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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive Index

   

MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive October 22, 2009

 

Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4, return to World Series

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 22, 2009


PHILADELPHIA — Powered by Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and all those other big bats, the Philadelphia Phillies are headed back to the World Series.

Werth hit two home runs, Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz also connected and the defending champions beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to win their second straight NL pennant.

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Yankees fans strike out trying to buy World Series tickets at Yankee Stadium box office

BY Rachel Morgan and Samuel Goldsmith
October 21, 2009


The Yankees are on the verge of a World Series berth, but many fans struck out trying to score tickets Wednesday.

A Daily News reporter signed on to Yankees.com before tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. At 10:01, the page redirected the reporter to Ticketmaster, where seats for Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 were up for sale.

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CC Sabathia wins Game 4, proves he's worth more than A-Rod to New York Yankees

Mike Lupica
October 21, 2009


ANAHEIM — This continues to be the October of Alex Rodriguez, who hits the ball so hard and so often that he makes the way he can play baseball the lead paragraph of his own story again, his baseball back to being played ahead of steroids and strip clubs and all the scoring opportunities he wasted in all his other Yankee Octobers. He hit another home run Tuesday night, got three more hits and scored three more runs and the Yankees kept their manager in the dugout and are one win away from their first World Series in six years now.

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What's up with the umpires?

BY Mark Saxon
October 21, 2009


ANAHEIM — Slumps tend to take on an ominous tint in October and nobody appears to be in a deeper collective funk this post-season than the umpires.

Tim McClelland's crew blew three calls on the bases in the fourth and fifth innings of the Angels' 10-1 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series Monday.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive October 12, 2009

 

Lidge rewards Manuel’s confidence

By Tim Brown
October 12, 2009


DENVER — Sunday night, cold and unforgiving, bore down on Charlie Manuel and Brad Lidge and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Game 3 of the National League Division Series, cold and calculating, hunted them down, poked at their psyches, teed up their frailty.

Over four hours it gained, an inch at a time, eying them sideways while they unconsciously shivered.

If the Phillies are going to defend their World Series championship with anything like the uncommon deftness with which they won it, they will have to pitch the ninth inning.

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Familiar faces push Yankees to the ALCS

By Jeff Passan
October 12, 2009


MINNEAPOLIS — The New York Yankees are not cold-blooded decision-makers like the Boston Red Sox. Sentimentality matters. Some players aren’t commodities, expendable and disposable and recyclable when they hit a certain age, and for that, on Sunday night, the Yankees were thankful.

The four survivors from their last championship run in 2000 continue to wear pinstripes for two reasons. Because they are Real Yankees, the born-and-bred (and capitalized) sort, and there is always a place for them, even when gray creeps into their hairlines. And also because all four – Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, youngest to oldest – can still play a lick.

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First Freeway World Series possible — Angels, Dodgers each one step from meeting in Fall Classic

By Mark Newman
October 12, 2009


The Yankees, Phillies and Rockies are like traffic congestion right now to the average fan around Los Angeles. Both clubs in the L.A. market have advanced to the League Championship Series, the first time each has gotten this close to meeting the other in the World Series.

A day after the Dodgers swept the Cardinals, the Angels staged an unforgettable ninth-inning rally Sunday in Boston to sweep their nemesis, the Red Sox. The Dodgers will host the National League Championship Series opener Thursday against either Philadelphia or Colorado, and the Angels open Friday at Yankee Stadium.

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The morning after: MLB turns out the Metrodome lights

By Joe Christensen
October 12, 2009


Several baseball writers ended up at Maxwell’s on Sunday night after bidding goodbye to Major League Baseball at the Metrodome. The Phillies and Rockies were tangled in a close late-inning ballgame on TV, and it was heartening to hear the temperature at Coors Field was 27 degrees. That could be Target Field some October.

