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  1. Philadelphia, St. Louis mayors make a beer bet

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

    Michael Nutter

    Because beer and baseball go hand in hand… and not just in the Boston clubhouse. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and St. Louis mayor Francis Slay have made a friendly wager on the results of their teams’ NLDS series. Nutter is putting up beer from several local microbreweries against the St. Louis-based Budweiser being offered by Slay.…

  2. White Sox sign closer Sergio Santos to three-year deal

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

    Sergio Santos

    Sergio Santos, who saved 30 games for the White Sox in just his third year since converting from the infield to the mound, was given a three-year, $8.25 million deal on Friday. It looks like a bargain for the White Sox, who turned to Santos in the ninth after Matt Thornton‘s shaky start this season. Santos…

  3. Angels far better off without Tony Reagins

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Anaheim Angels general manager Tony Reagins, helps three-time all-star and twelve-year veteran Vernon Wells, whom they acquired in a trade last Friday with the Toronto Blue Jays, to put on his new uniform jersey at a press conference in Anaheim

    While the Angels’ much-hyped prospects didn’t always pan out, Tony Reagins had a very good record as the team’s director of player development from 2002-07. As a general manager, the 44-year-old was simply overmatched. It’s safe to say he didn’t resign Friday on his own terms. Reagins’ legacy will be the Vernon Wells deal. It was viewed…

  4. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Magglio Ordonez, RF 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Delmon Young, LF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Mark…

  5. It’s official: Terry Francona is out as Red Sox manager

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    There was a lot of uncertainty as the day went on — first he was out, then things got quiet — but now it’s official: Terry Francona is out as the manager of the Boston Red Sox. According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, the team will not exercise its two-year, $8.75 million option on Francona’s contract.…

  6. Tony Reagins resigns as Angels general manager

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins

    If the Angels are indeed going to be “creative and aggressive” this offseason they’ll have to do so with a new general manager, as Tony Reagins announced his resignation. Angels owner Arte Moreno issued a statement saying that “in moving forward, we felt a change was needed.” Reagins has drawn tons of deserved criticism for…

  7. ALDS Rays-Rangers Game 1 Live Chat

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    DT Crymes, Shawn Darwin

    Doesn’t it seem like Wednesday night was about three weeks ago? One day without baseball is a lifetime. Anyway, let’s hope the march to the World Series can be half as good as the appetizer. We’ll get the playoff schedule started this afternoon with a live chat of Game 1 of the ALDS between the…

  8. Phillies set postseason roster, choose Blanton over Herndon

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    blanton throws

    Joe Blanton beat out David Herndon for the final spot on the Phillies’ playoff roster, which will include 14 position players and 11 pitchers. Herndon has been a key contributor to the bullpen all season, throwing 57 innings with a 3.32 ERA, but he’s worked mostly in low-leverage situations and Blanton convinced the Phillies he’s…

  9. Judge: McCourt can’t talk about what other clubs do

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Earlier this week we learned that Frank McCourt and the Dodgers, in their battle with Major League Baseball, wanted to take discovery of other teams like the Marlins and the Mets in order to establish that they were held to a different standard than the Dodgers were being held to.  Today the judge ruled: sorry…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.”…

  15. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Rays vs. Rangers

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    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…

  16. 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…

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

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    ryan-doumit-pirates

    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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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