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  1. Does Prince Fielder want to join the teams who want him most?

    Sep 19, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Jon Heyman’s latest column ranks the potential Prince Fielder post-free agency destinations. In order: the Orioles, Cubs, Rangers, Nationals, Dodgers, Brewers Mariners Cardinals and Marlins. Question: would Prince Fielder really want to go to most of these teams?  The O’s, Cubs, Mariners and Marlins are in the competitive wilderness right now. The Dodgers are broke. The…

  2. R.A. Dickey finds your lack of faith disturbing

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    It’s kind of a commercial for the Star Wars Blu-Ray release, but it’s worth watching this video just to see Christopher Walken’s head superimposed on Han Solo’s body and R.A. Dickey, dressed as Darth Vader, force-choking Mike from the FanCave.

  3. Ian Stewart wants to stay with Rockies, would take a pay cut

    Sep 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    ian stewart rockies

    Ian Stewart has had a miserable year, hitting .156 in 48 games for Colorado while going back and forth from the majors to Triple-A at age 26, yet told Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post that he definitely wants to stay with the Rockies next season: The Rockies are where I want to be. Honestly,…

  4. Live chat/blog: Red Sox-Orioles, Yankees-Twins

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Baseball on a Monday afternoon is always good, so Craig and I will be live chatting throughout today’s Red Sox-Orioles and Yankees-Twins games. Kyle Weiland (0-2, 7.58 ERA) versus Jeremy Guthrie (8-17, 4.22 ERA) A.J. Burnett (10-11, 5.20 ERA) versus Scott Diamond (1-4, 3.94 ERA) Come for the East Coast bias and stay for the…

  5. Johan Santana “felt good” after three-inning simulated game

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Johan Santana balked at making a rehab start in the South Atlantic League championship series, so instead he threw a three-inning simulated game yesterday. Santana faced instructional league players and afterward general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that the left-hander’s surgically repaired shoulder “felt good.” According to Alderson he struck out four and allowed one…

  6. Is Theo Epstein to blame for the Red Sox’ skid?

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    The Red Sox’ late season implosion is the talk of the morning, and the focal point of that talk is Jeff Passan’s column over at Yahoo! in which he assigns blame for Boston’s post season collapse. It’s a failure — or potential failure, depending on how the next ten days go — that has many…

  7. Twins get $20,000 from Indians to complete Jim Thome deal

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    thome reuters

    When the Twins traded Jim Thome to the Indians in late August they received “a player to be named later or cash” in return and over the weekend Minnesota picked the money. General manager Bill Smith explained that he’d discussed some names of prospects with the Indians, but ultimately decided the Twins would rather have…

  8. Ryan Howard gets cortisone shot, won’t play before Thursday

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard sat out last night’s game after fouling a ball off his right foot and is also expected to get a cortisone injection in his sore left ankle today, so he’s unlikely to be back in the Phillies’ lineup before Thursday. Howard would almost surely play through bursitis in his ankle if the Phillies…

  9. Ryan Theriot’s ego is quite healthy

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ryan Theriot

    There’s a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today about Ryan Theriot, his changing role on the Cardinals since the Rafael Furcal trade and the fact that he got a rare start at shortstop yesterday. This quote from Theriot sticks out more than a little bit: The Cardinals led the division until July 27, four…

  10. “Maybe it’s just society”: Vernon Wells won’t opt out of deal

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    Vernon Wells has a clause in his contract that allows him to opt out and become a free agent after this season. There was never much chance of him using that to get out of a seven-year, $126 million deal, but those odds are firmly entrenched at 0.00 percent after a career-worst season that has…

  11. Yankees baseball in the Girardi Era: “an amiable slog”

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    Will Leitch wrote a pretty great article in New York Magazine the other day, pretty much perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of Yankees baseball in the early 21st century.  The upshot: this year, as in just about every other year in recent history, the Yankees’ regular season has been something of a formality, though not one…

  12. Aramis Ramirez “clearly is on the Marlins’ radar”

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Last week Aramis Ramirez explained that he’ll be looking for a multi-year contract as a free agent if the Cubs do as expected and decline his $16 million option for next season and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins figure to be one of his strongest suitors. Frisaro calls Ramirez “one of the…

  13. Mark Reynolds thinks he was beaned on purpose

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles

    Mark Reynolds hit a home run against the Angels on Saturday night. The next time he came to the plate, Ervin Santana hit him in the head, forcing him out of the game and keeping him from playing yesterday.  Reynolds believes it was intentional. Here’s Reynolds: “I think he hit me on purpose. I don’t…

  14. Who cares who catches Mariano Rivera’s 602nd save?

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera‘s next save will break the all-time saves record he currently shares with Trevor Hoffman. Against that backdrop, there has been some general chatter about whether Joe Girardi will let Jorge Posada, Rivera’s longtime batterymate, catch save number 602.  According to Marc Carig of the Star Ledger, Girardi isn’t inclined to do that. May…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Phillies'l Martinez and Halladay spray champagne on Pence as they celebrate winning Eastern Division in their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    It was a useful weekend for me. With Ohio State losing in spectacular awful style, my Saturdays are now officially freed up for the remainder of the fall!  In other news: Big Papi says Manny is “a good dude.” Whatever. I liked both of them much better when they did this kind of thing. The…

  16. Carl Crawford: “I’m sorry for the year I had”

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Mike Napoli

    I’m assuming that when Carl Crawford agreed to do a season-long diary for ESPN.com that he figured he’d, you know, not totally suck all year.  I’m also guessing that ESPN’s agreement with him is not so lucrative or so iron-clad that he couldn’t have just quit doing it when the season turned hellish for him,…

  17. The State of the Races

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    The division races are secondary right now. Let’s go with the wild cards first: AL Wild Card: Unless you’ve been living under a rock or (worse) watched football all weekend, you know that Boston leads Tampa Bay by a mere two games now after dropping three of four to the Rays.  What you can be…

  18. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:20 AM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Rays 8, Red Sox 5: Tim Wakefield got a lot of love for his 200th win last week. But it didn’t change the fact that Tim Wakefield doesn’t have a whole hell of a lot left. Now only two games separate these two in the wild card race. And the Rays-love has gotten so crazy…

  19. Mets lock up left-hander Tim Byrdak for 2012

    Sep 18, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Tim Byrdak

    The Mets sent Carlos Beltran to the Giants in July, but they were surprisingly unwilling to deal any of their lesser free-agents-to-be, a group that included Chris Capuano, Scott Hairston, Willie Harris, Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak.  Today they retained the least expensive member of that bunch for 2012, signing the 37-year-old Byrdak to a one-year extension.…

  20. Could Freddy Garcia pitch his way out of the postseason rotation?

    Sep 18, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia, Joe Girardi

    It still looks like the Yankees are going to finish with the American League’s best record, but not everything is fine and dandy in New York.  Freddy Garcia just turned in his third straight poor start Sunday, giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays.  Adam Lind homered…

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