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  1. Pirates will decline $9.75 million 2012 option on Paul Maholm

    Oct 12, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm

    Paul Maholm can be added to the list of free agent starting pitchers, as the Pirates have decided not to exercise their $9.75 million team option on the left-hander for 2012 and will give him a $750,000 buyout instead. “I’m going to test free agency and see where it goes,” Maholm told Rob Biertempfel of…

  2. A.J. Pierzynski admits to drinking during games because “sometimes you just need a rally beer”

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Dunn

    As the stories about Red Sox pitchers drinking in the clubhouse get bigger and bigger White Sox catcher (and FOX television analyst) A.J. Pierzynski admitted during a radio interview today that he’s also knocked back a beer or two during games. Here’s what Pierzynski said while appearing on Dan Patrick’s show: Yes, absolutely I have…

  3. That “Yankees lack killer instinct” stuff? Eh, not so much.

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Killer whale

    That Bob Klapisch “the Yankees lack killer instinct” article from this morning? The one which he cited the Yankees’ abysmal record in 2011 when trailing after seven or eight innings as evidence for said lack of killer instinct? Yeah, IIATMS pretty much debunks that. Quick: does anyone know if the Yankees ate chicken and biscuits in…

  4. “Written in the stars ….”

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    I was getting tired of the those “Legends are born in October” ads, but MLB finally came out with one that really speaks to me.

  5. Chris Davis chooses rest, rehab over sports hernia surgery

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Sports hernia surgery is popular this month, but Chris Davis has opted against going under the knife and will instead try to rest and rehab the injury that is now being called “an extreme groin strain.” Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Davis got a second opinion and was told that surgery isn’t needed, so…

  6. It’s gonna be a wet night in St. Louis

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    It seems like every time we have a good pitching matchup Mother Nature decides that we’re not worthy of it, throws some rain down and forces us to endure Middle Reliever And Fifth Starter Theater. Looks like that’s on tap for tonight in St. Louis as the Gallardo-Carpenter duel will almost certainly be interrupted by…

  7. ALCS Game 4 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Rangers-Tigers series: TEXAS RANGERS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Ryan Raburn, RF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Delmon Young, LF…

  8. Curt Schilling has a good point about that big Red Sox story

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Schilling

    There has been a lot of talk in the blogosphere and Twitterverse today about that Boston Globe story in which anonymous Red Sox sources basically tear Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and multiple Sox players a new one. Whether its use of anonymous sources was the right thing to do. Whether it had actual value or…

  9. MLB hiring former pitcher turned secret service agent as new security chief

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    bill bordley

    MLB will soon hire former secret service agent Bill Bordley as its new chief of security, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Before joining the secret service Bordley was a left-handed pitcher who appeared in eight games for the Giants as a 22-year-old in 1980, throwing 31 innings with a 4.70 ERA despite a ghastly…

  10. Ryan Howard had surgery today

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    ryan howard ap

    Matt Gelb reports that Ryan Howard had surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon this morning. The recovery time is unknown, though lots of people have been suggesting that it’s a solid six months.  I certainly wouldn’t bet the farm on him being in the Opening Day lineup right now but I suppose stranger…

  11. Charlie Manuel thinks pitching coach Rich Dubee would make a good manager

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Despite overseeing the best pitching staff in baseball this season Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee hasn’t been linked any managerial openings, which doesn’t sit well with Charlie Manuel. “He should be considered for some of these jobs,” Manuel told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. “I see that kind of skill in him. He’s a real good…

  12. Jim Crane to be approved in mid-November

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    We’ve heard so much back-and-forth on whether or not Jim Crane is going to be approved as the owner of the Astros and when that it’s hard to know what to believe anymore. But when Peter Gammons says it all matter-of-factly like this, it rings true: Houston ownership change expected to go through in mid-November,…

  13. Russell Martin expects to be back with the Yankees in 2012

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin signed with the Yankees as a free agent last offseason, but he remains arbitration eligible for 2012 and because of that the All-Star catcher said yesterday that he expects to be back in New York next season. “So either I’ll get offered a contract or I won’t get offered a contract,” Martin told…

  14. The Yankees’ problem? Lack of “killer instinct”

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Killer

    That’s Bob Klapisch’s view in his column this morning anyway. A-Rod and the Yankees couldn’t get a key hit against Joaquin Benoit or Max Scherzer last Thursday because, well, they just couldn’t will it to be so: The past-era Yankees had a ferocious trait that couldn’t be quantified. It was an intangible expectation of victory…

  15. Rangers won’t talk to C.J. Wilson until after the season

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    C.J. Wilson is on the verge of hitting the open market and signing a massive long-term contract as a free agent, but Rangers president Nolan Ryan said yesterday that the team won’t attempt to negotiate with him until after the season. “We don’t believe in negotiating during the season, so we have put that on…

  16. As the leaves turn, the “let’s contract the Rays” talk begins anew

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    I feel like I spent half of last offseason debunking the notion of Major League Baseball contracting a team, be it the A’s or the Rays or whoever. It’s an easy notion to debunk when you actually think about what contraction of a franchise would entail. Just off the top of my head it would…

  17. Buster Posey is hitting in cage and catching bullpen sessions

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    posey wider

    Buster Posey‘s surgically repaired left leg is strong enough that he caught an eight-minute bullpen session yesterday at the Giants’ instructional league complex in Arizona, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. That means Posey is slightly ahead of schedule, as the Giants had set November 1 as the target date for catching…

  18. Theo Epstein in Chicago: Can he break a second curse?

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    The first thing most people thought when the rumors of Theo Epstein possibly joining the Chicago Cubs began to circulate was “can he do it again?”  Can the man credited with ending baseball’s most famous world championship drought end baseball’s longest?  Now that Epstein and the Cubs have a deal, it’s worth taking a look…

  19. Red Sox “widely expected” to name Ben Cherington new GM

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    ben cherington red sox

    Theo Epstein has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $15 million contract with the Cubs, which means the Red Sox are now in search of a new general manager. However, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com that search won’t take long, as vice president of player personnel Ben Cherington “is widely expected” to replace Epstein as…

  20. The Phillies want Domonic Brown to play another year of Triple-A ball

    Oct 12, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Phillies Brown drops his bat and helmet at the plate after striking out in their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    From hope-for-the-future to organizational guy?  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday that he’d like outfielder Domonic Brown to spend another full season at Triple-A. Brown certainly hasn’t busted out in his 280 major league plate appearances, but man, he’s 24 now and he has never truly been given the chance to have a big…

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