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  1. Must-click link: What does a "No. X starter" mean, exactly?

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When talking about pitchers and rotations people throw around terms like “No. 1 starter” or “No. 3 starter” constantly because it serves as a sort of common understanding about ability and upside. However, one of the problems with using that terminology comes when not everyone has the same definition of how great a pitcher has…

  2. Great Moments in fact checking: The New Yorker

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    The New Yorker — a fine damn magazine even if I ended up reading more cartoons (“it’s a Ziggy!”) than articles when I had a subscription a few years back — makes a minor error in a story about the Red Sox buying Liverpool FC: Major League Baseball is a collusive oligopoly in which the…

  3. Brent Musburger: with proper supervision steroids "could be used at the professional level"

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Usually, when a venerable member of our nation’s sporting media says something in public about steroids, the message is pretty clear: steroids are awful, only evil cheaters use them and unless we test people to within a hair’s breadth of their life, they will be a scourge upon the land. Or words to that effect.…

  4. Angels' housecleaning extends beyond Eddie Bane

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Last week the Angels surprised everyone by firing longtime scouting director Eddie Bane, who had just interviewed for the general manager gig in Arizona and is generally considered one of the best in the business. Since then they’ve also fired prominent scout Dale Sutherland, three other scouts, and head trainer Ned Bergert. Bill Plunkett of…

  5. Braves postseason roster is rookie-tastic

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The Braves announced their NLDS roster a few minutes ago. You can see it here. There aren’t many surprises. Takashi Saito is off because his shoulder is still wonky. His replacement — Craig Kimbrel — has been pretty fantastic anyway.  Jair Jurrjens is off due to his knee. There are still expectations that he would…

  6. Giants leave Barry Zito, Jose Guillen off postseason roster

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    When the Giants announced that Barry Zito would not be in the NLDS rotation the assumption was that he’d also be left off the playoff roster entirely, and sure enough the team just made that official. Zito is not on the active roster for the series against the Braves, as the Giants went with Jeremy…

  7. HBT Daily: Orlando Cabrera's mouth, Carl Pavano's head and OctLoweber!

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Funny part: we made Tiffany be the one to say “OctLoweber,” thereby insulating me from the inherent lameness. Which I myself created. Oh, man. I gave it away.

  8. Umpire's blown call on 27th out doesn't cost Yankees

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Last night, with the Yankees up 6-4 and two outs in the ninth inning, Delmon Young hit a sinking line drive to right field that defensive replacement Greg Golson caught for the 27th and final out. Except right field umpire Chris Guccione ruled that it was a trap, giving Young a single and giving the…

  9. Halladay's no-no captured in a timeless photo

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Not long after last night’s game a picture of the moment that Carlos Ruiz embraced Roy Halladay in celebration started making the rounds. It’s so hard in our digital age to appreciate when a photograph really captures the moment — there are so many pics these days, and of course, we have video — rendering…

  10. Rays remove Rocco Baldelli from playoff roster with left leg fatigue, add Willy Aybar

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay including Rocco Baldelli on the playoff roster was a surprise given that he logged a total of just 24 at-bats for the Rays after spending much of the season as a minor-league coach. Even more surprising was that manager Joe Maddon gave Baldelli the Game 1 start at designated hitter against Cliff Lee.…

  11. Mitch Albom is writing a play about Ernie Harwell. Oy.

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I’m guessing that this will not be one of the five plays I watch in Heaven.

  12. Roberto Alomar accused — again — of concealing HIV

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    In February 2009, Roberto Alomar was sued by an ex-girlfriend, who accused him of (a) being HIV positive; and (b) infecting her having sex with her without telling her of his status. The most notable thing about it at the time, I think, was the girlfriend’s salacious narrative in the complaint itself, in which she…

  13. ALDS Game 1: Yankees-Twins notes from Target Field

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    As a Twins fan everything was perfect last night, except for that damn final score. I arrived at the jam-packed Kiernan’s Irish Pub in time to see the final three innings of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter, eventually made my way to fantastic Target Field seats just past third base, sat in gorgeous weather at a ballpark…

  14. K-Rod is negotiating a plea deal

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Daily News is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez is in talks with prosecutors in hopes of reaching a plea agreement.  You’ll note that the Daily News refers to this as “copping a plea” because they like to make people they find distasteful sound like lowlifes. Given that K-Rod faces little if any jail time over…

  15. Roy Halladay's scouting report as a 21-year-old prospect

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    In honor of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter Conor Glassey of Baseball America went back through the magazine’s archives and found the scouting report published when Halladay was the Blue Jays’ top prospect in 1998. The whole thing is definitely worth reading, but here are a few of the highlights … – Halladay became so close with…

  16. After missing history, Placido Polanco expected to rejoin the Phillies' lineup tomorrow

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    After playing through bone chips in his elbow for most of the season Placido Polanco was absent for Roy Halladay’s no-hitter by sitting out Game 1 of the NLDS yesterday with a back injury, but the veteran third baseman is expected to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup for Game 2 tomorrow. As for how he suffered…

  17. Doctober? Pfft! Get ready for OctLoweber!

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Was that convincing? Nah, didn’t think so. Sigh. I started thinking about tonight’s Braves-Giants game a few minutes ago. I want to talk myself into Atlanta coming out of the gate strong, but I’m having a hard time really getting on board. My thought process:  The good: Derek Lowe was 5-0 in September, with 29…

  18. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon: "Do you think I really would go out and sign Oliver Perez?"

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Oliver Perez “will begin pitching in the Mexican Pacific League next month” and adds that “if he does not improve and the new general manager cannot deal him” the team is prepared to simply eat the remaining $12 million on his contract. McCullough’s comments stem from…

  19. Video: Cholly, Dusty on Halladay's no-hitter

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    When Dusty said it was a game where you feel “almost helpless,” I was expecting him to correct himself and say. “Well, there was no ‘almost’ about it.”

  20. Dioner Navarro is not a team player

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Rays’ catcher Dinoer Navarro was left off the postseason roster. That happens. Most guys who get left off the postseason roster either remain with the team or, at the very least, retire to the spring training complex to stay in shape in case they’re needed. Someone may get injured, after all, and you could get…

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