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  1. A visual representation of soul-killing collapses

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT


    This is not for the weak-of-stomach, at least in Boston and Atlanta. But it’s fantastic all the same. From, they’re graphs representing the probability of reaching the playoffs throughout the season for both the Braves and the Red Sox. Yes, we all can intellectually understand just how swiftly each team snatched failure from the…

  2. Free agent Heath Bell expects to re-sign with the Padres

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    While packing up his locker yesterday impending free agent Heath Bell told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that he expects to re-sign with the Padres this offseason: It’s one of those things that hopefully the front office and my agent can do something. But I’m not worried about that. In my head, I’m…

  3. Fredi Gonzalez won’t say why he pitched to Hunter Pence

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Sorry if I’m dwelling here, but you’d dwell too if this was your team. Of all of the stuff that happened in last night’s Braves-Phillies game, perhaps the most inexplicable was Fredi Gonzalez’s decision to pitch to Hunter Pence with two out and a runner on third in the 13th inning.  Behind Pence — who…

  4. Yankees announce playoff rotation, Ivan Nova to start Game 2

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Ivan Nova pitches to Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    Last night Joe Girardi revealed his plans for the Yankees’ playoff rotation, announcing that CC Sabathia will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers followed by rookie Ivan Nova in Game 2 and veteran Freddy Garcia in Game 3. Not exactly how the Yankees’ brass saw their October pitching shaking out back in…

  5. Fire Francona? Nonsense

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Because people naturally look for a fall guy in such instances, the question that was only simmering over the past few days has blown up today: should the Red Sox fire Terry Francona?  It’s the subject of columns. And a survey. And I presume it’s going to be all over talk radio.  But does it…

  6. White Sox initially requested Logan Morrison for Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald the White Sox initially offered to trade manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins for Logan Morrison before eventually settling for a pair of minor leaguers. When the Marlins first pursued Guillen last year Morrison was reportedly the asking price as well, but with only one season remaining…

  7. Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the hitters

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    American League Batting average 1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .344 2. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .338 3. Michael Young (Tex): .338 Home runs 1. Jose Bautista (Tor): 43 2. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 41 3. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 39 RBI 1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 119 2. Robinson Cano (NYY): 118 3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): 117 Runs 1. Curtis…

  8. Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the pitchers

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    American League Wins 1. Justin Verlander (Det): 24 2. CC Sabathia (NYY): 19 3. Jered Weaver (LAA): 18 ERA 1. Justin Verlander (Det): 2.40 2. Jered Weaver (LAA): 2.41 3. James Shields (TB): 2.82 Strikeouts 1. Justin Verlander (Det): 250 2. CC Sabathia (NYY): 230 3. James Shields (TB): 225 WHIP 1. Justin Verlander (Det):…

  9. Wednesday night’s timeline: yeah, things were pretty exciting

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    It’s hard to convey just how frantic and awesome last night’s baseball action was. I was lucky: I had the full-immersion thing happening, with a TV next to my computer monitor, switching between three games while on Twitter, cell phone by my side while half the world texted me.  Total, fabulous overload. If you weren’t…

  10. Eugenio Velez sets a dubious record

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Last night wasn’t all about heroic comebacks and epic collapses. Some history of a smaller, more dubious nature was made. Specifically: Eugenio Velez broke a modern-day record for a non-pitcher by going hitless in his final 46 at-bats. He did it with a grounder to second as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks.…

  11. What they’re saying about the collapses

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    We had a taste of what was said about the Red Sox’ collapse last night, but there will be more commentary and reaction coming in all day today.  Come, let us bask in the failure: Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “They failed. They failed in the way this entire month had been a failure. They took…

  12. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Rays' Evan Longoria runs to home plate as his teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Can we breathe now? Look guys, you know what happened in these games, so forgive me if I’m light on the details. We have full breakdowns all over the place. I’m still in shock. Rays 8, Yankees 7: Evan Longoria. Dan Johnson. Oh my gods. Did that really happen? [checks] Yes. Yes, it did happen.…

  13. Red Sox, Braves let month full of chances slip away

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:56 AM EDT


    The collapses of the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves might have seemed sudden during Wednesday night’s wild action, but in reality they were a long time coming. Red Sox fans might be tempted to blame Joe Girardi for subbing out his starters early against the Rays, or for leaving Mariano Rivera on the shelf…

  14. “Baseball is a sport for red-blooded men, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest”

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:26 AM EDT

    Ryan Theriot

    “Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.” Ty Cobb said that, more than 80 years ago.

  15. What they’re saying: the Red Sox schadenfreude edition

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:25 AM EDT

    Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway and pitcher Jonathan Papelbon walk off the field after their loss to the Orioles in Baltimore

    Curt Schilling: Not sure what I just got done watching really happened. Most amazing, incredible, frustrating and crushing 2 hours of baseball ever. Red Sox GM Theo Epstein: Can’t sugarcoat this. This is awful. Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, after his game-winning hit: End of season like this, [to] make Boston go home sad, crying,…

  16. Rays advance to postseason with 12th-inning win, Red Sox loss

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:14 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Reid Brignac, Sean Rodriguez

    The Rays beat the Yankees 8-7 in the 12th inning on an Evan Longoria walkoff homer Wednesday, while the Red Sox fell to the Orioles 4-3 after Jonathan Papelbon gave up two ninth-inning runs. Tampa Bay’s win came after a furious six-run eighth and a Dan Johnson homer with two outs in the ninth ruined a…

  17. Chris Carpenter hurls shutout and Braves continue collapse as St. Louis captures Wild Card

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

    carp ap

    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter defined the term “ace” Wednesday night in Houston, limiting the Astros to just two hits over nine scoreless innings. He issued only one walk and struck out 11 batters, throwing 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes. Every member of the St. Louis starting lineup netted a hit as the Redbirds…

  18. Rays tie it in ninth on Dan Johnson homer

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:57 PM EDT

    Dan Johnson

    And then Dan Johnson tied it. With the Yankees’ tying a major league record by using their 10th pitcher in a nine-inning game, Johnson delivered a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth to put the Rays game into extra innings on Wednesday. Cory Wade, who was released by the Rays earlier this year,…

  19. Rays roar back with six in eighth, trail Yankees 7-6

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Johnny Damon

    The Rays finally got to the Yankees’ eighth and ninth pitchers of the night. After being held to two hits over seven scoreless innings, the Rays came back with six runs off Boone Logan and Luis Ayala in the bottom of the eighth tonight.  Evan Longoria‘s three-run homer was the big blast. The Rays also…

  20. Craig Kimbrel blows save for Braves in top of ninth

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    Craig Kimbrel gave up a single, two walks and then a sacrifice fly to Chase Utley, allowing the Phillies to tie the Braves 3-3 in the top of the ninth. Kimbrel remained in afterwards, but he was pulled after another walk, this one to Hunter Pence, loaded the bases.  Kris Medlen, making just his second…

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