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  1. Four more years for Hawk Harrelson in White Sox booth

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    hawk harrelson

    And four more years in which I’ll always choose the other broadcast when it comes to watching White Sox games. The team announced Wednesday that play-by-play guy Hawk Harrelson is getting a four-year extension to remain in the booth.  On the job since 1990, Harrelson bring a unique blend of homerism and more homerism to White Sox broadcasts.…

  2. Phillies line up playoff rotation with Roy Halladay in Game 1 and Cliff Lee in Game 2

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Charlie Manuel chose to play coy rather than make an official announcement regarding the Phillies’ playoff rotation, telling reporters: “I think if you’re good baseball people, you should be able to see how we’re setting it up.” And he’s right. Roy Halladay will start Game 1 of the NLDS in Philadelphia on Saturday, followed by…

  3. Baseball to open the season in Japan again

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Japan Flag

    Major League Baseball just announced that it will open the 2012 regular season in Japan. It will be a two-game set between the Mariners and the Athletics, scheduled for March 28 and 29 in the Tokyo Dome. Baseball has opened in Japan four times, but not since 2008.  You’ll no doubt remember that it was the…

  4. First-round pick Bubba Starling among three Royals minor leaguers cited for underage drinking

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Bubba Starling

    Royals first-round pick Bubba Starling and two other unidentified minor leaguers were stopped at a random alcohol check and cited for underage drinking in Arizona last week, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Dutton reports that none of the three players tested over the legal limit, but Starling is just 19 years…

  5. HBT Extra: Game-162 madness

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    This is easily the most messed-up, schizophrenic video segment ever. As you can see, these past few days have sent me over the edge.

  6. Yankees giving September call-up Dellin Betances his first start tonight against Rays

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    With their season on the line tonight the Rays will be facing a rookie who was called up a week ago and has never started a big-league game before, as the Yankees announced that they’ll go with 23-year-old right-hander Dellin Betances in Game 162. Betances is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, but…

  7. Don Cooper saves Adam Dunn from infamy

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn is not in the lineup for the White Sox’ last game today. Nor was he in yesterday’s starting lineup. That — and many other offsdays recently — means that he will not get to 503 502* plate appearances. Which is key, because that’s what you need to qualify for the batting title, and if…

  8. Ted Williams he’s not: Jose Reyes exits finale after leadoff hit to preserve batting title lead

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Ted Williams famously opted against resting to preserve his .400 batting average on the final day of the 1941 season, instead going 6-for-8 in a doubleheader to finish at .406. Jose Reyes took a different approach today, leading off the Mets’ season finale with a bunt single that raised his batting average to an NL-leading…

  9. Ozzie Guillen’s new contract with Marlins worth $10 million

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Ken Williams Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen will introduced as the Marlins’ new manager this afternoon and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that his new contract will be a four-year, $10 million deal. Guillen had just one season and $2 million remaining on his contract with the White Sox, so he gets a 25 percent raise and three additional years.…

  10. Ian Kinsler: 30-30 man

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers Ian Kinsler celebrates after scoring on a throwing error by Los Angeles Angels catcher Jeff Mathis during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and a stolen base last night. The steal put him in the 30-30 club. Four guys have made it into the 30-30 club this season: Kinsler, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and Jacoby Ellsbury.  While Kinsler is having the “worst” season out of those four —…

  11. Greg Walker stepping down as White Sox hitting coach

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Greg Walker, Jerry Reinsdorf

    In the wake of Ozzie Guillen’s departure the White Sox signed pitching coach Don Cooper and first base coach Harold Baines to multi-year contract extensions, but hitting coach Greg Walker announced that he’ll step down following tonight’s game. Walker has come under plenty of fire this year with the White Sox ranking 11th among AL…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,”…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    morales squarer

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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