Oct 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT
Limited to 13 innings last season and 18 innings this year, Damaso Marte is now expected to undergo shoulder surgery after shutting down his rehab. “We’re going to pull the plug on Marte,” general manager Brian Cashman told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. “He’s attempted to come back, but it just hasn’t…
Oct 12, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT
Just as I was surprised that there is controversy over the Giants starting Madison Bumgarner over Barry Zito, I’m surprised that there’s controversy over the Rangers starting Jorge Cantu over Mitch Moreland at first base tonight against David Price. But apparently there is: When the sun went down on Monday, Rangers manager Ron W ashington…
Oct 12, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT
Deciding who to root for once your team has been eliminated is a lot tougher than you might think.
Oct 12, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT
I have no idea if the bidding for Liverpool FC is actually able to be reopened — the board did approve the Red Sox’ bid after all — but a Singapore businessman has just offered 20 million pounds more for the team than John Henry’s bunch wants to pay. I’m a bit rusty with my…
Oct 12, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT
I roll my eyes when sports figures actively try to teach us life lessons. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t draw some important life lessons from watching them in action.
Oct 12, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Just because there are, technically speaking, two possible answers to a question doesn’t mean that it’s a “terrific question.”
Oct 12, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT
The Giants move one. But really: is there a pitching controversy in San Francisco?
Oct 11, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT
The Giants move on. And so too does Bobby Cox.
Oct 11, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT
Some more to-and-fro in this one. Derek Lowe got Freddy Sanchez to ground out to begin the top of the seventh inning, but was pulled in favor of Peter Moylan after loading the bases. Juan Uribe followed with a groundball to Alex Gonzalez, who pulled Omar Infante off the second base bag with the throw…
Oct 11, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT
It looks like another nail-biter as we move to the top of the seventh inning at Turner Field. Cody Ross homered to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning — the first Giants’ hit of the evening, by the way — but Brian McCann just answered with a solo home…
Oct 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT
Brian McCann just got the Braves on the board first against the Giants, delivering a sacrifice fly for an early 1-0 lead as we head to the top of the fourth inning. The run was set up by back-to-back singles by Omar Infante and Matt Diaz to begin the inning. Madison Bumgarner has thrown 50…
Oct 11, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT
Here’s a little news item while we await the start of Game 4 between the Giants and Braves. Reflecting on a season that resulted in the first All-Star selection of his career and a trip to the postseason, Arthur Rhodes told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com today that he is interested in returning to the Reds…
Oct 11, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT
Jeff Fletcher of FanHouse is at Turner Field and he just tweeted that fans just gave Brooks Conrad a standing ovation as he stood in the outfield during batting practice. That makes me happy. Braves fans, as I have said on numerous occasion, are not the best fans in the world. They have to be…
Oct 11, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT
The owner of my team makes $87.5 million a year and I’m guessing he’s too busy eating panda steaks and lounging on unicorn skin couches to spend much time on the blogs. Not so the Rangers new owner. Chuck Greenberg took to Lone Star Ball today to send a message to Rangers fans in advance…
Oct 11, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT
While many think Sandy Alderson is the man, the Mets are interviewing several other men for the top job this week. Today, Steve Popper of the Bergen Record reports, was former Royals GM Allard Baird. Baird, a well respected scout, has been with the Red Sox for the past few years. His tenure with Kansas City…
Oct 11, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT
OK, so this is one of those weird “worlds colliding” moments (for me, at least) Over the weekend I was listening to some old episodes of the highly enjoyable podcast “Jordan, Jesse, Go!” and heard a rapper named Ashkon appear as a guest. And now today Ashkon released a “playoff anthem” for the Giants set…
Oct 11, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
I believe in Bobby Cox.
Oct 11, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT
Rangers television analyst Tom Grieve has agreed to a three-year contract extension, but the team announced today that play-by-play man Josh Lewin will not be back after nine seasons on the job. Lewin and the Rangers seem to have parted ways on good terms, but he’s generally considered one of the best in the business…
Oct 11, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT
Troy Glaus is an awful third baseman. But he’s the best of nothing but terrible options as the Braves try to stave off elimination.
Oct 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT
While cleaning out his locker at Target Field this afternoon Michael Cuddyer revealed that he’s scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery. Cuddyer told reporters that his right knee bothered him for “pretty much the whole season,” which perhaps helps explain his hitting just .259/.322/.382 over the final two months. He also struggled defensively after replacing…
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