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  1. Mark Buehrle will consider all teams, willing to sign quickly

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Mark Buehrle

    Last week impending free agent Mark Buehrle talked about how switching to the NL might be appealing after 12 seasons in the AL, but yesterday his agent chimed in to say “we’re not going to eliminate any team from consideration.” Buehrle needs multiple teams bidding for his services to get the largest possible contract, so…

  2. The Braves fire hitting coach Larry Parrish

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:04 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    My official view of hitting coaches is that they really don’t make a hell of a lot of difference. Maybe they help a guy here or there, maybe they don’t, but I bet that if we studied the matter closely, we’d find a pretty strong correlation between successful hitting coaches and hitting coaches who happened…

  3. Matt Kemp won’t negotiate a contract extension after the 2012 season begins

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times spoke with Dave Stewart, the agent for Matt Kemp.  The upshot: Kemp is willing to talk to the Dodgers about a long term deal, but that he won’t negotiate with the team once next season begins.  absent an extension Kemp would become a free agent after the 2012 season.…

  4. Cardinals to use Chris Carpenter on short rest in Game 2

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    Tony La Russa announced a change in the Cardinals’ presumed playoff rotation, going with Chris Carpenter on short rest in Game 2 against the Phillies. Carpenter threw a complete-game shutout against the Astros on Wednesday, allowing just two hits and one walk, but did need 106 pitches. And as Jayson Stark of ESPN.com notes, Carpenter…

  5. People were mad at the Orioles’ celebration on Wednesday night?

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Orioles players celebrate their win over the Red Sox in Baltimore

    I, like most people, was lost in all of the chaos of Wednesday night. So forgive me if I missed people complaining about the Orioles’ celebrating their walkoff win that eliminated the Red Sox from the postseason.  But according to Steve Melewski of MASN, “some fans and media members were whining about the Orioles celebration.”…

  6. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Rays vs. Rangers

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Rays-Rangers series tonight: TAMPA BAY RAYS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Sean Rodriguez, SS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. B.J. Upton, CF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B 4. Michael Young, 1B 5. Johnny Damon, DH 5. Adrian…

  7. We’re gonna be live-chatting and live-blogging the hell out of the postseason

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    ozymandias

    Your attention please: There will be a lot of playoff games happening in the next few weeks.  As usual, we here at HardballTalk will be covering them like Lester freakin’ Hayes.  But in addition to our usual thing, we’re going to be live-blogging or live-chatting a great many of these bad boys.  It starts in…

  8. Pirates likely to cut ties with Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Paul Maholm, and Ross Ohlendorf

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has a roundup of the Pirates’ various contract-related decisions heading into the offseason and speculates that the team will not exercise 2012 options on Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, and Paul Maholm. That trio would earn a total of $23.75 million in 2012 if the options were all picked…

  9. HBT Extra: Tiffany and I talk about the ALDS

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    I feel like I’ve previewed this stuff 1000 times already across three or four different media platforms. But you all will kill me if I don’t post a Tiffany video, so let’s do it again.

  10. Shannon Stone’s son to throw out first pitch at Rangers game

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    Rangers Ballpark

    Cooper Stone, the 6-year-old son of Rangers fan Shannon Stone who died after falling at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 7, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the ALDS tonight. Cooper Stone was at the game with his father when Shannon Stone fell 20 feet while reaching over the…

  11. Diamondbacks hitting coach Don Baylor faints

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Don Baylor

    Former big-league manager and current Arizona hitting coach Don Baylor was taken to a Milwaukee hospital as a precaution after fainting Friday and is expected to remain there overnight. An initial EKG reportedly showed no abnormalities, and a CT scan was scheduled.  Still, there’s some optimism that Baylor will be in the dugout for Saturday’s…

  12. Quote of the Day: Roy Halladay channels Shakespeare

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay was asked today about facing the Cardinals. And ask you can see from the reporter’s question, the reporter anticipated the whole thing in which athletes always say nice things about their opposition.  Halladay wasn’t having it: Reporter: Can you talk about the balance of being in touch with what the other team’s capable…

  13. Theo Epstein: “No immediate plans for an announcement”

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Theo Epstein, Terry Francona

    Terry Francona met with Theo Epstein and Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner this morning, but so far at least there’s no news on his expected departure as Boston’s manager. Epstein issued the following statement: John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington and I met with Terry Francona this morning at Fenway…

  14. Must-click link: a map of playoff rooting interests

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    The geniuses behind Interpreted by Design have created a map representing who is rooting for whom in the 2011 playoffs. It’s pretty much genius. Mostly because it’s about 100% accurate.

  15. Game 162 hero Dan Johnson left off Rays’ postseason roster

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:20 PM 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

    Dan Johnson‘s game-tying homer Wednesday saved the Rays’ season, but it didn’t land him a spot on the playoff roster. Instead the Rays opted to keep three catchers and utility man Elliot Johnson over Dan Johnson and Justin Ruggiano. Jeff Niemann is also absent from the playoff roster despite going 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA…

  16. The Yankees are going with a three-man rotation for the ALDS

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    CC Sabathia

    What do you do when you don’t have four starters you can depend on? You go with three.  That’s what the Yankees are doing anyway, carrying an 11-man pitching staff, but having only CC Sabathia, Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova start. That means Sabathia would go on short rest for a potential Game 4.  No…

  17. GM says Angels will be “creative, aggressive” this offseason

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Tony Reagins

    After failing to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000/2001 the Angels will be “creative” and “aggressive” this offseason, according to general manager Tony Reagins. Reagins told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “we’re not going to sit back and let things come” and “we’re going to try…

  18. Theo Epstein would “embrace the challenge” of taking over the Cubs

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    With Terry Francona going bye-bye, it’s probably worth Red Sox’ fans time to turn their pitchforks and torches toward Theo Epstein’s house because, hey, what else is there to do? Cheer for the Yankees? To that end, there’s a goodly bit of low-level rumor-churning going on in the past 24 hours. First came Buster Olney’s…

  19. Rangers set postseason roster: Feldman, Treanor, German in

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    scott-feldman-rangers

    As expected, the Rangers have decided to keep three catchers on their 25-man roster for the playoffs, which means Matt Treanor will have a bench role behind Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba on the depth chart. Scott Feldman made the roster as the final reliever, although given Texas’ bullpen depth–and news that Alexi Ogando will…

  20. Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games on their off days

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    red sox mugs

    John Tomase of the Boston Herald has some details on how the Red Sox’s clubhouse atmosphere deteriorated this season, including a report that “more than one pitcher drank beer in the clubhouse during games on the days he didn’t pitch.” Because relievers don’t really have off days that suggests “pitchers” are really “starting pitchers” and…

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