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  1. Hank Aaron Award nominees announced (and then picked apart)

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Dustin Ackley

    The Hank Aaron Award nominees were announced on Monday.  The award is meant to honor the best offensive performers in each league.  As always, there’s one nominee from every team and the winner will be selected by a fan vote in combination with a vote of select Hall of Fame players. Here are the nominees:…

  2. Two more fired as Angels continue front office house cleaning

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins

    General manager Tony Reagins resigned Friday and today the Angels cleaned house even further by firing assistant general manager Ken Forsch and special assistant to the general manager Gary Sutherland. They’d filled those roles for 14 and 12 years, respectively, working with both Reagins and his predecessor Bill Stoneman. Obviously there were any number of…

  3. Kevin Youkilis is less-than-clear on whether there was beer in the Red Sox clubhouse

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    red sox mugs

    Last week there was considerable to-do over a report that the Red Sox drank beer in the clubhouse on their off-days.  Kind of a silly to-do as far as I’m concerned because, hey, they’re grown men and there was no suggestion that there was any kind of alcohol abuse or anything like that.  If Sox…

  4. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Yankees vs. Tigers

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Yankees-Tigers series: NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS 1. Derek Jeter, SS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 2. Ramon Santiago, 2B 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Delmon Young, LF 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 5. Mark Teixeira, 1B 5. Victor Martinez,…

  5. Joe West got the message

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Joe West

    Joe West’s umpiring crew was broken up in the middle of the season, with Angel Hernandez being shipped out.  As The Common Man — who had previously tracked Joe West’s exploits — notes over at The Platoon Advantage today, West must have gotten the message: Indeed, West’s crew, which was lapping the field in early…

  6. Magglio Ordonez “almost hung it up” after terrible first half

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

    Magglio Ordonez

    Magglio Ordonez told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that he considered retiring around midseason after hitting .217 in the first half while struggling through soreness in his surgically repaired ankle. “I almost hung it up,” Ordonez said. “When I was playing, I didn’t enjoy the game and I play with my heart.” Ordonez also plays with…

  7. Video of the Day: Matt Kemp’s 39 homers in 39 seconds

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    UPDATE: Well, so much for that. MLB Advanced Media shut it down in approximately 39 seconds. Sorry. ========== Because the Dodgers only played 161 games this season Matt Kemp didn’t get a full crack at joining the 40-40 club, so instead he’ll have to settle for 40 steals and 39 homers. And here’s a fun…

  8. HBT Extra: Looking at tonight’s ALDS action

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk Rays-Rangers and Yankees-Tigers.

  9. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:21 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Rangers-Rays series: TEXAS RANGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Desmond Jennings, LF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. B.J. Upton, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Matt Joyce, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Johnny Damon,…

  10. Photo of the Day: In St. Louis, the fountains shall flow with the blood of those who oppose La Russa!

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    At least, that’s what I think is going on in this picture that @stl_cardsfan29 took of a fountain in downtown St. Louis: I’m torn between saying “Go Cardinals!” and “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!”

  11. Three days rest: Carpenter, Spahn, Maddux, and … Loaiza?

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    For the first time in his 14-season, 339-start career Chris Carpenter started on short rest last night and it didn’t go well, as he failed to make it out of the fourth inning while allowing four runs to put the Cardinals in an early hole. St. Louis came back to win, so rightly or wrongly…

  12. Michael Young: the teflon All-Star

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Michael Young dugout

    Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A big star is coming off a down year. Management brings in someone to take his place, and the big star freaks out about it. Talks to the media about how unhappy he is. Demands a trade. When the trade doesn’t happen, he makes a point to…

  13. Good news, Braves fans: Derek Lowe made history this year

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Braves starting pitcher Lowe raises his glove over his face after a run scored in the third inning by Phillies Oswalt in Atlanta

    Derek Lowe went 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA for the Braves this season and STATS LLC’s tidbit-filled Twitter feed notes that in doing so he became the first pitcher in baseball history to at one point in his career lead the league in wins, losses, and saves. Lowe had an NL-leading 16 (yes, only 16)…

  14. Frank McCourt might finally realize that he’s screwed

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    On Friday, Frank McCourt and the Dodgers got what most people consider to be a considerable setback in the bankruptcy litigation when the judge ruled that they would not be able to take discovery of the business dealings of other teams with Major League Baseball. And you know it was horrible for them because it…

  15. Andy Pettitte throws out the first pitch, is definitely still retired

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte threw out of the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium yesterday and naturally the reporters on hand asked him about retirement. Pettitte admitted that “there’s no doubt” he’s thought about pitching again, but then added: I don’t know if that will ever go away. When I’m away … not thinking about playing or…

  16. Source close to Theo: It’s “50-50″ Epstein would leave the Red Sox

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Theo Epstein is truly on the fence about leaving Boston, with one source close to Epstein saying that it’s 50-50 Epstein would take another job. It’s all rather touchy-feely, of course. Epstein may want to go to find a new challenge, but he feels a loyalty to the…

  17. Jimmy Rollins won’t take “hometown discount” from Phillies

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    When he wasn’t busy taking shots at Jose Reyes and tweeting about how the fans at last night’s game weren’t loud enough Jimmy Rollins told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he won’t accept a “hometown discount” to remain with the Phillies after this season. Rollins has spent his entire professional career with the Phillies after…

  18. Twins owner: GM and manager are safe, payroll may drop

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    jim pohlad

    During a lengthy interview with LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins owner Jim Pohlad predictably confirmed that manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Bill Smithwill be back in 2012, saying: “We’re not a knee-jerk organization.” When asked about holding people accountable following a 63-99 season that ranks as one of the…

  19. Kyle Farnsworth had “little bit of a setback” with elbow injury

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    farnsworth ap

    Joe Maddon revealed yesterday that Kyle Farnsworth had “a little bit of a setback” with his elbow injury and likely would have been unavailable to pitch Saturday had the Rays needed a late lead closed out. Instead they lost 8-6 and it was a moot point, but Farnsworth’s status remains up in the air with…

  20. Matt Holliday looking doubtful for remainder of Phillies series

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    holliday getty wide

    As the Cardinals return to St. Louis following last night’s series-evening comeback win Matt Holliday will have his hand injury examined by doctors after being on the bench for the first two games against the Phillies. Holliday was able to appear as a pinch-hitter in Game 1, but struck out on three pitches and Joe…

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