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  1. Bad Edinson Volquez shows up; Reds in trouble

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez was pulled from Game 1 of the NLDS in the second inning with the Reds trailing the Phillies 4-0, leaving Cincinnati in a major hole against an obviously sharp Roy Halladay. Reds manager Dusty Baker took a big risk in going with the volatile Volquez in Game 1. Volquez earned consideration for the…

  2. HBT Daily: Talkin' Braves-Giants

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Our last division series preview is the hardest one: predicting doom for the good, righteous and honorable Atlanta Braves.

  3. Cardinals exercise $16 million option on Albert Pujols for 2011

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    In the least surprising news since I said yes when offered a donut yesterday the Cardinals just officially exercised their 2011 option on Albert Pujols. Instead of buying him out for $5 million (ha!) they’ll pay the best hitter in baseball $16 million while praying that he decides to remain in St. Louis for the…

  4. The Marlins expect to have a manager in place in two weeks

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    That according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, who says that the Feesh are in the process of shoring up their slate of contenders. Among the possibilities: Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi, Bo Porter, Tony Pena, Ted Simmons, Tim Wallach and, of course, current manager Edwin Rodriguez. A couple of observations: Within “a couple of weeks” is…

  5. Chien-Ming Wang clocked at 85-87 mph in instructional league

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang didn’t end up pitching for the Nationals after signing a one-year, $2 million deal that included various incentives, but he’s finally recovered enough from shoulder surgery to take the mound in an instructional league game today. Wang faced four batters and Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com reports that his fastball was clocked at 85-87…

  6. Rangers 5, Rays 1: so how screwed are the Rays?

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    It’s only one game, Rays fans. It’s not that big of a deal. Or is it?

  7. Quote of the Day: The Rays Radio Guy

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    So I’m watching the Rangers-Rays game through, oh, the seventh inning, when the front door opens up and my kids walk in, fresh off the school bus. I don’t know if there’s anything more jacked up with energy than kids who have been yelling at each other and eating candy for the last half hour. …

  8. Cliff Lee strikes out 10 in seven innings of one-run ball

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee was somewhat underwhelming in his 15 regular season starts for the Rangers, going 4-6 with a 3.98 ERA, but he was his usual dominant self this afternoon back on the playoff stage. Lee out-dueled David Price with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball, with a Ben Zobrist homer accounting for the…

  9. HBT Daily: Talkin' Yankees-Twins

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Those who put too much weight on it are doomed to poorly analyze a Twins-Yankees series.

  10. The Mariners are interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee and the Rangers are now up 5-0 on the Rays in the sixth and the game is starting to lull me to sleep. Speaking of lulling fans to sleep, John Hickey of FanHouse reports that the Mariners would be interested in talking to the Red Sox about Daisuke Matsuzaka if they were to…

  11. Twins leave 13-game winner Kevin Slowey off playoff roster

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jon Rauch was a question mark for the ALDS because of a late-season knee injury, but he’s healthy enough to be included on the playoff roster and that left the Twins to decide between Kevin Slowey or Scott Baker for the final spot on the pitching staff. Baker, who was the Opening Day starter and…

  12. OK, this is getting silly: Molina with a dinger; David Price is getting rocked

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Bengie Molina hadn’t hit a home run since the middle of July, but he just went deep off David Price. That, combined with his earlier RBI single, Francoeur’s double and a Nelson Cruz moon-shot homer makes it 4-0 Rangers entering the 5th. David Price has not had many outings like this. In fact, Price has…

  13. Francoeur, Molina begin the playoff scoring. Just as you expected

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    For those of you stuck at work, please know that Jeff Francoeur doubled in the first run of the postseason and then Bengie Molina promptly drove in Francoeur. Off David Price, one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. It’s 2-0 as we head into the bottom of the second. The lesson here: all…

  14. Rays to start selling plaid "Braysers" at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Remember those hideously awesome plaid “Brayers” the Rays have been wearing? Well, according to Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times the Rays are working on a deal to sell them at Saks Fifth Avenue … for $300 each. For that money you can get a “custom made” Brayser “through the same New York City…

  15. HBT Daily: Talkin' Reds-Phillies

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    “In Dusty I trust.” But that doesn’t stop me from pickin’ the Phillies anyway.

  16. Brian Roberts underwent CT scan that "came back normal"

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts missed the Orioles’ final six games with concussion-like symptoms believed to be caused by the All-Star second baseman hitting himself in the helmet with his bat. Seriously. While that won’t sound any less embarrassing for Roberts, the good news is that he’s feeling better and Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that a CT…

  17. Hold your fire: the Rays have sold out Games 1 and 2

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    I just tuned into the Rays-Rangers game and the first thing that announcer Don Orsillo said was that the Rays have sold out Games 1 and 2 of the Division series. So, there goes a whole week’s worth of “why can’t the Rays draw” complaints.  They can draw when the games matter. In other news,…

  18. Placido Polanco is not in the Phillies' lineup for Game 1

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    In a surprise move, Placido Polanco is not in the Phillies’ lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS later this afternoon, with Wilson Valdez starting at third base in his absence. Polanco has had elbow problems for most of the season and needed cortisone shots down the stretch to deal with the pain from a…

  19. Juan Samuel is a hot managerial prospect for some reason

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    I know there are a lot of things that go into building a manager’s reputation that none of us see: friendships, conversations on the field before games and all manner of things that go on when baseball isn’t actually being played. But I still have a hard time seeing why Juan Samuel would, as Jeff…

  20. Bryce Harper is not very good at cornholing

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    OK, so the actual story is less dirty than it probably sounds, but still. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post checked in on No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper’s early experience in the Florida instructional league and got some amusing details from Nationals director of player development Doug Harris: At the Nationals’ player development complex…

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