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  1. ALDS Tigers-Yankees Game 1 Liveblog: POSTPONED

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    Yankees' Sabathia waits to catch fly balls during workout day before their MLB American League Division Series against the Tigers begins in New York

    10:24: Live blog over, kids. Back to some normal posting. And “Ghostbusters.” The boys just got arrested and the EPA man is going nuts. Enjoy! 10:21: They’ve postponed the game. Same game time tomorrow, but it will still be Game 1, picking it  up in the 2nd. Sunday will be Game 2 at 3:07PM. No…

  2. Terry Francona to St. Louis would be a fit

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Excluding the job in Boston he just vacated, there’s only one current managerial opening for Terry Francona. The White Sox, though, aren’t believed to be all that interested, in large part because Francona is sure to want to remain one of the game’s highest-paid managers (and deservedly so). So, where to for Terry? The North Side of Chicago…

  3. Matt Moore dominates as Rays cruise to Game 1 victory

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    Matt Morre

    Pretty much any team other than the Rays would have given Matt Moore an opportunity months ago. Fortunately, Tampa Bay did find some room for him in the end. Making just his second big-league start and fourth appearance, Moore blanked the Rangers for seven innings on Friday and, supported by a pair of homers from Kelly Shoppach, picked…

  4. A’s won’t bring back bench, pitching or hitting coaches

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Joel Skinner

    The A’s announced Friday that bench coach Joel Skinner, pitching coach Ron Romanick and hitting coach Gerald Perry won’t return for the 2012 season. All three were in the first year’s on the job in 2011, though it was actually Perry’s second go-round with the A’s.  Of course, all three were hired during Bob Geren’s…

  5. Red Sox owner John Henry taken off yacht in neck brace

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    John Henry, Tom Werner

    WBZ NewsRadio’s Mike Macklin reports that he witnessed Red Sox owner John Henry getting into an ambulance wearing a neck brace after being helped off his yacht. Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said Henry was involved in a minor accident in his yacht but was OK.  Henry was reportedly on his way to the hospital…

  6. Philadelphia, St. Louis mayors make a beer bet

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Michael Nutter

    Because beer and baseball go hand in hand… and not just in the Boston clubhouse. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and St. Louis mayor Francis Slay have made a friendly wager on the results of their teams’ NLDS series. Nutter is putting up beer from several local microbreweries against the St. Louis-based Budweiser being offered by Slay.…

  7. White Sox sign closer Sergio Santos to three-year deal

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Sergio Santos

    Sergio Santos, who saved 30 games for the White Sox in just his third year since converting from the infield to the mound, was given a three-year, $8.25 million deal on Friday. It looks like a bargain for the White Sox, who turned to Santos in the ninth after Matt Thornton‘s shaky start this season. Santos…

  8. Angels far better off without Tony Reagins

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Anaheim Angels general manager Tony Reagins, helps three-time all-star and twelve-year veteran Vernon Wells, whom they acquired in a trade last Friday with the Toronto Blue Jays, to put on his new uniform jersey at a press conference in Anaheim

    While the Angels’ much-hyped prospects didn’t always pan out, Tony Reagins had a very good record as the team’s director of player development from 2002-07. As a general manager, the 44-year-old was simply overmatched. It’s safe to say he didn’t resign Friday on his own terms. Reagins’ legacy will be the Vernon Wells deal. It was viewed…

  9. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Magglio Ordonez, RF 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…

  10. It’s official: Terry Francona is out as Red Sox manager

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    There was a lot of uncertainty as the day went on — first he was out, then things got quiet — but now it’s official: Terry Francona is out as the manager of the Boston Red Sox. According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, the team will not exercise its two-year, $8.75 million option on Francona’s contract.…

  11. Tony Reagins resigns as Angels general manager

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins

    If the Angels are indeed going to be “creative and aggressive” this offseason they’ll have to do so with a new general manager, as Tony Reagins announced his resignation. Angels owner Arte Moreno issued a statement saying that “in moving forward, we felt a change was needed.” Reagins has drawn tons of deserved criticism for…

  12. ALDS Rays-Rangers Game 1 Live Chat

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    DT Crymes, Shawn Darwin

    Doesn’t it seem like Wednesday night was about three weeks ago? One day without baseball is a lifetime. Anyway, let’s hope the march to the World Series can be half as good as the appetizer. We’ll get the playoff schedule started this afternoon with a live chat of Game 1 of the ALDS between the…

  13. Phillies set postseason roster, choose Blanton over Herndon

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    Joe Blanton beat out David Herndon for the final spot on the Phillies’ playoff roster, which will include 14 position players and 11 pitchers. Herndon has been a key contributor to the bullpen all season, throwing 57 innings with a 3.32 ERA, but he’s worked mostly in low-leverage situations and Blanton convinced the Phillies he’s…

  14. Judge: McCourt can’t talk about what other clubs do

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Earlier this week we learned that Frank McCourt and the Dodgers, in their battle with Major League Baseball, wanted to take discovery of other teams like the Marlins and the Mets in order to establish that they were held to a different standard than the Dodgers were being held to.  Today the judge ruled: sorry…

  15. Mark Buehrle will consider all teams, willing to sign quickly

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Last week impending free agent Mark Buehrle talked about how switching to the NL might be appealing after 12 seasons in the AL, but yesterday his agent chimed in to say “we’re not going to eliminate any team from consideration.” Buehrle needs multiple teams bidding for his services to get the largest possible contract, so…

  16. The Braves fire hitting coach Larry Parrish

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    My official view of hitting coaches is that they really don’t make a hell of a lot of difference. Maybe they help a guy here or there, maybe they don’t, but I bet that if we studied the matter closely, we’d find a pretty strong correlation between successful hitting coaches and hitting coaches who happened…

  17. Matt Kemp won’t negotiate a contract extension after the 2012 season begins

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times spoke with Dave Stewart, the agent for Matt Kemp.  The upshot: Kemp is willing to talk to the Dodgers about a long term deal, but that he won’t negotiate with the team once next season begins.  absent an extension Kemp would become a free agent after the 2012 season.…

  18. Cardinals to use Chris Carpenter on short rest in Game 2

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Tony La Russa announced a change in the Cardinals’ presumed playoff rotation, going with Chris Carpenter on short rest in Game 2 against the Phillies. Carpenter threw a complete-game shutout against the Astros on Wednesday, allowing just two hits and one walk, but did need 106 pitches. And as Jayson Stark of ESPN.com notes, Carpenter…

  19. People were mad at the Orioles’ celebration on Wednesday night?

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Orioles players celebrate their win over the Red Sox in Baltimore

    I, like most people, was lost in all of the chaos of Wednesday night. So forgive me if I missed people complaining about the Orioles’ celebrating their walkoff win that eliminated the Red Sox from the postseason.  But according to Steve Melewski of MASN, “some fans and media members were whining about the Orioles celebration.”…

  20. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Rays vs. Rangers

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

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

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