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  1. Pat Burrell powers Giants to early lead over Braves

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

    Already a lot going on in this one. The Giants were fortunate enough to survive an early scare, as Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval collided attempting to track down a foul ball hit by Jason Heyward in the first inning. Amazingly, Posey managed to catch the ball and both players stayed in the game. It…

  2. Phillies take advantage of sloppy Reds, lead 2-0 in series

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt was far from unhittable tonight. In fact, he gave up a home run to Brandon Phillips, the very first batter of the game. It’s all good, though, because the Reds forgot to bring their gloves to the ballpark. The Reds matched a Division Series record with four errors, handing the Phillies to a…

  3. Phillies take lead as Reds melt down in epic fashion

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Well, that bottom of the seventh inning was probably one of the worst meltdowns I have seen in quite some time. And this is coming from a Mets fan. The Phillies now lead the Reds 6-4 in the eighth inning. It all started when Chase Utley reached first base on a questionable HBP against Aroldis…

  4. Orlando Cabrera exits after aggravating oblique injury

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera left tonight’s game against the Phillies after aggravating an injury to his left oblique, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. As you can see in the image to the right, Cabrera tweaked something while avoiding a takeout slide by Jayson Werth on a double play ball to end the bottom of…

  5. Phillies fighting back thanks to some porous defense

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    We’ve got ourselves a ballgame, folks. The Phillies just scored a pair on a bases-loaded single by Chase Utley, narrowing the gap to 4-2 through five innings. Just don’t blame Bronson Arroyo here. The normally sure-handed Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen set up the two-run single by committing consecutive errors with two outs during the…

  6. Pat Gillick drops out of running for Mets GM job

    Oct 8, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Pat Gillick has taken his name out of the running for the Mets general manager job. Gillick is known as one of the most successful executives in the game, leading the Blue Jays and Phillies to world championships. Now 74 years old, he still works with Philadelphia as a…

  7. There goes the no-no: Brandon Phillips gets the Reds on the board early

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    The Reds were 0-for-27 to begin the 2010 postseason, but Brandon Phillips just changed the conversation early this evening, slugging a leadoff home run against Roy Oswalt for an early 1-0 lead. Of course, Phillips famously made the final out in Roy Halladay’s no-hitter in Game 1 on Wednesday, so he has redemption on his…

  8. Marlins, A's among those tidying their rosters

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    The mass exodus has yet to begin, but a handful of teams have cleared 40-man roster spots since the regular season ended. Here are the players lopped off so far: Athletics – LHP Brad Kilby, RHP Ross Wolf, INF Akinori Iwamura Kilby’s July shoulder surgery must have been anything but routine; he cleared waivers even…

  9. Melky Cabrera: batting fifth in a playoff game. Mercy.

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    People wonder why I’m emotionally checked-out from the Braves. Why I’m sleeping on their chances. Why I’m totally content to play the “happy to be here” card and to spend more time thinking about what, if any team I’ll pick up as a temporary rooting interest in the next round of the playoffs after the…

  10. Manny Parra may need surgery to repair a torn hip labrum

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Manny Parra was dumped from the Brewers’ rotation for a third straight season after going 2-7 with a 6.19 ERA in 16 starts and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the enigmatic left-hander may have a torn labrum in his hip that would require surgery. He’ll seek a second opinion before…

  11. Ian Kinsler: Rays fans were too hung up on the umpiring

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Well, someone’s gotta be, right? “It’s tough to win when you’re (complaining) about a call from the previous day,” Kinsler said Friday at Rangers Ballpark, where the series resumes Saturday. “It seems like they were still talking about the Carlos Pena call, which is basically a non-issue because it hit the bat. And it’s tough to…

  12. Diamondbacks prospect Jarrod Parker looking good one year after Tommy John surgery

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb failed to show his pre-surgery velocity while pitching in an instructional league game yesterday, but in the same game Diamondbacks prospect Jarrod Parker looked like his old self coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Parker “had no trouble dialing it up” and “hit 95…

  13. Forget Doc vs. Lincecum. Try Doc vs. Larsen

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    I find it funny that almost no one on the planet is buying in to that New York Times article about Lincecum’s performance being “more impressive” than Halladay’s, yet multiple people are nonetheless deciding that the “smart guys” (read: stat geeks in their mom’s basements) got this one all wrong. No, actually, just one did,…

  14. Joe Girardi confirms that CC Sabathia would start Game 4 on short rest

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi confirmed the assumed today, announcing that CC Sabathia would start Game 4 of the ALDS against the Twins on short rest Sunday if necessary. Sabathia labored through his Game 1 start Wednesday, throwing 111 pitches in six innings while allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. Girardi had several opportunities to…

  15. Andy Van Slyke would like to be considered for the Pirates job

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Don’t blow it again, Pirates: say no to Van Slyke! Hire Barry Bonds for the manager job! Andy Van Slyke, in town with fellow alumnus Dave Parker for a season-ticket holder event, took the opportunity to inform president Frank Coonelly about his interest in the club’s managerial opening. Van Slyke acknowledges that he may not…

  16. Jorge De La Rosa and the Rockies are talking contract

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Last week Colorado general manager Dan O’Dowd called re-signing Jorge De La Rosa “a top priority” for the Rockies and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that “there are strong indications” the two sides “began contract talks” this week. According to Renck the Rockies offered De La Rosa a two-year, $8.75 million deal…

  17. Self Parody Alert: The New York Post declares Lance Berkman "A True Yankee"

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Deep thought: are there any “True Royals?” How about “True White Sox.” What are the rules here?

  18. Who was better in Game 1: Halladay or Lincecum?

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    No-hitter or not, a writer for the New York Times says it was Lincecum. Could he be right?

  19. Placido Polanco rejoins Phillies' lineup after sitting out Game 1

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    After sitting out Game 1 of the NLDS with a back injury Placido Polanco is rejoining the Phillies’ lineup for Game 2 tonight. He’s starting at third base and batting second against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo: 1. Shane Victorino, CF 2. Placido Polanco, 3B 3. Chase Utley, 2B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Jayson Werth,…

  20. Chicago woman sues over backwards White Sox tattoo

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Three months ago Eugenia Bebis went into Mystic Tattoo Art and Body Piercing in Chicago looking to get the White Sox’s logo tattooed on her outer thigh. Yesterday she filed a lawsuit against the tattoo parlor and artist Micah St. John because … well, he put the logo on backwards. In the suit the 20-year-old…

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