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  1. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    trout getty

    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  2. What do Scott Rolen, Alex Rodriguez, and Omar Vizquel have in common?

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

    Scott Rolen

    This doesn’t mean anything, really, but I found it interesting. From the “stats and info” department at ESPN: Scott Rolen joins A-Rod and Omar Vizquel as only players to K to end a postseason series twice in a career. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2012 And as Calcaterra points out, Dusty Baker…

  3. That’s some clown makeup, bro

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    Harper eye black

    It’s really sunny in St. Louis today. Like, blindingly so. But don’t worry, folks, because Bryce Harper‘s got his: That’s gotta be the second most offensive eyeblack of the season. And even Yunel Escobar is probably watching this on TV and saying “damn.” We laugh, but when he’s the only one who isn’t blinded by…

  4. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Here are my picks for the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards for each league. Obviously, these are all for fun. I’m not a BBWAA member and do not have ballots for any of these awards. Feel free to flame away. AL MVP 1. Mike Trout 2. Miguel Cabrera 3. Robinson Cano 4.…

  5. Last time the Orioles were in the playoffs …

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    jim thome indians

    OK, so by now we’ve all heard plenty about how the Orioles are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. October 15, 1997 to be exact, when they lost 1-0 to the Indians in Game 6 of the ALCS on a Tony Fernandez homer off Armando Benitez in the 11th inning. I…

  6. Red Sox can do better than John Farrell for next manager

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:22 PM EST

    John Farrell; Marvin Hudson

    With Bobby Valentine officially gone after months of being left dangling on the hook, the focus in Boston has immediately shifted to Blue Jays manager John Farrell. And I’m left to wonder why. Now, Farrell had a sterling reputation in five years as Boston’s pitching coach. But managing a team is a different animal. And…

  7. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 12, Rangers 5: Oakland shocks the world. No one on the planet had them pegged as a playoff team and, as recently as a week ago, no one figured they had a chance in hell at the division crown. Well, that’s what you get for pegging and figuring. As for the Rangers … just,…

  8. Triple Crown Watch

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    The latest on Miguel Cabrera‘s chase for the Triple Crown: Batting Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera   .329 2. Mike Trout   .325 3. Joe Mauer   .322 Home Run Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera  44 2. Josh Hamilton  43 3. Edwin Encarnacion  42 RBI Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera  137 2. Josh Hamilton  127 Among those leaders,…

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 2, 2012, 6:16 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Tigers 6, Royals 3: Before the season began I said something to the effect of “if I had to bet the lives of my children on the outcome of any division, it would be the Tigers winning the AL Central.” I repeated that line on the radio a bunch of times.  I was sweating it…

  10. MLB investigating homophobic message sent from Derek Holland’s Twitter account

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    Getty Derek Holland

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this evening that MLB is investigating a homophobic message sent from Derek Holland‘s Twitter account to a heckler last night. The tweet, which has since been deleted, was posted during the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Angels in…

  11. Mike Napoli “plays with a vengeance” against the Angels

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Mike Napoli Getty

    Mike Napoli‘s six seasons with the Angels were filled with good production and fans clamoring for manager Mike Scioscia to play him more at catcher instead of light-hitting defensive specialist Jeff Mathis. Napoli was traded away in January of 2011 and his two seasons since leaving the Angels have been filled with crushing his former…

  12. Darren Oliver considering retirement despite 2.10 ERA

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Darren Oliver has been so good while posting a sub-3.00 ERA in five straight seasons that it’s easy to forget he’s 41 years old, but the Blue Jays left-hander revealed yesterday that retirement is on his mind. Oliver has had one of his best seasons, throwing 56 innings with a 2.10 ERA and 52/15 K/BB…

  13. Yankees come back on Blue Jays, AL East remains deadlocked

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:13 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano

    After the Orioles closed out the Red Sox 6-3 to finish a three-game sweep Sunday, the Yankees completed their comeback on the Blue Jays, winning 9-6 to preserve the tie atop the AL East. They say I can’t focus on the positive. Let’s give it a whirl: Yankees – Definitely a great day for the…

