The Rangers will look to give Josh Hamilton a contract extension

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Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers plan to speak with AL MVP Josh Hamilton’s agent this winter about a long-term contract extension.

Like his NL  MVP counterpart Joey Votto, Hamilton is arbitration eligible. He made $3.25 million in 2010, and would be due a big raise anyway. Though it’s increasingly common, there isn’t a massive amount of history of MVP winners going though arbitration, and the possibility exists Hamilton’s salary would go up pretty quickly. It makes sense the Rangers would want to avoid that and get some cost certainty — even if it’s high-cost — with respect to their best player.  The biggest question is health, of course, but when healthy he’s among the best players in baseball.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.