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  1. Joba Chamberlain's mother pleads 'no contest' to drug charges

    Nov 3, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain’s mother pleaded no contest Monday to delivery of a controlled substance in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jackie Standley was arrested in May for allegedly selling a gram of methamphetamine to an undercover police officer at her apartment and the felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for next…

  2. Football gets better ratings than baseball. So what?

    Nov 3, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Jim Donaldson of the Providence Journal thinks he’s throwing bombs when he compares baseball television ratings to football ratings: Baseball likes to think of itself – indeed, likes to bill itself — as the “National Pastime.” But that time is long gone, a distant memory . . . But, give your average sports fan a…

  3. Bob Gibson on three days' rest: "what's the big deal?"

    Nov 3, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    Bob Gibson wonders why everyone fusses about the World Series starters going on three days’ rest: “What’s the big deal? I don’t get it. I don’t think it’s going to kill somebody. A pitcher can’t pitch with three days’ rest? Some of those guys make $8 million a week . . . I don’t imagine you’d…

  4. Are Buck and McCarver really rooting for anyone?

    Nov 3, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Believe it or not — and my psychiatrist clearly does not believe it — I read every comment posted to this blog.  And based upon reading every comment posted to this blog, I have learned two things: 1. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are rooting for the Phillies; and 2. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver…

  5. The Giants hire a hitting coach who couldn't hit

    Nov 3, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    A lot of people attacked the Cardinals last week for hiring a hitting coach with nearly 600 career home runs by complaining about that coach’s career .263 average. What, then, will they have to say about the Giants’ new hitting coach, former Yankees can’t-miss prospect Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens? Meulens career line: .220/.288/.353. I still have…

  6. Jamie McCourt to the Dodgers: "Get out of my divorce"

    Nov 3, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Jamie McCourt still wants to own the Dodgers, she just doesn’t want them filing legal briefs in which the team accuses her of cheating on her husband: Jamie McCourt argued in a motion Monday that the Dodgers should not be a party in a divorce hearing, asking the court to throw out papers filed in the…

  7. Baseball to put a stop to the Yankees' mound meetings — in the offseason

    Nov 3, 2009, 8:25 AM EDT

    Sunday night’s game will be remembered for the Damon steal, but until that happened the most memorable thing was just how many times Jorge Posada and CC Sabathia met on the mound to discuss the weather or their favorite Pavement album or whatever else it was they were talking about.  Couldn’t have been baseball. I…

  8. Myers calls out Hamels: 'I thought you quit'

    Nov 3, 2009, 2:04 AM EDT

    Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels dropped a rather shocking quote after pitching poorly in a loss to the Yankees in Game 3, saying he couldn’t “wait for it to end. It’s been mentally draining. At year’s end, you just can’t wait for a fresh start.” His comments stunned manager Charlie Manuel, who said he “didn’t understand…

  9. A tale of two No. 3 hitters

    Nov 2, 2009, 11:56 PM EDT

    When the showdown against the Yankees began, it looked like Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth were the Phillies poised to make postseason history. Howard matched a record by driving in runs in eight straight games to begin the postseason. Werth, meanwhile, hit five homers in nine games against the Rockies and Dodgers. In the World…

  10. Bible in hand, preaching importance of defense

    Nov 2, 2009, 8:39 PM EDT

    Anyone who saw the results of the “Hank Aaron Award” yesterday knows to take the results of any award voting with a grain of salt, particularly if fans are involved. (No offense to the masses, but when Derek Jeter beats out Joe Mauer for a hitting award, something is wrong.) Some awards, though, are worth…

  11. World Series Game 5 live blog/chat

    Nov 2, 2009, 7:40 PM EDT

    World Series Game 5 live chat

  12. Do the Phillies have any fight left?

    Nov 2, 2009, 6:32 PM EDT

    We’ll find out tonight. One thing for sure, the fans are going down kicking and screaming … and punching and wrestling. Hey, I guess if you can’t beat ‘em … beat ‘em. Enjoy some idiots having at it in a parking lot. Thanks goes out to The700Level.  

  13. Being too left-handed finally bringing down Phillies

    Nov 2, 2009, 4:32 PM EDT

    It was the obvious issue when GM Ruben Amaro opted for Raul Ibanez over Pat Burrell last winter: the Phillies would have big problems against left-handed pitching with so much of their power coming from the left side. It turned out to be a non-factor during the regular season. Ibanez, who went into the year…

  14. Free agency on a budget: Placido Polanco

    Nov 2, 2009, 3:40 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco turned 34 years old last month and has naturally lost a step on both sides of the ball, but still hit .285/.331/.396 this season while ranking among MLB’s better defensive second basemen according to both reputation and Ultimate Zone Rating. He rarely walks and has modest pop, but Polanco makes as much solid…

  15. Link-O-Rama: Francoeur, Hazen, Jeter, Dewey

    Nov 2, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT

    * Jeff Francoeur underwent surgery this morning to repair a torn thumb ligament suffered while making a diving catch on August 23. He played through the pain and hit .319/.342/.493 over the final five weeks, finishing at .311/.338/.498 overall in 76 games with the Mets after hitting just .250/.282/.352 in 80 games with the Braves.…

  16. Diamondbacks rookie Zavada named 'Mustached American of the Year'

    Nov 2, 2009, 1:28 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks reliever Clay Zavada recently won an award, but surprisingly it wasn’t for posting a 3.35 ERA, 52/24 K/BB ratio, and .236 opponents’ batting average in 51 innings as a rookie this season. Instead, he’s been named “Mustached American of the Year” by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously. Other finalists included US Airways captain Sully…

  17. Video of the Day: Game 4 interviews, reactions

    Nov 2, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

    Here’s a video recap of postgame interviews from all the key Game 4 contributors, including Joe Girardi, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Charlie Manuel, Brad Lidge, and Jimmy Rollins: Of particular interest: Rodriguez talking about the biggest hit of his career and Lidge explaining the approach he took to facing A-Rod.

  18. Melky Cabrera 'doubtful' for Game 5 after injuring hamstring

    Nov 2, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera injured his left hamstring last night while running out a ground ball in the sixth inning. He initially tried to stay in the game, but was replaced defensively by Brett Gardner in the next half-inning and is now considered “doubtful” for tonight’s Game 5. Cabrera has started every playoff game in center field,…

  19. Phillies have a 12.5% chance of taking this thing

    Nov 2, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT

    Based on precedent anyway: [The Phillies] are the 44th team to lose three of the first four games. Of the previous 43 teams, 41 played in a best-of-seven series. (The others were Boston in 1903, who won the next four games to take the Series, and the 1919 Reds, who won over the Black Sox).…

  20. Milton Bradley could be a Ranger again

    Nov 2, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    Not long after saying that there was “no chance” that Milton Bradley would return to Texas, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan changes his tune: A month ago, it seemed impossible that the Rangers would bring back Bradley. Now there seems some hemming and hawing. The Rangers know that the Cubs are eager to unload Bradley, who has…

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