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  1. Disastrous eighth inning dooms Rangers as Yankees steal Game 1 in Texas

    Oct 16, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT

    nolan ryan george bush alcs game 1

    Pictures may say a thousand words, but the shot of Nolan Ryan and George Bush after the Rangers’ implosion in the eighth inning of the ALCS opener can probably be boiled down to just one: Yuck. Texas chased CC Sabathia from the game after four innings, got an excellent start from C.J. Wilson, and then…

  2. Live blog: Yankees-Rangers ALCS Game 1

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s all over. Thanks to a stunning eighth inning comeback, the Yankees have taken Game 1 of the ALCS over the Rangers 6-5. Mitch Moreland singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning against Mariano Rivera and was then bunted over to second base by Elvis Andrus. Not the worst play if…

  3. Jeff Wilpon tells us what he’s been up to this week

    Oct 15, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    You won’t believe it, but I just got an e-mail from Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. Okay, well, me and thousands of other fans who subscribe to “The Flushing Flash,” the team’s e-mail newsletter. Sadly, Wilpon doesn’t communicate in Comic Sans, but with the way things have been going with the franchise over the past few…

  4. Aaron Rowand on NLCS roster, Barry Zito likely off

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Aaron Rowand diving

    The Giants haven’t officially announced their roster for the NLCS against the Phillies — Bruce Bochy plans to speak with his players later tonight — but some early pieces are starting to fall into place. According to Andrew Baggarly of San Jose Mercury News, Bochy just announced that Aaron Rowand will be on the roster.…

  5. Eric Wedge on verge of becoming Mariners’ new manager

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

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    News that Bobby Valentine and John Gibbons are both out of the running for Seattle’s managerial opening has people starting to connect some dots suggesting that the Mariners are leaning very heavily toward Eric Wedge as their new manager. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that “all signs point toward” Wedge getting the job and Buster…

  6. Accusing Cliff Lee of cheating probably isn’t the smartest thing ever

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    That’s resin on Cliff Lee’s cap. Is this a big deal?

  7. ALCS Game 1 lineups: Yankees vs. Rangers

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS tonight …

  8. Phillies tab Domonic Brown, Kyle Kendrick for NLCS roster

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies fifth starter Kyle Kendrick was left off the NLDS roster, but with Philadelphia potentially needing to use someone other than The Big Three to start against the Giants he’s back on the roster for the NLCS. Kendrick won’t start, because Joe Blanton will get the assignment if Charlie Manuel turns to a mere mortal…

  9. Carney Lansford replaces Don Baylor as Rockies hitting coach

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Don Baylor

    Don Baylor is out as the Rockies’ hitting coach, which at first glance may seem strange after Colorado scored the third-most runs in the league this season. However, thanks to playing half their games at Coors Field the Rockies always score a ton of runs. In fact, they’ve finished among the league’s top five in…

  10. Bobby V. is out of the running for the Mariners’ job

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

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    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times is reporting that the Mariners have told Bobby Valentine that he’s out of the running for the Mariners’ job. This is sad. I figured we wouldn’t hit “Peak Valentine” (i.e. the point in time when the maximum rate of global Bobby Valentine managerial rumors are reached, after which the…

  11. Must-click link: Mariano Rivera doesn’t throw any meatballs

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Over at the Replacement Level Yankees Weblog there’s a very interesting post showing “heat maps” for Mariano Rivera’s pitches, which are unique in that they’re rarely thrown over the middle of the plate. That may sound obvious, but as you’ll see if you click the link Rivera is actually an oddity compared to MLB pitchers…

  12. Madison Bumgarner “almost surely will start Game 4″

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bruce Bochy hasn’t announced anything official about his Game 4 starter choice, leaving room to change his mind depending on how the Giants fare through three games, but Chris Haft of MLB.com writes that rookie Madison Bumgarner “almost surely will start Game 4.” Turning to Tim Lincecum on short rest is the other option for…

  13. Korean reporter comes clean about Shin-Soo Choo story

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo swing

    As you may recall, a report in the Korea Times earlier this week quoted Shin-Soo Choo as saying that he wanted to be “transferred” to a winning team. The report was immediately downplayed by Indians GM Chris Antonetti and later debunked by another reporter Jeeho Yoo, who said that Choo was misquoted in the piece.…

  14. Red Sox owner John Henry buys Liverpool soccer team for $476 million

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Martin Broughton,  John Henry, Christian Purslow

    New England Sports Ventures, which is a group headed by Red Sox owner John Henry, has officially purchased the Liverpool soccer team in the Premier League. Henry told the London Telegraph that he’s “proud and humbled” by the 300-million pound sale and “guaranteed” that New England Sports Ventures will not be participating in a leveraged…

  15. Rangers add Michael Kirkman, Clay Rapada to ALCS roster

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Rapada throws against the Minnesota Twins during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    With Game 1 of the ALCS against the Yankees only hours away, the Rangers have announced some slight changes to their roster. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, left-handers Michael Kirkman and Clay Rapada have been added for this round, while right-hander Dustin Nippert and speedster Esteban German have been taken off. Kirkman, 24,…

  16. Rangers acquired Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus by trading Mark Teixeira in 2007

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

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    Surprisingly little has been made of Mark Teixeira facing his old team in the ALCS, perhaps because he had stints with the Braves and Angels in between going from the Rangers to the Yankees. Selected by Texas with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft, Teixeira hit .283/.368/.533 with 153 homers and 499 RBIs…

  17. Jon Daniels on Mets’ GM possibility: “My mom is loving this”

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

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    That whole Mets-Jon Daniels thing? Not dead yet. At least not in the eyes of the New York media. According to Bill Madden and Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, though the Mets haven’t asked permission to speak with Daniels, “executives following their search” say they might once the Rangers’ postseason run is…

  18. Duncan hoping to remain with Cards for three more years

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    The Cardinals still don’t know whether Tony La Russa will manage in 2011. But his longtime sidekick, pitching coach Dave Duncan, is locked in for at least one more year. Duncan told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday that he would like to coach for three more seasons in St. Louis before…

  19. Can Jorge Posada stop the Rangers from running wild?

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Minnesota attempted zero stolen bases while being swept out of ALDS in three games, but you can be certain that Texas will test New York’s ability to control the running game early and often in the ALCS. Texas swiped 123 bases during the regular season to rank seventh among all MLB teams and second to…

  20. Lance Berkman: outfielder?

    Oct 15, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    Lance Berkman hasn’t played outfield since 2007. He hasn’t played outfield regularly since 2004.  He hasn’t played outfield well since, well, if anyone knows the answer to that, please let me know. He’s also much bigger than he used to be and age has touched him as it touches us all. Point is: if you’re…

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