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2012 October 01

  1. Tigers beat Royals to clinch AL Central

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera, Billy Butler

    The White Sox emphatically defeated the Indians 11-0 on Monday night, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Tigers came through to beat the Royals 6-3 to clinch the AL Central. Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a homer in the win to move closer to the Triple Crown. He raised his average to .329, pushing him…

  2. Yankees crush Red Sox, claim AL East lead over O’s

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Suzuki and Jeter celebrate as they score against Boston Red Sox in MLB game in New York

    The Yankees exploded for nine runs in the second on the way to a 10-2 victory over the Red Sox on Monday and moved a game up on the Orioles for first place in the AL East after Baltimore lost to Tampa Bay 5-3. The Bombers hit four homers as part of their huge frame,…

  3. Braves lose, Nationals clinch first National League East title

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson Reuters

    It didn’t happen exactly the way the Nationals would have drawn it up, but they’ll definitely take it. The Braves fell 2-1 to the Pirates tonight, ensuring the Nationals their first-ever National League East title. The news of the Braves’ loss flashed on the scoreboard at Nationals Park after the top of the ninth inning,…

  4. MLB investigating homophobic message sent from Derek Holland’s Twitter account

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Getty Derek Holland

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this evening that MLB is investigating a homophobic message sent from Derek Holland‘s Twitter account to a heckler last night. The tweet, which has since been deleted, was posted during the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Angels in…

  5. Troy Tulowitzki won’t rejoin Rockies this week

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki Getty

    Troy Tulowitzki hasn’t played a game for the Rockies since May 30, but we heard last week that he was hoping to make his return from groin surgery for the final series of the regular season this week against the Diamondbacks. Not anymore. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki is now expected…

  6. Jason Hammel throws simulated game, could be available as soon as Saturday

    Oct 1, 2012, 7:22 PM EDT

    Jason Hammel Getty

    Nick Markakis is still at least three weeks away from returning from thumb surgery, but the Orioles could get one of their best starting pitchers back as soon as this weekend. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Jason Hammel threw 73 pitches over five innings today during a simulated game in Sarasota, Florida. He also…

  7. Can’t you maybe find room for both?

    Oct 1, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel, Jimmy Rollins

    According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel spontaneously decided to address his team’s leadoff situation on Monday afternoon. “A month ago when we’re talking about getting [Michael] Bourn for a leadoff hitter, [Jimmy] Rollins got more production,” Manuel said. “Bourn might have a little higher average, but Rollins has more production.…

  8. Brett Anderson thinks he can start Friday

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    Brett Anderson missed his two final scheduled regular-season starts because of a strained oblique, but after throwing a bullpen session Monday, he said he believes he’ll be ready to pitch Friday should the A’s have need of him, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The A’s would play their wild card game Friday if they win…

  9. Nick Markakis at least three weeks from returning

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    nick markakis getty

    Whatever odds Nick Markakis had of playing for the Orioles again this season took a hit today, as the team announced that he won’t have the pin removed from his fractured thumb as hoped. Instead that will have to wait another week, which likely means Markakis is at least three weeks from potentially seeing game…

  10. Joe Girardi will not be fired if the Yankees lose the AL East

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    If a guy wins a World Series, has his team in contention year-in, year-out and never has any kind of nonsense or funny business in the clubhouse, you figure that his job is secure, right?  Well, when the guy is Joe Girardi and it’s New York, some folks figure that’s not the case, and actually…

  11. Yankees dump Ivan Nova from rotation for David Phelps

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova (47)

    Ivan Nova has been a mess in the second half, including back-to-back ugly starts in which he lasted just 2.1 and 4.2 innings, and today manager Joe Girardi dumped him from the Yankees’ rotation. David Phelps will take Nova’s place against the Red Sox tomorrow, with Nova being available out of the bullpen for what…

  12. The Orioles are probably gonna be a bit miffed at the Red Sox today

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    mystery man

    The Orioles and Yankees are locked in pitched battle for the AL East. And this is the lineup the Red Sox are rolling out against the Yankees tonight: Pedro Ciriaco, 2B Daniel Nava LF Cody Ross RF Mauro Gomez 1B Ryan Lavarnway DH Jarrod Saltalamacchia C Danny Valencia 3B Che-Hsuan Lin CF Jose Iglesias SS…

  13. Mark Teixeira in Yankees’ lineup for first time since Sept. 8

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    teixeira getty

    As expected Mark Teixeira is back in the Yankees’ lineup after sitting out 20 straight games and 30 of the past 31 games with a calf injury, playing for the first time since September 8. In his absence the Yankees initially turned to Casey McGehee, Steve Pearce, and Eric Chavez at first base, but recently…

