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  1. Fox puts the squeeze on Frank McCourt

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball is trying to force a sale of the Dodgers and has even threatened to drum them out of the league. But I don’t think either of those things present as serious a threat to Frank McCourt as this does: Fox Sports filed suit against the Dodgers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court late Tuesday,…

  2. Kendrys Morales: “My goal is to be ready by Opening Day”

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    morales squarer

    Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle on May 29 of 2010 and is four months removed from a second season-ending surgery, but it sounds like the Angels first baseman is finally making significant progress in his comeback. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Morales is “walking without a limp” and…

  3. Marlins to announce Ozzie Guillen as their new manager this afternoon

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    That was fast. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are going to announce Ozzie Guillen as their new manager today at 1PM.  I presume that he may have something colorful to say during the press conference. Just a hunch. I imagine no one cares, but it would have been nice for…

  4. Matt Holliday aggravates hand injury: “It’s not good news”

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Lost in the Cardinals’ comeback win last night is that Matt Holliday left the game after aggravating his hand injury. He’ll miss tonight’s must-win game against the Astros and manager Tony La Russa hinted that it could be a serious setback, saying: “It’s not good news.” Holliday missed nine games earlier this month with an…

  5. The Red Sox may pitch Clay Buchholz tonight

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    buchholz ap

    Jon Lester is the Red Sox’ starter tonight, but given that this is basically a must-win game, it could be one of those games where the starter has a short (read: non-existent) leash.  If Lester doesn’t have his mojo, where does Terry Francona turn?  How about to Clay Buchholz? That’s the possibility raised by WEEI.com,…

  6. Justin Upton is having a bad last week

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Upton head.bmp

    I don’t mean that he’s having a bad week statistically speaking — though he kind of is — I mean that bad stuff is happening to him. The other day he had to leave a game early when he was hit in the head with a pitch and subsequently suffered nausea. Last night he had…

  7. The Diamondbacks pull off a crazy win over the Dodgers

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    The Diamondbacks are still playing for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. And if they get it, they can thank whatever deity gave them their miracle win over the Dodgers last night. It was tied 1-1 after nine innings. When you see a game like that, you figure that it will…

  8. Tim Hudson against Philly in a must-win game 162? Been there, done that

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    First, the quote of the day from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution: “Tim Hudson in the 162nd game. A team could do worse. For example: Derek Lowe in the 161st game …” Yup.  And we know this is true for reasons beyond the fact that Lowe, on general principles, sucks.  We know that because…

  9. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    We haven’t done one of these in a while, but given how much stuff happened after you logged off your machine at work last night — don’t pretend that that’s not where you read most of your bloggy content — and given how few of you people seem to scroll back past the morning recaps,…

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    down to the wire

    161 games and nothing — nothing — has been decided in the two wild card races. This is pretty awesome, no?

  11. Wednesday’s Wild Card matchup preview

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:31 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    161 games down. One to go. And we have ties for the Wild Card in both the American League and National League. Is this fun or what? OK, well for most of us, anyway. Here’s what to look for in Wednesday’s matchups: American League Wild Card Boston – Jon Lester (15-9, 3.49 ERA) Baltimore – Alfredo…

  12. Prince Fielder homers three times, ties Matt Kemp for NL lead

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder took Pirates pitchers deep three times Tuesday to drive in five of the Brewers’ runs in a 6-4 victory. The outburst moved Fielder into a tie with Matt Kemp atop the NL home run leaderboard.  Both have 38, one more of Albert Pujols in third place. It’s the ninth three-homer game this season…

  13. NL Wild Card all tied up after Braves lose, Cardinals win

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:44 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    The Braves led the Wild Card by 10 1/2 games on the morning of August 26, but after a 7-1 loss to the Phillies earlier this evening and the Cardinals’ 13-6 win over the Astros just moments ago, we’ll head into the final day of the season all tied up. The Braves appeared as lifeless…

  14. Red Sox, Rays both win, head into finale tied atop wild card

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Lavarnway, David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Wieters

    Powered by yet another Jacoby Ellsbury blast and Ryan Lavarnway‘s first two career homers, the Red Sox beat the Orioles 8-7 to remain in a tie with the Rays in the AL wild card standings. The Rays topped the Yankees 5-3 thanks to homers from Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce.  Joyce’s homer was a three-run shot…

  15. Grady Sizemore to get second opinion on right knee

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Cleveland Indians

    Grady Sizemore was shut down for the rest of the season over the weekend. And while the Indians initially described the decision as a precautionary measure, today’s update from team trainer Lonnie Soloff is somewhat concerning. According to the Associated Press, Sizemore will have his right knee examined by Dr. Richard Steadman on Monday in Colorado.…

  16. Russell Martin must really hate the Red Sox

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Russell Martin hits a single to center in game against the Twins in Minneapolis

    If the Rays make the postseason, they might want to send a thank you note to Russell Martin. The Yankees just took a 3-2 lead over the Rays in the top of the sixth inning behind an RBI double by Nick Swisher, but it could have been a lot worse. They had the bases juiced…

  17. Reds “optimistic” about working out new contract with closer Francisco Cordero

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    The Reds appear to be making quick progress in contract talks with closer Francisco Cordero. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer this afternoon that he is “optimistic” the two sides will be able to work out a new deal in lieu of Cordero’s $12 million club option for 2012.…

  18. Carlos Zambrano puts his home up for sale: $969,000

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano, who has likely pitched his last game for the Cubs, is selling the lesser of his two Chicag0-area homes for $969,000. The Tribune reports that Zambrano paid $1.199 million for the 4,000-square-foot home in 2006: Built in 1999, the house in River Forest has four full baths, a loft, a finished lower level with…

  19. Brewers to start Yovani Gallardo in Game 1 of NLDS

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo

    The Brewers still don’t know who they’ll be playing in the NLDS, but they have settled on their Game 1 starter. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke confirmed this afternoon that Yovani Gallardo will start the series opener. Gallardo was scratched from Wednesday’s scheduled start, but threw a couple…

  20. White Sox GM Ken Williams says he offered to step down

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Ken Williams, Ozzie Guillen

    White Sox GM Ken Williams told owner Jerry Reinsdorf he was willing to step down and become a scout for the team, but hat Reinsdorf turned him down on the offer. It’s part of CSNChicago’s David Kaplan’s exclusive interview with Williams. Asked if he’d be OK with the White Sox promoting Rick Hahn to the GM role,…

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