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  1. 'Frillies?' Victorino having none of that

    Oct 27, 2009, 11:07 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino seems the happy-go-lucky sort, the kind of guy who loves to play baseball and lets it show on and off the field. But when it comes to New York tabloid journalism, he seems to find it more difficult to maintain a sense of humor. And I can’t say that I blame him. As…

  2. Phillies fan willing to go extra mile for World Series tickets

    Oct 27, 2009, 9:24 PM EDT

    What would you do for World Series tickets? I guess it depends on how much you love baseball. I mean, REEEEAAALLY love baseball. Frankly, I don’t love it as much as this Philadelphia woman allegedly does: Susan Finkelstein, 43, was charged with prostitution and related offenses after police say she advertised herself as a buxom,…

  3. Not yet the time for Orioles to spend

    Oct 27, 2009, 5:19 PM EDT

    Thanks in large part to the flood of talent brought in though the Erik Bedard trade, things are certainly looking up for the Orioles. Matt Wieters is going to be a superstar behind the plate, the Nolan Reimold-Adam Jones-Nick Markakis outfield should be plenty productive and is under complete control through 2013 and Brian Matusz…

  4. Rays retain Kapler, but outfield still in doubt

    Oct 27, 2009, 4:38 PM EDT

    The Rays assured themselves of entering 2010 with a fourth outfielder by re-signing free agent Gabe Kapler to a one-year, $1.05 million contract on Tuesday, but it’s still a mystery just who he’ll be playing behind next year. Kapler’s role in 2009 was to start over Gabe Gross in right field against lefties. The platoon…

  5. Jays' Beeston one sly devil

    Oct 27, 2009, 3:49 PM EDT

    After what was surely an exhaustive search, Paul Beeston, the Jays’ interim president and CEO, was given permanent title to his offices on Tuesday. Beeston conducted all of the interviews as he searched for his replacements, but he evidently never found anyone as qualified as himself. While former Jays GM Pat Gillick and Nats president…

  6. Link-O-Rama: Gaudin, Griffey, Viciedo, Fuson

    Oct 27, 2009, 3:26 PM EDT

    * CC Sabathia seems likely to start Games 1, 4, and 7, but rather than use both A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte on short rest the Yankees are “stretching out” Chad Gaudin for a possible Game 5 start. * Ken Griffey Jr. underwent surgery yesterday to remove a bone spur from his left knee. He’ll…

  7. Astros hire Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills as new manager

    Oct 27, 2009, 2:40 PM EDT

    Manny Acta chose Cleveland over Houston when offered both manager jobs, but the Astros announced this afternoon that they’ve found a new skipper in Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills. Mills and Terry Francona are longtime friends, playing together first at the University of Arizona and then with the Montreal Expos. Francona became the Phillies’…

  8. Game 1 to feature Jay-Z, Alicia Keys duet

    Oct 27, 2009, 2:05 PM EDT

    Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game S***, I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can – Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind” Alicia Keys is slated to sing the National Anthem before Game 1 of the World Series tomorrow night, but before that she’ll team with Jay-Z for…

  9. Johjima returns to Japan with $21 million deal

    Oct 27, 2009, 1:18 PM EDT

    Kenji Johjima did the Mariners a huge favor last week by simply walking away from the final two years and $16 million on his contract, but it turns out that he had more money waiting for him back in Japan. Prior to signing with the Mariners in 2006 he spent a decade starring for the…

  10. Pedro Martinez officially named Game 2 starter

    Oct 27, 2009, 12:36 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel made things official this morning, naming Pedro Martinez to start Game 2 of the World Series. Martinez has 38 career starts against the Yankees, including six in the postseason, but has faced them just once since 2006, allowing six runs in a blowout loss on June 27, 2008 as a member of the…

