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  1. Tigers will try to re-sign Brandon Inge before free agency hits

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    General manager Dave Dombrowski said yesterday that the Tigers “would ideally like to” sign free agent-to-be Brandon Inge to a new contract before he hits the open market five days after the World Series: We have a month advantage over anybody else, so I would hope to find out. I never, ever hold it against…

  2. Heath Bell is the Deliveryman of the Year

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball has announced that Heath Bell has won the 2010 Delivery Man of the Year Award, presented annually to the league’s best relief pitcher. Bell had a 1.93 ERA and saved 47 saves in 50 chances. That was a save behind Brian Wilson, but Bell had a higher save percentage. Bell had a…

  3. Cliff Lee is the fourth pitcher since 1995 to throw 90 strikes in a playoff game

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    It’s been, like, an hour since I posted an amazing Cliff Lee stat, so … Lee threw 90 of his 120 pitches for strikes in last night’s complete-game win over the Rays, becoming the first pitcher since Orlando Hernandez in 2000 to throw 90 or more strikes in a playoff game. El Duque threw 91…

  4. Deep Thoughts: Did Frank Wren really mean to hire Fredi Gonzalez?

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  OK, maybe Wren was right. Gonzalez won the Sporting News’ Manager of the Year Award. Damn. I really wish he was deluded about that. It would have made for great blog fodder, basically, for every single game Gonzalez managed. 3:00 P.M.: Fredi Gonzalez was formally announced as the Braves new manager a few minutes…

  5. Mickey Mantle was a "neuromuscular genius" and may have played 17 years with a torn ACL

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wrote about Jane Leavy’s new Mickey Mantle biography and included this interesting tidbit regarding the Hall of Famer’s infamous 1951 knee injury: Her research into Mantle’s injury history rejects his claim that his right knee was operated on after he fell over a drain cover at Yankee Stadium…

  6. HBT Daily: looking back at the Division Series(s)

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the highlights — and lowlights — of the first round.

  7. Blue Jays interview various Red Sox coaches for manager gig

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Apparently the Blue Jays think the Red Sox have a pretty amazing coaching staff. CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam reports that the Blue Jays have already interviewed Red Sox third base coach Tim Bogar and bench coach DeMarlo Hale as potential replacements for manager Cito Gaston and also have Boston pitching coach John Farrell on their list…

  8. With the Phillies starters, a picture is worth a thousand words

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt are ready to answer the bell. Is Joe Blanton?

  9. Quote of the Day II: T.J. Simers on Frank McCourt

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    At some point it will feel like we’re piling on Frank McCourt. I just don’t think we’ve reached that point yet.

  10. No. 1 pick Bryce Harper to play in the Arizona Fall League

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    After initially indicating that they wouldn’t send Bryce Harper to the Arizona Fall League, the Nationals have changed their mind. According to general manager Mike Rizzo, the No. 1 overall pick will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions “effective immediately.” Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Harper will be on the Scorpions “taxi squad,” which means…

  11. Report: the Diamondbacks are prepared to unload the money truck on Yu Darvish

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Last month we heard reports that Japanese ace Yu Darvish could be posted this winter (i.e. his current club, Nippon Ham, could make him available to major league teams for a price). Now Patrick Newman of the excellent NPB Tracker passes along word that the Diamondbacks are willing to go as high as $80 million…

  12. Quote of the Day: Warming up in vain during a Cliff Lee start

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Rangers reliever Darren O’Day, on the bullpen chatter during Cliff Lee’s complete-game win over the Rays last night: About the sixth inning we were talking and we said, “Cliff’s gonna finish this game, but let’s warm up so our moms can see us at home.” He likes to finish what he starts. Lee is now…

  13. Pat Listach is finding little interest on the managerial market

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Bill Ladson of MLB.com noted that Pat Listach was no longer in the running for the Cubs’ managerial opening and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that Listach hasn’t even heard from the Brewers about their opening. Listach was drafted by Milwaukee in 1988 and won the Rookie of…

  14. Is there a TBS/MLB conspiracy to downplay bad calls?

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Some people get accused of being conspiracy theorists. I tend to get accused of erring too far in the other direction and not giving enough credence to conspiracy theories. Because sometimes they are true, after all.  My defense: I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy and the simpler the explanation is usually the better explanation…

  15. The Pirates interview Ken Macha for some reason

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Look, I’m sure Ken Macha is a fine man. He did little harm when given control of some talented Oakland teams. He did the best he could, I suppose, with a pretty bad Brewers team this year.  But he’s certainly not an inspiring choice for a team looking to fill a manager vacancy in 2011.…

  16. Jake Westbrook underwent surgery on non-throwing shoulder

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that free agent-to-be Jake Westbrook underwent surgery “to repair a small tear” in his left, non-throwing shoulder shortly after the regular season ended. According to Goold the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews within the past 10 days and came after Westbrook pitched through the…

  17. What Shin-Soo Choo really said

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    This morning we mentioned Shin-Soo Choo’s alleged desire to be “transferred” to a winning team, as reported in the Korea Times. Indians’ GM Chris Antonetti said that he suspected that there was a translation issue, because Choo had just told him a week or two ago that he wants to stay in Cleveland and is…

  18. A.J. Burnett prepares for ALCS start with simulated game

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett went unused in the ALDS, but the Yankees will need him to make one start in the ALCS. He hasn’t pitched since October 2, so to shake some of the rust off Burnett is scheduled to throw four or five innings in a simulated game today. Javier Vazquez and Chad Gaudin will also…

  19. Carl Crawford: "I don't want to leave"

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Here’s Carl Crawford, talking to the Tampa Tribune after last night’s game: “I don’t want to leave. Everybody knows that. I like it here, and I’ve made that known and wish something was able to be worked out.” Note the past tense. Not that anyone on the planet thinks that the Rays would ever shell…

  20. Magglio Ordonez: "I want to stay in Detroit, obviously"

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Because of an ankle injury Magglio Ordonez fell short of the 540 plate appearances needed to trigger his $15 million option for 2011, so the 37-year-old outfielder will be a free agent after six seasons in Detroit. Earlier this week Ordonez told Venezuelan reporter Augusto Cardenas that he wants to stay with the Tigers after…

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