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  1. With the Phillies starters, a picture is worth a thousand words

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt are ready to answer the bell. Is Joe Blanton?

  2. Quote of the Day II: T.J. Simers on Frank McCourt

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    At some point it will feel like we’re piling on Frank McCourt. I just don’t think we’ve reached that point yet.

  3. No. 1 pick Bryce Harper to play in the Arizona Fall League

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    After initially indicating that they wouldn’t send Bryce Harper to the Arizona Fall League, the Nationals have changed their mind. According to general manager Mike Rizzo, the No. 1 overall pick will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions “effective immediately.” Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Harper will be on the Scorpions “taxi squad,” which means…

  4. Report: the Diamondbacks are prepared to unload the money truck on Yu Darvish

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Last month we heard reports that Japanese ace Yu Darvish could be posted this winter (i.e. his current club, Nippon Ham, could make him available to major league teams for a price). Now Patrick Newman of the excellent NPB Tracker passes along word that the Diamondbacks are willing to go as high as $80 million…

  5. Quote of the Day: Warming up in vain during a Cliff Lee start

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Rangers reliever Darren O’Day, on the bullpen chatter during Cliff Lee’s complete-game win over the Rays last night: About the sixth inning we were talking and we said, “Cliff’s gonna finish this game, but let’s warm up so our moms can see us at home.” He likes to finish what he starts. Lee is now…

  6. Pat Listach is finding little interest on the managerial market

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Bill Ladson of MLB.com noted that Pat Listach was no longer in the running for the Cubs’ managerial opening and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that Listach hasn’t even heard from the Brewers about their opening. Listach was drafted by Milwaukee in 1988 and won the Rookie of…

  7. Is there a TBS/MLB conspiracy to downplay bad calls?

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Some people get accused of being conspiracy theorists. I tend to get accused of erring too far in the other direction and not giving enough credence to conspiracy theories. Because sometimes they are true, after all.  My defense: I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy and the simpler the explanation is usually the better explanation…

  8. The Pirates interview Ken Macha for some reason

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Look, I’m sure Ken Macha is a fine man. He did little harm when given control of some talented Oakland teams. He did the best he could, I suppose, with a pretty bad Brewers team this year.  But he’s certainly not an inspiring choice for a team looking to fill a manager vacancy in 2011.…

  9. Jake Westbrook underwent surgery on non-throwing shoulder

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that free agent-to-be Jake Westbrook underwent surgery “to repair a small tear” in his left, non-throwing shoulder shortly after the regular season ended. According to Goold the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews within the past 10 days and came after Westbrook pitched through the…

  10. What Shin-Soo Choo really said

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    This morning we mentioned Shin-Soo Choo’s alleged desire to be “transferred” to a winning team, as reported in the Korea Times. Indians’ GM Chris Antonetti said that he suspected that there was a translation issue, because Choo had just told him a week or two ago that he wants to stay in Cleveland and is…

  11. A.J. Burnett prepares for ALCS start with simulated game

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett went unused in the ALDS, but the Yankees will need him to make one start in the ALCS. He hasn’t pitched since October 2, so to shake some of the rust off Burnett is scheduled to throw four or five innings in a simulated game today. Javier Vazquez and Chad Gaudin will also…

  12. Carl Crawford: "I don't want to leave"

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Here’s Carl Crawford, talking to the Tampa Tribune after last night’s game: “I don’t want to leave. Everybody knows that. I like it here, and I’ve made that known and wish something was able to be worked out.” Note the past tense. Not that anyone on the planet thinks that the Rays would ever shell…

  13. Magglio Ordonez: "I want to stay in Detroit, obviously"

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Because of an ankle injury Magglio Ordonez fell short of the 540 plate appearances needed to trigger his $15 million option for 2011, so the 37-year-old outfielder will be a free agent after six seasons in Detroit. Earlier this week Ordonez told Venezuelan reporter Augusto Cardenas that he wants to stay with the Tigers after…

  14. Differing views on Fredi Gonzalez

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    It’s hard to get excited about something as inevitable as the Braves hiring Fredi Gonzalez, but I’m more or less pleased with the choice. If he woofs it, fine, it means the team is losing and if the team is losing it’s going to have to start over anyway and then there are a whole…

  15. Shin-Soo Choo hoping to move to a better team

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Via Paul Hoynes at the Plain Dealer is a story in the Korea Times in which Shin-Soo Choo is quoted as saying “if I could move to a better team, I could generate a better record and improve more.” Seeing as though Choo is only in his first year of arbitration eligibility with the Indians,…

  16. Deep thought: Are the Rangers really the last team to win a playoff series?

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    How many times have we heard it repeated in the last few days that the Rangers are/were the last team to have never won a playoff series? By my count, 1,395, though I may have missed one. Not that it’s not a neat observation or anything. It’s just that, like Shane Victorino being Hawaiian, we’ve…

  17. Josh Hamilton gets to be part of the celebration

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    It’s been widely reported that Rangers’ center fielder Josh Hamilton, a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, does not partake in the champagne and beer showers. Smart move on his part. Great move on his team’s part? Having a ginger ale shower just for Hamilton after last night’s win. The pic on the right is cool,…

  18. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    With this guy dealing, the Rays never had a chance.

  19. Rangers win first ever postseason series, advance to ALCS vs. Yanks

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay made history last week, but Cliff Lee continues to rule the postseason. Lee struck out 11 in a 5-1 victory over the Rays in Game 5 tonight, giving the Rangers their first ever postseason series victory and a date with the Yankees in the ALCS. The Rangers held a 3-1 lead going into…

  20. Cliff Lee coming back out for eighth as Rangers cling to late lead

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson was up in the bullpen during the seventh inning, but Ron Washington is putting Cliff Lee back out there in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead. Lee has allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings so far tonight, striking out nine and walking none. He has…

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