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  1. So, what are the Phillies up against?

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:22 AM EST

    Phillies' Hamels, Halladay and Howard watch as the Giants celebrate their victory in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Philly is down 3-1.  Phillies writer Todd Zolecki put that in perspective after the game last night by noting that six teams have overcome 3-1 deficits in the LCS since it went to seven games in 1985: The 1985 Royals, 1986 Red Sox, 1996 Braves, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox and 2007 Red Sox. ESPN’s…

  2. And That Happened: LCS edition

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:57 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Giants 6, Phillies 5: Buster. Posey. Just a 4 for 5 night with a key defensive play behind the plate. Thank God he fixed all of those shortcomings that kept him in the minors back in April and May. Juan Uribe had a walkoff sac fly. Thank God his wrist was well enough to play. …

  3. Josh Hamilton named player of year by his peers

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:51 AM EST

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    The players have spoken, and according to them, Josh Hamilton is the best among them. The Texas Rangers center fielder, who has tormented the New York Yankees with four home runs in the ALCS, has been named Sporting News’ player of the year, as selected by a panel of 326 Major League Baseball players. Hamilton…

  4. And a rookie shall lead them: Buster Posey carries Giants to brink of World Series

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:24 AM EST

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    Juan Uribe surprisingly didn’t put up much of a fight in the bottom of the ninth inning when home plate umpire Wally Bell ruled that the 1-1 pitch from Roy Oswalt hit his bat handle and not his hand. Instead of taking his base Uribe just waited a couple pitches and hit the game-winning sacrifice…

  5. McGwire ‘torn’ on whether to return to Cardinals

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:49 PM EST

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    We already know that Tony La Russa will return to managing the St. Louis Cardinals next season. But the future of hitting coach Mark McGwire is far less certain, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. La Russa on Monday referred to McGwire as “really torn” about whether to return for a second…

  6. Nelson Cruz expects hamstring to be fine for Game 6

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:39 PM EST

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    As noted in our handy little ALCS Game 5 Live Blog, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was pulled from Wednesday’s game because of tightness in his left hamstring — the same hamstring that forced him to the disabled list twice this year.  He landed on the disabled list a third time with right hamstring problems. For…

  7. Yanks push ALCS back to Texas with Game 5 victory

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:26 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Trailing 3-1 in this year’s seven-game ALCS against the Rangers, the Yankees’ offense finally decided to wake up on Wednesday evening in New York. Jorge Posada kicked off the game’s scoring with an RBI single in the second inning, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers in the third and Lance Berkman even registered…

  8. ALCS Live Blog: Rangers-Yankees ALCS Game 5

    Oct 20, 2010, 7:55 PM EST

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    7:55 PM: That’ll do it.  Yankees win 7-2 and we’re headed back to Texas for Game 6. 7:46 PM: Yep, here comes Mo.  It’s a non-save situation, but Rivera hasn’t pitched in five days and needs a little work. 7:35 PM: This one is just about over.  Granderson just launched a line drive homer to…

  9. Braves’ Jurrjens undergoes surgery on right knee

    Oct 20, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Braves starter Jair Jurrjens underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee Wednesday. The procedure, done by Dr. James in Andrews in Alabama, was deemed a success. Jurrjens injured his right knee during a late-September bullpen session and did…

  10. Grim LeRogue to be arraigned bedside on Thursday

    Oct 20, 2010, 6:32 PM EST

    Man Who Ran Onto Feild In Game 3 Of ALCS Obsessed With Cameron Diaz.

    Ian Begley of ESPN New York has an update on Grim LeRogue — the man who was arrested for running on the field during Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. LeRogue will have a bedside arraignment Thursday at New York’s Lincoln Hospital, where he has been held since the incident.  A judge will…

  11. Zack Greinke can block a trade to 15 teams in 2011

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    As the Royals drop more and more hints that they’ll be entertaining offers for Zack Greinke this winter Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com passes along the details of Greinke’s no-trade clause. According to Morosi, he has the right to block a trade to a pre-selected list of 20 teams through the end of this year.…

  12. The Yankee crowd is . . . less than enthusiastic

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:06 PM EST

    Watching the beginning of this Rangers-Yankees game, and (a) the crowd is a bit sparse by Yankee Stadium standards; and (b) they seem less than enthused. At least to the extent you can tell such a thing from 40,000+ people. I guess I get that people are a bit freaked. And I can see a…

  13. Fired as Angels’ scouting director, Eddie Bane joins Tigers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

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    In a surprise move last month the Angels fired Eddie Bane as part of a housecleaning in the scouting department, but it didn’t take long for the well-respected scouting director to find another gig. Keith Law of ESPN.com reports that Bane “will join the Tigers’ pro scouting department.” His specialty is really more scouting amateurs…

  14. The Yankees shouldn’t count on signing Cliff Lee

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:33 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Not if Chuck Greenberg has anything to say about it. Which he did a few minutes ago, when he told writers at the Rangers-Yankees game that Texas is prepared to bid competitively for Cliff Lee this winter. His words: “we’re not going into it with a peashooter.” The Rangers just signed a big TV deal.…

  15. ALCS Game 5: Rangers lineup versus CC Sabathia

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:16 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS this afternoon against CC Sabathia: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Matt Treanor, C 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B The first seven spots…

  16. Sandy Alomar Jr., John Farrell, and DeMarlo Hale finalists in Blue Jays’ manager search

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com the Blue Jays have narrowed their long list of candidates to replace manager Cito Gaston down to three names: Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Alomar and Farrell have never managed, while Hale managed in…

  17. It may be the last day for baseball fans to care about the FOX-Cablevision dispute

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

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    In case you’re curious, the transmission rights battle between FOX and Cablevision is still raging, with no end in sight. As we’ve discussed before, the dispute means that Cablevision subscribers in New York and Philiadelphia are unable to watch FOX. Which means, unless a resolution is reached, no World Series. Know what? This seemed like…

  18. Fans needlessly waste beer at Yankees game

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    More fan stuff. This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.

  19. Reds trying to re-sign impending free agent Arthur Rhodes

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    Arthur Rhodes

    Arthur Rhodes had one of the best seasons of his career at age 40, posting a 2.29 ERA and 50/18 K/BB ratio in 55 innings, and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds “have had initial talks” with his agent about a new contract. Rhodes is an impending free agent, but has…

  20. The Pirates are number one!

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    The Pirates come out on top in at least one very, very important measure of a baseball franchise’s organizational health. And the Yankees’ middling ranking? Clearly Joe Girardi’s fault. If he’d get his head out of his binder and go with his gut for once, things like these wouldn’t be happening. (via Bucs dugout)

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