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  1. Justin Morneau may be a playoff possibility after "four good days in a row"

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Last week manager Ron Gardenhire replied “I don’t see how it could possibly happen” when asked about Justin Morneau’s chances of playing again this season following a July 7 concussion, but general manager Bill Smith was far less willing to rule it out and yesterday the Twins revealed that Morneau has been symptom-free all week.…

  2. Report: Dusty Baker to sign a three-year extension with the Reds

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News is reporting that the Reds and Dusty Baker are really close to signing a three-year extension to keep Baker on as manager. All that’s left, McCoy says, is” dotting I’s and crossing T’s.”  Jeez, I know the Reds do things on a budget, but you’d think they’d at…

  3. Why is home field advantage no big advantage?

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    You’d think that having the home field advantage would help you in the playoffs. It really doesn’t do all that much for you. Why?

  4. Matt Walbeck wins Double-A manager of the year, gets fired by the Pirates

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Former big-league catcher Matt Walbeck was recently named Double-A manager of the year after guiding Altoona to the Eastern League championship, but last night the Pirates fired him. Walbeck told Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror that he was “surprised” by the move and received no clear explanation for the Pirates’ decision: No, not really.…

  5. Poll: Who should win the American League Cy Young Award?

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    I and the other members of the HBT gang have offered our opinions about the AL Cy Young Award more times than we can count. Now it’s your turn.

  6. Agent expects Ted Lilly to get a three-year deal this offseason

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ted Lilly’s agent, Larry O’Brien, said yesterday that he expects the veteran left-hander to get at least a three-year deal on the open market this offseason and added that the Dodgers’ financial issues could make it difficult for them to re-sign him. “I think the Dodgers are interested in signing Ted back,” O’Brien told Ken…

  7. Hideki Matsui would listen if the A's called

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hiedki Matsui isn’t having a fabulous year, but it hasn’t been terrible either: .272/.361/.454 with 20 homers.  He’ll likely want to play again in 2011, and I’m guessing some teams may be willing to give him a look. One team he talked about yesterday was the Athletics, who he tells Susan Slusser, might be a…

  8. Jake Westbrook and Cardinals interested in working out deal

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he’d “definitely” be interested in re-signing with the Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak said the team “obviously has interest” in retaining the impending free agent. Sounds like a perfect match, right? Well … Goold also reports that “the Cardinals reached out recently…

  9. Video: Man catches foul ball with a baby in his arms

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    This is nice and all, but I know a guy who is probably caught hell from the missus when he got home.

  10. Kevin Towers is still just "getting to know" Kirk Gibson

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Various reports are swirling that the Diamondbacks will remove the interim tag and make Kirk Gibson their full-time manager with a multi-year contract. However, new general manager Kevin Towers downplayed that speculation yesterday and said he’s still just “getting to know Gibby.” This is really still a getting-to-know-each-other session. When we start negotiations, nobody is…

  11. Game Three of the World Series to start before 7PM EDT

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    For the first time in over 20 years, a World Series game is going to start before 7pm Eastern time.  It will be Game Three which, thanks to the good people at Chevrolet who kicked in some extra advertising scratch, will start at 6:57 p.m. Game Three is scheduled for October 30th, and that’s a…

  12. Cito Gaston says goodbye to Toronto

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    As we say goodbye to Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and maybe Tony La Russa, let us not forget that another fine manager is saying farewell himself.

  13. Rumor: Omar Minaya to be fired Monday

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    We know he’s going to be relieved of his duties, but the rumor now — attributed to “sources” by the 7 Train to Shea blog — is that Omar Minaya’s last day as a Met employee will be Monday and that he won’t be given another job in the organization. I don’t doubt the firing…

  14. Andy Pettitte has a stiff back

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    As if A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez sucking eggs wasn’t enough, one of the Yankees’ good starters — Andy Pettitte —  says his back stiffened up on him during his start against the Red Sox last Friday. Which led to a not-good start, in which he allowed seven runs in less than four innings. Pettitte…

  15. Baseball, union to meet on K-Rod today

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Major League Baseball, union folk and enough lawyers to fill out an intermural volleyball team will meet today to chat about the grievance Francisco Rodriguez filed after the Mets withheld salary from him and purported to make his contract non-guaranteed for next season. I wouldn’t expect anything notable to happen today, inasmuch as this is…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:54 AM EDT

    Two doubleheaders? A walkoff strikeout? Despite most of the games not mattering all that much, it was a pretty damn good day/night of baseball.

  17. On the American League Cy Young Award debate and open-mindedness…

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

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    “Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” Mark Twain wrote that. And now I’m stealing it to head up a blog post about baseball stats. That’s either really cliche or really stupid. Or both. Yeah, it’s both…

  18. Mets officially shut down outfielder Carlos Beltran

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    No surprise here. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the Mets have decided to shut outfielder Carlos Beltran down for the rest of the 2010 season because of pain and discomfort in his surgically…

  19. Dodgers change course, shut down Clayton Kershaw

    Sep 29, 2010, 7:06 PM EDT

    All that talk about Clayton Kershaw making one final start? Yeah, let’s just toss that into the Hardball Talk garbage bin. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have scratched the young left-hander…

  20. Evan Longoria remains sidelined with strained left quad

    Sep 29, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been out since late last week because of a strained left quad and it sounds like he might not return until this weekend. Longoria took batting practice before Wednesday’s game and…

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