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

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

    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…

  2. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 27, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    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.

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

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    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 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…

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

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:28 AM EST

    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…

  6. Frank Francisco getting close to rejoining Rangers bullpen

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    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…

  7. Mariano Rivera: is it time to panic?

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:57 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    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 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…

  9. Gavin Floyd unlikely to pitch again this season

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:19 AM EST

    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 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…

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

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:03 AM EST

    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,…

  11. Papelbon blames the ump for his blown save

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:46 AM EST

    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…

  12. Ken Macha gave Trevor Hoffman $250K yesterday

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    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.…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

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

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

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:41 AM EST

    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.

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

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:52 AM EST

    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…

  17. Olsen shut down due to lingering shoulder soreness

    Sep 26, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    According to Bill Ladson of, 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…

  18. Kinsler drops appeal of suspension, takes Sunday off

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:41 PM EST

    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…

  19. Hawksworth released from hospital, likely done for season

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:03 PM EST

    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…

  20. Ryan Zimmerman feeling little progress in right oblique

    Sep 26, 2010, 1:59 PM EST

    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…

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