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  1. Braves' Game 2 starter Tommy Hanson hit in eye during BP

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    From David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution comes word that Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson was nailed in the eye with a ricocheted ball while taking batting practice before Game 1 of the NLDS Thursday in San Francisco. Hanson…

  2. Umpires get another call wrong, Yankees still on top

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:29 PM EST

    In what should come as a surprise to no one, the umpires have become the story here in the first few games of the 2010 postseason. The umps blew a call in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s ALDS Game 1 between the Yankees and Twins…

  3. Rays fans give outfielder Carl Crawford a proper send-off

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:08 PM EST

    The Rays lost Game 2 of their ALDS matchup with the Rangers this afternoon in Tampa and face elimination Saturday in Texas. But it wasn’t all fire and brimstone at Tropicana Field. In the eighth inning, as impending free agent Carl Crawford stepped to the plate, a large section of Rays fans…

  4. Berkman goes yard, Yankees lead Twins in Game 2

    Oct 7, 2010, 7:32 PM EST

    The Yankees and Twins are five innings deep into Game 2 of their ALDS matchup Thursday at Minnesota’s Target Field. So far, things are looking good for the away team. Andy Pettitte had a rough second inning that saw him load the bases and then allow…

  5. Justin Upton aiming to strengthen shoulder this winter

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:53 PM EST

    Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton played in only four games during the month of September and just one game in October because of soreness in the area of his left shoulder.  He has promised to work on the strength and conditioning of that shoulder this offseason and got a head start this afternoon at Arizona’s Chase…

  6. Joe Girardi in favor of instant replay after blown call last night

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    Last night’s blown call ended up not hurting the Yankees, but that didn’t stop manager Joe Girardi from coming out in favor of instant replay today: Could they have reviewed that play as quick as they talked about it? Probably. It takes the same amount of time. To me, that’s the great thing about technology.…

  7. The Mets have a lot of GM irons in the fire

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:36 PM EST

    There are a handful of intriguing names in the mix to become the next Mets GM at the moment. Among them: White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, whom ESPN Chicago is reporting will interview with the team in the near future. Hahn was named as the top GM prospect in the game by Baseball…

  8. Rays on the ropes, Joe Maddon ejected after Michael Young homer follows questionable call

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    Joe Maddon had Game 2 starter James Shields on a very short leash this afternoon, pulling him from a 2-0 game with two outs in the fifth inning and two runners on base. Chad Qualls replaced Shields and appeared to wriggle out of the jam by getting a checked-swing strikeout on Michael Young, but first…

  9. Quote of the Day: Terry Francona on Jason Varitek

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    Is it too late to take the Rays out of the playoff and put the Red Sox in? Because they’re really depressing to watch at the moment. Anyway, let’s talk about the Sox some more. Here was Terry Francona today, when asked about roster decisions in general and Jason Varitek, specifically: “I think there has…

  10. Yankees switch up their lineup a bit for Game 2 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    Last night they faced left-hander CC Sabathia and tonight they’re facing fellow southpaw Andy Pettitte, so the Twins are sticking with the same lineup as Game 1 of the ALDS. However, the Yankees have switched things up with right-hander Carl Pavano on the mound, changing things a bit from the lineup they sent out against…

  11. Dice-K is "very much" a part of the Red Sox' plans

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    We heard yesterday that the Mariners would be interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka if he were on the market. They can forget it though, because Theo Epstein is pleased with him: “To look where we were with him in March, and where we are now, I think we feel a lot better about it now. Along…

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

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    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…

  13. Great Moments in fact checking: The New Yorker

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

    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.…

  15. Angels' housecleaning extends beyond Eddie Bane

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

    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…

  16. Braves postseason roster is rookie-tastic

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    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.

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

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EST

    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…

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