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  1. Pat Burrell rejoins Giants lineup, but not as cleanup hitter

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the World Series: GIANTS RANGERS 1. Andres Torres, RF 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Buster Posey, C 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Cody Ross, LF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Juan Uribe, 3B 5. Nelson Cruz, RF 6. Aubrey…

  2. Ron Washington has used Neftali Feliz in a close game just once all postseason

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Last night I criticized Ron Washington for allowing a two-run deficit to turn into a blowout loss while closer Neftali Feliz sat in the bullpen unused, but it was far from the first time the Rangers’ manager has failed to get his best reliever into a close game. In fact, Game 3 of the ALDS…

  3. Blister unlikely to keep C.J. Wilson from Game 6 start, but super glue may get him in trouble

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    C.J. Wilson was forced out of his Game 2 start in the seventh inning by a blister on his left middle finger, explaining afterward that it “just ripped open” and kept him from being able to “throw anything beside the curveball for a strike” to Cody Ross, who walked leading off the inning. Wilson explained…

  4. 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…

  5. Rangers bench Vladimir Guerrero for Game 2

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Vladimir Guerrero made a rare appearance in the outfield last night because the Rangers were playing under NL rules in San Francisco, but after multiple miscues defensively manager Ron Washington has decided to bench the nine-time All-Star and former MVP for Game 2 tonight. David Murphy replaces Guerrero in the lineup and will start in…

  6. World Series Game 2: Giants lineup versus C.J. Wilson

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 2 of the World Series tonight against C.J. Wilson: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Buster Posey, C 4. Pat Burrell, LF 5. Cody Ross, RF 6. Aubrey Huff, 1B 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS 9. Matt Cain, P Why mess with a…

  7. Historically speaking, how bad was Cliff Lee last night?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee turning in a clunker last night was a huge surprise, but how does his disappointing performance compare to some of the worst Game 1 efforts in World Series history? Based on Game Score, which is a Bill James invention that uses various aspects of a pitcher’s performance to calculate one number representing the…

  8. World Series Game 1: Rangers lineup versus Tim Lincecum

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against Tim Lincecum: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, RF 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Bengie Molina, C 8. Mitch Moreland, 1B 9. Cliff Lee, P Playing under NL rules…

  9. World Series Game 1: Giants lineup versus Cliff Lee

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against Cliff Lee: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Buster Posey, C 4. Pat Burrell, LF 5. Cody Ross, RF 6. Aubrey Huff, 1B 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS 9. Tim Lincecum, P Tonight is just the…

  10. Rangers missed out on drafting Tim Lincecum by two spots

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has an interesting story about how the Rangers nearly ended up with Tim Lincecum. Texas had the 12th overall pick in Jon Daniels’ first draft as general manager back in 2006 and “had identified the diminutive, hard-throwing right-hander from Washington as the club’s No. 1 target.” According to…

  11. Rangers drop Clay Rapada from roster, add Mark Lowe

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    San Francisco made no changes to its roster for the World Series, but Texas made a minor switch in the bullpen by dropping left-hander Clay Rapada and replacing him with right-hander Mark Lowe. Rapada was added to the ALCS roster to help combat the Yankees’ left-handed hitters, and particularly Robinson Cano, but he failed to…

  12. Giants leave playoff roster intact, which means no Barry Zito

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Sticking with the same 25-man roster they used in both the NLDS and NLCS, the Giants will not be adding Barry Zito to the pitching staff for the World Series. There was some speculation that Zito could be added to the World Series roster in place of reliever Guillermo Mota, who went unused in the…

  13. Scouting the World Series umpiring crew

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Ron Washington, John Hirschbeck

    Jeff Zimmerman of Fan Graphs crunched the numbers on the umpiring crew assigned to the World Series, using Pitch-F/X data along with strikeout and walk rates to rank the six umpires from most pitcher-friendly to most hitter-friendly: Bill Miller John Hirschbeck Mike Winters Gary Darling Sam Holbrook Jeff Kellogg Hirschbeck, who in addition to being…

  14. Josh Hamilton close to 100 percent healthy six weeks after fracturing ribs

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Gary Pettis, Josh Hamilton

    You wouldn’t know it based on his homering four times in six games against the Yankees, but Josh Hamilton played the ALCS while still somewhat limited by the fractured ribs that caused him to miss nearly all of September. Unfortunately for the Giants, the MVP candidate said yesterday that he’s now close to 100 percent…

  15. On this day in 1991: “And we’ll see you … tomorrow night!”

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    While we wait for this year’s World Series to begin, it’s worth noting that on this day in 1991 the Twins and Braves played a Game 6 of the World Series that ranks as one of the greatest in baseball history. With the score tied 3-3 in the 11th inning Charlie Leibrandt served up a…

  16. Ozzie Guillen to work as World Series analyst on FOX

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    For the second straight season FOX has hired Ozzie Guillen as a World Series analyst. According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune the White Sox manager “will work the pregame and postgame shows with Chris Rose and Eric Karros” and also “join Joe Buck and Tim McCarver as an analyst for late-inning strategy.” I’m…

  17. Don’t call it a “small-market” World Series matchup

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    I’ve already seen a lot of grumbling from various media members on Twitter about how the Giants-Rangers matchup is going to be a ratings nightmare for FOX. That may turn out to be true, but it won’t be because the markets involved are small ones. J.C. Bradbury of Sabernomics notes that Nielson ranks Dallas and…

  18. What will Girardi do with Matsui in Philadelphia?

    Oct 30, 2009, 2:14 PM EDT

    With the World Series shifting to Philadelphia for the next three games and the designated hitter not in play, the Yankees are facing a decision about what to do with Hideki Matsui. Matsui was one of the team’s best hitters during the regular season, batting .274/.367/.509 with 28 homers and 90 RBIs in 142 games,…

  19. 'That's in your filthy mind'

    Oct 29, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT

     Susan Finkelstein and her attorney William Brennan made an appearance on FOXNY on Thursday to come clean, or at least to explain their side of the sex-for-World-Series-tickets case. Finkelstein, a Phillies fan, was arrested and accused of offering services in exchange for tickets through first a Craigslist ad, then allegedly to an undercover police officer. But Finkelstein…

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