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6:50 AM ET, October 23, 2009


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Associated Press:
Botched calls prompt World Series umpire switch … NEW YORK (AP) — Stung by a rash of blown calls in the playoffs, Major League Baseball is breaking tradition and sticking with only experienced umpires for the World Series.  —  Longtime crew chiefs Joe West, Dana DeMuth and Gerry Davis …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Sam Borden / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
ALCS Game 5: Yankees at Angels  —  YANKEES  —  Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 2.19 ERA in postseason)  —  ANGELS  —  Pitching: RHP John Lackey (1-1, 1.38 ERA in postseason)  —  WEATHER: More of the same - clear skies, temps in the 60s and 70s and plenty of sun.  Check out the full forecast here.
George Vecsey / New York Times:
Highest Payroll, but Short a Run  —  Money still talks, although its impact is a bit muted right now, after the Angels, with their payroll of a mere $116 million, managed to stun the Yankees, with baseball's highest payroll of about $206 million, by a 7-6 score, on Thursday night.
Discussion: ESPN and Yahoo! Sports
Billy Witz / New York Times:
For Angels, Thrill of Victory, Then a Rush of Relief  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — If it was going to end, this was not the way the Los Angeles Angels wanted it to.  Not with Manager Mike Scioscia wondering if he had handled a pitching change like Grady Little.  Not with John Lackey seething about a strike that the plate umpire said was not.
Discussion: Halos Heaven and Bats
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Dodgers owner fires wife as team CEO … Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has fired wife Jamie as CEO of the team, the first shot in what promises to be bitter battle over the storied baseball team, has learned.  —  Jamie McCourt was fired within the last two days, according to several sources.
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt fires wife Jamie  —  She had been the club's chief executive.  The couple announced last week that they had separated.  —  Dodgers owner Frank McCourt watches as his estranged wife Jamie enters their field level box for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series last week.
Matthew Leach /
Dodgers' nucleus will be back in 2010  —  Starting rotation likely to be fortified around young stars  —  PHILADELPHIA — Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti felt little consolation Wednesday night following his team's defeat in the National League Championship Series …
Discussion: ESPN
Bob Klapisch /
Former ump says go to video  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. - Don Denkinger is living a quiet, peaceful retirement these days, playing golf in the Arizona sun.  But just like any former major league umpire, he still follows the game.  And as one, in particular, whose career was defined by a bad call …
Discussion: Circling The Bases
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Replay for the World Series could work
Steve Pagliuca / WEEI Online Audio and Video Archive:
AUDIO & VIDEO ON DEMAND  —  WEEI » Audio & Video On Demand » Theo Epstein, Red Sox GM  —  THEO EPSTEIN, RED SOX GM  —  PODCAST  —  Get Adobe Flash Player to see this content.  —  Theo joins D&C to talk JD Drew, Jason Bay and the post season
Rob Bradford / Full Count:
Theo speaks on offseason, Drew, and philosophies
Barry M. Bloom /
Strasburg takes loss in second AFL start  —  Right-hander allows seven hits, including three homers  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — It was a learning experience for the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg on Thursday at Peoria Stadium.  In his second Arizona Fall League start for the Phoenix Desert Dogs …
Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:
Wakefield looking for 200 wins  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — Having undergone surgery to repair a herniated disk on Wednesday, Tim Wakefield said yesterday that he expects about a four- to six-week rehab before he begins to get down to his usual offseason program.  —  “Everything went awesome,” Wakefield said yesterday.
Discussion: and Yahoo! Sports
Chat with Keith Law  —  Welcome to SportsNation!  On Thursday, MLB Insider Keith Law will be here to take your questions on anything baseball related.  —  Law is the senior baseball analyst for Scouts Inc. Before joining ESPN, Law served as special assistant to the general manager …
Discussion: Talking Chop
David O'Brien / Atlanta Braves with David O'Brien:
Wren's plan for Braves: Get better  —  As we begin typing, the Phillies are two outs from returning to the World Series, this time for a likely Amtrak series against the New York Yankees, who with a win against the Angels on Thursday can wrap up their first AL pennant since 2003 …
Discussion: Bottom9 Baseball
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:   Braves Rumors: Soriano, Gonzalez, Hudson
Mets now likely to meet with Chapman, agent  —  The Mets now expect to meet with Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman and his agent later this week after initially saying they had no plans to do so, according to a person familiar with the situation.  Chapman already is in New York …
Discussion: MLB Rumors and ESPN
T.R. Sullivan /
Howard's end: Slugger NLCS MVP  —  Two homers, eight RBIs help Phils reach World Series  —  PHILADELPHIA — For the first time in nine playoff games, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard did not to get a hit or an RBI on Wednesday night.  —  He did pick up another trophy, though.
Discussion: Circling The Bases
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