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

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    carlos-zambrano-cubs

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

  8. Rafael Furcal to miss the last two Cardinals games

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    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…

  11. News Flash: Chipper Jones is banged up

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    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…

  12. The White Sox already have a short list to replace Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Buddy Bell

    Ken Williams, noting that they’ve had “warnings” that Ozzie Guillen would not be back in 2012, said last night that he already has a narrowed-down list of candidates to replace Guillen as White Sox manager.  According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, Buddy Bell is at the top of that short list. It’s hard to…

  13. The Mets say no to Yankees AAA baseball in Newark

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Newark

    Jerry Izenberg of the Star-Ledger Ledger wrote a story last night that should bug the crap out of you. It’s about the Yankees, the Mets and the city of Newark and shows you just how dumb baseball’s territorial rights rules are. Read the story itself because it has a strong and compelling personal element to…

  14. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Do the Collapse

    Orioles 6, Red Sox 3; Rays 5, Yankees 2:  Tied. The details sort of don’t matter anymore. All you need to know is that the City of Boston now has permission to vomit. Continuously. Through Wednesday. Phillies 4, Braves 2: The Braves are just a lousy team right now in every facet of the game. And…

  15. Rangers eliminate Angels with 4-3 victory

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:23 AM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Losing for the fourth time in five games, the Angels were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Monday night, as the Rangers beat them 4-3. The Angels did try to come back from 3-0 down.  The Rangers, getting ready for Friday’s ALDS Game 1, pulled starter C.J. Wilson after two innings and turned to Mark…

  16. Tuesday’s wild card matchup preview

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:13 AM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    With the AL wild card all knotted up and still just one game separating the Braves and Cardinals in the NL, here’s what we have to look forward to on Tuesday night. AL wild card Boston – Erik Bedard (5-9, 3.50 ERA) Baltimore – Zach Britton (11-10, 4.44 ERA) New York – Bartolo Colon (8-10,…

  17. Report: Marlins, Omar Infante agree to two-year contract extension

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v New York Mets

    The Marlins might be busy working on a deal to hire Ozzie Guillen as their new manager, but they also set aside some time to work out a new contract with one of their current players. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins and Omar Infante have agreed to a two-year contract extension. Exact…

  18. Cardinals can’t capitalize after Braves lose

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:48 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones, Shane Victorino

    Facing opponents simply playing out the string, just one of the top four wild card contenders — the Tampa Bay Rays — could muster a victory on Monday night.  In the NL, the Braves lost 4-2 to Cliff Lee and the Phillies, and the Cardinals followed with a 5-4 loss to the Astros in 10…

  19. AL Wild Card all tied up after Red Sox lose, Rays win

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    Ellsbury of the Red Sox falls to the ground after slamming into the fence on a ball hit by Andino of the Orioles in Baltimore

    Let chaos reign. The Rays beat the Yankees 5-2 tonight while the Red Sox fell to the Orioles 6-3. And so, after 160 games, we have a flat-footed tie in the American League Wild Card race. The Red Sox had their best starter on the mound tonight in the form of Josh Beckett, but he was…

  20. UPDATE: Ozzie Guillen released from contract with White Sox, expected to join Marlins

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Oh boy. According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Ozzie Guillen is managing his last game with the White Sox tonight. Oh, but that’s not all. He has been told by multiple sources that the White Sox are “in the final stages” of completing a deal to send him to the Marlins. Of course,…

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