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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Benches empty in third inning of Game 6

    Oct 23, 2010, 9:07 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    A wild Jonathan Sanchez plunked Chase Utley in the back, leading a perturbed Utley to flip the ball back to the pitcher and sparking a benches-clearing incident in the third inning of Game 6 of the NLCS. The ball, which hit Utley just above the numbers, happened to carom and bounce into Utley’s right hand…

  15. Astros legend Jeff Bagwell declines to return as hitting coach

    Oct 23, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Jeff Bagwell, who left a cushy front-office job to return to the field as the Astros’ hitting coach at the All-Star break, announced Saturday that he wouldn’t return in that role in 2011. Bagwell was offered a two-year deal to stay on as the hitting coach, but with seven- and nine-year-old daughters at home, he…

  16. NLCS Game 6: Giants lineup versus Roy Oswalt

    Oct 23, 2010, 5:32 PM EST

    Giants celebrate

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Phillies and right-hander Roy Oswalt: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Aubrey Huff, 1B 4. Buster Posey, C 5. Pat Burrell, LF 6. Cody Ross, RF 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS 9. Jonathan Sanchez, P Nothing too…

  17. NLCS Game 6: Phillies lineup versus Jonathan Sanchez

    Oct 23, 2010, 4:35 PM EST

    NLCS Phillies Giants Baseball

    Here’s the Phillies’ lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Giants and left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Placido Polanco, 3B 3. Chase Utley, 2B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Jayson Werth, RF 6. Shane Victorino, CF 7. Raul Ibanez, LF 8. Carlos Ruiz, C 9. Roy Oswalt, P The big…

  18. Royals’ prospect Mike Moustakas may skip winter ball

    Oct 23, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    Moustakas swinging

    It’s a painfully slow day news-wise, so while we patiently wait for Game 6 of the NLCS between the Giants and Phillies to begin, I thought I’d use this opportunity to bring you up to speed on a position prospect we’ll probably be hearing a lot about next season. Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo…

  19. Report: Javier Vazquez would be interested in joining Nationals

    Oct 23, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Javier Vazquez is interested in pitching for a team on the East Coast, including the Nationals. Vazquez, 34, would prefer to play for a team on the East Coast because he wants to be closer in proximity to his family in Puerto Rico. The veteran right-hander had a limited…

  20. Randy Winn wants to play again next season

    Oct 23, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    Randy Winn, Ryan Spilborghs

    Randy Winn is focused on going home and spending some time with his family right now, but the veteran outfielder told B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com that he would like to play again next season. “I would like to find a team that would like me to play for them, that’s going to be my first…

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