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  1. No Game 1 for Cablevision subscribers

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The weeks-long dispute between FOX and Cablevision rages on and, despite some last minute negotiating that gave some people hope, negotiations have broken down and Game 1 of the World Series will not appear on Cablevision. Predictably, each side blames the other, with FOX calling Cablevision’s last offer “a publicity stunt” and Cablevision accusing FOX…

  2. Game 1 Live Chat: 7:30 tonight

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Little Miss Chatterbox

    This is my first year of watching the playoffs while being a fully professional member of the sporting press, and I’m not going to lie to you: I find it insanely difficult to watch a playoff game without tweeting about it or chatting about it or otherwise being all socially-media about it as it’s happening. …

  3. World Series Game 1: Giants lineup versus Cliff Lee

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against Cliff Lee: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Buster Posey, C 4. Pat Burrell, LF 5. Cody Ross, RF 6. Aubrey Huff, 1B 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS 9. Tim Lincecum, P Tonight is just the…

  4. Yankees decline their 2011 options on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees have declined their 2011 options on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson, all of which were expected moves. Berkman’s contract included a $15 million team option or $2 million buyout for 2011, but as part of his accepting a trade to the Yankees…

  5. One somewhat attenuated reason for New Yorkers to watch the World Series

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Polo Grounds

    If I had a dime for each Phillies or Yankees fan I’ve heard say that they didn’t plan on watching the World Series I’d, well, I wouldn’t be rich, but I’d have a bunch of dimes.  Maybe I can see not watching the whole series, but if you’re a baseball fan and you’re not watching…

  6. Rangers missed out on drafting Tim Lincecum by two spots

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has an interesting story about how the Rangers nearly ended up with Tim Lincecum. Texas had the 12th overall pick in Jon Daniels’ first draft as general manager back in 2006 and “had identified the diminutive, hard-throwing right-hander from Washington as the club’s No. 1 target.” According to…

  7. Brian Wilson aims high

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    There’s a profile on Brian Wilson in today’s New York Times. It’s a bit more nuanced than your typical “that Brian Wilson is CRAZY!” article we’ve been seeing much of recently.  I don’t think he’s crazy. Just a bit off center. Sometimes I wonder if it’s all calculated, but ultimately it’s harmless.  It’s also probably…

  8. Bruce Bochy: Master Motivator

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Mel Gibson Braveheart

    Tim Sullivan from the San Diego Union Tribune hips us to something the seemingly mild-mannered Bruce Bochy did to light a fire under the Giants back in early September: He wheeled in a television monitor, Aaron Rowand recalled, “like it was elementary school,” to prepare his players for battle with a scene from “Braveheart.” “He…

  9. Rangers drop Clay Rapada from roster, add Mark Lowe

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    San Francisco made no changes to its roster for the World Series, but Texas made a minor switch in the bullpen by dropping left-hander Clay Rapada and replacing him with right-hander Mark Lowe. Rapada was added to the ALCS roster to help combat the Yankees’ left-handed hitters, and particularly Robinson Cano, but he failed to…

  10. UPDATE: That Dallas lawyer’s motion for a continuance was granted

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Great news to all of us who think that baseball is a more worthy pursuit than litigation: that lawyer who filed the motion for a continuance in order to go to the World Series got his motion granted. He tweets: The judge just granted my motion to continue Whew. .Good thing- I am on a…

  11. Giants leave playoff roster intact, which means no Barry Zito

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Sticking with the same 25-man roster they used in both the NLDS and NLCS, the Giants will not be adding Barry Zito to the pitching staff for the World Series. There was some speculation that Zito could be added to the World Series roster in place of reliever Guillermo Mota, who went unused in the…

  12. Jeff Bagwell explains why he chose not to return as Astros hitting coach

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Jeff Bagwell left his special assistant gig in Houston’s front office to take over as the Astros’ hitting coach when Sean Berry was fired at the All-Star break and the offense actually showed some significant improvement in the second half despite trading away Lance Berkman. However, last week the former MVP turned down a two-year…

  13. The best “intangibles” column you’ll read all day

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

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    I’m torn on this World Series preview from CBS Sports.com’s Larry Dobrow. On the one hand, it’s almost certainly a sharp-as-a-tack satire of every hack columnist’s “intangibles” analysis.  On the other hand, it’s so spot-on that you just know people are going to link it without realizing it’s satire. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if…

  14. Report: Tigers “are deeply interested in Carl Crawford”

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford will obviously have no shortage of suitors when he hits the open market as a free agent next month and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Tigers will be among the many teams making a run at the speedy outfielder. According to Rosenthal the Tigers “are deeply interested in Crawford” and…

  15. HBT Daily: World Series Game 1 Preview

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Pfun Pfact: the guy who wrote the teleprompter stuff for Tiffany is a Phillies fan. And though Tiff was a pro and skipped over it, “Cody Ross” was written with a rather profane middle name!

  16. No love lost between Bengie Molina and Brian Sabean

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean phone

    I missed this last week, but apparently Brian Sabean said that he had planned on trading Bengie Molina all along: Giants GM Brian Sabean revealed Wednesday that he knew from the moment he signed Molina that the club would trade him later in the summer . . . “That was the plan almost going all…

  17. Scouting the World Series umpiring crew

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Ron Washington, John Hirschbeck

    Jeff Zimmerman of Fan Graphs crunched the numbers on the umpiring crew assigned to the World Series, using Pitch-F/X data along with strikeout and walk rates to rank the six umpires from most pitcher-friendly to most hitter-friendly: Bill Miller John Hirschbeck Mike Winters Gary Darling Sam Holbrook Jeff Kellogg Hirschbeck, who in addition to being…

  18. Jeff Francoeur: voice of reason

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    This morning I agreed with Jeff Francoeur’s take on that “Team of Destiny” rebop, and now I’m finding him to be 100% on-point when it comes to the idea of expanding the playoffs: “Obviously it’s going to get more people in the postseason. But baseball’s so unique because only eight teams go. In football you…

  19. Nationals officially sticking with Jim Riggleman as manager

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    In a move viewed as little more than a formality, the Nationals have officially exercised their 2011 option on manager Jim Riggleman rather than buying him out for $100,000. “He is a terrific baseball manager,” general manager Mike Rizzo told Bailey Stephens of MLB.com. “He has great respect from his peers in this game. When…

  20. Dallas lawyer files the greatest Motion for Continuance ever

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    A motion for continuance is when you ask the court to postpone a hearing or a trial or something because you or your client can’t make it or need more time or whatever. They’re often used in the case of medical emergencies, conflicts with other cases, newly discovered evidence that needs more time to be…

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