  14. Miguel Cabrera’s possible Triple Crown is not getting enough attention? Really?

    Oct 1, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Jon Heyman today: Specifically in this case, Cabrera’s amazing Triple Crown chase isn’t getting the attention it deserves. The Triple Crown hasn’t been achieved for 45 years, so we know it isn’t easy. Sure, he’s getting some press and a fair amount of praise. But not nearly enough in my estimation. Cabrera’s chase deserves a…

  15. Pete Kozma is the new Shane Spencer

    Oct 1, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Pete Kozma

    OK, so the comparison isn’t quite perfect, but I needed a catchy headline to get you to read about this craziness. When the Cardinals lost starting shortstop Rafael Furcal for the season they called up Pete Kozma from Triple-A, where he’d hit just .232 with a .292 on-base percentage and .355 slugging percentage in 131…

  16. Chipper Jones: “A bad motherf****r”

    Oct 1, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Spencer Hall at SB Nation has a column up about Chipper Jones, his life, times and city. It’s not a biography — you know Jones’ story by now — it’s more about the essence and zeitgeist of Chipper, the teams he played on and the city in which it all happened: You knew Chipper would…

  17. What to make of beat reporters stumping for players they cover come award season

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    press hat

    I wondered about this on Twitter earlier and figured I’d expand on it a little more here. As the season winds down we’re seeing tons of articles touting various players for various awards and there’s often a location-based angle. Beat writers in Detroit think Miguel Cabrera should be the MVP. Beat writers in Baltimore think…

  18. Got 19 cents? Go see the Cubs play the Astros

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bananas

    With so many teams with postseason hopes and/or still jockeying for playoff position, there are all manner of relevant game on tap between today and Wednesday.  Not relavant? Cubs vs. Astros at Wrigley this week. Heck, they’re not even playing for the top pick in the draft next year, as Houston is seven games worse than…

  19. Zack Greinke pitched in a misspelled “Grienke” jersey

    Oct 1, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    greinke wrong jersey

    Derek Jeter has MLB’s best-selling jersey and Zack Greinke can’t even get his named spelled correctly on his own jersey. Seriously. Greinke took the mound yesterday wearing a jersey that had “GRIENKE” on the back, eventually switching to a correctly spelled version after someone finally noticed midway through the game. Apparently there were two jerseys…

  20. Jake Peavy might act as his own agent

    Oct 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Because the team option the White Sox hold on Jake Peavy will pay him $22 million, he’s probably going to be a free agent, getting a $4 million buyout instead.  If he becomes a free agent, Toni Ginnetti reports, he may act as his own agent, because his current agent is taking a job with the…

  21. Derek Jeter led MLB in jersey sales for third straight year

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jeters-Girl

    MLB released its annual list of top-selling jerseys and Derek Jeter topped the list for the third consecutive season. Here’s the complete top 10 since the All-Star break: 1. Derek Jeter, Yankees 2. Josh Hamilton, Rangers 3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 4. Bryce Harper, Nationals 5. Mike Trout, Angels 6. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 7. Yu Darvish,…

  22. A video remembrance of the Pirates 20 years of futility

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    pirates logo1

    I really don’t mean to jump on Pirates fans here. They know better than anyone how long it’s been since they had a winning team, so they don’t need anyone to remind them.  But this video chronicling the 20 years since Francisco Cabrera drove in Sid Bream in the 1992 NLCS is … something. And…

  23. Orlando Hudson not ready to retire, but job prospects for 2013 look bleak

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    orlando hudson getty

    With his 11th season in the majors winding down White Sox infielder Orlando Hudson made it clear that he’s not ready to retire, but in looking at the 34-year-old’s performance it may not be entirely up to him at this point. Hudson joined the White Sox after being released by the Padres and has hit…

  24. Josh Johnson will miss his last start

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    If a starter on a non-contender is scratched from his final start, does the pencil on the lineup card still make a sound? Marlins announce : LHP Wade LeBlanc will start tonight for #Marlins against the #Mets. No explanation why it’s not josh Johnson — Joe Capozzi (@joecapMARLINS) October 1, 2012   So much talk…

  25. Mike Napoli “plays with a vengeance” against the Angels

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mike Napoli Getty

    Mike Napoli‘s six seasons with the Angels were filled with good production and fans clamoring for manager Mike Scioscia to play him more at catcher instead of light-hitting defensive specialist Jeff Mathis. Napoli was traded away in January of 2011 and his two seasons since leaving the Angels have been filled with crushing his former…

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