• Rangers give Cole Hamels ball for Game 5 of ALDS

    Toronto Sun "In Game 5 for all the marbles, the Texas Rangers will go with left-hander Cole Hamels. Hamels was the Rangers Game 2 starter who ended with a no-decision in a game Texas won 6-4 in 14 innings. In the game, Hamels lasted seven innings where he allowed four runs on six hits, didn’t walk a batter..." October 13

  • No hearing today: Chase Utley to be eligible once again

    Hardball Talk "Chase Utley‘s suspension is quickly turning into a more theoretical than actual thing. Following his Sunday suspension for sliding into Ruben Tejada and breaking Tejada’s leg, Utley appealed. Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement players are eligible pending appeal, and because MLB, the union..." October 13

  • Texas governor Greg Abbott mistakenly congratulates Astros on winning ALDS

    Larry Brown Sports "Texas governor Greg Abbott is going to catch serious flack from Houston Astros fans for possibly jinxing the baseball team. Abbott’s Twitter account sent a tweet congratulating the Astros for advancing to the ALCS Monday and challenged the Texas Rangers to join them. There was only one..." October 13

  • Mets fan victim of bloody Dodger Stadium beatdown

    New York Post "A Mets fan is in critical condition after a brutal attack by Los Angeles hooligans over the weekend outside Dodger Stadium, police said. The bloody beatdown unfolded at around 10:30 p.m. local time on Friday in the stadium parking lot, following the Mets’ 3-1 victory in Game 1 of the National..." October 13

  • Brett Gardner's future with Yankees uncertain after terrible second half

    New York Daily News "What happened to Brett Gardner? The first half saw the speedy left fielder make it to his first All-Star Game, one of the primary reasons for the Yankees’ surprising ascent to the top of the American League East. The second half? That was another story. Following the Yankees’ 21-5 win in..." October 13

  • Lackey named Game 4 NLDS starter

    The Score "The St. Louis Cardinals are turning to John Lackey on short rest in an attempt to keep their World Series hopes alive. The veteran right-hander will pitch on three days' rest in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday versus the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, manager Mike Matheny announced following..." October 13

  • Should the Reds trade Chapman?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If you asked this question at a Society for American Baseball Research convention, you'd get a unanimous yes vote. If you asked this question to fans in the stands at Great American Ball Park in the ninth inning of a game with the Reds sitting on 10 strikeouts, you'd get a unanimous no..." October 13

  • Tigers not giving up on reliever Bruce Rondon after sending stern message

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers wanted to send a message to Bruce Rondon. The 24-year-old reliever heard it loud and clear. In an effort to work his way back into the team's good graces, Rondon was the first player to volunteer to be part of TigerFest and the winter caravan in January. It's the first..." October 13

  • Reynolds offers apology for comment about Canadian baseball fans

    Sportsnet "A flippant quip from Harold Reynolds not meant to offend has drawn the ire of Canadian baseball fans. The former second baseman made a point of addressing the matter before Monday’s broadcast of Game 4 between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, and he offered the following to anyone upset..." October 13

  • Dodgers rep refuses media access to Chase Utley

    New York Daily News "Chase Utley didn’t talk after Monday night’s game, getting an assist from a meddlesome Dodgers employee who stood in the way of two New York reporters. Steve Brener, who served as the Dodgers’ PR director for 13 years in the 1970s and ’80s and is currently a consultant to the club, intercepted..." October 13

  • Cubs set MLB Playoff record with six home runs, beat Cards 8-6

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs set a team playoff record with six home runs Monday night to power their way to a 8-6 victory over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. With the 2-1 series lead, the Cubs have a chance to advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2003 on..." October 13

  • Blue Jays top Rangers to force decisive Game 5

    Toronto Sun "Given up for dead after losing their first two playoff games at home, the Blue Jays have pushed this American League Division Series to the limit with a two-game sweep of the Rangers in Texas, capped by an 8-4 pounding on Monday afternoon. The Blue Jay offence erupted for 11 hits, including..." October 13

