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  1. Stepping up: the Tigers’ big guns give them new life

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:33 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

    It’s an overused cliche — I know, because I’ve overused it — to say that a team has to have someone “step up” when things go poorly.  I guess what makes it most objectionable is the notion implied in the term itself that a player can simply choose to perform better. To “take a step”…

  2. ALCS Game 3 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 11, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Only three teams have overcome a 0-2 deficit in the LCS since it became a seven-game format in 1985, but the Tigers will hope to chip away when they return home tonight to take on the Rangers in Game 3 of the ALCS. We’ll cover it all in a live chat, beginning right around 8:05…

  3. Report: Theo Epstein “on the cusp” of leaving Red Sox to accept job with Cubs

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    It’s really happening. According to Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald, Theo Epstein is “on the cusp” of leaving the Red Sox to accept a job with the Cubs. The new position is believed “to include powers greater than he has in Boston” and an announcement could be made “within the next 24 to 48…

  4. The Orioles have a lengthy list of candidates for general manager

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Orioles_new

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Orioles are considering a lengthy list of high-profile executives for their general manager vacancy. This list includes former Diamondbacks GM and current Padres VP Josh Byrnes, former Astros GM and current Rays’ senior VP Gerry Hunsicker, former Blue Jays GM and current Mets’ assistant GM J.P Ricciardi, Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, Blue…

  5. Bryan Stow out of hospital, transferred to rehabilitation facility

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The news continues to get better about Bryan Stow, the Giants’ fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on March 31. According to the Associated Press, Stow was transferred to a rehabilitation facility today after nearly seven months in hospitals. “Bryan has been an extremely challenging patient,” said Dr. Geoff Manley, who is the…

  6. Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman on postseason samples

    Oct 11, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, saying something that is both absolutely correct and guaranteed to be criticized by fans angry about another early postseason exit: I don’t make decisions on postseason samples because no one’s going to have a large enough postseason sample to be meaningful. Amen.

  7. ALCS Game 3 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 11, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Rangers-Tigers series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Ramon Santiago, 2B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Don Kelly,…

  8. Charlie Morton undergoes surgery to repair torn labrum in left hip

    Oct 11, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates announced this afternoon that right-hander Charlie Morton underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review hears that Morton is expected to be sidelined for six months, a timeline which could put his status…

  9. GM considered Paul Konerko as White Sox player/manager

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    In addition to learning that Robin Ventura’s contract with the White Sox runs through 2014 another interesting tidbit from his introductory press conference as manager today is that general manager Ken Williams admitted he considered first baseman Paul Konerko for the job before settling on Ventura: It was considered long enough for me to realize…

  10. Robin Ventura gets three-year contract as White Sox manager

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    robin ventura white sox

    This afternoon the White Sox officially introduced Robin Ventura as their new manager and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that he signed a three-year contract that runs through 2014. Ozzie Guillen had one season remaining on his contract with the White Sox, but received a four-year, $10 million extension from the Marlins. Asked…

  11. Jimmy Rollins wants to re-sign with the Phillies … as long as they give him a five-year contract

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Last week impending free agent Jimmy Rollins explained that he won’t be giving a “hometown discount” to the Phillies and today the former MVP told reporters that he’ll be looking for a five-year contract on the open market. During a press conference this morning Rollins made it clear that he wants to re-sign with the…

  12. Tweet of the Day: Bud Norris reviews Brian Wilson’s acting

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Astros right-hander Bud Norris tweeted his review of Brian Wilson‘s new Taco Bell commercial, which is now running non-stop during the ALCS and NLCS:

  13. Hunter Pence, Placido Polanco have sports hernia surgeries

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Hunter Pence announced via Twitter that his sports hernia surgery this morning “went well” and he’s “feeling good.” Or at least everyone is assuming it was sports hernia surgery, because as David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News points out the Phillies didn’t make an official announcement yet after saying last week that Pence would…

  14. Angels’ firings continue as scout is let go after 27 years in the organization

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    rally monkey angels

    As part of a housecleaning that already included the general manager, director of player personnel, and two key front office assistants the Angels have now fired longtime scout Rich Schlenker after 27 years in the organization. And not only that, according to the 68-year-old scout he was fired “in a 30-second phone call.” Schlenker called…

  15. Rangers bench struggling Mitch Moreland for Game 3 tonight

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Shortly after last night’s Game 2 victory Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that struggling first baseman Mitch Moreland will be out of the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight. Moreland, who’s just 2-for-17 during the playoffs and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Game 2, will be replaced at first base with Michael…

  16. Skip Schumaker hoping to be available if Cardinals reach World Series

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    In removing Skip Schumaker from the NLCS roster because of an oblique injury the Cardinals initially expected him to miss the remainder of the playoffs, but now the utility man is hoping to be available if they reach the World Series. “There’s been a lot of improvement from then to now,” Schumaker told Joe Strauss…

  17. Jim Leyland reiterates that Justin Verlander will not pitch on short rest

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    With the Tigers down 2-0 to the Rangers in the ALCS some managers would be tempted to bring back Justin Verlander for Game 4 on short rest, but Jim Leyland reiterated yesterday that he doesn’t consider that an option. Or in his exact words: “He’s pitching Game 5.That’s a slam dunk. That is the end…

  18. TBS’ Ernie Johnson is attending to more importmant matters

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ernie Johnson

    Ernie Johnson is TBS’ first-team baseball guy, but he’s been absent from this postseason due to his son’s illness.  Today’s USA Today has a story detailing what Johnson and his family are dealing with.  It’s heart-aching stuff. Keep a thought in your heart for Johnson and his family.

  19. Magglio Ordonez likely to have surgery on fractured ankle

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    For now Magglio Ordonez remains with the Tigers during the ALCS, watching the games from the dugout after re-fracturing the same ankle he injured last year, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he “almost certainly” will undergo another surgery. Ordonez is scheduled to be examined by a foot specialist back in Detroit and is…

  20. Great Moments in Denial: Shaun Marcum edition

    Oct 11, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum bobbles a bunt from St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 2 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    If you hadn’t watched last night’s game, and instead, simply read the quotes from manager Ron Roenicke and last night’s starter Shaun Marcum in this Tom Haudricourt blog post, you’d think that Marcum and the Brewers lost a 4-3 game in the late innings or something: “He left the ball up to Pujols in the…

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