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Despite manager Don Mattingly's best efforts (inserting Michael Young at shortstop, using Carlos Marmol for significant relief outs, etc...), the Dodgers still have a shot to win the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals and go to the World Series.
A pretty good one, actually.
Yes, even down 3-1.
(1) While 3-1 may seem insurmountable in a seven-game...Read more »
Almost every free agent has the question attached to them: “Which version of Player X is their new team getting?” With Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, that discussion is even more difficult than usual.
The good: Ruiz, affectionately nicknamed "chooch", played in 107 games every season from 2007-2012 and had an on-base percentage of .355 or better each season from 2009-2012.
But,...Read more »
Using the term "on top of his game" to describe Pedro Martinez could apply to his superb, Hall of Fame-caliber playing career or his surprisingly excellent commentary as an analyst for TBS' post-game coverage.
On the pages of Sports Illustrated's new, beautifully illustrated, coffee table book, "Baseball's Greatest," the phrase is focused on Pedro's performance during the...Read more »
It was 25 years ago today...
No, this is not about a set of alternate lyrics for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Dodgers slugger Kirk Gibson launched his dramatic 1988 World Series home run off Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley 25 years ago on Tuesday. We all rememer the moment, alive or not at the time, since the footage is classic -- Gibson pumping his arm as he rounds the bases...Read more »
Remember when ex-baseball star Jack Clark claimed that Albert Pujols used performance-enhancing substances and Pujols claimed he would sue Clark?
Well, we all had a good laugh because we've heard that line plenty of times before.
Then Pujols actually sued Clark.
But wait! There is still reason to laugh! And it comes courtesy of Clark's lawyers reply to the lawsuit paperwork: Albert...Read more »
One Division Series is wrapped up and another will go to a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Tigers and Rays try to prolong their postseason in a pair of exciting Game 4’s. Here are some statistical notes from the playoffs so far:
Rays have an edge
The Rays continue to try and extend their American League Division Series against the Red Sox, sending Jeremy Hellickson to the...Read more »
How did the Los Angeles Dodgers top the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series? Simple: They dominated them in every imagineable way.
The club that looked like a bust at the start of June now seems like a smart World Series bet. They may have never looked stronger than after dispatching of the Braves in four games.
Here's how the clubs stacked up during a lopsided series:...Read more »
Evan Longoria had a pretty good 28th birthday.
Before Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox on Monday, the Rays' third baseman was given a guitar signed by Slash. The gift was courtesy of Longoria's girlfriend, Playboy model Jaime Edmondson:
Sweet new piece to add to the Man Cave! Thanks @jaimeedmondson!! #Slash #GNR pic.twitter.com/3mb6NZOv4g — Evan Longoria...Read more »
Before Monday’s Game 3 of the ALDS, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said he was sorry for Saturday night’s Twitter rant and also talked about his apology to Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Here’s the full transcript.
Price’s opening remarks:
“I’d like to start this by sending a deep apology to everyone that has been affected by my actions after the game against Boston. That’s...Read more »
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have two shots at the one victory they need to win their first postseason series since capturing the World Series in 1979. Considering Carlos Beltran's October theatrics, it would be safe to assume that the Cardinals slugger won't be given a chance to sway the proceedings.
Yet, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insists his decision isn't quite so clear-cut.
"It's...Read more »