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  1. Rangers edge Rays 4-3, take 2-1 lead in ALDS

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    The Rangers ended David Price‘s shutout bid with four runs in the top of the seventh and held on to beat the Rays 4-3 on Monday and take a 2-1 lead in the ALDS. Colby Lewis was the winning pitcher for Texas after allowing just one hit — a Desmond Jennings homer on the first…

  2. ALDS Yankees-Tigers Game 3 Live Chat

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Tigers starting pitcher Verlander throws to the Yankees during first inning in Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    Jose Valverde says this series is already over, but we’re going to have ourselves a live chat, anyway. CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander will meet tonight in a rematch of Friday’s suspended Game 1. Sabathia threw 27 pitches and allowed one run over two innings before the rains came while Verlander gave up one run…

  3. Report: Red Sox to consider Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin for manager

    Oct 3, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Pete Mackanin Getty

    Let the search begin. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Red Sox will “consider” Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin among “a field of candidates” for their managerial vacancy. Mackanin, who has been with the Phillies since the 2009 season, previously served as an interim manager with the Pirates in 2005 and the Reds in…

  4. John Mayberry Jr. likely starting in left field for Game 3 of NLDS

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel confirmed that John Mayberry Jr. will likely start in left field for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals tomorrow, leaving Raul Ibanez on the bench. This isn’t a huge surprise given that the Phillies will be facing left-hander Jaime Garcia. Mayberry…

  5. Hank Aaron Award nominees announced (and then picked apart)

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Ackley

    The Hank Aaron Award nominees were announced on Monday.  The award is meant to honor the best offensive performers in each league.  As always, there’s one nominee from every team and the winner will be selected by a fan vote in combination with a vote of select Hall of Fame players. Here are the nominees:…

  6. Two more fired as Angels continue front office house cleaning

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins

    General manager Tony Reagins resigned Friday and today the Angels cleaned house even further by firing assistant general manager Ken Forsch and special assistant to the general manager Gary Sutherland. They’d filled those roles for 14 and 12 years, respectively, working with both Reagins and his predecessor Bill Stoneman. Obviously there were any number of…

  7. Kevin Youkilis is less-than-clear on whether there was beer in the Red Sox clubhouse

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    red sox mugs

    Last week there was considerable to-do over a report that the Red Sox drank beer in the clubhouse on their off-days.  Kind of a silly to-do as far as I’m concerned because, hey, they’re grown men and there was no suggestion that there was any kind of alcohol abuse or anything like that.  If Sox…

  8. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Yankees vs. Tigers

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

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

  9. Joe West got the message

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Joe West

    Joe West’s umpiring crew was broken up in the middle of the season, with Angel Hernandez being shipped out.  As The Common Man — who had previously tracked Joe West’s exploits — notes over at The Platoon Advantage today, West must have gotten the message: Indeed, West’s crew, which was lapping the field in early…

  10. Magglio Ordonez “almost hung it up” after terrible first half

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    Magglio Ordonez told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that he considered retiring around midseason after hitting .217 in the first half while struggling through soreness in his surgically repaired ankle. “I almost hung it up,” Ordonez said. “When I was playing, I didn’t enjoy the game and I play with my heart.” Ordonez also plays with…

  11. Video of the Day: Matt Kemp’s 39 homers in 39 seconds

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Well, so much for that. MLB Advanced Media shut it down in approximately 39 seconds. Sorry. ========== Because the Dodgers only played 161 games this season Matt Kemp didn’t get a full crack at joining the 40-40 club, so instead he’ll have to settle for 40 steals and 39 homers. And here’s a fun…

  12. HBT Extra: Looking at tonight’s ALDS action

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk Rays-Rangers and Yankees-Tigers.

  13. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Rangers-Rays series: TEXAS RANGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Desmond Jennings, LF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. B.J. Upton, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Matt Joyce, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Johnny Damon,…

  14. Photo of the Day: In St. Louis, the fountains shall flow with the blood of those who oppose La Russa!

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    At least, that’s what I think is going on in this picture that @stl_cardsfan29 took of a fountain in downtown St. Louis: I’m torn between saying “Go Cardinals!” and “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!”

  15. Three days rest: Carpenter, Spahn, Maddux, and … Loaiza?

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    For the first time in his 14-season, 339-start career Chris Carpenter started on short rest last night and it didn’t go well, as he failed to make it out of the fourth inning while allowing four runs to put the Cardinals in an early hole. St. Louis came back to win, so rightly or wrongly…

  16. Michael Young: the teflon All-Star

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A big star is coming off a down year. Management brings in someone to take his place, and the big star freaks out about it. Talks to the media about how unhappy he is. Demands a trade. When the trade doesn’t happen, he makes a point to…

  17. Good news, Braves fans: Derek Lowe made history this year

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Braves starting pitcher Lowe raises his glove over his face after a run scored in the third inning by Phillies Oswalt in Atlanta

    Derek Lowe went 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA for the Braves this season and STATS LLC’s tidbit-filled Twitter feed notes that in doing so he became the first pitcher in baseball history to at one point in his career lead the league in wins, losses, and saves. Lowe had an NL-leading 16 (yes, only 16)…

  18. Frank McCourt might finally realize that he’s screwed

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    On Friday, Frank McCourt and the Dodgers got what most people consider to be a considerable setback in the bankruptcy litigation when the judge ruled that they would not be able to take discovery of the business dealings of other teams with Major League Baseball. And you know it was horrible for them because it…

  19. Andy Pettitte throws out the first pitch, is definitely still retired

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte threw out of the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium yesterday and naturally the reporters on hand asked him about retirement. Pettitte admitted that “there’s no doubt” he’s thought about pitching again, but then added: I don’t know if that will ever go away. When I’m away … not thinking about playing or…

  20. Source close to Theo: It’s “50-50″ Epstein would leave the Red Sox

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Theo Epstein is truly on the fence about leaving Boston, with one source close to Epstein saying that it’s 50-50 Epstein would take another job. It’s all rather touchy-feely, of course. Epstein may want to go to find a new challenge, but he feels a loyalty to the…

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