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  1. Brewers clinch first division title since 1982

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT

    Ryan Braunm, Prince Fielder

    The National League Central is all wrapped up, folks. In a pretty cool scene at Miller Park, the Brewers and their fans just watched the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-1. Combined with a 4-1 win over the Marlins only moments earlier, the Brewers have clinched their first division title since they won the American League…

  2. Rays lose to Blue Jays, fall 2 1/2 back in AL Wild Card

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    David Price AP

    The clock is ticking on the Rays. Unable to solve Brandon Morrow, the Rays lost 5-1 to the Blue Jays tonight to fall 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race. Morrow was completely dominant, allowing just two hits over seven shutout innings while walking four and striking out…

  3. Indians to honor Jim Thome with statue

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    There was some bitterness when Jim Thome bolted for Philadelphia following the 2002 season, but it hasn’t taken long for him to be embraced in his second act with Cleveland. According to the Associated Press, the Indians announced plans before tonight’s game to honor Thome by erecting a bronze statue of his likeness in Heritage Park…

  4. Matt Holliday expects to return to lineup Saturday

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals’ playoff chances took a serious hit with a heartbreaking loss to the Mets yesterday, but they are about to get a much-needed boost for the home stretch. After taking batting practice prior to tonight’s game against the Cubs, Matt Holliday told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest that he expects to return to…

  5. Red Sox-Yankees rained out, to play split-doubleheader Sunday

    Sep 23, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    Well, at least the Red Sox won’t lose tonight. According to the Associated Press, tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Yankees has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make it up as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday. The regularly scheduled game will start at 1 p.m. ET while the nightcap…

  6. Theo Epstein says he and Terry Francona are on the same page

    Sep 23, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Terry Francona

    Peter Gammons begs to differ, based on some comments he made Thursday, but Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said Friday that all is well between him and manager Terry Francona. “There is no disconnect between me and Tito,” Epstein was quoted as saying by the Boston Herald. “I think anyone who’s been around the club…

  7. Braves get bad news on Tommy Hanson, Peter Moylan

    Sep 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    It looks like Tommy Hanson and Peter Moylan will join Jair Jurrjens on the sidelines if the Braves are able to hold on to their wild card lead and advance to the NLDS. Hanson, out since early August with a small tear in his rotator cuff, felt pain in his shoulder blade while working in…

  8. MLB asks bankruptcy court to order sale of Dodgers

    Sep 23, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    According to the Los Angeles Times, MLB on Friday asked a federal bankruptcy judge to order the sale of the Dodgers. Bill Shaikin has the entire rundown. The Dodgers have been trying to get the court to approve an auction of its television rights, which would presumably provide Frank McCourt with the money necessary to…

  9. Walt Jocketty stays, but it’s time for Dusty Baker to go

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Sure, they’ve dealt with some injuries, but the 2011 Reds have most certainly underachieved.  Playing in what’s arguably baseball’s weakest division, Cincinnati is likely to finish with a sub-.500 record for the third time in four years under Dusty Baker.  Baker is currently 319-323 at the helm of the Reds.  It gives him the same…

  10. Diamondbacks get Mike Zagurski from Phillies for PTBNL

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Zagurski_Mike

    Mike Zagurski has posted some excellent numbers in the minors, but the Phillies have been hesitant to give the 28-year-old reliever an extended opportunity and have now traded him to the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash. Zagurski has appeared in just 12 games for the Phillies during the past two…

  11. Denard Span rear-ends teammate driving to airport, re-triggers concussion symptoms

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    stop tailgaiting

    Denard Span rejoined the Twins’ lineup Wednesday after missing most of the past four months with a concussion, but he didn’t play in yesterday’s game and Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he re-triggered some of the post-concussion symptoms by rear-ending teammate Danny Valencia while driving to the airport. Seriously: Span was following Valencia from…

  12. Red Sox go with John Lackey for Sunday start in New York

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    lackey face

    The thought of starting John Lackey on Sunday against the Yankees scared the Red Sox so much that they reportedly tried to get Chris Capuano from the Mets for some cash, but that didn’t work out and now they’re turning back to Lackey. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Lackey will indeed face…

  13. Reds and GM Walt Jocketty agree to three-year extension

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Walt Jocketty declined to talk about his contract status last week, but today the 60-year-old general manager agreed to a three-year extension with the Reds that runs through 2014. Jocketty originally joined the Reds as a special advisor to then-GM Wayne Krivsky in early 2008 and then took over the GM role when Krivsky was…

  14. Quote of the Day: Tommy Lasorda Edition

    Sep 23, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Aaron mentioned this the other day, but last night — in honor of his 84th birthday — Tommy Lasorda was an honorary coach for the Dodgers game against the Giants.  In uniform, hanging on the dugout railing and everything. There was all kinds of good-natured ribbing going on between Lasorda and Dodgers players. Matt Kemp…

  15. Phillies top Yankees, lead MLB in attendance for the first time

    Sep 23, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1

    Not only does Philadelphia have the best record in baseball at 98-58, the Phillies are going to lead MLB in attendance for the first time in team history. Their final home game was yesterday and it was their 204th straight sellout dating back to 2009. Overall they finished the season with 3,680,718 fans or an…

  16. Denny McLain arrested on a fraud beef; sun rises in east

    Sep 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Denny McLain

    You may want to sit down for this — and I understand if you choose to simply not believe it — but former Tigers ace Denny McLain was arrested at the Canadian border yesterday on an outstanding warrant related to fraud charges stemming from some bit of unseemliness down in Louisiana. Yeah, I know. I…

  17. Stat of the Day: Matt Kemp is winning the WAR

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Calcaterra wrote this morning about how Matt Kemp’s run at the Triple Crown has somehow flown under the radar and should make him the NL MVP favorite assuming voters don’t penalize him for having bad (non-Clayton Kershaw) teammates. I’m in complete agreement, but wanted to note that Kemp also fares extremely well in less traditional…

  18. HBT Extra: Yesterday’s Twitter questions today!

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    You asked me questions on Twitter. I answered them yesterday. But we saved them until today so we could talk about the Angels yesterday. Cool?

  19. Cashman: Yankees had “pretend” interest in Carl Crawford to “drive price up” for Red Sox

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    General manager Brian Cashman said today that the Yankees’ interest in Carl Crawford was “pretend” and meant only to drive up the price for the Red Sox, who ultimately signed him to a seven-year, $142 million contract. That’s easy to say now that Crawford has had the worst season of his career and the Yankees…

  20. Must-click link: what’s the next baseball movie gonna be?

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I mentioned yesterday that if “Moneyball” makes a bunch of dough that Hollywood — being what it is — will likely try to go back to that well as many times as it can.  One candidate would certainly be the Tampa Bay Rays story, working off of Jonah Keri’s “The Extra 2%.”  But really, there…

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