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

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    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.…

  3. Greg Walker stepping down as White Sox hitting coach

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    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…

  5. Tony La Russa declines to address White Sox speculation

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    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,”…

  6. Red Sox still working to add last-minute Game 163 starter, targeting Bruce Chen

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Boston’s attempt to trade for Chris Capuano last week failed, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox are still trying to acquire a veteran starting pitcher for a potential Game 163 tiebreaker tomorrow and one possible target is Bruce Chen of the Royals. Their reported offer to the Mets for Capauno was…

  7. Kendrys Morales: “My goal is to be ready by Opening Day”

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    morales squarer

    Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle on May 29 of 2010 and is four months removed from a second season-ending surgery, but it sounds like the Angels first baseman is finally making significant progress in his comeback. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Morales is “walking without a limp” and…

  8. Matt Holliday aggravates hand injury: “It’s not good news”

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Lost in the Cardinals’ comeback win last night is that Matt Holliday left the game after aggravating his hand injury. He’ll miss tonight’s must-win game against the Astros and manager Tony La Russa hinted that it could be a serious setback, saying: “It’s not good news.” Holliday missed nine games earlier this month with an…

  9. Casey Kotchman taken to hospital with chest pains

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    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 presumably won’t be available for tonight’s game after being taken to the hospital with tightness in his chest, according to the Tampa Tribune. For now the Rays have deemed the hospital trip and testing “precautionary,” but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Kotchman was taken out on a stretcher. Kotchman…

  10. Chipper Jones diagnosed with bone bruise in knee, will play

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Finally, some good news for the Braves. Sort of. Chipper Jones has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee after undergoing an MRI exam today and as expected plans to play through the injury for the final two games of the season. Jones made it pretty clear that he was willing to…

  11. A’s acquire Kila Ka’aihue from Royals for Ethan Hollingsworth

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Ka'aihue_Kila

    Last week the Royals designated Kila Ka’aihue for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster, and today they traded the 27-year-old first baseman to the A’s for minor-league pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth. Ka’aihue’s track record in the minors is good enough and lengthy enough that he deserved a longer opportunity in the majors, but he flopped in…

  12. Pitching coach Don Cooper will manage White Sox’s last two games, gets contract extension

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

    Joey Cora was initially expected to manage the White Sox’s final two game following Ozzie Guillen’s departure last night, but now apparently Cora is joining Guillen with the Marlins and pitching coach Don Cooper will serve as interim manager. Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that first base coach Harold Baines will “assist” Cooper,…

  13. Buck Showalter may stop managing to replace Andy MacPhail in Orioles front office

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter

    Reports surfaced last month that Andy MacPhail plans to step down as Baltimore’s president of baseball operations after this season is over and Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun speculates that manager Buck Showalter may be the Orioles’ choice to replace him. Showalter previously told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he’s not interested in…

  14. Phillies likely to go with 11 pitchers and no Domonic Brown on playoff roster

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    There’s still time for the Phillies to change their mind before playoff rosters are due, but all indications are that they’ll go with 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that David Herndon and Joe Blanton are likely competing for the final bullpen spot and Domonic Brown will not be on…

  15. Alex Cora plans to play next season at age 36

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Alex Cora, Ivan Rodriguez (courtesy Washington Nationals)

    Alex Cora has hit just .219 with zero homers and a .540 OPS in 171 plate appearances for the Nationals, but the 36-year-old utility man said yesterday that he has no plans to retire. “I’ll be playing” next year,” Cora told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “I’m only 36. Whenever people talk about the…

  16. Art Howe is angry about how he was portrayed in “Moneyball”

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    art howe and billy beane

    Within my “Moneyball” review I noted that the Art Howe character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman “is given by far the most thankless role of the movie, essentially serving as the villain to Billy Beane’s hero” and “it’s hard to imagine the actual Howe being as stubborn and difficult as Hoffman’s version.” The actual Art…

  17. Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano, together with the Marlins?

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    carlos-zambrano-cubs

    It’s no secret that the Cubs will do whatever they can to get rid of Carlos Zambrano this offseason and now that Ozzie Guillen is headed to the Marlins there’s speculation that Zambrano could join him in Florida. Guillen has always been very public in his support of Zambrano over the years and the two…

  18. Umpire ejected Russell Martin for making a joke last night

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Yankees manager Girardi talks with umpires  West and Schrieber in St. Petersburg

    Home plate umpire Paul Schrieber tossed Russell Martin from last night’s game in the fifth inning because he made a joke following back-to-back walks by Phil Hughes. Or at least Martin claims his comments were a joke, telling reporters afterward that he asked “did you stretch before the game tonight?” and then added “I feel…

  19. Omar Infante’s two-year deal with Marlins worth $8 million

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Florida Marlins

    There’s no official announcement, but the two-year contract extension between Omar Infante and the Marlins that was first reported last night is worth $8 million, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sen Sentinel reports that Infante turned down the Marlins’ initial contract offer earlier this month, but the…

  20. Francisco Cervelli suffers concussion setback, unlikely to return for playoffs

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli

    It sounds like the Yankees will be without Francisco Cervelli for the opening round of the playoffs and possibly the entire postseason after the backup catcher suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion. “He threw and did some catching stuff, and some of the symptoms came back,” manager Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch…

  21. Jon Lester to start Wednesday on short rest … unless the Red Sox make a trade

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    There’s speculation that the Red Sox may still trade for a veteran starting pitcher solely to have him pitch what could be a win-or-go-home game Wednesday, but barring that manager Terry Francona announced Jon Lester will start Game 162 on short rest. Not only would Lester be pitching with just three days off between starts,…

  22. Peter Moylan needs shoulder surgery, may miss next season

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan had hoped to avoid surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder last week, but the Braves announced that he’ll go under the knife following a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. In many cases rotator cuff surgery is even tougher to come back from than Tommy…

  23. Rockies shut down Carlos Gonzalez for year, Troy Tulowitzki “available only in emergency”

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki

    Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki haven’t been in the Rockies’ lineup together since September 13 and that won’t change until next year. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez has been shut down for the season with a wrist injury and Tulowitzki is “available only in an emergency” due to hip problems. And…

  24. 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…

  25. 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:

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