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  1. Willie Mays calls in sick for ceremonial first pitch

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

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    The Giants invited six legends from the franchise’s past to throw out the first pitch Wednesday before Game 1 of the World Series at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.  Unfortunately, only five could make it. Willie Mays, called the greatest player of all time in some circles, had to call in sick for the pre-game ceremony. …

  2. Barry Bonds hoping Giants consider him for coaching gig

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

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    When the Cardinals named Mark McGwire as their hitting coach last offseason it was first met with shock.  Then criticism.  Then questions.  Then McGwire apologized, the season started and all of the media hype sort of just … went away. Would we see the same reaction if Rafael Palmeiro was suddenly named the Orioles’ hitting…

  3. The Big Five with … Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

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    Editor’s note: Tony DeMarco is a contributor to NBCSports.com who has been covering the big leagues since 1987. He’ll interview a guest during each day of the World Series for HardballTalk.com. Here is the first installment: SAN FRANCISCO — Jon Daniels has been on the job since October of 2005, and remains one of the…

  4. Placido Polanco scheduled to undergo elbow surgery Friday

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco played most of the 2010 season with a painful bone chip in his left elbow.  He also struggled with back problems near the end of the year and into October.  One of those ailments will be taken care of Friday. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Polanco is…

  5. World Series Game 1 Live Chat

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Come on in and join us as we snark our way through Game 1!

  6. Uecker returns home after 2nd heart surgery of year

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

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    Bob Uecker, the beloved broadcaster of the Milwaukee Brewers, has returned home from the hospital eight days after undergoing his second heart surgery this year, according to the Associated Press. The surgery was to repair a tear from the valve replacement performed in April. A staph infection may have caused the complication. Uecker, 75, popular…

  7. Blue Jays exercise $1.2M option on Jose Molina

    Oct 27, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

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    From John Lott of Toronto’s National Post comes word that the Blue Jays have exercised catcher Jose Molina’s $1.2 million option for the 2011 season. No surprise here.  John Buck had an exceptional 2010 campaign as the Blue Jays’ starting catcher, tallying 20 homers and an 802 OPS over 409 at-bats, but he will be…

  8. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51

    Oct 27, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    This is part three in a series covering this winter’s top 111 free agents. Here are the players ranked 70th through 51st. The relievers in this group may get two-year deals, while the position players should have to settle for one-year pacts in the $3 million-$4 million range. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos.…

  9. Must-Click Link: How Josh Hamilton got where he is today

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Some of you may be tired of Josh Hamilton: Human Interest Story, but it doesn’t get old to me.  He truly was a can’t-miss prospect, and the way he’s hit so hard these past few years makes us wonder what might have been had he had a normal path of development and if he had…

  10. World Series Game 1: Rangers lineup versus Tim Lincecum

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against Tim Lincecum: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, RF 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Bengie Molina, C 8. Mitch Moreland, 1B 9. Cliff Lee, P Playing under NL rules…

  11. No Game 1 for Cablevision subscribers

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The weeks-long dispute between FOX and Cablevision rages on and, despite some last minute negotiating that gave some people hope, negotiations have broken down and Game 1 of the World Series will not appear on Cablevision. Predictably, each side blames the other, with FOX calling Cablevision’s last offer “a publicity stunt” and Cablevision accusing FOX…

  12. Game 1 Live Chat: 7:30 tonight

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Little Miss Chatterbox

    This is my first year of watching the playoffs while being a fully professional member of the sporting press, and I’m not going to lie to you: I find it insanely difficult to watch a playoff game without tweeting about it or chatting about it or otherwise being all socially-media about it as it’s happening. …

  13. World Series Game 1: Giants lineup versus Cliff Lee

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against Cliff Lee: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Buster Posey, C 4. Pat Burrell, LF 5. Cody Ross, RF 6. Aubrey Huff, 1B 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS 9. Tim Lincecum, P Tonight is just the…

  14. Yankees decline their 2011 options on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees have declined their 2011 options on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson, all of which were expected moves. Berkman’s contract included a $15 million team option or $2 million buyout for 2011, but as part of his accepting a trade to the Yankees…

  15. One somewhat attenuated reason for New Yorkers to watch the World Series

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

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    If I had a dime for each Phillies or Yankees fan I’ve heard say that they didn’t plan on watching the World Series I’d, well, I wouldn’t be rich, but I’d have a bunch of dimes.  Maybe I can see not watching the whole series, but if you’re a baseball fan and you’re not watching…

  16. Rangers missed out on drafting Tim Lincecum by two spots

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has an interesting story about how the Rangers nearly ended up with Tim Lincecum. Texas had the 12th overall pick in Jon Daniels’ first draft as general manager back in 2006 and “had identified the diminutive, hard-throwing right-hander from Washington as the club’s No. 1 target.” According to…

  17. Brian Wilson aims high

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

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    There’s a profile on Brian Wilson in today’s New York Times. It’s a bit more nuanced than your typical “that Brian Wilson is CRAZY!” article we’ve been seeing much of recently.  I don’t think he’s crazy. Just a bit off center. Sometimes I wonder if it’s all calculated, but ultimately it’s harmless.  It’s also probably…

  18. Bruce Bochy: Master Motivator

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Tim Sullivan from the San Diego Union Tribune hips us to something the seemingly mild-mannered Bruce Bochy did to light a fire under the Giants back in early September: He wheeled in a television monitor, Aaron Rowand recalled, “like it was elementary school,” to prepare his players for battle with a scene from “Braveheart.” “He…

  19. Rangers drop Clay Rapada from roster, add Mark Lowe

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    San Francisco made no changes to its roster for the World Series, but Texas made a minor switch in the bullpen by dropping left-hander Clay Rapada and replacing him with right-hander Mark Lowe. Rapada was added to the ALCS roster to help combat the Yankees’ left-handed hitters, and particularly Robinson Cano, but he failed to…

  20. UPDATE: That Dallas lawyer’s motion for a continuance was granted

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Great news to all of us who think that baseball is a more worthy pursuit than litigation: that lawyer who filed the motion for a continuance in order to go to the World Series got his motion granted. He tweets: The judge just granted my motion to continue Whew. .Good thing- I am on a…

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