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  1. MLB announces plan for three-way tiebreaker

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    This was pretty much a no-brainer, and it’s a highly unlikely scenario with the Angels having lost three out of four, but just in case, MLB today announced what would happen in the event of a three-team tie in the AL wild card. Thursday: Angels at Red Sox Friday: Rays at first-game winner The Rays…

  2. Jon Lester to start Wednesday on short rest … unless the Red Sox make a trade

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    There’s speculation that the Red Sox may still trade for a veteran starting pitcher solely to have him pitch what could be a win-or-go-home game Wednesday, but barring that manager Terry Francona announced Jon Lester will start Game 162 on short rest. Not only would Lester be pitching with just three days off between starts,…

  3. Hawk Harrelson, Steve Stone rip “Moneyball” book and movie; admit they’ve seen nor read neither

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    hawk harrelson

    Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com sat down with Steve Stone and Hawk Harrelson to talk to them about “Moneyball.”  You can probably expect some criticism of the overall concept form them, particularly Harrelson, but I was rather surprised at how sharp their comments were. Harrleson on Beane and his approach: “It’s bull—-, and he’s proven it’s…

  4. Peter Moylan needs shoulder surgery, may miss next season

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan had hoped to avoid surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder last week, but the Braves announced that he’ll go under the knife following a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. In many cases rotator cuff surgery is even tougher to come back from than Tommy…

  5. The Reds, Francisco Cordero in contract talks

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    The Reds hold a $12 million option on closer Francisco Cordero. They want him back. He wants to stay.  So it makes sense that they’re in talks with him right now over his future with the team.  A future that, given that they’re talking and not just exercising the option, probably means a two-year deal…

  6. Marlins manager Jack McKeon announces retirement

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    Jack McKeon

    Jack McKeon’s return to managing at age 80 didn’t go quite as well as hoped, and he announced Monday that he’ll retire after Wednesday’s Marlins season finale. McKeon is 39-48 since taking over the job in June, giving him a very similar record to the man he replaced.  The Marlins were 32-39 under Edwin Rodriguez…

  7. HBT Extra: The Sox, Ellsbury and the Braves

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    It’s wild card mania. And a bit of MVP-hype for Jacoby Ellsbury too.

  8. Rockies shut down Carlos Gonzalez for year, Troy Tulowitzki “available only in emergency”

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki

    Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki haven’t been in the Rockies’ lineup together since September 13 and that won’t change until next year. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez has been shut down for the season with a wrist injury and Tulowitzki is “available only in an emergency” due to hip problems. And…

  9. Matt Kemp is unlikely to win the triple crown

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    For those who were rooting for Matt Kemp to win the triple crown, know that it’s highly unlikely. After a good weekend from Ryan Braun and a mezzo-mezzo weekend from Kemp, Kemp now stands eight points behind Braun for the batting title. As Mark Simon of ESPN Stats and Information, pinch hitting on Dodger Thoughts notes (a)…

  10. Jonny Gomes wants to re-sign with Nationals because “this team is going to be friggin’ good”

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jonny Gomes was traded to the Nationals in late July and probably hasn’t hit enough to make them want to re-sign him, but for his part the 30-year-old outfielder would love to be back in Washington next season. And not just because of the money or the city, but because as Gomes told Adam Kilgore…

  11. The secret to the Cardinals’ surge? Santana.

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Santana

    No, not Ervin or Johan or Rafael. Carlos. And no, not the catcher. The guitar player. You’ll recall that Tony La Russa rocked out with Santana back in early September? Well, as Derrick Goold notes, the Cards are 13-4 since then. And it’s not just coincidence! Santana gave La Russa a lucky charm in the…

  12. Picture of the Day: Kenley’s crazy strikeout rate, crazier eyes

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    As if Kenley Jansen‘s historic strikeout rate isn’t scary enough, the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed passed along this photo of the flamethrowing reliever dressing up as part of the team’s rookie hazing rituals:

  13. Yankees prepping Phil Hughes for bullpen role in playoffs

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes hasn’t pitched since September 12 because of back problems and now that he’s healthy enough to potentially see some game action again the Yankees are preparing him for a bullpen role. “That is what we are going to look at during the playoffs,” manager Joe Girardi told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York,…

  14. The Red Sox are still trying to trade for a Wednesday starter

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I don’t think this tweet from Nick Cafardo is necessarily indicative of the state of the Red Sox. My guess is that Jon Lester starts Wednesday regardless of what happens in the world of transactions. But there is something kinda hilarious to me about the idea that the Red Sox could be playing for their…

  15. Tigers bring back Mike Maroth as Single-A pitching coach

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Mike Maroth

    Mike Maroth retired in January after unsuccessfully trying to make it back to the majors following various arm surgeries and the Tigers have hired him as their new Single-A pitching coach. Maroth last pitched in the majors in 2007, but he’s still just 34 years old and spent all but a couple months of his…

  16. Ricky Nolasco could be on the trading block

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Nolasco_Ricky

    Juan Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins might look to trade Ricky Nolasco this winter. It wasn’t the kind of season the Marlins figured they’d get from Nolasco after signing him to a three-year, $26.5 million deal last winter. He has a 4.67 ERA in 33 starts this season. He has…

  17. Gary Carter suffers setback in cancer treatment

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has experienced a setback in his treatment for brain cancer, with his daughter writing in the family’s online journal that doctors discovered “an abnormal and unusual spot” on his right temple and scheduled him for a biopsy. Here are the details provided by Kimmy Bloemers, via Adam Rubin of…

  18. Why does everyone want to give millions to billionaires?

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    You know where I stand on the issue of public funding for ballparks. If not: I think it’s only slightly preferable to a swift kick to the groin. Not a fan. But what if, instead of it being a taxpayer thing, it was a matter of private investment? That’s Phil Rosenthal’s plan for Wrigley Field:…

  19. “Moneyball” earns $20.6 million in strong opening weekend

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    moneyball poster

    “Moneyball” looks like a mini-hit, as the movie made $20.6 million in its opening weekend while narrowly finishing behind “The Lion King 3D” ($22.1 million) and ahead of “Dolphin Tale” ($20.3 million) at the box office. Claude Brodesser-Akner of New York Magazine places “Moneyball” among the “weekend winners” and reports that the audience was evenly…

  20. Watching the Cubs has soured Bob Brenly on managing again

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    brenly in booth

    As a former World Series-winning manager Bob Brenly’s presence in the Cubs’ broadcast booth naturally leads to speculation about him moving into the dugout, but watching the team go 145-176 during the past two seasons may have soured him on getting back into managing. Here’s what Brenly told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: I…

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