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  1. Video: Man catches foul ball with a baby in his arms

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    This is nice and all, but I know a guy who is probably caught hell from the missus when he got home.

  2. Kevin Towers is still just "getting to know" Kirk Gibson

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Various reports are swirling that the Diamondbacks will remove the interim tag and make Kirk Gibson their full-time manager with a multi-year contract. However, new general manager Kevin Towers downplayed that speculation yesterday and said he’s still just “getting to know Gibby.” This is really still a getting-to-know-each-other session. When we start negotiations, nobody is…

  3. Game Three of the World Series to start before 7PM EDT

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    For the first time in over 20 years, a World Series game is going to start before 7pm Eastern time.  It will be Game Three which, thanks to the good people at Chevrolet who kicked in some extra advertising scratch, will start at 6:57 p.m. Game Three is scheduled for October 30th, and that’s a…

  4. Cito Gaston says goodbye to Toronto

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    As we say goodbye to Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and maybe Tony La Russa, let us not forget that another fine manager is saying farewell himself.

  5. Rumor: Omar Minaya to be fired Monday

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:16 AM EST

    We know he’s going to be relieved of his duties, but the rumor now — attributed to “sources” by the 7 Train to Shea blog — is that Omar Minaya’s last day as a Met employee will be Monday and that he won’t be given another job in the organization. I don’t doubt the firing…

  6. Andy Pettitte has a stiff back

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

    As if A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez sucking eggs wasn’t enough, one of the Yankees’ good starters — Andy Pettitte —  says his back stiffened up on him during his start against the Red Sox last Friday. Which led to a not-good start, in which he allowed seven runs in less than four innings. Pettitte…

  7. Baseball, union to meet on K-Rod today

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Major League Baseball, union folk and enough lawyers to fill out an intermural volleyball team will meet today to chat about the grievance Francisco Rodriguez filed after the Mets withheld salary from him and purported to make his contract non-guaranteed for next season. I wouldn’t expect anything notable to happen today, inasmuch as this is…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:54 AM EST

    Two doubleheaders? A walkoff strikeout? Despite most of the games not mattering all that much, it was a pretty damn good day/night of baseball.

  9. On the American League Cy Young Award debate and open-mindedness…

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:51 PM EST

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    “Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” Mark Twain wrote that. And now I’m stealing it to head up a blog post about baseball stats. That’s either really cliche or really stupid. Or both. Yeah, it’s both…

  10. Mets officially shut down outfielder Carlos Beltran

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:23 PM EST

    No surprise here. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the Mets have decided to shut outfielder Carlos Beltran down for the rest of the 2010 season because of pain and discomfort in his surgically…

  11. Dodgers change course, shut down Clayton Kershaw

    Sep 29, 2010, 7:06 PM EST

    All that talk about Clayton Kershaw making one final start? Yeah, let’s just toss that into the Hardball Talk garbage bin. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have scratched the young left-hander…

  12. Evan Longoria remains sidelined with strained left quad

    Sep 29, 2010, 6:42 PM EST

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been out since late last week because of a strained left quad and it sounds like he might not return until this weekend. Longoria took batting practice before Wednesday’s game and…

  13. The Mariners game ends, well, in the way you might expect a Mariners game to end

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    I wasn’t watching the Rangers-Mariners game (there was some paint drying in my basement and I really felt like keeping my eye on that for a bit), but reader Evan A. pinged me to tell me that it ended all crazy, so I went and looked it up to see what happened. The upshot: Tie…

  14. Reds officially shut down rookie Mike Leake for the season

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:48 PM EST

    Mike Leake hasn’t pitched since August 24 because of a fatigued shoulder and today the Reds officially shut down the 22-year-old rookie, ruling him out for the playoffs. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: He’s going to travel with the team, but there’s not enough time for him to…

  15. Poll: Should Felix Hernandez pitch on Sunday?

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Pretend you’re Daren Brown and Jack Zduriencik. OK, once you’ve stopped screaming, answer this question . . .

  16. Dr. Lewis Yocum advises rehab over surgery for Jake Arrieta

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    Orioles rookie Jake Arrieta was tentatively scheduled to have a bone spur removed from his elbow this week, but instead he sought a second opinion from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum, who advised him to rehab rather than going under the knife. Obviously avoiding surgery is always the preference, particularly for a 24-year-old pitcher,…

  17. Comment of the Day: there were others at the 1960 World Series

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:03 PM EST

    Reader Joerf was at Game 7 as well: My father and I were at the game.  We were sitting in a box on the first base side, the tickets were a gift from one of his clients.  My dad wasn’t much of a baseball fan but I loved it.  Benny Benack was playing “the Bucs…

  18. Mat Latos is in need of a dose of maturity

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    Mat Latos has been fantastic this year. I want to say that at the outset. If he doesn’t pitch like he’s pitched most of the season the Padres are not in this thing right now. He’s taken the ace role and, even if he may be petering out a bit under the workload as the…

  19. Report: Angels fire longtime scouting director Eddie Bane

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    John Manuel of Baseball America reports that the Angels have fired Eddie Bane, who has been the team’s scouting director since 2004 and is generally considered one of the best in the business. In fact, Bane was recently among the finalists interviewed for the Diamondbacks’ general manager job that ultimately went to former Padres general…

  20. The Reds know how to run out a post-clinch lineup

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    The Reds know how to do a day-after-clinching lineup.  I just thank my lucky stars that they’re not playing the Padres right now: RF Willie Bloomquist 2B Chris Valetta 1B Yadier Alonso 3B Juan Francisco CF Chris Heisey LF Laynce Nix SS Paul Janish C Corky MIller P Johnny Cueto

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