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  1. Rays fans give outfielder Carl Crawford a proper send-off

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    The Rays lost Game 2 of their ALDS matchup with the Rangers this afternoon in Tampa and face elimination Saturday in Texas. But it wasn’t all fire and brimstone at Tropicana Field. In the eighth inning, as impending free agent Carl Crawford stepped to the plate, a large section of Rays fans…

  2. Berkman goes yard, Yankees lead Twins in Game 2

    Oct 7, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    The Yankees and Twins are five innings deep into Game 2 of their ALDS matchup Thursday at Minnesota’s Target Field. So far, things are looking good for the away team. Andy Pettitte had a rough second inning that saw him load the bases and then allow…

  3. Justin Upton aiming to strengthen shoulder this winter

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton played in only four games during the month of September and just one game in October because of soreness in the area of his left shoulder.  He has promised to work on the strength and conditioning of that shoulder this offseason and got a head start this afternoon at Arizona’s Chase…

  4. Yankees rally for ALDS Game 1 victory over Twins

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

    We saw a variety of different games on this first day of the 2010 baseball playoffs. The Rangers routed the Rays in an afternoon tilt with heavy offense and a stellar performance by left-handed ace Cliff Lee. Then Phillies righty Roy Halladay made history in an early evening contest…

  5. Mark Teixeira launches two-run bomb, Yanks lead again

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

    The battle of the bullpens has begun, and it’s not looking good for the Twins. Minnesota right-hander Jesse Crain served up a single to Nick Swisher with one out in the top of the seventh inning and surrendered a towering two-run homer to Mark Teixeira a few pitches later, giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead…

  6. Twins tie it up as Sabathia tires in the bottom of the sixth

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    So much for that Yankees lead. CC Sabathia struck out Joe Mauer on three straight pitches to open the sixth inning and caused Delmon Young to fly out, but seemed to tire the moment veteran DH Jim Thome stepped to…

  7. Yankees rally with big sixth inning, now on top

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

    The tide has turned at Target Field.
    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira launched a one-out double to left field in the top of the sixth inning, ending a streak of 10 straight retired batters by Twins ace Francisco Liriano. A wild pitch gave Teixeira third base and then Alex Rodriguez…

  8. Twins cruising behind Francisco Liriano, lead Yankees

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    The Twins are wearing the pinstripes this evening at Target Field. That’s not a metaphor, it’s the truth. The Twins are wearing pinstripes. Let’s get to the updates. Francisco Liriano got himself into trouble in the top of the third inning with a leadoff walk to Yankees speedster…

  9. Twins take early lead over Yankees and CC Sabathia

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    Things are looking up for the Twinkies through two innings at Minneapolis’ Target Field. Minnesota ace Francisco Liriano struck out Yankees leadoff man Derek Jeter to open the first inning, then promptly retired Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira on balls that did not get…

  10. Rangers designate righty Rich Harden for assignment

    Oct 6, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    The Rangers couldn’t wait to remove disappointing right-hander Rich Harden from their big-league roster. Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Harden was designated for assignment on Wednesday evening so that Texas could…

  11. Report: Pirates will fire Russell, keep Huntington

    Oct 3, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    The Pirates are ready for change. Again. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette heard from “several internal sources” this weekend that the Bucs will cut ties with manager John Russell soon after the offseason hits. GM Neal Huntington, though…

  12. The Mariners lost their 100th game of the year on Saturday

    Oct 3, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Some MLB teams are entering this final day of the regular season with an eye on clinching a playoff spot. Others are hoping to avoid loss No. 101. The Mariners dropped their 100th game of the season…

  13. Breaking down Sunday's playoff scenarios…

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    No matter the results, really, this is going to be a crazy day in the baseball world. Let’s lay out the possible scenarios before everything gets going. The Padres, 90-71, are one game back of the Giants in the NL West and tied with the Braves in the NL Wild Card. The Giants, 91-70, lead the NL West by…

  14. Webb hits 84 MPH in second instructional league appearance

    Oct 2, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb might be making progress. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the impending free agent hit 84 MPH with his fastball in a second instructional league appearance Saturday. He hit just 81 MPH…

  15. Padres win again, push decisive Sunday showdown

    Oct 2, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    With the help of a fine outing by starter Tim Stauffer and production from the top of the lineup, the Padres grabbed a 4-2 victory over the Giants on Saturday in San Francisco and kept their playoff hopes alive. A win in Sunday’s regular…

  16. Fukudome has left knee sprain, done for season?

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

    Some injury news out of Chicago. Or San Diego, really. Carrie Muskat of reports that Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Padres due to a mild left knee…

  17. Rockies planning rest this weekend for CarGo, Tulo

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:54 PM EDT

    The Rockies are shutting it down. Eliminated from playoff contention this week, manager Jim Tracy and Co. decided to leave outfielder Carlos Gonzalez out of Thursday’s lineup against the Cardinals.  According to’s Thomas Harding, the plan is to rest him during Sunday’s season finale as well. Gonzalez, 24, has burst onto the scene this…

  18. Felix Hernandez won't make another start this season

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Mariners ace Felix Hernandez vowed to the fans in Seattle last week that he would start the club’s regular season finale on Sunday against the A’s.  Fortunately or unfortunately, it appears that M’s management has intervened. Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Hernandez will not make another start this season, presumably because…

  19. Reds, Baker closing in on two-year contract extension

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Looking for an update on the negotiations between the Reds and manager Dusty Baker? Here it is. Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday evening that the sides are “very close” on a two-year extension and that…

  20. On the American League Cy Young Award debate and open-mindedness…

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

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    “Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” Mark Twain wrote that. And now I’m stealing it to head up a blog post about baseball stats. That’s either really cliche or really stupid. Or both. Yeah, it’s both…

  21. Mets officially shut down outfielder Carlos Beltran

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    No surprise here. According to Anthony DiComo of, the Mets have decided to shut outfielder Carlos Beltran down for the rest of the 2010 season because of pain and discomfort in his surgically…

  22. Dodgers change course, shut down Clayton Kershaw

    Sep 29, 2010, 7:06 PM EDT

    All that talk about Clayton Kershaw making one final start? Yeah, let’s just toss that into the Hardball Talk garbage bin. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have scratched the young left-hander…

  23. Evan Longoria remains sidelined with strained left quad

    Sep 29, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been out since late last week because of a strained left quad and it sounds like he might not return until this weekend. Longoria took batting practice before Wednesday’s game and…

  24. Olsen shut down due to lingering shoulder soreness

    Sep 26, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    According to Bill Ladson of, Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen has been shut down for the rest of the season because of lingering discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Olsen hasn’t pitched since September 17, when he allowed three hits and an earned run in a two-inning relief appearance against the Phillies.  “He was going to…

  25. Kinsler drops appeal of suspension, takes Sunday off

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Here’s an odd turn of events. Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was suspended one game by Major League Baseball in mid-September for celebrating a walkoff win despite being ejected earlier in the contest. Kinsler appealed…

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