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Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 2:49 pm
 

D-Backs' Baylor faints, sent to hospital

By C. Trent Rosecrans  and Evan Brunell
Full Playoff Coverage

Diamondbacks hitting coach Don Baylor was taken out of the Miller Park clubhouse on a stretcher, Tom Haudricourt of the the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tweets.

“Don Baylor was lightheaded and fainted earlier this morning," GM Kevin Towers said in an official team release. "He was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons and further tests.”

Baylor had just finished eating breakfast when he began to feel light-headed, Towers said according to the Arizona Republic. An EKG test came back clean, and Baylor is undergoing a CT scan, Towers added to the Republic.

There are no more details available.

Baylor, 62, played 19 seasons in the big leagues with the Angels, Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, Athletics and Twins. He also served as the manager for the Rockies' first-ever manager. He was 440-469 in six years with the Rockies and went 187-220 in three years as manager of the Cubs (2000-2003).

Baylor is known as one of the best hitting coaches in the game, serving in that position for the Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Mariners and Rockies. He joined Kirk Gibson's Diamondbacks staff after the 2010 season.

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Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:40 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:11 am
 

Phillies have the best rotation in playoffs

By C. Trent Rosecrans

This time of year, pitching can carry an otherwise flawed team all the way to a title, we saw that last year when the Giants rode their starters and a shut-down closer to a World Series championship. So which teams have the best rotations heading into this postseason? Glad you asked…

Here's our ranking of the eight playoff rotations:

 

1. Philadelphia Phillies: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt

Like there was a doubt? Halladay started last postseason with a no-hitter. It'll be tough to top that, but we'll see what happens when the National League's best pitching staff takes on the National League's best offense. 

 

2. Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Moore, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, David Price

Joe Maddon is taking one heck of a chance giving a rookie with fewer than 10 big-league innings under his belt on the hill to start Game 1, but Moore is amazingly talented -- and he's never lost a start for the Rays (small sample size alert!). 

 

3. Milwaukee Brewers: Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum, Randy Wolf

Gallardo is perhaps the least-heralded of the Brewers' starters, but that could just be that unlike the other members of the team's rotation, he's spent his entire season in Milwaukee. The 25-year-old right-hander has gone 44-29 with a 3.69 ERA over the last three years. There's also former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke who wanted to be traded from Kansas City so he could pitch in the playoffs. Now he's here and it's time to deliver.

 

4. Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello

Call them top-heavy, and even heavier at the top since Fister joined the rotation. Fister, acquired at the deadline from Seattle, has gone 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA in 10 starts for the Tigers. Add him to Justin Verlander and you have a heck of a 1-2 punch. It's the 3-4 that lacks punch.

 

5. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Joe Saunders

It looks like Arizona will go with a three-man rotation in the playoffs, which will certainly help the bullpen with the addition to Josh Collmenter. Kennedy was the breakout star of the Diamondbacks' rotation, winning 21 games, while Hudson and Saudners have also pitched well.



6. Texas Rangers:
C.J. Wilson, Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison

Sure, they don't have Lee this year, but they do have Wilson, who has established himself as an ace, going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA this season, striking out 206 batters in 223 1/3 innings. Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40 ERA) is the only right-hander in the rotation.

 

7. St. Louis Cardinals: Kyle Lohse, Edwin Jackson, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia

The Cardinals' two best pitchers are pitching Games 3 and 4, but everyone has contributed down the stretch. St. Louis would be higher on the list with Adam Wainwright, but he's not coming back this season. Jackson has pitched well since joining the team and Lohse, a former Phillie, has had a bounce-back season.

 

8. New York Yankees: CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia

Sabathia's as good of a big-game pitcher as there is in the game, but Nova is a rookie and Garcia is anything but. The fact the team is going with a three-man rotation tells you what you need to know about the guys not in the rotation. Garcia's the team's third-best starter -- I guess $196 million doesn't buy what it once did.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:17 am
 

2011 CBSSports.com MLB playoff predictions

2011 MLB postseason predictions
Predictions
Brunell

Doyel

Knobler

Miller

Snyder

Rosecrans
DET/NYY ALDS
in 4

in 5

in 5

in 5

in 5

in 5
TB/TEX ALDS
in 4

in 4

in 5

in 4

in 5

in 4
ARI/MIL NLDS
in 5

in 5

in 5

in 4

in 4

in 4
STL/PHI NLDS
in 3

in 3

in 5

in 4

in 3

in 4
ALCS
in 7

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
ALCS MVP Justin Verlander James Shields Russell Martin Miguel Cabrera Doug Fister Jose Valverde
NLCS
in 6

in 7

in 7

in 6

in 7

in 5
NLCS MVP Prince Fielder Ryan Braun Justin Upton Hunter Pence Chase Utley Roy Halladay
WORLD SERIES
in 5

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
WORLD SERIES MVP Zack Greinke Corey Hart Derek Jeter Roy Halladay Cliff Lee Miguel Cabrera

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:11 am
Edited on: September 29, 2011 2:04 am
 

Verlander, Kershaw win pitching triple crowns

By C. Trent Rosecrans

So, now that we've got that pesky playoff thing all figured out, we can get to the important stuff, like batting titles and the such, right?

