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  1. Three days rest: Carpenter, Spahn, Maddux, and … Loaiza?

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    For the first time in his 14-season, 339-start career Chris Carpenter started on short rest last night and it didn’t go well, as he failed to make it out of the fourth inning while allowing four runs to put the Cardinals in an early hole. St. Louis came back to win, so rightly or wrongly…

  2. Good news, Braves fans: Derek Lowe made history this year

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Braves starting pitcher Lowe raises his glove over his face after a run scored in the third inning by Phillies Oswalt in Atlanta

    Derek Lowe went 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA for the Braves this season and STATS LLC’s tidbit-filled Twitter feed notes that in doing so he became the first pitcher in baseball history to at one point in his career lead the league in wins, losses, and saves. Lowe had an NL-leading 16 (yes, only 16)…

  3. Andy Pettitte throws out the first pitch, is definitely still retired

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte threw out of the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium yesterday and naturally the reporters on hand asked him about retirement. Pettitte admitted that “there’s no doubt” he’s thought about pitching again, but then added: I don’t know if that will ever go away. When I’m away … not thinking about playing or…

  4. Jimmy Rollins won’t take “hometown discount” from Phillies

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    When he wasn’t busy taking shots at Jose Reyes and tweeting about how the fans at last night’s game weren’t loud enough Jimmy Rollins told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he won’t accept a “hometown discount” to remain with the Phillies after this season. Rollins has spent his entire professional career with the Phillies after…

  5. Twins owner: GM and manager are safe, payroll may drop

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    jim pohlad

    During a lengthy interview with LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins owner Jim Pohlad predictably confirmed that manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Bill Smithwill be back in 2012, saying: “We’re not a knee-jerk organization.” When asked about holding people accountable following a 63-99 season that ranks as one of the…

  6. Kyle Farnsworth had “little bit of a setback” with elbow injury

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    farnsworth ap

    Joe Maddon revealed yesterday that Kyle Farnsworth had “a little bit of a setback” with his elbow injury and likely would have been unavailable to pitch Saturday had the Rays needed a late lead closed out. Instead they lost 8-6 and it was a moot point, but Farnsworth’s status remains up in the air with…

  7. Matt Holliday looking doubtful for remainder of Phillies series

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    holliday getty wide

    As the Cardinals return to St. Louis following last night’s series-evening comeback win Matt Holliday will have his hand injury examined by doctors after being on the bench for the first two games against the Phillies. Holliday was able to appear as a pinch-hitter in Game 1, but struck out on three pitches and Joe…

  8. Kevin Youkilis likely to have sports hernia surgery Tuesday

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    While struggling to stay healthy and productive in the second half Kevin Youkilis indicated that he was headed for offseason sports hernia surgery and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that he’ll likely go under the knife Tuesday. According to Bradford there’s still some chance Youkilis could decide against surgery if a last-minute examination by doctors…

  9. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Magglio Ordonez, RF 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Delmon Young, LF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Mark…

  10. Tony Reagins resigns as Angels general manager

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins

    If the Angels are indeed going to be “creative and aggressive” this offseason they’ll have to do so with a new general manager, as Tony Reagins announced his resignation. Angels owner Arte Moreno issued a statement saying that “in moving forward, we felt a change was needed.” Reagins has drawn tons of deserved criticism for…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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