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  1. Report: Royals to listen to offers for Zack Greinke

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Insider is required to read this one, but according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Royals intend to listen to “any and all offers” for Zack Greinke. The Royals have a nice stockpile of top prospects, including third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left-hander John Lamb, but the franchise will probably not…

  2. Barry Zito left off Giants’ roster for second straight round

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

    Barry Zito throwing

    We hinted at the possibility last night and the Giants just made it official: Barry Zito is not on the team’s roster for the NLCS against the Phillies, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Zito was also left off the roster for the NLDS against the Braves. Madison Bumgarner, who yielded…

  3. Adrian Gonzalez undergoes two MRIs on right shoulder

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Adrian Gonzalez told the San Diego Union-Tribune in September that an injury to his right shoulder in May impacted his ability to hit for power this season. Now he’s trying to figure out why. According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Gonzalez underwent two MRI exams on his right shoulder this week. His…

  4. Report: Mets request permission to interview Al Avila

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Al Avila

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, the Detroit Free-Press reports that the Mets have requested permission to interview Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila for their general manager vacancy. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com mentioned Avila as a possibility earlier this week. Avila has worked under Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers since 2002, but has also…

  5. Why didn’t Ron Washington bring in Neftali Feliz in the eighth inning?

    Oct 16, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Ron Washington

    It’s the question ringing in everybody’s head this morning. In the post-game press conference, Ron Washington was asked why he didn’t consider bringing in Neftali Feliz for a six-out save, instead of turning to Darren Oliver, Darren O’Day, Clay Rapada and then, finally, Derek Holland (via the Dallas Morning News). You know, pretty much everyone…

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

    Oct 16, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT

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    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…

  7. 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…

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

    Oct 15, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

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    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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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?

  12. 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 …

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

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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