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  1. UPDATE: John Farrell offered Blue Jays’ manager job

    Oct 23, 2010, 12:43 PM EST

    john farrell in jacket

    UPDATE: John Farrell informed Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe via text message this morning that “nothing is official” regarding his hiring as the Blue Jays’ new manager. All indications are pointing in that direction, though. 8:43 AM: One source told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that “it would be surprising” if Farrell turned down the…

  2. Roy Oswalt and Charlie Manuel talk Game 6

    Oct 23, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    Setting up tonight’s Game 6 matchup against Jonathan Sanchez and the Giants, here’s Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and Roy Oswalt.

  3. FYI: Thanks to the Rangers, Game 6 of the NLCS is in primetime

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Just a quick programming note: You probably know this already, but just in case you may have forgotten, last night’s win by the Rangers ensured that tonight’s Game 6 of the NLCS between the Giants and Phillies will start at 7:57 p.m. ET. If the ALCS would have went to seven games, Game 6 of…

  4. Cody Ross playing through forearm soreness

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:32 AM EST

    Cody Ross forearm

    Giants’ postseason darling Cody Ross told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he is still dealing with pain after being drilled in the right forearm by Joe Blanton in Wednesday’s Game 4 win over the Phillies. The bone was so bruised by the plunking that Ross required X-rays, but the injury wasn’t enough…

  5. Dallas Braden files medical negligence suit against surgeon

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:02 AM EST

    Dallas Braden throwing

    According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Athletics’ left-hander Dallas Braden has filed a medical negligence suit against Oakland-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Peatman and Webster Orthopedic Medical Group. The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court earlier this week, alleges that Peatman severed Braden’s peroneal nerve while attempting to remove a cyst last…

  6. What’s next for the Yankees?

    Oct 23, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    It’s probably a little early for this sort of talk, but the futures of impending free agents Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera and manager Joe Girardi are sure to be a popular topic of conversation during the winter. The thing is, aside from the chance that Pettitte retires, they are all pretty much…

  7. Cliff Lee doesn’t care which team he faces in the World Series

    Oct 23, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Or so he tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, anyway: “I don’t care who we play,” Lee said. “They’re very capable of winning two more games there. If they do, yeah, I’d love to face them. But if it’s not them, I’d love to face the Giants, too. I’m not out for blood, or out…

  8. Rangers take unique route to World Series

    Oct 23, 2010, 2:30 AM EST

    Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels

    The Rangers have earned their first trip to the World Series. And they didn’t do it with mirrors, either. They defeated the team with the American League’s best record during the ALDS and last year’s World Series champions in the ALCS. Without question, they were the best hitting team in the American League during the…

  9. Rangers top Yankees in Game 6, advance to first ever World Series

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:41 PM EST

    ALCS Yankees Rangers Baseball

    The Rangers just defeated the Yankees 6-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS, advancing to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. Colby Lewis pitched the proverbial “game of his life,” allowing just three hits over eight innings of one-run ball. The only run scored on a blown wild pitch call by…

  10. Live blog: Yankees-Rangers ALCS Game 6

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:10 PM EST

    ALCS logo

    UPDATE: It’s done. Alex Rodriguez — the $252 million man — strikes out looking to end it. The Rangers win 6-1 and take the series in six games. They are now headed to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. I’ll have much more in the recap in a little bit. Thanks…

  11. Report: Byrnes and Alderson have Backman on short list for next Mets manager

    Oct 22, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    Wally Backman

    The Mets’ GM search is marching towards its conclusion, as former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and former Athletics GM and Padres CEO Sandy Alderson appear to be the finalists for the position. It’s all speculation until the team names a general manager, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has an interesting piece of information regarding who…

  12. It could rain in Texas tonight. Cliff Lee in Game 6, anyone?

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Rain Texas Ballpark

    The forecast isn’t exactly dire — most of the people down in Texas think the game will be played even if it’s delayed a bit — but there’s probably going to be rain tonight for Game 6 of the ALCS. My last check of Weather.com had it as a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms. But…

  13. ALCS Game 6: Yankees lineup versus Colby Lewis

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    joe-girardi-yankees-dap1

    Here’s the Yankees’ lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS tonight against Colby Lewis: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Lance Berkman, 1B 6. Nick Swisher, RF 7. Jorge Posada, C 8. Marcus Thames, DH 9. Brett Gardner, LF Berkman moves up in the…

  14. Jinx alert! Dallas stores have Rangers’ World Series merchandise ready

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    CousinOliver

    You know this is always the case in every city, in every sport prior to a potential clinching game. You just don’t read about it very often: Boxes of ALCS Championship T-shirts and caps marked “Hold for Rangers Clinch” sit waiting at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores, and employees hope to open them tonight with…

  15. C.J. Wilson is available out of the Rangers’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

    CJ Wilson necklace

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that C.J. Wilson will be available as a reliever tonight for the Rangers. The good news is that he threw just 93 pitches in his Game 5 start Wednesday. The bad news is that he threw just 93 pitches in his Game 5 start Wednesday because he lasted only five…

  16. Man robbed of Giants playoff tickets last night

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    But the real question is whether the thief booed him or vomited on him or anything during the crime: A man was robbed of Giants playoffs tickets at gunpoint near AT&T Park on Thursday, police said.  The 29-year-old victim reported the robbery around 5:30 p.m., about a half-hour after the first pitch was thrown in…

  17. ALCS Game 6: Rangers lineup versus Phil Hughes

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS tonight against Phil Hughes: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, RF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. David Murphy, LF 8. Bengie Molina, C 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B No surprises, really. As expected,…

  18. The Reds would like to do a four year deal with Joey Votto

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    Joey Votto

    Joey Votto is arbitration eligible this year and for the next two years after that.  While his potential award this season — probably in the $6-7 million range? — is doable for the Reds, they’re probably not going to want to go all three years with him, because they start running into Ryan Howard as…

  19. Get on with it, will ya Mets?

    Oct 22, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

    I suppose a well-considered decision is better than an impulsive one, but it does seem like the Mets are taking their sweet time on this GM thing. The team just sent out an email to fans saying that they’re bringing back former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and Sandy Alderson for a second round of interviews.…

  20. Underrated reliever Ryan Madson comes up big for Phillies

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    ryan-madson-phillies-nlcs

    It’s probably time that Ryan Madson got some attention for being one of the best relievers in baseball. He’s appeared in four of five NLCS games, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings, and went 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA, .212 opponents’ batting average, and 64/13 K/BB ratio in 55 innings during the regular season. Since moving to…

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