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  1. Orioles claim reliever Darren O’Day off waivers from Rangers

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Darren O’Day was a key part of the Rangers’ bullpen in 2010, but he missed most of this season following hip surgery and today the Orioles claimed him off waivers. Even after coming back from surgery O’Day missed the end of the season with shoulder problems, so he’s certainly a big question mark health-wise. However,…

  2. Barry Bonds makes a PSA for Bryan Stow

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Barry Bonds quietly reached out to Bryan Stow’s family following the Opening Day attack, pledging to help put Stow’s kids through college.  Now he has a PSA with the Stow family in which he promotes the fund he’s created for that purpose.  Some background here.  Here’s the video: I suppose it’s still possible to think…

  3. Chris Coghlan has gone from Rookie of the Year winner to afterthought with Marlins

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Chris Coghlan hit .321 to win the Rookie of the Year award in 2009, but has batted just .252 with a .695 OPS in two seasons since then and spent the final three months of this year in the minors. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post asked Marlins president Larry Beinfest where Coghlan fits…

  4. Same as the old boss: Fox may bid for the Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    Michele Steele of Bloomberg Television reports that, according to some people in the company, Fox is interested in bidding on the Dodgers when they’re auctioned off in bankruptcy. As Steele later tweeted, this would simply be about the costs of programming, not about actually, you know, wanting to buy a baseball team.  She notes that…

  5. Albert Pujols on Tony La Russa: “He’s like a father to me”

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v St Louis Cardinals

    Albert Pujols released a statement addressing Tony La Russa’s retirement: I’d like to congratulate Tony on his amazing Hall of Fame career. He’s been like a father to me and in my opinion, is one of the greatest managers in the history of the game. I’ve been blessed to be able to learn from Tony…

  6. Len Dykstra to fight Jose Canseco? Um, OK.

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    I wasn’t even aware that they let Len Dykstra out of jail, but apparently he’s free on bail because according to this farkakte press release that readers Jonny 5 and Bicepts each brought to my attention, he’s free enough to where he’s going to fight Jose Canseco in one of those ghastly celebrity boxing match…

  7. Darren Oliver leaning toward playing next season at age 41

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Darren Oliver is 41 years old and a free agent, but the left-handed reliever is leaning toward coming back for a 19th season. “After what happened this year, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” Oliver told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. “I don’t think I want it to end like that.” Oliver also has…

  8. Bryce Harper is destroying the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    harper futures getty

    We mock his immaturity, but we must marvel at his abilities: Bryce Harper is playing in the Arizona Fall League, and he’s basically toying with it:  He was was 2-4 with a homer and two RBI yesterday and, in the last eight games, he’s hit five homers and 17 RBI. There are several players with…

  9. Nick Markakis recovering from pelvic bone bruise

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis, who won his first Gold Glove award yesterday, told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he’s about 75 percent recovered from a pelvic bone bruise suffered late in the season. “I just felt my belt buckle go into my pelvic bone,” Markakis said. “And it knocked me pretty good, just repeatedly diving into it…

  10. The Cubs and Nats are interested in Mark Buehrle

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Actually, a ton of teams will likely be interested in Mark Buehrle because he’s reliable as all get out and may be the best free agent pitching option on the market this year. But at the moment we’re at least getting reports of two clubs with more concrete interest: the Cubs and the Nationals. According…

  11. Tony LaCava calls Orioles “classy in everything they did” after turning down GM job

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    In explaining why he turned down an offer to become Baltimore’s general manager yesterday Tony LaCava called the Orioles “classy in everything they did” and asserted that his decision “was about the Toronto Blue Jays more than it is anything about the Baltimore Orioles.” Here’s more: For me, it was how much I love the…

  12. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 90-71

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Continuing this week’s countdown of the top 111 free agents, here’s the exciting part two, which features our first Type A free agent. Free agents Nos. 111-91 (All ages are as of April 1, 2012. Compensation noted as Type A or Type B when applicable) 90. Jason Varitek (Age 39, Red Sox, Type B): With…

  13. Tigers interested in re-signing utility man Ramon Santiago

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    General manager Dave Dombrowski said yesterday that the Tigers are unlikely to re-sign free agents Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, but he also made it clear that they’d like to bring back Ramon Santiago in his old utility man role. Dombrowski acknowledged that Santiago may be focused on finding a starting job and “it wouldn’t…

  14. Former-Astro Hunter Pence named Astros MVP

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    This is fun. The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America votes on the Astros MVP every year. And then, later this winter, there’s a banquet held in his honor which also serves as a fundraiser for team charities and as an unofficial kickoff to the 2012 season.  And the winner of the…

  15. The Marlins are gonna spend some money this winter

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Marlins cap

    There are very few franchises out there whose decisions have been influences by payroll constraints and, in some cases, unadulterated parsimony than the Florida Marlins.  Every year the story is the same: incremental improvements, hope the kids get better and then, at some point, the departure of someone who has the audacity to make more…

  16. Aaron Cook will talk to the Padres and Reds in free agency

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook is a free agent now that the Rockies have declined their $11 million option on him for 2012.  And like a lot of recently-injured or ineffective starting pitchers, he said that he’d talk to the San Diego Padres.  You know the pattern by now: it’s a big, pitcher-friendly park and it’s a great…

  17. With La Russa retired, who manages the NL in next year’s All-Star Game?

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The guy whose team wins the pennant always manages that league’s All-Star team the following summer.  Tony La Russa is that guy in the NL, but he’ll be playing shuffleboard or something next July. So who gets the gig? Rick Hummel writes about that over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today. Could be La Russa. That’s…

  18. ESPN’s PR people gave away the Gold Glove winners in advance

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Gold Glove

    The Gold Glove is a joke of an award these days. The process determining the winners is hopelessly flawed in conception (are other players and managers the best judge of this stuff?) and almost but not quite always results in the wrong people winning (No Peter Bourjos? Really?). But hey, an award is an award and…

  19. Frank McCourt agrees to sell Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    UPDATE:   Major League Baseball and the Dodgers have released a joint statement confirming the earlier Los Angeles Times report: “The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball announced that they have agreed today to a court supervised process to sell the team and its attendant media rights in a manner designed to realize maximum value…

  20. National League Gold Glove winners include three Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    We already went over the American League Gold Glove winners, so now it’s the National League’s turn. Again, things were a little different this year. In addition to three finalists at each defensive position, we also had one winner from each outfield position for the first time. Courtesy of the Associated Press, here are your 2011…

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