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  1. MLB-wide attendance declines for a third straight season

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    MLB set attendance records in 2007, averaging 32,785 fans per game and drawing a total of 79.5 million fans. Since then attendance has dropped each season, going from 32,528 and 78.6 million in 2008 to 30,350 and 73.4 million in 2009. And this season the totals fell again, with MLB averaging 30,141 fans per game…

  2. It's moving day for managers

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Most of the baseball world is on airplanes today with players, coaches, writers and everyone else flying home or to playoff cities or beaches or duck blinds or wherever it is they spend their offseason.  The exception: top brass who will be meeting for several teams to discuss the fates of their managers. One specifically…

  3. Behold: Your League Leaders

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    True Story: in the 1970s, the Elias Bureau kept track of who led each league in sideburns.

  4. Quote of the Day: Tim Lincecum was really, really ready for his champagne shower

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    And thank you, Associated Press, for protecting our virgin ears.

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    The Giants win the West, the Braves take the wild card and the Padres go home. As do 21 other teams on what was the final day of the 2010 regular season.

  6. Some love for Billy Wagner

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    How about ending your career with a season like this: 7 wins, 2 losses, 37 saves, 1.43 ERA, 104 strikeouts and 22 walks in 69 1/3 innings. 39-year-old Billy Wagner, who has maintained all season that this would be his last, ended his 16th major league campaign by striking out the last four batters he…

  7. Giants survive, eliminate Padres as NL postseason picture settled

    Oct 3, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Managing to avoid a home sweep, the Giants topped the Padres 3-0 on Sunday to win the NL West title. They’ll face the wild card Braves in the NLDS. Had the Padres won today, it would have forced two one-game playoffs, with the loser of Monday’s Giants-Padres game facing the Braves on Tuesday. The Giants,…

  8. Yankees loss gives Rays the AL East title

    Oct 3, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    The Red Sox came through for the Rays, besting the Yankees in the final two games of a three-game series and giving Tampa Bay the AL East title in the process. The Rays and Yankees entered the day with identical 95-66 records, but the Rays held the tiebreaker and thus clinched home-field advantage with the…

  9. Braves hold on to beat Phillies; 3-way tie still possible

    Oct 3, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    The Braves made it far too interesting after taking an 8-2 lead in the sixth inning Saturday, giving up two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth, yet they held on to beat the Phillies 8-7 and guarantee that Bobby Cox will manage at least one more game. With the victory, the Braves…

  10. UPDATE: Diamondbacks retain manager Kirk Gibson

    Oct 3, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com new Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers will make an announcement “regarding manager Kirk Gibson and coaching staff” Monday, with the assumption being that Gibson will be named the full-time manager…

  11. Matt Murton on the verge of replacing Ichiro Suzuki as Japan's single-season hit king

    Oct 3, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago, as former Cubs outfielder Matt Murton started closing is on Ichiro Suzuki’s single-season hit record in Japan, there was some speculation that opposing pitchers would cease giving him hittable pitches in an effort to keep him from breaking the record. That has proven to be overblown, as yesterday Murton tied Suzuki’s record…

  12. Detroit won't re-sign Johnny Damon; Ordonez to become FA

    Oct 3, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Speaking before Sunday’s season finale, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said he would not re-sign Johnny Damon or Gerald Laird this winter and that Magglio Ordonez’s $15 million option would be declined. Dombrowski also indicated that it was unlikely Jeremy Bonderman would be back, but that the team was in talks with fellow free-agent-to-be Brandon Inge…

  13. Tigers planning to use Phil Coke as a starter next season

    Oct 3, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    After acquiring Phil Coke from the Yankees this winter the Tigers talked about potentially putting him into the rotation, but eventually decided to keep him in the bullpen. He’s had a strong season, posting a 3.57 ERA and 51/25 K/BB ratio in 63 innings as a left-handed setup man, but the Tigers haven’t given up…

  14. Reds surprisingly pick Volquez over Arroyo for Game 1 start

    Oct 3, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo indicated following his final regular season start that he expected to start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Reds, but instead Dusty Baker announced yesterday that Edinson Volquez will take the mound in the playoff opener. Volquez returned from Tommy John elbow surgery in July and was demoted to the minors following…

  15. Report: Pirates will fire Russell, keep Huntington

    Oct 3, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    The Pirates are ready for change. Again. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette heard from “several internal sources” this weekend that the Bucs will cut ties with manager John Russell soon after the offseason hits. GM Neal Huntington, though…

  16. The Mariners lost their 100th game of the year on Saturday

    Oct 3, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Some MLB teams are entering this final day of the regular season with an eye on clinching a playoff spot. Others are hoping to avoid loss No. 101. The Mariners dropped their 100th game of the season…

  17. Breaking down Sunday's playoff scenarios…

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    No matter the results, really, this is going to be a crazy day in the baseball world. Let’s lay out the possible scenarios before everything gets going. The Padres, 90-71, are one game back of the Giants in the NL West and tied with the Braves in the NL Wild Card. The Giants, 91-70, lead the NL West by…

  18. Webb hits 84 MPH in second instructional league appearance

    Oct 2, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb might be making progress. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the impending free agent hit 84 MPH with his fastball in a second instructional league appearance Saturday. He hit just 81 MPH…

  19. Padres win again, push decisive Sunday showdown

    Oct 2, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    With the help of a fine outing by starter Tim Stauffer and production from the top of the lineup, the Padres grabbed a 4-2 victory over the Giants on Saturday in San Francisco and kept their playoff hopes alive. A win in Sunday’s regular…

  20. Evan Longoria will not return to lineup until playoffs

    Oct 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Evan Longoria said he will not return to the lineup until the playoffs begin on Wednesday. Longoria did his best to talk his way back into the lineup, but ultimately decided to play if safe after working out in front of Rays manager Joe Maddon and…

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