As Brad Lidge survived his latest tightrope act, you could see the players’ breath, and some were wearing those ridiculous, yet practical, Elmer Fudd ear-flap caps. But it was baseball. Sweet postseason baseball.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive October 7, 2009

 

Playoff expectations are A-Rod’s next challenge

By Tim Brown
October 7, 2009


It is that time again for A-Rod.

It is for everyone.

But October is different for the ballplayer, and very different for the New York Yankees, and beyond all of that for Alex Rodriguez.

He nods. He knows. Of course he knows. It’s practically why they print newspapers anymore in New York City, to remind everyone of A-Rod’s comings and goings, his frailties, and his Octobers. Business hasn’t been too bad, either, thanks to A-Rod’s many comings and goings and frailties.

He has suffered embarrassing headlines, enough of them self-inflicted. This year alone, he has worn the steroids accusations and gone along with the press conference to come clean, and then been publicly humiliated and maybe even humbled. Certainly humiliated.

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Lee surprises Rockies with a stolen base

By Gordon Edes
October 7, 2009


PHILADELPHIA — Despite the dozens of hours the Colorado Rockies spent scouting the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the National League playoffs, the Phillies still proved capable of springing a total surprise.

No one had any reason to suspect Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee(notes) would take off from first base after his two-out single in the third inning of Game 1 of the NLDS on Wednesday afternoon. Lee had never attempted a stolen base in 68 previous plate appearances in his career.

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A roll call of role players for October impact

By Tim Brown
October 7, 2009


The stars might come out in October, but somebody has to hit behind them.
The theme of today’s Pulse is the minor players who could have a major impact as the postseason goes on. We think of it as locating David Eckstein(notes) in ’06, Scott Brosius in ’98 or Pat Borders in ’92, before they were World Series MVPs.

David Robertson, Yankees: You know about Mariano Rivera. And, by now, you know about Phil Hughes, his transition from starter to eighth-inning man. Robertson gets the ball to those guys. Not surprisingly, right-handed hitters batted only .237 against him. He was even more effective against lefties, who hit .189. A big fastball and a power curve have brought 63 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.

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Yankees stick to formula of success — From Jeter down, Girardi uses familiar lineup in Game 1

By Anthony DiComo
October 7, 2009


NEW YORK — The Yankees spent Wednesday afternoon preparing to play the most important game to date at the new Yankee Stadium. Might as well go with what's worked.

Derek Jeter is leading off and Alex Rodriguez is batting cleanup in the Yankees lineup for Game 1 of the American League Division Series. It is a mimic of their most popular lineup of the season, which manager Joe Girardi scribbled out 15 times over the summer months.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive September 25, 2009

 

Twins beat Tigers 8-3 and avoid elimination

By Larry Lage
October 1, 2009


DETROIT — The AL Central is still up for grabs.

Scott Baker got plenty of run support and pitched the Minnesota Twins to a testy 8-3 victory over Detroit on Thursday, preventing the Tigers from clinching their first division title in 22 years.

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Baseball Capsules: AP-KN Poll: Cards-Yanks in World Series, fans say

By BEN WALKER,
September 25, 2009


Ask around for a World Series prediction, and many baseball fans forecast a November classic: Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals vs. Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees.

Until then, a good chunk of that crowd wants to see something else. Like "Monday Night Football."

An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll released Friday found that two out of five baseball fans say they would rather watch a regular-season NFL game than a major league playoff matchup.

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Just when Pirates thought it couldn’t get worse

By Alan Robinson
Septermber 25, 2009


PITTSBURGH — Nearly three weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates guaranteed themselves of becoming the first major North American pro sports team to endure 17 consecutive losing seasons. Then it got worse.

The Pirates dragged themselves into the final 10 days of the season Friday with 23 losses in 26 games before beating the first-place Dodgers 3-1, a remarkably bad streak even for a team that is redefining the term perennial loser.

