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  1. San Jose Mercury News writer kicks the Philly fan hornet’s nest

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    Phillies fan taser

    There’s been a lot of talk about fan behavior in these parts over the past couple of days. It’s probably gettin’ played out. Oh, if something happens during the games today we’ll certainly comment on it, but the generalizing about various fan bases is a subject that, however interesting it is, gets old after a…

  2. Adrian Gonzalez has surgery to “clean up” right shoulder

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez

    After a pair of MRI exams and visits to three doctors Adrian Gonzalez has decided to undergo right shoulder surgery that Padres general manager Jed Hoyer described as a “clean up” procedure. Gonzalez admitted late in the season that he’d been playing through discomfort since May and altered his swing because of it, but he…

  3. The Yankees have hope: they just need to get the series back to Texas

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:56 AM EST

    Nick Swisher

    The Yankees certainly have their backs up against the wall. A 14.6 % chance of winning the series if you believe Rational Pastime. And to do that they have to channel their inner-2004 Boston Red Sox, and that may be simply unpalatable for them. Tough break, ya know? But hey, maybe their chances are a…

  4. This is kind of scary: that fan from Game 3 was going after A-Rod

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:16 AM EST

    While most fans who run on the field during ballgames are either drunk, attention whores or both, it seems like the one who jumped on the field at Yankee Stadium during Game 3 was a different kettle of fish: he was nuts. And likely dangerous. According to the New York Post, the fan, Grim LeRogue…

  5. Mark Teixeira’s season is over

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:52 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    It was painful to watch. And it was downright inspirational to see him do his best to make it to first base. But as he was crumbling towards the bag, I couldn’t help but feel for the guy. As soon as the trainers came out it seemed clear that Mark Teixeira’s game was over. As…

  6. Was Robinson Cano’s homer a case of fan interference?

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Texas Rangers fielder Nelson Cruz (lower) tries to catch a Yankees Robinson Cano hit into the stands which was ruled a home run in the second inning during Game 4 of their Major League League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    I’m going to admit up front that I’m flummoxed. I’ve gone back and forth on this thing two or three times now. In real time, Robinson Cano’s homer to right in the second appeared to be a case of fan interference, with those awesome, awesome fans in the front row slapping Nelson Cruz’s glove. When…

  7. Phillies must find bats, or go the way of the Yankees

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:04 AM EST

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    They say that pitching wins championships, and while the adage is up for debate, one thing seems clear: no matter how good your pitching is, you have to figure out how to scratch out a few runs at some point. The vaunted New York Yankees offense hasn’t been able to do it against the Texas…

  8. Rangers 10, Yankees 3: An ugly night in the Bronx has the Yankees on the ropes

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:13 AM EST

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    On an objective level there have been worse losses in recent Yankees history. They’ve been blown out. They’ve lost big games. Bad things have occurred to even this most historically blessed team.  But I can’t recall an uglier night, all around, than what we witnessed tonight. Among the lowlights: Tommy Hunter was quite hittable, but…

  9. Live Blog: Rangers-Yankees ALCS Game 4

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:12 AM EST

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    UPDATE: And this baby is finally over. The Rangers have won 10-3 and now lead the Yankees 3-1 in the ALCS. The Rangers will try to earn their first trip to the World Series tomorrow (okay, well today, technically). As always, thanks for reading. Stay tuned for a post-game recap from Craig. 12:04 AM: Wait,…

  10. Matt Cain shuts down Phillies as Giants take 2-1 lead in NLCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    NLCS Phillies Giants Baseball

    Philadelphia scored the second-most runs in the NL during the regular season, averaged 4.4 runs through five playoffs games, and hadn’t been shut out since August, but the Phillies’ lineup managed just three singles and three walks while being blanked by Matt Cain, Javier Lopez, and Brian Wilson in Game 3 of the NLCS. Cain…

  11. Bob Uecker undergoes successful heart surgery

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:04 PM EST

    Bob Uecker

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Brewers’ broadcaster Bob Uecker underwent a second successful heart surgery today at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. The second procedure was necessary because Uecker developed a tear at the site of his valve replacement performed in late April. “On behalf of the entire Brewers organization, we are relieved…

  12. Jake Peavy hopes to be ready for Opening Day

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    Jake Peavy, Ozzie Guillen, A.J. Pierzynski, Chad Fairchild

    Jake Peavy hasn’t resumed throwing yet following July shoulder surgery, but told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he plans to play some “easy catch” for the first time next month with an eye toward throwing at full strength at some point in December. His goal is to “not be behind at all when camp starts”…

  13. Breaking: Pete Rose is sorry

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:27 PM EST

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    Pete Rose pops up every couple of months to say this, and far be it from me to ignore it when he says it again: “I think anybody that knows me knows that I’m very sorry. I understand the mistakes I made. There’s some people that will never give you a second opportunity. That’s fine.…

  14. Barry Bonds returns to AT&T Park; fans cheer, media grumbles

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:34 PM EST

    Barry Bonds first pitch NLCS

    Barry Bonds just ran out onto the field before the Phillies-Giants game, where he and other past Giants stars threw out the first pitch.  When he appeared: a loud ovation from the crowd.  I looked to the Twitter feed and this is what I see from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: SF Giants make…

  15. Reds likely to decline Orlando Cabrera’s option for 2011, but may try to re-sign shortstop

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    General manager Walt Jocketty indicated yesterday that the Reds are likely to decline their $4 million option on Orlando Cabrera for next season, but may be interested in re-signing the veteran shortstop for a lesser salary. Cabrera hit just .263/.303/.354 for a .657 OPS that ranked fourth-worst among all NL hitters and at age 35…

  16. Fenway Park is going to be rotten with video boards next year

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

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    The Red Sox announced their latest — and I believe last — round of improvements to Fenway Park.  I’ve not been there, but I’m told that it’s been a pretty good project, overall. The park is getting nice upgrades. It’s a lot nicer and cleaner and more fan friendly than it used to be. But…

  17. Details on why Tim Wallach wasn’t allowed to interview with the Blue Jays

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

    Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com did some digging and uncovered why Tim Wallach agreed to a contract with the Dodgers that allowed him to interview for certain managerial openings (like the Brewers) while prohibiting him from pursuing other jobs (like the Blue Jays): Wallach was allowed to make those lists himself while negotiating the deal, which…

  18. Jorge sits, Cervelli gets the start behind the plate for the Yankees tonight

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    A.J. Burnett, Francisco Cervelli

    It was just revealed that Francisco Cervelli will get the start behind the plate for game Game 4 tonight against the Rangers. My first thought is to hate this move because Cervelli’s bat is pretty anemic and the Yankees need all the offense they can get. On the other hand, A.J. Burnett worked primarily with…

  19. Ryne Sandberg unlikely to remain in Cubs organization

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ managerial search this morning Ryne Sandberg told Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune that he’s unlikely to remain in the organization. I’m just kind of digesting it right now and I’ve got my agent getting feelers out. I’m hoping there’s something else out there. I’m…

  20. K-Rod and the Mets settle

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:03 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez perp walk

    Francisco Rodriguez and the Mets have settled the grievance K-Rod filed after the team tried to make his deal non-guaranteed. The settlement: his deal is still guaranteed, but he drops his challenge to the Mets placing him on the disqualified list for the end of the 2010 season. That means he basically forfeits the $3.1…

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