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  1. ALDS Preview: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Yankees and the Tigers have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers (95-67) vs. New York Yankees (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Friday in New York: Justin Verlander vs.…

  2. Jorge Posada will be Yankees’ designated hitter in ALDS

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Remember back in August when Joe Girardi benching Jorge Posada as the Yankees’ starting designated hitter was a big story? Posada ended up starting just 12 of the Yankees’ final 45 games at DH (plus a couple starts at first base), but Girardi announced that he’ll turn back to Posada as the starting DH for…

  3. HBT Extra: looking ahead to the NLDS

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    You can’t predict baseball. Yet Tiffany and I try to do just that with the NLDS.

  4. Albert Pujols’ streak of .300-30-100 seasons ends at 10

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not that Albert Pujols, the Cardinals, or any Cardinals fans care much after last night, but his streak of consecutive seasons with a .300 batting average, 30 homers, and 100 RBIs came to an end at 10. And just barely, as Pujols finished with a .299 batting average and 99 RBIs to go along with…

  5. Oh look: Joe West and Angel Hernandez get to umpire the postseason

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Major League Baseball just announced its umps and, to my surprise, fear and — on some strange level amusement — Cowboy Joe West and his notorious crew get to work the Milwaukee-Arizona series. The whole crew: West, Ron Kulpa, Alfonso Marquez, Bruce Dreckman, and additions Jeff Kellogg and James Hoye for outfield duty. It’s a way better…

  6. NLDS Preview: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Diamondbacks and Brewers have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams Arizona Diamondbacks (94-68) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (96-66) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Milwaukee: Ian Kennedy vs. Yovani Gallardo…

  7. Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp were baseball’s only iron men

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Not only did Prince Fielder have another monster season for the Brewers, ranking among the MLB leaders in nearly every key offensive category, the 27-year-old first baseman is the only player in baseball to be in the lineup for all 162 games. Matt Kemp also missed zero games, but the Dodgers only played 161. Along…

  8. Kenley Jansen broke the all-time strikeout rate record

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I wrote last week about how Kenley Jansen had the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball history, but the Dodgers rookie was so dominant down the stretch that he vaulted into the top spot. Jansen ended up striking out 34 of the final 56 batters he faced this season–which is absolutely ridiculous–and finished the year as…

  9. ALDS Preview: Rays vs. Rangers

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    The Teams Tampa Bay Rays (91-71) vs. Texas Rangers (96-66) The Rangers won the season series 5-4, outscoring the Rays by 15 runs (41-26). The Matchups Game 1 Friday in Texas: Matt Moore vs. C.J. Wilson Game 2 Saturday in Texas: James Shields vs. Derek Holland Game 3 Monday in St. Pete: Colby Lewis vs. David…

  10. Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Jeanmar Gomez, Tim Belcher

    Indians bench coach Tim Tolman resigned yesterday because of Parkinson’s disease and today pitching coach Tim Belcher stepped down to “spend more time with his family.” Sandy Alomar Jr. was immediately promoted from first base coach to bench coach to replace Tolman, but the Indians haven’t decided on Belcher’s replacement yet. Paul Hoynes of the…

  11. Victor Martinez needed his toe drained with a drill last night

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez exited last night’s game after fouling a ball off his right big toe and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the Tigers’ medical staff had to drill a hole in the nail to drain it, but the designated hitter made it very clear that he plans to be in the lineup for Game…

  12. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Phillies and the Cardinals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (102-60) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Philadelphia: Kyle Lohse vs.…

  13. As Red Sox rumors swirled Bruce Chen stayed with Royals and threw eight shutout innings

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen

    Yesterday was filled with rumors about the Red Sox working on a trade for Bruce Chen to start a potential Game 163 tiebreaker, but instead the Royals left-hander took the mound as scheduled for his start against the Twins … and tossed eight shutout innings. Oh, and it turns out the Red Sox didn’t need…

  14. Royals fire pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    Ned Yost and most of his staff will be back in 2012 despite a 71-91 season, but the Royals announced that pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons will not return. McClure held the job for the past six seasons, under three different managers, while Gibbons formerly managed the Blue Jays and came…

  15. A visual representation of soul-killing collapses

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    This is not for the weak-of-stomach, at least in Boston and Atlanta. But it’s fantastic all the same. From Sportsclubstats.com, they’re graphs representing the probability of reaching the playoffs throughout the season for both the Braves and the Red Sox. Yes, we all can intellectually understand just how swiftly each team snatched failure from the…

  16. Free agent Heath Bell expects to re-sign with the Padres

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    While packing up his locker yesterday impending free agent Heath Bell told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that he expects to re-sign with the Padres this offseason: It’s one of those things that hopefully the front office and my agent can do something. But I’m not worried about that. In my head, I’m…

  17. Fredi Gonzalez won’t say why he pitched to Hunter Pence

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Sorry if I’m dwelling here, but you’d dwell too if this was your team. Of all of the stuff that happened in last night’s Braves-Phillies game, perhaps the most inexplicable was Fredi Gonzalez’s decision to pitch to Hunter Pence with two out and a runner on third in the 13th inning.  Behind Pence — who…

  18. Yankees announce playoff rotation, Ivan Nova to start Game 2

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Ivan Nova pitches to Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    Last night Joe Girardi revealed his plans for the Yankees’ playoff rotation, announcing that CC Sabathia will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers followed by rookie Ivan Nova in Game 2 and veteran Freddy Garcia in Game 3. Not exactly how the Yankees’ brass saw their October pitching shaking out back in…

  19. Fire Francona? Nonsense

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Because people naturally look for a fall guy in such instances, the question that was only simmering over the past few days has blown up today: should the Red Sox fire Terry Francona?  It’s the subject of columns. And a survey. And I presume it’s going to be all over talk radio.  But does it…

  20. White Sox initially requested Logan Morrison for Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald the White Sox initially offered to trade manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins for Logan Morrison before eventually settling for a pair of minor leaguers. When the Marlins first pursued Guillen last year Morrison was reportedly the asking price as well, but with only one season remaining…

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