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  1. Cubs formally interview Ryne Sandberg for manager opening

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that general manager Jim Hendry flew to Arizona yesterday to formally interview Ryne Sandberg for the Cubs’ managerial opening. Sandberg has spent the past four years managing in the minors and was recently named Pacific Coast League manager of the year for leading the Cubs’ Triple-A team to an 82-62…

  2. When did your favorite team get younger than you?

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Craig Robinson of the fantabulous Flip Flop Fly Ball turns 40 today. Happy Birthday, Craig! In honor of that occasion, he does what he does best: creates a fun graphic. This one is a chart illustrating how he has aged compared to the roster of the New York Yankees.  The first year in which a…

  3. Cardinals released Felipe Lopez because they were sick of him showing up late for games

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Cardinals sent Felipe Lopez home, releasing the 30-year-old veteran with two weeks remaining on his $1 million contract. The initial spin was that they made the move to create playing time for younger players, but general manager John Mozeliak later admitted that Lopez showing up late for Monday’s game was the final straw:…

  4. Must-click link: The best non-playoff teams of all time

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Second place may be first loser, but there were a lot of great teams in baseball history who came up just short.

  5. How Ozzie Guillen gets to Florida

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    We’ve been tracking the notion of Ozzie Guillen getting out of his White Sox contract to the Florida Marlins for some time now.  Ken Rosenthal has too, and this morning he’s reporting that Ozzie has a plan to do so:  He’ll ask the White Sox for a contract extension beyond 2011 (when his current deal…

  6. Video: Mauer and Thome, with beer dripping from their caps, think everything is "great"

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    If Joe Mauer and Jim Thome wanted to, they could probably set themselves up as co-benevolent dictators of The Kingdom of the Lakes and no one would bat an eye. It’d be all “what sort of cured meats would you like brought to you today, your highnesses?”  Then Thome would be all like “Oh, sit…

  7. The McCourts will resume settlement discussions this week

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Between Jamie McCourt’s dumb act — at least I hope it’s an act — and the testimony that lawyers working on the critical post-nuptial agreement substituted exhibits to the thing all willy-nilly, it’s safe to say that no one has any idea what the judge might ultimately do with the Dodgers. Jamie could get half…

  8. The Diamondbacks hire Kevin Towers

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that it’s a “done deal”: the Dbacks have offered their GM job to Kevin Towers and Towers has accepted. The new law students among you are obligated to note that, yes, there was consideration as well: a two-year contract, with “some option provisions.” Perhaps the most interesting thing about this is…

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

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Congratulations to the Minnesota Twins: 2010 American League Central Champions

  10. No matter what Rays do in playoffs, payroll to be reduced in '11

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:36 AM EDT

    Despite dropping their last two games to the New York Yankees this week, the Tampa Bay Rays have been among the best teams in baseball all season long. Entering Wednesday’s action, only the Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies have better records. They have a young, exciting nucleus of players, and the experience of having…

  11. Joe Torre apologizes, closes door on managing Mets

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:26 PM EDT

    Well, that didn’t take long. Though Joe Torre did not personally speak with Jerry Manuel today, he did issue a public apology just a short while ago while speaking with reporters in Los Angeles. He also formally “closed the door” on the possibly of managing the Mets. Here’s just a part of the public mea…

  12. Jim Edmonds injures himself on home run trot

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    If ever there was a sign a ballplayer should retire, this would be it: Cincinnati’s Jim Edmonds injured his right leg running the bases after a solo home run in the second and did not return to the field in the bottom of the inning. The Reds say that Edmonds, 40, has a strained right…

  13. Report: Diamondbacks to offer Kevin Towers GM job

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

    According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, “a reliable source” has told him that Kevin Towers will be offered the Diamondbacks’ general manager job. Should he accept, an official announcement could come as soon as tomorrow. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com told us earlier today that Towers was back in Arizona for a second interview, so…

  14. A.J. Hinch lands in Padres front office

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    A.J. Hinch, fired as the Diamondbacks’ manager earlier this season, has taken a job as San Diego’s vice president of professional scouting, according to the team’s media notes. Hinch, 36, may have flopped as a manager, but he was very well regarded in Arizona’s front office before former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes took a chance…

  15. Francisco Rodriguez to be arraigned Wednesday

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The New York Post is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has decided to surrender two weeks early for arraignment on charges of violating an order of protection. Rodriguez was supposed to court Oct. 7, but will instead be arrested and charged with contempt of court on Wednesday. K-Rod sent his former girlfriend and mother of his…

  16. Joe Mauer's MRI shows inflammation

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that Joe Mauer could be out another four or five days after an MRI showed inflammation in his ailing left knee. Gardenhire expects that Mauer will receive a cortisone shot for the knee, potentially sidelining him until the weekend. No serious problems were detected, but with the Twins in position…

  17. Jair Jurrjens likely to start Sunday for Braves

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens, who missed his start Monday with a knee injury, will likely pitch Sunday, manager Bobby Cox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jurrjens was diagnosed Tuesday with a slight horizontal meniscus tear in his right knee. It sounds like something he can pitch through for the rest of the year and get taken care of…

  18. Joey Votto scratched with sinus infection

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    National League MVP candidate Joey Votto was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to a sinus infection, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Chris Heisey replaced him in the lineup, with Jim Edmonds moving to first base. Votto hit his 35th homer as part of the Reds’ 5-2 win over the Brewers on Monday. He’s…

  19. Random, slightly mind-blowing factoid of the day

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Adam Morris of Lonestarball just tweeted something that made my mind reel for a few seconds: No starting pitcher who debuted in the majors after 1967 has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Nolan Ryan’s first game was in 1966. Since then the only arguable exception is Dennis Eckersley, but he obviously wasn’t inducted…

  20. Cardinals send Felipe Lopez "home for the rest of the season"

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    No specifics have emerged yet, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “the Cardinals have sent Felipe Lopez home for the rest of the season.” Lopez has a history of wearing out his welcome, but what makes this case interesting is that this is actually his second stint in St. Louis.…

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