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  1. Jack Morris needs to rethink his postgame comments too

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Dave Brown at Yahoo! caught former Tigers/Twins/Jays ace Jack Morris saying something after last night’s Twins-Yankees game that, in addition to being dumb, was pretty damn hypocritical too. He’s talking about Francisco Liriano here: “The good guys never let it slip away, and he let it slip away.” As Dave notes, Morris isn’t one to…

  2. Orlando Cabrera needs to rethink his postgame comments

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    After yesterday’s Phillies-Reds game, Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera really stepped in it. His comments regarding Roy Halladay’s no-no: “He and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him every pitch. Basically, we had no chance.” Such sour grapes are unbecoming even if the strikezone was wonky, but they’re especially bad when they’re demonstrably false. Click…

  3. What They're Saying About Roy Halladay's No-Hitter

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    I could have posted hundreds of people going “Whoa . . .dude . . .” Fifty of them would have been me at around 7:30 last night. But I decided to find some more interesting reactions.

  4. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Some years, Day One of the playoffs just slips by uneventfully. This was not one of those years.

  5. On one night, Halladay shows why he's the best

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:23 AM EDT

    You hate to base anything on one game. Especially in a sport like baseball, where David Eckstein can be a World Series MVP. Where Craig Counsell can be the guy at the bottom of the dogpile after scoring the title-clinching run. Where Don Larsen, a journeyman pitcher with a career record of 81-91, can become…

  6. Yankees rally for ALDS Game 1 victory over Twins

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

    We saw a variety of different games on this first day of the 2010 baseball playoffs. The Rangers routed the Rays in an afternoon tilt with heavy offense and a stellar performance by left-handed ace Cliff Lee. Then Phillies righty Roy Halladay made history in an early evening contest…

  7. Mark Teixeira launches two-run bomb, Yanks lead again

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

    The battle of the bullpens has begun, and it’s not looking good for the Twins. Minnesota right-hander Jesse Crain served up a single to Nick Swisher with one out in the top of the seventh inning and surrendered a towering two-run homer to Mark Teixeira a few pitches later, giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead…

  8. Twins tie it up as Sabathia tires in the bottom of the sixth

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    So much for that Yankees lead. CC Sabathia struck out Joe Mauer on three straight pitches to open the sixth inning and caused Delmon Young to fly out, but seemed to tire the moment veteran DH Jim Thome stepped to…

  9. Yankees rally with big sixth inning, now on top

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

    The tide has turned at Target Field.
    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira launched a one-out double to left field in the top of the sixth inning, ending a streak of 10 straight retired batters by Twins ace Francisco Liriano. A wild pitch gave Teixeira third base and then Alex Rodriguez…

  10. Twins cruising behind Francisco Liriano, lead Yankees

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    The Twins are wearing the pinstripes this evening at Target Field. That’s not a metaphor, it’s the truth. The Twins are wearing pinstripes. Let’s get to the updates. Francisco Liriano got himself into trouble in the top of the third inning with a leadoff walk to Yankees speedster…

  11. Poll: Best pitching performance of the year?

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    It might seem like a no-brainer to say that Roy Halladay just turned in the best outing by a pitcher this season, and in most seasons it would be. But since it was the sixth no-hitter of the year, and two of them – including one by Halladay himself – were perfect games, I figure…

  12. Twins take early lead over Yankees and CC Sabathia

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    Things are looking up for the Twinkies through two innings at Minneapolis’ Target Field. Minnesota ace Francisco Liriano struck out Yankees leadoff man Derek Jeter to open the first inning, then promptly retired Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira on balls that did not get…

  13. Roy Halladay throws second ever postseason no-hitter

    Oct 6, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    As close to perfection as one can come without actually getting there. Roy Halladay, already with a perfect game to his credit in the 2010 regular season, dominated the Reds in Tuesday’s Game 1, throwing just the second no-hitter in postseason history. The only baserunner to reach against him was Jay Bruce, doing so on…

  14. Rangers designate righty Rich Harden for assignment

    Oct 6, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    The Rangers couldn’t wait to remove disappointing right-hander Rich Harden from their big-league roster. Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Harden was designated for assignment on Wednesday evening so that Texas could…

  15. Roy Halladay starts off with five hitless innings

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    After 5 1/2 innings, the Phillies remain ahead of the Reds 4-0, with Roy Halladay having thrown five hitless innings. Positively cruising, Halladay threw just 10 balls to 14 hitters before walking Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth…

  16. Bad Edinson Volquez shows up; Reds in trouble

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez was pulled from Game 1 of the NLDS in the second inning with the Reds trailing the Phillies 4-0, leaving Cincinnati in a major hole against an obviously sharp Roy Halladay. Reds manager Dusty Baker took a big risk in going with the volatile Volquez in Game 1. Volquez earned consideration for the…

  17. HBT Daily: Talkin' Braves-Giants

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Our last division series preview is the hardest one: predicting doom for the good, righteous and honorable Atlanta Braves.

  18. Cardinals exercise $16 million option on Albert Pujols for 2011

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    In the least surprising news since I said yes when offered a donut yesterday the Cardinals just officially exercised their 2011 option on Albert Pujols. Instead of buying him out for $5 million (ha!) they’ll pay the best hitter in baseball $16 million while praying that he decides to remain in St. Louis for the…

  19. The Marlins expect to have a manager in place in two weeks

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    That according to Joe Frisaro of, who says that the Feesh are in the process of shoring up their slate of contenders. Among the possibilities: Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi, Bo Porter, Tony Pena, Ted Simmons, Tim Wallach and, of course, current manager Edwin Rodriguez. A couple of observations: Within “a couple of weeks” is…

  20. Chien-Ming Wang clocked at 85-87 mph in instructional league

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang didn’t end up pitching for the Nationals after signing a one-year, $2 million deal that included various incentives, but he’s finally recovered enough from shoulder surgery to take the mound in an instructional league game today. Wang faced four batters and Ben Goessling of reports that his fastball was clocked at 85-87…

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