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  1. Injury forces Baldelli off Red Sox's ALDS roster

    Oct 8, 2009, 2:08 PM EDT

    Boston has left Rocco Baldelli off the ALDS roster because of his hip injury, so Brian Anderson and Joey Gathright will be the backup outfielders. Baldelli typically replaces J.D. Drew in right field against left-handed pitchers, so he would’ve been in line to face Scott Kazmir in Game 3 and Joe Saunders in Game 4.…

  2. GM: Brewers unlikely to trade Fielder or Braun for pitching

    Oct 8, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    Asked yesterday whether the Brewers will look to trade Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun for pitching help, general manager Doug Melvin said: “I don’t see that happening.” Milwaukee finished next-to-last in the NL with a 4.87 ERA, including a league-worst 5.37 mark from the rotation that lost CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets from 2008, but…

  3. Link-O-Rama: Leyland, Chamberlain, Pavano, Delcarmen

    Oct 8, 2009, 12:19 PM EDT

    * Jim Leyland complained yesterday about the crucial non-call of a Brandon Inge hit by pitch that led to Detroit’s one-game playoff loss to Minnesota, but added: “We have nobody to blame but ourselves for not wrapping it up last week at home. Shame on us.” * Manny Delcarmen has been left off the Red…

  4. CSI: Buster Olney

    Oct 8, 2009, 11:16 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera has apologized to his teammates and the Tigers have been eliminated, so the whole issue of him getting his drink on and getting violent is now less a public matter than it is a matter between Cabrera, his wife, his team, his health and the law, but I’d be remiss in not pointing out…

  5. Torii Hunter calls out Vlad Guerrero

    Oct 8, 2009, 10:46 AM EDT

    Well, not intentionally, but compare this comment from Torii Hunter . . . It doesn’t matter what you do in the regular season. It’s all about who wants it more. You see guys who hit 30, 40 homers, drive in 100 runs, and they don’t do a thing in postseason. You’ve got pitchers who dominate…

  6. The Phillies get sued by a 12 year-old girl

    Oct 8, 2009, 9:57 AM EDT

    A 12 year-old girl caught Ryan Howard’s 200th home run ball back in July. Afterwards, she was escorted to the Phillies clubhouse and exchanged it for an autographed ball.  This being America, she sued (or, I should say, her parents sued) in order to get the ball back.  Two days after the suit was filed,…

  7. Cole Hamels doesn't like day games. For good reason.

    Oct 8, 2009, 9:28 AM EDT

    Yesterday Cole Hamels was quoted as saying that it was unfair that the Phillies had the early games in the division series: “In being the defending world champs, I think it’s kind of a little weird that we kind of get both games at 2 o’clock. I don’t think it’s fair. I definitely don’t think…

  8. The contradiction that is Kevin Youkilis

    Oct 8, 2009, 8:56 AM EDT

    Usually when a guy is described as a gritty, intense gamer, you can count on him being (a) universally loved by his teammates; and (b) not that good a player, actually (see, Eckstein, David). Kevin Youkilis, on the other hand, is the rarest of things: a gritty, MVP-quality player who, surprising to me at least, has some teammates…

  9. A-Rod takes care of business

    Oct 8, 2009, 8:15 AM EDT

    Coming in to this season, Alex Rodriguez had two demons with which he needed to wrestle: (1) his public relations issues; and (2) his reputation as a playoffs choker. Based on how things are going, he’s beating the demons handily. On the P.R. front, A-Rod has bounced back nicely since the low point of his…

  10. Aces Carpenter, Wolf show nerves in Game 1

    Oct 8, 2009, 1:28 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter hadn’t issued four walks in a game since an NLCS start in 2006. Randy Wolf hadn’t walked five batters since a loss June 27, 2008 against the Mariners. In Wednesday’s Game 1, both fell victim to wildness in combining to pitch just 8 2/3 innings in the Dodgers’ 5-3 win. Fortunately for Los…

  11. Jeter, A-Rod, Sabathia fuel Yankees' Game 1 win

    Oct 8, 2009, 12:58 AM EDT

    Given the circumstances, the only real surprise from Game 1 of the ALDS is that the Twins jumped out to an early lead. After playing 12 innings to decide the AL Central crown Tuesday night and arriving in New York at around 3:30 a.m. local time for a 6:07 p.m. game, the Twins drew first…

  12. Valentine an obvious upgrade for Marlins

    Oct 8, 2009, 12:50 AM EDT

    Keeping a team controlled by the game’s most tight-fisted owner in contention is no easy feat, and Fredi Gonzalez has a perfectly acceptable .499 winning percentage in his three years at the helm of the Marlins. Still, Florida’s success owes far more to the underrated Larry Beinfest than anyone else in the organization. Gonzalez has…

  13. Twins-Yankees Game 1 live blog/chat

    Oct 7, 2009, 5:42 PM EDT

    Twins-Yankees Game 1 Live Blog/Chat

  14. Rockies vs Phillies Game 1: Live Chat/Blog

    Oct 7, 2009, 2:14 PM EDT

    The defending champs open up the 2009 postseason against the Rockies. Follow along with our Live Chat/Blog for Game 1, especially those of you stuck in the office. Send along those comments, too.   Rockies vs Phillies Game 1: Live Chat   You can follow me on Twitter @ mattcasey9.

  15. Link-O-Rama: Hoffman's new deal

    Oct 7, 2009, 12:17 PM EDT

    * Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the details on Trevor Hoffman’s new contract with the Brewers. He’ll earn $7.5 million in 2010 and the team holds a $7.5 million option or $500,000 buyout for 2011. Based on games finished in 2010 his 2011 salary can increase to $8.5 million and the buyout…

  16. Want World Series Tickets? Just hate on Manny

    Oct 7, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Times’ columnist Steve Lopez will have two sweet tickets on the third base line of Dodger Stadium if the boys in blue make it to the World Series. He can’t bear to use them, however, because he really, really hates Manny Ramirez. If you want them for free they’re yours.  At least if…

  17. Major League Baseball (finally) approves the Cubs' sale

    Oct 7, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    I’m pretty sure that Ron Santo was the starting third baseman when the Ricketts-buying-the-Cubs negotiations started. With the exception of a bankruptcy court’s rubber stamp, however, the process is finally over: Major League Baseball owners welcomed the Ricketts family to an exclusive fraternity Tuesday, unanimously approving its proposal via conference call to become the owner of  the…

  18. The Yankees-Twins game ought to be fun

    Oct 7, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Not because of the baseball, but because of the weather: Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Breezy, with a west wind between 20 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Breezy, with a west wind between 11 and 20 mph, with gusts…

  19. Are the playoffs fair?

    Oct 7, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    I’ve been going on for years about how the playoffs are a total crap shoot and how they rarely if ever guarantee that the best team makes it to the World Series, let alone wins it. Of course, I’m also a Braves fan, so it’s fair for you to ask whether or not my complaints are…

  20. It's going to be a looooong postseason on TBS

    Oct 7, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    I have preferred the TBS playoff coverage to the FOX coverage over the past couple of years for two reasons: (1) Unlike FOX, TBS’s producers don’t appear to have ADHD and can keep to a single camera shot for more than a half second, resisting the urge to cut from closeup to closeup to closeup…

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