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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

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

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. You have to work extra hard to hate on A-Rod these days

    Oct 15, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Workout Session

    I don’t know why I read Lupica, but I do. I suppose there’s no helping me and that I get everything I deserve. Today’s is fun, though. It’s basically a scene-setter, focusing on A-Rod battling his former team, the Texas Rangers. What makes it fun? The way in which Lupica tries to paint A-Rod as…

  12. Plaschke: Five things baseball needs to do in order to fix the postseason

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Guerrero celebrates with teammates after they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 5 of their American League Division Series MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke has a column today offering the five things he’d do in order to “fix” the baseball playoffs.  Let’s take them one-by-one: Stretch out the Division Series to seven games This, in theory, I like. Anything that can reduce the fluky nature of a short series would be nice. Plus,…

  13. Rumor: The Cubs are going to make Mike Quade the man. What about Sandberg?

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    Yesterday afternoon Will Carroll reported that the Cubs were poised to take the interim tag from Mike Quade and make him the full time boss. He also said that they were going to name Ryne Sandberg bench coach. He said these moves could come as early as next week. I buy the Quade part, as…

  14. Wait — did they go and screw with my HardballTalk again?

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

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    Um, yes. A little. Thanks for noticing! No, it’s  not a major change like the one we dropped on you last summer. You know, the one that caused you to say that you’d never read us again and which made you threaten the lives of my family? Boy, I’m glad you weren’t serious about that!…

  15. Is the ‘Big Three’ effect overplayed?

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:55 AM EDT

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    With Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels leading the way, it is easy to label the Philadelphia Phillies favorites to reach – and even win — the World Series. Our viewpoint is particularly colored by having just watched them make the hard-hitting Cincinnati Reds look as helpless as Craig Sager at a postgame celebration.…

  16. Blue Jays to interview Rays bench coach Dave Martinez

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Add another name to the list of candidates interviewing for the Blue Jays’ managerial opening. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Jays plan to interview Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez as a possible replacement for Cito Gaston. Martinez, 46, was a major league outfielder from 1986-2001, batting .276/.341/.389 over 1,918 games with the…

  17. Must-click link: Something MLB.com calls “TagORama”

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    This is worth checking out. MLB.com put together an interactive panoramic photo of AT&T Park from Game 1 of the NLDS. The finished product was made up of 280 different pictures. You can play around with the zoom and never reach a poor level of resolution, so the staff at MLB.com is asking for Facebook…

  18. Heath Bell seeking three-year deal from Padres

    Oct 14, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Padres closer Heath Bell was awarded MLB’s Delivery Man of the Year Award earlier this week for posting a 1.93 ERA and converting 47 of 50 save opportunities during the regular season. And now he’s looking to cash in, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times. “Three years is perfect,” Bell said Thursday…

  19. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    The Red Sox still have little idea what their catching situation will be next year, but they did secure one option on Thursday, agreeing to terms with Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a non-guaranteed $750,000 deal. The contract will pay him $250,000 if he spends the season in the minors. Despite collecting just 24 major league at-bats…

  20. Cardinals reiterate their desire to re-sign Jake Westbrook

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s news that Jake Westbrook recently underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder hasn’t changed the Cardinals’ interest in re-signing the free agent-to-be. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch general manager John Mozeliak “did reaffirm the team’s plan to pursue Westbrook this offseason for the team’s vacancy in the rotation.” Westbrook has…

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