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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 . . .…

  6. 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 .…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Pitch-tipping Hamels wants new glove

    Oct 22, 2009, 10:36 PM EDT

    It seems like every time a pitcher goes through a slump, or has a bad game, someone eventually brings up the idea of pitch-tipping. Welcome to the party, Cole Hamels. According to the Philadelphia Daily News (via Sporting News), “sources” were concerned that Hamels was giving something away in his poor-but-effective-enough outing against the Dodgers…

  13. ALCS Game 5 Live Chat

    Oct 22, 2009, 7:46 PM EDT

    ALCS Game 5 Live Chat

  14. Live chat tonight

    Oct 22, 2009, 5:04 PM EDT

    Come back at 8 pm EDT tonight for a live chat during Game 5 of the ALCS.

  15. Top prospect Parker to miss season after surgery

    Oct 22, 2009, 4:55 PM EDT

    So much for the promising start to Arizona’s offseason. They’ve learned that they’re saving about $5 million because Mark Reynolds just missed qualifying for arbitration and it looks like they’ll hold on to assistants Jerry DiPoto and Peter Woodfork with the Padres set to name Boston’s Jed Hoyer as their new GM. However, they received…

  16. Link-O-Rama: Soria, Prado, Mateo, Mills, and Springsteen

    Oct 22, 2009, 3:55 PM EDT

    * Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star suggests that “the Royals should at least look at trading Joakim Soria.” Between contenders watching them struggle in the playoffs and non-contenders trying to cash them in for value, very few teams seem content to stick with their closer these days. * General manager Frank Wren indicated…

  17. Denkinger calls postseason umpiring 'kind of a disaster'

    Oct 22, 2009, 3:10 PM EDT

    Don Denkinger worked as an MLB umpire from 1969 to 1998 and is infamous for blowing a call at first base in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series between St. Louis and Kansas City, yet even he calls the umpiring in this year’s playoffs “kind of a disaster.” In an interview with Bob Klapisch…

  18. Thome plans to 'keep going' in 2010, but where?

    Oct 22, 2009, 2:23 PM EDT

    Jim Thome wasted no time declaring his plans for 2010 following the Dodgers’ loss last night, saying after the game: “I still want to play.” Thome had a minimal role for the Dodgers down the stretch after arriving in a trade with the White Sox, coming to the plate a grand total of just 17…

  19. Nathan has bone chips removed from elbow

    Oct 22, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT

    Kelly Thesier of reports that Joe Nathan had surgery Tuesday to remove two bone chips from his right elbow, which perhaps explains his postseason implosion against the Yankees. On the other hand, Nathan finished the regular season by converting 13 straight saves with a 1.17 ERA and 19/5 K/BB ratio in his final 15…

  20. Inge plays hurt, hurts team, heads for surgery

    Oct 22, 2009, 12:31 PM EDT

    Players are almost always praised for remaining in the lineup despite an injury, with most people viewing it as a mix of toughness, competitiveness, and being a good teammate. That’s certainly true in many cases, but what about the guys who stay in the lineup despite an injury and then perform horribly while clearly at…

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