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  1. Rafael Furcal to miss the last two Cardinals games

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    Rafael Furcal had to leave last night’s Cards-Astros game due to a tight left hamstring. It seems now that he’s going to need a coupe of days to recover.  Since there are only a couple of days in the season that means that the Cardinals will have to win or lose the wild card without…

  2. Francisco Cervelli suffers concussion setback, unlikely to return for playoffs

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli

    It sounds like the Yankees will be without Francisco Cervelli for the opening round of the playoffs and possibly the entire postseason after the backup catcher suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion. “He threw and did some catching stuff, and some of the symptoms came back,” manager Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch…

  3. The White Sox will get Osvaldo Martinez and a minor league pitcher for Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Manager “trades” aren’t really trades as we know of them in baseball. They’re just business transactions in which one team allows a manager out of his contract and, normally, is compensated in the form of players. Looks like a trade. Fun to talk about as a trade. But it’s not technically a trade, simply because…

  4. News Flash: Chipper Jones is banged up

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Chipper Jones told Ken Rosenthal last night that his right knee was killing him and that, all things being equal, he should have taken himself out of last night’s game.  He couldn’t however, because the team’s survival is on the line: “I probably should have come out tonight (Monday). But I can’t not play. I’ve…

  5. The White Sox already have a short list to replace Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Buddy Bell

    Ken Williams, noting that they’ve had “warnings” that Ozzie Guillen would not be back in 2012, said last night that he already has a narrowed-down list of candidates to replace Guillen as White Sox manager.  According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, Buddy Bell is at the top of that short list. It’s hard to…

  6. The Mets say no to Yankees AAA baseball in Newark

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Newark

    Jerry Izenberg of the Star-Ledger Ledger wrote a story last night that should bug the crap out of you. It’s about the Yankees, the Mets and the city of Newark and shows you just how dumb baseball’s territorial rights rules are. Read the story itself because it has a strong and compelling personal element to…

  7. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Do the Collapse

    Orioles 6, Red Sox 3; Rays 5, Yankees 2:  Tied. The details sort of don’t matter anymore. All you need to know is that the City of Boston now has permission to vomit. Continuously. Through Wednesday. Phillies 4, Braves 2: The Braves are just a lousy team right now in every facet of the game. And…

  8. Rangers eliminate Angels with 4-3 victory

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:23 AM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Losing for the fourth time in five games, the Angels were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Monday night, as the Rangers beat them 4-3. The Angels did try to come back from 3-0 down.  The Rangers, getting ready for Friday’s ALDS Game 1, pulled starter C.J. Wilson after two innings and turned to Mark…

  9. Tuesday’s wild card matchup preview

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:13 AM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    With the AL wild card all knotted up and still just one game separating the Braves and Cardinals in the NL, here’s what we have to look forward to on Tuesday night. AL wild card Boston – Erik Bedard (5-9, 3.50 ERA) Baltimore – Zach Britton (11-10, 4.44 ERA) New York – Bartolo Colon (8-10,…

  10. Report: Marlins, Omar Infante agree to two-year contract extension

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v New York Mets

    The Marlins might be busy working on a deal to hire Ozzie Guillen as their new manager, but they also set aside some time to work out a new contract with one of their current players. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins and Omar Infante have agreed to a two-year contract extension. Exact…

  11. Cardinals can’t capitalize after Braves lose

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:48 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones, Shane Victorino

    Facing opponents simply playing out the string, just one of the top four wild card contenders — the Tampa Bay Rays — could muster a victory on Monday night.  In the NL, the Braves lost 4-2 to Cliff Lee and the Phillies, and the Cardinals followed with a 5-4 loss to the Astros in 10…

  12. AL Wild Card all tied up after Red Sox lose, Rays win

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    Ellsbury of the Red Sox falls to the ground after slamming into the fence on a ball hit by Andino of the Orioles in Baltimore

    Let chaos reign. The Rays beat the Yankees 5-2 tonight while the Red Sox fell to the Orioles 6-3. And so, after 160 games, we have a flat-footed tie in the American League Wild Card race. The Red Sox had their best starter on the mound tonight in the form of Josh Beckett, but he was…

  13. UPDATE: Ozzie Guillen released from contract with White Sox, expected to join Marlins

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Oh boy. According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Ozzie Guillen is managing his last game with the White Sox tonight. Oh, but that’s not all. He has been told by multiple sources that the White Sox are “in the final stages” of completing a deal to send him to the Marlins. Of course,…

  14. Mark Trumbo done for season due to broken bone in foot

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics

    Mark Trumbo‘s surprising rookie season has come to an unfortunate end. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Trumbo will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. He has actually played with the injury for about a month and a half, but…

  15. Carlos Guillen likely unavailable for ALDS due to calf injury

    Sep 26, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen hasn’t played since straining his right calf while getting in position to field a ground ball back on September 18. While the veteran infielder hasn’t been ruled out for the entire postseason, Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Eric Lacy of the Detroit News today that it is unlikely he will be ready for the…

  16. Woozy Buck Showalter exits in first, returns in third inning

    Sep 26, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter was examined in the dugout and helped back into the clubhouse in the top of the first inning Monday night during Baltimore’s game against the Red Sox. It’s unclear what might have happened with Showalter, but he wasn’t very steady on his feet as he exited.  He didn’t seem particularly alert…

  17. Ozzie Guillen: “F— the years. I want more money.”

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who has said he wouldn’t return in 2012 unless his contract situations is addressed, met with team owner Jerry Reinsdorf for 35 minutes on Monday, but he said that little was resolved. “I left the meeting with nothing,” he said. The Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales tweets the more interesting quotes from…

  18. Brewers scratch Yovani Gallardo from Wednesday start

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo

    Unlike the rest of the teams already in the postseason, the Brewers don’t know exactly who their No. 1 starter is.  It looks like they may have made the decision today, as they went from listing Yovani Gallardo as Wednesday’s starter to a TBA for the day. The Brewers have Shaun Marcum starting tonight, so he’s…

  19. Red Sox release statement on John Lackey situation

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    Of course, it’s just as boring and unscandalous as most public statements: John Lackey is dealing with a deeply personal family issue, and it is one the Red Sox do not feel is appropriate for public debate. The Red Sox request that John and Krista’s privacy be respected. The Red Sox will not have any…

  20. MLB announces plan for three-way tiebreaker

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    knot

    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…

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