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  1. Kevin Towers optimistic that Jerry Dipoto will stay with the Diamondbacks

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    After beating out Jerry Dipoto for the Diamondbacks general manager job Kevin Towers is now trying to talk the former interim GM into staying with the organization as his right-hand man. They met yesterday for the second time and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’re “planning to spend more time together in…

  2. Red Sox, Angels to go "wallet-to-wallet" for Carl Crawford

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Buster Olney just tweeted that the “speculation among rival executives” is that the Angels and Red Sox are going to go “wallet-to-wallet” for Carl Crawford this winter. Interesting if true. We’ve heard that the Angels want him and are ready to spend to do it.  The Red Sox as a player for Carwford seems less…

  3. Josh Hamilton could play this weekend

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    He doesn’t sound like the picture of health, but Josh Hamilton says he’s feeling better. He took some batting practice yesterday and shagged flies. Though, as Anthony Andro of the Star-Telegram reports, he didn’t make any throws and still has a lot of stiffness.  He says he’s working out at about 60% right now. Hamilton…

  4. Phillies choose drawn-out, Big Three-friendly NLDS schedule

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    By virtue of finishing with the National League’s top record the Phillies got to choose between a seven-day or eight-day schedule for the NLDS, and as expected they picked the drawn-out version that allows them to rely exclusively on the trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels in the five-game series. They’ll open…

  5. Miguel Cabrera to miss final six games with high ankle sprain

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera left Monday’s game after tweaking his ankle running the bases and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam revealed the dreaded high-ankle sprain that will knock him out for the final six games of the season. Whether missing the final week will significantly hurt Cabrera’s chances for the MVP award is…

  6. More clinchy video champagney goodness: Yankees and Rays

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    I’ve been putting up videos of the clinching celebrations of everyone else, so I may as well put up the Rays and Yankees too. Bonus: the entire crowd from the Rays game fit in the clubhouse for the party!

  7. Pirates clinch MLB's worst record and next year's No. 1 pick

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Last night the Pirates won for just the 56th time this season and still managed to clinch the worst record in baseball. That and an 18th consecutive losing season is obviously the bad news. The good news is that they’ve also secured the No. 1 overall pick in next June’s draft. Right now Rice third…

  8. Somebody check on Brandon Phillips

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Reds had the traditional champagne and beer shower last night (see the video below), as was their God-given right as men, baseball players and Americans (and Dominicans and Mexicans and Cubans and everyone else on the roster).  It’s probably worth sending over some chicken soup and aspirin to one of those players, however, because…

  9. "Setup man of the decade" Scot Shields pondering retirement

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Scot Shields is one of the elite relievers of the past decade, but missed most of last season with a knee injury and was relegated to mop-up duties for the Angels this season with a 5.28 ERA in 46 low-leverage innings before injuring his elbow on September 7. Yesterday the 34-year-old right-hander told Dan Woike…

  10. More Rays fans show up for the clincher

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    It wasn’t exactly standing room only, but let the record reflect that 17,891 souls showed up for the Rays’ playoff clinching game last night. I don’t have the energy to go back into yesterday’s What Does This Mean discussion, but I figured people should know. And no, this is not an epic fail in light…

  11. Be happy when R.A. Dickey finally gets his payday

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    The next time you rail against millionaire ballplayers, remember that not all of them — not even all of them who have been in and around the big leagues for a while — are rollin’ in it. R.A. Dickey certainly ain’t rich yet, though hopefully he’ll cash in this winter with either a nice arbitration…

  12. Ryan Dempster: Give Mike Quade the Cubs job

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    A few weeks ago, A Guy I Talked to Who Knows Stuff said that the Cubs players are big, big Mike Quade fans and wanted him to get the job. It was pretty obvious, however, that the players were going to keep quiet about it and let Jim Hendry and Tom Ricketts do their job…

  13. The Yankees score six the hard way

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    I hadn’t noticed this, but reader Kevin pointed it out to me in the comments this morning: The Yankees scored six runs last night without any of them scoring on a hit. They had three sacrifice flies, a bases loaded walk and two run-scoring ground outs. Kevin wanted to know if a team had ever…

  14. So who's the Hall of Fame 'roider Tom Boswell mentioned last night?

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    A Washington Post reporter watched a Hall of Fame player use what he assumed were PEDs. Why are we just hearing about this now?

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

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 AM EDT

    What a night. Everyone got all clinchy.

  16. Yankees, Rays now put focus on division

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    It was a dramatic night in the MLB playoff races on Tuesday, with the Cincinnati Reds clinching the NL Central for their first postseason trip since 1995, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays also assuring themselves places in the postseason, eliminating the Boston Red Sox in the process. The AL teams are…

  17. Reds clinch first trip to postseason since 1995

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    And what a way to do it. Jay Bruce homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning against Tim Byrdak just a short while ago, propelling the Reds to a 3-2 walkoff win over the Astros. The Reds have wrapped up the National League Central division and are now headed to the postseason…

  18. Rays and Yankees clinch, but there's still work to do

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    It’s been a foregone conclusion for weeks, but we now officially know who is playoff-bound in the American League. In front of a crowd of 17,891, the Rays just shut out the Orioles by the score of 5-0, clinching the franchise’s second ever trip to the postseason. David Price delivered eight shutout frames en route…

  19. Martin Prado done for season with hip pointer and torn oblique

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    Quick, somebody check on Craig, because the road just got much tougher for the Braves. The team announced his evening that Martin Prado will miss the remainder of the 2010 season, including a potential playoff run, after an MRI revealed a hip pointer and a torn oblique muscle. He will need two months of rest…

  20. Justin Upton receives good news on left shoulder

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Dr. James Andrews told Justin Upton that the slight tear in the labrum of his left shoulder has not gotten worse. Upton, who just turned 23 in August, has been limited to just four games this month due to left shoulder soreness. The root of the injury actually dates…

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