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  1. Magglio Ordonez “almost hung it up” after terrible first half

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    Magglio Ordonez told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that he considered retiring around midseason after hitting .217 in the first half while struggling through soreness in his surgically repaired ankle. “I almost hung it up,” Ordonez said. “When I was playing, I didn’t enjoy the game and I play with my heart.” Ordonez also plays with…

  2. Video of the Day: Matt Kemp’s 39 homers in 39 seconds

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Well, so much for that. MLB Advanced Media shut it down in approximately 39 seconds. Sorry. ========== Because the Dodgers only played 161 games this season Matt Kemp didn’t get a full crack at joining the 40-40 club, so instead he’ll have to settle for 40 steals and 39 homers. And here’s a fun…

  3. HBT Extra: Looking at tonight’s ALDS action

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk Rays-Rangers and Yankees-Tigers.

  4. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Rangers-Rays series: TEXAS RANGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Desmond Jennings, LF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. B.J. Upton, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 3. Evan Longoria, 3B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Matt Joyce, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Johnny Damon,…

  5. Photo of the Day: In St. Louis, the fountains shall flow with the blood of those who oppose La Russa!

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    At least, that’s what I think is going on in this picture that @stl_cardsfan29 took of a fountain in downtown St. Louis: I’m torn between saying “Go Cardinals!” and “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!”

  6. Three days rest: Carpenter, Spahn, Maddux, and … Loaiza?

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    For the first time in his 14-season, 339-start career Chris Carpenter started on short rest last night and it didn’t go well, as he failed to make it out of the fourth inning while allowing four runs to put the Cardinals in an early hole. St. Louis came back to win, so rightly or wrongly…

  7. Michael Young: the teflon All-Star

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A big star is coming off a down year. Management brings in someone to take his place, and the big star freaks out about it. Talks to the media about how unhappy he is. Demands a trade. When the trade doesn’t happen, he makes a point to…

  8. Good news, Braves fans: Derek Lowe made history this year

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Braves starting pitcher Lowe raises his glove over his face after a run scored in the third inning by Phillies Oswalt in Atlanta

    Derek Lowe went 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA for the Braves this season and STATS LLC’s tidbit-filled Twitter feed notes that in doing so he became the first pitcher in baseball history to at one point in his career lead the league in wins, losses, and saves. Lowe had an NL-leading 16 (yes, only 16)…

  9. Frank McCourt might finally realize that he’s screwed

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    On Friday, Frank McCourt and the Dodgers got what most people consider to be a considerable setback in the bankruptcy litigation when the judge ruled that they would not be able to take discovery of the business dealings of other teams with Major League Baseball. And you know it was horrible for them because it…

  10. Andy Pettitte throws out the first pitch, is definitely still retired

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte threw out of the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium yesterday and naturally the reporters on hand asked him about retirement. Pettitte admitted that “there’s no doubt” he’s thought about pitching again, but then added: I don’t know if that will ever go away. When I’m away … not thinking about playing or…

  11. Source close to Theo: It’s “50-50″ Epstein would leave the Red Sox

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Theo Epstein is truly on the fence about leaving Boston, with one source close to Epstein saying that it’s 50-50 Epstein would take another job. It’s all rather touchy-feely, of course. Epstein may want to go to find a new challenge, but he feels a loyalty to the…

  12. Jimmy Rollins won’t take “hometown discount” from Phillies

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    When he wasn’t busy taking shots at Jose Reyes and tweeting about how the fans at last night’s game weren’t loud enough Jimmy Rollins told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he won’t accept a “hometown discount” to remain with the Phillies after this season. Rollins has spent his entire professional career with the Phillies after…

  13. Twins owner: GM and manager are safe, payroll may drop

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    jim pohlad

    During a lengthy interview with LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins owner Jim Pohlad predictably confirmed that manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Bill Smithwill be back in 2012, saying: “We’re not a knee-jerk organization.” When asked about holding people accountable following a 63-99 season that ranks as one of the…

  14. Kyle Farnsworth had “little bit of a setback” with elbow injury

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    farnsworth ap

    Joe Maddon revealed yesterday that Kyle Farnsworth had “a little bit of a setback” with his elbow injury and likely would have been unavailable to pitch Saturday had the Rays needed a late lead closed out. Instead they lost 8-6 and it was a moot point, but Farnsworth’s status remains up in the air with…

  15. Matt Holliday looking doubtful for remainder of Phillies series

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    holliday getty wide

    As the Cardinals return to St. Louis following last night’s series-evening comeback win Matt Holliday will have his hand injury examined by doctors after being on the bench for the first two games against the Phillies. Holliday was able to appear as a pinch-hitter in Game 1, but struck out on three pitches and Joe…

  16. The playoffs: when insanity is perfectly acceptable

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Phillies' Lee reacts during Game 2 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Things I’ve learned while listening to readers and fans for the past couple of days: Robinson Cano is the best there ever was; The Rays are an unstoppable juggernaut; Kirk Gibson is a fraud; The Rays lack a knockout punch; Alex Rodriguez is a terrible baseball player; Robinson Cano isn’t clutch; Tony La Russa is…

  17. Kevin Youkilis likely to have sports hernia surgery Tuesday

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    While struggling to stay healthy and productive in the second half Kevin Youkilis indicated that he was headed for offseason sports hernia surgery and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that he’ll likely go under the knife Tuesday. According to Bradford there’s still some chance Youkilis could decide against surgery if a last-minute examination by doctors…

  18. Jose Valverde: “It’s over for the Yankees”

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Put your pitchforks down, because Valverde wasn’t taunting or being provocative. He was just being Jose Valverde, which we are coming to learn is a thing. Half joking, half wishful thinking, but generally not caring. Still, he did say it, and it’s rather fun to see someone eschew the “we gotta play ’em one game…

  19. How Juan Carlos Oviedo became “Leo Nunez”

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    leo nunez getty

    Old Gator brought my attention to a good story from yesterday’s Miami Herald, detailing how the pitcher we all know as Leo Nunez — but who is in fact Juan Carlos Oviedo — was able to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes for so long. Part of it is just the normal anonymity of a…

  20. New York in a nutshell

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Robinson Cano reacts after striking out against the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    On Saturday Robinson Cano was the Game 1 ALDS hero.  In the wake of that, columns were written pumping him up to demigod status. On Sunday, Cano came up to bat in the ninth with the tying runs on base and grounded to second.  He gets this the next morning:       Good or…

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