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Aaron Gleeman

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    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…

  7. Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

  10. Royals fire pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    Ned Yost and most of his staff will be back in 2012 despite a 71-91 season, but the Royals announced that pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons will not return. McClure held the job for the past six seasons, under three different managers, while Gibbons formerly managed the Blue Jays and came…

  11. Free agent Heath Bell expects to re-sign with the Padres

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Heath Bell

    While packing up his locker yesterday impending free agent Heath Bell told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that he expects to re-sign with the Padres this offseason: It’s one of those things that hopefully the front office and my agent can do something. But I’m not worried about that. In my head, I’m…

  12. Yankees announce playoff rotation, Ivan Nova to start Game 2

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    New York Yankees Ivan Nova pitches to Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    Last night Joe Girardi revealed his plans for the Yankees’ playoff rotation, announcing that CC Sabathia will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers followed by rookie Ivan Nova in Game 2 and veteran Freddy Garcia in Game 3. Not exactly how the Yankees’ brass saw their October pitching shaking out back in…

  13. White Sox initially requested Logan Morrison for Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald the White Sox initially offered to trade manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins for Logan Morrison before eventually settling for a pair of minor leaguers. When the Marlins first pursued Guillen last year Morrison was reportedly the asking price as well, but with only one season remaining…

  14. Kevin Youkilis placed on 60-day DL, done for season

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:15 PM EST

    Adam Kennedy, Kevin Youkilis

    Update: Boston made it official, placing Youkilis on the 60-day disabled list to open up a roster for Clay Buchholz prior to Wednesday’s game. /// Kevin Youkilis hasn’t officially been ruled out for the playoffs if the Red Sox end up winning the Wild Card, but manager Terry Francona indicated today that he’s not expecting…

  15. Tweet of the Day: C.J. Wilson calls Jose Reyes “bush league”

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Rangers pitcher and frequent tweeter C.J. Wilson had some thoughts about Jose Reyes leaving today’s game after a leadoff bunt single to preserve his batting title lead:

  16. Tim Wakefield: “I definitely want to come back next year”

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    This season has been a struggle for Tim Wakefield, who has a 5.12 ERA in 155 innings and went eight starts between his 199th and 200th career wins, but the 45-year-old knuckleballer told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he wants to play a 20th season in 2012: I’ve definitely made up my mind that…

  17. Casey Kotchman returns to Rays lineup one day after going to hospital for chest pains

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays Casey Kotchman tags out New York Yankees' Eduardo Nunez on a pick off throw from pitcher James Shields during their MLB game in Florida

    Casey Kotchman missed last night’s game after being removed from the Rays’ clubhouse on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for chest pains, but the first baseman is back in the lineup tonight. He’s batting sixth versus Dellin Betances and the Yankees in what will be Kotchman’s career-high 146th game. He also has career-highs…

  18. Phillies line up playoff rotation with Roy Halladay in Game 1 and Cliff Lee in Game 2

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Charlie Manuel chose to play coy rather than make an official announcement regarding the Phillies’ playoff rotation, telling reporters: “I think if you’re good baseball people, you should be able to see how we’re setting it up.” And he’s right. Roy Halladay will start Game 1 of the NLDS in Philadelphia on Saturday, followed by…

  19. First-round pick Bubba Starling among three Royals minor leaguers cited for underage drinking

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Bubba Starling

    Royals first-round pick Bubba Starling and two other unidentified minor leaguers were stopped at a random alcohol check and cited for underage drinking in Arizona last week, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Dutton reports that none of the three players tested over the legal limit, but Starling is just 19 years…

  20. Yankees giving September call-up Dellin Betances his first start tonight against Rays

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    With their season on the line tonight the Rays will be facing a rookie who was called up a week ago and has never started a big-league game before, as the Yankees announced that they’ll go with 23-year-old right-hander Dellin Betances in Game 162. Betances is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, but…

  21. Ted Williams he’s not: Jose Reyes exits finale after leadoff hit to preserve batting title lead

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Ted Williams famously opted against resting to preserve his .400 batting average on the final day of the 1941 season, instead going 6-for-8 in a doubleheader to finish at .406. Jose Reyes took a different approach today, leading off the Mets’ season finale with a bunt single that raised his batting average to an NL-leading…

  22. Ozzie Guillen’s new contract with Marlins worth $10 million

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Ken Williams Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen will introduced as the Marlins’ new manager this afternoon and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that his new contract will be a four-year, $10 million deal. Guillen had just one season and $2 million remaining on his contract with the White Sox, so he gets a 25 percent raise and three additional years.…

  23. Greg Walker stepping down as White Sox hitting coach

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Greg Walker, Jerry Reinsdorf

    In the wake of Ozzie Guillen’s departure the White Sox signed pitching coach Don Cooper and first base coach Harold Baines to multi-year contract extensions, but hitting coach Greg Walker announced that he’ll step down following tonight’s game. Walker has come under plenty of fire this year with the White Sox ranking 11th among AL…

  24. Rangers set to use Derek Holland as No. 2 starter in playoffs

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Derek Holland

    C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the ALDS for the Rangers and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that Derek Holland is lined up to the No. 2 starter. Holland has struggled with consistency all season, turning in several clunkers in the middle of otherwise dominant stretches, but the 24-year-old left-hander went 16-5 with a…

  25. Tony La Russa declines to address White Sox speculation

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Tony La Russa managed the White Sox from 1979-1986 and there’s already speculation about his possibly being interested in the job again following Ozzie Guillen’s departure, but the Cardinals skipper declined to address his status yesterday. “We’re not going to be distracted because you’re not getting me to answer anything except about this series here,”…

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