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  1. Bud Selig says he’s open to expanding playoffs

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

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    Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said on Thursday that he is willing to consider expanding the playoffs as early as next season, and said a larger postseason might not have to wait for collective bargaining with the players, according to the Associated Press. “Obviously, we have to talk to the union,” Selig said. “These are all…

  2. Pitchers’ duel turns into a laugher as Giants take 2-0 lead

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

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    You wouldn’t know it by the lopsided 9-0 final score, but Game 2 of the World Series was actually an outstanding pitchers’ duel for six-and-half innings Thursday night. Seriously. Matt Cain extended his postseason scoreless streak to 21.1 innings with his third straight gem and C.J. Wilson nearly matched him pitch for pitch before exiting…

  3. Joe Mauer won’t require another knee surgery

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

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    Twins catcher Joe Mauer underwent an MRI this week on his surgically-repaired left knee that showed only inflammation.  That means that he will not need another procedure this offseason and that only “rest and rehab” will be required for a full recovery. Twins GM Bill Smith relayed this information to MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier on Thursday…

  4. Giants outfielder Jose Guillen linked to HGH shipments

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Some breaking news here from Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times. Giants outfielder Jose Guillen was left off San Francisco’s postseason roster this month not because of his poor play, but because he is being investigated currently for ties to performance-enhancing drugs. According to Schmidt’s report, Guillen had packages of human growth hormone…

  5. Tim Wakefield honored with Roberto Clemente Award

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield waves at a news conference where he was awarded the Roberto Clemente award before Game 2 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award is handed out annually to a player who “combines on-field excellence with extraordinary community endeavors.”  Or so says Alex Speier of the great WEEI.com.  This year, Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield was given the honor at a press conference before Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco.  A note…

  6. World Series Game 2 Live Chat

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Come join HBT’s live chat as the Rangers attempt to pull even with the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series.

  7. MLB grants Mets extension for discussions with Takahashi

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

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    As Aaron pointed out earlier today, the Mets have been working hard to get an extension on their deadline for contract talks with impending free agent Hisanori Takahashi.  A clause in the left-hander’s contract states that a deal must be worked between the two sides by October 31 of this year, but Takahashi changed agents…

  8. The Big Five with … Giants 1B Aubrey Huff

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Parade around the clubhouse in a victory thong, and the fact that you led the National League champions in homers, RBI, runs, slugging percentage and OPS can get lost in the shuffle. That’s Aubrey Huff’s fate these days, and he couldn’t be happier. He answers The Big 5 here: So if Giants…

  9. Pedro Martinez is again considering a comeback

    Oct 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

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    Veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez sat out for the entire 2010 season because of a lack of personal motivation and an eventual lack of interest from big league teams.  He’s hoping things are different in 2011. Martinez trained Thursday with the Licey Tigers of the Dominican Winter League and told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that…

  10. Programming Note: HBT Mobile should be working now

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

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    I’m a scared old man, so I don’t access the Internet via mobile devices. I’m told a person can lose their soul that way. But there are a lot of you who use such voodoo, apparently, and many of you have told me that HBT’s mobile feed — or app, or subroutine, or happenstance or…

  11. Pat Burrell is The Machine

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    For those of you who don’t know about the whole bit in which Brian Wilson was being interviewed by FOX while a guy he referred to as “The Machine” — dressed up in much the way The Gimp from “Pulp Fiction” would look if he took a trip to the beach — you may just…

  12. Elias’ free agent compensation rankings revealed early

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    After reverse engineering the system to determine unofficial free agent rankings throughout the season MLB Trade Rumors has gotten its hands on the official list from the Elias Sports Bureau. There are no big surprises based on the unofficial, in-season protections done by MLBTR, as the reverse-engineered projections were “off” on only two players: Derrek…

  13. Gammons: The Red Sox are going to “go hard” after Carl Crawford

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    Peter Gammons was on WEEI today and said that he thinks the Red Sox are going to be all over Carl Crawford this winter: “There is no doubt in my mind that they are going to go really hard after Carl Crawford. That will be a matchup with the Angels, and you know there are…

  14. Rangers bench Vladimir Guerrero for Game 2

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Vladimir Guerrero made a rare appearance in the outfield last night because the Rangers were playing under NL rules in San Francisco, but after multiple miscues defensively manager Ron Washington has decided to bench the nine-time All-Star and former MVP for Game 2 tonight. David Murphy replaces Guerrero in the lineup and will start in…

  15. World Series Game 2: Giants lineup versus C.J. Wilson

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 2 of the World Series tonight against C.J. Wilson: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Buster Posey, C 4. Pat Burrell, LF 5. Cody Ross, RF 6. Aubrey Huff, 1B 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS 9. Matt Cain, P Why mess with a…

  16. The Mets will not be interviewing John Gibbons for the manager’s job

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported earlier today that the Mets have not yet really gotten into filling their managerial vacancy yet. Which makes sense, because they haven’t formally announced their new GM yet, and you have to assume Sandy Alderson will drive that train.  Rubin nonetheless listed a handful of “logical candidates” for the job,…

  17. Mets could get extension on deadline to re-sign Takahashi

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    I wrote this morning about how the Mets have until Sunday to re-sign Hisanori Takahashi or they’ll be all but guaranteed to lose him as a free agent because of a clause in his contract, but the left-hander switched agents yesterday and is now trying to extend the deadline. Takahashi’s new agent, Arn Tellem, told…

  18. How are the Reds going to use Aroldis Chapman next year?

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Dusty Baker has one answer: “I see him personally probably being somewhere in the back end of the bullpen.  Because it’s hard to find a guy that can get righties and lefties out equally and that gas he has and you haven’t even seen his breaking ball and his changeup yet so his potential is…

  19. Historically speaking, how bad was Cliff Lee last night?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee turning in a clunker last night was a huge surprise, but how does his disappointing performance compare to some of the worst Game 1 efforts in World Series history? Based on Game Score, which is a Bill James invention that uses various aspects of a pitcher’s performance to calculate one number representing the…

  20. Wait — did 2009 actually happen?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

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    I’m sorry to be fixated on Yankees stuff this afternoon, but apparently watching two teams that aren’t the Yankees play in the World Series is driving the New York writers crazy. Lupica’s column today is about how, for all the money the Yankees have spent in the past decade, they only have the one World…

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