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  1. Shin-Soo Choo hoping to move to a better team

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Via Paul Hoynes at the Plain Dealer is a story in the Korea Times in which Shin-Soo Choo is quoted as saying “if I could move to a better team, I could generate a better record and improve more.” Seeing as though Choo is only in his first year of arbitration eligibility with the Indians,…

  2. Deep thought: Are the Rangers really the last team to win a playoff series?

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    How many times have we heard it repeated in the last few days that the Rangers are/were the last team to have never won a playoff series? By my count, 1,395, though I may have missed one. Not that it’s not a neat observation or anything. It’s just that, like Shane Victorino being Hawaiian, we’ve…

  3. Josh Hamilton gets to be part of the celebration

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    It’s been widely reported that Rangers’ center fielder Josh Hamilton, a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, does not partake in the champagne and beer showers. Smart move on his part. Great move on his team’s part? Having a ginger ale shower just for Hamilton after last night’s win. The pic on the right is cool,…

  4. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    With this guy dealing, the Rays never had a chance.

  5. Rangers win first ever postseason series, advance to ALCS vs. Yanks

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay made history last week, but Cliff Lee continues to rule the postseason. Lee struck out 11 in a 5-1 victory over the Rays in Game 5 tonight, giving the Rangers their first ever postseason series victory and a date with the Yankees in the ALCS. The Rangers held a 3-1 lead going into…

  6. Cliff Lee coming back out for eighth as Rangers cling to late lead

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson was up in the bullpen during the seventh inning, but Ron Washington is putting Cliff Lee back out there in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead. Lee has allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings so far tonight, striking out nine and walking none. He has…

  7. Rangers take advantage of bad throw, jump back in front of Rays

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Wild sequence in the top of the fourth inning. Nelson Cruz didn’t hustle out of the batter’s box on a fly ball to distant left center field, only to see the ball hit off the wall and roll around on the warning track. Cruz should have been standing on third base, but because he was…

  8. UPDATE: Fredi Gonzalez to be named Braves manager Thursday

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s done. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will name Fredi Gonzalez as their next manager on Thursday. 6:00 PM: There has been almost zero speculation about who will be the next Braves’ manager. Why? Because everyone agrees that it will almost certainly be former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez.  Indeed,…

  9. Elvis Andrus helps Rangers to early lead in Game 5

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Game 5 between the Rangers and Rays is underway. The Rangers just scratched across a run in the top of the first inning against David Price. Elvis Andrus led off with a single and stole second base on a strikeout to Michael Young. Then, in a brilliant display of baserunning, Andrus scored all the way…

  10. Takashi Saito undecided on returning next season

    Oct 12, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Takashi Saito is not sure whether he will return next season. “I don’t have a certain answer yet,” Saito said with a member of the Japanese media interpreting. “But I don’t have a definite feeling of ‘I’m quitting.’ I’m still thinking….I still believe I can pitch.” Saito,…

  11. What if Roberto Alomar does have HIV?

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    Paul Sax is a big baseball fan and a longtime reader of mine. He’s also a doctor who writes a blog about HIV, infectious diseases and the medical and ethical issues that surround them.  He has several sharp observations today in light of the Roberto Almoar HIV allegations. Among them: For another stark example of…

  12. Chien-Ming Wang adds velocity in second post-surgery outing

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Clocked at 85-87 miles per hour last week in his first game action since shoulder surgery, Chien-Ming Wang took the mound for the second time in an instructional league game today and upped his velocity to 89 mph. Wang threw 17 pitches in two shutout innings, inducing four ground-ball outs. Soon to be a free…

  13. Mike Remlinger is selling Sammy Sosa's corked bat

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I guess it’s not odd that someone is selling the corked bat that got Sammy Sosa in hot water several years ago. I’m just surprised that it’s former teammate Mike Remlinger. I mean, did Sosa let him have it, or what? Last year Remlinger said he contacted Sosa to ask if the retired slugger wanted…

  14. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Rangers versus Rays

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s Game 5 of the ALDS: TAMPA BAY RAYS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Jason Bartlett, SS 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Ben Zobrist, RF 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Carl Crawford, LF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Evan Longoria, 3B 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Carlos Pena, 1B 5. Nelson…

  15. Poll: Will the Rangers or Rays win Game 5 tonight?

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    With the first win-or-go-home game of the 2010 playoffs set for tonight in Tampa Bay, let’s see how good the Hardball Talk posse is at predicting the future: Who will win Game 5 of the ALDS tonight?online surveys

  16. The Roberto Alomar divorce petition

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that Roberto Alomar made the news last week. Now ESPN’s The File blog has a copy of the divorce petition filed by Roberto Alomar’s wife (link goes to pdf file). The interesting stuff begins at paragraph 19, where Alomar’s wife claims that, despite knowing he had HIV, Alomar “intentionally and in total disregard…

  17. Logan White will remain with the Dodgers if he doesn't get a GM job elsewhere

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that assistant general manager Logan White has agreed to a new contract with the Dodgers and will remain in the same role unless he’s hired to be another team’s general manager. White is scheduled to interview for the Mets’ general manager opening, but the assumption is that…

  18. The Dodgers are raising some ticket prices; lowering others

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    The average price for a single game ticket at Dodger Stadium will go up 40 cents for 2011. The average price for a season ticket will go down 20 cents. Some seats will have large premiums placed on them. Others, discounts. It’s all rather convoluted, really. My guess is that the convoluted nature of the…

  19. Two must-click links: Jewish Indians, Indian Indians and the Tomahawk Chop

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    I spent the early portion of my mid-afternoon lull reading a couple of good articles. A profile of Indians great Al Rosen.  It details the anti-semitism he and other Jewish ballplayers faced back in the day, as well as the more benign but just as potentially career-limiting stereotype that Jews simply couldn’t be good athletes.…

  20. Jair Jurrjens to undergo minor knee surgery next week

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens threw six innings in an instructional league game yesterday and afterward general manager Frank Wren explained that “everything went well” and “he didn’t have any problems.” That may have been true, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Jurrjens will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the partially torn meniscus in his right knee…

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