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  1. Jimmy Rollins wants a five-year deal

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    rollins fielding ap

    Jimmy Rollins talked to Jon Heyman about what the future holds for him in free agency and, if he has his way, it holds a five-year contract: “Five would be great. Five would be the number,” said Rollins. “I don’t think I want six or seven. You start thinking about 39 (years old). Do I want…

  2. Rangers set to use Derek Holland as No. 2 starter in playoffs

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Derek Holland

    C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the ALDS for the Rangers and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that Derek Holland is lined up to the No. 2 starter. Holland has struggled with consistency all season, turning in several clunkers in the middle of otherwise dominant stretches, but the 24-year-old left-hander went 16-5 with a…

  3. Tony La Russa declines to address White Sox speculation

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Tony La Russa managed the White Sox from 1979-1986 and there’s already speculation about his possibly being interested in the job again following Ozzie Guillen’s departure, but the Cardinals skipper declined to address his status yesterday. “We’re not going to be distracted because you’re not getting me to answer anything except about this series here,”…

  4. The Red Sox must win. Joe Biden’s life may depend on it.

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Biden Stimulus

    Setting politics and plagiarism and hair plugs aside, Joe Biden is pretty awesome. He’s about the only person in high elected office who says stuff that sounds like it comes from a real human being’s mind rather than some calculation factory to which only politicians have access. He swears. He makes dumb jokes. You get the sense…

  5. Red Sox still working to add last-minute Game 163 starter, targeting Bruce Chen

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Boston’s attempt to trade for Chris Capuano last week failed, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox are still trying to acquire a veteran starting pitcher for a potential Game 163 tiebreaker tomorrow and one possible target is Bruce Chen of the Royals. Their reported offer to the Mets for Capauno was…

  6. Fox puts the squeeze on Frank McCourt

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball is trying to force a sale of the Dodgers and has even threatened to drum them out of the league. But I don’t think either of those things present as serious a threat to Frank McCourt as this does: Fox Sports filed suit against the Dodgers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court late Tuesday,…

  7. Kendrys Morales: “My goal is to be ready by Opening Day”

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle on May 29 of 2010 and is four months removed from a second season-ending surgery, but it sounds like the Angels first baseman is finally making significant progress in his comeback. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Morales is “walking without a limp” and…

  8. Marlins to announce Ozzie Guillen as their new manager this afternoon

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    That was fast. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are going to announce Ozzie Guillen as their new manager today at 1PM.  I presume that he may have something colorful to say during the press conference. Just a hunch. I imagine no one cares, but it would have been nice for…

  9. Matt Holliday aggravates hand injury: “It’s not good news”

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Matt Holliday

    Lost in the Cardinals’ comeback win last night is that Matt Holliday left the game after aggravating his hand injury. He’ll miss tonight’s must-win game against the Astros and manager Tony La Russa hinted that it could be a serious setback, saying: “It’s not good news.” Holliday missed nine games earlier this month with an…

  10. The Red Sox may pitch Clay Buchholz tonight

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    Jon Lester is the Red Sox’ starter tonight, but given that this is basically a must-win game, it could be one of those games where the starter has a short (read: non-existent) leash.  If Lester doesn’t have his mojo, where does Terry Francona turn?  How about to Clay Buchholz? That’s the possibility raised by WEEI.com,…

  11. Justin Upton is having a bad last week

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Upton head.bmp

    I don’t mean that he’s having a bad week statistically speaking — though he kind of is — I mean that bad stuff is happening to him. The other day he had to leave a game early when he was hit in the head with a pitch and subsequently suffered nausea. Last night he had…

  12. The Diamondbacks pull off a crazy win over the Dodgers

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Ryan Roberts

    The Diamondbacks are still playing for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. And if they get it, they can thank whatever deity gave them their miracle win over the Dodgers last night. It was tied 1-1 after nine innings. When you see a game like that, you figure that it will…

  13. Tim Hudson against Philly in a must-win game 162? Been there, done that

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Tim Hudson

    First, the quote of the day from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution: “Tim Hudson in the 162nd game. A team could do worse. For example: Derek Lowe in the 161st game …” Yup.  And we know this is true for reasons beyond the fact that Lowe, on general principles, sucks.  We know that because…

  14. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Breakfast Wrap

    We haven’t done one of these in a while, but given how much stuff happened after you logged off your machine at work last night — don’t pretend that that’s not where you read most of your bloggy content — and given how few of you people seem to scroll back past the morning recaps,…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:40 AM EST

    down to the wire

    161 games and nothing — nothing — has been decided in the two wild card races. This is pretty awesome, no?

  16. Wednesday’s Wild Card matchup preview

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:31 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    161 games down. One to go. And we have ties for the Wild Card in both the American League and National League. Is this fun or what? OK, well for most of us, anyway. Here’s what to look for in Wednesday’s matchups: American League Wild Card Boston – Jon Lester (15-9, 3.49 ERA) Baltimore – Alfredo…

  17. Prince Fielder homers three times, ties Matt Kemp for NL lead

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:02 AM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder took Pirates pitchers deep three times Tuesday to drive in five of the Brewers’ runs in a 6-4 victory. The outburst moved Fielder into a tie with Matt Kemp atop the NL home run leaderboard.  Both have 38, one more of Albert Pujols in third place. It’s the ninth three-homer game this season…

  18. NL Wild Card all tied up after Braves lose, Cardinals win

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:44 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    The Braves led the Wild Card by 10 1/2 games on the morning of August 26, but after a 7-1 loss to the Phillies earlier this evening and the Cardinals’ 13-6 win over the Astros just moments ago, we’ll head into the final day of the season all tied up. The Braves appeared as lifeless…

  19. Red Sox, Rays both win, head into finale tied atop wild card

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

    Ryan Lavarnway, David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Wieters

    Powered by yet another Jacoby Ellsbury blast and Ryan Lavarnway‘s first two career homers, the Red Sox beat the Orioles 8-7 to remain in a tie with the Rays in the AL wild card standings. The Rays topped the Yankees 5-3 thanks to homers from Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce.  Joyce’s homer was a three-run shot…

  20. Grady Sizemore to get second opinion on right knee

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Cleveland Indians

    Grady Sizemore was shut down for the rest of the season over the weekend. And while the Indians initially described the decision as a precautionary measure, today’s update from team trainer Lonnie Soloff is somewhat concerning. According to the Associated Press, Sizemore will have his right knee examined by Dr. Richard Steadman on Monday in Colorado.…

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