OK, while eight teams still have something to play for, 22 other teams are done, and so are the regular-season individual titles. So what were the best marks in the biggest individual categories? Here you go:

American League
Batting average: .344 -- Miguel Cabrera
Home runs: 43 -- Jose Bautista
RBIs: 119 -- Curtis Granderson
Stolen bases: 49 -- Coco Crisp, Brett Gardner
Wins: 24 -- Justin Verlander
ERA: 2.40 -- Justin Verlander
Strikeouts: 250 -- Justin Verlander
Saves: 49 -- Jose Valverde

National League
Batting average: .337 -- Jose Reyes
Home runs: 39 -- Matt Kemp
RBIs: 126 -- Matt Kemp
Stolen bases: 61 -- Michael Bourn
Wins: 21 -- Clayton Kershaw, Ian Kennedy
ERA: 2.28 -- Clayton Kershaw
Strikeouts: 248 -- Clayton Kershaw
Saves: 46 -- John Axford, Craig Kimbrel

If you want to know who led in other stats, you can check out our stats page.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 12:38 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 11:27 pm
 

2011 baseball postseason schedule

World Series (Best of 7)
Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 10/19: ST. LOUIS 3, Texas 2 -- Recap | Snyder | Knobler  Series 1-0 Cardinals
Game 2 10/20: Texas 2, ST. LOUIS 1 -- Recap | Snyder | Miller  Series 1-1
Game 3 10/22: St. Louis 16, TEXAS 7 -- Recap | Snyder | Knobler  Series 2-1 Cardinals
Game 4 10/23: TEXAS 4, St. Louis 0 -- Recap | Snyder | Miller  Series 2-2
Game 5 10/24: TEXAS 4, St. Louis 2 -- Recap | Snyder | Knobler  Series 3-2 Rangers
Game 6 10/27: ST. LOUIS 10, Texas 9 -- Recap | Snyder | Knobler  Series 3-3
Game 7* 10/28: ST. LOUIS 6, Texas 2 -- Recap | Snyder | Miller  Series 4-3 Cardinals
American League Division Series (Best of 5)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 NEW YORK 9, Detroit 3
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
Game 2 Detroit 5, NEW YORK 3
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
Game 3 DETROIT 5, New York 4
Recap | Analysis | Miller
Game 4 New York 10, DETROIT 1
Recap | Analysis | Miller
Game 5 Detroit 3, NEW YORK 2
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
 
National League Division Series (Best of 5)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 PHILADELPHIA 11, St. Louis 6
Recap | Analysis | Snyder
Game 2 St. Louis 5, PHILADELPHIA 4
Recap | Analysis | Brunell
Game 3 Philadelphia 3, ST. LOUIS 2
RecapAnalysis | Knobler
Game 4 ST. LOUIS 5, Philadelphia 3
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
Game 5 St. Louis 1, PHILADELPHIA 0
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
American League Division Series (Best of 5)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 Tampa Bay 9, TEXAS 0
Recap | Analysis | Miller
Game 2 TEXAS 8, Tampa Bay 6
Recap | Analysis | Miller
Game 3 Texas 4, TAMPA BAY 3
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
Game 4 Texas 4, TAMPA BAY 3
Recap | Analysis | Brunell
 Series Rangers win series 3-1
 
National League Division Series (Best of 5)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 MILWAUKEE 4, Arizona 1
Recap | Analysis | Rosecrans
Game 2 MILWAUKEE 9, Arizona 4
Recap | Analysis | Rosecrans
Game 3 ARIZONA 8, Milwaukee 1
Recap | Analysis | Rosecrans
Game 4 ARIZONA 10, Milwaukee 6
Recap | Analysis | Rosecrans
Game 5 MILWAUKEE 3, Arizona 2
Recap | Analysis | Miller
American League Championship Series (Best of 7)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 TEXAS 3, Detroit 2
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 2 TEXAS 7, Detroit 3
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 3 DETROIT 5, Texas 2
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 4 Texas 7, DETROIT 3
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 5 DETROIT 7, Texas 5
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 6 TEXAS 15, Detroit 5
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Series Rangers win, 4-2
Brunell | Knobler
 
National League Championship Series (Best of 7)
Cardinals, Brewers
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 MILWAUKEE 9, St. Louis 6
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 2 St. Louis 12, MILWAUKEE 3
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 3 ST. LOUIS 4, Milwaukee 3
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 4 Milwaukee 4, ST. LOUIS 2
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 5 ST. LOUIS 7, Milwaukee 1
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 6 St. Louis 12, MILWAUKEE 6
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Series Cardinals win 4-2
 
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Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:35 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Red Sox, Rays, Cards get it done



By Matt Snyder


Red Sox offense. They really, really needed this one. And you have to give the Red Sox credit, they came through when it mattered. They fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but then Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer. Marco Scutaro would also hit a 2-run homer later in the game. Still, the Red Sox pitching staff allowed seven runs against the Orioles and a huge effort was needed from someone offensively. It was provided by an unlikely source, as emergency catcher Ryan Lavarnway hit two home runs and drove home four in the Red Sox's 8-4 victory. The two blasts were the first two of his career and he became the youngest Red Sox player to homer twice in the same game since Nomar Garciaparra did it in 1997 -- and they were the exact same ago to the day (Ian Browne via Twitter).

