Oct 21, 2010, 4:37 AM EST
Bryce Harper nearly capped his first appearance in the Arizona Fall League in truly grand fashion. In the end, the Nationals’ 18-year-old phenom had to settle for a two-run double and not a grand slam that would have turned his already-hyped Fall League debut into something really spectacular. Facing some premier older prospects who are…
Oct 21, 2010, 12:00 AM EST
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Phillies try to knot the NLCS up at 2-2 this evening at AT&T Park. In previewing this series last week, I suggested tonight's Game 4 could be the pivotal juncture. My reasoning? As good as the Phillies' top three starters are, Joe Blanton doesn't measure up.…
Oct 20, 2010, 8:00 PM EST
Photo courtesy New York Yankees The Rangers have three shots to clinch the pennant, beginning today at Yankee Stadium. The Texas Rangers could be celebrating their first-ever American League pennant by sundown. Stop and let that one soak in for a few minutes. Up 3-1 over the Yankees in the ALCS, the Rangers need only…
Oct 20, 2010, 2:45 PM EST
Yesterday's announcement by the Nationals that Mike Rizzo has been given a five-year contract extension and bump in title was at both times unsurprising and a bit head-scratching. On the one hand, it makes perfect sense. With the franchise in a much more stable situation now than it was two years ago when Rizzo took…
Oct 19, 2010, 11:30 PM EST
Photo courtesy New York Yankees New York needs a win tonight at Yankee Stadium to avoid falling in a 3-1 series hole. The Yankees and their fans have been dreading a possible A.J. Burnett postseason start for quite a while now. Well, it's happening tonight, and there's no turning back now. This series very likely…
Oct 19, 2010, 8:00 PM EST
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER AT&T Park hosts Game 3 between the Phillies and Giants. The Phillies and Giants resume the NLCS this afternoon in San Francisco, with Cole Hamels facing Matt Cain in yet another stellar pitching matchup in a postseason already filled with plenty of others. I'm not going to…
Oct 19, 2010, 5:36 PM EST
Read the full story with quotes from Rizzo on CSNwashington.com The Nationals have given Mike Rizzo a five-year contract extension and promoted him to executive vice president of baseball operations and and general manager. Rizzo, who took over as interim GM in March 2009 following Jim Bowden’s resignation, was named permanent GM in August 2009.…
Oct 19, 2010, 1:52 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman has always had a flair for the dramatic. Could he do it in October? It seems safe to say that the 2010 postseason will be remembered as the Postseason of Cliff Lee. Unless it's the Postseason of Roy Halladay. Or the Postseason of Tim Lincecum. October…
Oct 18, 2010, 11:00 PM EST
Photo courtesy New York Yankees The Yankees have to beat Cliff Lee or else fall behind 2-1 to the Rangers. The Rangers are basically right where they wanted to be entering Game 3 of the ALCS: Tied at one game apiece, with ace Cliff Lee on the mound tonight at Yankee Stadium. That said, this…
Oct 18, 2010, 2:40 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Even if they re-sign Adam Dunn, the Nats should have plenty of leftover money for payroll. At this early stage of the offseason — with the four LCS finalists still playing and thus the 26 other clubs unable to do much in the way of roster reconfiguration for…
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