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  1. Jose Reyes on contract talks with Mets: “Everything is quiet”

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Jose Rayes

    Last month there were reports that the Mets wanted a quick decision from Jose Reyes, but yesterday the free agent shortstop told Nick Klopsis of New York Newsday that the two sides haven’t even started contract talks. “They’ll probably start up within the next few days, but right now everything is quiet,” Reyes said, reiterating…

  2. Reds sending Aroldis Chapman to winter ball to work as a starter

    Oct 6, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen since debuting with Cincinnati in August of last season, but the Reds are now sending the flamethrowing left-hander to winter ball in order to build up arm strength to join the rotation next year. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Chapman will stretch out…

  3. Robin Ventura replaces Ozzie Guillen as White Sox manager

    Oct 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EST

    robin ventura white sox

    Lots of names have been linked to the White Sox’s managerial opening since Ozzie Guillen went to the Marlins on September 28, but in the end the choice came out of nowhere. In a surprise move the White Sox announced that Robin Ventura will replace Guillen as their new manager. Ventura played 10 seasons for…

  4. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Don Kelly, 3B 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…

  5. Jim Riggleman, Larry Bowa, Bob Geren among Mets’ bench coach candidates

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Jim Riggleman

    Bench coach Ken Oberkfell was let go yesterday as part of the Mets’ coaching staff shakeup and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that their list of candidates to replace him includes former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. In addition to Riggleman, who stepped down in the middle of the season over a contract dispute,…

  6. Ozzie Guillen to keep most of Marlins’ coaching staff intact

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gestures as Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria listens during news conference in Miami

    Ozzie Guillen brought bench Joey Cora with him from the White Sox to the Marlins, but it looks like the rest of Florida’s coaching staff is going to remain mostly the same under the new manager. Last week the Marlins announced that hitting coach Eduardo Perez and pitching coach Randy St. Claire would be staying…

  7. Max Scherzer is available out of the Tigers’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Scherzer pitches to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    Justin Verlander has been ruled out as a Game 5 bullpen option after throwing 120 pitches Monday, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Max Scherzer is available in relief of Doug Fister tonight. Scherzer shut out the Yankees for six innings in Game 2, throwing 104 pitches Sunday, so he’d likely be an option…

  8. Padres CEO: “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to”

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    San Diego Padres  v Tampa Bay Rays

    There’s been some speculation linking Bud Black to various managerial and front office openings, but Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad attempted to shut down those rumors yesterday by saying that “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to, he’s a perfect skipper for the Padres in the near term as…

  9. Matt Holliday on injured hand: “I’ll be out there Friday”

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday rejoined the Cardinals’ lineup last night after missing most of the past three weeks with a hand injury and went 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch and two runs scored. Asked afterward how the injured hand felt, Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “Depends on what you think a…

  10. Johan Santana skips winter ball for ‘medically-prescribed rest’

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Johan Santana and the Mets have decided against the rehabbing left-hander pitching in winter ball, with Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reporting that he’ll instead be “entering a long period of medically-prescribed rest that will preclude him from pitching.” He last pitched in an instructional league game on September 30, but general manager Sandy Alderson described…

  11. Kevin Kouzmanoff outrighted by Rockies, picks free agency

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Kevin Kouzmanoff‘s struggles offensively continued after being traded from Oakland to Colorado in mid-August, leading to the Rockies dropping the veteran third baseman from the 40-man roster and Kouzmanoff opting for free agency. That was mostly just a timing issue anyway, because Kouzmanoff would have been in line for a $5 million salary via the…

  12. Red Sox fire first base coach Ron Johnson

    Oct 5, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Tough day to be a first base coach. Mookie Wilson is out of a job with the Mets and now Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have fired their first base coach, Ron Johnson. McDonald notes that Johnson spent a dozen years coaching in the Red Sox’s organization, including the past…

  13. Matt Holliday is “good enough” to play through hand injury, rejoins Cardinals lineup tonight

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

    holliday getty wide

    Matt Holliday is still bothered by the inflamed tendon in his right hand, but the Cardinals outfielder tested the injury during batting practice this afternoon and has decided to play tonight against the Phillies. Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he took “a numbing agent … like a dentist gives”…

  14. Cliff Lee is available out of the Phillies’ bullpen tonight

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee threw 110 pitches Sunday in a Game 2 loss, but manager Charlie Manuel told reporters that the left-hander will be available out of the Phillies’ bullpen in relief of Roy Oswalt tonight. Lee would normally do his between-starts throwing today, so instead he’ll skip that and be ready to pitch an inning or…

