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  1. Mark Teixeira launches two-run bomb, Yanks lead again

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:38 PM EST

    The battle of the bullpens has begun, and it’s not looking good for the Twins. Minnesota right-hander Jesse Crain served up a single to Nick Swisher with one out in the top of the seventh inning and surrendered a towering two-run homer to Mark Teixeira a few pitches later, giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead…

  2. Twins tie it up as Sabathia tires in the bottom of the sixth

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:02 PM EST

    So much for that Yankees lead. CC Sabathia struck out Joe Mauer on three straight pitches to open the sixth inning and caused Delmon Young to fly out, but seemed to tire the moment veteran DH Jim Thome stepped to…

  3. Yankees rally with big sixth inning, now on top

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:41 PM EST

    The tide has turned at Target Field.
    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira launched a one-out double to left field in the top of the sixth inning, ending a streak of 10 straight retired batters by Twins ace Francisco Liriano. A wild pitch gave Teixeira third base and then Alex Rodriguez…

  4. Twins cruising behind Francisco Liriano, lead Yankees

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:03 PM EST

    The Twins are wearing the pinstripes this evening at Target Field. That’s not a metaphor, it’s the truth. The Twins are wearing pinstripes. Let’s get to the updates. Francisco Liriano got himself into trouble in the top of the third inning with a leadoff walk to Yankees speedster…

  5. Poll: Best pitching performance of the year?

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:42 PM EST

    It might seem like a no-brainer to say that Roy Halladay just turned in the best outing by a pitcher this season, and in most seasons it would be. But since it was the sixth no-hitter of the year, and two of them – including one by Halladay himself – were perfect games, I figure…

  6. Twins take early lead over Yankees and CC Sabathia

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:14 PM EST

    Things are looking up for the Twinkies through two innings at Minneapolis’ Target Field. Minnesota ace Francisco Liriano struck out Yankees leadoff man Derek Jeter to open the first inning, then promptly retired Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira on balls that did not get…

  7. Roy Halladay throws second ever postseason no-hitter

    Oct 6, 2010, 7:42 PM EST

    As close to perfection as one can come without actually getting there. Roy Halladay, already with a perfect game to his credit in the 2010 regular season, dominated the Reds in Tuesday’s Game 1, throwing just the second no-hitter in postseason history. The only baserunner to reach against him was Jay Bruce, doing so on…

  8. Rangers designate righty Rich Harden for assignment

    Oct 6, 2010, 7:08 PM EST

    The Rangers couldn’t wait to remove disappointing right-hander Rich Harden from their big-league roster. Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Harden was designated for assignment on Wednesday evening so that Texas could…

  9. Roy Halladay starts off with five hitless innings

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:44 PM EST

    After 5 1/2 innings, the Phillies remain ahead of the Reds 4-0, with Roy Halladay having thrown five hitless innings. Positively cruising, Halladay threw just 10 balls to 14 hitters before walking Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth…

  10. Bad Edinson Volquez shows up; Reds in trouble

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:25 PM EST

    Edinson Volquez was pulled from Game 1 of the NLDS in the second inning with the Reds trailing the Phillies 4-0, leaving Cincinnati in a major hole against an obviously sharp Roy Halladay. Reds manager Dusty Baker took a big risk in going with the volatile Volquez in Game 1. Volquez earned consideration for the…

  11. HBT Daily: Talkin' Braves-Giants

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Our last division series preview is the hardest one: predicting doom for the good, righteous and honorable Atlanta Braves.

  12. Cardinals exercise $16 million option on Albert Pujols for 2011

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    In the least surprising news since I said yes when offered a donut yesterday the Cardinals just officially exercised their 2011 option on Albert Pujols. Instead of buying him out for $5 million (ha!) they’ll pay the best hitter in baseball $16 million while praying that he decides to remain in St. Louis for the…

  13. The Marlins expect to have a manager in place in two weeks

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    That according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, who says that the Feesh are in the process of shoring up their slate of contenders. Among the possibilities: Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi, Bo Porter, Tony Pena, Ted Simmons, Tim Wallach and, of course, current manager Edwin Rodriguez. A couple of observations: Within “a couple of weeks” is…

  14. Chien-Ming Wang clocked at 85-87 mph in instructional league

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:16 PM EST

    Chien-Ming Wang didn’t end up pitching for the Nationals after signing a one-year, $2 million deal that included various incentives, but he’s finally recovered enough from shoulder surgery to take the mound in an instructional league game today. Wang faced four batters and Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com reports that his fastball was clocked at 85-87…

  15. Rangers 5, Rays 1: so how screwed are the Rays?

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:53 PM EST

    It’s only one game, Rays fans. It’s not that big of a deal. Or is it?

  16. Quote of the Day: The Rays Radio Guy

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:31 PM EST

    So I’m watching the Rangers-Rays game through, oh, the seventh inning, when the front door opens up and my kids walk in, fresh off the school bus. I don’t know if there’s anything more jacked up with energy than kids who have been yelling at each other and eating candy for the last half hour. …

  17. Cliff Lee strikes out 10 in seven innings of one-run ball

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    Cliff Lee was somewhat underwhelming in his 15 regular season starts for the Rangers, going 4-6 with a 3.98 ERA, but he was his usual dominant self this afternoon back on the playoff stage. Lee out-dueled David Price with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball, with a Ben Zobrist homer accounting for the…

  18. HBT Daily: Talkin' Yankees-Twins

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Those who put too much weight on it are doomed to poorly analyze a Twins-Yankees series.

  19. The Mariners are interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    Cliff Lee and the Rangers are now up 5-0 on the Rays in the sixth and the game is starting to lull me to sleep. Speaking of lulling fans to sleep, John Hickey of FanHouse reports that the Mariners would be interested in talking to the Red Sox about Daisuke Matsuzaka if they were to…

  20. Twins leave 13-game winner Kevin Slowey off playoff roster

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Jon Rauch was a question mark for the ALDS because of a late-season knee injury, but he’s healthy enough to be included on the playoff roster and that left the Twins to decide between Kevin Slowey or Scott Baker for the final spot on the pitching staff. Baker, who was the Opening Day starter and…

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