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  1. Pete Rose still believes baseball needs him

    Oct 4, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Pete Rose

    The all-time hit leader says stuff like this every six months or so. And it rings a little bit more hollow every time: “I’m going to tell you something right now, whether you believe it or not,” Rose told WFAN’s Steve Somers on Wednesday. “Baseball is a better game if I’m in it. OK? Because…

  2. A new push in Minnesota to unseal Lou Gehrig’s medical records

    Oct 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports this morning on a new effort to unseal Lou Gehrig’s medical records, which are owned by the Mayo Clinic.  State legislators are pushing to make them public in an effort to see if Gehrig’s ALS had any connection with concussions he received during his career. This has come up before,…

  3. Jeff Kent on “Survivor” recap: Manly handshakes

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Survivor Smacked Me In The Chops

    I watched Jeff Kent on “Survivor” last night so you didn’t have to … • For the second straight episode Kent was the first contestant mentioned in the “previously on …” opening montage, so the producers are clearly trying to make him one of this season’s stars. • Kent figured out that one of his…

  4. Deep Thoughts: Potential landing places for Ozzie Guillen

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    If Ozzie Guillen is let go from the Marlins, I would like to see one of the following things happen: The Red Sox hire him to be their manager, because my gosh that would be a lot of fun; NBC Sports Network hire him to be a full-time baseball pundit on NBC SportsTalk. I’d probably…

  5. Reds moving speedster prospect Billy Hamilton to outfield

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Fastest man in baseball Billy Hamilton has spent his four-year pro career as a shortstop, but reviews of his defense there have always been mixed and the Reds have decided the 21-year-old prospect’s amazing speed can be more of an asset in center field. Hamilton will officially start his transition from shortstop to center field…

  6. The Marlins are probably going to fire Ozzie Guillen

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Buster Olney reports: Marlins are aggressively seeking a replacement for Ozzie Guillen. Will they wait to find someone before firing him? We’ll see. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 4, 2012   This would be the first “aggressive” thing the Fish did all year. And it would be aggressively stupid.  Ozzie Guillen did not cause this…

  7. MLB attendance finishes at highest level since 2008

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    old turnstile

    The final numbers are in and Major League Baseball finishes with a total attendance of 74.86 million. That’s up 2% from last season and is the highest since 2008. The 2% increase is the biggest jump since 2007.  This, combined with the fact that MLB just announced new TV deals which more than double the haul…

  8. Wishing for vuvuzelas

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Tomahawk Chop

    Or ThunderStix. Or whistles. Or any of the many, many things that aren’t as offensive as this: The Braves plan to have 45,000 foam tomahawks chopping in unison when they face St. Louis on Friday at 5:07 p.m. in the National League Wild Card game … The first 45,000 ticket-holders through the gates will get a…

  9. Davey Johnson left yesterday’s game after losing feeling in his leg

    Oct 4, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Davey Johnson was out of managing for several years, in part because of health problems. So whenever you see something related to his health, you tend to pay a bit more attention. Like yesterday, when Johnson left the Nationals dugout in the seventh inning after losing feeling in his left leg. CSNWashington reports that it’s apparently…

  10. Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown: the best ever?

    Oct 4, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    If you just look at the raw numbers for Miguel Cabrera — a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI — you wouldn’t immediately say “best triple crown ever!”  After all, Mickey Mantle hit 52 home runs to secure his. Lou Gehrig hit .363 in his triple crown year. Jimmie Foxx hit 163 RBI…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 12, Rangers 5: Oakland shocks the world. No one on the planet had them pegged as a playoff team and, as recently as a week ago, no one figured they had a chance in hell at the division crown. Well, that’s what you get for pegging and figuring. As for the Rangers … just,…

  12. Pat Neshek loses son one day after he was born

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Pat Neshek

    Horrible news tonight. A’s reliever Pat Neshek lost his baby son, named Gehrig John, one day after he was born. Neshek left the A’s on Tuesday to be with his wife, Stephanee, as she went into labor and wasn’t with the team as it celebrated its AL West title Wednesday. Stephanee later tweeted a picture…

  13. Dunn, Granderson have worst ever 40-homer seasons

    Oct 3, 2012, 11:47 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    By OPS anyway. Adam Dunn and Curtis Granderson both entered Wednesday’s season finales with .800 OPSs. Dunn didn’t play and thus avoided overtaking Mark Reynolds for the single-season strikeout record (he had 222, Reynolds finished with 223 in 2009). Granderson did play and hit two more homers to finish with 43 homers and an .811…

  14. Lance Berkman pinch-hits, non-committal on retirement talk

    Oct 3, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Dioner Navarro

    Thought to be done for the year, Lance Berkman made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday’s Cardinals finale and grounded out to end the seventh inning. Berkman got a big ovation from the St. Louis crowd prior to the at-bat, which was his first since Sept. 7. He won’t be included on the Cardinals’…

  15. Dan Johnson hits first three homers on season’s final day

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

    Dan Johnson

    Sure, Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown. But that’s only because no one wanted to give Dan Johnson 550 at-bats. Johnson hit his first three homers of the season for the White Sox in a 9-0 win over the Indians on Wednesday. He took David Huff deep in the second and fifth innings and then…

  16. Miguel Cabrera wins first Triple Crown since 1967

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

    miguel cabrera triple crown getty

    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera entered tonight’s season finale against the Royals ranking first in the American League in batting average, homers and runs batted in. And that’s right where he’ll finish. Cabrera went 0-for-2 with a strikeout on Wednesday night in Kansas City, but he walked off the field to a standing ovation from the Kauffman…

  17. Yankees claim AL East, home field; A’s to take on Tigers

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda, Derek Jeter

    By losing 4-1 to the Rays, the Orioles settled things in the American League playoff picture this evening. The Yankees will face the wild card winner, either the Orioles or Rangers, in one ALDS and the A’s will get the Tigers in the other. The Orioles will travel to Texas to play a one-game playoff…

  18. Evan Longoria hits three homers in Rays’ finale

    Oct 3, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria hit solo homers his first three times up against the Orioles before grounding out in his fourth and final at-bat in the Rays’ 4-1 victory Wednesday. Longoria entered with 14 homers in 73 games this season. He took Chris Tillman deep in the first and fourth innings tonight and then delivered again versus…

  19. Brandon McCarthy could pitch in the postseason

    Oct 3, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

    brandon mccarthy getty

    The A’s capturing the American League West this afternoon ensures that they’ll have a decently long postseason run. Which is great news for Brandon McCarthy, who had emergency brain surgery four weeks ago after taking a line drive off his head. According to beat writer Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News, the righty…

  20. Jered Weaver makes early exit from finale with fatigue

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    jered weaver getty

    Jered Weaver‘s 2012 ends on a slightly sour note. The right-hander was pulled after the first inning of the Angels’ season finale Wednesday against the Mariners due to what’s being labeled “fatigue.” Not necessarily arm fatigue — just general exhaustion. He allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks before making his premature…

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