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  1. Are the Phillies choking, or are they just gettin’ beat?

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Oswalt walks off the field after Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Ask that question three times and you’re likely to get three different answers.

  2. Brian Butterfield is the fourth finalist for Blue Jays job

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported yesterday that the Blue Jays had narrowed their manager search down to Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, but today he writes that there’s a fourth finalist: Toronto third base coach Brian Butterfield. It makes some…

  3. More bench coach news: Alan Trammell to get the gig in Arizona

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    I think we’re going to go with nothing but bench coach news until the game starts tonight. Ya with me?  From Arizona: Former Tigers manager Alan Trammell, who has been the Cubs bench coach the past four seasons, is said to be a leading candidate to become the bench coach. Trammell had that one shot…

  4. Bryce Harper debuts in the Arizona Fall League

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    Super prospect Bryce Harper made his professional debut in Scottsdale last night. The results: interesting. According to Keith Law, he was 1 for 4, with one of those outs being a ridiculously high fly ball. The hit was a double that was scorched. He apparently put on a show in batting practice. The raw power…

  5. Trey Hillman is probably going to become the Dodgers bench coach

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Trey Hillman OK

    At some point, some intrepid journalist is going to write the definitive story about what, exactly, bench coaches do. Because I really don’t know. I mean, Don Zimmer was the first one I even remember anyone talking about, and the best I could tell was that he was used by the Yankees to remind the…

  6. No, Sandy Alderson is not too old for the Mets job

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Matthew Artus of the Star-Ledger is a bit concerned about the guy the Mets will presumably hire as their next GM: Should the Mets coerce Alderson to become the Answer to all the questions left behind by Omar Minaya, they would also make him the oldest General Manager in the game by 4 years .…

  7. So, what are the Phillies up against?

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Phillies' Hamels, Halladay and Howard watch as the Giants celebrate their victory in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Philly is down 3-1.  Phillies writer Todd Zolecki put that in perspective after the game last night by noting that six teams have overcome 3-1 deficits in the LCS since it went to seven games in 1985: The 1985 Royals, 1986 Red Sox, 1996 Braves, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox and 2007 Red Sox. ESPN’s…

  8. And That Happened: LCS edition

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Giants 6, Phillies 5: Buster. Posey. Just a 4 for 5 night with a key defensive play behind the plate. Thank God he fixed all of those shortcomings that kept him in the minors back in April and May. Juan Uribe had a walkoff sac fly. Thank God his wrist was well enough to play. …

  9. Josh Hamilton named player of year by his peers

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:51 AM EDT

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    The players have spoken, and according to them, Josh Hamilton is the best among them. The Texas Rangers center fielder, who has tormented the New York Yankees with four home runs in the ALCS, has been named Sporting News’ player of the year, as selected by a panel of 326 Major League Baseball players. Hamilton…

  10. And a rookie shall lead them: Buster Posey carries Giants to brink of World Series

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

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    Juan Uribe surprisingly didn’t put up much of a fight in the bottom of the ninth inning when home plate umpire Wally Bell ruled that the 1-1 pitch from Roy Oswalt hit his bat handle and not his hand. Instead of taking his base Uribe just waited a couple pitches and hit the game-winning sacrifice…

  11. McGwire ‘torn’ on whether to return to Cardinals

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

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    We already know that Tony La Russa will return to managing the St. Louis Cardinals next season. But the future of hitting coach Mark McGwire is far less certain, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. La Russa on Monday referred to McGwire as “really torn” about whether to return for a second…

  12. Nelson Cruz expects hamstring to be fine for Game 6

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:39 PM EDT

    cruz watching homer

    As noted in our handy little ALCS Game 5 Live Blog, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was pulled from Wednesday’s game because of tightness in his left hamstring — the same hamstring that forced him to the disabled list twice this year.  He landed on the disabled list a third time with right hamstring problems. For…

  13. Yanks push ALCS back to Texas with Game 5 victory

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Trailing 3-1 in this year’s seven-game ALCS against the Rangers, the Yankees’ offense finally decided to wake up on Wednesday evening in New York. Jorge Posada kicked off the game’s scoring with an RBI single in the second inning, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers in the third and Lance Berkman even registered…

  14. ALCS Live Blog: Rangers-Yankees ALCS Game 5

    Oct 20, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

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    7:55 PM: That’ll do it.  Yankees win 7-2 and we’re headed back to Texas for Game 6. 7:46 PM: Yep, here comes Mo.  It’s a non-save situation, but Rivera hasn’t pitched in five days and needs a little work. 7:35 PM: This one is just about over.  Granderson just launched a line drive homer to…

  15. Braves’ Jurrjens undergoes surgery on right knee

    Oct 20, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Braves starter Jair Jurrjens underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee Wednesday. The procedure, done by Dr. James in Andrews in Alabama, was deemed a success. Jurrjens injured his right knee during a late-September bullpen session and did…

  16. Grim LeRogue to be arraigned bedside on Thursday

    Oct 20, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    Man Who Ran Onto Feild In Game 3 Of ALCS Obsessed With Cameron Diaz.

    Ian Begley of ESPN New York has an update on Grim LeRogue — the man who was arrested for running on the field during Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. LeRogue will have a bedside arraignment Thursday at New York’s Lincoln Hospital, where he has been held since the incident.  A judge will…

  17. Zack Greinke can block a trade to 15 teams in 2011

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    As the Royals drop more and more hints that they’ll be entertaining offers for Zack Greinke this winter Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com passes along the details of Greinke’s no-trade clause. According to Morosi, he has the right to block a trade to a pre-selected list of 20 teams through the end of this year.…

  18. The Yankee crowd is . . . less than enthusiastic

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Watching the beginning of this Rangers-Yankees game, and (a) the crowd is a bit sparse by Yankee Stadium standards; and (b) they seem less than enthused. At least to the extent you can tell such a thing from 40,000+ people. I guess I get that people are a bit freaked. And I can see a…

  19. Fired as Angels’ scouting director, Eddie Bane joins Tigers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    In a surprise move last month the Angels fired Eddie Bane as part of a housecleaning in the scouting department, but it didn’t take long for the well-respected scouting director to find another gig. Keith Law of ESPN.com reports that Bane “will join the Tigers’ pro scouting department.” His specialty is really more scouting amateurs…

  20. The Yankees shouldn’t count on signing Cliff Lee

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Not if Chuck Greenberg has anything to say about it. Which he did a few minutes ago, when he told writers at the Rangers-Yankees game that Texas is prepared to bid competitively for Cliff Lee this winter. His words: “we’re not going into it with a peashooter.” The Rangers just signed a big TV deal.…

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