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  1. A’s acquire Kila Ka’aihue from Royals for Ethan Hollingsworth

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

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    Last week the Royals designated Kila Ka’aihue for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster, and today they traded the 27-year-old first baseman to the A’s for minor-league pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth. Ka’aihue’s track record in the minors is good enough and lengthy enough that he deserved a longer opportunity in the majors, but he flopped in…

  2. Sorry Philly! Last night’s win probably screwed you

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Fun with statistics with Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly: Of the 20 teams to win 100 games since 1995, only two have won the World Series: the 2009 Yankees (103-59, beat the Phillies in six games) and the 1998 Yankees (114-48, swept the Padres). So, yeah, you probably should have let yourself get swept by the…

  3. Pitching coach Don Cooper will manage White Sox’s last two games, gets contract extension

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

    Joey Cora was initially expected to manage the White Sox’s final two game following Ozzie Guillen’s departure last night, but now apparently Cora is joining Guillen with the Marlins and pitching coach Don Cooper will serve as interim manager. Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that first base coach Harold Baines will “assist” Cooper,…

  4. Comment of the Day: Red Sox Fail-Porn

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    There has been an electricity and excitement in the baseball world these past few days. But for as much as everyone wants to analyze it and talk about the drama of the moment and everything, I can’t help but think this little expression of id — from the reader ny82jy in the Ellbury thread cuts…

  5. Buck Showalter may stop managing to replace Andy MacPhail in Orioles front office

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Buck Showalter

    Reports surfaced last month that Andy MacPhail plans to step down as Baltimore’s president of baseball operations after this season is over and Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun speculates that manager Buck Showalter may be the Orioles’ choice to replace him. Showalter previously told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he’s not interested in…

  6. Doc Gooden thinks Albert Pujols will go to the Marlins

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

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    Doc Gooden has a Twitter account. I don’t read it much.  Maybe I’ll start, though, because he seems to be breaking into the Heyman/Buster/Rosenthal world of transaction scoops.  Here he was a few minutes ago: Look for Albert Pujols to follow Ozzie Guillen to Florida if the cardinals don’t. #insidescoop I would have ignored it totally…

  7. Phillies likely to go with 11 pitchers and no Domonic Brown on playoff roster

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    blanton throws

    There’s still time for the Phillies to change their mind before playoff rosters are due, but all indications are that they’ll go with 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that David Herndon and Joe Blanton are likely competing for the final bullpen spot and Domonic Brown will not be on…

  8. The Dodgers-McCourt case may implicate the Marlins

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Good story over at the Los Angeles Times today illustrating just how gnarly things can get when litigation ensues, even if you think you have the clear high ground going in. The upshot: Major League Baseball has been very sharp in its legal briefs thus far saying what we all know: Frank McCourt is undercapitalized…

  9. Alex Cora plans to play next season at age 36

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Alex Cora, Ivan Rodriguez (courtesy Washington Nationals)

    Alex Cora has hit just .219 with zero homers and a .540 OPS in 171 plate appearances for the Nationals, but the 36-year-old utility man said yesterday that he has no plans to retire. “I’ll be playing” next year,” Cora told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “I’m only 36. Whenever people talk about the…

  10. An additional wild card team would not screw up all the drama

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Dilution

    As the frantic battle for the wild card concludes in both leagues, the one thing you can get everyone to agree on is how much of a bummer it would be if there were five playoff teams in each league instead of four. If that were the case –as is being proposed for the future…

  11. Art Howe is angry about how he was portrayed in “Moneyball”

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    art howe and billy beane

    Within my “Moneyball” review I noted that the Art Howe character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman “is given by far the most thankless role of the movie, essentially serving as the villain to Billy Beane’s hero” and “it’s hard to imagine the actual Howe being as stubborn and difficult as Hoffman’s version.” The actual Art…

  12. Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano, together with the Marlins?

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    It’s no secret that the Cubs will do whatever they can to get rid of Carlos Zambrano this offseason and now that Ozzie Guillen is headed to the Marlins there’s speculation that Zambrano could join him in Florida. Guillen has always been very public in his support of Zambrano over the years and the two…

  13. Jacoby Ellsbury: one play does not an MVP make. Or lose.

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Ellsbury play.bmp

    In last night’s Orioles-Red Sox game Robert Andino hit an inside the park homer. Big play. Probably the biggest of the game.  It was a ball that looked like Jacoby Ellsbury was going to catch, but he didn’t.  Here’s the play. It was a great job getting to it, but yeah, you want to see…

  14. Umpire ejected Russell Martin for making a joke last night

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    New York Yankees manager Girardi talks with umpires  West and Schrieber in St. Petersburg

    Home plate umpire Paul Schrieber tossed Russell Martin from last night’s game in the fifth inning because he made a joke following back-to-back walks by Phil Hughes. Or at least Martin claims his comments were a joke, telling reporters afterward that he asked “did you stretch before the game tonight?” and then added “I feel…

  15. Mark DeRosa wants the Giants to move in the fences at AT&T Park

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    ATT Park

    We’ve heard a lot of stuff from the Mets about maybe moving the fences in to make the park more “fair.”  But at least one member of the San Francisco Giants feels that something should be done to AT&T Park. It’s Mark DeRosa, and here was his reaction when asked if the Giants’ home park…

  16. Omar Infante’s two-year deal with Marlins worth $8 million

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Florida Marlins

    There’s no official announcement, but the two-year contract extension between Omar Infante and the Marlins that was first reported last night is worth $8 million, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sen Sentinel reports that Infante turned down the Marlins’ initial contract offer earlier this month, but the…

  17. Rafael Furcal to miss the last two Cardinals games

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Rafael Furcal

    Rafael Furcal had to leave last night’s Cards-Astros game due to a tight left hamstring. It seems now that he’s going to need a coupe of days to recover.  Since there are only a couple of days in the season that means that the Cardinals will have to win or lose the wild card without…

  18. Francisco Cervelli suffers concussion setback, unlikely to return for playoffs

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Francisco Cervelli

    It sounds like the Yankees will be without Francisco Cervelli for the opening round of the playoffs and possibly the entire postseason after the backup catcher suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion. “He threw and did some catching stuff, and some of the symptoms came back,” manager Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch…

  19. The White Sox will get Osvaldo Martinez and a minor league pitcher for Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Manager “trades” aren’t really trades as we know of them in baseball. They’re just business transactions in which one team allows a manager out of his contract and, normally, is compensated in the form of players. Looks like a trade. Fun to talk about as a trade. But it’s not technically a trade, simply because…

  20. News Flash: Chipper Jones is banged up

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:27 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Chipper Jones told Ken Rosenthal last night that his right knee was killing him and that, all things being equal, he should have taken himself out of last night’s game.  He couldn’t however, because the team’s survival is on the line: “I probably should have come out tonight (Monday). But I can’t not play. I’ve…

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