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  1. Rays to give away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow's game

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:19 PM EST

    No doubt in response to David Price calling out fans for not showing up to last night’s game and the subsequent criticism he’s received, the Rays announced that they’re giving away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow night’s game. All the details haven’t been released yet, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that…

  2. How to fix the A's offense: Lew Wolff says Billy Beane "will come up with something"

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:02 PM EST

    This is classic. A’s owner Lew Wolff was interviewed after last night’s game. One of the questions was about how a team with pitching as good as the A’s have can improve the offense going into 2011. What are the options, Lew? Rent-a-bat?  Sign a big free agent?  Got any preferences? “I don’t see a…

  3. Jimmy Rollins is in the lineup for first time since September 8

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:48 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins was initially expected to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup yesterday before manager Charlie Manuel squashed those plans because of a wet field, but he’s leading off and playing shortstop tonight in his first start since September 8. Rollins has sat out the past three weeks with a hamstring injury, but the Phillies went 13-3…

  4. Video: the Phillies get all clinchy

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    As much as it galls me, I feel obligated to post video of Phillies players spraying champagne on one another, smoking cigars and doing all of that celebration stuff.

  5. Hanley Ramirez limited to pinch-running for rest of season

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:18 PM EST

    After sitting out a week with an elbow injury Hanley Ramirez played last night, but was limited to pinch-running duties and Joe Frisaro of reports that he’s “basically out for the season.” Ramirez will continue to be available as a runner, but won’t be able to hit or play defense in the Marlins’ final…

  6. Adam Wainwright's season is over

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright’s last start came last Friday, which means that he had one more start in him if everything was going fine.  It wasn’t going fine, however — he had an MRI yesterday that revealed a muscle strain in his right forearm — so the Cards are shutting him down. Makes sense. The Cards are…

  7. Yadier Molina's knee injury likely won't require surgery

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

    Yadier Molina figures to sit out the remainder of the season with a knee injury that has bothered him since last month, but the Cardinals catcher told told Matthew Leach of that he doesn’t expect to need surgery: That’s what they told me. They told me with rest, the inflammation is going to go…

  8. MLBPA Number Two, Gene Orza, is stepping down

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    Gene Orza, the number two man at the Players’ Association is stepping down. He’s been there since the mid-80s and, as bad cop to Don Fehr’s, um, slightly less bad cop, he has been on the scene for every major development related to labor relations since then. Orza stepping down comes just after the league’s…

  9. Justin Duchscherer starts throwing again after hip surgery

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Justin Duchscherer missed all of last year following elbow surgery and made just five starts this year before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in June, but the oft-injured right-hander has begun throwing again as part of a six-month recovery timetable. Here’s what Duchscherer told Jane Lee of about his plans for next season: When I’m…

  10. Introducing the "Stop Making Fun of Rays Fans" Index

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    It’s fun when readers make up stats the support my predispositions. If you make up some that challenge them, however, please don’t send them to me.

  11. So what does Mitch Williams think of Rays fans?

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    I made a mistake earlier today. I formed an opinion on the Rays thing without first honoring my vow to ask myself WWMWD?

  12. Andrew Bailey feeling good after having elbow "cleaned up"

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:18 PM EST

    Andrew Bailey underwent surgery over the weekend to have his right elbow “cleaned up” by Dr. James Andrews and the A’s closer said yesterday that he’s already feeling much better after having “bone chips and loose bodies” removed: It was all kind of beat up and irritating the joint. Dr. Andrews said everything looks great,…

  13. HBT Daily: Rays, Braves and King Felix

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:58 PM EST

    Because, as you’re well aware, I don’t like to talk about those subjects at all. Ever.

  14. Carlos Zambrano is 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA since rejoining the Cubs' rotation

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano knocked the Padres out of the Wild Card lead last night by tossing seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory, continuing his excellent run since rejoining the Cubs’ rotation following a misguided temporary move to the bullpen. Zambrano is now 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 10 outings since becoming a starter again,…

  15. Mat Gamel to undergo toe surgery later this week

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    After struggling through a toe injury for much of the season Mat Gamel has left the Brewers to undergo surgery Thursday. He’ll miss the final weekend of the season and more importantly his multi-position tryout will have to be put on hold for a while. Gamel figures to be in the Brewers’ lineup next season…

  16. Poll: Who's to blame for the Rays' poor attendance?

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    The Rays only drew 12,000 and change last night and have averaged only 23,000 a game all year. Tell us: who’s to blame?

  17. Jerry Dipoto may stay with the Diamondbacks after all

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    When the Diamondbacks hired Kevin Towers as their new general manager last week the assumption was that interim general manager Jerry Dipoto would leave the organization after finishing runner-up in the interview process, but now it sounds like he may stick around. Steve Gilbert of reports that Towers has asked Dipoto to remain with…

  18. Price: Felix is the Cy Young winner, but Sabathia should be the AL MVP

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    That’s an argument you don’t hear very often, but Ed Price of FanHouse made it today.  After noting that people like me are probably going a bit too nuts in our Felix Hernandez campaigns — Price thinks Hernandez should and will win the award easily — he throws this out there: CC Sabathia is his…

  19. The Rays aren't the only team in the Bay Area having trouble

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    I do my best to avoid ever thinking about the NFL, but since some of you mentioned it in the comments, I feel obligated to note that the Rays aren’t the only team having trouble selling tickets in the Bay Area. The Bucs are facing an entire season’s worth of blackouts. Can’t blame the stadium…

  20. Report: Nationals unlikely to re-sign Adam Dunn because of defense (and one scout is insane)

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Reports about contract talks between Adam Dunn and the Nationals have varied so much throughout the season that it’s tough to know what to believe at this point, but today Ben Goessling of writes that “sources familiar with the team’s thinking” believe “they’re likely to let him walk” as a free agent. According to…

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