  • On brink of elimination, Royals stun Astros, win 9-6 in ALDS Game 4

    Kansas City Star "On the brink of an epic disappointment, the Royals saved their season with a ferocious, five-run rally to top the Astros, 9-6, in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. The debates will rage in the day-long interval until Game 5 on Wednesday, when Johnny Cueto takes the ball for Kansas..." October 13

  • Padres to interview Ron Gardenhire

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Last week, his search for a full-time manager not yet a day old, Padres General Manager A.J. Preller was asked what type of blend he was looking for in a new leader. Baseball nowadays is a mixture of old and new schools, the dugout increasingly thought of as a collaboration with the front office...." October 13

  • Beltre ready to go, back in lineup for Rangers

    MLB.com "Rangers manager Jeff Banister had a simple answer when asked when third baseman Adrian Beltre would be ready to return to the lineup. "When Adrian tells me he is ready to go, then he'll be ready to go," Banister said three hours before Game 4 of the American League Division Series between the..." October 12

  • Mets' Ruben Tejada: Won't need surgery for fractured right fibula

    CBS Sports "The Mets announced Monday afternoon that infielder Ruben Tejada, injured on a slide into second base by the Dodgers' Chase Utley in NLDS Game 2, won't need surgery to fix the non-displaced fractured fibula in his right leg. CBS MLB Insider Jon Heyman reports that Tejada instead will spend 6-8..." October 12

  • Chase Utley appeal hearing 'highly unlikely' for Monday

    ESPN "The appeal hearing for Chase Utley may not be held Monday, according to a media report, meaning the Los Angeles Dodgers infielder will continue to be eligible to play until the appeal is heard, including Monday night's Game 3. A source told The Los Angeles Times that the hearing is "highly..." October 12

  • Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says Mets captain David Wright would get away with hard slide

    New York Daily News "Don Mattingly played his entire career in New York, so he wasn’t surprised to see Chase Utley painted as a villain following Saturday night’s late slide that ended Ruben Tejada’s season. Mattingly believes it was the injury fallout and not the slide itself that has left Utley as Public Enemy No...." October 12

  • Broadcaster Harold Reynolds says Canadians can't catch foul balls

    TSN "The Blue Jays and Rangers series has really had it all, from the benches clearing in game 2, to controversial calls, to Derek Holland wiping his backside with a rally towel. There really hasn't been any shortage of excitement and intensity, but just in case we were searching for more, or the..." October 12

  • Leonys Martin didn’t show up to Rangers’ instructional league in Arizona

    NBC Sports "Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin wasn’t included on the club’s post-season roster. Upset about the decision, Martin didn’t show up to the Rangers’ instructional league in Arizona, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Martin was supposed to work out with a handful of other players..." October 12

  • Arrieta's run arguably greatest in MLB history

    MLB.com "This is the age of exaggeration, a time when "Everything is Awesome" if you choose to believe it is, a time when facts can easily be conflated with myths in the immediacy of our social media consumption, a time when NBC has a TV program called "Best Show Ever." So just know that this next..." October 12

  • J.A. Happ would “definitely”, “absolutely” consider returning to the Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After a strong two-month stretch with the Pirates, left-hander J.A. Happ will be a free agent for the first time this winter. He might not be on the market very long. The Pirates have indicated they will try to re-sign him. Happ wouldn't mind returning to Pittsburgh. “It's a team I would..." October 12

  • Jays top Rangers in Game 3 to keep hope alive

    Toronto Sun "For five innings, the Blue Jays pumped the gas pedal, cranked the ignition and then listened to the powerful engine that produced 891 runs this season groan and moan and then fall silent. In the sixth, it came to life again, sputtered briefly, agonizingly, and then erupted into a full-throated..." October 12

  • Dallas Keuchel’s arm, Jason Castro’s big hit lift Astros to Game 3 win over Royals

    Houston Chronicle "The broken catcher who’s been in this clubhouse the longest and bats ninth, Jason Castro, came through with his only career playoff hit, the go-ahead bouncing single up the middle in the fifth inning. The ace, Dallas Keuchel, threw the second-most pitches in his career, the last for a..." October 12

  • Dodgers' Utley suspended for two games for illegal slide, will appeal

    MLB.com "Dodgers infielder Chase Utley has been suspended for Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series vs. the Mets as a result of his illegal slide in the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday night's Game 2 at Dodger Stadium, Major League Baseball Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre announced..." October 12

