• The 2011 Players Choice Awards finalists have been announced (The Sports Network via Miami Herald) ... Is your favorite player on the list?

"It's amazing," said Curtis Granderson, who received nods from his big league peers as a Players Choice Award nominee for Player of the Year and AL Outstanding Player. "You get a chance to go into battle against everybody day in and day out, for 162 games, and everybody gets to acknowledge who's been the best, who's been the most consistent, who's been the most dominant. To get a chance to be mentioned in that category is just an honor and privilege, so I'd just like to thank all the players I've played with and against this season." (MLB.com)

Tune in to MLB Network on Nov. 3 as the winners are announced and see which players' charities receive grants from the Players Trust totaling $260,000 in honor of the season's outstanding performances.

• Join Jimmy Rollins (MLB.com), Brian Wilson (MLB.com) and millions of others to Stand Up 2 Cancer. (MLB.com)

• All of Texas is cheering for the hometown Rangers to win the World Series -- including fellow Dallas champ Dirk Nowitzki (MLB.com) and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra! (The New York Times)

• Watch out Chicago area shoppers. Costumed Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and his son Brady are bringing tricks and treats to an aisle near you.

"I'm going to be a superhero this year," said Dempster. "It's up for grabs, but I want to go as the new Iron Man costume versus the old one. My son always tries to get me to dress up to go to the grocery store. I don't limit costume time to Halloween." (Chicago Tribune)

• You've seen the 'claw' and the 'antlers' (Dallas Morning News), but have you seen the Rangers' "Sitting Duck?"

"We got him -- that's the real answer," confessed shortstop Elvis Andrus on the meaning of the latest and greatest dugout gesture in Dallas. "When you've got somebody... you ask him something, and he didn't know and you know the answer, that's when you do the sitting duck. You got him."

We're betting that the toy ducks in Mike Napoli's clubhouse locker approve. (USA Today)

• Randy Wells laced up his combat boots and teamed up with Texas Red Dirt and the Midnight River Choir to host his annual Boot Bash concert benefiting the Boot Campaign. The Boot Campaign "is designed to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and helps these people deal with the rigors of civilian life when they come back," said Wells, a strong supporter of the project (Chicago Tribune)

"This event is raising money for a great cause, and I hope it helps my friends get their music out there, too." (Chicago Tribune)

• Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Barry Enright gave his Twitter friends a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to play winter beisbol en Venezuela (Twitter)

Tweet of the Day: "Just got the new iPhone 4S and it just cleaned my house, changed huddies diaper, and made us dinner! Unbelievable." -- D-backs outfielder Ryan Roberts (@RRoberts14)

Quote of the Day: "He's a better hitter than Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson, and there's no doubt about it. I'm dead serious. Babe Ruth, as great as he was, played in an all-white league. Now we have the best talent pool we've ever had, and he's doing it in that environment. He's the greatest." -- Lance Berkman on his Cardinals teammate Albert Pujols (New York Daily News)

Pujols went 5-6 on an epic night at the plate during Game 3, tying a World Series record with six RBIs and joining Jackson and Ruth as the only players to hit three home runs in a single World Series game. (MLB.com)