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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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’…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Ken Williams makes daring and dangerous move in hiring Robin Ventura

    Oct 6, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    White Sox GM Ken Williams has never been one to play it safe, and he likely just put his job on the line by hiring Robin Ventura to manage the club. The gamble here, of course, is that Ventura has never managed at any level. The only coaching he’s done was at Arroyo Grande High…

  12. Reds sending Aroldis Chapman to winter ball to work as a starter

    Oct 6, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen since debuting with Cincinnati in August of last season, but the Reds are now sending the flamethrowing left-hander to winter ball in order to build up arm strength to join the rotation next year. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Chapman will stretch out…

  13. Lawsuit alleges that Tim Lincecum trashed his San Francisco apartment

    Oct 6, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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    How very rock and roll: Tim Lincecum is being sued by his San Francisco landlord, who claims that Lincecum “broke, stained, defaced, tore, injured or destroyed” some $200,000 worth of furniture, fixtures and appliances in his Mission District apartment. According to the Mercury News, landlord Mindy Freile’s complains that all manner of items were damaged or stolen,…

  14. Robin Ventura replaces Ozzie Guillen as White Sox manager

    Oct 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

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    Lots of names have been linked to the White Sox’s managerial opening since Ozzie Guillen went to the Marlins on September 28, but in the end the choice came out of nowhere. In a surprise move the White Sox announced that Robin Ventura will replace Guillen as their new manager. Ventura played 10 seasons for…

  15. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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

  16. They’re holding a press conference about the Busch Stadium squirrel

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    A squirrel runs behind Philadelphia Phillies Polanco to cause a stop in play during Game 3 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the St. Louis Cardinals

    We haven’t been posting as much as usual today. Just not a lot happening as four of the six teams still playing in the division series are travelling and the other two are getting ready to play tonight.  Baseball is gonna happen and happen in a big way the next two nights, but right now…

  17. Jim Riggleman, Larry Bowa, Bob Geren among Mets’ bench coach candidates

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    Bench coach Ken Oberkfell was let go yesterday as part of the Mets’ coaching staff shakeup and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that their list of candidates to replace him includes former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. In addition to Riggleman, who stepped down in the middle of the season over a contract dispute,…

  18. Braves, Giants brass apologize to fans

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    I'm sorry

    Has this always happened, or is it a new thing? Braves’ President John Schuerholz and Giants managing partner Larry Baer have each written letters to the fans talking about how much of a bummer it was for the teams to miss the playoffs but, dadgummit, we’re gonna double our efforts and happiness is but a season…

  19. Ozzie Guillen to keep most of Marlins’ coaching staff intact

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gestures as Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria listens during news conference in Miami

    Ozzie Guillen brought bench Joey Cora with him from the White Sox to the Marlins, but it looks like the rest of Florida’s coaching staff is going to remain mostly the same under the new manager. Last week the Marlins announced that hitting coach Eduardo Perez and pitching coach Randy St. Claire would be staying…

  20. Frank McCourt loses again

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Last week the judge told Frank McCourt’s lawyers that they’re not entitled to get into the financial information of the other 29 teams as he tries to make a case that Bud Selig is treating him unfairly. The other day McCourt filed a motion to have the judge reconsider that ruling.  Yesterday the lawyers argued…

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