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Phillies Phailure Applesauce: Carpenter Silences Phils, Tosses 3 Hit Shutout, Howard Tears Achilles Tendon?

Jose Reyes Watch: The latest update is that the Mets and Jose's agent have yet to speak, though they will likely sit down in the next few days to begin discussing the parameters of a contract.

If the Mets non-tender Mike Pelfrey and decide not to re-sign Chris Capuano, perhaps they could give Jeff Francis a look as an inexpensive short term alternative.

Zach Wheeler was so impressive in St. Lucie after his acquisition from the Giants that he landed at number one on the postseason Mets top prospect list. Lots of good stuff in there from Wheeler himself, along with Mets VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting Paul DePodesta.

Remember the Marlins' new logo that was leaked a few weeks back? Well, guess what? The Marlins just topped that with this totally extravagant and over the top home run celebration "structure" that will be located in center field at the new stadium.

So it looks like the Yankees suck now.

Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy McPhail is stepping down from his position. While the tangible results (i.e. wins and losses) didn't improve much during his tenure, the organization as a whole seems to be a bit healthier than it was before he was hired.

Around the Playoffs

In Friday evening's first game five, Nyjer Morgan ripped a game winning single up the middle the Brewers walked off against J.J. Putz and the Diamondbacks, beating them 3-2 in 10 innings to move onto the NLCS. The series victory was the Brewers' first since 1982, back when they were in the American League.

So who will the Brewers oppose in their quest for the National League pennant? If you didn't watch the game and the title of today's applesauce somehow didn't give it away, the Cardinals beat the Phillies 1-0 as Chris Carpenter outdueled Roy Halladay and the Cardinal offense scratched out a single run in the first inning. Carpenter went the distance, inducing a weak groundball to second base from Ryan Howard to end the game. To make things worse for Philly, Howard tumbled to the turf while trying to bust out of the box and had to be carried off the field while the Cardinals celebrated. After initial tests, it looks as if Howard tore the achilles tendon in his left ankle, an injury which could take 6-12 months to fully recover from, according to Dr. Jon Heyman.

While the NL teams get the day off, the AL teams will begin their series tonight. Game one of the ALDS between the Tigers and the Rangers will begin at 8:05 and can be seen nationally on FOX. Justin Verlander goes for the Tigers, while C.J. Wilson opposes him for the Rangers.