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  1. Great moments in media synergy: Red Sox fat photos

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    The Boston Globe certainly made the biggest news yesterday with all of that chicken and beer stuff — it was ludicrous, really — so it’s no surprise that they’re gonna stay on that story until its greasy, tasty end. To that end: a photo slide show in which you can compare spring training pics of…

  2. Mark Kotsay in center field: that was an interesting choice

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Mark Kotsay is unable to reach an RBI double by St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    When the lineups came out yesterday and Mark Kotsay was listed as the Brewers’ starting center fielder, well, let’s just say that the Internet did not approve. Yes, Nyjer Morgan was struggling and yes Kotsay has had some success against Chris Carpenter in a tiny sample size. But really? The same Mark Kotsay who played ten…

  3. All kinds of ugly: Miguel Cabrera getting thrown out at home last night

    Oct 13, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers baserunner Cabrera is out at home plate as Texas Rangers catcher Napoli makes the tag in the eighth inning in Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Can we just pretend the bottom of the eighth inning in last night’s Tigers-Rangers game didn’t happen? For those of you who missed it, with one out, Miguel Cabrera came up to bat.  For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Ron Washington had, to that point, been pitching to Cabrera with men on base, getting burned…

  4. David Ortiz open to joining Yankees … does it matter?

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    During a conversation about the Red Sox’ collapse Wednesday with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez, David Ortiz was asked whether he would be open to joining the rival Yankees this winter as a free agent. Big Papi’s well-thought-out response to that question: “That’s something I gotta think about,” Ortiz said. “I’ve been here on the Red Sox…

  5. Cardinals’ bullpen shines as St. Louis wins Game 3, takes 2-1 NLCS lead

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:49 PM EDT

    motte reuters

    Game 3 of the NLCS was supposed to be a classic duel of two great pitchers: the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo against the Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter. But it’s not often that things go as they’re expected to in Major League Baseball’s postseason. Gallardo was hammered for four earned runs in the first inning and didn’t make…

  6. NLCS Game 3 Live Blog: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    11:20pm: Thanks for hanging out. Game 4 of the NLCS is scheduled for Thursday at 8:05 p.m. ET. 11:19pm: McGehee also chases a high fastball from Mote. Game over. 11:18pm: The Brewers will pinch-hit for Lucroy with Casey McGehee. 11:16pm: Betancourt chases high heat. Two down. 11:14pm: Hairston grounds out to shortstop. One down. 11:11pm:…

  7. Jose Valverde falters and Rangers take 3-1 lead in ALCS

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    The Tigers never asked Jose Valverde to get more than three outs during the regular season. On Wednesday, they asked him to do it for the second time in three days, and it backfired in a big way. Mike Napoli delivered an RBI single and Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the top of…

  8. Magglio Ordonez might want to continue playing

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    magglio ordonez getty

    When veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez fractured his right ankle last week for the second time in 14 months, many assumed that the 37-year-old would be forced to hang up his baseball cleats for good. But that might not be the case. According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Ordonez “is said to want to keep playing” and…

  9. Ryan Howard expected to recover from Achilles’ tendon surgery in 5-6 months

    Oct 12, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    howard getty

    As Craig noted earlier, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard underwent surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles’ tendon early Wednesday morning. Now some recovery timetables are pouring in. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday evening that Howard will be back to playing at the level he’s accustomed to within 5-6…

  10. Justin Masterson undergoes surgery on left shoulder

    Oct 12, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    masterson getty

    From MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian comes word that starter Justin Masterson underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his non-throwing shoulder. The minor operation was performed by Dr. Craig Morgan in Wilmington, Deleware and deemed an initial success. Masterson should be fully recovered by the start of spring training next February. The 26-year-old right-hander registered a solid 3.21…

  11. UPDATE: ALCS Game 4 finally underway

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    UPDATE: It’s damp in Detroit, but Game 4 of the ALCS is officially underway. 5:54 PM:  We not have a start time of 6:30.  It has stopped raining, so this may actually be a go. 4:50 PM: Now it’s set for 5:45.  And by “set” I mean “that’s as good a guess as they got…

  12. NLCS Game 3 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Brewers-Cardinals series: MILWAUKEE BREWERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Corey Hart, RF 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Mark Kotsay, CF 2. Jon Jay, CF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Matt Holliday, LF 5. Rickie Weeks, 2B 5. Lance Berkman,…

  13. Tweet of the Day: The Red Sox must have been doing it wrong

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Fried chicken

    It’s been a pretty neat day in baseball. Well, that is if you can call all of this post-facto recrimination stuff going on in Boston “neat.” I sure can, but then again, I sort of love chaos. Anyway, this tweet from FanGraph’s Matt Klaassen pretty much sums up my thoughts on the whole matter: Amen.

  14. Jack McKeon used to lock Marlins’ clubhouse door to keep Josh Beckett out during games

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    josh beckett marlins si cover

    Josh Beckett is among the Red Sox pitchers who reportedly drank beer, ate fried chicken, and played video games in the clubhouse during games and former Marlins manager Jack McKeon recalls locking the clubhouse door to keep Beckett (and Brad Penny) in the dugout during the 2003 season. Not only that, McKeon told Joe Capozzi…

  15. MLB goes to court over last year’s leaked team financial documents thing

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    Remember back in August 2010 when Deadspin posted a bunch of leaked financial documents from the Pirates, Rays, Marlins, Angels and other teams? And how it showed that no matter whether we think of a team as “rich” or “poor,” they all make gobs of money and employ all manner of fun accounting tricks to…

  16. Pirates will decline $9.75 million 2012 option on Paul Maholm

    Oct 12, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm

    Paul Maholm can be added to the list of free agent starting pitchers, as the Pirates have decided not to exercise their $9.75 million team option on the left-hander for 2012 and will give him a $750,000 buyout instead. “I’m going to test free agency and see where it goes,” Maholm told Rob Biertempfel of…

  17. A.J. Pierzynski admits to drinking during games because “sometimes you just need a rally beer”

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Dunn

    As the stories about Red Sox pitchers drinking in the clubhouse get bigger and bigger White Sox catcher (and FOX television analyst) A.J. Pierzynski admitted during a radio interview today that he’s also knocked back a beer or two during games. Here’s what Pierzynski said while appearing on Dan Patrick’s show: Yes, absolutely I have…

  18. That “Yankees lack killer instinct” stuff? Eh, not so much.

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Killer whale

    That Bob Klapisch “the Yankees lack killer instinct” article from this morning? The one which he cited the Yankees’ abysmal record in 2011 when trailing after seven or eight innings as evidence for said lack of killer instinct? Yeah, IIATMS pretty much debunks that. Quick: does anyone know if the Yankees ate chicken and biscuits in…

  19. “Written in the stars ….”

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    I was getting tired of the those “Legends are born in October” ads, but MLB finally came out with one that really speaks to me.

  20. Chris Davis chooses rest, rehab over sports hernia surgery

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Sports hernia surgery is popular this month, but Chris Davis has opted against going under the knife and will instead try to rest and rehab the injury that is now being called “an extreme groin strain.” Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Davis got a second opinion and was told that surgery isn’t needed, so…

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