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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.”

  5. 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…

  6. Jack Morris needs to rethink his postgame comments too

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Dave Brown at Yahoo! caught former Tigers/Twins/Jays ace Jack Morris saying something after last night’s Twins-Yankees game that, in addition to being dumb, was pretty damn hypocritical too. He’s talking about Francisco Liriano here: “The good guys never let it slip away, and he let it slip away.” As Dave notes, Morris isn’t one to…

  7. Orlando Cabrera needs to rethink his postgame comments

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    After yesterday’s Phillies-Reds game, Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera really stepped in it. His comments regarding Roy Halladay’s no-no: “He and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him every pitch. Basically, we had no chance.” Such sour grapes are unbecoming even if the strikezone was wonky, but they’re especially bad when they’re demonstrably false. Click…

  8. What They're Saying About Roy Halladay's No-Hitter

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    I could have posted hundreds of people going “Whoa . . .dude . . .” Fifty of them would have been me at around 7:30 last night. But I decided to find some more interesting reactions.

  9. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Some years, Day One of the playoffs just slips by uneventfully. This was not one of those years.

  10. On one night, Halladay shows why he's the best

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:23 AM EDT

    You hate to base anything on one game. Especially in a sport like baseball, where David Eckstein can be a World Series MVP. Where Craig Counsell can be the guy at the bottom of the dogpile after scoring the title-clinching run. Where Don Larsen, a journeyman pitcher with a career record of 81-91, can become…

  11. Yankees rally for ALDS Game 1 victory over Twins

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

    We saw a variety of different games on this first day of the 2010 baseball playoffs. The Rangers routed the Rays in an afternoon tilt with heavy offense and a stellar performance by left-handed ace Cliff Lee. Then Phillies righty Roy Halladay made history in an early evening contest…

  12. Mark Teixeira launches two-run bomb, Yanks lead again

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

    The battle of the bullpens has begun, and it’s not looking good for the Twins. Minnesota right-hander Jesse Crain served up a single to Nick Swisher with one out in the top of the seventh inning and surrendered a towering two-run homer to Mark Teixeira a few pitches later, giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead…

  13. Twins tie it up as Sabathia tires in the bottom of the sixth

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    So much for that Yankees lead. CC Sabathia struck out Joe Mauer on three straight pitches to open the sixth inning and caused Delmon Young to fly out, but seemed to tire the moment veteran DH Jim Thome stepped to…

  14. Yankees rally with big sixth inning, now on top

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

    The tide has turned at Target Field.
    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira launched a one-out double to left field in the top of the sixth inning, ending a streak of 10 straight retired batters by Twins ace Francisco Liriano. A wild pitch gave Teixeira third base and then Alex Rodriguez…

  15. Twins cruising behind Francisco Liriano, lead Yankees

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    The Twins are wearing the pinstripes this evening at Target Field. That’s not a metaphor, it’s the truth. The Twins are wearing pinstripes. Let’s get to the updates. Francisco Liriano got himself into trouble in the top of the third inning with a leadoff walk to Yankees speedster…

  16. Poll: Best pitching performance of the year?

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    It might seem like a no-brainer to say that Roy Halladay just turned in the best outing by a pitcher this season, and in most seasons it would be. But since it was the sixth no-hitter of the year, and two of them – including one by Halladay himself – were perfect games, I figure…

  17. Twins take early lead over Yankees and CC Sabathia

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    Things are looking up for the Twinkies through two innings at Minneapolis’ Target Field. Minnesota ace Francisco Liriano struck out Yankees leadoff man Derek Jeter to open the first inning, then promptly retired Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira on balls that did not get…

  18. Roy Halladay throws second ever postseason no-hitter

    Oct 6, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    As close to perfection as one can come without actually getting there. Roy Halladay, already with a perfect game to his credit in the 2010 regular season, dominated the Reds in Tuesday’s Game 1, throwing just the second no-hitter in postseason history. The only baserunner to reach against him was Jay Bruce, doing so on…

  19. Rangers designate righty Rich Harden for assignment

    Oct 6, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    The Rangers couldn’t wait to remove disappointing right-hander Rich Harden from their big-league roster. Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Harden was designated for assignment on Wednesday evening so that Texas could…

  20. Roy Halladay starts off with five hitless innings

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    After 5 1/2 innings, the Phillies remain ahead of the Reds 4-0, with Roy Halladay having thrown five hitless innings. Positively cruising, Halladay threw just 10 balls to 14 hitters before walking Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth…

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