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  1. Phillies clinch fourth straight NL East title

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

    It was Nats Park in name only on Monday night. In front of thousands of their rain-soaked fans, the Phillies just defeated the Nationals by the score of 8-0, putting a bow on their fourth straight National League East title. Roy Halladay allowed just two measly singles as part of a complete-game shutout. He struck…

  2. Brandon Webb won't pitch for the Diamondbacks this season

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:27 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb hoped to make at least one relief appearance with the Diamondbacks this week, however the team ruled out that possibility today, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Webb, who has spent the entire season rehabbing from shoulder surgery last August, is now slated to pitch in the Instructional League, instead. He’ll make…

  3. Yet another writer accuses Jose Bautista of PED use

    Sep 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    More and more writers are piling on Jose Bautista, accusing him of using PEDs. This needs to stop. Now.

  4. Ozzie Guillen to remain with White Sox in 2011

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Despite recent speculation that he’d bolt due to a deteriorating relationship with general manager Kenny Williams, manager Ozzie Guillen will be back with the White Sox in 2011, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reported Monday. According to Merkin, Guillen met separately with Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf and came away pleased. Even though he was under contract…

  5. Heath Bell also believes Rockies are cheating

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    The excellent Padres blog Gaslamp Ball points out that Heath Bell took to Twitter on Sunday night to comment on the Rockies’ juiced ball “scandal” that Tim LIncecum weighed in on last week. First, in a seeming response to Tim Lincecum’s unofficial allegations, he tweeted “SF are the nice people.” That caught the eye of…

  6. Return to Cubs seems unlikely with Ted Lilly selling Chicago home for $2.4 million

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    When the Cubs traded Ted Lilly to the Dodgers two months ago there was some speculation that he could return to Chicago by re-signing as a free agent this offseason, but that seems pretty unlikely now that Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that Lilly has his “Wrigleyville mansion” on the market. Lilly has…

  7. Afredo Simon, Buck Showalter fined for throwing at Jose Bautista

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Orioles’ pitcher Alfredo Simon was just suspended for three games and Buck Showalter was suspended for one game after the Orioles figured the best way to stop Jose Bautista this weekend was to plunk him. Twice. The Jays’ Shaun Marcum was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Baltimore’s Luke Scott in retaliation. I have never…

  8. UPDATE: Maybe the Rangers-FOX deal is not 20-years, $3 billion

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that the Rangers’ deal with FOX is actually worth $1.5-1.6 billion, not $3 billion as reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, but that there are some incentives and escalators and stuff.  Even if it stays flat at $1.5 billion, however, that makes it, on average,…

  9. The McCourts didn't settle over the weekend

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    In case you were curious, the McCourt trial resumed today after a mediation session on Friday bore no fruit. Which means that a stream of witnesses continue to take the stand today, almost all of whom are saying that Jamie McCourt knew that she was signing the Dodgers away to Frank a couple of years…

  10. Mark Ellis may renegotiate contract to remain in Oakland

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Bob Geren removed Mark Ellis in the seventh inning yesterday so he could get a standing ovation from the Oakland crowd in the A’s final home game of the year, which suggests the manager doesn’t expect him back in 2011. Oakland has a $6 million option or $500,000 buyout on Ellis, who’s 33 years old…

  11. Man pulls sword over baseball card. Read on if you want; headline pretty much says it all.

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Look, this story pretty much explains itself, so let me use the preamble to the usual block quote to ask the media something: How hard would it have been to figure out which card the guy decided to flash steel over? I mean, it’s the ONE thing I want to know after reading this: Recently,…

  12. The Red Sox' offseason options: the less complicated, the better

    Sep 27, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest column spends some time looking at what the Red Sox might do this offseason.  The biggest possibility — and its not clear if this is from a source with knowledge or if it was pulled out of Rosenthal’s, um, imagination — is that the Sox could forgo signing Adrian Beltre to an…

  13. You can watch all 52 of Jose Bautista's homers in 2 minutes

    Sep 27, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if MLB.com has done this for other hitters in the past or if it’s a special thing for perhaps the most unlikely 50-homer hitter in baseball history, but they put together a video showing all 52 of Jose Bautista’s homers in the span of two minutes, 16 seconds. Click here to watch…

  14. Looking at 2010 "from a Mark Kotsay standpoint"

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    The best part of this is not that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B is saying that his season wasn’t all that bad, it’s that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B refers to himself in the third person. Mark Kotsay: “If you look at the whole year from a Mark Kotsay standpoint, it’s been criticism from the get-go,” the lefty hitter…

  15. Ryan Zimmerman likely done for the season with rib injury

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman is out of the Nationals’ lineup today for the fifth straight game and William Ladson of MLB.com reports that he’s “likely done for the season because of a rib injury.” He doesn’t get much attention because the Nationals are so bad, but Zimmerman has put together back-to-back excellent seasons. He batted .292/.364/.525 with…

  16. Driver who killed Angels' pitcher Nick Adenhart found guilty

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Andrew Gallo, the man behind the wheel of the van that broadsided a car carrying Los Angels Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, killing him and two companions, was found guilty today by a jury in Santa Ana, California. Gallo had been tried on three counts of murder and other offenses, including drunk driving. His blood alcohol…

  17. Takashi Saito suffers setback in recovery from shoulder injury

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Takashi Saito had hoped to be available out of the Braves’ bullpen over the weekend after an MRI exam revealed merely tendinitis in his sore shoulder, but those plans were ruined when he felt pain while playing catch Saturday. Saito seems pretty frustrated by the setback: I’m starting to think I should just stop saying…

  18. Rickey Henderson wants to be on the A's coaching staff

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Rickey Henderson has spent this season as a “roving baserunning instructor” throughout Oakland’s minor league system and while visiting the big league club yesterday the Hall of Famer told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that he’d like to be on the A’s coaching staff: It could be the same thing. If they…

  19. HBT Daily: Papelbon, Mo and the Rockies

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matt and I discuss two players and a team having their fair share of troubles these days.

  20. Cliff Lee "could go" on short rest for Rangers in postseason

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Rangers announced that they’ll start Cliff Lee, C.J. Wilson, and Colby Lewis in the first three games of the ALDS against the yet-to-be-determined AL East champions, and manager Ron Washington said that Lee “could go” on short rest for Game 4 “if we think we need him.” Presumably “if we think we need…

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