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  1. Brian Roberts unsure what caused concussion-like symptoms

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    After sitting out the Orioles’ season finale yesterday for his sixth consecutive missed game Brian Roberts revealed that he’s been bothered by “concussion-like symptoms” that have led to “lack of balance and some headaches, and just stuff that hasn’t been a whole lot of fun.” Roberts, who missed nearly the entire first half of the…

  2. Indians promote Chris Antonetti to general manager and name Mark Shapiro team president

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    In a move announced back in February and made official this morning, the Indians have promoted assistant general manager Chris Antonetti to GM while former GM Mark Shapiro becomes team president. Director of baseball operations Mike Chernoff also gets a promotion to assistant GM, essentially moving into Antonetti’s old role, but Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com…

  3. MLB-wide attendance declines for a third straight season

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    MLB set attendance records in 2007, averaging 32,785 fans per game and drawing a total of 79.5 million fans. Since then attendance has dropped each season, going from 32,528 and 78.6 million in 2008 to 30,350 and 73.4 million in 2009. And this season the totals fell again, with MLB averaging 30,141 fans per game…

  4. UPDATE: Diamondbacks retain manager Kirk Gibson

    Oct 3, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com new Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers will make an announcement “regarding manager Kirk Gibson and coaching staff” Monday, with the assumption being that Gibson will be named the full-time manager…

  5. Matt Murton on the verge of replacing Ichiro Suzuki as Japan's single-season hit king

    Oct 3, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago, as former Cubs outfielder Matt Murton started closing is on Ichiro Suzuki’s single-season hit record in Japan, there was some speculation that opposing pitchers would cease giving him hittable pitches in an effort to keep him from breaking the record. That has proven to be overblown, as yesterday Murton tied Suzuki’s record…

  6. Tigers planning to use Phil Coke as a starter next season

    Oct 3, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    After acquiring Phil Coke from the Yankees this winter the Tigers talked about potentially putting him into the rotation, but eventually decided to keep him in the bullpen. He’s had a strong season, posting a 3.57 ERA and 51/25 K/BB ratio in 63 innings as a left-handed setup man, but the Tigers haven’t given up…

  7. Reds surprisingly pick Volquez over Arroyo for Game 1 start

    Oct 3, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo indicated following his final regular season start that he expected to start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Reds, but instead Dusty Baker announced yesterday that Edinson Volquez will take the mound in the playoff opener. Volquez returned from Tommy John elbow surgery in July and was demoted to the minors following…

  8. Must-click link: Rob McElhenney talks Phillies

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have upcoming guest appearances on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so Todd Zolecki of MLB.com talked to the show’s co-creator and co-star Rob McElhenney about the episode and his Phillies fandom. Zolecki: Rob McElhenney Talks Utley, Howard and Phillies If you’re a fan of the show you’ll love the interview,…

  9. Brewers owner gives general manager Doug Melvin a vote of confidence

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Despite back-to-back losing seasons Brewers owner Mark Attanasio gave general manager Doug Melvin a strong vote of confidence yesterday, saying: “He’s the guy next year.” Attanasio admitted to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Melvin had “a tough season” but added that “in my six seasons here this was his first tough season”…

  10. There goes the neighborhood: Twins and Timberwolves fight over 2,800-square foot billboard

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Despite being next-door neighbors in downtown Minneapolis and having the same corporate sponsorship for their venues the Twins and Timberwolves are having a squabble over the size and placement of a new advertisement. Target Center, which is home to the Timberwolves, is currently installing a 2,800-square foot billboard advertising local health care provider Sanford Health…

  11. Why did the Pirates fire Double-A manager of the year Matt Walbeck?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Pirates fired Double-A manager Matt Walbeck after he won the Eastern League championship and manager of the year award, which had many people scratching their heads. It still seems like an odd move given how successful Walbeck has been–winning four manager of the year awards and three championships in six seasons in the…

  12. Jose Bautista hits homers 53 and 54, including first opposite field blast of the season

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista broke out of a 0-for-20 slump in a big way last night, smacking his 53rd and 54th homers of the season. And remarkably No. 54 was the first homer all year he’s hit to the opposite field. Seriously, look at this mesmerizing MLB.com video showing Bautista’s first 52 homers in two minutes and…

