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  1. The Giants want to keep Cody Ross around after this season

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    APTOPIX NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Not every postseason hero gets to stick with their team forever — Francisco Cabrera had a nice moment, but 91 plate appearances after his big hit, he was gone — but Cody “death to inside fastballs” Ross isn’t likely to be one of those short term guys. Brian Sabean tells the Merc that the team…

  2. Bo Porter “has emerged as the frontrunner” for Marlins job

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Bo Porter, Barry Enright

    According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “indications are Bo Porter has emerged as the frontrunner” for the Marlins’ managerial opening. Porter was the Diamondbacks’ bench coach this season before being let go in the housecleaning that went along with Kirk Gibson being named full-time manager earlier this month. Prior to that he was the Marlins’…

  3. Yankees fan “Freddy Sez” dies

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Just about every park has a fan who is kind of like a mascot. The guy who either dresses up funny or acts crazy or whatever and eventually comes to be thought of as an institution. The Yankees’ guy was Freddy Schuman, better known as “Freddy Sez,” the octogenarian who held up signs and beat…

  4. Tigers deny Mets’ request to interview Al Avila for GM opening

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Al Avila

    According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers have denied the Mets’ request to interview Al Avila as a potential general manager replacement for Omar Minaya. Avila, who is currently Detroit’s assistant general manager under Dave Dombrowski, has a contract that allows the Tigers to deny such requests. Beck reports that the Tigers also denied…

  5. Andy Pettitte had better watch his move tonight

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pettitte pitches to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Buster Olney makes a great point today: Andy Pettitte has been called for 11 balks in his career. Three of those were called by Angel Hernandez, who obviously doesn’t think that Pettitte’s awesome move to first is so awesome. Or maybe it’s too awesome. I don’t know.  The point, though: Angel Hernandez is umping first…

  6. The umpires probably haven’t gotten worse. We’re just noticing it more.

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Wezen-Ball may be the first person to ever post the You Tube video of the opening to Game 3 of the 1989 World for a reason other than the earthquake. He posts it to show a really bad umpire’s call: Dave Parker being called safe at second in Game 2 when he was clearly out…

  7. Some Philly fans bring class to the NLCS

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Every time the subject of Philly fan behavior comes up, someone goes and mentions that booing Santa Claus thing. And to be honest I’m with the Philly folks in thinking that to be stupid and unfair. I mean, it was over 40 years ago and at some point you gotta let go, ya know? But…

  8. Make no mistake: A.J. Burnett is starting Game 4 no matter what

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett wipes face

    A lot of nervous Yankees fans have been assuming — or hoping, maybe — that if the Yankees find themselves down 2-1 to the Rangers after tonight that Joe Girardi would pitch CC Sabathia on short rest for Game 4. Not so, says Joe: Joe Girardi made it clear yesterday that A.J. Burnett would get…

  9. Roy Oswalt gets it done on the mound, on the bases as the Phillies tie up the NLCS at 1

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:46 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Ace Number Two shuts down the Giants and the NLCS heads to San Francisco knotted at two.

  10. Live Blog: Giants-Phillies NLCS Game 2

    Oct 17, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    11:22: Ryan Madson was shaky, but he gets Edgar Renteria to ground out to end it. Final score: 6-1, Phillies. Roy Oswalt was The Man tonight.  Now these teams fly to San Francisco for Game 3. Tomorrow night it’s Rangers-Yankees from New York. I’ll be writing up a little recap here shortly, but after that…

  11. Talks between Cards and Westbrook already “taking place”

    Oct 17, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Things are falling into place for a long-term marriage between the Cardinals and right-hander Jake Westbrook.  The free agent told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in September that he would “definitely” be interested in returning to St. Louis and GM John Mozeliak shared the same feeling last week. Now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com…

  12. NLCS Game 2 lineups: Giants vs. Phillies

    Oct 17, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    game 1 of nlcs

    The lineups are in for Game 2 of the NLCS, set for Sunday evening at 8:00pm ET. Giants CF Andres Torres 2B Freddy Sanchez 1B Aubrey Huff C Buster Posey LF Pat Burrell SS Juan Uribe 3B Mike Fontenot RF Cody Ross SP Jonathan Sanchez Phillies CF Shane Victorino 2B Chase Utley 3B Placido Polanco…

  13. Francisco Rodriguez has made plans to play winter ball

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    k-rod running in from bullpen

    Francisco Rodriguez was placed on the restricted list in mid-August after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father inside the walls of Citi Field.  He did not throw another pitch and was not paid over the last month-plus of the regular season. Hey may never pitching again for the Mets, but, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN…

  14. Sandy Alderson asked back for a 2nd interview with Mets

    Oct 17, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    mets logo on hat

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse predicted one week ago that the Mets have already decided on hiring Sandy Alderson to serve as the club’s next general manager. It looks like Price is going to be correct. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Alderson has been asked back for a second interview that will…

  15. Rockies, De La Rosa making little progress in contract talks

    Oct 17, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    Jorge De La Rosa registered a solid 4.22 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 20 starts this season, fanning 113 batters and walking only 55 over 121.2 innings. The Rockies were hoping to lock him up to a multi-year extension this offseason before he got a taste of the free agent market.  That plan is apparently…

  16. Joe Morgan and Jon Miller have not been re-signed by the World Wide Leader

    Oct 17, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    jon miller and joe morgan

    This is interesting.  It involves a bit too much speculation for our liking, but it is interesting. Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News suspects that baseball broadcasters Jon Miller and Joe Morgan might be done as a tandem at ESPN.  The two are scheduled to broadcast the World Series on ESPN Radio later…

  17. Bobby Valentine could wind up back at ESPN next season

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    valentine in suit

    ESPN analyst and former major league skipper Bobby Valentine has interviewed for a variety of managerial openings this offseason and has expressed interest in a few different gigs.  He is highly respected and has enjoyed success at nearly every level of baseball, and yet he hasn’t been offered a position by any club. Maybe his…

  18. Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures agree to put a halt to homophobic chant

    Oct 17, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Rays Yankees Baseball

    Score one for the eradication of discrimination.  At baseball stadiums, at least. According to Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News, several key members of Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures have agreed to put a halt to a cheer that for years has involved a homophobic slur. During the middle innings of games at Yankee…

  19. Dodgers complete three-year deal with left-hander Ted Lilly

    Oct 17, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported Saturday that the Dodgers and left-handed starter Ted Lilly were “close” on a new three-year contract. Now, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, that deal is complete. No financial details have been released because Lilly still needs to pass a physical.  That should take place early next…

  20. La Russa expected to return to Cardinals for 2011

    Oct 17, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan informed the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday that he will be returning for the 2011 season. And now it looks like manager Tony La Russa is about to make the same call. According to the Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, a person close to La Russa said Saturday that he would be…

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