagins and his predecessor Bill Stoneman. Obviously there were any number of…

  19. Kevin Youkilis is less-than-clear on whether there was beer in the Red Sox clubhouse

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    red sox mugs

    Last week there was considerable to-do over a report that the Red Sox drank beer in the clubhouse on their off-days.  Kind of a silly to-do as far as I’m concerned because, hey, they’re grown men and there was no suggestion that there was any kind of alcohol abuse or anything like that.  If Sox…

  20. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Yankees vs. Tigers

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Yankees-Tigers series: NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS 1. Derek Jeter, SS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 2. Ramon Santiago, 2B 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Delmon Young, LF 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 5. Mark Teixeira, 1B 5. Victor Martinez,…

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