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  1. 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”…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Wishing a happy 36th birthday to Jeremy Giambi

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Wonder what he’ll wish for …

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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),…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.…

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