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  1. MLB asks bankruptcy court to order sale of Dodgers

    Sep 23, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    According to the Los Angeles Times, MLB on Friday asked a federal bankruptcy judge to order the sale of the Dodgers. Bill Shaikin has the entire rundown. The Dodgers have been trying to get the court to approve an auction of its television rights, which would presumably provide Frank McCourt with the money necessary to…

  2. Walt Jocketty stays, but it’s time for Dusty Baker to go

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Sure, they’ve dealt with some injuries, but the 2011 Reds have most certainly underachieved.  Playing in what’s arguably baseball’s weakest division, Cincinnati is likely to finish with a sub-.500 record for the third time in four years under Dusty Baker.  Baker is currently 319-323 at the helm of the Reds.  It gives him the same…

  3. Diamondbacks get Mike Zagurski from Phillies for PTBNL

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Zagurski_Mike

    Mike Zagurski has posted some excellent numbers in the minors, but the Phillies have been hesitant to give the 28-year-old reliever an extended opportunity and have now traded him to the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash. Zagurski has appeared in just 12 games for the Phillies during the past two…

  4. Denard Span rear-ends teammate driving to airport, re-triggers concussion symptoms

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    stop tailgaiting

    Denard Span rejoined the Twins’ lineup Wednesday after missing most of the past four months with a concussion, but he didn’t play in yesterday’s game and Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he re-triggered some of the post-concussion symptoms by rear-ending teammate Danny Valencia while driving to the airport. Seriously: Span was following Valencia from…

  5. Red Sox go with John Lackey for Sunday start in New York

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    lackey face

    The thought of starting John Lackey on Sunday against the Yankees scared the Red Sox so much that they reportedly tried to get Chris Capuano from the Mets for some cash, but that didn’t work out and now they’re turning back to Lackey. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Lackey will indeed face…

  6. Reds and GM Walt Jocketty agree to three-year extension

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Walt Jocketty declined to talk about his contract status last week, but today the 60-year-old general manager agreed to a three-year extension with the Reds that runs through 2014. Jocketty originally joined the Reds as a special advisor to then-GM Wayne Krivsky in early 2008 and then took over the GM role when Krivsky was…

  7. Quote of the Day: Tommy Lasorda Edition

    Sep 23, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Aaron mentioned this the other day, but last night — in honor of his 84th birthday — Tommy Lasorda was an honorary coach for the Dodgers game against the Giants.  In uniform, hanging on the dugout railing and everything. There was all kinds of good-natured ribbing going on between Lasorda and Dodgers players. Matt Kemp…

  8. Phillies top Yankees, lead MLB in attendance for the first time

    Sep 23, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1

    Not only does Philadelphia have the best record in baseball at 98-58, the Phillies are going to lead MLB in attendance for the first time in team history. Their final home game was yesterday and it was their 204th straight sellout dating back to 2009. Overall they finished the season with 3,680,718 fans or an…

  9. Denny McLain arrested on a fraud beef; sun rises in east

    Sep 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Denny McLain

    You may want to sit down for this — and I understand if you choose to simply not believe it — but former Tigers ace Denny McLain was arrested at the Canadian border yesterday on an outstanding warrant related to fraud charges stemming from some bit of unseemliness down in Louisiana. Yeah, I know. I…

  10. Stat of the Day: Matt Kemp is winning the WAR

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Calcaterra wrote this morning about how Matt Kemp’s run at the Triple Crown has somehow flown under the radar and should make him the NL MVP favorite assuming voters don’t penalize him for having bad (non-Clayton Kershaw) teammates. I’m in complete agreement, but wanted to note that Kemp also fares extremely well in less traditional…

  11. HBT Extra: Yesterday’s Twitter questions today!

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    You asked me questions on Twitter. I answered them yesterday. But we saved them until today so we could talk about the Angels yesterday. Cool?

  12. Cashman: Yankees had “pretend” interest in Carl Crawford to “drive price up” for Red Sox

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    General manager Brian Cashman said today that the Yankees’ interest in Carl Crawford was “pretend” and meant only to drive up the price for the Red Sox, who ultimately signed him to a seven-year, $142 million contract. That’s easy to say now that Crawford has had the worst season of his career and the Yankees…

  13. Must-click link: what’s the next baseball movie gonna be?

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I mentioned yesterday that if “Moneyball” makes a bunch of dough that Hollywood — being what it is — will likely try to go back to that well as many times as it can.  One candidate would certainly be the Tampa Bay Rays story, working off of Jonah Keri’s “The Extra 2%.”  But really, there…

  14. Mike Scioscia sticks with Bobby Abreu as No. 3 hitter despite .199 average since July 1

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Bobby Abreu struck out four times Wednesday and came into last night hitting just .199 with four homers in 59 games since July 1, but as usual he was in the Angels’ lineup as the No. 3 hitter. It was the 94th time this season that manager Mike Scioscia has had Abreu in the third…

  15. No one does self loathing like Boston does self loathing

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Every city has a unique vibe when it comes to bad baseball news.  A lot of cities do the panic thing with some local  flavor or another. Many others simply tune out and look to another sport like football or hockey to take their minds off things. If the Yankees are doing poorly there’s usually…

  16. Marlins to interview Nationals third base coach Bo Porter

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Colorado Rockies

    For the second year in a row Bo Porter will try to convince the Marlins to hire him as manager. Last year Florida chose Edwin Rodriguez over Porter, who then took a job as Washington’s third base coach, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Marlins have received permission from the Nationals…

  17. The Indians are getting the band back together tonight

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    I mentioned earlier that I’m going up to the Cleveland-Minnesota game tonight.  Some people asked me why on Earth I would do that. Well (a) it’s baseball and baseball is wonderful; and (b) there’s some to-do afoot tonight regarding Jim Thome. Specifically, the Indians will honor Thome with a special ceremony, complete with a presentation…

  18. Start up the Cardinals speculation: Mark Buehrle likes the idea of pitching in the NL

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Earlier this week impending free agent Mark Buehrle talked about his uncertain future with the White Sox and how he might even consider retiring at age 32, but yesterday he explained that moving to the National League intrigues him. Buehrle is from Missouri and for years now there’s been speculation about him eventually ending up…

  19. Tim Lincecum does not want a long term deal

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lincecum cap

    It seems like he’s been playing forever, but Tim Lincecum still has two more go-arounds in arbitration. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, however, that unlike most pitchers, Lincecum doesn’t want a long term deal: “It’s just easier for me mentally not to have to put that kind of pressure on yourself,” he said. “Not that…

  20. Agent: Roy Oswalt “is definitely not retiring”

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Roy Oswalt has talked about an early retirement in the past, but yesterday agent Bob Garber told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that the 34-year-old right-hander is no longer thinking about calling it quits: There’s been a rebirth. There’s been talk in the past about retiring, but that’s not even in the cards at this point.…

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