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  1. David Price to pitch in relief Saturday

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Craig informed us early this morning that Rays manager Joe Maddon was thinking about starting David Price on Saturday against the Royals. Not so. It turns out that Price is expected to pitch two innings in relief, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Either Jeremy Hellickson or Andy Sonnanstine are set to…

  2. About those flyover cameras for the playoffs

    Oct 1, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    Just spoke with one of my operatives in Braves nation, who has a report on those flyover cameras FOX will be using for the playoffs. And which — I did not realize — are being tested this weekend for the Braves-Phillies series. The verdict: no worries about the cameras or the wires interfering with game…

  3. Jerry DiPoto is staying with the Diamondbacks

    Oct 1, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Rosenthal reports that Jerry Dipoto will remain with the Diamondbacks as the head of scouting and player development. This is an about-face from a week ago when, after Dipoto was bypassed for the Snakes’ GM job in favor of Kevin Towers, it was assumed he’d leave the organization. Hard to say what kind of shot…

  4. Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    We’ve heard this for the past couple of days, but now it’s confirmed: Josh Hamilton is back in the Rangers’ lineup for tonight’s game. The somewhat surprising caveat: he’s not DHing. He’s playing center field. Given that his biggest issue these past few weeks has been stiffness when he tries to throw, this should probably…

  5. Mike Sweeney: Good guy. But aren't we all when things go well?

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    There’s a story in today’s Delco Times about Mike Sweeney. About how great a guy he is. About how he adds so much to the Phillies’ team chemistry and has made the clubhouse a happier, friendlier place to be. Because of him, they’re “the feel-good Phillies.” No mention whatsoever, though, of the fact that back…

  6. Congratulations Adrian Beltre and Shane Victorino

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino is not with the Phillies today. Adrian Beltre is not with the Red Sox today. Why? Victorino’s wife had a baby last night and Beltre’s wife just went into labor this afternoon.  This almost certainly ends Beltre’s season. Victorino will obviously join the Phillies before the playoffs start. On behalf of the entire…

  7. Forget it: Omar and Jerry are still alive

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    So I guess Jon Heyman was just jumping the gun this morning: Andy Martino of the Daily News says that “multiple sources say Manuel and Minaya have been told nothing about their status,” and he insists that they will not be fired until at least Sunday. Why anyone is trying to scoop anyone else on…

  8. Wanna buy George Steinbrenner's mash notes?

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    I’m guessing that love letters from a college-age George Steinbrenner would be just a notch below Vogon poetry on the hideousness scale, but I’d kinda like to see them anyway. And lucky for us, they’re being auctioned! Mary Jane Schriner met the future Yankees owner when she was 16 years old and he was entering…

  9. Deep Thoughts: The Blue Jays' home runs

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    A friend of mine emailed me a few minutes ago and asked — all of my previous objections to PED accusations of Jose Bautista notwithstanding — whether the fact that the Blue Jays had hit so many home runs this year still didn’t raise any suspicions in my mind. Specifically, he noted — correctly —…

  10. Must-click link: Rob McElhenney talks Phillies

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have upcoming guest appearances on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so Todd Zolecki of MLB.com talked to the show’s co-creator and co-star Rob McElhenney about the episode and his Phillies fandom. Zolecki: Rob McElhenney Talks Utley, Howard and Phillies If you’re a fan of the show you’ll love the interview,…

  11. Troy Tulowitzki isn't pleased with some of his teammates

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki isn’t one for (a) modern hairstyles; or (b) cliches about how the team tied its hardest but just fell short. He’s quite out front, in fact, in saying that he’s not happy with some of his teammates: “There are definitely some guys in this room that are at points in their career where…

  12. Adam Wainwright slams Jack Clark

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright was on ESPN Radio in St. Louis yesterday, and he went off on Jack Clark for saying that the Cardinals were quitters: Those were stupid comments. Hopefully he knows that anyways. You got a guy who likes to hear himself talk, that’s all it is. You notice in every big situation, whether it’s…

  13. Brewers owner gives general manager Doug Melvin a vote of confidence

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Despite back-to-back losing seasons Brewers owner Mark Attanasio gave general manager Doug Melvin a strong vote of confidence yesterday, saying: “He’s the guy next year.” Attanasio admitted to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Melvin had “a tough season” but added that “in my six seasons here this was his first tough season”…

  14. Jerry and Omar get the axe. I think.

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman is reporting that Mets manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya “will not return in their current roles next season.” I guess this means that this is official and that they’ve been told and stuff, but it’s not clear from Heyman’s tweet (which I couldn’t read in the first place, because he…

  15. HBT Daily: The Final Weekend is Here

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about just how badly the Padres are screwed right now.

  16. There goes the neighborhood: Twins and Timberwolves fight over 2,800-square foot billboard

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Despite being next-door neighbors in downtown Minneapolis and having the same corporate sponsorship for their venues the Twins and Timberwolves are having a squabble over the size and placement of a new advertisement. Target Center, which is home to the Timberwolves, is currently installing a 2,800-square foot billboard advertising local health care provider Sanford Health…

  17. Reader Dissent: Craig, you don't know jack about walk rates

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if this reader is right about me being wrong, but it sounds good enough to post. Maybe some of you can parse this better than me.

  18. Cliff Lee has posted the lowest walk rate in 77 years

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee won’t be pitching on short rest this postseason. He also, if regular season form holds up, won’t be issuing many walks. From the Elias Stats bureau, via Buster Olney, is this fairly astounding factoid: Lee walked only 18 batters in 212 innings this year. That translates to a walk rate of 0.76 per…

  19. Why did the Pirates fire Double-A manager of the year Matt Walbeck?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Pirates fired Double-A manager Matt Walbeck after he won the Eastern League championship and manager of the year award, which had many people scratching their heads. It still seems like an odd move given how successful Walbeck has been–winning four manager of the year awards and three championships in six seasons in the…

  20. Comment: why a challenge system for replay would be terrible

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    My biggest objection to a challenge system has long been based on the fact that that’s what the NFL uses in its repay system, and the NFL is wrong about everything, so there.  But there are baseball arguments against it as well, as reader Shimoda pointed out this morning: The first time LaRussa or some…

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