  14. Luke Hochevar’s horrible season ends with 10-run inning

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:52 PM EST

    Luke Hochevar

    Despite sporting a 7-13 record and a 5.36 ERA, Luke Hochevar got a vote of confidence from the Royals’ organization earlier this month. He’s responded in classic Hochevarian fashion; he gave up 22 runs over 24 innings in his last four starts. Hochevar’s season officially ended during the Indians’ 10-run fifth inning on Sunday. Hochevar…

  15. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  16. Yankees squander chances in loss to Blue Jays

    Sep 29, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

    Rajai Davis AP

    The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 3-2 this afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto, which means the Orioles could move into a tie for first place in the American League East with a win over the Red Sox tonight. (Editor’s note: Baltimore won 4-3) The Yankees had plenty of chances to blow this game open,…

  17. Jays starter Chad Jenkins makes a very unusual catch

    Sep 28, 2012, 7:54 PM EST

    Chad Jenkins, Curtis Granderson

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a play quite like this. Here’s Chad Jenkins taking a hit away from Curtis Granderson in the first inning tonight.

  18. Yunel Escobar moving on, maybe learning a bit

    Sep 28, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    Yunel Escobar quietly returned last night.  There’s a story about it in The Globe and Mail. Interesting tidbits:  (a) a meeting with the head of You Can Play, which promotes equality and respect for athletes of all sexual orientations; and (b) Escobar catching the ceremonial first pitch from David Testo, an openly gay soccer player. Also of note:…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey reacts to the crowd after getting his 20th win of the season after the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Mets 6, Pirates 5: R.A. Dickey wins his 20th, striking out 13 in the process. I don’t care if wins aren’t supposed to matter. It’s cool. He’s old and he struggled for years and he has no freaking ligament in his elbow and he seems like a pretty cool guy and all of that and…

  20. Brett Lawrie: Twitter drama queen

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    brett lawrie ap

    Or: Great Moments in Social Media.  From Monday: This shall be my final tweet of all time ! Take care twitter — Brett Lawrie (@blawrie13) September 25, 2012   After that he tweeted something else. Then he quit. Then, yesterday, he was back: In Baltimore on Tuesday, Lawrie didn’t want to talk about what prompted…

  21. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 26, 2012, 6:11 AM EST

    Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 4, Marlins 3: The Braves clinch a playoff berth on a Freddie Freeman walkoff jack. It only guarantees them a slot in the one-game gimmicky thing next Friday, but that beats the hell out of last September. The only thing that would have made this better is if Heath Bell, as the the Marlins…

  22. Ricky Romero snaps 13-game losing streak

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Ricky Romero

    It wasn’t pretty, as he gave up four runs in five innings with more walks than strikeouts, but Ricky Romero snapped his 13-game losing streak with a victory over the Orioles last night. Toronto’s lineup handed Romero four runs of support in the first two innings and scored nine total runs, so like most “wins”…

  23. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 25, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Yankees 6, Twins 3: Six shutout innings for Andy Pettitte. After all these years. After a retirement. After an injury that cost him the bulk of the season. Andy Pettitte is still critical to the Yankees after all of these years. Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1; Blue Jays 9, Orioles 5: The split costs Baltimore…

  24. Behind James Shields, Rays set AL record for strikeouts

    Sep 21, 2012, 11:52 PM EST

    James Shields

    Rays right-hander James Shields reached 200 strikeouts for the second straight season Friday in a 12-1 win over the Blue Jays. Along the way, he recorded the team’s 1,267 strikeout, breaking the American League record set by the 2001 Yankees. J.P. Arencibia was the victim. It was Shields’ third strikeout of the night on his…

  25. Yunel Escobar back from suspension but out of lineup

    Sep 21, 2012, 7:09 PM EST

    Yunel Escobar

    Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar‘s team-imposed three-game suspension has concluded, but he’s not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Rays. Escobar was suspended Tuesday after wearing eye black inscribed with an anti-gay slur. “When we met earlier today it became increasingly clear during that discussion that he needs another day to get back…

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