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  1. Mike Napoli “plays with a vengeance” against the Angels

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mike Napoli Getty

    Mike Napoli‘s six seasons with the Angels were filled with good production and fans clamoring for manager Mike Scioscia to play him more at catcher instead of light-hitting defensive specialist Jeff Mathis. Napoli was traded away in January of 2011 and his two seasons since leaving the Angels have been filled with crushing his former…

  2. Three exciting days left in the regular season

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during play against the Toronto Blue Jays in their first game of a double header during an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We are down to the final three days of the regular season, and there is so much still to be decided. Here’s an overview for the craziness that will be afoot between now and Wednesday night: The Races: The teams involved in the playoffs are close to being set. The Yankees, Orioles and Rangers have…

  3. Darren Oliver considering retirement despite 2.10 ERA

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Darren Oliver has been so good while posting a sub-3.00 ERA in five straight seasons that it’s easy to forget he’s 41 years old, but the Blue Jays left-hander revealed yesterday that retirement is on his mind. Oliver has had one of his best seasons, throwing 56 innings with a 2.10 ERA and 52/15 K/BB…

  4. Max Scherzer feeling optimistic after long toss session

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Max Scherzer‘s status for the postseason is in question after being scratched from two of his last three starts with shoulder problems, but the Tigers right-hander had a 10-minute long toss session yesterday and reported that “everything went well.” “I was able to go to 100 feet pain-free, threw all my pitches and had a…

  5. Tim Lincecum will be in the NLDS rotation

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    tim lincecum getty

    Tim Lincecum has stunk on ice for most of the year, but despite another shaky start yesterday, Bruce Bochy says he likes how Lincecum is throwing lately — he says he’s been progressing — and that it’s not gonna keep him out of the playoff rotation: That progression has earned Lincecum at least one more…

  6. Jim Tracy to have a meeting with the Bobs

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    The Colorado Rockies are completing their worst ever season. And, despite the fact that Jim Tracy is under contract for 2013, his job is on the line. But not based on what goes down on the field. Rather, what’s said in a meeting: A meeting this weekend in Denver between Bill Geivett, the Rockies’ director…

  7. All hail Dan Duquette?

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Dan Duquette

    The comments are a fertile place for discussion topics this morning.  This one comes from rockthered1286 in the And That Happened thread, giving kudos to Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette for pushing buttons to give this team Nate McLouth, Jim Thome, Omar Quintanilla, Manny Machado, Randy Wolf and Joe Saunders. I’ll grant him Machado as a good…

  8. Imagine if this was 1993

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    I love how the last week of the season is shaping up, what with the Orioles and Yankees fighting it out for the AL East, each trying to avoid the one-game wild card thing.  But reader Innocent Bystander makes a good point in the comments this morning: O’s/Yanks battle seems exciting on the face of…

  9. The Clemente family gives up the push to retire #21 across baseball … until Selig’s gone

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Clemente

    Roberto Clemente’s widow Vera Clemente and his sons Luis and Roberto Jr. were in Pittsburgh yesterday for a ceremony commemorating Clemente’s 3000th and final hit. Dejan Kovacevic spoke with the Clementes regarding a movement they’ve been trying to get rolling over the past several years: having Roberto Clemente’s number 21 retired throughout all of baseball. Major League Baseball…

  10. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 6, Red Sox 3; Yankees 9, Blue Jays 6: 159 games and NOTHING has been decided in the AL East. And, say what you want about the new playoff setup, but the fact that it matters so much who wins the division makes this a fantastic final three days. The Yankees close things out with…

  11. Cabrera vs. Trout brings to mind 2001 AL MVP battle

    Sep 30, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Except this time, the shoe is on the other foot. 2001 was probably the height of the steroid era. Over in the NL, Barry Bonds had his record 73-homer campaign, with Sammy Sosa chipping in 64 and even Luis Gonzalez hitting 57. Things weren’t quite so silly in the American League, but consider that Rafael…

  12. Rangers clinch postseason berths for themselves, Orioles and Yankees

    Sep 30, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    After a rare Joe Nathan blown save and a rough loss in the opener, the Rangers came back to beat the Angels 8-7 in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader and clinch at least a wild card berth. Mike Napoli again made some noise against his former team, homering twice and matching his career high with…

  13. Paul Konerko needs offseason surgery on his hand

    Sep 30, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

    paul konerko getty

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko told Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago on Sunday that he will undergo surgery in the offseason to remove a “floating bone fragment” from his left hand. “It is something I need to take care of,” said the veteran. “I don’t feel it has impacted anything I’ve done this year.…

  14. Fire aboard Orioles’ plane results in emergency landing

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

    Orioles logo

    A scary story after another big win for the Orioles. The team charter experienced a small fire on the flight to St. Pete tonight and was forced to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the team is currently at the Jacksonville airport while the plane is being inspected. No word…

  15. Fernando Rodney, Dennis Eckersley are a perfect match

    Sep 30, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney

    One would be hard-pressed to find a pair of seasons more similar than these two: 4-2, 45 Sv, 5 ER, 9 R, 41 H, 2 HR, 73/4 K/BB in 73 1/3 IP 2-2, 46 Sv, 5 ER, 9 R, 41 H, 2 HR, 74/15 K/BB in 73 1/3 IP The first is Dennis Eckersley’s record-setting…

  16. Everth Cabrera first in 14 years with four steals, no hits

    Sep 30, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Everth Cabrera, Juaquin Arias

    Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera did something pretty unusual today in a loss to the Giants; he became the first player since the White Sox’s Lou Frazier in 1998 to steal four bases without recording a hit. Cabrera walked twice and stole second and third each time. He scored on a Hector Sanchez throwing error on…

  17. David Price notches 20th win, Johnny Cueto falls short

    Sep 30, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    David Price

    With both of MLB’s remaining 19-game winners making their final starts today, we now know we’ll finish the year with four 20-game winners. The Rays’ David Price got to 20 by beating the White Sox today, but the Reds’ Johnny Cueto was left with a no-decision after allowing three runs — one earned — in…

  18. Pirates drop 82nd game, ensure 20th straight sub-.500 season

    Sep 30, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan has been a rock in the closer’s role these last two seasons, but even he let the Pirates down today as the team completed its collapse. The Reds scored twice in the bottom of the ninth Sunday to beat the Pirates 4-3, dropping Pittsburgh to 77-82 and locking up a 20th consecutive season…

  19. Tigers win, White Sox fall three back with three to play

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    The Tigers bested the Twins 2-1 in Minnesota on Sunday, but the White Sox failed to keep pace,  losing 6-2 to the Rays to fall three games back in the AL Central with three to play. B.J. Upton hit his 27th and 28th homers for Tampa Bay, and David Price was in control, yielding two…

  20. Yankees come back on Blue Jays, AL East remains deadlocked

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano

    After the Orioles closed out the Red Sox 6-3 to finish a three-game sweep Sunday, the Yankees completed their comeback on the Blue Jays, winning 9-6 to preserve the tie atop the AL East. They say I can’t focus on the positive. Let’s give it a whirl: Yankees – Definitely a great day for the…

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