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  1. MLB Investigator accused of fraud in the Dominican Republic

    Nov 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball often cites fraud as a major factor for wanting an international draft.  If MLB can oversee the process, see, the excesses will be reduced.  But who watches the watchmen? A Major League Baseball investigator in the Dominican Republic has been charged with falsifying the identity of a prospect so the player could…

  2. Nationals “have expressed interest” in Roy Oswalt

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Washington re-signed Chien-Ming Wang to a one-year, $4 million deal, but general manager Mike Rizzo said today that the Nationals are still looking for veteran starting pitching and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that they’ve “expressed interest” in Roy Oswalt. Ladson adds that Rizzo and the Nationals pursued Oswalt when the Astros were shopping him…

  3. Report: Dale Sveum the favorite for the Red Sox job

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal hears that Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum “appears to be the front-runner” for the Red Sox’ vacant managerial position.  Which, given that it’s not a race as much as it is a binary yes/no kind of thing, is not the most illuminating thing in the world, but you know how this stuff goes.…

  4. Autographed Cardinals cap found on the side of the road

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    I just want to know what led to it being on the side of the road:  A die-hard Chicago Cubs fan has found a 2011 World Series championship cap autographed by rival St. Louis Cardinals players – and he wants to give it back.  Joe Couri tells the Journal Star in Peoria he was driving along Interstate…

  5. Darren Oliver’s wife gave him permission to play next season

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Darren Oliver has been contemplating retirement, but the 41-year-old reliever’s wife has given him permission to play in 2012. “Darren’s wife has given him her blessing to go wherever he thinks he has the best opportunity to win a ring,” agent Jeff Frye told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. “She wants him to have a chance…

  6. Awkward much? Jim Hendry and Theo Epstein meet at a restaurant

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    This from CSNChicago.com is pretty funny.  Old boss, meet the new boss: Theo Epstein and former Cubs GM Jim Hendry were at the same event at the Palm Restaurant in Chicago last night.  Actually had some small talk and everything. I only met Jim Hendry once and it was for about ten minutes when he…

  7. Wait, you mean the Rangers didn’t win the World Series?

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

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    For only $29.95 you can pre-order “Texas Triumph: 2011 World Series Champions” from Amazon.com. Hardcover, even! From the description: Get the book that captures the Rangers World Series championship season, brought to you by SportsDay from The Dallas Morning News. This incredible 11 x 8.5 hard-bound book takes you from the first pitch on Opening…

  8. The Mets are going to settle one of their many lawsuits

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

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    The big one — the case brought by the bankruptcy trustee for the Bernie Madoff debacle — is still going on, but the Mets are now poised to settle a bit of business. It’s a lawsuit brought by employees of Sterling Equities — the company run by Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz — accusing the…

  9. Report: A’s will listen to offers on everyone but Jemile Weeks

    Nov 4, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Oakland general manager Billy Beane indicated earlier this week that the team’s ballpark situation being in flux could keep them from spending significant money on free agents and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the A’s will listen to offers on basically every player. According to Rosenthal free agents Josh Willingham, Coco Crisp, and…

  10. The Tigers want a leadoff hitter, but Jose Reyes doesn’t make sense

    Nov 4, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com said today that the Tigers offseason priority is to find a leadoff hitter.  Not surprisingly, Crasnick says that Jose Reyes is a “dream candidate.” Just about anyone I talk to about the Tigers seems to think that too.  The only problem with it is that the Tigers already have $90 million committed…

  11. Strength and conditioning coach “surprised” by Red Sox firing

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Dave Page, the strength and conditioning coach let go by the Red Sox yesterday, told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he “was surprised” by the firing and “it caught me off guard that it happened now and not right after the season.” In other words, once the constant headlines about beer, fried chicken,…

  12. Bob Forsch 1950-2011

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bob Forsch, a former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, throws out ceremonial first pitch before the Cardinals met the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Sad news: Longtime Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch died unexpectedly last night at the age of 61.  According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Forsch suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest. Forsch pitched 16 seasons in the bigs, pitching all but 37 of his 498 career games with the Cardinals, the others with the Astros at the…

  13. Rays drop Game 162 hero Dan Johnson

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Dan Johnson saved Tampa Bay’s season with his homer in Game 162, but the first baseman was left off the playoff roster and yesterday the Rays outrighted him from the 40-man roster. Johnson refused an assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent at age 32. Aside from the dramatic Game 162 homer against…

  14. Mark Buehrle may prefer the National League

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal spoke to Mark Buerle’s agent who said that all teams are on the table for his free agent client this winter but that he may prefer the National League: “Mark is not going to eliminate any team from free-agent consideration. But having pitched 12 years in the American League, the National League certainly…

  15. Kerry Wood likes Theo Epstein hire, wants to stay with Cubs

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Despite a regime change that included his friend Jim Hendry being let go as general manager Kerry Wood still wants to stay with the Cubs. Wood, who passed up bigger offers to sign a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Chicago last offseason, said yesterday on Comcast SportsNet Chicago that he liked the move to hire…

  16. The Giants should trade Tim Lincecum? Really?

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    In trying to chart a course for the San Francisco Giants, Jon Paul Morosi is either thinking outside the box or trolling. I’m not sure which: So if the Giants wish to maximize their odds of returning to the World Series, they have two choices. 1. Spend big for Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes…

  17. Twins deny Orioles permission to interview Mike Radcliff

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    None of their top candidates want the job and now the Orioles aren’t being allowed to pursue one of their fallback choices, as Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Twins denied them permission to interview Mike Radcliff. Radcliff has been with the Twins for 25 years as their longtime scouting director and current vice…

  18. Mets official: we have “no shot” to sign Jose Reyes

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with someone in the Mets front office and that someone thinks the team has “no shot” to re-sign Jose Reyes: “My instinct is no shot. I think if [GM] Sandy [Alderson] asked for it, ownership would follow his recommendations. But where the money is going to go…

  19. Cubs will monitor Carlos Zambrano’s starts in Venezuela

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Theo Epstein said yesterday that the Cubs are very much in favor of Carlos Zambrano pitching in the Venezuelan winter league and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’ll “have a scout monitoring” his first start Sunday. Zambrano, who’ll be managed in Venezuela by Julio Franco, is scheduled to make a total of…

  20. Knock me over with a feather: Mike Scott admits to scuffing baseballs

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    You could fill a book with the things I was wrong and deluded about in 1986, but one thing I was certain of was that Houston Astros pitcher Mike Scott was scuffing baseballs. Yeah, people were all taken at the time with the notion that the splitter was some vexing form of sorcery, but it…

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