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  1. ALCS Game 3: Yankees’ lineup versus Cliff Lee

    Oct 18, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Yankees’ lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight against Cliff Lee: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Nick Swisher, RF 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Robinson Cano, 2B 6. Marcus Thames, DH 7. Jorge Posada, C 8. Curtis Granderson, CF 9. Brett Gardner, LF New York has faced a…

  2. Jeff Francoeur: Andy Pettitte-killer

    Oct 18, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    As we sit around and wait for the game to start — really, besides the Eric Wedge thing, it’s all waiting right now — let’s look at the oddest stat you’ll see today: Jeff Francoeur: career OPS 0f 1.144 against Andy Pettitte. That courtesy of Jamey Newberg. Granted, it’s only 11 plate appearances, but I…

  3. Mariners’ new manager has an ugly history with Milton Bradley

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Now that Eric Wedge has been hired as the Mariners’ new manager Milton Bradley’s odds of playing a second season in Seattle are seemingly extremely slim. That is if they weren’t extremely slim already, of course. Back in 2003 the Indians had Wedge as their manager and Bradley as their center fielder, and while the…

  4. One more word about baseball vs. football ratings

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Based on some of the responses I’ve received, I seem to have created an impression in my last post that I think the television ratings of football vs. baseball are misleading as to the sports’ relative popularity. I didn’t mean to create that impression, though I see now that I did. Let me be clear:…

  5. Twins likely to let Orlando Hudson hit the open market

    Oct 18, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus reports that “the Twins have no plans to re-sign Orlando Hudson,” which jibes with what I’ve been told from various people who know about such things. Outwardly he has a reputation for being a chatty jokester who lightens up a clubhouse, but I’m told he rubbed some people the wrong…

  6. Woman sues Mets after 300-pound man fell on her at ballpark

    Oct 18, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Ellen Massey broke her back when a 300-pound man named Timothy Cassidy fell on her at Shea Stadium on Opening Day of the 2007 season. Now she’s suing the Mets, claiming the team should be held responsible for her injuries because vendors continued to serve Cassidy beer after he was clearly intoxicated. Lawyers for the…

  7. Don’t get worked up about the television ratings

    Oct 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    old TV

    Every year we see it: a regular season NFL game beats the crap out of a baseball playoff game in the ratings. It happened last night with Indianapolis-Washington nearly doubling the numbers of the Giants-Phillies game. It may even happen tonight with a boring Titans-Jags game facing off against the Yankees and Rangers.  There are,…

  8. Mariners officially announce Eric Wedge as new manager

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    eric wedge indians

    Seattle decided to hire Eric Wedge as its new manager last week, but no official announcement was made because MLB generally frowns on teams overshadowing playoff games with that type of thing. However, according to Jim Street of MLB.com “the Mariners have received permission from the commissioner’s office to announce the hiring” and could make…

  9. The power of the Yankees is not what they can buy; it’s what they can eat

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    As you listen to the TBS guys talk about Cliff Lee, potential free agent tonight and begin to despair over the fact that the Yankees can just buy any great player they want, remember that the true power of their financial resources is not best seen in the superstars they acquire. It’s best seen in…

  10. Rangers setup man Frank Francisco likely out for playoffs

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Frank Francisco initially expressed some optimism that he could return from a strained rib cage to pitch at some point in the playoffs, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have all but ruled out the setup man until 2011. Francisco threw a 20-pitch bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems, but he’s…

  11. Cliff Lee is the scariest thing ever

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The disconnect between the “storylines” that surround baseball and the actual baseball seems even starker than usual this week. Mostly because of Cliff Lee. It seems like everything that has been written about the ALCS has started from the premise that Cliff Lee is like some avenging angel of death against whom no soul has…

  12. Phillies sticking with Joe Blanton for Game 4 start … for now

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    With the NLCS tied 1-1 following Roy Oswalt’s gem last night the Phillies are still planning to start Joe Blanton in Game 4 of the series Wednesday. However, there’s plenty of speculation that Charlie Manuel would instead turn to Roy Halladay on short rest for Game 4 if the Phillies are down 2-1 and the…

  13. 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…

  14. 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’…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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