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  1. Chicagoan says he spotted Theo Epstein near Wrigley Field

    Oct 9, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Take all of this with a boulder-sized grain of salt, but keep in mind a Boston Globe report from only a few days ago stating that the Cubs’ ownership had officially asked permission of the Red Sox to speak with their current general manager, Theo Epstein. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, a…

  2. Angels cut ties with fourth key front-office executive

    Oct 9, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The Halos are shaking things up in a major way. From beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Angels have cut ties with another member of their front office, this time letting go director of player development Abe Flores. General manager Tony Reagins resigned a couple days after the…

  3. Yankees, Brian Cashman nearing contract extension

    Oct 9, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    The Yankees made a disappointing first-round exit from the playoffs this year, but they’re not panicking or seeking a scapegoat. It’s much the opposite. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, negotiations have gone smoothly between the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman as the two sides look to reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension. Cashman’s current…

  4. Nelson Cruz comes alive, plays hero in ALCS Game 1 win

    Oct 9, 2011, 2:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    It might not be remembered this way because of Game 1’s dual rain delays and the lights-out performance by the Rangers’ bullpen, but Nelson Cruz‘s solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be a game-winning blast. And considering he hit it off Tigers ace Justin Verlander, we…

  5. Rangers’ bullpen shines in rainy ALCS Game 1 victory

    Oct 9, 2011, 1:26 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Adams reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    A fifth-inning rain storm caused two hours of delay time in Saturday’s ALCS opener at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, stripping C.J. Wilson of his command and forcing Justin Verlander from the game. A battle of aces turned into a battle of bullpens. And while both relief corps posted zeroes, it was the fellas from Texas…

  6. ALCS Game 1 halted in fifth inning by two rain delays

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:37 PM EDT

    Fans try to stay dry during the game's second rain delay in the fifth inning in Game 1 between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    A fairly sizable rain storm is now making its way through the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so the Rangers’ groundscrew has rolled out the tarp and put a temporary halt to Game 1 of the ALCS. There’s been no estimate as to when the action might resume. The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom…

  7. Ryan Howard needs surgery for ruptured Achilles’ tendon

    Oct 8, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

    ryan howard ap

    From Danny Knobler of CBS Sports comes word that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard indeed ruptured his Achilles’ tendon on the final play of Friday’s NLDS Game 5 loss to the Cardinals. The 31-year-old slugger will undergo surgery within the next week or two and is unlikely to recover in time to participate in the…

  8. Reds prepared to listen to trade offers for Joey Votto

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    votto getty

    An intriguing report from ESPN’s Buster Olney: Rival executives getting signals that the Reds won’t shop Joey Votto — but that they are fully prepared to listen to offers. Votto is owed a bargain $9.5 million salary in 2012, but that number jumps sharply to $17 million in 2013 and the Canadian-born first baseman will…

  9. Zack Greinke calls Chris Carpenter a “phony”

    Oct 8, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    greinke getty

    Pre-series trash-talking is as rare as it is awesome in this modern era of Major League Baseball. The Cardinals and Brewers don’t like each other. It’s a feud that goes back several years, to when the “Brew Crew” began celebrating their regular season victories by un-tucking their jerseys. Loud-mouthed center fielder Nyjer Morgan has only…

  10. NLCS Preview: Cardinals vs. Brewers

    Oct 8, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Brewers have in store for us during the National League Championship Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers The Probable Matchups Game 1 Sunday in Milwaukee: Jaime Garcia vs. Zack Greinke…

  11. ALCS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 8, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Rangers, which is scheduled to get underway right around 8:05 p.m. ET: DETROIT TIGERS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Ryan Raburn, LF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4.…

  12. Hate monger says baseball’s post-9/11 use of “God Bless America” saved us from terrorist attacks

    Oct 8, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Bryan Fischer

    I’m not a big fan of the singing of “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch at baseball games.  Yes, I know why it started and it was a sweet and even beautiful thing for a short time after 9/11. But it soon ran its course and became yet another exercise in empty patriotism.…

  13. Zack Greinke to start Game 1 of NLCS on Sunday against Cardinals

    Oct 8, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    NLDS Diamondbacks Brewers Baseball

    With Yovani Gallardo unavailable after starting Game 5 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks yesterday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has confirmed that Zack Greinke will start Game 1 of the NLCS tomorrow against the Cardinals. Greinke allowed four runs on eight hits (including three home runs) over five innings in Game 2 of the NLDS. He…

  14. All four LDS winners were outscored by the losers

    Oct 8, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    Alex Avila, Alex Rodriguez

    Incredible but true: New York 28 – Detroit 16 Tampa Bay 21 – Texas 16 Philadelphia 21 – St. Louis 19 Arizona 25 – Milwaukee 23 Yet the latter teams won 12 games and the formers won seven. The losing teams also outhomered the winning teams 24-18. And they committed fewer errors than the winning…

  15. Rangers drop Matt Treanor from ALCS roster, add Yoshinori Tateyama

    Oct 8, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers will go with an eight-man bullpen during the ALCS against the Tigers, removing catcher Matt Treanor from the roster and adding right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama. The Rangers kept Treanor around as a third catcher during the ALDS so that Ron Washington had the option of putting…

  16. Nyjer Morgan got a little carried away in the postgame interview last night

    Oct 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    You’ll be shocked to hear this, but Nyjer Morgan was a little excited following his walk-off hit last night against the Diamondbacks. Moments after driving in Carlos Gomez with the winning run, Sam Ryan of TBS went to interview Morgan for the television broadcast. What was the first thing we heard? “F*** yeah,” said directly…

  17. UPDATE: Delmon Young left off ALCS roster due to oblique injury

    Oct 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    UPDATE: Not only is Delmon Young not playing tonight, but the Tigers have ruled him out for the entire series. According to Dave Hogg of FOXSportsDetroit.com, Young has been left off the ALCS roster due to his recent oblique injury. Danny Worth will replace him on the roster while Ryan Raburn should get most of…

  18. None of the top-nine payroll teams are still alive in the playoffs

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    Money Bag

    Just a quick update on something Aaron mentioned yesterday. With the Phillies eliminated, we can now say that none of the top-nine payroll teams made it through the first round of the playoffs. In fact, the Tigers and Cardinals are the only teams left with a payroll north of $100 million. Here are the payroll and…

  19. Skip Schumaker may miss NLCS with oblique injury

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 5

    Skip Schumaker didn’t last long in last night’s win over the Phillies, but he made quite the impact. Getting the surprising nod over Jon Jay in center field for the deciding Game 5, Schumaker drove in the only run of the game with an RBI double off Roy Halladay in the first inning. However, he…

  20. Andy MacPhail opts to step down as Orioles’ president

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Andy MacPhail AP

    UPDATE: The Orioles have confirmed that Andy MacPhail has decided to walk away. 11:02 AM: This flew a little bit under the radar with all the excitement of the Diamondbacks-Brewers and Cardinals-Phillies yesterday, but Andy MacPhail will indeed step down as Orioles’ president. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he is leaving the team…

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