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  1. Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures agree to put a halt to homophobic chant

    Oct 17, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Score one for the eradication of discrimination.  At baseball stadiums, at least. According to Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News, several key members of Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures have agreed to put a halt to a cheer that for years has involved a homophobic slur. During the middle innings of games at Yankee…

  2. Dodgers complete three-year deal with left-hander Ted Lilly

    Oct 17, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported Saturday that the Dodgers and left-handed starter Ted Lilly were “close” on a new three-year contract. Now, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, that deal is complete. No financial details have been released because Lilly still needs to pass a physical.  That should take place early next…

  3. La Russa expected to return to Cardinals for 2011

    Oct 17, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan informed the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday that he will be returning for the 2011 season. And now it looks like manager Tony La Russa is about to make the same call. According to the Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, a person close to La Russa said Saturday that he would be…

  4. Cody Ross takes Roy Halladay deep — twice! — as the Giants take Game 1

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

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    As is so often the case in life, the anticipation was greater than the reward. Not that Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum were bad or anything. Just mortal.  Lincecum was off his 14-strikeout form and was hit a bit hard early, but he avoided big trouble. Halladay was nowhere near as sharp as he was…

  5. Dodgers, Ted Lilly close to three-year pact

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Apparently uninterested in testing free agency for the second time in his career, Ted Lilly is close to reupping with the Dodgers for three years, reports FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. A free agent after 2006, Lilly signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Cubs, picking that one over similar offers from the Blue Jays and Yankees. …

  6. Rangers make early lead stand up in Game 2

    Oct 16, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    On Friday, it was 5-0 after four innings.  Today, it was 5-0 after three. The Rangers, though, held on this time.  Jumping all over Phil Hughes, they scored a total of seven runs in the first five innings and turned a five-run lead over to the bullpen in the sixth.  Colby Lewis was strong early,…

  7. Live blog: Yankees-Rangers ALCS Game 2

    Oct 16, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Rangers have pulled even with the Yankees, taking Game 2 of the ALCS by the score of 7-2. It wasn’t easy, but Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation to put a stamp on the victory. Perfect timing, really, as Game 1 of the NLCS between the Giants and…

  8. UPDATE: Bad news for baseball fans as FOX, Cablevision suspend negotiations

    Oct 16, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Bad news for New Yorkers. According to the Associated Press, Cablevision and News Corp. have walked away from the negotiation table for the evening, meaning that millions will miss tonight’s Game 1 of the NLCS between the Giants and Phillies. Cablevision spokesman Jim Maiella says negotiators plan to meet again Sunday. Basically, you have…

  9. NLCS Game 1 lineups: Giants vs. Phillies

    Oct 16, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLCS between the Giants and Phillies, set to begin shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS       PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 1. Andres Torres, CF              1. Shane Victorino, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B           2. Placido Polanco, 3B 3. Aubrey Huff, 1B                3. Chase Utley, 2B 4.…

  10. Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay talk Game 1

    Oct 16, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    Game 1 of the NLCS between the Giants and Phillies is scheduled to begin somewhere around 7:30 p.m. ET, so to wet our collective appetites for what some say has the potential to be one of the best playoff pitching matchups in baseball history, here’s a few words from tonight’s starters, Tim Lincecum and Roy…

  11. Brett Gardner is pretty darn lucky

    Oct 16, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Brett Gardner told Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that he was spiked on his left hand when he beat out C.J. Wilson at first base on his rally-sparking head-first dive in the eighth inning of Game 1 last night. “I don’t know what size he wears,” Gardner said, speaking of Wilson’s shoe, holding up his…

  12. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Yankees vs. Rangers

    Oct 16, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Rangers, set to begin shortly after 4 p.m. ET: NEW YORK YANKEES                TEXAS RANGERS 1. Derek Jeter, SS              1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Curtis Granderson, CF        2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B            3. Josh Hamilton, CF…

  13. UPDATE: Mets and Francisco Rodriguez cancel hearing, close to settlement

    Oct 16, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez arrested

    UPDATE: The Mets confirmed to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record that Monday’s hearing with Francisco Rodriguez has been canceled and that the two sides are nearing a settlement. 10:50 AM: According to Dan Martin and Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets and Francisco Rodriguez are close to a negotiated settlement and…

  14. Former players to testify against Barry Bonds in perjury trial

    Oct 16, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds court appearance

    We’re currently enjoying the makings of a fantastic postseason, so hearing anything relating to Barry Bonds is something of a downer, but here goes. According to the Associated Press, Federal prosecutors on Friday submitted their list of witnesses they intend to call for Bonds’ long-delayed perjury hearing, scheduled to begin March 21 in San Francisco.…

  15. 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…

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

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

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    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…

  17. 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…

  18. Report: Mets request permission to interview Al Avila

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

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    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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