No Pirates team had gone through a late-season stretch of losing like this since 1890, when the Pittsburg Alleghenies went 3-35 to conclude a 23-113 season. That team was so bad, it changed not only its nickname but was able to alter its first name, too, when Pittsburgh added its ‘h.’

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Holliday back at Coors Field with Cardinals

By Arnie Stapleton
September 25, 2009


DENVER — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was the enemy at Coors Field for the first time on Friday night, and the former Colorado Rockies slugger didn’t get to celebrate another clincher at the Blake Street ballpark.

Colorado beat St. Louis 2-1, preventing the Cardinals from wrapping up the NL Central title on the field where Holliday provided so many good memories for Rockies fans.

The Cardinals are trying to get back to the playoffs for the first time since winning the 2006 World Series. They still could clinch if the Cubs lose at San Francisco later Friday night.

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Phillies will look at closer options beyond Lidge

By Chris Jenkins
September 25, 2009


MILWAUKEE — The Philadelphia Phillies suddenly are auditioning potential replacements for struggling closer Brad Lidge and juggling their rotation with Pedro Martinez still bothered by a stiff neck.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday that the World Series champions will consider other options for closing games, adding that manager Charlie Manuel could keep Lidge in the mix.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive September 17, 2009

 

instinct: Work on little things to get better for 2010 season

BY JOE COWLEY
September 17, 2009


SEATTLE — The move toward becoming a fundamentally sound team year in and year out has not come as quickly as manager Ozzie Guillen would like.

This 2009 season was just further example of that.

So while Guillen admitted before Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Seattle that the Sox may indeed get a bit more preseason respect heading into 2010 -- surely more than last winter when they were all but written off by many prognosticators -- he called out his players for a season of fundamental mistakes, and laid down the gauntlet on how they plan to turn that around come next spring.

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Fire Service Leaders From Across the Nation Join NFSA's Sprinklerman© in Major League Baseball Debut, Sprinkler Awareness at Washington Nation

September 17, 2009


Washington, D.C. — The National Fire Sprinkler Association's popular mascot Sprinklerman© made his major league baseball debut at the Washington Nationals' baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies (2008 World Series Champs), September 10, where the Nationals beat the first-place team 8-7.

Sprinklerman participated in on-field photo opportunities with fans, fire fighters and team mascots to show support for Fire Team USA, which sponsored Night Out at the Nationals, and all proceeds benefited the Congressional Fire Services Institute and The District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department. Approximately 100 fire service leaders were in attendance from all over the country, and 18,706 fans saw the game.

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Rockies host World Series foe in 2010 — Tentative schedule has Red Sox coming to Coors Field

By Thomas Harding
September 17, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO — The Rockies will open the 2010 season at Milwaukee's Miller Park next April 4, but the home schedule has a special feature -- a rematch of the 2007 World Series with a three-game set with the Red Sox from June 22-24.

Next season will mark the 12th time in 18 seasons that the club has begun the season on the road. Opening against the hosting Brewers means the Rockies will have a chance to play under a roof for three games, April 4-6. The Rockies have never opened a season against the Brewers.

It'll be the third straight year the Rockies have opened on the road. They began at St. Louis in 2008 and at Arizona this season.

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MLB suspends Posada, Carlson

September 17, 2009


New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Carlson on Wednesday were suspended for three games each and also fined by Major League Baseball for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl.

The two were cited for ''aggressive and inappropriate actions'' by Bob Watson, MLB's vice president for discipline, and started serving the penalties immediately. Yankees utilityman Shelley Duncan also was suspended for three games and appealed, delaying the start of any discipline.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive September 4, 2009

 

The Braves, like Chipper, go nowhere

By Gordon Edes
September 4, 2009


MIAMI — How long has it been that Chipper Jones hasn’t felt right?
“About the last five years,” he said with a chuckle. “You want me to be honest, the last five years.

“But it’s no excuse for not performing. I’m not going to make excuses. I’ve not had a good year.”

And neither has his team, the Atlanta Braves, who can’t seem to gain traction in the National League wild-card race.

