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  1. World Series Game 4: Rangers lineup vs. Madison Bumgarner

    Oct 31, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    rangers standing for anthem

    The Rangers have released their batting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against the Giants.  From ESPN Dallas: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Bengie Molina, C 9. Mitch Moreland…

  2. Lil’ Ron Washington will be part of pregame at World Series

    Oct 31, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    This picture of a second grader dressed as Rangers manager Ron Washington got a lot of play on the worldwide web this past week. It also got the Rangers’ attention and they have invited the young man, seven-year-old Liam Roybal, to exclaim “Play Ball!” before Sunday’s World Series Game 3 in Texas. Leigh Munsil of…

  3. Jays have not approached Bautista about long-term contract

    Oct 31, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo does a bang-up job during hot stove season and he has an article today about 2010’s biggest breakout star, Jose Bautista. Bautista, 30, posted a stellar 995 OPS and 124 RBI this past season while leading all major leaguers with 54 home runs. He’s in line for a big payday…

  4. Must-click link: The World Series according to Dave Eggers

    Oct 31, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

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    This is great. The Bay Citizen, a San Francisco-based publication, invited bestselling author Dave Eggers to Game 1 of the World Series last week and asked him to draw up a few sketches of the people at AT&T Park.  He hit it out of the park, pun intended. The World Series, Dave Eggers Style Eggers…

  5. Giants might do well to shut down lefty Jonathan Sanchez

    Oct 31, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez allowed four runs on six hits and three walks Saturday in San Francisco’s World Series Game 3 loss to the Rangers.  Before that, he was touched up for two earned runs in a two-inning outing against the Phillies.  He’s in line to make another start at the end of the seven-game…

  6. D’Backs eyeing free agent first baseman Paul Konerko

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    konerko waves goodbye

    The free agent market will be fairly thin this winter, but that doesn’t mean the rumors won’t be flying. Paul Konerko, a free agent, posted a stellar .312/.393/.584 batting line in 2010 with 39 home runs and 111 RBI.  The on-base and slugging percentages were career highs. The White Sox never engaged in talks toward…

  7. Rangers sticking with Tommy Hunter in Game 4

    Oct 31, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

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    How quickly opinions change. Down 2-0 in the World Series entering this busy sports weekend, some Rangers fans were pushing for the club to start ace left-hander Cliff Lee in Game 4.  But that kind of talk mostly took place before Texas won Game 3 and now it appears that manager Ron Washington will stick…

  8. Dave Eiland says he did not leave Yankees on a bad note

    Oct 31, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York heard from a source Saturday that the Yankees dismissed pitching coach Dave Eiland this fall because his relationship with manager Joe Girardi turned sour near the middle of the 2010 season.  That source may be correct, but Eiland is denying all claims about burned bridges. Eiland took a month-long…

  9. Mets offered a one-year contract to Hisanori Takahashi

    Oct 31, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

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    The Mets were given a short extension on their window of exclusive negotiating rights with free agent lefty Hisanori Takahashi.  And it sounds like they are going to take advantage of the extra time. Takahashi was offered a one-year deal from the Mets a few weeks back, according to David Waldstein of the New York…

  10. Mitch Moreland strikes early, Rangers hold on to win Game 3

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The Rangers started the season with Chris Davis at first base, then went to Justin Smoak when he didn’t pan out. In July, after Smoak was used as the key piece in the Cliff Lee deal, they went back to Davis. Finally, at the end of the month, they acquired Jorge Cantu from the Marlins…

  11. Game 3 Live Blog

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    This started as a live chat, but now it’s a live blog. Hey, it’s a man’s prerogative to change his mind. Come on in: the snarking’s fine.

  12. The Big Five with … Rangers president/owner Nolan Ryan

    Oct 30, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

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     ARLINGTON, Texas — In the place where they do everything bigger, there is nobody bigger than Nolan Ryan. So for the first World Series home game in Texas Rangers history, who better to take on The Big Five? Is there anybody you played either with or against who you think compares to Josh Hamilton? “Not…

  13. The Negro Leagues Museum is in grave danger. But perhaps there is now hope.

    Oct 30, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    UPDATE:  We received a comment from Dr. Raymond Doswell, interim director of the Negro Leagues Museum: Let me explain to all of your readers that the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is NOT in “grave danger.” It does have many challenges, but is solvent, open for business, and not in turmoil.  I encourage all of you…

  14. Guillen left off postseason roster because of injury, not PEDs

    Oct 30, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    HardballTalk’s own Craig Calcaterra had this story on Friday.  Now it’s close to being confirmed. Giants manager Bruce Bochy informed the Associated Press before Saturday’s World Series Game 3 that Jose Guillen was not left off the Giants’ postseason roster because of a PED-related investigation.  He was left off because of a neck injury that…

  15. Bobby Valentine likely to become Brewers’ next manager

    Oct 30, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    valentine in suit

    People have been hinting at the idea all week, and now it seems close to becoming a reality. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, “all signs” are indicating that Bobby Valentine is going to become the next manager of the Brewers. Valentine was interviewed for a variety of managing gigs this fall, and even…

  16. Joe Girardi, Dave Eiland had a falling out midseason

    Oct 30, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    girardi and eiland

    When the Yankees fired pitching coach Dave Eiland this fall after their run in the American League Championship Series was put to a stop, general manager Brian Cashman called it his own decision.  He said it was a “private” and “personal matter” that led to Eiland being let go and did not answer further questions. …

  17. World Series Game 3: Giants lineup vs. Colby Lewis

    Oct 30, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Giants' Sandoval reacts during workouts in preparation for the Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    From the San Francisco Giants’ official Twitter feed comes the club’s lineup for tonight’s World Series Game 3 in Arlington, Texas: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Aubrey Huff, 1B 4. Buster Posey, C 5. Pat Burrell, LF 6. Cody Ross, RF 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Pablo Sandoval, DH 9. Edgar…

  18. World Series Game 3: Rangers lineup vs. Jonathan Sanchez

    Oct 30, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram brings us the Rangers’ lineup for their Game 3 matchup against the Giants. 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Bengie Molina, C 9.  Mitch Moreland,…

  19. Must-click link: Waiting for the gates to open…

    Oct 30, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    It’ll be a little while before lineups are released and the Giants and Rangers begin taking batting practice in anticipation of tonight’s World Series Game 3. The gates aren’t even open yet at the Ballpark in Arlington, where Colby Lewis and the powerful Texas lineup will attempt to get back in the Fall Classic hunt. …

  20. Cubs bullpen catcher found with eight pounds of pot

    Oct 30, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Major league bullpen catchers might have the best job on the planet.   They make good money, get to watch every game from a prime location, travel in true first class on road trips, interact daily with incredibly talented pitchers, and they never actually have to play.  There’s even a little time to deal weed on…

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