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  1. Mark Reynolds expected to play in Wild Card game despite sore foot

    Oct 4, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds AP

    Mark Reynolds fouled a ball off a bone near his left big toe during yesterday’s game against the Rays. He was fearing a broken bone at first, but Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that X-rays today came back negative. Reynolds is currently dealing with soreness in the foot, but it will not be enough to…

  2. Red Sox, Dodgers complete the Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Oct 4, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Rubby De La Rosa

    The Dodgers officially sent right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands to the Red Sox on Thursday, completing the August megadeal that saw Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto shipped to Los Angeles. The Red Sox negotiated for De La Rosa and Sands as part of the deal, but…

  3. Rangers GM: Josh Hamilton hasn’t been at his best

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    While the Rangers downplayed the idea that anything happened between manager Ron Washington and center fielder Josh Hamilton in the dugout during Wednesday’s season finale, GM Jon Daniels admitted that his former MVP is struggling some at the moment. Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com has the quotes: “It’s easy to pick out one guy, but it’s…

  4. Orioles pick Joe Saunders as Wild Card playoff game starter

    Oct 4, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: Sure enough, the Orioles just announced that they’re going with Saunders over Johnson against the Rangers. Showalter indicated that Johnson’s knee injury played a factor in the decision. ========= Yu Darvish will start the Wild Card playoff game for the Rangers, but the Orioles remain undecided on who they’ll have on the mound. Or…

  5. The Dbacks dump Daron Sutton and Mark Grace

    Oct 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    daron sutton and mark grace

    Diamondbacks play-by-play man Daron Sutton was suspended for a “personnel matter” back in June.  And then in August his boothmate Mark Grace was suspended after getting another DUI.  Now they’re both gone: The musical chairs in the announcing booths could start soon after Arizona Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall told reporters Thursday that neither TV play-by-play…

  6. Might the Red Sox make Brad Ausmus their next manager?

    Oct 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Brad Ausmus

    The Red Sox have a few options as they embark on the hunt for a new manager for the second straight offseason. – They can talk to the Blue Jays about a trade for John Farrell, their former pitching coach who left two years ago to manage in Toronto (I’m not a fan of this…

  7. Twins reassign hitting coach Joe Vavra amid staff shakeup

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Photo Day

    On a day filled with hitting coaches being let go across baseball Joe Vavra is the latest, although in this case LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have reassigned him within the organization rather than simply firing him. Minnesota shaking up the coaching staff following back-to-back miserable seasons…

  8. Bobby Valentine, call me! Seriously!

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    bobby valentine getty

    Earlier today I mused about having NBC hire Ozzie Guillen.  Maybe that’s a longshot. But Bobby Valentine actually LIVES in Stamford, Connecticut, where NBC Sports is based!  And it may be his best option! On Bobby V inquiries:We’re happy with our current roster of MLB commentators and haven’t discussed options for 2013 at this time.…

  9. Braves bench Brian McCann for Wild Card playoff game

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    David Ross, not Brian McCann, will be behind the plate for the Braves’ playoff game against the Cardinals tomorrow night. Manager Fredi Gonzalez made that announcement today, saying Ross provides the best chance to win in part because McCann is “beat up” physically after playing through various injuries all season. During the regular season McCann…

  10. Since when is Miguel Cabrera not getting any press for his Triple Crown?

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    miguel cabrera triple crown getty

    I realize that the whole Mike Trout–Miguel Cabrera MVP debate has led to a lot of old school-new school tribalism (and a lot of Detroit-non-Detroit tribalism), but it seems that in the past week or so that tribalism has taken a rather silly turn:  people claiming that Miguel Cabrera was/is getting no attention for his…

  11. Mariners fire hitting coach Chris Chambliss

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    chris chambliss mariners

    This is a rough time to be a hitting coach. Philadelphia fired Greg Gross yesterday, Kansas City fired Kevin Seitzer this morning, and now Seattle announced that Chris Chambliss was let go after the Mariners ranked dead last among AL teams in scoring during each of his two seasons on the job. It’s tough to…

  12. Homer Bush says he is not broke, despite what “Broke” implied

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Money Bag

    At least what Homer Bush thought it implied. “Broke” is the ESPN documentary which aired on Tuesday night about athletes, well, going broke.  Former Yankees, Blue Jays and Marlins infielder Homer Bush was on it, and he’s angry about how he was portrayed.  He says he is not broke, that ESPN made him look like…

  13. Red Sox can do better than John Farrell for next manager

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    John Farrell; Marvin Hudson

    With Bobby Valentine officially gone after months of being left dangling on the hook, the focus in Boston has immediately shifted to Blue Jays manager John Farrell. And I’m left to wonder why. Now, Farrell had a sterling reputation in five years as Boston’s pitching coach. But managing a team is a different animal. And…

  14. Red Sox make it official, fire Bobby Valentine

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox general manager Cherington introduces Valentine as the new Boston Red Sox manager at Fenway Park in Boston

    Making official what was reported as a done deal yesterday afternoon, the Red Sox just announced that Bobby Valentine has been fired as manager. Signed to a two-year, $5 million deal to replace Terry Francona, Valentine spent the year making headlines for all the wrong reasons and seemingly rubbed key players the wrong way almost…

  15. Curt Schilling lists bloody sock as bankruptcy collateral

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Schilling bloody sock

    I swear this isn’t something from “The Onion.” Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios, filed for bankruptcy in June and now the Associated Press reports that their recent bank filing with the Massachusetts Secretary of State includes his infamous blood-stained sock from the 2004 playoffs as collateral. Schilling and his company owe millions and…

  16. Royals fire hitting coach Kevin Seitzer

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Moustakas, Kevin Seitzer

    Kansas City finished 12th in the 14-team American League in runs scored this season and today the Royals fired hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. Seitzer was hired as hitting coach before the 2009 season and the Royals have ranked 12th, 6th, 10th, and 13th among AL teams in scoring during those four years. Eric Hosmer regressing…

  17. Phillies add Ryne Sandberg as third base coach, will go without bench coach

    Oct 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    Philadelphia shook up its coaching staff yesterday, firing bench coach Pete Mackanin, hitting coach Greg Gross, and first base coach Sam Perlozzo within minutes of their final game ending. Today they announced some of the replacements, including Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as third base coach. As part of that move Juan Samuel moves to…

  18. 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…

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

    Oct 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Gehrig_1

    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,…

  20. 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…

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