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  1. Delmon Young: Detroit’s unlikely ALCS hero

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    If not for a Brennan Boesch thumb injury, Delmon Young may well have finished out the year as a soon-to-be non-tendered disappointment on an almost 100-loss Twins team. And if not for a Magglio Ordonez injury, Young might still be sitting out the ALCS because of a strained oblique suffered last week against the Yankees. But the stars aligned…

  2. Tigers open the floodgates after lucky bounce and hang on to beat Rangers, forcing Game 6

    Oct 13, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    miguel cabrera double off third base

    It started with a lucky bounce and ended with the Tigers knocking around C.J. Wilson to stave off elimination and force a Game 6 with a 7-5 victory. Texas missed a big opportunity to break the game open with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, as Ian Kinsler helped Justin Verlander…

  3. Report: Rangers prepared to throw ‘boatload of money’ at CC Sabathia this winter

    Oct 13, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    sabathia hat gety

    Yankees ace CC Sabathia has stated time and time again that he wants to remain in New York, but all signs point to him opting out of his contract this winter in order to gain a few more years and dollars. In order to secure those years and dollars, though, Sabathia will need other interested…

  4. NLCS Game 4 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Brewers-Cardinals series: MILWAUKEE BREWERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Nyjer Morgan, CF 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Mark Kotsay, RF 2. Allen Craig, RF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. David Freese, 3B 5. Rickie Weeks, 2B 5. Matt Holliday,…

  5. Ron Washington: seedless

    Oct 13, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas has a scoop:  Ron Washington, a sunflower seed addict, got the monkey off his back in Game 4 and went with gum instead. Why? Washington normally goes through two bags of sunflower seeds (usually ranch flavored). But his wife, Gerry, doesn’t like the way Washington looks on camera when he’s…

  6. Report: Ben Cherington will be named Red Sox’s new GM

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    ben cherington red sox

    Ben Cherington has always been Boston’s presumed choice to replace Theo Epstein and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Red Sox have informed him that the general manager job is his. Cherington was with the Red Sox before Epstein, joining the organization in 2002 and rising up the front office ranks to…

  7. HBT Extra: Talking Brewers fans off the ledge

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Trenni Kusnierek of 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee and I tell Brewers fans not to freak out. Yet.

  8. ALCS Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Rangers-Tigers series: TEXAS RANGERS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Ryan Raburn, RF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Delmon Young, LF…

  9. Beer and fried chicken? Amateurs! The late 90s Mets had a “porn room”

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    shocked

    This is just silly on top of silly now, which is what makes it so much fun. Al Leiter was on the Dan Patrick Show today talking about the Red Sox and their beer, chicken and video games clubhouse.  The tone of the conversation was one with which I totally agree: they’re grownups and ballplayers…

  10. Alex Avila keeps playing despite knee injury and .061 average

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila avoids a pitch thrown by Texas Rangers Yoshinori Tateyama during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Alex Avila has been behind the plate for every Tigers playoff game despite injuring his knee stepping on Robinson Cano‘s foot in Game 3 of the ALDS, but his limp has becoming increasingly obvious of late and his production at the plate has been non-existent. Avila hit .295 with 19 homers and an .895 OPS…

  11. Leyland: Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit not available tonight

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jim Leyland just did his little meet-and-greet with the media and said that Jose Valverde and Joaquin Benoit will not pitch in today’s potential elimination game. Or, to quote Leyland: “I want to try to get through this game with Verlander and Coke” I presume he means Phil, but for as dicey as this series…

  12. HBT Extra: Talking about the death of the Detroit Tigers

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Sorry guys: just me today. Tiffany was too busy eating fried chicken and biscuits and drinking beer to take part in today’s video.

  13. Charlie Manuel wants the Phillies to upgrade over Placido Polanco at third base

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco is under contract for $6.25 million next season with a $5.5 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2013, but manager Charlie Manuel said yesterday that he’d like to see the Phillies find an upgrade at third base this offseason. “If we need to upgrade and we can, we should do it,”…

  14. Hey look: a Dmitri Young sighting

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog wants us to know that Dmitri Young is (a) playing in the Venezuelan Winter League; (b) is much thinner than he used to be (with photo evidence); and (c) wants to play in the bigs in 2012.  Wow. Two takeaways from this: 1) Is there anyone who wouldn’t…

  15. Why can’t Yovani Gallardo beat the Cardinals?

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo

    Yovani Gallardo is a fantastic pitcher, but he struggled against the Cardinals last night in what has become a career-long pattern versus St. Louis. Jordan Schelling of MLB.com crunched the numbers and found that Gallardo is 1-8 with a 5.78 ERA in 12 career starts against the Cardinals compared to 53-27 with a 3.32 ERA…

  16. No Bartolo?! Lance Berkman, Jacoby Ellsbury win Comeback Player of the Year awards

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Major League Baseball just announced that Lance Berkman and Jacoby Ellsbury have won the Comeback Player of the Year Awards.  Obviously they both had great years after (a) a lost year for Ellsbury due to injury; and (b) a mostly lost year for Berkman which, due to a trade that didn’t work out well and…

  17. Every team in baseball passed over Nelson Cruz, including the Rangers

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    nelson cruz reuters wide

    Long before he became one of the league’s top sluggers and a postseason hero Nelson Cruz was passed over by every team in baseball, including the Rangers. His journey to playoff stardom is pretty remarkable, actually. Cruz was signed out of the Dominican Republic as an 18-year-old by the Mets in 1998. Two years later…

  18. Someone should ask Mike Scioscia for his opinion of Mike Napoli’s performance

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    This is squarely in “deep thoughts” territory. And by that I mean it’s a really, really shallow thought.  But I couldn’t help wonder last night, as I saw Mike Napoli block the plate on the Cabrerea play and as he threw out Austin Jackson on that steal, whether Mike Scioscia was kicking his television. No,…

  19. Josh Hamilton has played through groin injury “for a while”

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton moved gingerly as he got to second base on last night’s extra-inning double and afterward the reigning MVP admitted that he’s been playing through a groin injury “for a while.” “My groin is sore,” Hamilton told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. “A lot of guys are hurting right now. That’s part of it…

  20. Sox, Cubs to talk Theo compensation today

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    John Dennis of WEEI reports that the Red Sox and Cubs will start talks regarding compensation for Theo Epstein today. As reported earlier, it’s likely to involve either non-prospecty minor leaguers or cash, with some suggesting yesterday that the Sox would just prefer the cash. I wish I could listen in on those negotiations.  I’d…

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