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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. “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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. 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…

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

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. Yankees say Ivan Nova left early due to tight forearm

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Forget all that “Girardi is panicking” talk. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees announced in the press box during the top of the sixth that Game 5 starter Ivan Nova was pulled after just two innings due to “right forearm tightness.” Not because manager Joe Girardi was displeased with…

  15. Ivan Nova pulled from Game 5 after just two innings

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova reacts after giving up a solo home run to Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young in the first inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Yankees Game 5 starter Ivan Nova surrendered back-to-back homers on back-to-back pitches in the top of the first inning to Detroit’s Don Kelly and Delmon Young. He also yielded a leadoff double to Magglio Ordonez in the top of the second. But the 24-year-old’s “stuff” didn’t look all that terrible and he was pounding the…

  16. FOX’s Tim McCarver undergoes minor heart surgery

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that baseball broadcaster Tim McCarver underwent a successful minor heart procedure on Thursday. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has already been named McCarver’s replacement on FOX for the first two games of the ALCS, but the veteran McCarver should be able to return in time for Game…

  17. ALDS Game 5 Live Chat: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 6, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    Two teams enter, one team leaves. It’s Thunderdome, baby. Baseball-style. Ivan Nova takes on Doug Fister. Which is totally what we expected in Game 5. Actually, I would have sooner expected Andy Hawkins and Dan Petry. Maybe even preferred it.  Oh well, you can’t always get what you want. This will be good enough for…

  18. Ian Stewart won’t attend instructional league due to lingering wrist discomfort

    Oct 6, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    The bad news continues to pour in for Ian Stewart, the Rockies’ once-promising corner infielder. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the 26-year-old is still being bothered the inflammation in his left wrist that put an early end to his 2011 season and has backed out of a scheduled visit to the Rox’…

  19. A Tigers-Yankees Game 5 preview and a prediction

    Oct 6, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    While waiting for the decisive Game 5 to start, it’s hard not to notice that the Yankees have outscored the Tigers 26-14 through four games in the ALDS. And I get the feeling tonight’s game will play out in the same manner that the previous games did: either the Yankees will win big or the Tigers will…

  20. Bryan Stow getting stronger, has trach tube removed

    Oct 6, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    Bryan Stow’s family reported Thursday that the formerly comatose Giants fan has had the tube removed from his tracheotomy procedure and that he continues to spreak with a “stronger and clearer voice.” Giants manager Bruce Bochy visited Stow for 45 minutes on Saturday, telling him that he wanted to see him at spring training in…

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