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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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”…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Bryce Harper: Nationals “will be the Yankees of the NL East”

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:18 PM EST

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    Prior to making his Arizona Fall League debut tomorrow Bryce Harper chatted with Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com and had some interesting things to say about the Nationals’ future: I think in the next couple years we will be the Yankees of the NL East. I have been telling everyone that. We are going to roll.…

  13. The Nats give Mike Rizzo a five-year extenstion

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    Nationals logo

    The Nationals just issued a release saying that they’ve signed GM Mike Rizzo to five-year contract extension. That’s nice job security, and the added title is nice too: Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.  This, essentially, means that he’s filling Stan Kasten’s old job and means that he has one less person to answer to…

  14. Blue Jays upset that Dodgers denied their request to interview Tim Wallach

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

    USA MLB SPRING TRAINING-LOS ANGELES DODGERS

    Last week the Dodgers denied the Blue Jays permission to interview Tim Wallach for their managerial opening and Robert Macleod of the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that “the Blue Jays organization is miffed at the Dodgers for their refusal to make Wallach available.” Macleod quotes an unnamed Blue Jays “senior official” as saying that…

  15. HBT Daily: Burnett and the bats

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:35 PM EST

    Matt and I ask whether the Yankees’ bats can wake up, whether A.J. Burnett is the right choice and whether the Giants can do a thing against Cole Hamels

  16. Milton Bradley on history with Eric Wedge: “I’m over it”

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    eric wedge and milton bradley indians

    Hired as the Mariners’ new manager yesterday, Eric Wedge’s ugly history with Milton Bradley from their time together with the Indians in 2003/2004 seemingly makes it unlikely that they’ll be asked to co-exist again in Seattle. That may prove true–Wedge hasn’t even been officially introduced to the local media yet–but in the meantime Larry Stone…

  17. CC vs. AJ in Game 4: a rebuttal

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    Joe Pawlikowski counters my Team A.J. post over at Fangraphs. He prefers CC Sabathia for a pretty basic reason: The overall point of using Sabathia tonight is to give the team the best chance of prolonging the series. No matter the match-up, Sabathia gives the team a better chance to win this evening. That means…

  18. Our long national Melkmare has come to an end

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    I haven’t seen anything official on this yet, but MLB.com’s Fantasy 411 outfit is reporting that the Braves have released Melky Cabrera. This causes me to ask several questions: Do we measure the time it will take for the Pirates to sign Melky in seconds, milliseconds or nanoseconds? Do the Yankees declare victory in the…

  19. Cubs remove interim tag, name Mike Quade manager

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    Mike Quade went 24-13 as Chicago’s interim manager after taking over a 51-74 team from Lou Piniella in mid-August and today the Cubs announced that he’s been hired as the full-time skipper. Quade will reportedly get a two-year contract with a team option for 2013. Ryne Sandberg was the most popular candidate among Cubs fans…

  20. What does the La Russa extension really mean?

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:57 AM EST

    La Russa in dugout

    Bernie Miklasz has a great column up over at the Post-Dispatch today, analyzing the announcement that Tony La Russa is coming back to the Cardinals next year. More specifically, analyzing the part of the announcement in which it was revealed that bullpen coach Marty Mason was not coming back. A small detail to outsiders —…

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