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  1. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Rangers versus Rays

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s Game 5 of the ALDS: TAMPA BAY RAYS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Jason Bartlett, SS 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Ben Zobrist, RF 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Carl Crawford, LF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Evan Longoria, 3B 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Carlos Pena, 1B 5. Nelson…

  2. Poll: Will the Rangers or Rays win Game 5 tonight?

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    With the first win-or-go-home game of the 2010 playoffs set for tonight in Tampa Bay, let’s see how good the Hardball Talk posse is at predicting the future: Who will win Game 5 of the ALDS tonight?online surveys

  3. The Roberto Alomar divorce petition

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    You’ll recall that Roberto Alomar made the news last week. Now ESPN’s The File blog has a copy of the divorce petition filed by Roberto Alomar’s wife (link goes to pdf file). The interesting stuff begins at paragraph 19, where Alomar’s wife claims that, despite knowing he had HIV, Alomar “intentionally and in total disregard…

  4. Logan White will remain with the Dodgers if he doesn't get a GM job elsewhere

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EST

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that assistant general manager Logan White has agreed to a new contract with the Dodgers and will remain in the same role unless he’s hired to be another team’s general manager. White is scheduled to interview for the Mets’ general manager opening, but the assumption is that…

  5. The Dodgers are raising some ticket prices; lowering others

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:07 PM EST

    The average price for a single game ticket at Dodger Stadium will go up 40 cents for 2011. The average price for a season ticket will go down 20 cents. Some seats will have large premiums placed on them. Others, discounts. It’s all rather convoluted, really. My guess is that the convoluted nature of the…

  6. Two must-click links: Jewish Indians, Indian Indians and the Tomahawk Chop

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

    I spent the early portion of my mid-afternoon lull reading a couple of good articles. A profile of Indians great Al Rosen.  It details the anti-semitism he and other Jewish ballplayers faced back in the day, as well as the more benign but just as potentially career-limiting stereotype that Jews simply couldn’t be good athletes.…

  7. Jair Jurrjens to undergo minor knee surgery next week

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens threw six innings in an instructional league game yesterday and afterward general manager Frank Wren explained that “everything went well” and “he didn’t have any problems.” That may have been true, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Jurrjens will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the partially torn meniscus in his right knee…

  8. Bobby Valentine may be the "front runner" for the Mariners job

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    At some point, there are so many Bobby Valentine rumors floating around that they become utterly meaningless. That point was probably back in June, actually. But hey, we aim to be comprehensive around here, so we’d hate it if you didn’t know that Shannon Drayer ESPN radio in Seattle is reporting that Valentine “may very…

  9. Tony La Russa remains undecided about his 2011 status

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Tony La Russa has not yet made a decision on whether he’ll return as the Cardinals’ manager in 2011. According to Goold the Cardinals “made a formal offer last week” and La Russa previously indicated that he’d have an answer by early this week, but…

  10. HBT Daily: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Matt and I look into the crystal ball. Is everything coming up Cliffy?

  11. Jim Edmonds would still like to play. I think.

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    I the article, Jim Edmonds says “I’m done,” but that’s referring to the season. Would he still consider playing in 2011? “I’ll have to ask the wife about that,” Edmonds said. He also said that the idea of coming back would be more appealing if he could be a backup first baseman somewhere. He said…

  12. Appreciating the historic, unhittable greatness of Billy Wagner

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:49 PM EST

    Billy Wagner’s phenomenal career ending with him leaving a save situation and limping off the field before being replaced on the playoff roster due to an oblique injury is all kinds of not fair, but the diminutive flame-thrower remained a badass until the very end, agreeing to a pair of injections for the slim chance…

  13. UPDATE: the Jim Joyce Twitter account is a hoax

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    OK, fine, I was suckered. But it was kinda worth it.

  14. Quote of the Day: Brian Wilson on Lincecum vs. Halladay

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    Giants closer Brian Wilson, on “whether he would pay to see” the NLCS Game 1 matchup between Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay: No. They are paying me to see it. For some reason that cracked me up, maybe because the guy saying it looks like this.

  15. Video: The Bobby Cox farewell press conference

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    I’m trying to walk back my emotions on all of this. I mean, he’s not dead or anything. And despite what he says about “not putting on the uniform again” he’s almost certainly going to be back hanging around the Braves spring training, probably in uniform as some special advisor or something like Tom Kelly…

  16. Jair Jurrjens feeling good after instructional league outing

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    This news comes qualifies as too little, too late for the Braves this season, but it sounds like Jair Jurrjens will at least be healthy heading into the offseason. Sidelined since mid-September with a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, Jurrjens threw six innings in an instructional league game yesterday and reported no problems.…

  17. Headline of the Day

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

    The fact that this man is still playing while the Braves are home organizing their fishing gear is proof that there is no God. Or that he exists and has a great sense of humor.

  18. Billy Beane thinks Sandy Alderson would be perfect for Mets

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    All things Billy Beane have lost quite a bit of gravitas over the past few years, but the A’s general manager still makes headlines when he weighs in on various topics and said yesterday that he thinks Sandy Alderson would be the perfect fit as the Mets’ next GM. There’s no question he would change…

  19. Damaso Marte expected to undergo shoulder surgery

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Limited to 13 innings last season and 18 innings this year, Damaso Marte is now expected to undergo shoulder surgery after shutting down his rehab. “We’re going to pull the plug on Marte,” general manager Brian Cashman told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. “He’s attempted to come back, but it just hasn’t…

  20. Ron Washington "has a feeling" about Jorge Cantu

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Just as I was surprised that there is controversy over the Giants starting Madison Bumgarner over Barry Zito, I’m surprised that there’s controversy over the Rangers starting Jorge Cantu over Mitch Moreland at first base tonight against David Price. But apparently there is: When the sun went down on Monday, Rangers manager Ron W ashington…

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