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  1. Jonny Gomes wants to re-sign with Nationals because “this team is going to be friggin’ good”

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jonny Gomes was traded to the Nationals in late July and probably hasn’t hit enough to make them want to re-sign him, but for his part the 30-year-old outfielder would love to be back in Washington next season. And not just because of the money or the city, but because as Gomes told Adam Kilgore…

  2. The secret to the Cardinals’ surge? Santana.

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Santana

    No, not Ervin or Johan or Rafael. Carlos. And no, not the catcher. The guitar player. You’ll recall that Tony La Russa rocked out with Santana back in early September? Well, as Derrick Goold notes, the Cards are 13-4 since then. And it’s not just coincidence! Santana gave La Russa a lucky charm in the…

  3. Picture of the Day: Kenley’s crazy strikeout rate, crazier eyes

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    As if Kenley Jansen‘s historic strikeout rate isn’t scary enough, the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed passed along this photo of the flamethrowing reliever dressing up as part of the team’s rookie hazing rituals:

  4. Yankees prepping Phil Hughes for bullpen role in playoffs

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes hasn’t pitched since September 12 because of back problems and now that he’s healthy enough to potentially see some game action again the Yankees are preparing him for a bullpen role. “That is what we are going to look at during the playoffs,” manager Joe Girardi told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York,…

  5. The Red Sox are still trying to trade for a Wednesday starter

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I don’t think this tweet from Nick Cafardo is necessarily indicative of the state of the Red Sox. My guess is that Jon Lester starts Wednesday regardless of what happens in the world of transactions. But there is something kinda hilarious to me about the idea that the Red Sox could be playing for their…

  6. Tigers bring back Mike Maroth as Single-A pitching coach

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Mike Maroth

    Mike Maroth retired in January after unsuccessfully trying to make it back to the majors following various arm surgeries and the Tigers have hired him as their new Single-A pitching coach. Maroth last pitched in the majors in 2007, but he’s still just 34 years old and spent all but a couple months of his…

  7. Ricky Nolasco could be on the trading block

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Nolasco_Ricky

    Juan Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins might look to trade Ricky Nolasco this winter. It wasn’t the kind of season the Marlins figured they’d get from Nolasco after signing him to a three-year, $26.5 million deal last winter. He has a 4.67 ERA in 33 starts this season. He has…

  8. Gary Carter suffers setback in cancer treatment

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has experienced a setback in his treatment for brain cancer, with his daughter writing in the family’s online journal that doctors discovered “an abnormal and unusual spot” on his right temple and scheduled him for a biopsy. Here are the details provided by Kimmy Bloemers, via Adam Rubin of…

  9. Why does everyone want to give millions to billionaires?

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    You know where I stand on the issue of public funding for ballparks. If not: I think it’s only slightly preferable to a swift kick to the groin. Not a fan. But what if, instead of it being a taxpayer thing, it was a matter of private investment? That’s Phil Rosenthal’s plan for Wrigley Field:…

  10. “Moneyball” earns $20.6 million in strong opening weekend

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    moneyball poster

    “Moneyball” looks like a mini-hit, as the movie made $20.6 million in its opening weekend while narrowly finishing behind “The Lion King 3D” ($22.1 million) and ahead of “Dolphin Tale” ($20.3 million) at the box office. Claude Brodesser-Akner of New York Magazine places “Moneyball” among the “weekend winners” and reports that the audience was evenly…

  11. Watching the Cubs has soured Bob Brenly on managing again

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    brenly in booth

    As a former World Series-winning manager Bob Brenly’s presence in the Cubs’ broadcast booth naturally leads to speculation about him moving into the dugout, but watching the team go 145-176 during the past two seasons may have soured him on getting back into managing. Here’s what Brenly told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: I…

  12. Major League Baseball tried to get tobacco taken out of “Moneyball”

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    moneyball poster

    Major League Baseball has made no secret of the fact that it wants players to stop using smokeless tobacco while at the ballpark.  It’s a push they’re likely going to take to the MLBPA during collective bargaining this fall. That may be problematic and may meet resistance, but as I’ve written many times, it’s something worth…

  13. Fernando Rodney on lack of work for Angels: “I’m really mad”

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney has made no secret about his frustration with losing the closer job and becoming a forgotten man in the Angels’ bullpen, and Mike DiGiovanni of the Los Angeles Times reports that he asked the team for a trade a few weeks ago. His wish was not granted and over the weekend Rodney vented…

  14. Justin Upton left yesterday’s game due to nausea and dizziness

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Everyone is so focused on the chokes-in-progress back east that we didn’t take notice of the nausea out west. Justin Upton‘s nausea, which could be of some concern for Arizona. Upton was hit in the head by a Tim Lincecum pitch yesterday.  He stayed in the game, but he experienced nausea while running the bases…

  15. Davey Johnson is likely to keep job, but Nationals will conduct a manager search anyway

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Davey Johnson has gone 38-42 since taking over for Jim Riggleman as Nationals manager and every indication is that he’ll be retained for 2012, but before that happens general manager Mike Rizzo will go through the process of a manager search. Yesterday the GM told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that “we’ve got a very streamlined…

  16. The ten worst career-ending performances

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Eddie Murray Dodgers

    Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times makes the best lists. No, they may not get the kind of traffic that lists like “the 101 hottest wives and girlfriends of relief pitchers” get, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worthy. Today’s list: the ten worst career-ending performances of all time. Specifically, the worst final games of…

  17. Blue Jays manager John Farrell leaves team for son’s surgery

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell will miss today’s game against the White Sox after leaving the team and traveling to Boston for his son’s surgery. According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star the manager’s 20-year-old son, Luke Farrell, will “undergo a major scheduled operation” the details of which aren’t being made public. Farrell is…

  18. Jacoby Ellsbury for the MVP?

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    To be clear: I do not buy into the premise that a guy who “carried his team to the playoffs” deserves the MVP. Mostly because I don’t believe that one player can truly do that.  Baseball is not basketball. It takes an entire team to win anything, and even if some guy gets hot at…

  19. Braves haven’t ruled out Jair Jurrjens for playoff rotation

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Last week all indications were that Jair Jurrjens‘ knee problems would sideline him through at least the first round of the playoffs, but yesterday manager Fredi Gonzalez “left open the possibility” that he might be cleared to pitch in the NLDS. If the Braves make the playoffs, of course. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal…

  20. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    It’s the last Power Rankings of the season. In some ways it’s rather pointless, what with the season being effectively over for the majority of teams. To what end power, if there is no manner in which to exert it?  An interesting ettickal question. Indeed, I was just gonna not do a Power Rankings. But…

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