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HOF brodcaster Harwell fighting cancer

By Jason Beck
September 4, 2009


DETROIT — Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, the voice for the Tigers for more than four decades and an icon for the Tigers well beyond his retirement from broadcasting in 2002, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Harwell has an incurable tumor around his bile duct. He revealed the diagnosis in Friday's edition of the Detroit Free Press, for whom he has worked as a columnist for several years, and where he explained his outlook. Gary Spicer, his longtime friend and attorney, confirmed the condition to MLB.com.

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Crucial weekend series set to start up

By Rhett Bollinger
September 4, 2009


Division leaders will be hoping to add on to their leads with several aces taking the mound on Friday with many new crucial weekend series starting up.

The Tigers' Justin Verlander will try to tame the Rays, the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw will aim to top the Padres, the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright will look to beat the Pirates and the Phillies' Cliff Lee will try to continue his run of dominance in the NL against

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Power Rankings: Cardinals get boost

By Tim Brown
September 4, 2009


After a 21-win August, Yanks take a quick breather. Or, as the schedule-maker called it, three days in Baltimore.

Week 22:

1.        New York Yankees (85-48; Previous: 1) – Jeter rumored to be engaged, single males age 21 to 45 stampede to New York for leftovers.

2.        St. Louis Cardinals (79-55; Previous: 4) – Holliday suggests he might consider extension, Boras gets good laugh, thinks Holliday looks just fine bald.

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World Series History

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive July 17, 2009

 

2009 MLB World Series Odds

July 17, 2009


Oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com have made the New York Yankees 5/2 favorites to win the 2009 World Series. After signing starting pitchers CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, as well as adding top free agent hitter Mark Teixeira, it’s easy to see why oddsmakes believe the Bronx Bombers will win baseball’s championship next season.

Last year’s World Series champs, the Philadelphia Philles, are currently 11/1 long shots to win a title this season. The Boston Red Sox (15/2), Chicago Cubs (7/1) and New York Mets (7/1) all have better odds to win than the Phillies, who are still trying to sign slugger Ryan Howard to a long-term contract.

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MLB - Roy Halladay Trade Talks Continue

Crunch Sports Staff
July 17, 2009


Roy Halladay would be a welcome addition to several teams.

As we write this, Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays is taking his regular turn against the Tampa Bay Rays. Whether or not it is his last start for the Jays may depend on how quickly Toronto management can act.

The Blue Jays, who held the American League East lead for a while, even after sustaining injuries in the starting rotation, have recently begun to fade. They went into Thursday's action at the .500 mark, and they are well off the pace that is now set by the Boston Red Sox, as well as eight games out of the wild card race. The pitching problems have continued, and there have been no less than twelve different hurlers who have taken the mound for a start.

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Buchholz proves he's ready for Majors -- In spot start, Sox's top pitching prospect keeps Jays at bay

By Ian Browne
July 17, 2009


TORONTO -- It might have just been a one-day pass back to the Major Leagues, but Clay Buchholz provided convincing proof that once he returns, it might be for good.

Looking nothing like the overwhelmed prospect who was admittedly shell-shocked last year, Buchholz was sharp and in control, leading the Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

Boston's top pitching prospect, Buchholz held the Jays to four hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out three. He threw 103 pitches.

Buchholz, 24, was given a one-day promotion so that All-Stars Josh Beckett and Tim Wakefield could get additional rest heading into the second half. He is likely to be optioned back to Triple-A to open up a roster spot for shortstop Jed Lowrie, who is expected to play on Saturday afternoon.

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Red Sox, Bay table contract talks -- Sides assuage potential distraction by halting negotiations

By Ian Browne
July 17, 2009


TORONTO -- The Red Sox have come to a mutual decision with left fielder Jason Bay that it is probably best to table any further contract negotiations until after the season. That said, both sides remain hopeful that a deal will later be struck that can keep the consistent slugger in a Boston uniform for the next several years.

