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  1. Mark Ellis may renegotiate contract to remain in Oakland

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Bob Geren removed Mark Ellis in the seventh inning yesterday so he could get a standing ovation from the Oakland crowd in the A’s final home game of the year, which suggests the manager doesn’t expect him back in 2011. Oakland has a $6 million option or $500,000 buyout on Ellis, who’s 33 years old…

  2. Man pulls sword over baseball card. Read on if you want; headline pretty much says it all.

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Look, this story pretty much explains itself, so let me use the preamble to the usual block quote to ask the media something: How hard would it have been to figure out which card the guy decided to flash steel over? I mean, it’s the ONE thing I want to know after reading this: Recently,…

  3. The Red Sox' offseason options: the less complicated, the better

    Sep 27, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest column spends some time looking at what the Red Sox might do this offseason.  The biggest possibility — and its not clear if this is from a source with knowledge or if it was pulled out of Rosenthal’s, um, imagination — is that the Sox could forgo signing Adrian Beltre to an…

  4. You can watch all 52 of Jose Bautista's homers in 2 minutes

    Sep 27, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if MLB.com has done this for other hitters in the past or if it’s a special thing for perhaps the most unlikely 50-homer hitter in baseball history, but they put together a video showing all 52 of Jose Bautista’s homers in the span of two minutes, 16 seconds. Click here to watch…

  5. Looking at 2010 "from a Mark Kotsay standpoint"

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    The best part of this is not that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B is saying that his season wasn’t all that bad, it’s that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B refers to himself in the third person. Mark Kotsay: “If you look at the whole year from a Mark Kotsay standpoint, it’s been criticism from the get-go,” the lefty hitter…

  6. Ryan Zimmerman likely done for the season with rib injury

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman is out of the Nationals’ lineup today for the fifth straight game and William Ladson of MLB.com reports that he’s “likely done for the season because of a rib injury.” He doesn’t get much attention because the Nationals are so bad, but Zimmerman has put together back-to-back excellent seasons. He batted .292/.364/.525 with…

  7. Driver who killed Angels' pitcher Nick Adenhart found guilty

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Andrew Gallo, the man behind the wheel of the van that broadsided a car carrying Los Angels Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, killing him and two companions, was found guilty today by a jury in Santa Ana, California. Gallo had been tried on three counts of murder and other offenses, including drunk driving. His blood alcohol…

  8. Takashi Saito suffers setback in recovery from shoulder injury

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Takashi Saito had hoped to be available out of the Braves’ bullpen over the weekend after an MRI exam revealed merely tendinitis in his sore shoulder, but those plans were ruined when he felt pain while playing catch Saturday. Saito seems pretty frustrated by the setback: I’m starting to think I should just stop saying…

  9. Rickey Henderson wants to be on the A's coaching staff

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Rickey Henderson has spent this season as a “roving baserunning instructor” throughout Oakland’s minor league system and while visiting the big league club yesterday the Hall of Famer told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that he’d like to be on the A’s coaching staff: It could be the same thing. If they…

  10. HBT Daily: Papelbon, Mo and the Rockies

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matt and I discuss two players and a team having their fair share of troubles these days.

  11. Cliff Lee "could go" on short rest for Rangers in postseason

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Rangers announced that they’ll start Cliff Lee, C.J. Wilson, and Colby Lewis in the first three games of the ALDS against the yet-to-be-determined AL East champions, and manager Ron Washington said that Lee “could go” on short rest for Game 4 “if we think we need him.” Presumably “if we think we need…

  12. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 27, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The last week of regular season baseball means the last Power Rankings of the year. It also means it’s the last time I have to stretch to think of anything interesting or insightful about the Royals and Cubs and a bunch of other teams that aren’t good enough to be interesting and not bad enough to warrant witty insults about their wretchedness.

  13. What's the worst thing in baseball history?

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    David Laurila of Baseball Prospectus interviews Ken Burns today. It’s a great, wide-ranging interview that should get you primed for the update to Burns’ “Baseball” documentary that will begin airing this week.  This question and answer caught my eye: DL: From a historical perspective, just how important is the steroid era? KB: In the scheme…

  14. Uh oh: Justin Upton to get second opinion on ailing shoulder from Dr. James Andrews

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Justin Upton has just seven at-bats this month and has missed 11 straight starts thanks to a sore left shoulder, and Andrew Pentis of MLB.com reports that the 23-year-old outfielder will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. And while plenty of athletes visit Dr. Andrews and leave his offices without going under the…

  15. Must-click link: Hub fans bid The Kid Adieu 50 years ago tomorrow

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Apologies to those who know this already, but John Updike’s “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” is one of the best and most influential things ever written about baseball.  It was occasioned by Ted Williams’ final game, which took place 50 years ago tomorrow. Updike was in the crowd — he was supposed to meet a…

  16. Frank Francisco getting close to rejoining Rangers bullpen

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Out since August 27 with a back injury, Frank Francisco threw 20 pitches from flat ground yesterday in what Anthony Andro of the Dallas Morning News called “the most extensive throwing session he’s had since he went on the disabled list.” Andro reports that Francisco will advance to throwing off a mound tomorrow, with a…

  17. Mariano Rivera: is it time to panic?

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera has blown three saves in his last six outings. In that time he’s given up six runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings. There is consternation about this in various corners of the Internet this morning. Is it time to panic? While panicking can be quite fun, I’m inclined towards chilling…

  18. Mike Pelfrey interested in long-term contract with Mets

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey will be eligible for salary arbitration this offseason for the first time, but the 26-year-old right-hander told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that he’s interested in working out a long-term contract with the Mets: I would be interested. They’d have to bring it up, but I’m sure we’ll explore it. I’m definitely open to…

  19. Gavin Floyd unlikely to pitch again this season

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    After hinting at it last week, it sounds like the White Sox will indeed shut down Gavin Floyd because of shoulder soreness. Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that there’s really no sense in having him make one final start with the White Sox out of contention: In my mind, I think we should…

  20. Andy Pettitte will play, at most, one more season

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is not under contract for 2011, but he may very well come back for one more season, if for no other reason, than the Yankees will unload a dump truck full of money for him after seeing how shaky their rotation was when he wasn’t in it.  But they can forget about 2012,…

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