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  1. Yankees reveal ALCS rotation, Burnett starting Game 4

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:18 PM EST

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    The Yankees, not to be outdone by the Rangers, have filed their ALCS rotation. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has the goods on Twitter. CC Sabathia will start Game 1 in Texas on Saturday night. The American League Cy Young Award candidate…

  2. Rangers set ALCS rotation, Wilson going in Game 1

    Oct 13, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

    Rangers manager Ron Washington revealed his ALCS rotation on Wednesday in a chat with the media. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan has all of the details, quotes, and a roster change that involves speedy infielder Esteban German. (Hint: he’s been cut). Because staff ace Cliff Lee was…

  3. Bobby Valentine no longer interested in managing Marlins

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:31 PM EST

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    This comes as a bit of surprise. But not really. Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com is reporting that Bobby Valentine has pulled himself out of the running for the Marlins’ managerial vacancy. Valentine gave…

  4. The Rangers are locking up Jon Daniels long term

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:27 PM EST

    Jim Bowden of FOX Sports Radio —  never the most reliable source on the planet when it comes to these things, but who may right about this — believes that the Rangers will announce a long-term contract for GM Jon Daniels once their season ends. This comes after Chuck Greenberg told a reporter yesterday that…

  5. Poll: What should the Yankees do with the playoff rotation

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    All these days off are giving Yankees fans too much to think about. What they’re thinking about mostly, it seems, is the rotation. Specifically, how to order it after CC Sabathia in Game 1.  Some people think Pettitte, Hughes and A.J. Burnett should follow in order. Some people want to flip Pettitte and Hughes, giving…

  6. Tommy Hunter soaked Craig Sager with "a fire hose of barley and hops"

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    When you wear ridiculously flamboyant clothing into a baseball clubhouse where the players are celebrating an ALDS victory by spraying each other with champagne, ginger ale, and beer … well, you run the risk of catching some liquid shrapnel. And as Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com writes, that’s exactly what happened to TBS sideline reporter Craig…

  7. Must-Click link: video archiving every play in every baseball game

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Great story in the New York Times today going behind the scenes at MLB Productions, where “loggers” — the only people more obsessive than bloggers, it would seem — watch and label every single play of every single baseball game with various descriptive tags so that video clips can be easily accessed later. The cool…

  8. Cable fight threatens NLCS; World Series in Philly and New York

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:06 PM EST

    There’s a re-transmission rights fight going on between FOX and Cablevision that could put the NLCS and the World Series in peril for New York and Philly Cablevision subscribers: Fox and Cablevision ramped up the war of words behind their retransmission battle Tuesday. Both sides dug their heels in, as it began to look less…

  9. Tigers will try to re-sign Brandon Inge before free agency hits

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:49 PM EST

    General manager Dave Dombrowski said yesterday that the Tigers “would ideally like to” sign free agent-to-be Brandon Inge to a new contract before he hits the open market five days after the World Series: We have a month advantage over anybody else, so I would hope to find out. I never, ever hold it against…

  10. Heath Bell is the Deliveryman of the Year

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:33 PM EST

    Major League Baseball has announced that Heath Bell has won the 2010 Delivery Man of the Year Award, presented annually to the league’s best relief pitcher. Bell had a 1.93 ERA and saved 47 saves in 50 chances. That was a save behind Brian Wilson, but Bell had a higher save percentage. Bell had a…

  11. Cliff Lee is the fourth pitcher since 1995 to throw 90 strikes in a playoff game

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:17 PM EST

    It’s been, like, an hour since I posted an amazing Cliff Lee stat, so … Lee threw 90 of his 120 pitches for strikes in last night’s complete-game win over the Rays, becoming the first pitcher since Orlando Hernandez in 2000 to throw 90 or more strikes in a playoff game. El Duque threw 91…

  12. Deep Thoughts: Did Frank Wren really mean to hire Fredi Gonzalez?

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    UPDATE:  OK, maybe Wren was right. Gonzalez won the Sporting News’ Manager of the Year Award. Damn. I really wish he was deluded about that. It would have made for great blog fodder, basically, for every single game Gonzalez managed. 3:00 P.M.: Fredi Gonzalez was formally announced as the Braves new manager a few minutes…

  13. Mickey Mantle was a "neuromuscular genius" and may have played 17 years with a torn ACL

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

    Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wrote about Jane Leavy’s new Mickey Mantle biography and included this interesting tidbit regarding the Hall of Famer’s infamous 1951 knee injury: Her research into Mantle’s injury history rejects his claim that his right knee was operated on after he fell over a drain cover at Yankee Stadium…

  14. HBT Daily: looking back at the Division Series(s)

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about the highlights — and lowlights — of the first round.

  15. Blue Jays interview various Red Sox coaches for manager gig

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

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    Apparently the Blue Jays think the Red Sox have a pretty amazing coaching staff. CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam reports that the Blue Jays have already interviewed Red Sox third base coach Tim Bogar and bench coach DeMarlo Hale as potential replacements for manager Cito Gaston and also have Boston pitching coach John Farrell on their list…

  16. With the Phillies starters, a picture is worth a thousand words

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt are ready to answer the bell. Is Joe Blanton?

  17. Quote of the Day II: T.J. Simers on Frank McCourt

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    At some point it will feel like we’re piling on Frank McCourt. I just don’t think we’ve reached that point yet.

  18. No. 1 pick Bryce Harper to play in the Arizona Fall League

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:19 PM EST

    After initially indicating that they wouldn’t send Bryce Harper to the Arizona Fall League, the Nationals have changed their mind. According to general manager Mike Rizzo, the No. 1 overall pick will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions “effective immediately.” Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Harper will be on the Scorpions “taxi squad,” which means…

  19. Report: the Diamondbacks are prepared to unload the money truck on Yu Darvish

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

    Last month we heard reports that Japanese ace Yu Darvish could be posted this winter (i.e. his current club, Nippon Ham, could make him available to major league teams for a price). Now Patrick Newman of the excellent NPB Tracker passes along word that the Diamondbacks are willing to go as high as $80 million…

  20. Quote of the Day: Warming up in vain during a Cliff Lee start

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

    Rangers reliever Darren O’Day, on the bullpen chatter during Cliff Lee’s complete-game win over the Rays last night: About the sixth inning we were talking and we said, “Cliff’s gonna finish this game, but let’s warm up so our moms can see us at home.” He likes to finish what he starts. Lee is now…

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