Cardinals' offense. Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook was awful, and the Cardinals trailed 5-0 after three innings. It was of no matter in the end, though, because they'd piece together 13 runs in the final six frames to win the game. On the whole, the Cardinals pounded out 17 hits, including four doubles, a triple and two home runs. The biggest hits were Skip Schumaker's three-run double in the fourth, Ryan Theriot's go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh and Allen Craig's three-run homer in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Matt Joyce, Rays. Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer earlier in the game and the Rays bailed themselves out with a huge triple play, but neither would have mattered if Joyce didn't come through with a pivotal three-run bomb in the bottom of the seventh to put the Rays on top 5-3. That was the eventual final score.

Bonus Up No. 1, Prince Fielder: Three home runs is a pretty decent night, don't you think? He hits home runs a lot (230 in his career now and he's only 27), but this was the first three-homer game of his big-league career.

Bonus Up No. 2, Jose Reyes: He went deep twice and maintained his percentage-point lead for the batting title.

Bonus Up No. 3, Jarrod Parker: The 22-year-old Diamondbacks' prospect made his major-league debut against the Dodgers. He went 5 2/3 shutout innings and allowed just four hits. If you don't take the D-Backs seriously yet, imagine them with Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Parker, Trevor Bauer (third overall pick this past June) and Archie Bradley (seventh overall pick this past June) in the rotation a few years from now. Oh, and Justin Upton's only 24. That's a strong foundation. And while we're here ... a walk-off grand slam after trailing 6-1 in the 10th? C'mon. Big ups to Ryan Roberts for imitating Kirk Gibson as he rounded the bases, too.



Derek Lowe, Braves. Four innings, six hits, five earned runs, a loss and the Braves are now tied in the NL wild-card race. Oh, and Lowe makes over $15 million a year.

Bronson Arroyo, Reds. How about this one? According to Elias Sports Bureau -- via a Reds' press release -- Arroyo is now the second pitcher in major-league history to have allowed at least 40 home runs and less than 50 walks in the same season. We've all heard the phrase "trust your stuff" when pitchers walk too many hitters. Maybe Arroyo should trust his stuff a bit less. Trade some of the bombs for free passes.

Russell Martin, Yankees. He hit into a huge triple play, but that's just a ground ball with bad timing. My issue came when he tried to beat the throw by diving into first base. See last night's 3 Up 3 Down -- the Nick Punto entry -- for the rant relating to that. (What, is it spreading?)

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:13 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 4:14 pm
 

On Deck: Wild card chases dominate action



By Evan Brunell


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AL wild card: It's all tied up in the Ameican League, as the Red Sox and Rays are both battling for the right to play in October. Everyone knows how the Sox have collapsed and the Rays have ascended, so we won't recap that here. Jeremy Hellickson, who seems certain to lock up the AL Rookie of the Year award, will take on the Yankees and Bartolo Colon. The Red Sox will counter with Erik Bedard -- who hasn't been the pitcher the team hoped it was getting at the trade deadline -- going up against Zach Britton. Given the pitching matchups, one would expect this tie to extend another day with both teams winning, but games are played on the field. Red Sox vs. Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET | Yankees vs. Rays 7:10 p.m. ET

NL wild card: If the Braves can win tonight with the Cardinals losing, Atlanta will have somehow staved off collapse to win the wild card. Hopes rest on Derek Lowe, no stranger to postseason heroics, in matching up against Roy Oswalt. The good news is that the Phillies have stumbled lately, which works in Atlanta's favor. The bad news? Oswalt is a better pitcher than Lowe, whose 4.92 ERA is third-worst, behind 2004 and his rookie season of 1997 when he was a reliever. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are in must-win mode with Jake Westbrook heading up against Henry Sosa of the Astros in what is a lopsided matchup... on paper. Remember, Houston defeated St. Louis Monday night. It's going to be an entertaining night. Braves vs. Phillies, 7:10 p.m. ET | Cardinals vs. Astros, 8:05 p.m. ET

VelezDubious history: As SB Nation's Rob Neyer points out, the Dodgers' Eugenio Velez is hitless in 36 at-bats in the majors this season. Given he also finished 2010 with nine straight hitless, he's tied for the longest hitless streak. However, it doesn't count because it was split between two seasons. However, Velez has set a record for the most hitless at-bats in a season, not counting pitchers. Velez already outdistanced Hal Finney, who was 0 for 35 in 1935. With two games left, Velez should get a couple more at-bats to further extend his ignominious record -- or to end it with a hit.  Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET

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