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  1. The Yankees are going to bring back Joe Girardi

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    That’s what Jon Heyman is reporting, saying that Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine and Brian Cashman all like him and want him back. Heyman says that Girardi will get a raise too. Good move if true. Yeah, there’s been some beefing about the guy lately, but that’s all post-facto stuff from understandably frustrated fans and sports…

  2. Spandex-wearing Phillies fan sentenced to community service for running onto the field

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Remember the guy who ran onto the field in Philadelphia last month wearing a red, full body spandex suit and got tripped by Braves left fielder Matt Diaz? Well, his name is Sean Hagan, he’s 17 years old, and yesterday he was sentenced to 80 hours of community service. Now, if the judge involved had…

  3. HBT Daily: Can the Yankees force a Game 7?

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Who’s under more pressure? The Rangers or the Yankees?

  4. Agent: Ricky Nolasco and Marlins “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension talks

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have been trying to work out a long-term contract extension for months and agent Matt Sosnick said yesterday that the two sides have agreed to an acceptable number of years but are “about 20 percent” apart on the salaries. That may not seem like much of a gap, but it…

  5. Quote of the Day: Mike Lupica on A-Rod

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

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    Yay! A-Rod is one or two more poor games away from being thrown back in the October Choker pile!

  6. The NBA doesn’t care about the human element

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Memo to Bud Selig: if the NBA is doing something smarter than you, you’re really, really being stupid. In this case: expanding instant replay in a nice incremental and seemingly sensible way.  A lot of the new ways replay will be used are limited to the last two minutes of a game. The last two…

  7. Jimmy Rollins’ message to Philly fans: “Let ‘em have it”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Last night Jimmy Rollins gave Philly fans some instructions for Games 6 and 7: “Be out there. Let ‘em have it. Let. Them. Have. It. All of ‘em. For real.” Here’s the audio. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. (Thanks to Rhea for the audio clip)

  8. Giants, Rangers still have to be favored, but . . .

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Giants' Ross and Posey react in the ninth inning of their team's loss to Phillies during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    The good news for Rangers and Giants fans: in Major League Baseball history, 35 teams have been up 3-1 and then lost Game 5. Of those 35 Game 5 losers, 24 still went on to win the series. The good news for Giants fans: 17 of those Game 5 losers had to go on the…

  9. And That Happened: NLCS Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Phillies 4, Giants 2: The Giants had a shot here, and no matter what Tim Lincecum said after the game about not making good pitches in the third inning — which he didn’t — Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval’s defense was the real killer here. A pitcher shouldn’t have to be perfect. He should get…

  10. Sabathia available for relief in Game 6

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:29 AM EDT

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    If New York Yankees starter Phil Hughes needs any help getting through Game 6 against the Texas Rangers on Friday night, CC Sabathia will be there to back him up. Sabathia, who threw 112 pitches in six innings to help the Yankees to a 7-2 victory on Wednesday in Game 5, says he will be…

  11. Nick Swisher ‘can’t wait to hit against’ Cliff Lee

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

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    The New York Yankees are sick and tired of Cliff Lee. They’re sick of listening to everyone talk about him. They’re tired of answering questions about how awesome he is. And they’ve certainly had enough of watching him in their nightmares as he bounds off the mound after yet another strikeout, cackling madly to himself…

  12. Halladay suffered mild groin pull in his Game 5 start

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    halladay wiping sweat

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel informed the media after Thursday’s NLCS Game 5 victory that staff ace Roy Halladay suffered a mild pull in his groin during the second inning of his seven-inning effort against the Giants.  This according to Major League Baseball’s official Twitter feed. Halladay was obviously able to pitch through the pain, but…

  13. Phillies push NLCS to Game 6 with 4-2 victory in San Fran

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:23 PM EDT

    halladay on mound at att park

    Just as the Yankees did Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS, the Phillies have pushed their NLCS matchup with the Giants to a Game 6. Phillies ace Roy Halladay had a little trouble early on, both in finding the strike zone and during a first-inning stare-down with Giants outfielder Pat Burrell, but the right-hander…

  14. Giants move back within a run as Game 5 grows late

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Here come the Giants. Cody Ross entered this NLCS Game 5 with an incredible .357/.438/.893 batting line, four home runs and eight RBI over 28 postseason at-bats.  So you can probably guess what he did in his fourth-inning plate appearance against Phillies starter Roy Halladay.  (Hint: it was, uh, pretty clutch). Ross ripped a run-scoring…

  15. Phillies tally three runs in the 3rd, Giants now trail

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    polanco fist bump

    How quickly things change in the game of baseball. Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez kicked off the top of the third inning with a bloop single to right-center field, Carlos Ruiz got hit by a pitch, then a bunt by Roy Halladay that should have been called foul was, for some reason, ruled fair. An error…

  16. Lincecum cruising as Giants take early Game 5 lead

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:39 PM EDT

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    Giants fans couldn’t have asked for a better start. The remaining members of the San Francisco-based Grateful Dead belted out the National Anthem in style, starter Tim Lincecum retired the Phillies in order in the first inning and the rain that settled over AT&T Park during pregame festivities was light and nonthreatening. Then Andres Torres…

  17. Braves may trade Kenshin Kawakami back to Japan

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:11 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Atlanta Braves

    It looks like the Braves may cut ties this winter with one of their 2010 season-opening starters. According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, a Japanese club has expressed interest in acquiring right-hander Kenshin Kawakami from Atlanta and may be willing to eat around $3 million of the $6.67 million that remaining on his contract. If those…

  18. John Farrell likely to be named Blue Jays’ next manager

    Oct 21, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT

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    Peter Gammons, now working for the MLB Network, MLB.com and NESN, heard from three MLB general managers Thursday that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is going to be named the Blue Jays’ next skipper. Legendary Toronto manager Cito Gaston stepped down at the end of the 2010 season and the Jays went on an…

  19. So who was the AL’s best shortstop this year?

    Oct 21, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Alexei Ramirez

    In announcing their annual awards Wednesday, The Sporting News declared Alexei Ramirez the shortstop on the American League All-Star team. It’s a choice that will probably surprise a lot of people, but the AL shortstops really were so bad this year that a guy with 18 homers in a hitter’s ballpark and an unexceptional defensive…

  20. NLCS Game 5: Giants lineup versus Roy Halladay

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Roy Halladay: 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. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 8. Juan Uribe, SS 9. Tim Lincecum, P Despite facing a right-hander last…

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