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  1. Phillies set postseason roster, choose Blanton over Herndon

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    Joe Blanton beat out David Herndon for the final spot on the Phillies’ playoff roster, which will include 14 position players and 11 pitchers. Herndon has been a key contributor to the bullpen all season, throwing 57 innings with a 3.32 ERA, but he’s worked mostly in low-leverage situations and Blanton convinced the Phillies he’s…

  2. Mark Buehrle will consider all teams, willing to sign quickly

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Last week impending free agent Mark Buehrle talked about how switching to the NL might be appealing after 12 seasons in the AL, but yesterday his agent chimed in to say “we’re not going to eliminate any team from consideration.” Buehrle needs multiple teams bidding for his services to get the largest possible contract, so…

  3. Cardinals to use Chris Carpenter on short rest in Game 2

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Tony La Russa announced a change in the Cardinals’ presumed playoff rotation, going with Chris Carpenter on short rest in Game 2 against the Phillies. Carpenter threw a complete-game shutout against the Astros on Wednesday, allowing just two hits and one walk, but did need 106 pitches. And as Jayson Stark of ESPN.com notes, Carpenter…

  4. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Rays vs. Rangers

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Rays-Rangers series tonight: TAMPA BAY RAYS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Sean Rodriguez, SS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. B.J. Upton, CF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B 4. Michael Young, 1B 5. Johnny Damon, DH 5. Adrian…

  5. Pirates likely to cut ties with Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Paul Maholm, and Ross Ohlendorf

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    ryan-doumit-pirates

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has a roundup of the Pirates’ various contract-related decisions heading into the offseason and speculates that the team will not exercise 2012 options on Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, and Paul Maholm. That trio would earn a total of $23.75 million in 2012 if the options were all picked…

  6. Shannon Stone’s son to throw out first pitch at Rangers game

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark

    Cooper Stone, the 6-year-old son of Rangers fan Shannon Stone who died after falling at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 7, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the ALDS tonight. Cooper Stone was at the game with his father when Shannon Stone fell 20 feet while reaching over the…

  7. Theo Epstein: “No immediate plans for an announcement”

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Terry Francona

    Terry Francona met with Theo Epstein and Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner this morning, but so far at least there’s no news on his expected departure as Boston’s manager. Epstein issued the following statement: John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington and I met with Terry Francona this morning at Fenway…

  8. Game 162 hero Dan Johnson left off Rays’ postseason roster

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Dan Johnson‘s game-tying homer Wednesday saved the Rays’ season, but it didn’t land him a spot on the playoff roster. Instead the Rays opted to keep three catchers and utility man Elliot Johnson over Dan Johnson and Justin Ruggiano. Jeff Niemann is also absent from the playoff roster despite going 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA…

  9. GM says Angels will be “creative, aggressive” this offseason

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Tony Reagins

    After failing to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000/2001 the Angels will be “creative” and “aggressive” this offseason, according to general manager Tony Reagins. Reagins told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “we’re not going to sit back and let things come” and “we’re going to try…

  10. Rangers set postseason roster: Feldman, Treanor, German in

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    scott-feldman-rangers

    As expected, the Rangers have decided to keep three catchers on their 25-man roster for the playoffs, which means Matt Treanor will have a bench role behind Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba on the depth chart. Scott Feldman made the roster as the final reliever, although given Texas’ bullpen depth–and news that Alexi Ogando will…

  11. Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games on their off days

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    red sox mugs

    John Tomase of the Boston Herald has some details on how the Red Sox’s clubhouse atmosphere deteriorated this season, including a report that “more than one pitcher drank beer in the clubhouse during games on the days he didn’t pitch.” Because relievers don’t really have off days that suggests “pitchers” are really “starting pitchers” and…

  12. Tigers set postseason roster: Brad Penny and Rick Porcello in, David Pauley out

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brad Penny

    Detroit announced its postseason roster, choosing to include both Brad Penny and Rick Porcello. That means one of them will start Game 4 against the Yankees while the other works out of the bullpen, although manager Jim Leyland hasn’t said which right-hander will fill which role. David Pauley, who was acquired from the Mariners as…

