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  1. For want of a nail: the Braves stun the Giants and then the Giants stun them right back

    Oct 10, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    As you read this, Brooks Conrad is being rushed to a secure, undisclosed location. Or at least he should be.

  2. Course reversal: Orlando Cabrera added to Reds' lineup

    Oct 10, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    In a major surprise, Orlando Cabrera was added to Cincinnati’s starting lineup for Sunday night’s Game 3 after getting through batting practice on the field before the game. The Reds originally had Paul Janish starting and batting eighth against the Phillies, but Cabrera was inserted into his customary No. 2 slot. Cabrera is 1-for-5 through…

  3. Rays top Rangers again, force Game 5 showdown

    Oct 10, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Game 5 it is. The Rays scored early and managed to hang on for a Game 4 ALDS victory on Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas, forcing a series-deciding showdown scheduled for Tuesday at Tropicana Field…

  4. Hamels offered tequila shots Sunday at Cincinnati eatery

    Oct 10, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    This is great. According to a blog post on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s website (with picture included!), Phillies starter Cole Hamels was spotted having a pre-game lunch and enjoying some Sunday afternoon football at…

  5. Orlando Cabrera out of Reds' NLDS Game 3 lineup

    Oct 10, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera was forced from Game 2 of the NLDS after aggravating an oblique muscle on his left side.  Now Paul Janish is drawing the start Sunday in Game 3, according to the Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin. Cabrera told’s Mark Sheldon on Saturday that he didn’t expect to miss any additional time,…

  6. Longoria homers, Davis cruises as Rays lead Game 4

    Oct 10, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    This series might be headed back to The Trop. The Rays, pummeled by the Rangers in Games 1 and 2 back in Tampa, are now leading Texas 5-2 in the seventh inning of Sunday’s ALDS Game 4 in Arlington. Rays rookie…

  7. Chipper Jones already feeling improvement in knee

    Oct 10, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Time to check in on Chipper Jones. The veteran third baseman was shut down for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.  He had surgery about a month ago but is already performing a wide range of baseball-related exercises and should be ready to go by the start of spring training next…

  8. Billy Wagner to be replaced on Braves' postseason roster

    Oct 10, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Braves closer Billy Wagner suffered a strained left oblique Saturday in Game 2 of Atlanta’s NLDS matchup with the Giants.  He tried throwing on Sunday morning but did not feel well, according to Jeff Flectcher of AOL Fanhouse, and is going to be replaced on the club’s postseason roster by Takashi Saito.  Well, if MLB…

  9. Pablo Sandoval benched for NLDS Game 3

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    As expected, Giants manager Bruce Bochy has benched Pablo Sandoval and will start Mike Fontenot at third base in Game 3 of the NLDS Sunday against the Braves.  This from Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Kung Fu Panda” hit just .268/.323/.409 with 13 home runs over 563 at-bats during a disappointing regular season…

  10. Jim Thome planning to return for the 2011 season

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Jim Thome sits eighth on the all-time career home run list with 589 dingers. And now it sounds like he might catch Sammy Sosa (609) at seventh before his playing years are through. The veteran designated hitter told the St. Paul Pioneer Press…

  11. Video: Hughes, Gardy and Girardi talk ALDS

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    The Yankees finished off a sweep of the Twins in the ALDS on Saturday night. Here we have reactions from both managers and from Yanks starter Phil Hughes, who struck out six batters over seven shutout…

  12. Must-click link: Bush and Nantz cheering on the Rangers

    Oct 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Kaduk over at Yahoo’s Big League Stew passes along today’s must-see baseball photo. It’s CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz and former president George W. Bush, taking in Saturday’s ALDS Game 3 in Arlington, Texas. Bush, of course, used to have an…

  13. Alderson appears to be the favorite for Mets' GM opening

    Oct 10, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    October is young and the search might carry on well into autumn, but it sure sounds like Sandy Alderson is the front-runner for the Mets’ opening at general manager. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Saturday that the “Mets’ circumstances…

  14. Lupica: Yankees should open purse strings for Jeter

    Oct 10, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    If you listen closely enough, you’ll hear all sorts of reasons as to why the Yankees should not pay impending free agent Derek Jeter an exorbitant amount of money this offseason. First and foremost, they don’t have to. No other club is going to hand a major…

  15. Yanks sweep Twins out of postseason for second straight year

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    The Yankees just defeated the Twins 6-1 at Yankee Stadium, completing a three-game sweep in the American League Division Series. I probably don’t have to remind you of this fact, but the Twins have now dropped 12 consecutive postseason games — the second longest streak ever — including nine against the Yankees. Interestingly, each of…

  16. Yankees knock Twins starter Brian Duensing out in fourth

    Oct 9, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    Brian Duensing is 12-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 22 career regular season starts, including 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 13 starts after moving from the bullpen to the rotation in mid-July of this year, but the Yankees had little trouble knocking the 27-year-old left-hander around tonight. Duensing failed to make it out of…

  17. Rays stave off elimination with late rally

    Oct 9, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Things appeared bleak when Ian Kinsler homered in the top of the seventh to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead and knock Matt Garza out of the game, but the Rays came back Saturday night and won Game 3 in Texas on the strength of some timely hitting and a fine performance from their bullpen.…

  18. Mariners' Josh Bard suffers minor injuries in fatal car crash

    Oct 9, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Mariners catcher Josh Bard suffered minor injuries in a fatal one-car crash Thursday in Colorado, according to Ginger Delgado of Bard was the front-seat passenger in the crash, which killed Pat McKendry, a pastor of a local church in Denver. McKendry was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. McKendry’s son,…

  19. Ron Gardenhire sticks with his regulars for Game 3 vs. Yanks

    Oct 9, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire hinted at possibly using Alexi Casilla in place of J.J. Hardy or Danny Valencia with the team facing elimination in Game 3 against the Yankees tonight, but he has all of his regulars in there against Phil Hughes (via Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune). Denard Span, CFOrlando Hudson, 2BJoe Mauer,…

  20. Reds intend to pick up Bronson Arroyo's option for 2011

    Oct 9, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the club “definitely” plans to pick up the $11 million club option on Bronson Arroyo’s contract for next season. Jocketty even stated that he would like to add years to the contract, so perhaps they’ll work out some sort of extension…

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