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  1. Carlos Zambrano puts his home up for sale: $969,000

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:20 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano, who has likely pitched his last game for the Cubs, is selling the lesser of his two Chicag0-area homes for $969,000. The Tribune reports that Zambrano paid $1.199 million for the 4,000-square-foot home in 2006: Built in 1999, the house in River Forest has four full baths, a loft, a finished lower level with…

  2. Brewers to start Yovani Gallardo in Game 1 of NLDS

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:39 PM EST

    Yovani Gallardo

    The Brewers still don’t know who they’ll be playing in the NLDS, but they have settled on their Game 1 starter. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke confirmed this afternoon that Yovani Gallardo will start the series opener. Gallardo was scratched from Wednesday’s scheduled start, but threw a couple…

  3. White Sox GM Ken Williams says he offered to step down

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:26 PM EST

    Ken Williams, Ozzie Guillen

    White Sox GM Ken Williams told owner Jerry Reinsdorf he was willing to step down and become a scout for the team, but hat Reinsdorf turned him down on the offer. It’s part of CSNChicago’s David Kaplan’s exclusive interview with Williams. Asked if he’d be OK with the White Sox promoting Rick Hahn to the GM role,…

  4. Michael Young makes first start at shortstop since 2008

    Sep 27, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

    Michael Young

    As much of an advantage that it’d seem to be for the Rangers to avoid the Yankees and play the ALDS at home, they’re not taking the final three games especially seriously. On Monday, they pulled C.J. Wilson after two innings to keep him in line to start Friday’s Game 1, and tonight, they’re giving…

  5. Angels shut down Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver

    Sep 27, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

    Jered Weaver

    Having been eliminated from postseason contention with Monday’s loss, the Angels decided there was no need to push two of their top three starters any further.  They scratched Ervin Santana from his start Tuesday against Texas and Jered Weaver from Wednesday’s finale. Tyler Chatwood and Garrett Richards are now scheduled to work the next two days.…

  6. White Sox deny firing Joey Cora by text message

    Sep 27, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    Ozzie Guillen, Joey Cora

    Joey Cora, who was originally expected to be the White Sox’s interim manager these last two games of the season, is now out of a job under mysterious circumstances. GM Ken Williams said he and Cora spoke over the phone earlier Tuesday and that it was “mutually agreed” that Cora would not report to the…

  7. Mets pick up Terry Collins’ option for 2013

    Sep 27, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    Terry Collins

    Given what has happened with Jim Riggleman and Ozzie Guillen this year, the Mets weren’t going to let Terry Collins enter next season with his contract status in doubt. They picked up the manager’s option for 2013 on Tuesday. While the Mets are 76-84 despite a big payroll, Collins’ first year on the job has been…

  8. Judge tosses all but two of the bankruptcy trustee’s claims against the Wilpons

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The judge has issued a ruling in the bankruptcy case involving the Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and the Bernie Madoff fraud.  Full reports aren’t out yet, but it sounds like a bit of a mixed-bag, but generally good news for Wilpon and the Mets: Good news for Wilpon and the Mets: all but two counts…

  9. Casey Kotchman taken to hospital with chest pains

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:33 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 presumably won’t be available for tonight’s game after being taken to the hospital with tightness in his chest, according to the Tampa Tribune. For now the Rays have deemed the hospital trip and testing “precautionary,” but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Kotchman was taken out on a stretcher. Kotchman…

  10. Bryan Stow continues to improve

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The latest Bryan Stow update: Relatives of the San Francisco Giants fan nearly beaten to death outside Dodger Stadium says he went outside for the first time in nearly six months as he shows more signs of improvement. He’s reportedly making jokes and talking about friends and family and stuff too. Any time you’re looking for an update,…

  11. Chipper Jones diagnosed with bone bruise in knee, will play

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Chipper Jones

    Finally, some good news for the Braves. Sort of. Chipper Jones has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee after undergoing an MRI exam today and as expected plans to play through the injury for the final two games of the season. Jones made it pretty clear that he was willing to…

  12. Is Terry Francona to blame for this mess?

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    The “blame Theo” chorus kind of died down this week as the shock of the Red Sox actual collapse seemed to overtake the rancor of the collapse-in-progress.  But Curt Schilling was asked about it again today and he said that, if you have to blame someone here, it’s better to blame Theo Epstein than Terry…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Ka'aihue_Kila

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    dwight-gooden

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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