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  1. Joe Maddon believes 'real men wear plaid'

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has a plea to Rays fans out there (from the St. Petersburg Times): “Real men wear plaid,” Maddon said. “Come on out in your plaids — that would be awesome. To have this ballpark plaided out would be very cool.” Maddon invented the “Brayser,” a blue and white plaid…

  2. Poll: Who will win the World Series?

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    It’s poll time, people. What better place to start the discussion than here? So submit your vote, then have at it in the comments section. Just try to be cordial. I guess. If you feel like it.     Who will win the World Series?online surveys

  3. How cute, the Yankees think they are underdogs

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    Wait, what? Yeah that’s right, the big, bad, New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins to the punch on Tuesday, swiping the underdog role right out from under their noses. Not surprisingly, Alex Rodriguez was the culprit, telling the New York Times: “I mean, for us to be David in this situation, I think, is…

  4. Rafael Soriano returns to Dominican Republic, but will be available for Game 1

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano had an excused absence from the team’s workout today in order to return to his native Dominican Republic to attend to a “personal matter.” According to Topkin, Soriano is scheduled to return from the Dominican tonight via a private plane, so it…

  5. David Murphy says he's "good to go" for ALDS

    Oct 5, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    David Murphy declared himself “good to go” for the ALDS after running in the outfield and on the bases today, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. Murphy has been sidelined since last Wednesday due to a strained left groin. “I ran pretty hard,” Murphy said. “I can’t say that I ran 100 percent, but I…

  6. Phillies' NLDS roster: Domonic Brown in, Danys Baez out

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Phillies decided to go with 10 pitchers in announcing their NLDS roster Tuesday, leaving no room for Danys Baez, Kyle Kendrick or Rule 5 pick David Herndon. The roster, as called by Todd Zolecki a bit before the official announcement: SP: Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels RP: Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jose Contreras,…

  7. Eric Wedge interviewed for the Pirates job

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    I view the Pirates’ managerial job the same way I used to view getting hired by a criminal defendant after his trial but before his appeal:  it’s nothing that’s going to end well, but really, how bad would I have to be to truly screw this up? Enter Eric Wedge, who Jenifer Langosch reports was…

  8. Shoulder injury keeps Takashi Saito off Braves' playoff roster

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    After two weeks on the sidelines with a shoulder injury Takashi Saito made a tune-up appearance in the Braves’ second-to-last game of the season Saturday, retiring just one of the six batters he faced while allowing two runs on two hits and three walks. It was an ugly appearance and not surprisingly the Braves have…

  9. ALDS Preview: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    I don’t care what the records say: I think this series is pretty darn even.

  10. Josh Hamilton on fractured ribs: "I'd be lying to you if I said it doesn't hurt"

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton answered questions about his fractured ribs during a press conference this afternoon, saying: Nobody is 100 percent right now. That puts things in perspective for me. I’d be lying to you if I said it doesn’t hurt. But it’s mind over matter. It’s just that time of year. You suck it up, you…

  11. OK, I figured out the James Shields thing

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    We have a critical update to what is, rather inexplicably, HBT’s most-clicked story of the day.

  12. Exactly how good is the Yankees' league-leading offense?

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    New York led the league in scoring for the fourth time in five seasons, but unlike 2006 (930), 2007 (968), and 2009 (915) they failed to score 900 runs. Now, scoring 859 runs is clearly still great–by comparison, the Twins had a very good offense and scored 108 fewer runs–but the Yankees’ total is inflated…

  13. Sherman: Joe Girardi is evasive, paranoid and edgy

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post took a section of his Yankees scouting report today to pass along some observations about Joe Girardi: It is amazing how often scouts noted the look and body language of Girardi. He ended up being portrayed as something akin to a prisoner of war, going gaunt and fidgety.…

  14. Padres won't exercise $8.5 million option on Chris Young

    Oct 5, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    General manager Jed Hoyer said yesterday that the Padres will not exercise their $8.5 million option on Chris Young for next year, which isn’t surprising after he missed nearly the entire season with shoulder problems. Young had a 1.49 ERA in three September starts after sitting out five months, but his 10/8 K/BB ratio in…

  15. Your playoff-rooting flowchart

    Oct 5, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    This is the first time in five years that I haven’t had to look at a bunch of teams that I don’t care about and try and find one to (sorta) root for in the postseason.  Which is what I think you’re obligated to do as a fan, aren’t you? Even if you don’t do…

  16. Francisco Liriano and Tim Hudson win Comeback Player of the Year awards

    Oct 5, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    MLB announced this afternoon that Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano and Braves right-hander Tim Hudson have won the Comeback Player of the Year awards for their respective leagues. Liriano struggled last year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, going 5-13 with a 5.80 ERA, but was one of baseball’s best starters this…

  17. NLDS Preview: Reds vs. Phillies

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    It’s not right to cast this series as “the upstart Reds” vs. “the battle-tested Phillies,” but you’re probably safe to go with the rest of your predispositions when it comes to this matchup.

  18. Barry Zito will not be in Giants' rotation for NLDS and could be left off the playoff roster

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Barry Zito was fantastic early on this season, going 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA through six starts, and he had an ERA under 3.50 as recently as mid-August, but the veteran left-hander went 1-8 with a 6.66 ERA in his final 11 starts and now the Giants have decided to bump him from the playoff…

  19. Could Felix Hernandez win the Cy Young for the wrong reasons?

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    I’ve written more stuff about the American League Cy Young Award race than I ever wanted to, but the arguments keep going on, and I’m nothing if not a guy who likes to argue, so . . . The latest incarnation is not about the award itself. It’s about the debates about the award (set…

  20. MLB announces playoff umpire assignments for first round

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has the details on which umpires have been assigned to each first-round playoff series: Twins-Yankees: Jerry Crawford, Hunter Wendelstedt, Greg Gibson, Brian O’Nora, Gary Darling, Chris Guccione. Rays-Rangers: Tim Welke, Jim Wolf, Jerry Meals, Bill Miller, Jeff Kellogg, Mike DiMuro. Giants-Braves: Dana DeMuth, Paul Nauert, Paul Emmel, Mike Winters, Jerry Layne,…

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