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  1. Hey, whaddaya know? Women like baseball!

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    An article  in today’s Philly Inquirer irked me to no end. The headline: “Female fans turned on by the Phils.” The premise: there are a lot of serious female baseball fans! And it’s not just because the ballplayers are cute! What’s one of the big rules of journalism? You don’t write “dog bites man” stories?…

  2. Rangers won’t move slumping Vladimir Guerrero out of the cleanup spot

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Vladimir Guerrero is 7-for-32 (.219) with one RBI in eight playoff games after hitting just .278/.322/.426 in the second half, but manager Ron Washington made it very clear that he won’t be moving out of the cleanup spot: That’s the way I ran the lineup all year and it’s going to stay that way. A…

  3. Sandy Alomar Jr. has his third interview with the Blue Jays

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have interviewed Sandy Almoar Jr. for their managerial opening three times already. I’ve been on a lot of job interviews. And I spent a lot of time recruiting as well. I can’t remember ever either being interviewed or having someone in for interviews three times. The…

  4. Rangers relying on a shaky Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Lost in the various teeth-gnashing over Joe Girardi sticking with A.J. Burnett for tonight is that the Rangers are turning to a less than stellar Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter. On the surface Hunter’s numbers this season look great, as he went 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 23 starts, but…

  5. The Giants’ shortstops are a mess

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Juan Uribe is out with a wrist contusion, so shortstop is left to Edgar Renteria for today’s Phillies-Giants game. Except, we learned yesterday, Renteria has a completely torn left biceps tendon. He hurt it in the NLDS against the Braves.  I’m no doctor, but I’m guessing that you sorta need a biceps tendon to be…

  6. Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 “no matter what”

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bruce Bochy ended any speculation about the Giants making rotation changes by saying yesterday that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 of the NLCS “no matter what.” Bochy has always been pretty clear about Bumgarner getting the Game 4 nod, but that didn’t stop some people from predicting that he’d use Tim Lincecum on short…

  7. Some Yankees fans bring class to the ALCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

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    Since I pointed out bad Philly fan behavior yesterday, I would be remiss in not pointing out bad Yankee fan behavior today. Last night, after the game got out of hand, Yankees fans threw beer bottles and other debris into the Rangers bullpen as Neftali Feliz was warming up.  For added color, they began a…

  8. Why the Yankees have to go with A.J. Burnett tonight

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston

    I said earlier that who the Yankees pitch tonight is not a debatable point because Joe Girardi has already made up his mind. But it’s still obviously a discussable point, so let’s discuss it. My take: pitching CC Sabathia tonight would be a panic move that would accomplish little.  Why? Because it doesn’t eliminate A.J.…

  9. Cancel the Yu Darvish watch: he’s staying in Japan

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    The Diamondbacks are going to have to find something else on which to spend the $80 million they had mentally set aside for Japanese ace Yu Darvish, because he has decided to stay in Japan for the 2011 season. His blog post to that effect, translated by Yakyubaka.com: A lot has been mentions about the…

  10. Forget A.J. Burnett, forget Cliff Lee; the real story is the Yankees offense

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    The first thing everyone wanted to do after the Rangers’ domination of the Yankees last night was to speculate how much New York would now pay for Cliff Lee this winter. Fun topic, but let’s save it for the hot stove season, OK? The second thing everyone wanted to do after the Rangers’ domination of…

  11. And That Happened: ALCS edition

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Pure brilliance from Cliff Lee has the Yankees’ backs against the wall.

  12. Quote of the night: Nolan Ryan enjoys the moment

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:36 AM EDT

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    After watching Cliff Lee spend Game 3 of the ALCS toying with the New York Yankees with great amusement (how cute of you to try to score runs off me!), Nolan Ryan must have been feeling smug. He certainly sounded like it when asked how much it would cost to keep the pending free agent…

  13. Cliff Lee dominates Yankees, Rangers grab 2-1 lead in ALCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:49 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Saturday’s Game 1 NLCS matchup between Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay was billed as one of the best postseason pitching matchups ever. It didn’t turn out that way, of course. That’s just not how this game works. And so, Cliff Lee could have given up four runs over six innings tonight and most rational baseball…

  14. Live Blog: Rangers-Yankees ALCS Game 3

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Feliz shuts down the Yankees 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth, securing an 8-0 victory. Hey, Clay Rapada could have done that. The Rangers now hold a 2-1 lead in the series. Joe Girardi has indicated otherwise, but I would be very surprised to see A.J. Burnett starting for the Bombers tomorrow. Stay…

  15. Brewers to interview Pat Listach, Joey Cora for manager job

    Oct 18, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

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    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Brewers will interview Nationals third base coach Pat Listach and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora for their managerial vacancy on Tuesday. Listach, who was originally drafted by the Brewers in 1988 and won the Rookie of the Year with the club in 1992, managed for…

  16. Quote of the Day: Reggie Jackson on Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame chances

    Oct 18, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pettitte pitches to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Reggie Jackson thinks Andy Pettitte can burnish his Hall of Fame credentials tonight. I don’t think he has Hall of Fame credentials to begin with.

  17. The Mets to interview Toronto’s Dana Brown for GM job

    Oct 18, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

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    The Mets seem to be leaning hard toward Sandy Alderson, but their team Twitter feed just tweeted that they’re going to interview Blue Jays assistant GM Dana Brown on Wednesday. Seems odd that they went through a whole week of interviews, including Alderson, and then set up a second interview for Alderson prior to announcing…

  18. ALCS Game 3: Rangers’ lineup versus Andy Pettitte

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight against Andy Pettitte: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Bengie Molina, C 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B While the Yankees have gone…

  19. Kirk Gibson is selling memorabilia from the 1988 and 1984 World Series

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson Dodgers home run

    This is weird: Kirk Gibson is selling his bat, helmet and uniform from the 1988 World Series, as well as his 1984 World Series MVP trophy in an auction.  There’s going to be a press conference tomorrow explaining why he’s doing so. My first thought: man, the Diamondbacks probably need to give their employees raises.…

  20. Tony La Russa will return as Cardinals manager in 2011

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

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    After taking a few weeks to consider his options Tony La Russa has decided to return as the Cardinals’ manager, agreeing to a one-year deal with an option for 2012. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will offer 2011 contracts to La Russa’s entire coaching staff except for bullpen…

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