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  1. Reds “probably will” exercise their $1.75 million option on Jonny Gomes for 2011

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Last season Jonny Gomes hit .267/.338/.541 with 20 homers in 314 plate appearances as a part-time player and the Reds non-tendered him prior to arbitration, re-signing him to a one-year, $800,000 deal with a team option for 2011. This season Gomes hit .266/.327/.431 with 18 homers in 571 plate appearances as a full-time player, watching…

  2. Are the Pirates waiting for Tony Pena?

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates haven’t interviewed anyone for their managerial vacancy in a week, and that they’re “considering additional interviews.” We’ve talked about the current candidates — John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha — but Biertempfel thinks Pittsburgh is waiting on Yankees…

  3. A’s re-hire Gerald Perry as hitting coach, add Joel Skinner to bench

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    In two seasons under Jim Skaalen the A’s offense ranked ninth and 11th among AL teams in runs scored and yesterday they fired him and hired Gerald Perry as their new hitting coach. Perry was previously Oakland’s hitting coach in 2006, which is the last time the A’s made the playoffs, but even while winning…

  4. It’s OK Philly fans. Even if your team loses, you’ll get used to it

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Just embrace it. I did years ago.  There’s no shame at all in making the studied, counter-intuitive argument that your team is the best even if it somehow fails to do what’s expected of it given the talent level.  Just be steadfast in your belief that division titles are a better test of a baseball…

  5. Tips for being a San Francisco Giants bandwagon jumper

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Actually, this advice is suitable for fans of just about every team, all of whom have bandwagon jumpers from time to time. Or am I just forgetting those sellouts in New York in the early 90s and in Philly any time before Citizens Bank Park opened?

  6. Who are the heftiest shortstops of all time?

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

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    After watching Juan Uribe throw a rocket from deep in the hole at shortstop to nail Ross Gload at first base in the top of the ninth inning last night I wondered via Twitter: “Best throw by a fat shortstop in playoff history?” In retrospect “fat” is probably too harsh of a term. Pablo Sandoval…

  7. Are the Phillies choking, or are they just gettin’ beat?

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Oswalt walks off the field after Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Ask that question three times and you’re likely to get three different answers.

  8. Brian Butterfield is the fourth finalist for Blue Jays job

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported yesterday that the Blue Jays had narrowed their manager search down to Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, but today he writes that there’s a fourth finalist: Toronto third base coach Brian Butterfield. It makes some…

  9. More bench coach news: Alan Trammell to get the gig in Arizona

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    I think we’re going to go with nothing but bench coach news until the game starts tonight. Ya with me?  From Arizona: Former Tigers manager Alan Trammell, who has been the Cubs bench coach the past four seasons, is said to be a leading candidate to become the bench coach. Trammell had that one shot…

  10. Bryce Harper debuts in the Arizona Fall League

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    Super prospect Bryce Harper made his professional debut in Scottsdale last night. The results: interesting. According to Keith Law, he was 1 for 4, with one of those outs being a ridiculously high fly ball. The hit was a double that was scorched. He apparently put on a show in batting practice. The raw power…

  11. Trey Hillman is probably going to become the Dodgers bench coach

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Trey Hillman OK

    At some point, some intrepid journalist is going to write the definitive story about what, exactly, bench coaches do. Because I really don’t know. I mean, Don Zimmer was the first one I even remember anyone talking about, and the best I could tell was that he was used by the Yankees to remind the…

  12. No, Sandy Alderson is not too old for the Mets job

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Matthew Artus of the Star-Ledger is a bit concerned about the guy the Mets will presumably hire as their next GM: Should the Mets coerce Alderson to become the Answer to all the questions left behind by Omar Minaya, they would also make him the oldest General Manager in the game by 4 years .…

  13. So, what are the Phillies up against?

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Phillies' Hamels, Halladay and Howard watch as the Giants celebrate their victory in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Philly is down 3-1.  Phillies writer Todd Zolecki put that in perspective after the game last night by noting that six teams have overcome 3-1 deficits in the LCS since it went to seven games in 1985: The 1985 Royals, 1986 Red Sox, 1996 Braves, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox and 2007 Red Sox. ESPN’s…

  14. And That Happened: LCS edition

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Giants 6, Phillies 5: Buster. Posey. Just a 4 for 5 night with a key defensive play behind the plate. Thank God he fixed all of those shortcomings that kept him in the minors back in April and May. Juan Uribe had a walkoff sac fly. Thank God his wrist was well enough to play. …

  15. Josh Hamilton named player of year by his peers

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:51 AM EDT

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    The players have spoken, and according to them, Josh Hamilton is the best among them. The Texas Rangers center fielder, who has tormented the New York Yankees with four home runs in the ALCS, has been named Sporting News’ player of the year, as selected by a panel of 326 Major League Baseball players. Hamilton…

  16. And a rookie shall lead them: Buster Posey carries Giants to brink of World Series

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

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    Juan Uribe surprisingly didn’t put up much of a fight in the bottom of the ninth inning when home plate umpire Wally Bell ruled that the 1-1 pitch from Roy Oswalt hit his bat handle and not his hand. Instead of taking his base Uribe just waited a couple pitches and hit the game-winning sacrifice…

  17. McGwire ‘torn’ on whether to return to Cardinals

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

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    We already know that Tony La Russa will return to managing the St. Louis Cardinals next season. But the future of hitting coach Mark McGwire is far less certain, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. La Russa on Monday referred to McGwire as “really torn” about whether to return for a second…

  18. Nelson Cruz expects hamstring to be fine for Game 6

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:39 PM EDT

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    As noted in our handy little ALCS Game 5 Live Blog, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was pulled from Wednesday’s game because of tightness in his left hamstring — the same hamstring that forced him to the disabled list twice this year.  He landed on the disabled list a third time with right hamstring problems. For…

  19. Yanks push ALCS back to Texas with Game 5 victory

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Trailing 3-1 in this year’s seven-game ALCS against the Rangers, the Yankees’ offense finally decided to wake up on Wednesday evening in New York. Jorge Posada kicked off the game’s scoring with an RBI single in the second inning, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers in the third and Lance Berkman even registered…

  20. ALCS Live Blog: Rangers-Yankees ALCS Game 5

    Oct 20, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

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    7:55 PM: That’ll do it.  Yankees win 7-2 and we’re headed back to Texas for Game 6. 7:46 PM: Yep, here comes Mo.  It’s a non-save situation, but Rivera hasn’t pitched in five days and needs a little work. 7:35 PM: This one is just about over.  Granderson just launched a line drive homer to…

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