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  1. Jose Bautista takes Felix Hernandez deep for 50th homer

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    This afternoon Jose Bautista went deep for the 50th time this season–off Felix Hernandez, no less–to become the 26th player in baseball history with 50 homers. Bautista is also just five walks away from becoming the 14th player to have a 50-homer, 100-walk season. And he’d certainly be the most unlikely member of the 50-100…

  2. David Wells calls Joe Torre a "coward" and "terrible manager"

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    David Wells was a guest on the Yahoo! Sports podcast with Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee earlier this week. In addition to chatting about the division races, playoff matchups, Cy Young debate, and his role as one of TBS’ postseason announcers Wells also dropped a pretty big bomb by calling Joe Torre “a coward.” And…

  3. Bunion surgery knocks Fred Lewis out for the final two weeks

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Fred Lewis will miss the final two weeks of the season following surgery to remove bunions from his left foot. He’s traveling to Alabama to have the operation, although Birmingham’s most famous doctor, James Andrews, won’t be doing the honors. Instead it will be the awesomely named Dr. Angus McBryde. Lewis had a solid season…

  4. Russell Martin faces an uncertain future with the Dodgers

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Russell Martin has missed 45 games since suffering a season-ending hip injury in early August and so yesterday Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times chatted with the Dodgers catcher about his future. Martin replied “of course” when asked if he wants to remain with the Dodgers, but then responded “I have to discuss that…

  5. Daniel Murphy to play second base during winter ball

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Luis Castillo hasn’t started a game in 18 days as the Mets give 20-year-old rookie Ruben Tejada a long look at second base and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that they’re also giving Daniel Murphy a crash course on the middle infield with an eye toward him playing second base during winter ball. Murphy was…

  6. Jimmy Rollins hoping to return from hamstring injury Monday

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins hasn’t played since September 8 because of a hamstring injury and the Phillies are obviously doing just fine without him, going 11-1 during that time. There’s no official timetable for his return yet, but Rollins said yesterday that he’s hoping to play at least six games before the postseason begins and manager Charlie…

  7. Carlos Beltran quietly having a very productive September

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran missed the entire first half of the season and then struggled after finally returning from knee surgery in mid-July, hitting just .218 with a .660 OPS through 43 games. That will keep his overall season totals looking ugly no matter how well Beltran plays in September, but he’s quietly having a very solid…

  8. Kevin Towers wants to hire Greg Maddux as Diamondbacks' new pitching coach

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Towers said a whole bunch of interesting stuff during his introductory press conference as Diamondbacks’ general manager yesterday, including that he wants to bring in Greg Maddux as pitching coach or bench coach next season “I told Greg two years ago as soon as you want to be on the field please make me…

  9. Yadier Molina to undergo MRI exam on sore right knee

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina has been playing through knee soreness since late August, but has left the Cardinals on their road trip to Pittsburgh and traveled back to St. Louis to undergo an MRI exam. “We’ve been watching it closely,” manager Tony La Russa told Matthew Leach of MLB.com. “For him to agree to get it checked,…

  10. James Loney on Dodgers' struggles: "At times teams played harder than us"

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    With the Dodgers being officially eliminated from the playoff race yesterday Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times asked first baseman James Loney “what went wrong this season” and his response was interesting: At times, teams played harder than us. I think we want to win. We want to finish it. We want to win…

  11. Diamondbacks set all-time record for strikeouts in a season

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Last night the Diamondbacks set a new MLB single-season record for most strikeouts by a team, with 1,403. Because they’re in last place I’m sure plenty of fans and media members will make a big deal out of all the strikeouts being a terrible thing, but it’s important to note that the Diamondbacks have scored…

  12. Nick Markakis makes doubles history with Hall of Famers Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Last night Nick Markakis became just the third player in baseball history to hit 43 or more doubles in four consecutive seasons, joining a pair of Hall of Famers from the first half of the 20th century in Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick. Making the cutoff 43 doubles is obviously kind of arbitrary and in…

  13. Tyler Colvin was released from the hospital today

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tyler Colvin was released from a Miami hospital this afternoon, three days after his chest was punctured by a broken bat. Colvin has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season and Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that he may not even rejoin the Cubs for the final two weeks. For now he’s…

