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  1. Wait — did they go and screw with my HardballTalk again?

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

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    Um, yes. A little. Thanks for noticing! No, it’s  not a major change like the one we dropped on you last summer. You know, the one that caused you to say that you’d never read us again and which made you threaten the lives of my family? Boy, I’m glad you weren’t serious about that!…

  2. Is the ‘Big Three’ effect overplayed?

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:55 AM EDT

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    With Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels leading the way, it is easy to label the Philadelphia Phillies favorites to reach – and even win — the World Series. Our viewpoint is particularly colored by having just watched them make the hard-hitting Cincinnati Reds look as helpless as Craig Sager at a postgame celebration.…

  3. Blue Jays to interview Rays bench coach Dave Martinez

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Add another name to the list of candidates interviewing for the Blue Jays’ managerial opening. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Jays plan to interview Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez as a possible replacement for Cito Gaston. Martinez, 46, was a major league outfielder from 1986-2001, batting .276/.341/.389 over 1,918 games with the…

  4. Must-click link: Something MLB.com calls “TagORama”

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    This is worth checking out. MLB.com put together an interactive panoramic photo of AT&T Park from Game 1 of the NLDS. The finished product was made up of 280 different pictures. You can play around with the zoom and never reach a poor level of resolution, so the staff at MLB.com is asking for Facebook…

  5. Heath Bell seeking three-year deal from Padres

    Oct 14, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Padres closer Heath Bell was awarded MLB’s Delivery Man of the Year Award earlier this week for posting a 1.93 ERA and converting 47 of 50 save opportunities during the regular season. And now he’s looking to cash in, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times. “Three years is perfect,” Bell said Thursday…

  6. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    The Red Sox still have little idea what their catching situation will be next year, but they did secure one option on Thursday, agreeing to terms with Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a non-guaranteed $750,000 deal. The contract will pay him $250,000 if he spends the season in the minors. Despite collecting just 24 major league at-bats…

  7. Cardinals reiterate their desire to re-sign Jake Westbrook

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s news that Jake Westbrook recently underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder hasn’t changed the Cardinals’ interest in re-signing the free agent-to-be. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch general manager John Mozeliak “did reaffirm the team’s plan to pursue Westbrook this offseason for the team’s vacancy in the rotation.” Westbrook has…

  8. Lyle Overbay doesn't expect to be back in Toronto next year

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Lyle Overbay is preparing to hit the open market as a free agent next month and the veteran first baseman told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that re-signing with the Blue Jays seems unlikely: The situation has got to be right. Obviously, it’s not going to be a long-term deal. So, if they take a step…

  9. Phillies announce NLCS rotation; Joe Blanton to start Game 4

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Because of the drawn-out nature of the playoffs and all the extra off days the Phillies headed into the postseason knowing they would only need to use a fourth starter twice, at most. Game 4 of the NLDS is one of those times, and manager Charlie Manuel announced today that Joe Blanton will get the…

  10. Would hiring Wally Backman set a bad precedent for the Mets?

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

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    Wally Backman has a history of domestic violence. Should that disqualify him from managing the Mets?

  11. Bummer: Bob Uecker to have a second heart surgery

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    It was depressing when Brewers’ announcer Bob Uecker had to undergo major heart surgery earlier this year. It was great when he recovered and returned to the booth. Now it’s depressing again: The Milwaukee Brewers say that Newsradio 620 WTMJ Brewers voice Bob Uecker will undergo a second heart surgery on Tuesday. The team said that a pseudoaneurysm –…

  12. Barry Bonds: "If you think I’m going for Philadelphia, forget it"

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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      TMZ’s cameras spotted Barry Bonds walking through a parking lot in California yesterday and after prefacing his comments with “I’ll give you your thing” the seven-time MVP had the following thoughts on the NLCS: I will always be a Giants fan. The Giants are in my heart. The city I love. It’s like I…

  13. Oh snap! Mets fans aren't gonna like what Jeff Francoeur just said

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur is always smiling, the media loves him and I’m totally prepared to admit that my hatred of him is highly irrational. But sometimes I’m convinced that he truly is evil.  Listen to what he told the Daily News: “I always wanted to know what it was like to play meaningful baseball in New…

  14. Joey Cora to interview for Brewers' managerial opening

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports that White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the Brewers’ managerial opening “soon.” Gonzalez notes that Cora “is believed to be a long shot” for the Milwaukee job and has interviewed for past managerial openings in Pittsburgh and Seattle. Prior to serving as Ozzie Guillen’s right-hand…

  15. Rockies hope to re-sign Jeff Francis after declining $7 million option for 2011

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Jeff Francis’ four-year, $13.25 million contract signed in November of 2006 includes a $7 million option for 2011 that the Rockies are all but guaranteed to decline, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they’ll likely try to re-sign Francis at a lesser salary. Francis missed all of last season following shoulder surgery…

  16. Hey, crazy trade talk has started early this year!

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    One of the things I love about the early hot stove season is the crazy trade talk. Once things get going hot and heavy in December people get realistic, but in the few days after a team is eliminated you get all kinds of insane speculation. An excellent example of it comes in Jeff Schultz’s…

  17. Sandy Alderson wants the Mets job

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

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    I wish these two kids would just kiss already and get it over with. From Buster: There is also no question about this: Sandy Alderson wants the Mets’ GM job; friends say he wants to get back into the work of running a club And the way the Mets set up the interviews — everyone…

  18. Panic on the streets of New York

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Evidence that there are too many days off between playoff series: when a couple of plunkings in a simulated game give you the back page in the New York Daily News. Yeah, it’s kind of funny and I suppose kind of worrisome that Burnett was wild while pitching a simulated game.  But wasn’t the whole…

  19. Hey, another Bobby Valentine rumor! This time: Milwaukee

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I think we’re gonna just start listing the jobs Bobby Valentine isn’t rumored to be in the running for, because it would probably save time. The latest: Milwaukee, as reported by Tyler Kepner. The Brewers actually make more sense for him than Seattle. They have a better core of players and are way more likely…

  20. Oh noes! Timmy has a blister!

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Eh, that’s fake panic. I can’t muster real panic about Tim Lincecum having blister issues because when he realized he was getting a blister he was in the process of striking out 14 dudes and pitching a two-hitter: Lincecum confirmed to the Mercury News that his blister problem resurfaced during his dominant 14-strikeout complete game…

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