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  1. What will Girardi do with Matsui in Philadelphia?

    Oct 30, 2009, 2:14 PM EDT

    With the World Series shifting to Philadelphia for the next three games and the designated hitter not in play, the Yankees are facing a decision about what to do with Hideki Matsui. Matsui was one of the team’s best hitters during the regular season, batting .274/.367/.509 with 28 homers and 90 RBIs in 142 games,…

  2. How can Philadelphia top Jay-Z and Alicia Keys?

    Oct 30, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT

    Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performing “Empire State of Mind” prior to Game 2 last night seemed to work out pretty well, as nearly every player from both teams congregated atop the dugout to watch, Ozzie Guillen snapped cellphone pictures from the FOX pregame show stage, and the New York crowd didn’t even boo them off…

  3. Marlins looking to sign Johnson, trade Hermida

    Oct 30, 2009, 12:35 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson and Jeremy Hermida were born one day apart in January of 1984, they’re both arbitration eligible this offseason, and they’re both under team control through 2011, but Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins are taking very different approaches with the two players. According to Frisaro the Marlins are interested in signing…

  4. Link-O-Rama: Hurdle, Chapman, Sano, Hova

    Oct 30, 2009, 11:46 AM EDT

    * Fired by the Rockies midway through his eighth season as manager, Clint Hurdle is now one of four finalists to replace Rudy Jaramillo as Rangers hitting coach. The other guys up for the job are former A’s hitting coach Thad Bosley, former Cubs hitting coach Gerald Perry, and longtime Rangers outfielder Rusty Greer. *…

  5. Yankee Stadium has been a Mausoleum

    Oct 30, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    It’s hard to truly gauge crowd noise from the TV broadcast. TBS, for example, is notorious for over-amplifying the crowd via some unique mic placement (they did it with the Braves for years and still do it now that they broadcast national games).  At the same time, the Indians broadcasts I watch most nights during…

  6. What was Jeter thinking with that bunt anyway?

    Oct 30, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    Like the bad calls mentioned earlier, Jeter’s bunt attempt with two strikes on him in the seventh ended up not making a difference, but my mouth was agape when he tried to lay it down all the same.  What were you thinking, Derek? Did Girardi actually give you the bunt sign with two strikes and…

  7. The year's Series a perfect storm for high ratings, high drama

    Oct 30, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    We’ll see the Game 2 ratings later today, but the ratings for Game 1 are in, and they’re very, very high: Game 1 was the second-highest-rated MLB postseason game since 1999. It was seen by 19.5 million viewers, which marked a 33 percent increase over last year’s Game 1. That increase also marked the second-biggest…

  8. The Red Sox are willing to offer Bay $60 million. They shouldn't do it.

    Oct 30, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    That’s the rumor Jon Heyman is spreading: The Sox stand ready to offer Bay $15 million per year over four years. This doesn’t pass the smell test for me. Why on Earth would the Sox make an offer to Bay before seeing whether or not Matt Holliday — an obvious upgrade over Bay — can be had? …

  9. Leave A-Rod alone for cryin' out loud

    Oct 30, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    You can tell just how hard it was for the media to go with that “A-Rod: clutch God” line of thinking they’ve been forced to adopt this year, because after just two bad games, they’re back into their old groove. First it was Joe Buck last night who, according to one reader, was “single handedly…

  10. The umpires strike back: two more bad calls last night

    Oct 30, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    After the way the postseason has gone, everyone is watching the umpires closely, so it’s probably worth noting that they blew two calls last night. First base ump Brian Gorman was wrong when he called Chase Utley out at first on the double play that ended the top of the eighth. It wasn’t Don Denkinger…

  11. Yanks only need Burnett, Rivera to best Phils

    Oct 29, 2009, 11:50 PM EDT

    So, now we know just how the Yankees have decided to address that middle-relief problem; they’re going to bypass it completely. A.J. Burnett struck out nine over seven innings and Mariano Rivera pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings Thursday as the Yankees won 3-1 to send the World Series to Philadelphia deadlocked at one game…

  12. World Series Game 2 live blog/chat

    Oct 29, 2009, 7:39 PM EDT

    World Series Game 2 live blog/chat

  13. 'That's in your filthy mind'

    Oct 29, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT

     Susan Finkelstein and her attorney William Brennan made an appearance on FOXNY on Thursday to come clean, or at least to explain their side of the sex-for-World-Series-tickets case. Finkelstein, a Phillies fan, was arrested and accused of offering services in exchange for tickets through first a Craigslist ad, then allegedly to an undercover police officer. But Finkelstein…

  14. Live chat tonight

    Oct 29, 2009, 5:08 PM EDT

    Check back at 8 pm EDT, as I’ll be hosting a live chat during Game 2 of the World Series.

  15. Good news for Phillies: Yanks bench Swisher, Posada

    Oct 29, 2009, 4:46 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada’s absence was expected with Jose Molina having caught A.J. Burnett in each of the right-hander’s three previous postseason starts, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the surprising decision Thursday to remove Nick Swisher from the starting lineup for Game 2 of the World Series and replace him with Jerry Hairston Jr. in right…

  16. Video of the Day: Pedro's press conference

    Oct 29, 2009, 4:15 PM EDT

    Prior to tonight’s Game 2 start, Pedro Martinez spoke about playing and living in New York, his well-documented history at Yankee Stadium, how the media has used him to hype up games, and why he admires Mariano Rivera:

  17. Where does Cliff Lee's Game 1 gem rank in World Series history?

    Oct 29, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

    Exactly how great was Cliff Lee’s performance last night? Well … Years ago Bill James invented a metric called Game Score that assigned a numerical value to every start based on the following criteria: – Start with 50 points. – Add 1 point for each out recorded. – Add 2 points for each inning completed…

  18. Link-O-Rama: Chapman, Byrnes, Pena, Pujols, Mauer

    Oct 29, 2009, 2:15 PM EDT

    * Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman had what agent Edwin Mejia described as “a very good visit” with the Red Sox yesterday at Fenway Park. In addition to the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of the Boston Herald lists the Yankees, Mets, Tigers, Cardinals, and Mariners as having interest in the 21-year-old free agent. Earlier this offseason…

  19. Baseball's most underrated player: Chase Utley

    Oct 29, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    Perhaps a pair of homers off CC Sabathia last night will end Chase Utley’s reign as the most underrated player in baseball, although even his big night was overshadowed by Cliff Lee’s complete-game victory. Despite playing for a highly successful big-market team Utley’s excellence has somehow managed to fly under the radar, as many media…

  20. Padres, new general manager Hoyer try to keep player development staff intact

    Oct 29, 2009, 12:27 PM EDT

    After hiring Jed Hoyer as their new general manager earlier this week the Padres fired vice president for scouting and player development Grady Fuson and reassigned scouting director Bill Gayton. Those are two of the front office’s most important positions and it’s understandable that Hoyer would want to fill them with his own choices, but…

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