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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Biggest postseason shocker: Waterfall swimmer not drunk, just stupid

    Oct 23, 2009, 12:37 PM EDT

    David Brown of Yahoo! Sports put together all the amusing screen captures of the doofus Angels fan who went swimming in the outfield waterfall last night. Security took their sweet time chasing after him, so the guy was basically able to go through an entire routine of jumps and dives, finishing each move with that…

  13. La Russa still undecided, but hints at return

    Oct 23, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa remains undecided about returning as Cardinals manager next season, but hinted yesterday that he’s leaning toward coming back and added that “it won’t be long” before he makes a decision: I think I know where things lead but I want to be sure. I want to be honest. I want it to…

  14. Should the Royals trade Joakim Soria?

    Oct 23, 2009, 10:59 AM EDT

    The KC Star’s Sam Mellinger thinks they should at least consider it: There’s something that’s been discussed in certain circles of Royals fans, and this offseason it should be out in the open. Soria is among the Royals’ very best trading chips, and they should look long and hard about using it . . .…

  15. Bobby Valentine ain't gonna be the Indians' next manager

    Oct 23, 2009, 10:26 AM EDT

    Give Bobby Valentine points for honesty, but ask yourself: if you were hiring a guy for a high profile position and he said these things after the interview, would you be all that eager to give him the gig? On rebuilding:  “I don’t know that’s exactly the thing I want to do right now, either .…

  16. The Blue Jays could have had David Wright

    Oct 23, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    I’m sure dozens of unconsummated trade proposals happen ever year that, if followed up on a few years later, would make people utterly sick.  MVP candidates who could have been had for a song when they were kids, prospect-for-prospect deals that could have totally changed the face of the game if someone had actually pulled…

  17. The Yankees say they don't really want Holliday

    Oct 23, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    Frank Russo at the New York Baseball Digest blog gets some Yankee response to that story about Matt Holliday wanting to play for the Yankees: Our main Yankees source down it Tampa informed us last night that, at this time,  Yankees management has no interest in getting involved in the Matt Holliday sweepstakes. “It’s way…

  18. The Dodgers are the kids in a custody battle

    Oct 23, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    Normally, if you fire someone at work after you stop sleeping together, you’re going to get sued for sexual harassment. Of course, what’s going on in L.A. ain’t exactly normal: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has fired his estranged wife, Jamie, from her position as the team’s chief executive, triggering what her attorney said would be…

  19. MLB to changeup umpire assignments for the World Series

    Oct 23, 2009, 8:25 AM EDT

    Baseball has seen enough bad calls and is changing the way it assigns umpires for the World Series: Stung by a rash of blown calls in the playoffs, Major League Baseball is breaking tradition and sticking with only experienced umpires for the World Series. Longtime crew chiefs Joe West, Dana DeMuth and Gerry Davis, along…

  20. Bumbling Scioscia can't blow Game 5

    Oct 23, 2009, 12:06 AM EDT

    The ALCS victory was theirs for the taking even after an awful first inning, but the Yankees couldn’t reach out and grab it. Instead, the series will head back to New York for a Game 6 on Saturday. The end result came in spite of the efforts of one Mike Scioscia, the AL’s likely Manager…

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