  • Terry Collins hopes to avoid pregame umpire warnings for Game 3 pitching

    ESPN New York "New York Mets manager Terry Collins hopes umpires do not issue warnings to both teams before Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday at Citi Field. Collins wants Matt Harvey, who starts the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, to be able to freely pitch inside without a stray..." October 12

  • Chase Utley apologizes to Ruben Tejada via text to David Wright

    CBS Sports "Chase Utley of the Dodgers has apologized to infielder Ruben Tejada of the Mets for breaking Tejada's leg in Game 2 of the NLDS the night before, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports on Sunday. Utley's hard slide into the general area of second base in the seventh inning Saturday night, as..." October 11

  • Chase Utley defends questionable slide as Mets vent: 'You can't forget'

    USA Today "Just as a crush of news reporters was about to enter the New York Mets clubhouse Saturday night, shortstop Ruben Tejada gingerly limped out with his right leg in a walking boot, his right hand clutching a crutch and his left one a shoe. If the sight of Tejada being carted off the field in the..." October 11

  • Blue Jays could use Price in bullpen in effort to extend ALDS

    Fox Sports "The Blue Jays, short on left-handed relief due to Brett Cecil's season-ending injury, could turn to a rather intriguing option: David Price. The Jays have discussed making Price available in relief in Game 4 on Monday if they remain alive in the best-of-five Division Series, according to..." October 11

  • Marlins interested if Don Mattingly leaves the Dodgers

    NBC Sports "If current Dodgers manager Don Mattingly were to become available after the post-season, the Marlins would be interested, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The Marlins have already interviewed a handful of candidates, but owner Jeffrey Loria is hoping to get Mattingly more than anyone. Those..." October 11

  • Season-ending injury to Cecil a ‘big loss’ for Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "All it took was one step to turn Brett Cecil from the Toronto Blue Jays’ top reliever to their biggest cheerleader. The left-hander will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left calf chasing Mike Napoli in a rundown. He felt a pop once he started pursuing Napoli, ran two more..." October 11

  • Mets' Ruben Tejada breaks leg on vicious Chase Utley takeout slide

    SB Nation "Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada was taken off the field on a cart with a broken leg after getting taken out by Chase Utley of the Dodgers on a play at second base in the seventh inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series. With runners on the corners and the Mets leading 2-1, Howie..." October 11

  • Qualifying offer set at $15.8 million; which free agents will get one?

    CBS Sports "As reported by CBS Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman, the qualifying offer for the 2015-16 offseason has been set at approximately $15.8 million. The exact number down to the penny will be finalized within a week or so. The qualifying offer is set at the average of the top 125 salaries in..." October 11

  • Utley is about to find out what happens when you play dirty

    New York Post "Chase Utley has fine lifetime numbers against Matt Harvey, so there is an awfully good chance he will start Game 3 of this National League Division Series when it resumes Monday at Citi Field. And even if he doesn’t, and merely trots to third base as part of the pregame introductions … If..." October 11

  • Collision sparks Dodgers to 5-2 win over Mets in Game 2

    Orange County Register "Live in Southern California long enough and you learn the proper strategy in a high-speed chase is to let the speeder burn himself out or run out of gas. But sometimes they end with a spectacular crash. Stifled by a second night of power pitching from the New York Mets’ high-velocity..." October 11

  • Bunt-happy Joe Maddon leads the charge in wild Cubs' victory over Cardinals

    Chicago Sun-Times "The feel-good story of the baseball season was under the weather. The Cubs had come down with a severe case of Lackeyitis on Friday, and one inning into Saturday’s game, symptoms persisted. These included blurred vision and blocked breathing passages. What does one do in the face of such..." October 11

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    Chicago Sun-Times reporting White Sox have talked to Indians about 1B coach Sandy Alomar. ChiSox want Alomar to be bench coach.

