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  1. Mariano Rivera: is it time to panic?

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera has blown three saves in his last six outings. In that time he’s given up six runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings. There is consternation about this in various corners of the Internet this morning. Is it time to panic? While panicking can be quite fun, I’m inclined towards chilling…

  2. Mike Pelfrey interested in long-term contract with Mets

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey will be eligible for salary arbitration this offseason for the first time, but the 26-year-old right-hander told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that he’s interested in working out a long-term contract with the Mets: I would be interested. They’d have to bring it up, but I’m sure we’ll explore it. I’m definitely open to…

  3. Gavin Floyd unlikely to pitch again this season

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    After hinting at it last week, it sounds like the White Sox will indeed shut down Gavin Floyd because of shoulder soreness. Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that there’s really no sense in having him make one final start with the White Sox out of contention: In my mind, I think we should…

  4. Andy Pettitte will play, at most, one more season

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is not under contract for 2011, but he may very well come back for one more season, if for no other reason, than the Yankees will unload a dump truck full of money for him after seeing how shaky their rotation was when he wasn’t in it.  But they can forget about 2012,…

  5. Papelbon blames the ump for his blown save

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon blew the save last in last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. This was due in part to a walk to Alex Rodriguez just prior to Robinson Cano’s RBI single that tied the game.  It was a walk Papelbon didn’t think was deserved: “Really rough tonight, considering the fact that I’m not only pitching against…

  6. Ken Macha gave Trevor Hoffman $250K yesterday

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    More or less. As Adam McCalvy tweeted, by finishing his 35th game, the buyout on Hoffman’s option year goes up to $750,000 from $500,000. This isn’t odd or controversial, really. Hoffman has been used to finish games in non-save situations a lot in August and September, and if you’re not going to use him in…

  7. Don Mattingly doesn't have that much pull in Dodgersland

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    A week after Don Mattingly was named manager of the Dodgers Ned Colletti shipped his son — Dodgers farmhand Preston Mattingly — off to Cleveland for another minor league outfielder. Given that Mattingly is 23 and has struggled in A-ball, the trade likely wasn’t motivated by the Indians coveting him and offering value in return.…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I am an Ohio State fan. God, how I hate Ohio State fans.

  9. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    The Phillies have to wait at least one more day to clinch the division title because — despite totally being capable of it, I’m sure — the Braves didn’t lose twice in one game.

  10. The Week Ahead: Three-way battle for AL supremacy

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:52 AM EDT

    The American League playoff field is set, with the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins clinching their divisions, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays soon to sort out who will be the AL East champion and who will be the wild card team. But there is one big thing left to watch for…

  11. Olsen shut down due to lingering shoulder soreness

    Sep 26, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen has been shut down for the rest of the season because of lingering discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Olsen hasn’t pitched since September 17, when he allowed three hits and an earned run in a two-inning relief appearance against the Phillies.  “He was going to…

  12. Kinsler drops appeal of suspension, takes Sunday off

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Here’s an odd turn of events. Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was suspended one game by Major League Baseball in mid-September for celebrating a walkoff win despite being ejected earlier in the contest. Kinsler appealed…

  13. Hawksworth released from hospital, likely done for season

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an update on the status of Cardinals reliever Blake Hawksworth, who was nailed in the face by a comebacker during Saturday’s game against the Cubs. Hawksworth was given 30 stitches on his mouth…

  14. Ryan Zimmerman feeling little progress in right oblique

    Sep 26, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Things are looking grim for Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. He was diagnosed with a strained right oblique muscle earlier this week and, according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, has yet to report and kind of improvement…

  15. Jeremy Bonderman says return to Tigers is unlikely

    Sep 26, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

    Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman was lit up for seven earned runs in just four innings Saturday against the Twins and did some venting in the clubhouse afterward. Bonderman, an impending free agent, told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that “in all honestly” he probably won’t be back with the Tigers next season.  Whether he…

  16. Bob Brenly out of running for Cubs' job. But why?

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    The Cubs weren’t kidding when they said that their search for a new manager would be a long and wide-reaching process. Several candidates have already been interviewed and others will join the party as the regular season winds down. One candidate, however, withdrew from the running on Saturday.

  17. Ozzie Guillen talks about his future, Cubs vacancy

    Sep 26, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    The baseball world seems to have a love-hate relationship with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.  He’s honest, and we all like honesty.  Or, at least we pretend to like honesty.  But he’s also loud and somewhat egotistical, and maybe even a little crazy. Guillen let loose on Saturday when asked about his future with the…

  18. Volstad working on lengthy scoreless innings streak

    Sep 26, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad opened the 2010 season firmly entrenched in the club’s starting rotation. But a rough April and a brutal July saw to his demotion to Triple-A New Orleans before the month of August. He doesn’t look like the..

  19. John Lindsey, 33-year-old rookie, done for season

    Sep 26, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    It’s not difficult to understand why we as baseball fans root for the past-his-prime rookie. They’re underdogs. They’re like us in some ways. They’re finally getting a shot in “The Show.” All that Hollywood stuff. 33-year-old John Lindsey, an infielder for for the Dodgers, provided a Hollywood moment on…

  20. Hamilton avoids alcohol in celebration of AL West clinching

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    We’re all familiar with the scene after baseball teams clinch postseason spots.  Champagne everywhere.  Beer poured over heads that are guarded only by goggles.  Cigars lit and puffed frequently.  Laughter.  Cheering.  It’s all very cool and all very innocent, but not to an addict. So Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who spent his first couple years…

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