  14. Jerry Dipoto resigns from Diamondbacks after losing GM job to Kevin Towers

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Passed over for the general manager job that officially went to Kevin Towers earlier this afternoon, former interim general manager Jerry Dipoto reportedly informed the Diamondbacks that he’s resigning. There was some speculation that Towers would ask Dipoto to stick around in the organization and perhaps he did just that, but it’s also understandable that…

  15. Brewers hitting coach says Alcides Escobar "has to change his mechanics"

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Alcides Escobar was benched yesterday in the midst of 0-for-18 and 3-for-38 slumps, and Brewers hitting coach Dave Sveum told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the rookie shortstop has a flaw in his swing: He has to change his mechanics. What he’s doing won’t hold up to big-league pitching on a consistent…

  16. Twins name Francisco Liriano the Game 1 starter for ALDS

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Here in Minnesota there’s been quite a bit of debate about who the Twins should place atop their playoff rotation for a Game 1 and possibly Game 5 start in the ALDS. Francisco Liriano is pretty clearly the Twins’ best starting pitcher, going 14-8 with a 3.44 ERA and posting arguably the best secondary numbers…

  17. Diamondbacks officially hire Kevin Towers as new GM

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    As expected the Diamondbacks made things official this afternoon, hiring Kevin Towers as their new general manager. Towers, who was the GM in San Diego from 1995 to 2009, beat out four candidates for the job, including interim GM Jerry Dipoto. He was viewed by many as the front-runner from the start of the process,…

  18. Josh Hamilton hopes to return from fractured ribs next week

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Diagnosed with “a small fracture” in two ribs yesterday, Josh Hamilton told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he hopes to play four or five of the Rangers’ remaining 12 games. That means he’d have to rejoin the lineup by the middle of next week, which seems unlikely given that there’s no timetable yet for his…

  19. Dan Uggla wants a five-year, $58 million contract extension

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla has asked the Marlins for a five-year, $58 million contract extension, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Good luck with that. Uggla is already under team control for next season as an arbitration-eligible player, so the Marlins shouldn’t really feel a ton of pressure to lock him up long term. Beyond…

  20. Cubs formally interview Ryne Sandberg for manager opening

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that general manager Jim Hendry flew to Arizona yesterday to formally interview Ryne Sandberg for the Cubs’ managerial opening. Sandberg has spent the past four years managing in the minors and was recently named Pacific Coast League manager of the year for leading the Cubs’ Triple-A team to an 82-62…

  21. Cardinals released Felipe Lopez because they were sick of him showing up late for games

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Cardinals sent Felipe Lopez home, releasing the 30-year-old veteran with two weeks remaining on his $1 million contract. The initial spin was that they made the move to create playing time for younger players, but general manager John Mozeliak later admitted that Lopez showing up late for Monday’s game was the final straw:…

  22. Cardinals send Felipe Lopez "home for the rest of the season"

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    No specifics have emerged yet, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “the Cardinals have sent Felipe Lopez home for the rest of the season.” Lopez has a history of wearing out his welcome, but what makes this case interesting is that this is actually his second stint in St. Louis.…

  23. How much is homefield advantage worth in the playoffs?

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    With the Yankees, Rays, and Twins in a three-way battle for homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs Cliff Corcoran of SI.com took a look at how much of an impact being the home team has had and found … well, it’s probably not as important as you’d think. Going back to 1998, when the current…

  24. Impending free agent A.J. Pierzynski has "no idea" if he'll be back with White Sox

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski has raised his batting average from .231 to .272 by hitting .393 over the past 28 games, but his OPS is still a career-low .691 and the 33-year-old impending free agent told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he has “no idea” if the White Sox will try to re-sign him. Coming…

  25. Jose Bautista close to becoming 14th member of 50-homer, 100-walk club

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista is one long ball away from becoming the 26th player in baseball history–and first since Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder in 2007–to hit 50 homers in a season, but he’s also on the verge of joining an even more exclusive club. Bautista has 95 walks with 13 games left, making it likely that…

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