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  1. Leo Mazzone wants to be Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

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    During a radio interview this morning longtime Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said that he’d be interested in taking the same position with the Yankees or Mets, calling both openings “a great job.” Mazzone had an incredible amount of success in Atlanta and much of that was obviously due to the three Hall of Famers…

  2. Sandy Alderson is getting the old band back together

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Joel Sherman reports that that new Mets GM Sandy Alderson wants to bring Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi on board. Both of these guys, you’ll recall, worked under Alderson in Oakland before going off on their own GM frolics.  Depodesta’s was, in hindsight anyway, pretty successful with the Dodgers, even if they still don’t realize…

  3. Joe Girardi, Yankees on verge of three-year, $9 million deal

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has some additional details on the three-year contract extension for Joe Girardi that has been reported as a nearly done deal since early this week. According to Sherman he’ll get a total of $9 million, which is a raise of $500,000 per season over his previous contract and…

  4. Would you pay $7200 for a World Series ticket?

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Either StubHub is lying or else there are going to be a couple of deluded, perspective-free people sitting in AT&T park tonight: Eric Fisher of SBJ tweets: StubHub hits new price highwater mark for World Series: pair of Dugout Club seats sold for tonight at $7,223 each. Demand overall still big. That’s a piece, not…

  5. What’s your favorite World Series memory?

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    DAVID JUSTICE

    After that abomination of a game last night I needed something to cleanse the palate.  Here’s something, from Baseball Prospectus: Every baseball fan has a special World Series memory, whether it’s Willie Mays’ catch, Bill Mazeroski’s home run, Brooks Robinson’s defense, Kirk Gibson’s limp around the bases, or Derek Jeter becoming the first-ever Mr. November.…

  6. So what happened to Cliff Lee?

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

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    I know the NFL likes to play up that “any given Sunday” crap, but baseball is really the sport where anything can happen. To wit: Cliff Lee getting torched by a team that wasn’t supposed to have any offense. A team that was supposed to be so dominated by Lee that people actually suggested saving…

  7. For the love of God, Ron Washington: get Vlad out of right field

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    I was uneasy with Vlad Guerrero playing right field before Game 1. Afterwards? Ye Gods, don’t let this happen again, Ron Washington. Vlad was hell on wheels in the outfield last night. And not round wheels. Square, stone wheels like something you’d see on the Flintstones. Among the highlights: First inning, Buster Posey at the…

  8. Remembering a sloppier World Series game

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    I said in ATH that I couldn’t remember a sloppier World Series game. Reader Michael Caragliano reminds me of one I must have blocked from my memory: 14-11 game the Indians and Marlins played in 1997. It was a bad enough 7-7 game after eight, and THEN it got epic sloppy. Three errors and a…

  9. And That Happened: World Series Edition

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

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    Giants 11, Rangers 7: I’m trying to remember a sloppier World Series game, but I’m comin’ up empty. At least if you don’t count the earthquake. The big story today is obviously Cliff Lee, who saw his postseason ERA climb from 1.26 to 1.96 in the space of a couple hours. Then there are the…

  10. The joint is jumping after Juan Uribe’s homer

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:39 AM EDT

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    Juan Uribe made a lot of people happy in San Francisco on Wednesday night. Not only did his three-run home run in the fifth inning give the Giants an 8-2 lead over the Rangers on the way to an 11-7 Game 1 victory, it also provided some free “medicine” for some ailing San Franciscans. According…

  11. Can the Rangers recover from Game 1 defeat?

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:33 AM EDT

    Few people, let alone the Texas Rangers, could have expected the San Francisco Giants to rough up Cliff Lee the way they did in Game 1 on Wednesday night. A shocking development like that can send a team into a tailspin, yet the Rangers still have plenty of pitching and offense to throw at the…

  12. Rangers in trouble as Cliff Lee falls in Game 1 to Giants

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    Giants' Sanchez celebrates scoring a run next to Rangers' Lee during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Cliff Lee was 7-0 in his first eight postseason starts.  He shut out the Yankees in the ALCS and struck out 21 Tampa Bay hitters in two ALDS starts before that.  He was supposed to be unbeatable in big games.  He was supposed to handle the Giants with ease.  He was supposed to lead the…

  13. Willie Mays calls in sick for ceremonial first pitch

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

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    The Giants invited six legends from the franchise’s past to throw out the first pitch Wednesday before Game 1 of the World Series at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.  Unfortunately, only five could make it. Willie Mays, called the greatest player of all time in some circles, had to call in sick for the pre-game ceremony. …

  14. Barry Bonds hoping Giants consider him for coaching gig

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

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    When the Cardinals named Mark McGwire as their hitting coach last offseason it was first met with shock.  Then criticism.  Then questions.  Then McGwire apologized, the season started and all of the media hype sort of just … went away. Would we see the same reaction if Rafael Palmeiro was suddenly named the Orioles’ hitting…

  15. The Big Five with … Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

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    Editor’s note: Tony DeMarco is a contributor to NBCSports.com who has been covering the big leagues since 1987. He’ll interview a guest during each day of the World Series for HardballTalk.com. Here is the first installment: SAN FRANCISCO — Jon Daniels has been on the job since October of 2005, and remains one of the…

  16. Placido Polanco scheduled to undergo elbow surgery Friday

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco played most of the 2010 season with a painful bone chip in his left elbow.  He also struggled with back problems near the end of the year and into October.  One of those ailments will be taken care of Friday. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Polanco is…

  17. World Series Game 1 Live Chat

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Come on in and join us as we snark our way through Game 1!

  18. Uecker returns home after 2nd heart surgery of year

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

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    Bob Uecker, the beloved broadcaster of the Milwaukee Brewers, has returned home from the hospital eight days after undergoing his second heart surgery this year, according to the Associated Press. The surgery was to repair a tear from the valve replacement performed in April. A staph infection may have caused the complication. Uecker, 75, popular…

  19. Blue Jays exercise $1.2M option on Jose Molina

    Oct 27, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

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    From John Lott of Toronto’s National Post comes word that the Blue Jays have exercised catcher Jose Molina’s $1.2 million option for the 2011 season. No surprise here.  John Buck had an exceptional 2010 campaign as the Blue Jays’ starting catcher, tallying 20 homers and an 802 OPS over 409 at-bats, but he will be…

  20. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51

    Oct 27, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    This is part three in a series covering this winter’s top 111 free agents. Here are the players ranked 70th through 51st. The relievers in this group may get two-year deals, while the position players should have to settle for one-year pacts in the $3 million-$4 million range. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos.…

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