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2:14 AM ET, October 22, 2009

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Jorge Arangure Jr / MLB:
Coveted Aroldis Chapman to meet with teams in New York  —  Prized Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman will arrive in New York on Wednesday to begin a series of meetings with several general managers, Chapman's agent, Edwin Mejia, confirmed.  —  The 21-year-old will visit several cities …
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Jorge Arangure Jr / ESPN:
Chapman pays a visit to the U.S.  —  On Wednesday, prized Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman will arrive in New York to begin a series of meetings with several general managers, Chapman's agent Edwin Mejia confirmed to La Esquina.  —  The 21-year-old will visit several cities …
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Red Sox likely to meet with Cuban LHP  —  Aroldis Chapman, a 21-year-old Cuban defector with a 100-mph fastball, is expected to arrive in New York as early as today.  According to his agent, Edwin Mejia, meetings with Major League teams will follow.  —  The Red Sox and Yankees are among …
Discussion: Union-News and NESN.com
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Sabathia and Lee Facing Possible Stadium Rematch
Discussion: Angels Unplugged
Buster Olney / MLB:
Sources: San Diego Padres closer to hiring Jed Hoyer as GM  —  The San Diego Padres are moving closer toward hiring Jed Hoyer, an assistant general manager with the Boston Red Sox, as their next general manager, according to major league sources.  —  Hoyer, 35, has worked in Boston's front office under Theo Epstein.
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Corey Brock / MLB.com:
Padres could soon hire new GM  —  CEO Moorad would like to make move before Fall Classic  —  SAN DIEGO — Could the San Diego Padres be close to hiring a new general manager?  —  Padres CEO Jeff Moorad has said he would like to hire a general manager by the start of the World Series, which is set to begin on Oct. 28.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and MLB Rumors
Brian McTaggart / MLB.com:
Acta undergoes second Astros interview  —  Meeting comes one day after presentation in Cleveland  —  HOUSTON — Former Nationals manager Manny Acta was in Houston on Wednesday and became the first managerial candidate to interview for a second time.  —  Acta, who was fired in July …
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Espn Com / MLB:
Steve Phillips, ESPN baseball analyst, takes leave of absence  —  ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips is taking a leave of absence.  —  The New York Post reported Wednesday that Phillips, formerly general manager of the Mets, was involved in a relationship with a female ESPN employee.
Seth Livingstone / USA Today:
After early missteps, GM Colletti oversees revival of Dodgers  —  PHILADELPHIA — Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, who was rewarded with a multiyear contract extension, takes pride in what his team accomplished in 2009 but knows the Philadelphia Phillies …
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts and Yahoo! Sports
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Mets Entity May Be Sued for $48 Million Profit From Madoff Firm  —  Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — An entity tied to the New York Mets baseball team and its owner Sterling Equities Inc. might be sued for withdrawing $47.8 million more from Bernard Madoff's firm than it deposited with the con man, a lawyer said.
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Tim McClelland / ASAP Sports:
AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: ANGELS v YANKEES  —  THE MODERATOR: Tim, whatever you want to say.  —  TIM McCLELLAND: As far as the two calls that I had at third base.  The first one with Swisher leaving too soon.  In my heart I thought he left too soon.  —  On the play with Cano and Posada, I thought Cano was on the base.
Discussion: Deadspin and Circling The Bases
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Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com:
Umpires shaky on several Game 4 calls
Discussion: New York Times and Pinstripe Alley
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Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies give O'Dowd new deal  —  The Rockies' road into the future will continued to be navigated by general manager Dan O'Dowd.  —  Today, the Rockies awarded O'Dowd a new contract.  Terms have not yet been announced.  He has been the GM since Sept. 20, 1999, meaning he's already …
Discussion: ESPN
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Patrick Saunders / All Things Rockies:
Sporting News honors Rox Tracy
Discussion: Purple Row
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Yankees top list of contenders in race for coveted free agent Holliday … Outfielder Matt Holliday, probably the biggest free agent about to be on the market — John Lackey and Jason Bay are the only other in-their-prime stars — is said by a friend to love the idea of going to the Yankees.
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Casey Blake: The Dodger Diplomat  —  As the Los Angeles Dodgers walked out to the field to stretch on a recent drizzly afternoon, they assembled in their usual clusters.  Third-baseman Casey Blake, as always, had a hard time choosing his spot.  —  “There's the little Latin community, the white guys and the black guys.
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Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:
Wakefield surgery ‘successful’  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — While there's not a lot of news on Tim Wakefield's back surgery yet, a Red Sox spokesman said that the procedure was “successful” in an email.  —  The surgery, which was to address a herniated disk, occurred this morning at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Discussion: NESN.com and Sports Blog Net
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Inbox: What's in store for Storen?  —  Beat reporter Bill Ladson answers Nats fans' questions  —  Right-hander Drew Storen has been touted as a closer.  If he makes the big league team, how about starting him off as a setup man, and then working him into the closer role by midseason?
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Philly.com:
Greasing poles in case of a Phillies victory  —  City workers have greased poles along South Broad Street in an effort to deter revellers from climbing them during any wild celebrations that might follow a possible Phillies victory tonight.  —  Street lights, signs, bus shelters and even trees …
Richard Deitsch / Sports Illustrated:
Fox adds Guillen to broadcast booth … Baseball fans, get ready for a bleeping interesting analyst.  SI.com has learned that Ozzie Guillen, the colorful and occasionally profanity-laden manager of the White Sox, has been hired by Fox Sports to serve as a pre- and postgame analyst for the network's World Series coverage.
Discussion: MLB FanHouse and South Side Sox
 
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