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  1. Brian McCann puts Braves back in front with solo homer

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    It looks like another nail-biter as we move to the top of the seventh inning at Turner Field. Cody Ross homered to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning — the first Giants’ hit of the evening, by the way — but Brian McCann just answered with a solo home…

  2. Braves strike first in Game 4 vs. Giants

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Brian McCann just got the Braves on the board first against the Giants, delivering a sacrifice fly for an early 1-0 lead as we head to the top of the fourth inning. The run was set up by back-to-back singles by Omar Infante and Matt Diaz to begin the inning. Madison Bumgarner has thrown 50…

  3. Arthur Rhodes interested in returning to Reds next season

    Oct 11, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Here’s a little news item while we await the start of Game 4 between the Giants and Braves. Reflecting on a season that resulted in the first All-Star selection of his career and a trip to the postseason, Arthur Rhodes told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com today that he is interested in returning to the Reds…

  4. Braves fans give Brooks Conrad a round of applause

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jeff Fletcher of FanHouse is at Turner Field and he just tweeted that fans just gave Brooks Conrad a standing ovation as he stood in the outfield during batting practice. That makes me happy. Braves fans, as I have said on numerous occasion, are not the best fans in the world. They have to be…

  5. Chuck Greenberg's message to Rangers fans: "Believe"

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    The owner of my team makes $87.5 million a year and I’m guessing he’s too busy eating panda steaks and lounging on unicorn skin couches to spend much time on the blogs.  Not so the Rangers new owner. Chuck Greenberg took to Lone Star Ball today to send a message to Rangers fans in advance…

  6. The Mets have a full week of GM interviews on tap

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    While many think Sandy Alderson is the man, the Mets are interviewing several other men for the top job this week. Today, Steve Popper of the Bergen Record reports, was former Royals GM Allard Baird. Baird, a well respected scout, has been with the Red Sox for the past few years.  His tenure with Kansas City…

  7. There's a "Giants playoff anthem" that actually sounds good

    Oct 11, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    OK, so this is one of those weird “worlds colliding” moments (for me, at least) Over the weekend I was listening to some old episodes of the highly enjoyable podcast “Jordan, Jesse, Go!” and heard a rapper named Ashkon appear as a guest. And now today Ashkon released a “playoff anthem” for the Giants set…

  8. Josh Lewin won't be back as Rangers' play-by-play announcer

    Oct 11, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Rangers television analyst Tom Grieve has agreed to a three-year contract extension, but the team announced today that play-by-play man Josh Lewin will not be back after nine seasons on the job. Lewin and the Rangers seem to have parted ways on good terms, but he’s generally considered one of the best in the business…

  9. Shocker: Brooks Conrad is out of the Braves lineup tonight

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Troy Glaus is an awful third baseman. But he’s the best of nothing but terrible options as the Braves try to stave off elimination.

  10. Michael Cuddyer to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    While cleaning out his locker at Target Field this afternoon Michael Cuddyer revealed that he’s scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery. Cuddyer told reporters that his right knee bothered him for “pretty much the whole season,” which perhaps helps explain his hitting just .259/.322/.382 over the final two months. He also struggled defensively after replacing…

  11. Reader Dissent: Quit generalizing about Yankees fans

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    When you write a post entitled “this is why people hate the Yankees,” you can bet your bippy that you’re going to get replies.

  12. A.J. Burnett will start in the ALCS

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi just announced that the Yankees will go with a four-man rotation in the ALCS, and that the fourth man will almost certainly be A.J. Burnett. That may give some people the willies, but if you’re going to go with four, I don’t see any other choice but to go with Burnett.  Who else…

  13. Darren Daulton did the Phillies' postgame show without pants

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    In terms of doing odd things this doesn’t even crack his personal top 100 list, but Darren Daulton served as an analyst on the Phillies’ postgame show while not wearing any pants. SportsByBrooks has the screen shot, which is pretty funny. Plenty of news anchors tell stories about going on the air sans pants, which…

  14. This is why people hate the Yankees

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    This season has been a banner year for humility deficit disorder on the part of Phillies fans, but let us not forget who invented the idea that their team is entitled to everything. It’s the Yankees, folks, and it’s passages like these from the tabloid columnists — which, I might add, are reflective of a…

  15. Carlos Ruiz's double off Aroldis Chapman was on historic heat

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz doubled on a 103.5-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman last night and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes that it’s the fastest pitch any player has actually gotten a hit on since the Pitch-f/x system began tracking velocity in 2008. Carlos Gonzalez’s single off Chapman on September 6 had been the record-holder at 102.0 miles…

  16. Is Sandy Alderson the right man for the Mets' GM job?

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Now that it appears as though Sandy Alderson is the front runner for the Mets’ GM job, Andy Martino of the Daily News has some questions for the guy.  He couches them in “hey, Alderson may be the best man for the job, I’m just askin’” language, but you can tell that he’s a bit concerned…

  17. Twins likely to give Ron Gardenhire a contract extension

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    I co-hosted the postgame call-in show on 1500-ESPN here in Minnesota following the Twins’ season-ending loss to the Yankees on Saturday night and many of the callers wanted Ron Gardenhire fired, but not surprisingly the manager is in absolutely no danger of actually being let go. Gardenhire is under contract through next season and Twins…

  18. Pat Listach no longer in mix to become Cubs' new manager

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Nationals third base coach Pat Listach was on the short list to become the Cubs’ new manager, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the former Rookie of the Year is no longer in the running for the job. Ladson notes that Listach “is still respected by the organization” from his days managing in the…

  19. Quote of the day: Moe Szyslak on managing

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I still think Moe’s best-ever line was about how he was going to take his date out for a steak “as big as a toilet seat,” but this is easily his best baseball-related line.

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