  • Odor hails from true baseball family

    MLB.com "Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor can still remember the time he turned an unassisted triple play. "I was playing second," Odor said. "I always played second or shortstop. Men on first and second, they hit me a line drive. I caught the line drive, the runner on first broke to second and the..." October 11

  • Brett Cecil off Blue Jays' ALDS roster, replaced by Ryan Tepera

    Sporting News "The Blue Jays will play the rest of the AL Division Series with one left-hander in their bullpen. Toronto officially removed Brett Cecil from its roster Saturday, a day after the reliever suffered a "significant" calf tear in a Game 2 loss to the Rangers. Right-hander Ryan Tepera will take..." October 11

  • Adam Wainwright calls out MLB for erectile dysfunction ads

    CBS Sports "We've all seen them. Since at least last year MLB broadcasts -- both local and national -- have featured erectile dysfunction ads. It seems like there is one every commercial break. There are different versions but the message is always the same. Tuning the commercials out while watching alone..." October 10

  • Cal Ripken Jr. admits interest in Nats job: 'I'd answer the phone'

    ESPN "Cal Ripken Jr. acknowledged being interested in the Nationals' managerial opening, saying during a recent radio interview that he would "answer the phone" if called by Washington general manager Mike Rizzo. Ripken discussed his future as a potential manager Friday in an interview on "The Rich..." October 10

  • Boras: ‘Harvey gave his arm already’ for the Mets

    MetsBlog.com "Matt Harvey‘s agent Scott Boras, who last month said Harvey should be on a hard innings limit to protect his long-term health, did not discuss how he felt about Harvey’s innings total when he spoke to the media before Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. “I’m not going to comment on it. I just want to..." October 10

  • Adrian Beltre excused from Rangers' workout, remains day-to-day

    CBS Sports "The Rangers suffered a significant blow early in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday when third baseman Adrian Beltre had to leave the game with a back strain. He initially hurt himself sliding into second base. Beltre stayed in the game for another inning and hit an RBI single, but could barely get to..." October 10

  • Jose Bautista critical of replay, while Jays question strike zone after Game 2

    ESPN "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista took aim at Major League Baseball's replay system Friday after a critical call that went against the Blue Jays in the 14th inning was upheld by the replay center in New York, giving the Texas Rangers a chance to score the go-ahead run in their 6-4 victory..." October 10

  • Edgar Martinez, Chris Woodward will return to next season’s Mariners coaching staff

    Tacoma News Tribune "His status as a Mariners legend likely didn’t hurt, but Edgar Martinez survived Friday’s on-field staff purge because new general manager Jerry Dipoto views him as a good fit as a hitting coach. “Sitting with (Martinez) this week,” Dipoto said, “and listening to him talk about the players,..." October 10

  • Mets' David Wright shows what he's all about in NLDS Game 1

    Newsday "The knee-bending, mouth-roaring fist pump. Anything that followed David Wright's raw burst of emotion -- a blast from the past, if you will -- couldn't possibly come close to capturing the significance of that precise moment when the Mets' captain became a playoff hero again. That moment was..." October 10

  • Royals will bring back Yordano Ventura to start Game 4

    Hardball Talk "Thursday night’s rain delay cut Yordano Ventura‘s start short after just two innings, as the Royals opted to turn to reliever Chris Young instead of bringing the 24-year-old right-hander back out to the mound following the delay. One benefit to that is what manager Ned Yost has decided to do..." October 09

  • Phillies to interview Kim Ng, who could become first female GM

    Sporting News "In search of a new general manager after firing Ruben Amaro Jr. in September, the Phillies have begun conducting interviews from a candidate pool that reportedly includes Kim Ng. According to CBS Sports, Ng has an upcoming interview and could potentially become the first female GM in MLB..." October 09

  • Sources: Lloyd McClendon will not return as manager of the Mariners in 2016

    Seattle Times "The offseason of change continues for the Mariners. Manager Lloyd McClendon won’t return as manager for the 2016, according to sources. McClendon moves on after compiling records of 87-75 in 2014 and 76-86 in 2015. His first season as manager produced the Mariners’ first winning season since..." October 09

  • Adrian Beltre out of lineup for Rangers in Game 2 of Division Series

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers wasted no time in making a decision about Adrian Beltre for Friday's Game 2 of the AL Division Series. He will not play. Belte suffered a back strain while sliding into second base on Thursday. Hanser Alberto replaced him an inning later. An MRI revealed no structural damage to the..." October 09