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  1. Jonny Gomes wants to re-sign with Nationals because “this team is going to be friggin’ good”

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jonny Gomes was traded to the Nationals in late July and probably hasn’t hit enough to make them want to re-sign him, but for his part the 30-year-old outfielder would love to be back in Washington next season. And not just because of the money or the city, but because as Gomes told Adam Kilgore…

  2. Picture of the Day: Kenley’s crazy strikeout rate, crazier eyes

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    As if Kenley Jansen‘s historic strikeout rate isn’t scary enough, the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed passed along this photo of the flamethrowing reliever dressing up as part of the team’s rookie hazing rituals:

  3. Yankees prepping Phil Hughes for bullpen role in playoffs

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes hasn’t pitched since September 12 because of back problems and now that he’s healthy enough to potentially see some game action again the Yankees are preparing him for a bullpen role. “That is what we are going to look at during the playoffs,” manager Joe Girardi told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York,…

  4. Tigers bring back Mike Maroth as Single-A pitching coach

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Mike Maroth

    Mike Maroth retired in January after unsuccessfully trying to make it back to the majors following various arm surgeries and the Tigers have hired him as their new Single-A pitching coach. Maroth last pitched in the majors in 2007, but he’s still just 34 years old and spent all but a couple months of his…

  5. Gary Carter suffers setback in cancer treatment

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has experienced a setback in his treatment for brain cancer, with his daughter writing in the family’s online journal that doctors discovered “an abnormal and unusual spot” on his right temple and scheduled him for a biopsy. Here are the details provided by Kimmy Bloemers, via Adam Rubin of…

  6. “Moneyball” earns $20.6 million in strong opening weekend

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    moneyball poster

    “Moneyball” looks like a mini-hit, as the movie made $20.6 million in its opening weekend while narrowly finishing behind “The Lion King 3D” ($22.1 million) and ahead of “Dolphin Tale” ($20.3 million) at the box office. Claude Brodesser-Akner of New York Magazine places “Moneyball” among the “weekend winners” and reports that the audience was evenly…

  7. Watching the Cubs has soured Bob Brenly on managing again

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    brenly in booth

    As a former World Series-winning manager Bob Brenly’s presence in the Cubs’ broadcast booth naturally leads to speculation about him moving into the dugout, but watching the team go 145-176 during the past two seasons may have soured him on getting back into managing. Here’s what Brenly told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: I…

  8. Fernando Rodney on lack of work for Angels: “I’m really mad”

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney has made no secret about his frustration with losing the closer job and becoming a forgotten man in the Angels’ bullpen, and Mike DiGiovanni of the Los Angeles Times reports that he asked the team for a trade a few weeks ago. His wish was not granted and over the weekend Rodney vented…

  9. Davey Johnson is likely to keep job, but Nationals will conduct a manager search anyway

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Davey Johnson has gone 38-42 since taking over for Jim Riggleman as Nationals manager and every indication is that he’ll be retained for 2012, but before that happens general manager Mike Rizzo will go through the process of a manager search. Yesterday the GM told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that “we’ve got a very streamlined…

  10. Blue Jays manager John Farrell leaves team for son’s surgery

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell will miss today’s game against the White Sox after leaving the team and traveling to Boston for his son’s surgery. According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star the manager’s 20-year-old son, Luke Farrell, will “undergo a major scheduled operation” the details of which aren’t being made public. Farrell is…

  11. Braves haven’t ruled out Jair Jurrjens for playoff rotation

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Last week all indications were that Jair Jurrjens‘ knee problems would sideline him through at least the first round of the playoffs, but yesterday manager Fredi Gonzalez “left open the possibility” that he might be cleared to pitch in the NLDS. If the Braves make the playoffs, of course. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal…

  12. Diamondbacks get Mike Zagurski from Phillies for PTBNL

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Zagurski_Mike

    Mike Zagurski has posted some excellent numbers in the minors, but the Phillies have been hesitant to give the 28-year-old reliever an extended opportunity and have now traded him to the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash. Zagurski has appeared in just 12 games for the Phillies during the past two…

  13. Denard Span rear-ends teammate driving to airport, re-triggers concussion symptoms

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    stop tailgaiting

    Denard Span rejoined the Twins’ lineup Wednesday after missing most of the past four months with a concussion, but he didn’t play in yesterday’s game and Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he re-triggered some of the post-concussion symptoms by rear-ending teammate Danny Valencia while driving to the airport. Seriously: Span was following Valencia from…

