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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

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

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    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…

  11. Frank McCourt could be ruined if he has to sell the Dodgers

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    For as ugly as the Dodgers stuff has gotten, there was always the two-steps-back reality check for Frank McCourt: if he pulled the rip cord he could still walk away personally wealthy given how much more the Dodgers are worth now than when he bought them. Except, according to this report by Bill Shaikin of…

  12. Lance Berkman is hurting

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    berkman getty

    Tony La Russa said that Lance Berkman is likely to start in right field tonight.  But Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets that Berkman’s right side was heavily wrapped after last night’s game, suggesting that he did something bad during his pinch hitting appearance in Game 4. Probably an oblique. It’s what all…

  13. Indians promote Scott Radinsky as new pitching coach

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians  Photo Day

    Tim Belcher stepped down as Cleveland’s pitching coach last month, citing the need to spend more time with his family, and today the Indians officially replaced him with Scott Radinsky. Cleveland also announced other changes to manager Manny Acta’s staff, naming Tom Wiedenbauer first base coach and Dave Miller bullpen coach. Radinsky has been the…

  14. Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz arrested for disturbing the peace

    Oct 14, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who was acquired from the Indians as the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was arrested last night and charged with disturbing the peace in Mississippi. Pomeranz got arrested while coming out of a bar around 1:25 a.m. and the 22-year-old was released on a cash bond three hours later. No…

  15. The Chinese Taipei national baseball team will face a pretty decent lineup

    Oct 14, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Taiwan

    Not too long ago Major League Baseball announced that a team of major leaguers was going to go to Taiwan to play an all-star series against the Chinese Taipei national team in November.  They just announced the players who will be participating. Among them: Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Pablo Sandoval and Miguel Cabrera. There’s a lot of falloff…

  16. Koji Uehara was mostly unhittable for Orioles, but he’s been a mess for Rangers

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Texas bulked up its bullpen at the trade deadline, acquiring Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, and Mike Gonzalez to go alongside Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando, and Darren Oliver in what’s now arguably the best, deepest group of relievers in baseball. However, after dominating with the Orioles for the past one-and-a-half seasons Uehara has been a mess…

  17. Mets hire former A’s manager Bob Geren as bench coach

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Bob Geren

    After interviewing several potential candidates, including former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, the Mets have settled on former A’s manager Bob Geren as their new bench coach, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Geren was fired by Oakland in June after compiling a 334-376 (.470) record in four-plus seasons, but has previous ties to the various…

  18. Angels negotiating new television deal with FOX Sports

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    television money

    For months now the Dodgers’ attempts to get a new television contract have made headlines, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels may be nearing a new TV deal of their own with FOX Sports. According Shaikin in a recent court filing on behalf of MLB media consultant Ed Desser…

  19. How to fix the Red Sox

    Oct 14, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has a good column up about what the Red Sox should do this winter and into next season.  I take issue with the headline — “Sounds crazy, but the Red Sox can be saved” — because, dude, they still won 90 frickin’ games and are insanely talented. It’s not like…

  20. In defense of Theo

    Oct 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    The knives that have been out for Theo Epstein and Terry Francona over the past few days has been great fun.  Only problem is that it obscures the fact that, hey, those guys did more for Red Sox baseball in the past few years than anyone else had for the previous 80+. The response to…

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