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  1. HBT Daily: Orlando Cabrera's mouth, Carl Pavano's head and OctLoweber!

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Funny part: we made Tiffany be the one to say “OctLoweber,” thereby insulating me from the inherent lameness. Which I myself created. Oh, man. I gave it away.

  2. Umpire's blown call on 27th out doesn't cost Yankees

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Last night, with the Yankees up 6-4 and two outs in the ninth inning, Delmon Young hit a sinking line drive to right field that defensive replacement Greg Golson caught for the 27th and final out. Except right field umpire Chris Guccione ruled that it was a trap, giving Young a single and giving the…

  3. Halladay's no-no captured in a timeless photo

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Not long after last night’s game a picture of the moment that Carlos Ruiz embraced Roy Halladay in celebration started making the rounds. It’s so hard in our digital age to appreciate when a photograph really captures the moment — there are so many pics these days, and of course, we have video — rendering…

  4. Rays remove Rocco Baldelli from playoff roster with left leg fatigue, add Willy Aybar

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay including Rocco Baldelli on the playoff roster was a surprise given that he logged a total of just 24 at-bats for the Rays after spending much of the season as a minor-league coach. Even more surprising was that manager Joe Maddon gave Baldelli the Game 1 start at designated hitter against Cliff Lee.…

  5. Mitch Albom is writing a play about Ernie Harwell. Oy.

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I’m guessing that this will not be one of the five plays I watch in Heaven.

  6. Roberto Alomar accused — again — of concealing HIV

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    In February 2009, Roberto Alomar was sued by an ex-girlfriend, who accused him of (a) being HIV positive; and (b) infecting her having sex with her without telling her of his status. The most notable thing about it at the time, I think, was the girlfriend’s salacious narrative in the complaint itself, in which she…

  7. ALDS Game 1: Yankees-Twins notes from Target Field

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    As a Twins fan everything was perfect last night, except for that damn final score. I arrived at the jam-packed Kiernan’s Irish Pub in time to see the final three innings of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter, eventually made my way to fantastic Target Field seats just past third base, sat in gorgeous weather at a ballpark…

  8. K-Rod is negotiating a plea deal

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Daily News is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez is in talks with prosecutors in hopes of reaching a plea agreement.  You’ll note that the Daily News refers to this as “copping a plea” because they like to make people they find distasteful sound like lowlifes. Given that K-Rod faces little if any jail time over…

  9. Roy Halladay's scouting report as a 21-year-old prospect

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    In honor of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter Conor Glassey of Baseball America went back through the magazine’s archives and found the scouting report published when Halladay was the Blue Jays’ top prospect in 1998. The whole thing is definitely worth reading, but here are a few of the highlights … – Halladay became so close with…

  10. After missing history, Placido Polanco expected to rejoin the Phillies' lineup tomorrow

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    After playing through bone chips in his elbow for most of the season Placido Polanco was absent for Roy Halladay’s no-hitter by sitting out Game 1 of the NLDS yesterday with a back injury, but the veteran third baseman is expected to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup for Game 2 tomorrow. As for how he suffered…

  11. Doctober? Pfft! Get ready for OctLoweber!

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Was that convincing? Nah, didn’t think so. Sigh. I started thinking about tonight’s Braves-Giants game a few minutes ago. I want to talk myself into Atlanta coming out of the gate strong, but I’m having a hard time really getting on board. My thought process:  The good: Derek Lowe was 5-0 in September, with 29…

  12. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon: "Do you think I really would go out and sign Oliver Perez?"

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Oliver Perez “will begin pitching in the Mexican Pacific League next month” and adds that “if he does not improve and the new general manager cannot deal him” the team is prepared to simply eat the remaining $12 million on his contract. McCullough’s comments stem from…

  13. Video: Cholly, Dusty on Halladay's no-hitter

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    When Dusty said it was a game where you feel “almost helpless,” I was expecting him to correct himself and say. “Well, there was no ‘almost’ about it.”

  14. Dioner Navarro is not a team player

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Rays’ catcher Dinoer Navarro was left off the postseason roster. That happens. Most guys who get left off the postseason roster either remain with the team or, at the very least, retire to the spring training complex to stay in shape in case they’re needed. Someone may get injured, after all, and you could get…

  15. Jack Morris needs to rethink his postgame comments too

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Dave Brown at Yahoo! caught former Tigers/Twins/Jays ace Jack Morris saying something after last night’s Twins-Yankees game that, in addition to being dumb, was pretty damn hypocritical too. He’s talking about Francisco Liriano here: “The good guys never let it slip away, and he let it slip away.” As Dave notes, Morris isn’t one to…

  16. Orlando Cabrera needs to rethink his postgame comments

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    After yesterday’s Phillies-Reds game, Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera really stepped in it. His comments regarding Roy Halladay’s no-no: “He and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him every pitch. Basically, we had no chance.” Such sour grapes are unbecoming even if the strikezone was wonky, but they’re especially bad when they’re demonstrably false. Click…

  17. What They're Saying About Roy Halladay's No-Hitter

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    I could have posted hundreds of people going “Whoa . . .dude . . .” Fifty of them would have been me at around 7:30 last night. But I decided to find some more interesting reactions.

  18. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Some years, Day One of the playoffs just slips by uneventfully. This was not one of those years.

  19. On one night, Halladay shows why he's the best

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:23 AM EDT

    You hate to base anything on one game. Especially in a sport like baseball, where David Eckstein can be a World Series MVP. Where Craig Counsell can be the guy at the bottom of the dogpile after scoring the title-clinching run. Where Don Larsen, a journeyman pitcher with a career record of 81-91, can become…

  20. Yankees rally for ALDS Game 1 victory over Twins

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

    We saw a variety of different games on this first day of the 2010 baseball playoffs. The Rangers routed the Rays in an afternoon tilt with heavy offense and a stellar performance by left-handed ace Cliff Lee. Then Phillies righty Roy Halladay made history in an early evening contest…

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