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  1. Red Sox considering moving Ellsbury to left field?

    Oct 25, 2009, 12:21 PM EDT

    According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are mulling moving Jacoby Ellsbury to left field. While the club still views Ellsbury as their center fielder of the future, he posted a below-average -12.3 UZR/150 in 2009 . Only Colorado rookie Dexter Fowler (-15.2) had a lower rating among center fielders with…

  2. The scheduling mess that is the MLB playoffs

    Oct 25, 2009, 12:04 PM EDT

    As we had to sit through yet another night without baseball on Saturday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports penned a pointed piece on the scheduling embarrassment that is the MLB playoffs: Beaucoup bucks buy Fox the leverage to insist on starting the World Series on a Wednesday instead of the Saturday that was standard until…

  3. La Russa expected to return as manager

    Oct 25, 2009, 11:17 AM EDT

    According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tony La Russa is “speeding to a conclusion” regarding a decision whether to return as Cardinals manager. “I’m coming to an understanding of what I’m doing and intend to get it settled one way or the other shortly.”“I don’t want to make any statements about being…

  4. Kikuchi decides to stay in Japan

    Oct 25, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    18-year-old Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, who was courted by eight MLB teams in recent weeks, announced his intentions to remain in Japan during a press conference on Sunday. “I want to be given the chance to play in Japan. For now I’m closing the door to the Majors, and after becoming a top pitcher in…

  5. It's Saunders (and possibly everybody else) in Game 6

    Oct 25, 2009, 9:28 AM EDT

    Saturday’s postponement gave manager Mike Scioscia an opportunity to start Jered Weaver on regular rest, however he will go ahead with Joe Saunders, as scheduled, against Andy Pettitte. Saunders allowed two runs over seven innings as part of a no-decision in Game 2. With their backs against the wall, it will be all hands on…

  6. Saturday's Game 6 postponed due to rain

    Oct 24, 2009, 6:24 PM EDT

    Saturday’s Game 6 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Angels has been postponed due to rain. The Yankees made their best efforts to get the game in, even opening the gates and conducting warm-ups on the field, however there didn’t seem to be an adequate window in the forecast. The two teams will reconvene…

  7. Can the Angels make history?

    Oct 24, 2009, 4:56 PM EDT

    The media has been quick to hand the Yankees their 40th pennant. Mets fans are already picking which side of hell they will be rooting for in the World Series. But a dramatic comeback win on Thursday night was enough to remind you that these Angels still have some fight left in them. As Game…

  8. Saturday's Game 6 may be postponed within the hour

    Oct 24, 2009, 3:53 PM EDT

    With inclement weather expected in the Bronx, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that MLB is in discussions with the Yankees and Angels to call Saturday’s game before the gates open at Yankee Stadium. The forecast is clear for Sunday and Monday, so the teams would be wise to go ahead and cancel…

  9. Japanese prospect Kikuchi to announce decision

    Oct 24, 2009, 3:26 PM EDT

    18-year-old Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi has scheduled a press conference for Sunday to announce whether he will pitch in the United States or remain in Japan. According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, recent media reports in Japan suggest that he will begin his career in Japan, however he also mentions the media are “hearing…

  10. Tigers' Sizemore suffers a tough break in AFL

    Oct 24, 2009, 2:07 PM EDT

    The Tigers suffered quite a scare when second base prospect Scott Sizemore fractured a bone in his left ankle during Thursday’s game in the Arizona Fall League. All things considered, it could have been a lot worse since it was determined to be a “nondisplaced” fracture, meaning that the bone has cracked but remains in…

  11. New Yankee Stadium already showing cracks

    Oct 24, 2009, 1:22 PM EDT

    It seems the Yankees’ new $1.5 billion city-subsidized stadium is beginning to show cracks, just six months after its debut. The team has recently fallen under scrutiny for cracks in the concrete pedestrian ramps — some as much as an inch wide and several feet long — prompting the team to hire an engineering company…

  12. Yanks could bench struggling Swisher

    Oct 24, 2009, 11:11 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher is scuffling. So much that Joe Girardi is “sleeping on” the idea of benching him for Game 6 against the Angels. “We’ll sleep on it, and we’ll make a decision what we’re going to do,” Girardi said Friday. “But Swisher is a good player and Swisher has done a lot of good things…

  13. Should Girardi be fired if Yanks blow it?

    Oct 24, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    I hate off-days during the playoffs. It’s mind-numbingly boring. It makes the mind wander. It makes otherwise rational people, like Jesse Spector of the Daily News, write articles like this: The Yankees will come home Saturday still leading the ALCS, 3-2, still one win away from returning to the World Series for the first time…

  14. Will the Dodgers acquire an ace?

    Oct 24, 2009, 9:53 AM EDT

    Dodgers starters had a 5.30 ERA over eight starts during the playoffs, and were ousted from the NLCS after a miserable performance by late-season acquisition Vicente Padilla in Game 5. Relying on pitchers like Padilla and a rusty Hiroki Kuroda only underscored their need for a legitimate ace pitcher this winter. But just because general…

  15. Rain won't change Girardi's rotation plans

    Oct 24, 2009, 8:47 AM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. With heavy rain and wind on tap in the Bronx, Saturday’s Game 6 between the Angels and Yankees could be pushed back to Sunday. If so, don’t look for Joe Girardi to start CC Sabathia over Andy Pettitte: “We plan on Andy starting our next game for…

  16. Padres bring in Boston's Hoyer as new GM

    Oct 23, 2009, 8:43 PM EDT

    35-year-old Jed Hoyer, an assistant GM for the Red Sox, will be named the replacement for Kevin Towers in San Diego, according to the Boston Globe and several other sources. The former Wesleyan University closer earned the gig on his third try, having previously interviewed for openings in Pittsburgh and D.C. He had been with…

  17. Why would any team want Mattingly for a manager?

    Oct 23, 2009, 4:09 PM EDT

    It’s long been assumed that he’d get the Dodgers’ job once Joe Torre retired, but Don Mattingly is in demand and apparently could jump ship now. He’s a leading candidate to take over for Eric Wedge in Cleveland and Jim Riggleman in Washington. I just want to know why. Mattingly’s reputation as a fine leader…

  18. How good is John Lackey and how rich is he about to be?

    Oct 23, 2009, 3:01 PM EDT

    John Lackey put on quite a show last night, tossing six scoreless innings before loading the bases in the seventh, repeatedly saying “this is mine!” when Mike Scioscia came out to pull him with two outs and the Angels up 4-0, storming into the clubhouse after leaving against his will, and then using the postgame…

  19. Stephen Strasburg is human, at least in Arizona

    Oct 23, 2009, 2:11 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg made his second Arizona Fall League appearance yesterday and got rocked for eight runs in 2.2 innings, serving up three homers. Chico Harlan of the Washington Post notes that Strasburg served up a grand total of just four homers in 109 innings at San Diego State this year, but in addition to the…

  20. After surgery, Wakefield has plans for 2010 and beyond

    Oct 23, 2009, 1:23 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield had surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk in his back and said afterward that “everything went awesome.” He’ll likely be cleared to begin normal offseason training in 4-6 weeks and the Red Sox are expected to pick up his perpetual $4 million option for 2010. In fact, the 43-year-old knuckleballer said yesterday…

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