Bay said he'd be open to talking again with the Red Sox before he is eligible to file for free agency. Free agents aren't eligible to sign with another team until 15 days after the World Series, which means there could still be time for Bay to strike a deal with Boston.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive June 30, 2009

 

2009 World Series


Now is a good time for baseball bettors to look ahead and wager on the 2009 World Series winner at betED.com.

The money-burning New York Yankees are +400 favorites to win the Fall Classic in World Series Betting Odds at betED.com.

After missing the playoffs for the first time since 1993, the Yankees blew $423.5 million to add three players in the off-season: pitchers CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, and first baseman Mark Teixeira.

The Boston Red Sox are at +775 odds to win the World Series, followed by the Chicago Cubs at +800. The Los Angeles Angels (+875) and New York Mets (+1100) round out the top five 2009 World Series favorites at betED.com.

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Pujols, Wright head predicted N.L. All-Star roster

By Stan McNeal
June 30, 2009


Give the fans their props. In the latest voting for National League All-Star starters, they have the right player at each of the eight positions. With less than three days left before voting ends Thursday night, there isn't much time to mess up.

Selecting the starting lineup is the easy part. Picking the remaining 24 players is more challenging (players pick a backup at every position, five starting pitchers and three relievers. N.L. manager Charlie Manuel then oversees managers' selections for seven spots, and the final spot is determined in an online vote featuring five players chosen by the commissioner's office).

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Stars help give baseball a pulse in inner cities

By Tim Brown
Jun 29, 2009


LOS ANGELES – A baseball rolled through a dirt infield into center field.

A little boy flung his tiny aluminum bat and took off.

Two others chased the ball into center field.

Parents, dozens of them, yelled encouragement, and coaches official and unofficial waved that little boy past first base and then around third and toward home.

Dust swirled at home plate when the little boy arrived, and the umpire shouted, “Safe!” and the people cheered as though Manny Ramirez(notes) himself had hit this home run.

Covered in half the infield and some of the third-base line, the boy stood and didn’t bother to dust himself off, but turned and found his parents in the stands.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive June 7, 2009

 

Sox, Yanks to Batlle for Top spot in the East
Boston (33-24) vs, New York (33-23)

June 7, 2009


BOSTON -- Order has been restored in the American League East heading into the latest rivalry showdown, which begins Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Unlike the first two series, when both teams were still looking up at the Blue Jays in the standings, the Yankees and Red Sox are now at the top of the division.

That is what baseball fans have been accustomed to for the better part of the last decade. Last year was different, as the Rays led the AL East for almost the entire season before beating the Red Sox in a seven-game American League Championship Series.

This could be another one of those epic Red Sox-Yankees summers that stretches into October, as was the case in 2003 and '04. Both teams appear positioned to be on a collision course.

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Dice-K roughed up early in loss to Texas
Red Sox righty fans eight, but allows five runs on 10 hits

By Maureen Mullen
June 7, 2009


BOSTON -- After nearly being subjected to a perfect game Saturday night, the Rangers wasted little time breaking out their bats Sunday afternoon in a 6-3 victory against Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox in front of 37,537 at Fenway Park.

Michael Young, who broke up Jon Lester's perfect game with one out the seventh inning Saturday night, hit a solo home run off Matsuzaka into the Boston bullpen in the first inning.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive February 13, 2009

 

Phils have the right to think bigger

By JACK McCAFFERY
February 13, 2009


PHILADELPHIA — Ever welcome and far too rare, more memorable than some of the greatest on-field plays in sports, easy to monitor and easier to someday regurgitate, it is the good, healthy, honest preseason boast.

