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  1. Stephen Strasburg fans 10 in dominant season finale

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:56 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    The Nationals weren’t sure whether it was a good idea to give Stephen Strasburg a fifth and final start on the last day of the season, but they’re probably glad they did after witnessing a stellar performance today. Strasburg allowed just one hit over six innings and struck out 10 in a 79-pitch masterpiece against…

  2. Alex Rodriguez scratched from lineup for season finale

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    The Rays won’t have to contend with Alex Rodriguez tonight.  He’s been scratched due to right knee soreness. Now the Yankees are trotting out the following lineup in support of Dellin Betances in his first big-league start: SS Derek Jeter CF Curtis Granderson 1B Mark Teixeira 2B Robinson Cano RF Nick Swisher LF Andruw Jones…

  3. Indians bench coach resigns due to Parkinson’s disease

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:36 PM EST

    Tim Tolman

    Tim Tolman, who spent the last two years as Cleveland’s bench coach under Manny Acta, announced Wednesday that he was stepping down from his role amid a battle with Parkinson’s disease. Tolman, previously on Acta’s staff with the Nationals, was diagnosed two years ago. He plans to remain with the Indians in a role that will allow…

  4. Miguel Batista shuts out the Reds

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

    Miguel Batista

    The Reds saved their greatest humiliation of the year for the last day of the season. 40-year-old Miguel Batista, who hadn’t pitched a complete game in five years, hurled a three-hit shutout in the Mets’ 3-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday.  It was his fifth career shutout and first since July 19, 2006 against…

  5. If I don’t survive the night, I love you all

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    Braves starting pitcher Lowe raises his glove over his face after a run scored in the third inning by Phillies Oswalt in Atlanta

    I’m not gonna lie to you. I’m totally freaked out. I’d be way better off if the Braves were already eliminated. As anyone who has suffered profound grief can attest, the shock, denial, anger and bargaining stages are harder to get through than the depression and acceptance part.  Or not. I don’t know. I’m just…

  6. Tweet of the Day: C.J. Wilson calls Jose Reyes “bush league”

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Rangers pitcher and frequent tweeter C.J. Wilson had some thoughts about Jose Reyes leaving today’s game after a leadoff bunt single to preserve his batting title lead:

  7. Wilpon, Katz’ potential liability reduced in Madoff case

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Yesterday the judge in the Bernie Madoff case dismissed all but two counts against Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, owners of the Mets. Staying in play was the fraud charge which, theoretically, could have had Wilpon and Katz on the hook for $1 billion. This morning, however, the judge issued a second ruling, capping the potential…

  8. Tim Wakefield: “I definitely want to come back next year”

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    This season has been a struggle for Tim Wakefield, who has a 5.12 ERA in 155 innings and went eight starts between his 199th and 200th career wins, but the 45-year-old knuckleballer told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he wants to play a 20th season in 2012: I’ve definitely made up my mind that…

  9. Milton Bradley arrested again

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Milton Bradley sitting

    This is not a repeat from the last time. Or the time before that. It’s just Milton Bradley being Milton Bradley.  Allegedly! Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was arrested for the second time in less than a year, this time for an alleged battery in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles police said…

  10. Casey Kotchman returns to Rays lineup one day after going to hospital for chest pains

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays Casey Kotchman tags out New York Yankees' Eduardo Nunez on a pick off throw from pitcher James Shields during their MLB game in Florida

    Casey Kotchman missed last night’s game after being removed from the Rays’ clubhouse on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for chest pains, but the first baseman is back in the lineup tonight. He’s batting sixth versus Dellin Betances and the Yankees in what will be Kotchman’s career-high 146th game. He also has career-highs…

  11. It was Jose Reyes’ decision to take himself out

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v New York Mets

    There was a lot of chatter during the Mets-Reds game wondering if Jose Reyes‘ early, batting title-preserving exit from the game was Jose Reyes taking himself out or if it was a team thing. Or some mixture of the two, perhaps with Terry Collins doing Reyes a solid or something like that. Seems it was…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

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