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  1. A treasure trove of Philadelphia A’s records has been uncovered

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Old Gator alerted me to this fascinating development. It seems that some old records — including accounting ledgers, business records and 15 canisters containing 16 mm films — belonging to the Philadelphia A’s and dating from 1915-1954 have been uncovered. They were retrieved out of a dumpster years ago, then sat in a garage and…

  2. Chris Carpenter would “absolutely” be available out of the Cardinals’ bullpen for Game 7

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter threw 101 pitches last night, holding the Rangers to two runs over seven innings, and afterward wasted no time saying that he’ll be available out of the bullpen if the series goes to Game 7. For now Kyle Lohse is the Cardinals’ scheduled Game 7 starter, but manager Tony La Russa’s confidence in…

  3. MLB: Frank McCourt looted the Dodgers of $189 million

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    The implication from Major League Baseball has always been that Frank McCourt extracted many millions from the Dodgers, but they’ve never truly called it “looting” and they’ve never given an exact dollar figure.  Until now anyway. Bill Shaikin: For the first time, Major League Baseball put a specific number on the amount it alleges Dodgers owner Frank McCourt took out of…

  4. John Lackey had elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    No details of the visit have been revealed by the Red Sox, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that John Lackey recently met with Dr. Lewis Yocum in California to have his right elbow examined. According to Bradford’s sources the Red Sox expect to have a “final resolution” by the end of this week, which…

  5. Tony La Russa explains last night’s bullpen insanity

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    I don’t know what really happened with Tony La Russa and the Cardinals’ bullpen last night. I suspect that La Russa made some mistakes or was slow to get to the phone or something because the explanation of a miscommunication on the bullpen phone is just really hard to understand. I’m not saying La Russa…

  6. Angels want Andrew Friedman, but the feeling might not be mutual

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    Rays general manager Andrew Friedman was spotted last week having dinner with Angels owner Arte Moreno and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’s their No. 1 target to replace Tony Reagins, but there’s plenty of doubt about whether Friedman actually wants the job. In fact, according to DiGiovanna’s sources “their chances…

  7. What we talk about when we talk about Michael Young

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Barring him hitting the World Series-winning home run or something, this is the last thing I’m writing about Michael Young for a while. And really, I’m not even writing anything about Young himself here. I’m mostly just quoting Gregg Doyel, because even though I believe that he and I are on different sides of the…

  8. Farewell, Red Sox Nation

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Theo Epstein will be introduced as the new President of the Chicago Cubs later today.  This morning he wrote an op-ed goodbye to Red Sox Nation in today’s Boston Globe. The whole thing is here, and it’s nothing short of fantastic. Epstein talks about his love of the Sox from his youth, the joy of…

  9. Tony La Russa cost his team Game 5

    Oct 25, 2011, 6:50 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa pulls relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski after he gave up a two RBI double to Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli in the eighth inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    When it comes to the managerial matchup in this World Series I was right and wrong. First the wrong part, which I wrote last Wednesday when comparing Tony La Russa and Ron Washington: A managerial mismatch? No way. At least not one that will determine the course of this World Series. Inasmuch as Game 5…

  10. Rangers top Cardinals 4-2 in Game 5, move within one win of first ever World Series title

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 5 - St Louis Cardinals v Texas Rangers

    Though they likely owe an assist to Tony La Russa, the Rangers are now just one win away from winning their first ever World Series title. The Rangers defeated the Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night in Arlington and now hold a 3-2 lead in the series going into Game 6 on Wednesday night in St.…

  11. Can you hear me now? Bullpen phone mixup sinks Cardinals

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:23 AM EDT

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    During his postgame press conference Tony La Russa shed light on the odd sequence of events that led to the Rangers taking the lead in the eighth inning, explaining that he stayed with left-hander Marc Rzepczynski to face right-handed slugger Mike Napoli and then used Lance Lynn solely to intentionally walk Ian Kinsler because the…

  12. World Series Game 5 Live Chat: Cardinals vs. Rangers

    Oct 24, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The World Series is down to a best-of-three going into Game 5 tonight between the Cardinals and Rangers. We’ll have all the action covered in a live chat, beginning right around first pitch at 8:05 p.m. ET. Come snark along with me or feel free to just hang out. C.J. Wilson is on the mound…

  13. Aroldis Chapman tosses scoreless inning in first Arizona Fall League appearance

    Oct 24, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v New York Mets

    The Reds plan to stretch Aroldis Chapman out as a starting pitcher during winter ball in Puerto Rico, but he’s making a few tune-up appearances in the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League first. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the hard-throwing left-hander tossed a scoreless inning of relief in his first appearance this afternoon. He threw…

  14. Ron Washington makes it clear: Rangers will stay with Matt Harrison in Game 7

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    There’s some doubt about whether Tony La Russa will stick with Kyle Lohse as the Cardinals’ starter if the World Series goes to Game 7, but Ron Washington left no doubt about who’ll get the nod for the Rangers: It’s Harry’s game. I’m going to stay consistent. That’s Harry’s game. Matt Harrison earned it. You…

  15. We’ll be live-chatting Game 5 tonight

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    We’re experiencing the best World Series in a good nine years, so let’s make sure we all experience it together.  Tonight we’ll be doing the live chat thing, starting around game time. Your master of ceremonies will be D.J. Short, who, truth be told, is better at this live chat business than the rest of…

  16. Scouting report from Rotoworld forums helped teacher win $1 million with “MLB 2K11” perfect game

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Back in May we wrote about the Louisiana music teacher who won $1 million by throwing a perfect game in “MLB 2K11” using Roy Halladay versus the Astros. His name is Brian Kingrey and now he’s the subject of Google’s latest nationally televised commercial, which includes interviews with his students and tells the story of…

  17. World Series Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Allen Craig, RF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Matt Holliday, LF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Lance…

  18. I’m struggling to see how Pujols’ big World Series changes his free agency plans

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    File this under not-so-deep thoughts, but for the past couple of days a lot of people have been asking how much money Albert Pujols has made himself on the free agent market due to his big World Series. And I can’t help but wonder why it changes anything. As Jon Heyman writes today, there are…

  19. Phillies decline 2012 options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Phillies have declined their 2012 team options on both Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge. Instead of exercising his $16 million option the Phillies will give Oswalt a $2 million buyout and Lidge will get a $1.5 million buyout instead of a $12.5 million option. In announcing the moves general manager Ruben Amaro…

  20. The lovable, anachronistic bullpen phone

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

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    I was barricaded deep within my fortified compound for the weekend, cut off from most forms of media. So this now makes — I think — the third neat story that ran in the New York Times over the weekend that I had missed and that I’m now seeing. It’s about how dugouts are one…

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