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  1. Agent expects Ted Lilly to get a three-year deal this offseason

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ted Lilly’s agent, Larry O’Brien, said yesterday that he expects the veteran left-hander to get at least a three-year deal on the open market this offseason and added that the Dodgers’ financial issues could make it difficult for them to re-sign him. “I think the Dodgers are interested in signing Ted back,” O’Brien told Ken…

  2. Jake Westbrook and Cardinals interested in working out deal

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he’d “definitely” be interested in re-signing with the Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak said the team “obviously has interest” in retaining the impending free agent. Sounds like a perfect match, right? Well … Goold also reports that “the Cardinals reached out recently…

  3. Kevin Towers is still just "getting to know" Kirk Gibson

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Various reports are swirling that the Diamondbacks will remove the interim tag and make Kirk Gibson their full-time manager with a multi-year contract. However, new general manager Kevin Towers downplayed that speculation yesterday and said he’s still just “getting to know Gibby.” This is really still a getting-to-know-each-other session. When we start negotiations, nobody is…

  4. Reds officially shut down rookie Mike Leake for the season

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Mike Leake hasn’t pitched since August 24 because of a fatigued shoulder and today the Reds officially shut down the 22-year-old rookie, ruling him out for the playoffs. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: He’s going to travel with the team, but there’s not enough time for him to…

  5. Dr. Lewis Yocum advises rehab over surgery for Jake Arrieta

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Orioles rookie Jake Arrieta was tentatively scheduled to have a bone spur removed from his elbow this week, but instead he sought a second opinion from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum, who advised him to rehab rather than going under the knife. Obviously avoiding surgery is always the preference, particularly for a 24-year-old pitcher,…

  6. Report: Angels fire longtime scouting director Eddie Bane

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    John Manuel of Baseball America reports that the Angels have fired Eddie Bane, who has been the team’s scouting director since 2004 and is generally considered one of the best in the business. In fact, Bane was recently among the finalists interviewed for the Diamondbacks’ general manager job that ultimately went to former Padres general…

  7. Japanese outfielder Hitoshi Tamura "exploring" move to MLB

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Earlier this month there were reports about arguably the two best pitchers in Japan, Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma, potentially making the move to MLB next season and now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that Japanese outfielder Hitoshi Tamura is also “exploring” the possibility. Tamura is 33 years old and hit .324 with 27 homers…

  8. Brandon Webb throws scoreless inning in instructional league

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb wasn’t able to make it back from shoulder surgery to pitch for the Diamondbacks this season, but he did take the mound in an instructional league game this afternoon. The good news is that he threw a scoreless inning, getting a pair of ground outs and a fly out while allowing one hit.…

  9. Frank Francisco won't be available for Rangers in the ALDS

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco was optimistic enough after throwing from flat ground last week that he hoped to return from a month-long back injury to join the Rangers’ bullpen for the ALDS, but according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that’s been ruled out. Ron Washington told Wilson that the most recent MRI exam “showed…

  10. Jesus Flores begins long road back from shoulder surgery

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    After missing nearly all of the past two seasons with shoulder injuries one-time Nationals “catcher of the future” Jesus Flores began his long road back to the majors by playing six innings in an instructional league game yesterday. Flores reported no problems hitting or throwing with his surgically repaired shoulder, but has a grand total…

  11. Finger injury may mark end of Jose Lopez's career in Seattle

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Like most Mariners hitters Jose Lopez has been a huge disappointment this season, batting .240/.271/.340 for a career-worst .610 OPS that ranks dead last in the league and represents a 150-point drop from his 2009 production. He’s shown almost no improvement in seven seasons with the Mariners, continuing to swing at everything while putting on…

  12. Kevin Towers optimistic that Jerry Dipoto will stay with the Diamondbacks

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    After beating out Jerry Dipoto for the Diamondbacks general manager job Kevin Towers is now trying to talk the former interim GM into staying with the organization as his right-hand man. They met yesterday for the second time and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’re “planning to spend more time together in…

