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  1. Pitchers’ duel turns into a laugher as Giants take 2-0 lead

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

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    You wouldn’t know it by the lopsided 9-0 final score, but Game 2 of the World Series was actually an outstanding pitchers’ duel for six-and-half innings Thursday night. Seriously. Matt Cain extended his postseason scoreless streak to 21.1 innings with his third straight gem and C.J. Wilson nearly matched him pitch for pitch before exiting…

  2. Andy Pettitte pitched through back and leg injuries in playoffs

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Joe Girardi and the Yankees moved Andy Pettitte to Game 3 of the ALCS after starting him in Game 2 of the ALDS, and today the manager revealed why: Pettitte was struggling with back and hamstring injuries and they wanted to give him as much time as possible to recover. Girardi explained that Pettitte pitched…

  3. Ryan Howard was hardly the Phillies’ biggest problem

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard struck out a ton in the playoffs, including watching a called third strike to end Philadelphia’s season in a spot where just about everyone can agree that he should have swung, but the increasingly repeated notion that he’s primarily to blame for the NLCS loss to the Giants seems to be ignoring one…

  4. ALCS Game 6: Yankees lineup versus Colby Lewis

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Yankees’ lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS tonight against Colby Lewis: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Lance Berkman, 1B 6. Nick Swisher, RF 7. Jorge Posada, C 8. Marcus Thames, DH 9. Brett Gardner, LF Berkman moves up in the…

  5. C.J. Wilson is available out of the Rangers’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that C.J. Wilson will be available as a reliever tonight for the Rangers. The good news is that he threw just 93 pitches in his Game 5 start Wednesday. The bad news is that he threw just 93 pitches in his Game 5 start Wednesday because he lasted only five…

  6. ALCS Game 6: Rangers lineup versus Phil Hughes

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS tonight against Phil Hughes: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, RF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. David Murphy, LF 8. Bengie Molina, C 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B No surprises, really. As expected,…

  7. Underrated reliever Ryan Madson comes up big for Phillies

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    It’s probably time that Ryan Madson got some attention for being one of the best relievers in baseball. He’s appeared in four of five NLCS games, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings, and went 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA, .212 opponents’ batting average, and 64/13 K/BB ratio in 55 innings during the regular season. Since moving to…

  8. Tim Lincecum could be available as a reliever in Game 6 and 7

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum threw 104 pitches in last night’s loss to the Phillies, but manager Bruce Bochy said afterward that the reigning back-to-back Cy Young winner could be available out of the bullpen in Game 6 or Game 7 of the NLCS: I wouldn’t say he’s finished for the series. If needed, it’s one of these…

  9. Lance Berkman bruised and bloodied, but ready for Game 6

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' first baseman Lance Berkman falls while chasing a foul ball hit by Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    Lance Berkman has had a rough week. First he gashed his left thumb while trying to cut up a credit card, telling reporters “I almost sliced the tip of my thumb off” and “it was gushing blood.” He’s been patching the wound with super-glue in the dugout during games. Then he took a hard fall…

  10. NLCS Game 5: Giants lineup versus Roy Halladay

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Roy Halladay: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Aubrey Huff, 1B 4. Buster Posey, C 5. Pat Burrell, LF 6. Cody Ross, RF 7. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 8. Juan Uribe, SS 9. Tim Lincecum, P Despite facing a right-hander last…

  11. NLCS Game 5: Phillies lineup versus Tim Lincecum

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Here’s the Phillies’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Tim Lincecum: 1. Shane Victorino, CF 2. Placido Polanco, 3B 3. Chase Utley, 2B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Jayson Werth, RF 6. Jimmy Rollins, SS 7. Raul Ibanez, LF 8. Carlos Ruiz, C 9. Roy Halladay, P Ibanez was benched in favor…

  12. Nelson Cruz “definitely” expects to play in Game 6 tomorrow

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    Nelson Cruz left Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning with a hamstring injury, but told reporters this afternoon that he “definitely” expects to play in Game 6 of the ALCS tomorrow. Hamstring problems are particularly worrisome for Cruz after they caused him to spend three different stints on the disabled list during the season, but…

