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  1. Sad Ryan Howard is sad

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Sorry we’re going with so many photo-centric posts this morning, but it beats reading a thousand words over and over again, right?

  2. Don’t call it a “small-market” World Series matchup

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    world series logo

    I’ve already seen a lot of grumbling from various media members on Twitter about how the Giants-Rangers matchup is going to be a ratings nightmare for FOX. That may turn out to be true, but it won’t be because the markets involved are small ones. J.C. Bradbury of Sabernomics notes that Nielson ranks Dallas and…

  3. And you thought Giants-Rangers couldn’t inspire passion

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:07 AM EST

    With the famously passionate Yankees and Phillies fanbases on outside looking in, I figured there wouldn’t be any trash talk in the leadup to this thing. And there isn’t a ton coming from San Francisco or Texas yet. But if you look down to L.A. there’s some to be found. From the Times’ Steve Dilbeck:…

  4. The Giants are “knuckleheads”

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    I blame Kevin Millar and all of that “idiots” stuff for this.  Or maybe one of those Super Bowl teams who sang songs gets the ultimate blame. Heck, maybe it goes back to when the Dodgers were “bums.” Regardless, it seems that any time even a slight underdog progresses in the postseason, they get a…

  5. Joel Sherman calls Joe Girardi a paranoid liar

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:18 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    He doesn’t put those two words together, but Joel Sherman calls Girardi “paranoid” — twice — and calls him “deceitful,” “misleading” and says that he’s less-than-candid. There’s nothing wrong with writing a column pointing out the professional faults of the local manager following a tough playoff loss, but am I wrong in thinking that if…

  6. It’s gonna be wet in San Francisco for Game 2

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    AT&T Park wet

    You would have thought that having the Twins and the east coast teams out of the World Series would mean that this year we wouldn’t have any concerns about the weather. Yeah, you would have thought that, but you’d be wrong: It doesn’t qualify as torture, but here’s another wrinkle for fans of the San…

  7. Would this really be that bad, Yankees fans?

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:27 AM EST

    Jeter Red Sox

    Lolcoeur was my creation, but I’ll admit, it wasn’t nearly as striking as this baby. I believe one of my colleagues at NBC created that and that it was used on Sunday Night Football last night. I wouldn’t know because I decided to finally start watching “Breaking Bad” on DVD and thus neglected to tune…

  8. Your photo of the weekend

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    Two Davids moved on to the Fall Classic. Two Goliaths went home, dazed and uncertain about the future. One picture, I feel, sums up this most exciting weekend of playoff baseball.

  9. Cliff Lee not concerned about long layoff before Game 1 start

    Oct 24, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee hasn’t pitched since last Monday’s Game 3 victory over the Yankees in the ALCS. He was lined up to start a potential Game 7, but since the Rangers were able to finish off the Yankees in six games, Lee will be on eight days’ rest for Game 1 of the World Series against…

  10. Jayson Werth is likely done in Philadelphia

    Oct 24, 2010, 5:35 PM EST

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Not to kick Phillies fans while they are down or anything, but shortly after last night’s season-ending loss to the Giants, Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted that teammates don’t expect Jayson Werth to return next season. Of course, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Werth is poised to make big money in free agency,…

  11. Curt Young leaves as A’s pitching coach; where’s he headed?

    Oct 24, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    Curt Young

    The Athletics just announced in a press release that Curt Young has declined the team’s offer to return as pitching coach next season. Young, who was originally drafted by the A’s in 1981, spent 27 years in the organization, including the past seven as the team’s pitching coach. Overseeing the youngest pitching staff in the…

  12. Vladimir Guerrero will play the outfield in either Game 1 or 2

    Oct 24, 2010, 3:02 PM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The Giants have home-field advantage during the World Series thanks to the National League winning the All-Star Game back in July, so the Rangers will have to play without the designated hitter for the first two games of the series. With that in mind, Rangers manager Ron Washington told Jeff Kaplan of ESPNDallas.com that Vladimir…

  13. Damaso Marte has shoulder surgery, out until at least All-Star break next season

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    Damaso Marte throwing

    Damaso Marte underwent surgery Friday to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News. Marte was concerned that the surgery could spell the end of his career, but told reporters on Sunday that doctors expect him to begin throwing after the All-Star break in 2011. “I have to…

  14. Andres Torres hopes to play in Game 1 on Wednesday

    Oct 24, 2010, 12:32 PM EST

    Andres Torres

    Andres Torres injured his left hip and upper groin area while legging out a bunt single in the top of the ninth inning last night, but hopes to be available to play in Game 1 of the World Series against the Rangers on Wednesday night, reports Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Torres…

  15. The Mets face a deadline with Hisanori Takahashi

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    Interesting situation between the Mets and Hisanori Takahashi. According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, the Mets have until October 31 (next Sunday) to sign Takahashi to a new contract or else they are prohibited from signing the left-hander until May 15, 2011. Why? Well, it’s little complicated. When the Mets signed Takahashi…

  16. John Henry confirms that John Farrell is headed to Toronto

    Oct 24, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    john farrell in jacket

    In an e-mail to the Boston Globe, Red Sox owner John Henry confirmed that John Farrell will be named Blue Jays manager: “The Jays are getting a great baseball man and a great person,’’ Henry wrote in an e-mail to the Globe. “We were able to keep John as a part of our organization longer…

  17. Bob Melvin and Joey Cora among finalists for Brewers manager, Dale Sveum stays as hitting coach

    Oct 24, 2010, 9:53 AM EST

    mlb-brewers1

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is beginning to narrow the search for his club’s next manager. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora are among the finalists. Melvin began with a list of ten candidates for the position, but only…

  18. Tim Lincecum expects to start Game 1 despite relief appearance

    Oct 24, 2010, 8:56 AM EST

    Lincecum throwing

    Just in case there was any doubt whatsoever, Tim Lincecum told Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com that he expects to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Rangers on Wednesday, despite facing three batters on Saturday night. “I fully expect to make the start,” Lincecum said. “It’s not like they told me to…

  19. Final thoughts on the NLCS and our first peek ahead to the World Series

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:10 AM EST

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    We’re going to have plenty of time between now and Wednesday night to break down the Rangers vs. the Giants. For now, some general impressions and observations, both of last night’s NLCS clincher and the upcoming World Series: Jonathan Sanchez’s third inning meltdown in which he walked Placido Polanco, plunked Chase Utley and then sparked…

  20. The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:40 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    Sorry, I just always wanted to say that. But they did, and now we’re on to a Rangers-Giants World Series. It will be the fourth time in 90 years that two teams who have never won the World Series (at least in their current cities) have faced one another in the Fall Classic. 2002, 1992…

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