  11. Did Chris Coghlan have a 'historic' rookie year?

    Oct 27, 2009, 11:46 AM EDT

    Juan C. Rodriguez covers the Marlins for the Florida Sun Sentinel and apparently believes that Chris Coghlan had an absolutely spectacular rookie season. Last week Rodriguez criticized the Baseball Bloggers Alliance for ranking Coghlan fourth in their Rookie of the Year balloting despite “the historic nature of Coghlan’s offensive season.” This week Rodriguez criticized the…

  12. Bud Selig is "delighted" at McGwire's return; the feds? Not so much

    Oct 27, 2009, 11:01 AM EDT

    Bud Selig’s comments following the announcement of Mark McGwire’s return: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, a fan of Mark McGwire’s when the latter broke the major-league home run record and thereafter, too, said Monday he “was delighted that Mark’s coming back to the game,” as the Cardinals’ new hitting coach. Speaking by telephone from his office…

  13. Kerry Wood: black Cubs players got racist hate mail

    Oct 27, 2009, 10:29 AM EDT

    There was a lot of scoffing at Milton Bradley when he and his family suggested that his difficulties in Chicago this season were due in part to racist fans and preschools and what have you. But while it may still be legitimate to scoff at the degree to which Bradley blames such nonsense for his…

  14. Chase Utley: I wasn't hurt, but now I'm better

    Oct 27, 2009, 9:58 AM EDT

    I keep saying that the extra days off are annoying, but on the bright side they give ballplayers a chance to mess with beat writers’ heads: Is there anything wrong with your foot?” I asked Chase Utley yesterday. “No,” he said. “Is there anything wrong with your hip?” “No,” he said. “Would you tell us…

  15. History lesson: the 1950 World Series

    Oct 27, 2009, 9:29 AM EDT

    A day off that serves absolutely no one but a few network people makes for a relative dearth of baseball news today. So let’s look backwards at the last time the Phillies met the Yankees for all the marbles: 1950. I wasn’t around for it and neither were hardly any of you, but MLB.com’s Hal…

  16. More teams pretend that they'll pony up for Aroldis Chapman

    Oct 27, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    The Tigers and the Angels are the latest reported — or at least speculated — to throw their hats into the Aroldis Chapman ring. Add their names to the Orioles, Red Sox, White Sox, Cubs, Yankees, Mets, Athletics and Cardinals. Which is great and all, but does anyone but me think it’s silly to think…

  17. Adrian Gonzalez is not long for San Diego

    Oct 27, 2009, 8:25 AM EDT

    I get a little annoyed when Yankees and Red Sox fans openly covet non-free agent players from other teams, acting as though it’s only a matter of time before they become the property of Boston or New York.  Of course sometimes there’s good reason for such thinking.  Here’s recently-fired Padres’ GM Kevin Towers on the…

  18. With seven free agents, change coming for Angels

    Oct 26, 2009, 4:48 PM EDT

    The Angels made the right calls a year ago in declining to ante up for Mark Teixeira and turning instead to Kendry Morales and Bobby Abreu to round out their lineup. Factoring into the decision was that GM Tony Reagins knew Teixeira’s $20 million salary would make it very difficult to keep the team together…

  19. If the game is 90 percent pitching…

    Oct 26, 2009, 4:12 PM EDT

    How is .270 with 14 homers and 63 RBI more valuable than 13-6 with a 3.94 ERA or 6-3 with 26 saves and a 1.84 ERA? I don’t even want to get into the more complicated statistics, because the voters clearly aren’t. But Gordon Beckham has now won AL top rookie honors from The Sporting…

  20. Link-O-Rama: Phillips, Ibanez, Mills, Beltran

    Oct 26, 2009, 3:04 PM EDT

    * In addition to letting Steve Phillips go, ESPN has now also fired the 22-year-old production assistant with whom he had an affair. Meanwhile, agent Steve Lefkowitz revealed that Phillips has entered a rehab facility for sex addiction in an effort “to save his marriage.” * Charlie Manuel said today that Raul Ibanez will “more…

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