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  1. Freddy Sanchez unsure if he'll play in Game 3 on Sunday

    Oct 9, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez was hit in the right hand by a Kyle Farnsworth pitch in the 10th inning of Game 2 of the NLDS against the Braves last night, but managed to stay in the ballgame. Sanchez told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that X-rays on his middle finger came back negative, but said…

  2. Chase Utley did touch third base last night

    Oct 9, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    As you know by now, Chase Utley did not get hit by Aroldis Chapman last night. That’s what happens when someone throws 105 mph and we don’t have instant replay. And yeah, Utley was probably out at second base too, as evidenced by this picture here. One thing that we can clear up, though, is…

  3. Tony Gwynn to begin treatment for parotid cancer

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Some unfortunate news to report. Former Padres great Tony Gwynn told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune that he will soon begin radiation and chemotherapy treatments for parotid cancer, a cancer of the salivary glands. “I had surgery for a parotid tumor in 1997 and again three years ago and both those times there…

  4. Orlando Cabrera hopes to play in Game 3 on Sunday

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera was forced to leave Game 2 of the NLDS against the Phillies last night after aggravating a sore muscle in his left side in the fourth inning. Cabrera was in noticeable pain after having to make a jump throw at second base to avoid a slide by Jayson Werth on a double play…

  5. Michael Bloomberg already planning World Series parade for Yanks

    Oct 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    According to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said during his weekly spot on WOR-AM that he has already begun planning the Yankees’ World Series parade. “I’m sort of trying to figure out where the parade should start,” the mayor said Friday on his weekly radio show. “We have to plan.”…

  6. So why did Jay Bruce miss that fly ball last night?

    Oct 9, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    After Jay Bruce muffed the fly ball in the seventh inning of Game 2 against the Phillies last night, there were some beat reporters who speculated that he may have lost track of the ball because of the sea of white rally towels being waived at Citizens Bank Park. Bruce cleared all that up after…

  7. Rick Ankiel homers in 11th as Braves draw even with Giants

    Oct 9, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    We might just have ourselves a competitive series here. The Braves evened things up with the Giants tonight — or this morning, really — taking Game 2 by the score of 5-4 in 11 innings. They jumped ahead thanks to a long solo home run by Rick Ankiel, which splashed down in McCovey Cove beyond…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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