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2012 October 01

  1. Three exciting days left in the regular season

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during play against the Toronto Blue Jays in their first game of a double header during an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We are down to the final three days of the regular season, and there is so much still to be decided. Here’s an overview for the craziness that will be afoot between now and Wednesday night: The Races: The teams involved in the playoffs are close to being set. The Yankees, Orioles and Rangers have…

  2. Darren Oliver considering retirement despite 2.10 ERA

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Darren Oliver has been so good while posting a sub-3.00 ERA in five straight seasons that it’s easy to forget he’s 41 years old, but the Blue Jays left-hander revealed yesterday that retirement is on his mind. Oliver has had one of his best seasons, throwing 56 innings with a 2.10 ERA and 52/15 K/BB…

  3. Max Scherzer feeling optimistic after long toss session

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Max Scherzer‘s status for the postseason is in question after being scratched from two of his last three starts with shoulder problems, but the Tigers right-hander had a 10-minute long toss session yesterday and reported that “everything went well.” “I was able to go to 100 feet pain-free, threw all my pitches and had a…

  4. Tim Lincecum will be in the NLDS rotation

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    tim lincecum getty

    Tim Lincecum has stunk on ice for most of the year, but despite another shaky start yesterday, Bruce Bochy says he likes how Lincecum is throwing lately — he says he’s been progressing — and that it’s not gonna keep him out of the playoff rotation: That progression has earned Lincecum at least one more…

  5. Jim Tracy to have a meeting with the Bobs

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    The Colorado Rockies are completing their worst ever season. And, despite the fact that Jim Tracy is under contract for 2013, his job is on the line. But not based on what goes down on the field. Rather, what’s said in a meeting: A meeting this weekend in Denver between Bill Geivett, the Rockies’ director…

  6. All hail Dan Duquette?

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Dan Duquette

    The comments are a fertile place for discussion topics this morning.  This one comes from rockthered1286 in the And That Happened thread, giving kudos to Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette for pushing buttons to give this team Nate McLouth, Jim Thome, Omar Quintanilla, Manny Machado, Randy Wolf and Joe Saunders. I’ll grant him Machado as a good…

  7. Imagine if this was 1993

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    I love how the last week of the season is shaping up, what with the Orioles and Yankees fighting it out for the AL East, each trying to avoid the one-game wild card thing.  But reader Innocent Bystander makes a good point in the comments this morning: O’s/Yanks battle seems exciting on the face of…

  8. The Clemente family gives up the push to retire #21 across baseball … until Selig’s gone

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Clemente

    Roberto Clemente’s widow Vera Clemente and his sons Luis and Roberto Jr. were in Pittsburgh yesterday for a ceremony commemorating Clemente’s 3000th and final hit. Dejan Kovacevic spoke with the Clementes regarding a movement they’ve been trying to get rolling over the past several years: having Roberto Clemente’s number 21 retired throughout all of baseball. Major League Baseball…

  9. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 6, Red Sox 3; Yankees 9, Blue Jays 6: 159 games and NOTHING has been decided in the AL East. And, say what you want about the new playoff setup, but the fact that it matters so much who wins the division makes this a fantastic final three days. The Yankees close things out with…

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