  13. Phillies choose drawn-out, Big Three-friendly NLDS schedule

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    By virtue of finishing with the National League’s top record the Phillies got to choose between a seven-day or eight-day schedule for the NLDS, and as expected they picked the drawn-out version that allows them to rely exclusively on the trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels in the five-game series. They’ll open…

  14. Miguel Cabrera to miss final six games with high ankle sprain

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera left Monday’s game after tweaking his ankle running the bases and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam revealed the dreaded high-ankle sprain that will knock him out for the final six games of the season. Whether missing the final week will significantly hurt Cabrera’s chances for the MVP award is…

  15. Pirates clinch MLB's worst record and next year's No. 1 pick

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Last night the Pirates won for just the 56th time this season and still managed to clinch the worst record in baseball. That and an 18th consecutive losing season is obviously the bad news. The good news is that they’ve also secured the No. 1 overall pick in next June’s draft. Right now Rice third…

  16. "Setup man of the decade" Scot Shields pondering retirement

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Scot Shields is one of the elite relievers of the past decade, but missed most of last season with a knee injury and was relegated to mop-up duties for the Angels this season with a 5.28 ERA in 46 low-leverage innings before injuring his elbow on September 7. Yesterday the 34-year-old right-hander told Dan Woike…

  17. Must-click link: Kenny Powers' career stats on Fan Graphs

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    In honor of the second season of Eastbound and Down premiering on HBO, David Appelman of Fan Graphs took Kenny Powers’ career stats from the show’s website and translated them into Wins Above Replacement. Fan Graphs: Kenny Powers career stats Of course, Powers will probably never see his WAR totals because as noted in the…

  18. Rays to give away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow's game

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    No doubt in response to David Price calling out fans for not showing up to last night’s game and the subsequent criticism he’s received, the Rays announced that they’re giving away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow night’s game. All the details haven’t been released yet, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that…

  19. Jimmy Rollins is in the lineup for first time since September 8

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins was initially expected to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup yesterday before manager Charlie Manuel squashed those plans because of a wet field, but he’s leading off and playing shortstop tonight in his first start since September 8. Rollins has sat out the past three weeks with a hamstring injury, but the Phillies went 13-3…

  20. Hanley Ramirez limited to pinch-running for rest of season

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    After sitting out a week with an elbow injury Hanley Ramirez played last night, but was limited to pinch-running duties and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’s “basically out for the season.” Ramirez will continue to be available as a runner, but won’t be able to hit or play defense in the Marlins’ final…

  21. Yadier Molina's knee injury likely won't require surgery

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina figures to sit out the remainder of the season with a knee injury that has bothered him since last month, but the Cardinals catcher told told Matthew Leach of MLB.com that he doesn’t expect to need surgery: That’s what they told me. They told me with rest, the inflammation is going to go…

  22. Justin Duchscherer starts throwing again after hip surgery

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer missed all of last year following elbow surgery and made just five starts this year before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in June, but the oft-injured right-hander has begun throwing again as part of a six-month recovery timetable. Here’s what Duchscherer told Jane Lee of MLB.com about his plans for next season: When I’m…

  23. Andrew Bailey feeling good after having elbow "cleaned up"

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey underwent surgery over the weekend to have his right elbow “cleaned up” by Dr. James Andrews and the A’s closer said yesterday that he’s already feeling much better after having “bone chips and loose bodies” removed: It was all kind of beat up and irritating the joint. Dr. Andrews said everything looks great,…

  24. Carlos Zambrano is 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA since rejoining the Cubs' rotation

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano knocked the Padres out of the Wild Card lead last night by tossing seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory, continuing his excellent run since rejoining the Cubs’ rotation following a misguided temporary move to the bullpen. Zambrano is now 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 10 outings since becoming a starter again,…

  25. Mat Gamel to undergo toe surgery later this week

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    After struggling through a toe injury for much of the season Mat Gamel has left the Brewers to undergo surgery Thursday. He’ll miss the final weekend of the season and more importantly his multi-position tryout will have to be put on hold for a while. Gamel figures to be in the Brewers’ lineup next season…

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