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  1. Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp were baseball’s only iron men

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Not only did Prince Fielder have another monster season for the Brewers, ranking among the MLB leaders in nearly every key offensive category, the 27-year-old first baseman is the only player in baseball to be in the lineup for all 162 games. Matt Kemp also missed zero games, but the Dodgers only played 161. Along…

  2. Kenley Jansen broke the all-time strikeout rate record

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I wrote last week about how Kenley Jansen had the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball history, but the Dodgers rookie was so dominant down the stretch that he vaulted into the top spot. Jansen ended up striking out 34 of the final 56 batters he faced this season–which is absolutely ridiculous–and finished the year as…

  3. ALDS Preview: Rays vs. Rangers

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    The Teams Tampa Bay Rays (91-71) vs. Texas Rangers (96-66) The Rangers won the season series 5-4, outscoring the Rays by 15 runs (41-26). The Matchups Game 1 Friday in Texas: Matt Moore vs. C.J. Wilson Game 2 Saturday in Texas: James Shields vs. Derek Holland Game 3 Monday in St. Pete: Colby Lewis vs. David…

  4. Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Jeanmar Gomez, Tim Belcher

    Indians bench coach Tim Tolman resigned yesterday because of Parkinson’s disease and today pitching coach Tim Belcher stepped down to “spend more time with his family.” Sandy Alomar Jr. was immediately promoted from first base coach to bench coach to replace Tolman, but the Indians haven’t decided on Belcher’s replacement yet. Paul Hoynes of the…

  5. Victor Martinez needed his toe drained with a drill last night

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez exited last night’s game after fouling a ball off his right big toe and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the Tigers’ medical staff had to drill a hole in the nail to drain it, but the designated hitter made it very clear that he plans to be in the lineup for Game…

  6. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Phillies and the Cardinals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (102-60) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Philadelphia: Kyle Lohse vs.…

  7. As Red Sox rumors swirled Bruce Chen stayed with Royals and threw eight shutout innings

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Bruce Chen

    Yesterday was filled with rumors about the Red Sox working on a trade for Bruce Chen to start a potential Game 163 tiebreaker, but instead the Royals left-hander took the mound as scheduled for his start against the Twins … and tossed eight shutout innings. Oh, and it turns out the Red Sox didn’t need…

  8. Royals fire pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    Ned Yost and most of his staff will be back in 2012 despite a 71-91 season, but the Royals announced that pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons will not return. McClure held the job for the past six seasons, under three different managers, while Gibbons formerly managed the Blue Jays and came…

  9. A visual representation of soul-killing collapses

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    This is not for the weak-of-stomach, at least in Boston and Atlanta. But it’s fantastic all the same. From Sportsclubstats.com, they’re graphs representing the probability of reaching the playoffs throughout the season for both the Braves and the Red Sox. Yes, we all can intellectually understand just how swiftly each team snatched failure from the…

  10. Free agent Heath Bell expects to re-sign with the Padres

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Heath Bell

    While packing up his locker yesterday impending free agent Heath Bell told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that he expects to re-sign with the Padres this offseason: It’s one of those things that hopefully the front office and my agent can do something. But I’m not worried about that. In my head, I’m…

  11. Fredi Gonzalez won’t say why he pitched to Hunter Pence

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Hunter Pence

    Sorry if I’m dwelling here, but you’d dwell too if this was your team. Of all of the stuff that happened in last night’s Braves-Phillies game, perhaps the most inexplicable was Fredi Gonzalez’s decision to pitch to Hunter Pence with two out and a runner on third in the 13th inning.  Behind Pence — who…

  12. Yankees announce playoff rotation, Ivan Nova to start Game 2

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    New York Yankees Ivan Nova pitches to Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    Last night Joe Girardi revealed his plans for the Yankees’ playoff rotation, announcing that CC Sabathia will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers followed by rookie Ivan Nova in Game 2 and veteran Freddy Garcia in Game 3. Not exactly how the Yankees’ brass saw their October pitching shaking out back in…

  13. Fire Francona? Nonsense

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Terry Francona

    Because people naturally look for a fall guy in such instances, the question that was only simmering over the past few days has blown up today: should the Red Sox fire Terry Francona?  It’s the subject of columns. And a survey. And I presume it’s going to be all over talk radio.  But does it…

  14. White Sox initially requested Logan Morrison for Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald the White Sox initially offered to trade manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins for Logan Morrison before eventually settling for a pair of minor leaguers. When the Marlins first pursued Guillen last year Morrison was reportedly the asking price as well, but with only one season remaining…

  15. Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the hitters

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Matt Kemp

    American League Batting average 1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .344 2. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .338 3. Michael Young (Tex): .338 Home runs 1. Jose Bautista (Tor): 43 2. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 41 3. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 39 RBI 1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 119 2. Robinson Cano (NYY): 118 3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): 117 Runs 1. Curtis…

  16. Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the pitchers

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    American League Wins 1. Justin Verlander (Det): 24 2. CC Sabathia (NYY): 19 3. Jered Weaver (LAA): 18 ERA 1. Justin Verlander (Det): 2.40 2. Jered Weaver (LAA): 2.41 3. James Shields (TB): 2.82 Strikeouts 1. Justin Verlander (Det): 250 2. CC Sabathia (NYY): 230 3. James Shields (TB): 225 WHIP 1. Justin Verlander (Det):…

  17. Wednesday night’s timeline: yeah, things were pretty exciting

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    It’s hard to convey just how frantic and awesome last night’s baseball action was. I was lucky: I had the full-immersion thing happening, with a TV next to my computer monitor, switching between three games while on Twitter, cell phone by my side while half the world texted me.  Total, fabulous overload. If you weren’t…

  18. Eugenio Velez sets a dubious record

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Last night wasn’t all about heroic comebacks and epic collapses. Some history of a smaller, more dubious nature was made. Specifically: Eugenio Velez broke a modern-day record for a non-pitcher by going hitless in his final 46 at-bats. He did it with a grounder to second as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks.…

  19. What they’re saying about the collapses

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    We had a taste of what was said about the Red Sox’ collapse last night, but there will be more commentary and reaction coming in all day today.  Come, let us bask in the failure: Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “They failed. They failed in the way this entire month had been a failure. They took…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:55 AM EST

    Rays' Evan Longoria runs to home plate as his teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Can we breathe now? Look guys, you know what happened in these games, so forgive me if I’m light on the details. We have full breakdowns all over the place. I’m still in shock. Rays 8, Yankees 7: Evan Longoria. Dan Johnson. Oh my gods. Did that really happen? [checks] Yes. Yes, it did happen.…

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