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  1. Damaso Marte expected to undergo shoulder surgery

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Limited to 13 innings last season and 18 innings this year, Damaso Marte is now expected to undergo shoulder surgery after shutting down his rehab. “We’re going to pull the plug on Marte,” general manager Brian Cashman told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. “He’s attempted to come back, but it just hasn’t…

  2. There's a "Giants playoff anthem" that actually sounds good

    Oct 11, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    OK, so this is one of those weird “worlds colliding” moments (for me, at least) Over the weekend I was listening to some old episodes of the highly enjoyable podcast “Jordan, Jesse, Go!” and heard a rapper named Ashkon appear as a guest. And now today Ashkon released a “playoff anthem” for the Giants set…

  3. Josh Lewin won't be back as Rangers' play-by-play announcer

    Oct 11, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Rangers television analyst Tom Grieve has agreed to a three-year contract extension, but the team announced today that play-by-play man Josh Lewin will not be back after nine seasons on the job. Lewin and the Rangers seem to have parted ways on good terms, but he’s generally considered one of the best in the business…

  4. Michael Cuddyer to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    While cleaning out his locker at Target Field this afternoon Michael Cuddyer revealed that he’s scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery. Cuddyer told reporters that his right knee bothered him for “pretty much the whole season,” which perhaps helps explain his hitting just .259/.322/.382 over the final two months. He also struggled defensively after replacing…

  5. Darren Daulton did the Phillies' postgame show without pants

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    In terms of doing odd things this doesn’t even crack his personal top 100 list, but Darren Daulton served as an analyst on the Phillies’ postgame show while not wearing any pants. SportsByBrooks has the screen shot, which is pretty funny. Plenty of news anchors tell stories about going on the air sans pants, which…

  6. Carlos Ruiz's double off Aroldis Chapman was on historic heat

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz doubled on a 103.5-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman last night and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes that it’s the fastest pitch any player has actually gotten a hit on since the Pitch-f/x system began tracking velocity in 2008. Carlos Gonzalez’s single off Chapman on September 6 had been the record-holder at 102.0 miles…

  7. Twins likely to give Ron Gardenhire a contract extension

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    I co-hosted the postgame call-in show on 1500-ESPN here in Minnesota following the Twins’ season-ending loss to the Yankees on Saturday night and many of the callers wanted Ron Gardenhire fired, but not surprisingly the manager is in absolutely no danger of actually being let go. Gardenhire is under contract through next season and Twins…

  8. Pat Listach no longer in mix to become Cubs' new manager

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Nationals third base coach Pat Listach was on the short list to become the Cubs’ new manager, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the former Rookie of the Year is no longer in the running for the job. Ladson notes that Listach “is still respected by the organization” from his days managing in the…

  9. Joe Maddon told Evan Longoria "to guard that leg" with injury

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria’s quadriceps injury hasn’t hurt his hitting any, as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles in the Rays’ win yesterday, but he was clearly running at significantly less than full strength on his home run trot. “I kind of felt like Kirk Gibson going around the bases a little bit,” Longoria…

  10. Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies gets cocaine charges dropped

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Last month Tyson Gillies pleaded not guilty to cocaine possession charges stemming from a June arrest in Florida and now the Kamloops Daily News reports that the state attorney’s office has dropped all charges against the 21-year-old outfield prospect acquired by the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade. Here’s what Gillies said about the charges…

  11. Tim Wallach has a spot on Don Mattingly's coaching staff

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tim Wallach was passed over for the Dodgers’ managerial opening in favor of Don Mattingly, but Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that “he will be a part of the Dodgers’ major league staff in 2011, either as bench coach or third-base coach.” Assuming, of course, that Wallach isn’t hired to managed elsewhere. According to Jackson…

  12. Roy Oswalt photo-bombs pitching coach Rich Dubee

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Via our friends at The Fightins comes this screen shot of Roy Oswalt photo-bombing Rich Dubee during the Phillies pitching coach’s in-game interview with TBS. Click here for the video, which is even more amusing. After finishing off the Reds yesterday the Phillies now have five days off before the NLCS begins and Oswalt will…

