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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Cardinals exercise $16 million option on Albert Pujols for 2011

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    In the least surprising news since I said yes when offered a donut yesterday the Cardinals just officially exercised their 2011 option on Albert Pujols. Instead of buying him out for $5 million (ha!) they’ll pay the best hitter in baseball $16 million while praying that he decides to remain in St. Louis for the…

  2. Chien-Ming Wang clocked at 85-87 mph in instructional league

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang didn’t end up pitching for the Nationals after signing a one-year, $2 million deal that included various incentives, but he’s finally recovered enough from shoulder surgery to take the mound in an instructional league game today. Wang faced four batters and Ben Goessling of reports that his fastball was clocked at 85-87…

  3. Cliff Lee strikes out 10 in seven innings of one-run ball

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee was somewhat underwhelming in his 15 regular season starts for the Rangers, going 4-6 with a 3.98 ERA, but he was his usual dominant self this afternoon back on the playoff stage. Lee out-dueled David Price with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball, with a Ben Zobrist homer accounting for the…

  4. Twins leave 13-game winner Kevin Slowey off playoff roster

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jon Rauch was a question mark for the ALDS because of a late-season knee injury, but he’s healthy enough to be included on the playoff roster and that left the Twins to decide between Kevin Slowey or Scott Baker for the final spot on the pitching staff. Baker, who was the Opening Day starter and…

  5. Rays to start selling plaid "Braysers" at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Remember those hideously awesome plaid “Brayers” the Rays have been wearing? Well, according to Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times the Rays are working on a deal to sell them at Saks Fifth Avenue … for $300 each. For that money you can get a “custom made” Brayser “through the same New York City…

  6. Brian Roberts underwent CT scan that "came back normal"

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts missed the Orioles’ final six games with concussion-like symptoms believed to be caused by the All-Star second baseman hitting himself in the helmet with his bat. Seriously. While that won’t sound any less embarrassing for Roberts, the good news is that he’s feeling better and Brittany Ghiroli of reports that a CT…

  7. Placido Polanco is not in the Phillies' lineup for Game 1

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    In a surprise move, Placido Polanco is not in the Phillies’ lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS later this afternoon, with Wilson Valdez starting at third base in his absence. Polanco has had elbow problems for most of the season and needed cortisone shots down the stretch to deal with the pain from a…

  8. Bryce Harper is not very good at cornholing

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    OK, so the actual story is less dirty than it probably sounds, but still. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post checked in on No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper’s early experience in the Florida instructional league and got some amusing details from Nationals director of player development Doug Harris: At the Nationals’ player development complex…

  9. Johnny Damon: "I definitely want to keep playing"

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Last week general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers will not attempt to re-sign impending free agent Johnny Damon, but yesterday the 36-year-old outfielder made it clear that he has no plans to retire: I definitely want to keep playing, but it’s going to have to be somewhere else because Detroit has a lot of…

  10. Reds choose Juan Francisco over Jim Edmonds for final spot

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Jim Edmonds said last week that he was “hopeful” about being ready for the playoffs after suffering an injury that was initially believed to be a torn achilles’ tendon, but that was never particularly likely and the Reds officially announced that he won’t be on the playoff roster. Cincinnati opted to give the final spot…

  11. Rays leave Dioner Navarro, Jeremy Hellickson, and Willy Aybar off playoff roster

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Opening Day catcher Dioner Navarro, part-time designated Willy Aybar, and rookie phenom Jeremy Hellickson are all absent from the Rays’ playoff roster, with struggling starter Jeff Niemann and outfielders Rocco Baldelli and Desmond Jennings making the cut in their place. In fact, Baldelli will actually start at designated hitter against Cliff Lee in Game 1,…

  12. Twins at disadvantage versus Yankees' lefty heavy rotation

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett getting bumped from the Yankees’ playoff rotation means the Twins will face a left-handed starter in four of five games, which is a definite advantage for New York. In the regular season the Twins had a .776 OPS versus right-handers compared to a .736 OPS versus left-handers, in large part because Jim Thome…

  13. Shoulder injury keeps Takashi Saito off Braves' playoff roster

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    After two weeks on the sidelines with a shoulder injury Takashi Saito made a tune-up appearance in the Braves’ second-to-last game of the season Saturday, retiring just one of the six batters he faced while allowing two runs on two hits and three walks. It was an ugly appearance and not surprisingly the Braves have…

