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  1. Joe Girardi, Dave Eiland had a falling out midseason

    Oct 30, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

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    When the Yankees fired pitching coach Dave Eiland this fall after their run in the American League Championship Series was put to a stop, general manager Brian Cashman called it his own decision.  He said it was a “private” and “personal matter” that led to Eiland being let go and did not answer further questions. …

  2. World Series Game 3: Giants lineup vs. Colby Lewis

    Oct 30, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Giants' Sandoval reacts during workouts in preparation for the Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    From the San Francisco Giants’ official Twitter feed comes the club’s lineup for tonight’s World Series Game 3 in Arlington, Texas: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Aubrey Huff, 1B 4. Buster Posey, C 5. Pat Burrell, LF 6. Cody Ross, RF 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Pablo Sandoval, DH 9. Edgar…

  3. World Series Game 3: Rangers lineup vs. Jonathan Sanchez

    Oct 30, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram brings us the Rangers’ lineup for their Game 3 matchup against the Giants. 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Bengie Molina, C 9.  Mitch Moreland,…

  4. Must-click link: Waiting for the gates to open…

    Oct 30, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    It’ll be a little while before lineups are released and the Giants and Rangers begin taking batting practice in anticipation of tonight’s World Series Game 3. The gates aren’t even open yet at the Ballpark in Arlington, where Colby Lewis and the powerful Texas lineup will attempt to get back in the Fall Classic hunt. …

  5. Cubs bullpen catcher found with eight pounds of pot

    Oct 30, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Major league bullpen catchers might have the best job on the planet.   They make good money, get to watch every game from a prime location, travel in true first class on road trips, interact daily with incredibly talented pitchers, and they never actually have to play.  There’s even a little time to deal weed on…

  6. Nick Punto unsure about returning to Twins in 2011

    Oct 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    The Twins took care of a little paperwork on Friday, exercising outfielder Jason Kubel’s $5.25 million option for 2011 and declining a $5 million option on infielder Nick Punto. Punto, 32, hit just .238/.313/.302 with only one home run and 11 doubles in 252 at-bats this past year while earning $4 million.  That stat line…

  7. Sandy Alderson “suspected” that Jose Canseco was juicing

    Oct 30, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

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    The Mets introduced new general manager Sandy Alderson on Friday afternoon at New York’s Citi Field.  Lost in the shuffle of that impressive press conference was a question about Alderson’s involvement in the steroid era, and specifically former A’s outfielder Jose Canseco. Alderson served as an executive in Oakland during the late 80s and early…

  8. White Sox may be targeting Cards outfielder Colby Rasmus

    Oct 30, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals Photo Day

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and young center fielder Colby Rasmus had a well-chronicled falling out in the middle of the 2010 season.  Rasmus felt like he wasn’t being treated as an everyday player, La Russa didn’t like that a young player was being so vocal.  Etcetera. It got ugly at one point, apparently, and…

  9. Mets must now begin searching for a new manager

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

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    Now that the Mets have locked up new general manager Sandy Alderson, it’s time to begin the search for a skipper. Alderson is expected to lead the hunt and told Steve Popper of the Bergen Record on Friday that he is hoping for someone with a little fire and a decent level of independence. “I…

  10. Pablo Sandoval to DH for Giants in Game 3 on Saturday night

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, Pablo Sandoval will be the Giants’ designated hitter for Game 3 against right-hander Colby Lewis tomorrow night. Juan Uribe started at third base for the first two games of the World Series with left-handed starters on the mound for the Rangers. Sandoval has just 14 at-bats during the…

  11. No major changes expected in Ron Washington’s lineup for Game 3

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Ron Washington press conference

    Things are looking somewhat bleak for the Rangers right now, but Ron Washington doesn’t have any major changes up his sleeve for Game 3 against Jonathan Sanchez on Saturday night. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Washington plans to roll out the same lineup he has used lately against left-handed pitching. This means we can…

  12. Placido Polanco undergoes successful elbow surgery

    Oct 29, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco underwent successful surgery on his left elbow Friday, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Bothered by a bone spur and tendinitis in his elbow for most of the season, the 35-year-old required four cortisone injections in order to play 132 regular season games and eight playoff games. “It went very well and we…

  13. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-31

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    It’s time for part four, which will cover free agents Nos. 50-31. Now we’re going to start to see more players likely to command multiyear deals this winter. That’s particularly true of the relievers listed below. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos. 90-71 Free agents Nos. 70-51 50. Jim Thome (Twins – Age 40)…

  14. Cliff Lee in Game 4? Too soon!

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Ron Washington, not surprisingly, was asked today if he plans on using Cliff Lee in Game 4 on three days’ rest. He, not surprisingly, wouldn’t say one way or the other. My view of this is that asking the Cliff Lee question today is premature.  Even if Washington knows in his heart that he’s going…

  15. Pudge Rodriguez to catch Nolan Ryan’s first pitch tomorrow. This bugs me a bit.

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez, Ian Desmond

    Anthony Andro of the Star-Ledger reports that Ivan Rodriguez is going to catch the first pitch thrown out by Nolan Ryan before Game 3 of the World Series tomorrow. Look, I know it’s Pudge, and that Pudge will always and forever thought of as a Ranger — and yes, I’m fully prepared to admit that…

  16. Must-click link: Profile of new Indians GM Chris Antonetti

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Bill Lubinger of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote a very lengthy, well-done profile of Chris Antonetti, who the Indians promoted to general manager last month when Mark Shapiro transitioned to team president. Lubinger: Antonetti has a record of developing talent, including his own It includes lots of interesting stuff about his background and team-building philosophies,…

  17. People want their “fear the beard” posters at AT&T Park

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    CNBC’s Darren Rovell has a great story about newspaper vendors for the San Jose Mercury News selling cheer cards with stuff like “fear the beard” printed on them outside of AT&T Park. Which, unfortunately for the Mercury News, wasn’t the plan. The plan was for the cheer cards to be stuffed inside of newspapers, and…

  18. The Big Five with … Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Hensley ‘Bam Bam’ Meulens was supposed to be the first big thing from Curacao — Andruw Jones before Andruw Jones, if you will. He had power and the nickname of a ‘Flintstones’ character, but the best part of Meulens’ playing career turned out to be three years as a gaijin slugger in…

  19. HBT Daily: The Rangers: doomed, or really, really doomed?

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I consider whether the Rangers have what it takes to buck history.

  20. Notes from the Sandy Alderson press conference

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Alderson thing

    The Mets just introduced Sandy Alderson as their new general manager a short while ago. A few items of interest… It’s true, Alderson slipped up and began to say Oakland when describing the Mets’ GM job as the “best job in baseball.” A rough start, but it didn’t take him long to melt my nerd…

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