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  1. HBT Daily: Burnett and the bats

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    Matt and I ask whether the Yankees’ bats can wake up, whether A.J. Burnett is the right choice and whether the Giants can do a thing against Cole Hamels

  2. Milton Bradley on history with Eric Wedge: “I’m over it”

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    eric wedge and milton bradley indians

    Hired as the Mariners’ new manager yesterday, Eric Wedge’s ugly history with Milton Bradley from their time together with the Indians in 2003/2004 seemingly makes it unlikely that they’ll be asked to co-exist again in Seattle. That may prove true–Wedge hasn’t even been officially introduced to the local media yet–but in the meantime Larry Stone…

  3. CC vs. AJ in Game 4: a rebuttal

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Joe Pawlikowski counters my Team A.J. post over at Fangraphs. He prefers CC Sabathia for a pretty basic reason: The overall point of using Sabathia tonight is to give the team the best chance of prolonging the series. No matter the match-up, Sabathia gives the team a better chance to win this evening. That means…

  4. Our long national Melkmare has come to an end

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I haven’t seen anything official on this yet, but MLB.com’s Fantasy 411 outfit is reporting that the Braves have released Melky Cabrera. This causes me to ask several questions: Do we measure the time it will take for the Pirates to sign Melky in seconds, milliseconds or nanoseconds? Do the Yankees declare victory in the…

  5. Cubs remove interim tag, name Mike Quade manager

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    Mike Quade went 24-13 as Chicago’s interim manager after taking over a 51-74 team from Lou Piniella in mid-August and today the Cubs announced that he’s been hired as the full-time skipper. Quade will reportedly get a two-year contract with a team option for 2013. Ryne Sandberg was the most popular candidate among Cubs fans…

  6. What does the La Russa extension really mean?

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    La Russa in dugout

    Bernie Miklasz has a great column up over at the Post-Dispatch today, analyzing the announcement that Tony La Russa is coming back to the Cardinals next year. More specifically, analyzing the part of the announcement in which it was revealed that bullpen coach Marty Mason was not coming back. A small detail to outsiders —…

  7. Twins starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn undergoing elbow surgeries

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    scott baker and nick blackburn twins

    Twins right fielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer had arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after they were swept out of the playoffs by the Yankees and now starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn are both going under the knife as well. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Blackburn underwent minor elbow surgery last week and…

  8. Hey, whaddaya know? Women like baseball!

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    An article  in today’s Philly Inquirer irked me to no end. The headline: “Female fans turned on by the Phils.” The premise: there are a lot of serious female baseball fans! And it’s not just because the ballplayers are cute! What’s one of the big rules of journalism? You don’t write “dog bites man” stories?…

  9. Rangers won’t move slumping Vladimir Guerrero out of the cleanup spot

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Session

    Vladimir Guerrero is 7-for-32 (.219) with one RBI in eight playoff games after hitting just .278/.322/.426 in the second half, but manager Ron Washington made it very clear that he won’t be moving out of the cleanup spot: That’s the way I ran the lineup all year and it’s going to stay that way. A…

  10. Sandy Alomar Jr. has his third interview with the Blue Jays

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have interviewed Sandy Almoar Jr. for their managerial opening three times already. I’ve been on a lot of job interviews. And I spent a lot of time recruiting as well. I can’t remember ever either being interviewed or having someone in for interviews three times. The…

  11. Rangers relying on a shaky Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Lost in the various teeth-gnashing over Joe Girardi sticking with A.J. Burnett for tonight is that the Rangers are turning to a less than stellar Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter. On the surface Hunter’s numbers this season look great, as he went 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 23 starts, but…

  12. The Giants’ shortstops are a mess

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Juan Uribe is out with a wrist contusion, so shortstop is left to Edgar Renteria for today’s Phillies-Giants game. Except, we learned yesterday, Renteria has a completely torn left biceps tendon. He hurt it in the NLDS against the Braves.  I’m no doctor, but I’m guessing that you sorta need a biceps tendon to be…

  13. Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 “no matter what”

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bruce Bochy ended any speculation about the Giants making rotation changes by saying yesterday that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 of the NLCS “no matter what.” Bochy has always been pretty clear about Bumgarner getting the Game 4 nod, but that didn’t stop some people from predicting that he’d use Tim Lincecum on short…

  14. Some Yankees fans bring class to the ALCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    bottles in Rangers bullpen

    Since I pointed out bad Philly fan behavior yesterday, I would be remiss in not pointing out bad Yankee fan behavior today. Last night, after the game got out of hand, Yankees fans threw beer bottles and other debris into the Rangers bullpen as Neftali Feliz was warming up.  For added color, they began a…

  15. Why the Yankees have to go with A.J. Burnett tonight

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston

    I said earlier that who the Yankees pitch tonight is not a debatable point because Joe Girardi has already made up his mind. But it’s still obviously a discussable point, so let’s discuss it. My take: pitching CC Sabathia tonight would be a panic move that would accomplish little.  Why? Because it doesn’t eliminate A.J.…

  16. Cancel the Yu Darvish watch: he’s staying in Japan

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    The Diamondbacks are going to have to find something else on which to spend the $80 million they had mentally set aside for Japanese ace Yu Darvish, because he has decided to stay in Japan for the 2011 season. His blog post to that effect, translated by Yakyubaka.com: A lot has been mentions about the…

  17. Forget A.J. Burnett, forget Cliff Lee; the real story is the Yankees offense

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    The first thing everyone wanted to do after the Rangers’ domination of the Yankees last night was to speculate how much New York would now pay for Cliff Lee this winter. Fun topic, but let’s save it for the hot stove season, OK? The second thing everyone wanted to do after the Rangers’ domination of…

  18. And That Happened: ALCS edition

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Pure brilliance from Cliff Lee has the Yankees’ backs against the wall.

  19. Quote of the night: Nolan Ryan enjoys the moment

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:36 AM EDT

    ryan-nolan-101018

    After watching Cliff Lee spend Game 3 of the ALCS toying with the New York Yankees with great amusement (how cute of you to try to score runs off me!), Nolan Ryan must have been feeling smug. He certainly sounded like it when asked how much it would cost to keep the pending free agent…

  20. Cliff Lee dominates Yankees, Rangers grab 2-1 lead in ALCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:49 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Saturday’s Game 1 NLCS matchup between Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay was billed as one of the best postseason pitching matchups ever. It didn’t turn out that way, of course. That’s just not how this game works. And so, Cliff Lee could have given up four runs over six innings tonight and most rational baseball…

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