  14. Josh Hamilton on fractured ribs: "I'd be lying to you if I said it doesn't hurt"

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton answered questions about his fractured ribs during a press conference this afternoon, saying: Nobody is 100 percent right now. That puts things in perspective for me. I’d be lying to you if I said it doesn’t hurt. But it’s mind over matter. It’s just that time of year. You suck it up, you…

  15. Exactly how good is the Yankees' league-leading offense?

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    New York led the league in scoring for the fourth time in five seasons, but unlike 2006 (930), 2007 (968), and 2009 (915) they failed to score 900 runs. Now, scoring 859 runs is clearly still great–by comparison, the Twins had a very good offense and scored 108 fewer runs–but the Yankees’ total is inflated…

  16. Padres won't exercise $8.5 million option on Chris Young

    Oct 5, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    General manager Jed Hoyer said yesterday that the Padres will not exercise their $8.5 million option on Chris Young for next year, which isn’t surprising after he missed nearly the entire season with shoulder problems. Young had a 1.49 ERA in three September starts after sitting out five months, but his 10/8 K/BB ratio in…

  17. Francisco Liriano and Tim Hudson win Comeback Player of the Year awards

    Oct 5, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    MLB announced this afternoon that Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano and Braves right-hander Tim Hudson have won the Comeback Player of the Year awards for their respective leagues. Liriano struggled last year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, going 5-13 with a 5.80 ERA, but was one of baseball’s best starters this…

  18. Barry Zito will not be in Giants' rotation for NLDS and could be left off the playoff roster

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Barry Zito was fantastic early on this season, going 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA through six starts, and he had an ERA under 3.50 as recently as mid-August, but the veteran left-hander went 1-8 with a 6.66 ERA in his final 11 starts and now the Giants have decided to bump him from the playoff…

  19. MLB announces playoff umpire assignments for first round

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Mayo of has the details on which umpires have been assigned to each first-round playoff series: Twins-Yankees: Jerry Crawford, Hunter Wendelstedt, Greg Gibson, Brian O’Nora, Gary Darling, Chris Guccione. Rays-Rangers: Tim Welke, Jim Wolf, Jerry Meals, Bill Miller, Jeff Kellogg, Mike DiMuro. Giants-Braves: Dana DeMuth, Paul Nauert, Paul Emmel, Mike Winters, Jerry Layne,…

  20. Yankees' playoff bullpen has the potential to be dominant

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte’s health and Phil Hughes’ second-half struggles give the Yankees’ rotation some major question marks after CC Sabathia, but New York’s bullpen may actually be underrated at this point. Mariano Rivera’s late-season rough patch provides a bit of worry that he’ll be something less than his usual unhittable self, but I’m not counting on…

  21. GM says Padres "would love to have Miguel Tejada back"

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    I scoffed at the Padres acquiring a 36-year-old and seemingly washed-up Miguel Tejada to be their shortstop down the stretch, but he ended up hitting .268/.317/.413 in 59 games, which is actually above average once you factor in Petco Park, and amazingly avoided being a disaster defensively. Yesterday general manager Jed Hoyer said the Padres…

  22. Twins using New York Daily News front page as motivation

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Yesterday the New York Daily News‘ front page featured the headline “E-Z Pass” next to a photo of Jorge Posada and this text: Bad news: Yanks must go on the road for playoffs. Good news: They play the Twins. Some of my fellow Minnesotans who’re apparently unfamiliar with the nature of New York newspapers and…

  23. Matt Murton is Japan's new single-season hit king, breaking Ichiro Suzuki's record

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Matt Murton went 3-for-5 last night, giving the former Cubs outfielder 213 hits on the year to break Japan’s single-season record of 210 hits set by Ichiro Suzuki in 1994. Murton still has two more games to add to his total, although it’s worth noting that Suzuki played when the Japanese schedule was 130 games,…

  24. Yankees to use CC Sabathia on short rest rather than start A.J. Burnett in ALDS

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett is in the second season of a five-year, $82.5 million contract, but the Yankees don’t even trust him enough to start Game 4 of the ALDS and will instead bump Burnett from the rotation while using CC Sabathia on short rest. And it’s tough to blame them, because Burnett is 1-7 with a…

  25. Rockies exercise $2.5 million option on Miguel Olivo for 2011

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo followed up a big first half by hitting .193 after the All-Star break, but finished with a solid .269/.315/.449 line in 112 games overall and will be back in Colorado next season after the Rockies’ exercised their $2.5 million team option for 2011. Olivo either figures to split time behind the plate with…

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