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  1. HBT Daily: Bad hitting, or good pitching?

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Matt and I wonder if Madison Bumgarner was that good or if the Rangers were that bad. Plus: any hope that Lee vs. Lincecum will finally live up to the hype?

  2. Pat Listach leaves Nationals to become Cubs’ bench coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    After failing to land a manager job following interviews with several teams Pat Listach has reportedly decided to leave his gig as the Nationals’ third base coach to become the Cubs’ bench coach. Bill Ladson of MLB.com writes that an official announcement is expected shortly after the World Series. Prior to joining the Nationals’ coaching…

  3. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on expanding the playoffs

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    “It’s more fair than eight.” – Bud Selig, when asked if ten playoff teams — which Selig is strongly considering for 2012 — is “fair.” And 12 is more fair than ten, and 16 is way more fair than 12.  We can play this game all day if we want to. Either way, with the…

  4. Does Carl Crawford have something against the Yankees and Red Sox?

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Here’s Buster Olney this morning, suggesting that Carl Crawford might have something against the Red Sox and Yankees: . . . if everything is equal — if the Red Sox or the Yankees make the same level of offer as the Angels — do not underestimate the impact of the fact that Crawford has built…

  5. Why did the Yankees fire pitching coach Dave Eiland if it had nothing to do with their pitching?

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    There’s some mystery surrounding the Yankees parting ways with pitching coach Dave Eiland. Last week Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reported that he was fired due to a falling out with Joe Girardi, but Eiland called that “absolutely ridiculous and simply not true” while being effusive in his praise of the Yankees’ manager. At the same…

  6. Votto, Bautista win the Hank Aaron Award

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Cincinatti Reds Votto and Toronto Blue Jays Bautista hold their Henry Aaron awards prior to Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Now that BBWAA voters have imposed a defacto “no pitchers allowed” rule on the MVP, it has become a hitting award with unnecessary complications.  In light of that, I like the Hank Aaron Award’s stated purpose of simply honoring offense. It takes out all of that “who was more clutch” and “who carried their team”…

  7. On running out of pitchers in the fall league and Don Mattingly

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last week I passed along an MLB.com story about Don Mattingly running out of pitchers while managing in the Arizona Fall League, causing the game to be stopped after seven innings. Mattingly taking over as the Dodgers’ manager has been met with a lot of scrutiny, in part because he’s never managed before and in…

  8. Madison Bumgarner introduces himself to Josh Hamilton

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Check out Josh Hamilton’s postgame comments last night. He says he didn’t know Madison Bumgarner’s first name before last night.  He sure knows a hell of a lot about him now, eh?

  9. Orioles likely to let Koji Uehara walk despite relief success

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Koji Uehara has struggled to stay off the disabled list in two years with the Orioles, but the 35-year-old right-hander thrived after moving to the bullpen full time this season with a 2.86 ERA and 55/5 K/BB ratio in 44 innings. He converted 13-of-15 save opportunities, held opponents to a .220 batting average, finished the…

  10. Bobby Valentine the “front runner” for the Brewers’ job

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

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    There’s increasing heat to the Bobby Valentine-to-the-Brewers talk. On Saturday Bob Nightengale suggested that it was close to a done deal. Then yesterday Jon Heyman reported that Valentine was at the top of the Brewers’ list.  Heyman went furhter, saying that Joey Cora, Bob Melvin, and Ron Roenicke were second through fourth on the list.…

  11. Rockies may look to trade for Rays starter James Shields

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Colorado is hoping to re-sign free agent left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, but if his demands prove out of their price range Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will look to trade for Rays right-hander James Shields. Many teams would be smart to target Shields, because he pitched much better than…

  12. We’ve likely seen the last of the early World Series starts

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

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    I liked the early start to Game 3 on Saturday. With the game getting underway just before 7PM my kids were able to watch a bit of it — even if it was Justin Bieber-inspired — and the thing ended early enough to where I was able to not only watch the whole game without…

  13. Alexi Ogando is probably done for the rest of the World Series

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    This is not a surprise given his sudden departure from last night’s game, but the Rangers suspect that reliever Alexi Ogando has suffered a strained oblique muscle and believe  he won’t be available for the rest of the World Series. He’ll be examined more thoroughly today.  If he can’t go, Dustin Nippert is likely to…

  14. ‘Tis the season for irrational personnel suggestions

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    If it weren’t for that pesky First Amendment I’d campaign for a law that forbids partisans of any baseball team from suggesting personnel moves until a good ten days after the World Series ends, because almost anything that comes out in that vein is reactionary and fairly stupid. As soon as the Yankees were eliminated…

  15. How bad is a 3-1 deficit?

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:40 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    How bad is a 3-1 deficit in the World Series? So bad that only five teams* have come back from being down 3-1 to win it all: the 1925 Pirates, 1958 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1979 Pirates, and 1985 Royals. Is there any hope for the Rangers to take away from history here? Like Texas, that…

  16. And That Happened: World Series Edition

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Giants' Posey hits a solo home run against the Rangers in the eighth inning during Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Giants 4, Rangers 0: Not much to say about this that D.J. didn’t already say. Just two minor observations: 1. Let the record reflect that the Braves — easily the weakest of the eight playoff teams this year — played the Giants more closely than either the Phillies or the Rangers; and 2. Unless the…

  17. Giants grab 3-1 lead, leave Rangers on last legs

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:37 AM EDT

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    Before this series began, many prognosticators gave the Rangers the edge because of the postseason success of Cliff Lee and the team’s powerhouse offense. Not an unreasonable conclusion to make, really. Well, not only did Lee get knocked around pretty good back in Game 1, but the Rangers have been shut out twice in the…

  18. HBT Game 4 Live blog

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    11:31: And Josh Hamilton strikes out to end it. 4-0, the Giants shut out the Rangers. 3-1 is the series lead. Things are dire.  How do the Rangers beat Lincecum and Cain?  Let’s think about that one tomorrow. For now, stay tuned as D.J. will be on soon to put this one in perspective.  Night…

  19. The Big Five with … Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee

    Oct 31, 2010, 8:21 PM EDT

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    ARLINGTON, Texas — Before Cliff Lee signs a mega-free-agent deal this off-season, he’s got another showdown with Tim Lincecum coming in Game 5. And this time, he’ll have to bounce back after one of his worst starts of the year — and certainly the worst in his otherwise brilliant postseason career. Not to mention, facing…

  20. World Series Game 4: Giants lineup vs. Tommy Hunter

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

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    The Giants’ official Twitter feed has the San Francisco batting order for Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday evening in Texas: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Aubrey Huff, DH 4. Buster Posey, C 5. Cody Ross, LF 6. Juan Uribe, 3B 7. Travis Ishikawa, 1B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS…

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