  13. Yankees knock Twins starter Brian Duensing out in fourth

    Oct 9, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    Brian Duensing is 12-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 22 career regular season starts, including 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 13 starts after moving from the bullpen to the rotation in mid-July of this year, but the Yankees had little trouble knocking the 27-year-old left-hander around tonight. Duensing failed to make it out of…

  14. Manny Parra may need surgery to repair a torn hip labrum

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Manny Parra was dumped from the Brewers’ rotation for a third straight season after going 2-7 with a 6.19 ERA in 16 starts and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the enigmatic left-hander may have a torn labrum in his hip that would require surgery. He’ll seek a second opinion before…

  15. Diamondbacks prospect Jarrod Parker looking good one year after Tommy John surgery

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb failed to show his pre-surgery velocity while pitching in an instructional league game yesterday, but in the same game Diamondbacks prospect Jarrod Parker looked like his old self coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Parker “had no trouble dialing it up” and “hit 95…

  16. Joe Girardi confirms that CC Sabathia would start Game 4 on short rest

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi confirmed the assumed today, announcing that CC Sabathia would start Game 4 of the ALDS against the Twins on short rest Sunday if necessary. Sabathia labored through his Game 1 start Wednesday, throwing 111 pitches in six innings while allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. Girardi had several opportunities to…

  17. Jorge De La Rosa and the Rockies are talking contract

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Last week Colorado general manager Dan O’Dowd called re-signing Jorge De La Rosa “a top priority” for the Rockies and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that “there are strong indications” the two sides “began contract talks” this week. According to Renck the Rockies offered De La Rosa a two-year, $8.75 million deal…

  18. Placido Polanco rejoins Phillies' lineup after sitting out Game 1

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    After sitting out Game 1 of the NLDS with a back injury Placido Polanco is rejoining the Phillies’ lineup for Game 2 tonight. He’s starting at third base and batting second against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo: 1. Shane Victorino, CF 2. Placido Polanco, 3B 3. Chase Utley, 2B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Jayson Werth,…

  19. Chicago woman sues over backwards White Sox tattoo

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Three months ago Eugenia Bebis went into Mystic Tattoo Art and Body Piercing in Chicago looking to get the White Sox’s logo tattooed on her outer thigh. Yesterday she filed a lawsuit against the tattoo parlor and artist Micah St. John because … well, he put the logo on backwards. In the suit the 20-year-old…

  20. Astros exercise 2012 option on manager Brad Mills, add 2013 option to contract

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Brad Mills went 76-86 in his first season as Houston’s manager, including 40-33 in the second half for the NL’s fourth-best record after the All-Star break, and today the Astros picked up his 2012 option while adding a 2013 option to his contract. Houston looked like the worst team in baseball through about one-third of…

  21. Scouts from 21 teams watched Brandon Webb pitch in an instructional league game yesterday

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb had a rough outing in an instructional league game yesterday, allowing two runs in two innings, and John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that scouts from 21 teams were on hand to watch the rehabbing right-hander. As an impending free agent it may have been Webb’s final outing in a Diamondbacks uniform…

  22. Padres CEO says long-term deal for Adrian Gonzalez "doesn't appear to be practical from a financial standpoint"

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad told Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union Tribune that next season’s payroll will likely be in the $40 million range again. And when asked about Adrian Gonzalez’s short-term status he replied: “At this point, I expect him to be on our roster next season.” However, the CEO wasn’t…

  23. Report: Terry Ryan "has no interest" in being Mets' GM

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today, who’s typically pretty tapped into the Twins, reports that former Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan “has no interest in going to New York as the Mets’ general manager.” However, he adds that Ryan “will take a look” if a GM job for a “Midwest” team opens up. Ryan stepped down…

  24. Rod Carew picked a convenient time to "boycott the Hall of Fame" on Bert Blyleven's behalf

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Rod Carew, who was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991, said earlier this week that he’ll “boycott the Hall of Fame” if Bert Blyleven “doesn’t get in this year” during his 14th appearance on the ballot. That’s a very nice gesture by a former teammate, but also one that would have been far more meaningful a…

  25. Joe Girardi in favor of instant replay after blown call last night

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Last night’s blown call ended up not hurting the Yankees, but that didn’t stop manager Joe Girardi from coming out in favor of instant replay today: Could they have reviewed that play as quick as they talked about it? Probably. It takes the same amount of time. To me, that’s the great thing about technology.…

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