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  1. Somebody check on Brandon Phillips

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Reds had the traditional champagne and beer shower last night (see the video below), as was their God-given right as men, baseball players and Americans (and Dominicans and Mexicans and Cubans and everyone else on the roster).  It’s probably worth sending over some chicken soup and aspirin to one of those players, however, because…

  2. "Setup man of the decade" Scot Shields pondering retirement

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Scot Shields is one of the elite relievers of the past decade, but missed most of last season with a knee injury and was relegated to mop-up duties for the Angels this season with a 5.28 ERA in 46 low-leverage innings before injuring his elbow on September 7. Yesterday the 34-year-old right-hander told Dan Woike…

  3. More Rays fans show up for the clincher

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    It wasn’t exactly standing room only, but let the record reflect that 17,891 souls showed up for the Rays’ playoff clinching game last night. I don’t have the energy to go back into yesterday’s What Does This Mean discussion, but I figured people should know. And no, this is not an epic fail in light…

  4. Be happy when R.A. Dickey finally gets his payday

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    The next time you rail against millionaire ballplayers, remember that not all of them — not even all of them who have been in and around the big leagues for a while — are rollin’ in it. R.A. Dickey certainly ain’t rich yet, though hopefully he’ll cash in this winter with either a nice arbitration…

  5. Ryan Dempster: Give Mike Quade the Cubs job

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    A few weeks ago, A Guy I Talked to Who Knows Stuff said that the Cubs players are big, big Mike Quade fans and wanted him to get the job. It was pretty obvious, however, that the players were going to keep quiet about it and let Jim Hendry and Tom Ricketts do their job…

  6. The Yankees score six the hard way

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    I hadn’t noticed this, but reader Kevin pointed it out to me in the comments this morning: The Yankees scored six runs last night without any of them scoring on a hit. They had three sacrifice flies, a bases loaded walk and two run-scoring ground outs. Kevin wanted to know if a team had ever…

  7. So who's the Hall of Fame 'roider Tom Boswell mentioned last night?

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    A Washington Post reporter watched a Hall of Fame player use what he assumed were PEDs. Why are we just hearing about this now?

  8. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 AM EDT

    What a night. Everyone got all clinchy.

  9. Yankees, Rays now put focus on division

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    It was a dramatic night in the MLB playoff races on Tuesday, with the Cincinnati Reds clinching the NL Central for their first postseason trip since 1995, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays also assuring themselves places in the postseason, eliminating the Boston Red Sox in the process. The AL teams are…

  10. Reds clinch first trip to postseason since 1995

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    And what a way to do it. Jay Bruce homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning against Tim Byrdak just a short while ago, propelling the Reds to a 3-2 walkoff win over the Astros. The Reds have wrapped up the National League Central division and are now headed to the postseason…

  11. Rays and Yankees clinch, but there's still work to do

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    It’s been a foregone conclusion for weeks, but we now officially know who is playoff-bound in the American League. In front of a crowd of 17,891, the Rays just shut out the Orioles by the score of 5-0, clinching the franchise’s second ever trip to the postseason. David Price delivered eight shutout frames en route…

  12. Martin Prado done for season with hip pointer and torn oblique

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    Quick, somebody check on Craig, because the road just got much tougher for the Braves. The team announced his evening that Martin Prado will miss the remainder of the 2010 season, including a potential playoff run, after an MRI revealed a hip pointer and a torn oblique muscle. He will need two months of rest…

  13. Justin Upton receives good news on left shoulder

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Dr. James Andrews told Justin Upton that the slight tear in the labrum of his left shoulder has not gotten worse. Upton, who just turned 23 in August, has been limited to just four games this month due to left shoulder soreness. The root of the injury actually dates…

  14. Josh Hamilton continues to eye weekend return

    Sep 28, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Working out before Tuesday’s game, Josh Hamilton took 20 swings off a tee and 20 more of the soft-toss variety as he continues his comeback from two fractured ribs. Hamilton said he swung with about 60-percent effort and labeled it “a good day,” according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. He also shagged flyballs in the outfield…

  15. I almost got free Padres tickets by flirting with Heath Bell

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    What are you lookin’ at? You’ve never tried to butter up a relief pitcher for free stuff? Don’t judge me.

  16. Giants perpare for possible playoff, move up Tim Lincecum

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Having Monday off gave the Giants a lot more flexibility in dealing with their rotation this week, and they announced Tuesday that they’re taking advantage of it by moving Tim Lincecum’s start from Thursday to Wednesday. Lincecum was switched with Madison Bumgarner in case the Giants face a must-win 163rd game next Monday. Lincecum could…

  17. Adrian Beltre: family is going to dictate where I go

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    I’m a family man myself, so I totally understand it when someone says they’re doing something for the good of their family. Nothing is more important, even if sometimes it appears that the ballgame on TV is. And if I don’t want to put down the book I’m reading. And even if when I say…

  18. Must-click link: Kenny Powers' career stats on Fan Graphs

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    In honor of the second season of Eastbound and Down premiering on HBO, David Appelman of Fan Graphs took Kenny Powers’ career stats from the show’s website and translated them into Wins Above Replacement. Fan Graphs: Kenny Powers career stats Of course, Powers will probably never see his WAR totals because as noted in the…

  19. Comment of the Day: "Hey Calcaterra! Get your head out of your a–!"

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    This is less about the comment itself — though it is a good one — than it is about the nature of the Comment of the Day feature. Which is going to change a bit going forward.

  20. Rays to give away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow's game

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    No doubt in response to David Price calling out fans for not showing up to last night’s game and the subsequent criticism he’s received, the Rays announced that they’re giving away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow night’s game. All the details haven’t been released yet, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that…

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