For the Phillies, as they turn now toward Clearwater with a world championship pennant flowing from the antenna of the team bus, that honor has gone to Charlie Manuel. In previous years, it was Jimmy “The Team To Beat” Rollins’ job; in other times, there were Buddy Ryan promising championships, Jeffrey Lurie setting standards and, in the classic of all preseason-boast classics, Moses Malone. That’s when the Sixers’ center, caught in the enthusiasm of the 1983 NBA championship, declared, “We will repeat, and peat, and peat.”

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Baseball's spring stories
Five story lines to follow as spring training opens

By Dan Connolly
February 13, 2009


The Orioles made plenty of moves this offseason.

There were also national steroid controversies and star free agents holding "Will work for fewer millions" signs.

It was a pretty entertaining winter, baseball-wise.

But, like the good, old days, the New York Yankees dominated the hot stove season. They did it with big-money signings, a dash of backbiting and the pedestal crash of the game's biggest star.

The Yankees are obviously the biggest story this spring, but there are other things to keep an eye on in Florida and Arizona after pitchers and catchers report. Here are five story lines to watch.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive January 29, 2009

 

David Heck | The Sauce


By David Heck
January 29, 2009


"At the rate the Yankees are going, I'm not sure anyone can compete with them. Frankly, the sport might need a salary cap." -- Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio

Oh, the problems I have with that statement. But before I go on to show that the only cap Mr. Attanasio should be concerned with is the one on his mouth, let's establish the context under which he said it.

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Sean Casey Inducted into Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame

January 29, 2009



Kinston, NC - Today the Kinston Indians induct former K-Triber and MLB All-Star Sean Casey into the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. Casey, who retired on Tuesday after spending last season (his 12th at the Major League level) with the Boston Red Sox, is the 27th inductee into the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.

Casey was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 2nd round of the 1995 amateur draft out of the University of Richmond where he was the NCAA Division I Batting Champ in 1995. As a Kinston Indian in 1996, Casey was a Carolina League All-Star at first base. Casey hit 12 home runs in 1996, leading the Carolina League with a .331 batting average and leading the league in slugging percentage. Casey was also second in the League in on-base percentage and third in doubles (31). Casey did all this in just 92 games, missing the last six weeks of the season due to injury. Casey's .331 mark is the third highest season batting average in Kinston Indians History. Casey led Kinston to a 76-62 overall record and a Southern Division Title.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive November 21, 2008

 

AL Most Valuable Player: Dustin Pedroia

By Jim Rogash
November 18, 2008



Dustin Pedroia, Boston

Why he won: Pedroia, 25, led the American League in runs, hits and doubles while finishing second in batting average and fourth in total bases. He was the AL’s starting second baseman in the All-Star Game and was previously honored as a Gold Glove winner for defensive excellence and with a Silver Slugger award as the top offensive player at his position.

In his words: “I’m not the biggest guy in the world. I don’t have that many tools. If you look at me — if I’m walking down the street, you wouldn’t think I’m a baseball player. That’s the biggest thing that (helps) me to be a good player.

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Discounts abound at the MLB.com Shop
Selected merchandise reduced by an unprecedented 30 percent

By Mark Newman
November 19, 2008


You had so much fun saving money on Wednesday, we're going to do it again. Everything at the MLB.com Shop is an unheard-of 30 percent off.

As you know, 30 percent can be a good number in baseball.

Rangers shortstop Michael Young has hit in exactly 30 percent of his official at-bats as a Major Leaguer, or .300 for a career.

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Howard finishes second in MVP voting
Slugger gets 12 first-place votes, but Cards' Pujols wins award

By Ken Mandel
November 17, 2008


PHILADELPHIA -- Two years ago, Ryan Howard edged Albert Pujols for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, despite the fact that Pujols led his team to the playoffs and eventually a World Series championship.

Despite missing the playoffs that season, the Phillies had a better record than the Cardinals, and Howard's 58 homers and 149 RBIs were too significant to ignore.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive November 4, 2008

 

World Series win ends a long drought

By Joseph Turkos
November 4, 2008


Philadelphians have been waiting to party like it's 1983 since, well, 1983.For a couple of generations, that year has been known as the last year that Philadelphia won a major sports championship. One hundred seasons of constant disappointment have finally gone the way of Veterans Stadium and the Philadelphia Athletics. The long wait is over.

