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9:50 AM ET, October 10, 2012


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Nationals sure could use Strasburg  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.  —  Sorry, it's time to utter the “S” word.  —  Heck, some of the Washington Nationals' players are saying it, with very little prompting.  —  “If we had 'Stras, we'd be up 2-0,” one player told me Tuesday.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
On Baseball: Carpenter's Return Animates the Cardinals  —  As a statement of fact, it is rather remarkable: Chris Carpenter, who starts for the St. Louis Cardinals in their division series on Wednesday, has not earned a victory since Game 7 of last year's World Series.
Discussion: and MLB Rumors
Game times after Wednesday still in flux  —  WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the game times for the rest of both leagues' Division Series this week.  If the Nationals are going to play in prime time, their series with the Cardinals will have to go a full five games.
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Associated Press:
Giants score in 10th to drop Reds and stay alive  —  CINCINNATI — Hardly able to get a hit, the San Francisco Giants used a misplayed grounder to prolong their NL playoff series.  —  Third baseman Scott Rolen's two-out error in the 10th inning gave the Giants the go-ahead run Tuesday night …
Associated Press:
Reds still undecided on Johnny Cueto if there's Game 4  —  CINCINNATI — The Reds aren't sure whether Johnny Cueto would be available to pitch if their playoff series against the Giants goes to a Game 4.  —  The right-hander had to leave the first inning of the NL division series opener Saturday in San Francisco with a sore back.
Jon Heyman / Sports News …:
Mets expected to offer about $100M to start as they try to make David Wright a Met ‘for life’  —  Wright fell off a little in the second half but still finished with 21 homers and 93 RBI.  (US Presswire)  —  The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood …
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Nationals playoff game will create gridlock  —  Massive crowds are expected to descend on the Navy Yard area Wednesday for the first playoff game at Nationals Park, but the big problems could begin after the final out.  —  The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., which means that tens …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Associated Press:
Ailing LHP Garcia removed from Cardinals' roster  —  WASHINGTON — St. Louis Cardinals left-handed starter Jaime Garcia has been removed from the team's playoff roster due to a strained rotator cuff and inflammation in his throwing shoulder.  —  Manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that Garcia …
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Garcia has MRI on shoulder
Joe McDonald / ESPN:
Red Sox to step up David Ortiz talks  —  After the Boston Red Sox concluded their dismal 93-loss season, general manager Ben Cherington said re-signing David Ortiz would be a priority in the offseason.  While the sides have had informal talks, serious conversations with the free-agent designated hitter …
Christopher Klein / History in the Headlines:
Document Banning Pete Rose From Baseball Goes on Sale  —  If any baseball player seemed a Hall of Fame shoo-in, it was 17-time All-Star Pete Rose.  No player in baseball history has played in more games or collected more hits than the slugger known as Charlie Hustle.
Ken Gurnick /
Top prospect Puig to miss Fall League play  —  LOS ANGELES — Top Dodgers outfield prospect Yasiel Puig will miss the Arizona Fall League because of a staph infection in his right elbow that required a surgical procedure.  —  Puig is expected to be fully healed in three to five weeks …
Discussion: True Blue LA
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Terry Francona reportedly has ‘out clause’ if Tribe front office is shaken: Cleveland Indians Insider  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — GM Chris Antonetti and new manager Terry Francona would not comment on a Tweet by ESPN's Buster Olney that Francona's four-year deal includes out-clauses in case some of his superiors are fired.
Associated Press:
Terry Francona begins with Indians
Jon Heyman / Sports News …:
Rangers are prepared to let talented but injury-prone star free agent Josh Hamilton look around  —  There won't be any quick deal for star free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton in Texas.  The Rangers aren't prepared to present the large deal Hamilton is believed to seek and will instead …
Chicago Tribune:
Stone on staying with Sox: 'It's 100 percent'  —  Tribune report  —  Breathe easy, White Sox fans: Steve Stone is staying put.  —  Stone, the Sox's TV color analyst, had been dropping broad hints lately that he might seek to depart from the booth he shares with play-by-play partner Ken …
Discussion: South Side Sox and HardballTalk
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