  15. Rangers will start C.J. Wilson in Game 1 of ALCS, keep Alexi Ogando in bullpen

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    C.J. Wilson

    With the Rangers the first team to advance past the first round manager Ron Washington announced that they’ll predictably line up C.J. Wilson to start Game 1 of the ALCS and will also keep Alexi Ogando in the bullpen. Ogando spent nearly the entire season in the Rangers’ rotation, starting 29 games, but made three…

  16. Tim McCarver needs “minor” heart procedure, Terry Francona to fill in for early ALCS games

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    UPDATE: Francona’s role will be a big one, as Ben Grossman of Broadcasting and Cable reports that he’ll be partnered with Joe Buck for Game 1 and Game 2 of the ALCS because Tim McCarver is undergoing a “minor” heart procedure. Quite a first broadcasting gig for Francona. McCarver, who’ll be 70 years in two…

  17. Tigers catcher Alex Avila playing through knee injury

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Alex Avila doesn’t plan to miss any time, but both the All-Star catcher and manager Jim Leyland admitted yesterday that the knee injury he suffered while stepping on Robinson Cano‘s foot in Game 3 is a concern. “Minor injuries happen to everybody,” Avila told Jason Beck of MLB.com. “Whether I was injured badly or not,…

  18. Johnny Damon and B.J. Upton want to stay with Rays in 2012

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Johnny Damon

    Matthew Pouliot wrote yesterday about how the Rays are in position to potentially bring back nearly their entire roster next season, with the notable exception of Johnny Damon being one of their few free agents and B.J. Upton possibly being on the trading block. Following yesterday’s season-ending loss Damon and Upton both expressed a desire…

  19. Shane Victorino: “There was poo everywhere”

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Even after the Phillies took a 2-1 series lead over the Cardinals yesterday Shane Victorino mostly just wanted to talk about the Budweiser Clydesdales being part of the on-field pregame festivities in St. Louis, telling Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com: How about the horses? They went around a second time and crapped all by our dugout.…

  20. Tony La Russa: “I’m embarrassed that I crossed the line”

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    La Russa

    MLB slapped Tony La Russa with an undisclosed fine yesterday for his in-game remarks about the umpiring in Game 2 and the Cardinals manager quietly accepted his punishment, saying he had “no disagreement at all” with the decision. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the fine was “four figures” after La…

  21. Andy MacPhail reconsidering leaving Orioles?

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Andy MacPhail AP

    For most of September all indications were that Andy MacPhail planned to step down as Orioles president of baseball operations at season’s end, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that there’s growing chatter about MacPhail sticking around. Connolly speculates that owner Peter Angelos talked MacPhail out of leaving during a meeting last…

  22. Yankees will turn to Ivan Nova for Game 5, with CC Sabathia available in relief

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Yankees pitcher Nova reacts after getting the Tigers out to end fifth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    After getting a solid start from the much-maligned A.J. Burnett last night the Yankees have to be feeling pretty good about their chances of winning Game 5, as they’ll turn to rookie Ivan Nova against Doug Fister and the Tigers. Nova was technically a reliever in Game 1, “starting” the suspended game and pitching 6.1…

  23. Grady Sizemore undergoes another knee surgery as 2012 option looms

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    When the Indians shut down Grady Sizemore for the final week of the season they described the move as precautionary, but yesterday the oft-injured center fielder underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery in Colorado. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that the surgery was Sizemore’s fifth in the past three years, but says the…

  24. Live chat: Rangers-Rays, ALDS Game 4

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 3

    Hang out, avoid work, watch the Rangers-Rays game, and chat with Aaron Gleeman and Craig Calcaterra this afternoon. Pitching matchup: Rangers: LHP Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA, 3.85 xFIP in 186 innings) Rays: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95 ERA, 4.72 xFIP in 189 innings) Click here for the lineups. And just press “play” to start…

  25. Daisuke Matsuzaka throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    Red Sox starting pitcher Matsuzaka of Japan stands on the mound with a trainer and his translator during their American League MLB baseball game against the Mariners in Boston

    Daisuke Matsuzaka played catch yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in June, with the Koyodo News reporting that he made 39 throws from “short range” at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Florida. Matsuzaka reported no problems with his surgically repaired elbow, but he’ll have to clear many more…

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