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  1. Breaking down the NL playoff picture

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Short version: for the Padres, it will take something just short of a miracle to make the playoffs.

  2. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT

    The Giants clinch no worse than a tie in the NL West. The Padres? They’re on life support.

  3. Eagle-eyed do-gooders turn in Reds for victory cigars

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:09 AM EDT

    The Cincinnati Reds had one heckuva celebration after clinching the NL Central title on Tuesday night, dowsing each other with champagne and emerging from the clubhouse to party with fans. (Watch some great video of it all from C. Trent Rosecrans here) But apparently their celebration went far beyond the bounds of propriety, as team…

  4. Fukudome has left knee sprain, done for season?

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

    Some injury news out of Chicago. Or San Diego, really. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Padres due to a mild left knee…

  5. Rockies planning rest this weekend for CarGo, Tulo

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:54 PM EDT

    The Rockies are shutting it down. Eliminated from playoff contention this week, manager Jim Tracy and Co. decided to leave outfielder Carlos Gonzalez out of Thursday’s lineup against the Cardinals.  According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, the plan is to rest him during Sunday’s season finale as well. Gonzalez, 24, has burst onto the scene this…

  6. Felix Hernandez won't make another start this season

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Mariners ace Felix Hernandez vowed to the fans in Seattle last week that he would start the club’s regular season finale on Sunday against the A’s.  Fortunately or unfortunately, it appears that M’s management has intervened. Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Hernandez will not make another start this season, presumably because…

  7. Reds, Baker closing in on two-year contract extension

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Looking for an update on the negotiations between the Reds and manager Dusty Baker? Here it is. Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday evening that the sides are “very close” on a two-year extension and that…

  8. Must-click link: Ted Berg will not stop playing baseball, thank you

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Ted Berg is a friend of HardballTalk. He reads it and links it from time to time over at his Mets (and other New York sports)-focused blog, Tedquarters. He is a witty chap on Twitter, and really, if you can make me laugh on Twitter a couple of times a day you’re going to be…

  9. Josh Hamilton expected to rejoin Rangers' lineup tomorrow

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Out since September 4 with fractured ribs, Josh Hamilton is expected to return to the Rangers’ lineup for tomorrow night’s game against the Angels. Texas has nothing to really play for during the final weekend of the season, but Hamilton said previously that he felt it was important to get some at-bats before the playoffs.…

  10. Buster Posey may have just won the rookie of the year award

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I have the Giants-Dbacks game on and, just a minute ago, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer to extend the Giants’ lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth. A Giants victory today will force the Padres to sweep them this weekend if they want to win the west. In San Francisco. Seems like…

  11. Joe Mauer returns to the lineup and Justin Morneau takes BP

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer is back in the Twins’ lineup at designated hitter tonight after sitting out nine games with a knee injury, which is a good sign given that Minnesota certainly had the leeway to continue resting him through the final weekend. In other positive Twins news, Justin Morneau felt good enough to take pregame batting…

  12. From the department of wishful thinking

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jim Edmonds is “hopeful” that he’ll be able to play in the playoffs. This seems like a big stretch to me.  While what was thought to have been a torn Achilles tendon turned out to not be all that bad, Edmonds is clearly limited and clearly gimpy.…

  13. Jimmy Rollins owns the publishing rights to songs by Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com wrote an interesting story about Jimmy Rollins’ various business ventures, including his involvement in the music industry. Apparently the Phillies’ shortstop owns partial publishing rights to songs like “Eenie Meenie” by Justin Bieber and “Sexual Eruption” by Snoop Dogg. Rollins explained it this way: When a writer writes a song, he…

  14. Padres veteran: Latos' comments "just not smart"

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Mat Latos’ comments yesterday about how awful and unfair it was that the Giants go out and acquire players in the middle of the season didn’t go over very well around these parts.  They also didn’t go over very well with his own teammates, it seems. Dan Hayes, who covers the Padres for the North…

  15. Wishing a happy 36th birthday to Jeremy Giambi

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Wonder what he’ll wish for …

  16. MLBPA and MLB agree on new free agency rules

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    The MLBPA and Major League Baseball have been snipping at each other for a couple of years now over free agency. A lot of guys have signed late — some even after camp has started — and some have muttered about collusion and the like. To resolve this, the union and the league sat down…

  17. Elvis Andrus has the most plate appearances with a sub-.300 slugging percentage since Vince Coleman

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Between his excellent defense and solid .341 on-base percentage Elvis Andrus has been plenty valuable to the Rangers in his sophomore season, but his lack of power is nearing historic levels. After smacking six homers and 31 total extra-base hits for a semi-respectable .373 slugging percentage as a rookie Andrus has zero homers, 17 total…

  18. A sixteen-team playoff is silly, but that doesn't stop this guy from writing about it

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    I love America and everything, and free speech is a fabulous concept, but the problem with it is that, because of its pesky guarantees, the police can’t come and drag people who write stuff like this into a dank cell and let them spend their final years someplace where they can’t bother anyone: In their…

  19. Tigers bring back Jim Leyland, entire coaching staff for 2011

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Despite a disappointing 80-78 record that puts them in third place and out of the playoffs for the fourth straight season since a World Series run in 2006, the Tigers announced today that they’re bringing back manager Jim Leyland and his entire coaching staff for next year. Leyland was already signed through 2011, so his…

  20. Mark Buehrle may retire after 2011

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle told Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune that he could retire after the 2011 season: “As I sit here now, I’d love to just go home and be with the family and kids and go from there. But when next year gets here, at this time, it could be a tough decision, knowing…

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