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  1. The cupboard ain't bare in San Diego

    Oct 12, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Via MLB Trade Rumors, here’s a choice quote regarding the Padres’ front office situation: Considering the current state of the Padres, it’s an easy guess that whomever CEO Jeff Moorad selects as the new GM will be lauding Towers’ efforts for years to come . . . the Padres’ new GM will walk into one…

  2. Yadier Molina sued for bailing on card shows

    Oct 12, 2009, 9:26 AM EDT

    The Cardinals simply didn’t show up against the Dodgers.  Not that this is anything new for Yadier Molina if a recently-filed lawsuit is to be believed: Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals has plenty of free time on his hands now that his team is out of the playoffs — and he might be…

  3. What Happened to the Red Sox?

    Oct 12, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    Despite their late season charge, everyone kind of figured that the Twins would fall to the Yankees in the ALDS.  While some morons totally blew the call on the Cardinals-Dodgers series, it’s not like the Dodgers winning was a total shocker either. But did anyone really think that the Red Sox would simply roll over…

  4. Phillies brave the cold, benefit from another blown call, to take a 2-1 lead

    Oct 12, 2009, 8:15 AM EDT

    The game story calls Brad Lidge’s save “sweet redemption” but it’s not like it was a shutdown affair. He had shaky control and put two runners on before sealing the deal.  That’s good — certainly better than he had been doing — but let’s not go pretending it’s 2008 again yet, OK? And what would…

  5. A-Rod powers Yankees to ALDS sweep of sloppy, punchless Twins

    Oct 11, 2009, 11:38 PM EDT

    This series had to be awfully confusing for the baseball-watching public, who for years have been assured by every announcer, columnist, and talking head that Alex Rodriguez is incapable of coming through in the clutch and the Twins win by “doing the little things.” Neither of those prepackaged storylines proved accurate in New York’s sweep…

  6. Yankees-Twins Game 3 live blog/chat

    Oct 11, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    Yankees-Twins Game 3 LiveBlog/Chat

  7. Quote of the day: 'Our infield sucks'

    Oct 11, 2009, 6:08 PM EDT

    “Our infield sucks. It’s the worst in the game. I’m not lying about that. That is true. It took a bad hop and I just tried to put my body in front of it to get an out…” “…That stuff upsets me. My job is to take 1,000 ground balls a day, and other guys’…

  8. Papelbon falters, Angels sweep Red Sox

    Oct 11, 2009, 4:36 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera is the greatest of all-time, but statistically speaking, there’s probably nobody else you’d want on the mound with a lead in the postseason other than Jonathan Papelbon. After all, he entered play on Sunday with 26 scoreless innings spanning 17 career postseason appearances, the most in major league baseball history without allowing a…

  9. An awkward moment with Joe Torre

    Oct 11, 2009, 3:06 PM EDT

    I don’t mean to pick on Mark Newman of MLB.com, but he probably could have used another set of eyes before pushing this one through: A TV reporter asked Joe Torre if that was the most he had ever been soaked by his own players in such a joyous moment. “No, the Yankees in ’96,”…

  10. Potent quotables: 12 pieces of bacon and a Red Bull

    Oct 11, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    “We’ll show up [Sunday], do what we always do on early games, have 12 pieces of bacon, a Red Bull and go get ‘em.” – Terry Francona reveals how the Red Sox will prepare for a do-or-die matinee with the Angels on Sunday. Clay Buchholz will attempt to save the season against Scott Kazmir. Kazmir…

  11. Torre pushes all the right buttons in Dodgers sweep

    Oct 10, 2009, 9:40 PM EDT

    Two future Hall of Fame managers matched up in the NLDS, and the end result was a no contest. Everything Joe Torre touched this week turned to gold. Tony La Russa, who had more options with his flexible roster, opted to stay the course and came up well short. Torre’s biggest successes: 1. Going to…

  12. Thome chases ring in LA, but still has Chicago on his mind

    Oct 10, 2009, 6:35 PM EDT

    Jim Thome may be chasing his first World Series ring with the Dodgers, but that doesn’t mean he’s put Chicago behind him. The native-Illinoisan would welcome a return to Chicago: ”I’ll be honest, I would still love to come back,” Thome said, tightening the blue batting gloves on each hand. ”I still care about the…

  13. Quick hits: Happ to start Game 3 vs. Rockies

    Oct 10, 2009, 4:16 PM EDT

    - Saturday’s snow-out will allow the Phillies to go with J.A. Happ in Sunday’s Game 3 against the Rockies. Happ was knocked out of Thursday’s Game 2 after taking a comebacker off the right shin, but appears to be good to go. With the inclusion of Happ, the Phillies would presumably start Cliff Lee in…

  14. Hawpe continues to fall out of favor in Colorado

    Oct 10, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT

    A few weeks ago I mentioned how far Brad Hawpe has fallen in Colorado, being dropped in the batting order and passed over in the lineup for other left-handed bats late in games. So far in the postseason we’ve seen more of the same, as manager Jim Tracy used three left-handed pinch-hitters (Jason Giambi, Seth…

  15. Potent quotables: 'They make mistakes, too.'

    Oct 10, 2009, 1:56 PM EDT

    “They make mistakes, too. They made a mistake there and we just got to live with it.” – Joe Mauer plays it classy, even though umpire Phil Cuzzi’s blown call during Friday’s Game 2 possibly cost the Twins a run in an eventual 4-3 loss to the Yankees. The team’s season is now on life…

  16. The Sox will throw Lester and Beckett on short rest — if they make it to Game 4

    Oct 10, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT

    For the second straight night the Red Sox’ hitters had no answer for the Angels’ pitchers, and for the second straight night the Angels won convincingly. Speed and timely hitting did it this time, with a Howie Kendrick steal followed up by Maicer Izturis’ poking one through the right side, followed by an Izturis steal,…

  17. Pedro left out in cold after postponement

    Oct 10, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    Saturday’s Game 3 between the Phillies and Rockies was postponed due to cold weather and snow, leaving the remaining three games in the NLDS series to be played Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The extra day off would seem to be of clear benefit of the Phillies. They will now bring back Cliff Lee and Cole…

  18. Nathan chokes, A-Rod comes through in Game 2

    Oct 9, 2009, 10:59 PM EDT

    Just because a guy has a lousy postseason reputation, it’s still probably not the best strategy to start grooving fastballs. The Twins had Game 2 of the ALDS in control when they took a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning Saturday. They even picked up the last run after Mariano Rivera entered, and they went…

  19. Another day, another horrendous call

    Oct 9, 2009, 10:25 PM EDT

    The Twins and Joe Mauer were the latest victims of atrocious postseason umpiring in Friday’s game against the Yankees, when the likely MVP sliced a liner down the left-field line and had it drop a foot fair, only to see the ball ruled foul by left-field umpire Phil Cuzzi. Cuzzi did have to contend with…

  20. Link-O-Rama: Pedro gets the Game 3 nod for Phillies

    Oct 9, 2009, 3:17 PM EDT

    * As expected, Pedro Martinez has officially been named the Phillies’ starter for Game 3 tomorrow night in Colorado. He’ll face Jason Hammel with the NLDS tied at 1-1. Martinez hasn’t pitched since September 30 and has started just once since September 19 because of a neck injury, but went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA…

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