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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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 —…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,”…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. The Red Sox may pitch Clay Buchholz tonight

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    buchholz ap

    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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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