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  1. HBT Daily: Rays, Braves and King Felix

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Because, as you’re well aware, I don’t like to talk about those subjects at all. Ever.

  2. Carlos Zambrano is 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA since rejoining the Cubs' rotation

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano knocked the Padres out of the Wild Card lead last night by tossing seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory, continuing his excellent run since rejoining the Cubs’ rotation following a misguided temporary move to the bullpen. Zambrano is now 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 10 outings since becoming a starter again,…

  3. Mat Gamel to undergo toe surgery later this week

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    After struggling through a toe injury for much of the season Mat Gamel has left the Brewers to undergo surgery Thursday. He’ll miss the final weekend of the season and more importantly his multi-position tryout will have to be put on hold for a while. Gamel figures to be in the Brewers’ lineup next season…

  4. Poll: Who's to blame for the Rays' poor attendance?

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Rays only drew 12,000 and change last night and have averaged only 23,000 a game all year. Tell us: who’s to blame?

  5. Jerry Dipoto may stay with the Diamondbacks after all

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    When the Diamondbacks hired Kevin Towers as their new general manager last week the assumption was that interim general manager Jerry Dipoto would leave the organization after finishing runner-up in the interview process, but now it sounds like he may stick around. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Towers has asked Dipoto to remain with…

  6. Price: Felix is the Cy Young winner, but Sabathia should be the AL MVP

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    That’s an argument you don’t hear very often, but Ed Price of FanHouse made it today.  After noting that people like me are probably going a bit too nuts in our Felix Hernandez campaigns — Price thinks Hernandez should and will win the award easily — he throws this out there: CC Sabathia is his…

  7. The Rays aren't the only team in the Bay Area having trouble

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    I do my best to avoid ever thinking about the NFL, but since some of you mentioned it in the comments, I feel obligated to note that the Rays aren’t the only team having trouble selling tickets in the Bay Area. The Bucs are facing an entire season’s worth of blackouts. Can’t blame the stadium…

  8. Report: Nationals unlikely to re-sign Adam Dunn because of defense (and one scout is insane)

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Reports about contract talks between Adam Dunn and the Nationals have varied so much throughout the season that it’s tough to know what to believe at this point, but today Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com writes that “sources familiar with the team’s thinking” believe “they’re likely to let him walk” as a free agent. According to…

  9. Ron Gardenhire is not pleased

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    The Twins have been playing pretty poorly since clinching last week. Ron Gardenhire has noticed, and had this to say after last night’s loss to the Royals: “Not a good game for our ballclub,” he said. “We didn’t pitch worth a crap. We haven’t pitched worth a crap this whole trip. It’s not acceptable. You…

  10. Jack Zduriencik is safe: Mariners "not thinking about changing the general manager at all"

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that general manager Jack Zduriencik will be back in 2011, which isn’t a surprise. In fact, given the praise heaped on him during Zduriencik’s first year on the job the surprising part is that his status is even in question near the end of Year…

  11. Ken Macha is all but gone. The Brewers should hire Ryne Sandberg

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    File this under the “no surprises” department, but our suspicion that Ken Macha will be fired by the Brewers is being bolstered this morning by Buster Olney’s report that “unless there is a last-hour change of heart on the part of the Brewers, Manager Ken Macha will not be retained.” I’d guess that the only…

  12. Braves to use Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    With their spot in the playoffs no longer secure and Jair Jurrjens’ knee injury looking more serious than initially believed, the Braves have decided to adjust their rotation by starting both Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest. Hudson fill face the Marlins tonight, followed by Lowe tomorrow, and they’ll both be pitching on…

  13. Yankees fans can't just write off A.J. Burnett

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    I understand why they may want to write him off, because boy howdy has he been awful.  He got shelled last night. He’s been shelled a lot this year.  While he has had some bad luck in recent starts due to weather and other things, it’s hard to argue against the notion that he has…

  14. Jarrod Saltalamacchia out 4-6 weeks following thumb surgery

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia was diagnosed with a leg infection one week after joining the Red Sox, returned to get 13 at-bats, and has now been diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament that will require surgery. He won’t play again this season and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time, which leaves him ample opportunity to…

  15. Rays attendance is not about fan apathy. It's a structural thing.

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    I think Bob nailed the Rays attendance hubbub pretty good last night, but I figured I’d add my thoughts. No one is saying that it’s wonderful that the Rays drew poorly last night (or draw poorly in general), but I think the notion of blaming Rays fans for their apathy or failure to support the…

  16. The Angels "are not limited financially in any way"

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    You know who is going to be a big free agent player? The Los Angeles Angels are going to be a big free agent player.  Why? Because they don’t care if they lose money or not. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles: According to a baseball source, the Angels expect to lose about $10 million…

  17. Miguel Cabrera is probably done for the season. What's that mean for the MVP race?

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera sprained his ankle while trying to get back to first on a pickoff play last night (hey, he has three stolen bases this year, so you’ve got to contain that risk!). It’s being described as a mild ankle sprain, but with only a few meaningless games left in the season it would seem…

  18. Martin Prado injured in Braves win

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Braves have dug themselves a big enough hole already, so they certainly didn’t need to add to the difficulty. But they did anyway. Inadvertently, of course, but possibly disastrously: Martin Prado hurt his hip while swinging at a pitch in the fifth. It’s been diagnosed as a hip pointer, and he “may be out…

  19. Prepare to enjoy Ken Burns' "Baseball" update. If you're from the East Coast.

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I’ve been hearing stuff like this from the Washington Post’s Tom Shales over and over from people fortunate enough to have previewed the update to Ken Burns’ “Baseball” — called “The Tenth Inning” — which premiers tonight: Your degree of interest might depend on where you live, since “Tenth Inning” tends to favor the Northeastern…

  20. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:11 AM EDT

    The Phillies clinch, the Braves pull slightly ahead of the Padres and the Reds and Yankees gotta wait another day.

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