  13. And a rookie shall lead them: Buster Posey carries Giants to brink of World Series

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

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    Juan Uribe surprisingly didn’t put up much of a fight in the bottom of the ninth inning when home plate umpire Wally Bell ruled that the 1-1 pitch from Roy Oswalt hit his bat handle and not his hand. Instead of taking his base Uribe just waited a couple pitches and hit the game-winning sacrifice…

  14. ALCS Game 5: Rangers lineup versus CC Sabathia

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS this afternoon against CC Sabathia: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Matt Treanor, C 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B The first seven spots…

  15. First guessing: Lance Berkman batting sixth against a lefty?

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    I briefly made note of this already in posting the Yankees’ lineup, but it’s worth expanding on. Mark Teixeira’s hamstring injury has forced manager Joe Girardi to make some lineup changes for Game 5 of the ALCS today and he has Lance Berkman playing first base and batting sixth against left-hander C.J. Wilson. Berkman is…

  16. ALCS Game 5: Yankees lineup versus C.J. Wilson

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Yankees’ lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS this afternoon against C.J. Wilson: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Nick Swisher, RF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Marcus Thames, DH 6. Lance Berkman, 1B 7. Jorge Posada, C 8. Curtis Granderson, CF 9. Brett Gardner, LF Mark Teixeira’s season-ending hamstring…

  17. Matt Cain shuts down Phillies as Giants take 2-1 lead in NLCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    NLCS Phillies Giants Baseball

    Philadelphia scored the second-most runs in the NL during the regular season, averaged 4.4 runs through five playoffs games, and hadn’t been shut out since August, but the Phillies’ lineup managed just three singles and three walks while being blanked by Matt Cain, Javier Lopez, and Brian Wilson in Game 3 of the NLCS. Cain…

  18. Rangers won’t move slumping Vladimir Guerrero out of the cleanup spot

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Session

    Vladimir Guerrero is 7-for-32 (.219) with one RBI in eight playoff games after hitting just .278/.322/.426 in the second half, but manager Ron Washington made it very clear that he won’t be moving out of the cleanup spot: That’s the way I ran the lineup all year and it’s going to stay that way. A…

  19. Rangers relying on a shaky Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Lost in the various teeth-gnashing over Joe Girardi sticking with A.J. Burnett for tonight is that the Rangers are turning to a less than stellar Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter. On the surface Hunter’s numbers this season look great, as he went 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 23 starts, but…

  20. Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 “no matter what”

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bruce Bochy ended any speculation about the Giants making rotation changes by saying yesterday that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 of the NLCS “no matter what.” Bochy has always been pretty clear about Bumgarner getting the Game 4 nod, but that didn’t stop some people from predicting that he’d use Tim Lincecum on short…

  21. ALCS Game 3: Rangers’ lineup versus Andy Pettitte

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight against Andy Pettitte: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Bengie Molina, C 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B While the Yankees have gone…

  22. ALCS Game 3: Yankees’ lineup versus Cliff Lee

    Oct 18, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    joe-girardi-yankees-dap

    Here’s the Yankees’ lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight against Cliff Lee: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Nick Swisher, RF 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Robinson Cano, 2B 6. Marcus Thames, DH 7. Jorge Posada, C 8. Curtis Granderson, CF 9. Brett Gardner, LF New York has faced a…

  23. Phillies sticking with Joe Blanton for Game 4 start … for now

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    With the NLCS tied 1-1 following Roy Oswalt’s gem last night the Phillies are still planning to start Joe Blanton in Game 4 of the series Wednesday. However, there’s plenty of speculation that Charlie Manuel would instead turn to Roy Halladay on short rest for Game 4 if the Phillies are down 2-1 and the…

  24. Disastrous eighth inning dooms Rangers as Yankees steal Game 1 in Texas

    Oct 16, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT

    nolan ryan george bush alcs game 1

    Pictures may say a thousand words, but the shot of Nolan Ryan and George Bush after the Rangers’ implosion in the eighth inning of the ALCS opener can probably be boiled down to just one: Yuck. Texas chased CC Sabathia from the game after four innings, got an excellent start from C.J. Wilson, and then…

  25. ALCS Game 1 lineups: Yankees vs. Rangers

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS tonight …

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