  14. Red Sox go with John Lackey for Sunday start in New York

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    lackey face

    The thought of starting John Lackey on Sunday against the Yankees scared the Red Sox so much that they reportedly tried to get Chris Capuano from the Mets for some cash, but that didn’t work out and now they’re turning back to Lackey. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Lackey will indeed face…

  15. Reds and GM Walt Jocketty agree to three-year extension

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Walt Jocketty declined to talk about his contract status last week, but today the 60-year-old general manager agreed to a three-year extension with the Reds that runs through 2014. Jocketty originally joined the Reds as a special advisor to then-GM Wayne Krivsky in early 2008 and then took over the GM role when Krivsky was…

  16. Phillies top Yankees, lead MLB in attendance for the first time

    Sep 23, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1

    Not only does Philadelphia have the best record in baseball at 98-58, the Phillies are going to lead MLB in attendance for the first time in team history. Their final home game was yesterday and it was their 204th straight sellout dating back to 2009. Overall they finished the season with 3,680,718 fans or an…

  17. Stat of the Day: Matt Kemp is winning the WAR

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Calcaterra wrote this morning about how Matt Kemp’s run at the Triple Crown has somehow flown under the radar and should make him the NL MVP favorite assuming voters don’t penalize him for having bad (non-Clayton Kershaw) teammates. I’m in complete agreement, but wanted to note that Kemp also fares extremely well in less traditional…

  18. Cashman: Yankees had “pretend” interest in Carl Crawford to “drive price up” for Red Sox

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    General manager Brian Cashman said today that the Yankees’ interest in Carl Crawford was “pretend” and meant only to drive up the price for the Red Sox, who ultimately signed him to a seven-year, $142 million contract. That’s easy to say now that Crawford has had the worst season of his career and the Yankees…

  19. Mike Scioscia sticks with Bobby Abreu as No. 3 hitter despite .199 average since July 1

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Bobby Abreu struck out four times Wednesday and came into last night hitting just .199 with four homers in 59 games since July 1, but as usual he was in the Angels’ lineup as the No. 3 hitter. It was the 94th time this season that manager Mike Scioscia has had Abreu in the third…

  20. Marlins to interview Nationals third base coach Bo Porter

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Colorado Rockies

    For the second year in a row Bo Porter will try to convince the Marlins to hire him as manager. Last year Florida chose Edwin Rodriguez over Porter, who then took a job as Washington’s third base coach, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Marlins have received permission from the Nationals…

  21. Start up the Cardinals speculation: Mark Buehrle likes the idea of pitching in the NL

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Earlier this week impending free agent Mark Buehrle talked about his uncertain future with the White Sox and how he might even consider retiring at age 32, but yesterday he explained that moving to the National League intrigues him. Buehrle is from Missouri and for years now there’s been speculation about him eventually ending up…

  22. Agent: Roy Oswalt “is definitely not retiring”

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Roy Oswalt has talked about an early retirement in the past, but yesterday agent Bob Garber told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that the 34-year-old right-hander is no longer thinking about calling it quits: There’s been a rebirth. There’s been talk in the past about retiring, but that’s not even in the cards at this point.…

  23. Hamstring injury likely to sideline Mark Lowe in playoffs

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    mark-lowe-rangers

    Texas’ bullpen will likely be short-handed for the beginning of the playoffs, as middle reliever Mark Lowe has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Lowe suffered the injury during pregame warmups Wednesday and general manager Jon Daniels called it “a freak thing” that “definitely puts his availability in doubt.” Lowe has pitched well…

  24. GM says Reds’ payroll will rise in 2012, but don’t expect big free agent signings

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    General manager Walt Jocketty said earlier this week that the Reds will exercise their $12 million option on Brandon Phillips for next season and today he revealed that the team’s payroll will rise from the current $80 million mark. “Our preliminary projections are that we’ll bump it up a little,” Jocketty told John Fay of…

  25. Manny Ramirez wants MLB to reinstate him, may play in Japan

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, Scott Boras

    MLB ruined Manny Ramirez’s plans to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic by pointing out that retiring in April rather than serving a 100-game suspension means he’s banned from participating in all MLB-affiliated leagues. Instead of just playing in a league that has nothing to do with MLB or actually retiring Ramirez told Enrique…

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