After 25 years, William Penn has lifted his curse and Philadelphia sports fans celebrated a World Championship as the Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, last Wednesday night, taking the 2008 World Series 4 games to 1 and winning the team's first World Series title since 1980.

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Sleeper season ends in World Series dud

By Zach Perry
November 5, 2008


The line at the DMV, the sound of a drill at the dentist's office and the Major League Baseball season: all things that are long, boring and sometimes painful.

One would expect that the finale of a season composed of a grandiose 162-game schedule would be a celebrated event. I mean, after more than eight months of baseball, there should be some sort of mind-blowing payoff, right? Getting people to watch the World Series shouldn't be like pulling teeth, and yet, this year's championship featuring the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays became the lowest-rated of all time.

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MLB World Series 2009 News | Archive October 23, 2008

 

2008 World Series Preview - Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay

By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
October 20, 2008


(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays will try to continue one of the most impressive turnarounds in sports history when they open the 104th edition of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

This was supposed to be the year that the Rays were going to take a step forward. But, that leap was expected to be in the form of the franchise finishing somewhere near .500 for the first time in team history.

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Amazing Rays seven-sational
Garza and rookie Price close out Red Sox, lifting Tampa Bay into Series date with Phillies -- Rays 3 Red Sox 1 -- Rays win series 4-3.

By Richard Griffin, Baseball Columnist
October 20, 2008


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.–And on the third day they rose again. The Rays are in the World Series. The devil you say.

As unnatural as it seemed to celebrate baseball at Tropicana Field in October, the young Rays got the hang of it in a hurry. The dugout emptied and a jubilant bunch of recently no-name players, the longest of long shots at the start of the season, swarmed young left-hander David Price, who started the season in A-ball.

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Baseball: Professor Sees 59 Percent Chance Of Rays Win Over Phillies In World Series

October 20, 2008

ScienceDaily — NJIT's Bruce Bukiet, a mathematician who has applied mathematical modeling techniques to elucidate the dynamics of scoring in baseball, has computed the probability of the Rays and Phillies winning the World Series now that the Rays have defeated the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.

He recently released the names of those most deserving of Major League Baseball's prestigious 2008 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Cy Young awards.

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MLB World Series 2008 News | Archive July 10, 2008

 

Final Vote battles tight as deadline nears
Record number of ballots cast in support of 2008 candidates

By Mark Newman, MLB.com
July 10, 2008


Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay and Corey Hart of Milwaukee each were leading close two-man races with only hours remaining in the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote, as the record number of votes by fans worldwide passed 42 million -- more than half as many as in all previous years combined.

Votes were coming in at one million per hour, indicating a last-day surge that probably will be unlike anything ever seen before at MLB.com -- and a volume that could change anything. Balloting will close at 5 p.m. ET, ending a four-day process that began at 3 p.m. on Sunday, following the announcement of 31 starters per league for the 79th All-Star Game on July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

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MLB All Star Break: Betting Report
Odds to win the 2008 World Series heading into the MLB All Star Break offer great incentive to start betting

Christopher Costigan, Publisher, Gambling911
July 10, 2008


As we head into the July 15 MBL All Star Game, oddsmakers have begun to form stronger opinions on which teams will ultimately have the best shot at winning the 2008 World Series.  Coming into the All Star Break, exactly 15 teams have records above .500.  Of those, 5 are just flirting with that number.  10 teams have won 50 or more games. 

And amazingly it is the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and - drum roll please - the Tampa Rays who have the three best records in the league.  The Rays have the best at 55-35.

The oddsmakers at BetOnline.com hardly seem impressed with Tampa's success.  The Rays still have terrific value - offering a potential payout of $600 for every $100 bet.

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