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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. Rays on the ropes, Joe Maddon ejected after Michael Young homer follows questionable call

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon had Game 2 starter James Shields on a very short leash this afternoon, pulling him from a 2-0 game with two outs in the fifth inning and two runners on base. Chad Qualls replaced Shields and appeared to wriggle out of the jam by getting a checked-swing strikeout on Michael Young, but first…

  15. Yankees switch up their lineup a bit for Game 2 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Last night they faced left-hander CC Sabathia and tonight they’re facing fellow southpaw Andy Pettitte, so the Twins are sticking with the same lineup as Game 1 of the ALDS. However, the Yankees have switched things up with right-hander Carl Pavano on the mound, changing things a bit from the lineup they sent out against…

  16. Must-click link: What does a "No. X starter" mean, exactly?

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When talking about pitchers and rotations people throw around terms like “No. 1 starter” or “No. 3 starter” constantly because it serves as a sort of common understanding about ability and upside. However, one of the problems with using that terminology comes when not everyone has the same definition of how great a pitcher has…

  17. Angels' housecleaning extends beyond Eddie Bane

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Last week the Angels surprised everyone by firing longtime scouting director Eddie Bane, who had just interviewed for the general manager gig in Arizona and is generally considered one of the best in the business. Since then they’ve also fired prominent scout Dale Sutherland, three other scouts, and head trainer Ned Bergert. Bill Plunkett of…

  18. Giants leave Barry Zito, Jose Guillen off postseason roster

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    When the Giants announced that Barry Zito would not be in the NLDS rotation the assumption was that he’d also be left off the playoff roster entirely, and sure enough the team just made that official. Zito is not on the active roster for the series against the Braves, as the Giants went with Jeremy…

  19. Umpire's blown call on 27th out doesn't cost Yankees

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Last night, with the Yankees up 6-4 and two outs in the ninth inning, Delmon Young hit a sinking line drive to right field that defensive replacement Greg Golson caught for the 27th and final out. Except right field umpire Chris Guccione ruled that it was a trap, giving Young a single and giving the…

  20. Rays remove Rocco Baldelli from playoff roster with left leg fatigue, add Willy Aybar

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay including Rocco Baldelli on the playoff roster was a surprise given that he logged a total of just 24 at-bats for the Rays after spending much of the season as a minor-league coach. Even more surprising was that manager Joe Maddon gave Baldelli the Game 1 start at designated hitter against Cliff Lee.…

  21. ALDS Game 1: Yankees-Twins notes from Target Field

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    As a Twins fan everything was perfect last night, except for that damn final score. I arrived at the jam-packed Kiernan’s Irish Pub in time to see the final three innings of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter, eventually made my way to fantastic Target Field seats just past third base, sat in gorgeous weather at a ballpark…

  22. Roy Halladay's scouting report as a 21-year-old prospect

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    In honor of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter Conor Glassey of Baseball America went back through the magazine’s archives and found the scouting report published when Halladay was the Blue Jays’ top prospect in 1998. The whole thing is definitely worth reading, but here are a few of the highlights … – Halladay became so close with…

  23. After missing history, Placido Polanco expected to rejoin the Phillies' lineup tomorrow

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    After playing through bone chips in his elbow for most of the season Placido Polanco was absent for Roy Halladay’s no-hitter by sitting out Game 1 of the NLDS yesterday with a back injury, but the veteran third baseman is expected to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup for Game 2 tomorrow. As for how he suffered…

  24. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon: "Do you think I really would go out and sign Oliver Perez?"

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Oliver Perez “will begin pitching in the Mexican Pacific League next month” and adds that “if he does not improve and the new general manager cannot deal him” the team is prepared to simply eat the remaining $12 million on his contract. McCullough’s comments stem from…

  25. 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…

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