  13. Rangers won't use Cliff Lee on short rest in ALDS

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Earlier this week Ron Washington said that Cliff Lee “could go” on short rest in the ALDS “if we think we need him” to allow the Rangers to use a three-man rotation, but yesterday the manager squashed those plans. Rather than start Lee in Game 1 and then in Game 4 on three days’ rest,…

  14. Bronson Arroyo expected to make Game 1 start for Reds in very unfavorable matchup with Phillies

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Astros last night in his final start of the season and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that after the game the veteran right-hander “talked like a guy counting on starting Game 1 of the NLDS”: It’s going to be in a hostile environment,…

  15. Josh Hamilton expected to rejoin Rangers' lineup tomorrow

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Out since September 4 with fractured ribs, Josh Hamilton is expected to return to the Rangers’ lineup for tomorrow night’s game against the Angels. Texas has nothing to really play for during the final weekend of the season, but Hamilton said previously that he felt it was important to get some at-bats before the playoffs.…

  16. Joe Mauer returns to the lineup and Justin Morneau takes BP

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer is back in the Twins’ lineup at designated hitter tonight after sitting out nine games with a knee injury, which is a good sign given that Minnesota certainly had the leeway to continue resting him through the final weekend. In other positive Twins news, Justin Morneau felt good enough to take pregame batting…

  17. Jimmy Rollins owns the publishing rights to songs by Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com wrote an interesting story about Jimmy Rollins’ various business ventures, including his involvement in the music industry. Apparently the Phillies’ shortstop owns partial publishing rights to songs like “Eenie Meenie” by Justin Bieber and “Sexual Eruption” by Snoop Dogg. Rollins explained it this way: When a writer writes a song, he…

  18. Wishing a happy 36th birthday to Jeremy Giambi

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Wonder what he’ll wish for …

  19. Elvis Andrus has the most plate appearances with a sub-.300 slugging percentage since Vince Coleman

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Between his excellent defense and solid .341 on-base percentage Elvis Andrus has been plenty valuable to the Rangers in his sophomore season, but his lack of power is nearing historic levels. After smacking six homers and 31 total extra-base hits for a semi-respectable .373 slugging percentage as a rookie Andrus has zero homers, 17 total…

  20. Tigers bring back Jim Leyland, entire coaching staff for 2011

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Despite a disappointing 80-78 record that puts them in third place and out of the playoffs for the fourth straight season since a World Series run in 2006, the Tigers announced today that they’re bringing back manager Jim Leyland and his entire coaching staff for next year. Leyland was already signed through 2011, so his…

  21. Pedro Feliciano becomes fifth pitcher in MLB history to make 90 appearances in a season

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Two seasons ago Pedro Feliciano led baseball by pitching in 86 games and last season he bumped his MLB-leading appearance count up to 88. It turns out, he was just getting warmed up. Last night Feliciano appeared in his 91st game of the year for the Mets, becoming just the fifth pitcher in baseball history…

  22. Matt Kemp wants to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in 2011

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp went deep last night for the second straight game as the Dodgers swept the Rockies out of playoff contention and afterward he had the following exchange with Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times: With his long and strikeout-filled season coming to a close, Matt Kemp started making bold predictions about next season.…

  23. Don Baylor interviewing with Blue Jays to replace Cito Gaston

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Blue Jays have received permission from the Rockies to interview Don Baylor as a potential replacement for Cito Gaston. Baylor is currently Colorado’s hitting coach, but managed the Cubs from 2000 to 2002 and the Rockies from 1993 to 1998. He compiled a career record of 440-469 (.484),…

  24. Justin Morneau may be a playoff possibility after "four good days in a row"

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Last week manager Ron Gardenhire replied “I don’t see how it could possibly happen” when asked about Justin Morneau’s chances of playing again this season following a July 7 concussion, but general manager Bill Smith was far less willing to rule it out and yesterday the Twins revealed that Morneau has been symptom-free all week.…

  25. Matt Walbeck wins Double-A manager of the year, gets fired by the Pirates

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Former big-league catcher Matt Walbeck was recently named Double-A manager of the year after guiding Altoona to the Eastern League championship, but last night the Pirates fired him. Walbeck told Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror that he was “surprised” by the move and received no clear explanation for the Pirates’ decision: No, not really.…

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