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

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. HBT Extra: Tiffany and I talk about the ALDS

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    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.

  3. Shannon Stone’s son to throw out first pitch at Rangers game

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. Diamondbacks hitting coach Don Baylor faints

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    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…

  5. Quote of the Day: Roy Halladay channels Shakespeare

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay was asked today about facing the Cardinals. And ask you can see from the reporter’s question, the reporter anticipated the whole thing in which athletes always say nice things about their opposition.  Halladay wasn’t having it: Reporter: Can you talk about the balance of being in touch with what the other team’s capable…

  6. Theo Epstein: “No immediate plans for an announcement”

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Terry Francona

    Terry Francona met with Theo Epstein and Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner this morning, but so far at least there’s no news on his expected departure as Boston’s manager. Epstein issued the following statement: John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington and I met with Terry Francona this morning at Fenway…

  7. Must-click link: a map of playoff rooting interests

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    The geniuses behind Interpreted by Design have created a map representing who is rooting for whom in the 2011 playoffs. It’s pretty much genius. Mostly because it’s about 100% accurate.

  8. Game 162 hero Dan Johnson left off Rays’ postseason roster

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Dan Johnson‘s game-tying homer Wednesday saved the Rays’ season, but it didn’t land him a spot on the playoff roster. Instead the Rays opted to keep three catchers and utility man Elliot Johnson over Dan Johnson and Justin Ruggiano. Jeff Niemann is also absent from the playoff roster despite going 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA…

  9. The Yankees are going with a three-man rotation for the ALDS

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    What do you do when you don’t have four starters you can depend on? You go with three.  That’s what the Yankees are doing anyway, carrying an 11-man pitching staff, but having only CC Sabathia, Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova start. That means Sabathia would go on short rest for a potential Game 4.  No…

  10. GM says Angels will be “creative, aggressive” this offseason

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Tony Reagins

    After failing to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000/2001 the Angels will be “creative” and “aggressive” this offseason, according to general manager Tony Reagins. Reagins told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “we’re not going to sit back and let things come” and “we’re going to try…

  11. Theo Epstein would “embrace the challenge” of taking over the Cubs

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    With Terry Francona going bye-bye, it’s probably worth Red Sox’ fans time to turn their pitchforks and torches toward Theo Epstein’s house because, hey, what else is there to do? Cheer for the Yankees? To that end, there’s a goodly bit of low-level rumor-churning going on in the past 24 hours. First came Buster Olney’s…

  12. Rangers set postseason roster: Feldman, Treanor, German in

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Rangers have decided to keep three catchers on their 25-man roster for the playoffs, which means Matt Treanor will have a bench role behind Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba on the depth chart. Scott Feldman made the roster as the final reliever, although given Texas’ bullpen depth–and news that Alexi Ogando will…

  13. Report: Red Sox pitchers drank beer during games on their off days

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    John Tomase of the Boston Herald has some details on how the Red Sox’s clubhouse atmosphere deteriorated this season, including a report that “more than one pitcher drank beer in the clubhouse during games on the days he didn’t pitch.” Because relievers don’t really have off days that suggests “pitchers” are really “starting pitchers” and…

  14. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney and the MVP Award

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Here’s Buster Olney in his column today, in which he picked Ryan Braun and Justin Verlander as his MVP choices. First, on Braun: For his work, and for his importance to the Brewers’ success, Braun should be the NL MVP; Matt Kemp had a spectacular season for the Dodgers, but Los Angeles — hampered by ownership issues…

  15. Tigers set postseason roster: Brad Penny and Rick Porcello in, David Pauley out

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brad Penny

    Detroit announced its postseason roster, choosing to include both Brad Penny and Rick Porcello. That means one of them will start Game 4 against the Yankees while the other works out of the bullpen, although manager Jim Leyland hasn’t said which right-hander will fill which role. David Pauley, who was acquired from the Mariners as…

  16. Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin was arrested for DWI last weekend

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dan McLaughlin mugshot

    I’m not going to say they’re related or anything, but the fact is that there have been a LOT of alcohol-related incidents in and around the St. Louis Cardinals over the past several years.  The latest: broadcaster Dan McLaughlin, who does Cardinals play-by-play for FOX Sports Midwest, was arrested on Sunday for driving while intoxicated.…

  17. Travis Hafner and $13 million salary remain in Indians’ plans

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    General manager Chris Antonetti said yesterday that the Indians have Travis Hafner in their plans for 2012 despite the oft-injured designated hitter missing 70 games with shoulder and foot problems. That isn’t a surprise, as Hafner is under contract for $13 million in 2012 and remains plenty productive when healthy enough to play, but Paul…

  18. The Braves are thinking about trading Jason Heyward? Have they lost their damn minds?

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    I was too busy recovering from shock to have seen this Buster Olney item from yesterday, but I’m sane today and … it’s probably going to send me back into insanity if there are any legs to it: The Braves need power production out of right field. Now there is some sentiment within the organization…

  19. Twins rookie outfielder Ben Revere to undergo knee surgery

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Ben Revere was one of the few Twins players to make it through the season healthy, but it turns out the rookie outfielder was banged up too. Revere is set to undergo knee surgery today, the details of which are unclear because he announced it via Twitter while the Twins have done their usual best…

  20. It’s happening: Terry Francona is leaving the Red Sox

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    The reports from late last night are apparently true. Jon Heyman reports that Terry Francona has managed his last game in Boston.  No sense yet if it will be couched as a resignation or the Red Sox deciding not to pick up his 2012 option or Francona requesting that they not do it or whatever.…

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