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  1. Pablo Sandoval benched for NLDS Game 3

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    As expected, Giants manager Bruce Bochy has benched Pablo Sandoval and will start Mike Fontenot at third base in Game 3 of the NLDS Sunday against the Braves.  This from Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Kung Fu Panda” hit just .268/.323/.409 with 13 home runs over 563 at-bats during a disappointing regular season…

  2. Jim Thome planning to return for the 2011 season

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Jim Thome sits eighth on the all-time career home run list with 589 dingers. And now it sounds like he might catch Sammy Sosa (609) at seventh before his playing years are through. The veteran designated hitter told the St. Paul Pioneer Press…

  3. Video: Hughes, Gardy and Girardi talk ALDS

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    The Yankees finished off a sweep of the Twins in the ALDS on Saturday night. Here we have reactions from both managers and from Yanks starter Phil Hughes, who struck out six batters over seven shutout…

  4. Must-click link: Bush and Nantz cheering on the Rangers

    Oct 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Kaduk over at Yahoo’s Big League Stew passes along today’s must-see baseball photo. It’s CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz and former president George W. Bush, taking in Saturday’s ALDS Game 3 in Arlington, Texas. Bush, of course, used to have an…

  5. Alderson appears to be the favorite for Mets' GM opening

    Oct 10, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    October is young and the search might carry on well into autumn, but it sure sounds like Sandy Alderson is the front-runner for the Mets’ opening at general manager. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Saturday that the “Mets’ circumstances…

  6. Lupica: Yankees should open purse strings for Jeter

    Oct 10, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    If you listen closely enough, you’ll hear all sorts of reasons as to why the Yankees should not pay impending free agent Derek Jeter an exorbitant amount of money this offseason. First and foremost, they don’t have to. No other club is going to hand a major…

  7. Yanks sweep Twins out of postseason for second straight year

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    The Yankees just defeated the Twins 6-1 at Yankee Stadium, completing a three-game sweep in the American League Division Series. I probably don’t have to remind you of this fact, but the Twins have now dropped 12 consecutive postseason games — the second longest streak ever — including nine against the Yankees. Interestingly, each of…

  8. Yankees knock Twins starter Brian Duensing out in fourth

    Oct 9, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    Brian Duensing is 12-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 22 career regular season starts, including 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 13 starts after moving from the bullpen to the rotation in mid-July of this year, but the Yankees had little trouble knocking the 27-year-old left-hander around tonight. Duensing failed to make it out of…

  9. Rays stave off elimination with late rally

    Oct 9, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Things appeared bleak when Ian Kinsler homered in the top of the seventh to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead and knock Matt Garza out of the game, but the Rays came back Saturday night and won Game 3 in Texas on the strength of some timely hitting and a fine performance from their bullpen.…

  10. Mariners' Josh Bard suffers minor injuries in fatal car crash

    Oct 9, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Mariners catcher Josh Bard suffered minor injuries in a fatal one-car crash Thursday in Colorado, according to Ginger Delgado of Bard was the front-seat passenger in the crash, which killed Pat McKendry, a pastor of a local church in Denver. McKendry was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. McKendry’s son,…

  11. Ron Gardenhire sticks with his regulars for Game 3 vs. Yanks

    Oct 9, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire hinted at possibly using Alexi Casilla in place of J.J. Hardy or Danny Valencia with the team facing elimination in Game 3 against the Yankees tonight, but he has all of his regulars in there against Phil Hughes (via Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune). Denard Span, CFOrlando Hudson, 2BJoe Mauer,…

  12. Reds intend to pick up Bronson Arroyo's option for 2011

    Oct 9, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the club “definitely” plans to pick up the $11 million club option on Bronson Arroyo’s contract for next season. Jocketty even stated that he would like to add years to the contract, so perhaps they’ll work out some sort of extension…

  13. Rays hope to stay alive with new-look lineup

    Oct 9, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    The Rays lost to a pair of left-handed starters over the first two games of the series — Cliff Lee in Game 1 and C.J. Wilson in Game 2 — so they have a bit of a different look against right-hander Colby Lewis for Game 3 this afternoon (via Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg…

  14. UPDATE: Braves waiting until Sunday for decision on Billy Wagner

    Oct 9, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Not so fast. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves manager Bobby Cox said that the team will wait until Sunday to make a decision regarding Billy Wagner’s spot on the NLDS roster. The Braves are still holding out hope that he will be available should the team advance to the NLCS,…

  15. Report: The Nationals are interested in Matt Kemp

    Oct 9, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    The Nationals would have interest in acquiring Matt Kemp should the Dodgers make him available in a trade, a baseball source tells Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. According to Kilgore, the team’s potential interest in Kemp and other free agent outfielders indicates that the club is looking at a creative solution should the club…

  16. David Murphy returns to Rangers' lineup for Game 3 vs. Rays

    Oct 9, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    David Murphy is back in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rays this afternoon, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He’ll start in left field and bat seventh against Matt Garza. Murphy has been sidelined since last Wednesday due to a strained left groin. Jeff Francoeur started…

  17. Freddy Sanchez unsure if he'll play in Game 3 on Sunday

    Oct 9, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez was hit in the right hand by a Kyle Farnsworth pitch in the 10th inning of Game 2 of the NLDS against the Braves last night, but managed to stay in the ballgame. Sanchez told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that X-rays on his middle finger came back negative, but said…

  18. Chase Utley did touch third base last night

    Oct 9, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    As you know by now, Chase Utley did not get hit by Aroldis Chapman last night. That’s what happens when someone throws 105 mph and we don’t have instant replay. And yeah, Utley was probably out at second base too, as evidenced by this picture here. One thing that we can clear up, though, is…

  19. Tony Gwynn to begin treatment for parotid cancer

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Some unfortunate news to report. Former Padres great Tony Gwynn told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune that he will soon begin radiation and chemotherapy treatments for parotid cancer, a cancer of the salivary glands. “I had surgery for a parotid tumor in 1997 and again three years ago and both those times there…

  20. Orlando Cabrera hopes to play in Game 3 on Sunday

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera was forced to leave Game 2 of the NLDS against the Phillies last night after aggravating a sore muscle in his left side in the fourth inning. Cabrera was in noticeable pain after having to make a jump throw at second base to avoid a slide by Jayson Werth on a double play…

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