  13. Travis Hafner and $13 million salary remain in Indians’ plans

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    hafner getty wide

    General manager Chris Antonetti said yesterday that the Indians have Travis Hafner in their plans for 2012 despite the oft-injured designated hitter missing 70 games with shoulder and foot problems. That isn’t a surprise, as Hafner is under contract for $13 million in 2012 and remains plenty productive when healthy enough to play, but Paul…

  14. Twins rookie outfielder Ben Revere to undergo knee surgery

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Ben Revere was one of the few Twins players to make it through the season healthy, but it turns out the rookie outfielder was banged up too. Revere is set to undergo knee surgery today, the details of which are unclear because he announced it via Twitter while the Twins have done their usual best…

  15. Rangers will use Alexi Ogando as a reliever during playoffs

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando spent nearly all of this season in the Rangers’ rotation, throwing 167 innings with a 3.56 ERA in 29 starts, but his last appearance came as a reliever and he’ll be working out of the bullpen during the playoffs. Ogando had never started prior to this season, so the bullpen role will be…

  16. Tweet of the Day: Bryce and Jimmer (and Bryce’s hair)

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper and Jimmer Fredette are workout partners. Naturally.

  17. Indians exercise manager Manny Acta’s option for 2013

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    manny-acta-indians

    Cleveland faded in the second half after jumping out to a big lead in the AL Central, but at 80-82 the Indians still improved by 11 games compared to last season and they wasted no time exercising their 2013 option on manager Manny Acta. Acta, who was already under contract for next season, has gone…

  18. Petco Park claims another victim as Padres fire hitting coach Randy Ready

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Earlier this season general manager Jed Hoyer tried to deflect criticism aimed at hitting coach Randy Ready for the Padres’ offensive struggles, but today the team fired Ready after 2.5 seasons on the job. San Diego scored the second-fewest runs in the league, so firing the hitting coach certainly isn’t shocking, but it’s worth noting…

  19. Jorge Posada will be Yankees’ designated hitter in ALDS

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Remember back in August when Joe Girardi benching Jorge Posada as the Yankees’ starting designated hitter was a big story? Posada ended up starting just 12 of the Yankees’ final 45 games at DH (plus a couple starts at first base), but Girardi announced that he’ll turn back to Posada as the starting DH for…

  20. Albert Pujols’ streak of .300-30-100 seasons ends at 10

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not that Albert Pujols, the Cardinals, or any Cardinals fans care much after last night, but his streak of consecutive seasons with a .300 batting average, 30 homers, and 100 RBIs came to an end at 10. And just barely, as Pujols finished with a .299 batting average and 99 RBIs to go along with…

  21. Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp were baseball’s only iron men

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Not only did Prince Fielder have another monster season for the Brewers, ranking among the MLB leaders in nearly every key offensive category, the 27-year-old first baseman is the only player in baseball to be in the lineup for all 162 games. Matt Kemp also missed zero games, but the Dodgers only played 161. Along…

  22. Kenley Jansen broke the all-time strikeout rate record

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I wrote last week about how Kenley Jansen had the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball history, but the Dodgers rookie was so dominant down the stretch that he vaulted into the top spot. Jansen ended up striking out 34 of the final 56 batters he faced this season–which is absolutely ridiculous–and finished the year as…

  23. Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Jeanmar Gomez, Tim Belcher

    Indians bench coach Tim Tolman resigned yesterday because of Parkinson’s disease and today pitching coach Tim Belcher stepped down to “spend more time with his family.” Sandy Alomar Jr. was immediately promoted from first base coach to bench coach to replace Tolman, but the Indians haven’t decided on Belcher’s replacement yet. Paul Hoynes of the…

  24. Victor Martinez needed his toe drained with a drill last night

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez exited last night’s game after fouling a ball off his right big toe and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the Tigers’ medical staff had to drill a hole in the nail to drain it, but the designated hitter made it very clear that he plans to be in the lineup for Game…

  25. As Red Sox rumors swirled Bruce Chen stayed with Royals and threw eight shutout innings

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen

    Yesterday was filled with rumors about the Red Sox working on a trade for Bruce Chen to start a potential Game 163 tiebreaker, but instead the Royals left-hander took the mound as scheduled for his start against the Twins … and tossed eight shutout innings. Oh, and it turns out the Red Sox didn’t need…

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