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  1. Papelbon blames the ump for his blown save

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon blew the save last in last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. This was due in part to a walk to Alex Rodriguez just prior to Robinson Cano’s RBI single that tied the game.  It was a walk Papelbon didn’t think was deserved: “Really rough tonight, considering the fact that I’m not only pitching against…

  2. Ken Macha gave Trevor Hoffman $250K yesterday

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    More or less. As Adam McCalvy tweeted, by finishing his 35th game, the buyout on Hoffman’s option year goes up to $750,000 from $500,000. This isn’t odd or controversial, really. Hoffman has been used to finish games in non-save situations a lot in August and September, and if you’re not going to use him in…

  3. Don Mattingly doesn't have that much pull in Dodgersland

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    A week after Don Mattingly was named manager of the Dodgers Ned Colletti shipped his son — Dodgers farmhand Preston Mattingly — off to Cleveland for another minor league outfielder. Given that Mattingly is 23 and has struggled in A-ball, the trade likely wasn’t motivated by the Indians coveting him and offering value in return.…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I am an Ohio State fan. God, how I hate Ohio State fans.

  5. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    The Phillies have to wait at least one more day to clinch the division title because — despite totally being capable of it, I’m sure — the Braves didn’t lose twice in one game.

  6. The Week Ahead: Three-way battle for AL supremacy

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:52 AM EDT

    The American League playoff field is set, with the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins clinching their divisions, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays soon to sort out who will be the AL East champion and who will be the wild card team. But there is one big thing left to watch for…

  7. Olsen shut down due to lingering shoulder soreness

    Sep 26, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen has been shut down for the rest of the season because of lingering discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Olsen hasn’t pitched since September 17, when he allowed three hits and an earned run in a two-inning relief appearance against the Phillies.  “He was going to…

  8. Kinsler drops appeal of suspension, takes Sunday off

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Here’s an odd turn of events. Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was suspended one game by Major League Baseball in mid-September for celebrating a walkoff win despite being ejected earlier in the contest. Kinsler appealed…

  9. Hawksworth released from hospital, likely done for season

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an update on the status of Cardinals reliever Blake Hawksworth, who was nailed in the face by a comebacker during Saturday’s game against the Cubs. Hawksworth was given 30 stitches on his mouth…

  10. Ryan Zimmerman feeling little progress in right oblique

    Sep 26, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Things are looking grim for Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. He was diagnosed with a strained right oblique muscle earlier this week and, according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, has yet to report and kind of improvement…

  11. Jeremy Bonderman says return to Tigers is unlikely

    Sep 26, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

    Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman was lit up for seven earned runs in just four innings Saturday against the Twins and did some venting in the clubhouse afterward. Bonderman, an impending free agent, told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that “in all honestly” he probably won’t be back with the Tigers next season.  Whether he…

  12. Bob Brenly out of running for Cubs' job. But why?

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    The Cubs weren’t kidding when they said that their search for a new manager would be a long and wide-reaching process. Several candidates have already been interviewed and others will join the party as the regular season winds down. One candidate, however, withdrew from the running on Saturday.

  13. Ozzie Guillen talks about his future, Cubs vacancy

    Sep 26, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    The baseball world seems to have a love-hate relationship with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.  He’s honest, and we all like honesty.  Or, at least we pretend to like honesty.  But he’s also loud and somewhat egotistical, and maybe even a little crazy. Guillen let loose on Saturday when asked about his future with the…

  14. Volstad working on lengthy scoreless innings streak

    Sep 26, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad opened the 2010 season firmly entrenched in the club’s starting rotation. But a rough April and a brutal July saw to his demotion to Triple-A New Orleans before the month of August. He doesn’t look like the..

  15. John Lindsey, 33-year-old rookie, done for season

    Sep 26, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    It’s not difficult to understand why we as baseball fans root for the past-his-prime rookie. They’re underdogs. They’re like us in some ways. They’re finally getting a shot in “The Show.” All that Hollywood stuff. 33-year-old John Lindsey, an infielder for for the Dodgers, provided a Hollywood moment on…

  16. Hamilton avoids alcohol in celebration of AL West clinching

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    We’re all familiar with the scene after baseball teams clinch postseason spots.  Champagne everywhere.  Beer poured over heads that are guarded only by goggles.  Cigars lit and puffed frequently.  Laughter.  Cheering.  It’s all very cool and all very innocent, but not to an addict. So Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who spent his first couple years…

  17. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire hit in head by errant throw

    Sep 25, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Scary moment in Detroit. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was hit in the head by an errant warm-up throw before Saturday’s game against the Tigers and was spotted bleeding from the ear. A Twins spokesman…

  18. Rangers beat A's, clinch American League West crown

    Sep 25, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    Buoyed by a solid performance from starter Derek Holland and a game-winning eighth-inning home run by first baseman Jorge Cantu, the Rangers became the second MLB team to wrap up a spot in the playoffs Saturday with a 4-3 victory over the A’s. The Twins grabbed the American League Central crown earlier this week. Congratulations…

  19. Yankees bring in ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy for pep talk

    Sep 25, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, the Yankees brought in former Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy to speak with the team in a closed-door meeting before Saturday’s game against the Red Sox. Phil Hughes said the subject matter of the speech was “more life experiences” than sports, so this wasn’t a strictly “rah-rah” affair. Yankees manager…

  20. Ryan Zimmerman could miss rest of season

    Sep 25, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman was out of the starting lineup for the third straight day Saturday due to a strained rib muscle. According to what Nationals manager Jim Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it’s possible he may not play again this season. “We’re just going to be really conservative about when we put him…

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