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  1. 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…

  2. Ron Gardenhire is not pleased

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

    The Twins have been playing pretty poorly since clinching last week. Ron Gardenhire has noticed, and had this to say after last night’s loss to the Royals: “Not a good game for our ballclub,” he said. “We didn’t pitch worth a crap. We haven’t pitched worth a crap this whole trip. It’s not acceptable. You…

  3. Jack Zduriencik is safe: Mariners "not thinking about changing the general manager at all"

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong told Ken Rosenthal of that general manager Jack Zduriencik will be back in 2011, which isn’t a surprise. In fact, given the praise heaped on him during Zduriencik’s first year on the job the surprising part is that his status is even in question near the end of Year…

  4. Ken Macha is all but gone. The Brewers should hire Ryne Sandberg

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    File this under the “no surprises” department, but our suspicion that Ken Macha will be fired by the Brewers is being bolstered this morning by Buster Olney’s report that “unless there is a last-hour change of heart on the part of the Brewers, Manager Ken Macha will not be retained.” I’d guess that the only…

  5. Braves to use Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    With their spot in the playoffs no longer secure and Jair Jurrjens’ knee injury looking more serious than initially believed, the Braves have decided to adjust their rotation by starting both Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest. Hudson fill face the Marlins tonight, followed by Lowe tomorrow, and they’ll both be pitching on…

  6. Yankees fans can't just write off A.J. Burnett

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:33 AM EST

    I understand why they may want to write him off, because boy howdy has he been awful.  He got shelled last night. He’s been shelled a lot this year.  While he has had some bad luck in recent starts due to weather and other things, it’s hard to argue against the notion that he has…

  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia out 4-6 weeks following thumb surgery

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia was diagnosed with a leg infection one week after joining the Red Sox, returned to get 13 at-bats, and has now been diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament that will require surgery. He won’t play again this season and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time, which leaves him ample opportunity to…

  8. Rays attendance is not about fan apathy. It's a structural thing.

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:06 AM EST

    I think Bob nailed the Rays attendance hubbub pretty good last night, but I figured I’d add my thoughts. No one is saying that it’s wonderful that the Rays drew poorly last night (or draw poorly in general), but I think the notion of blaming Rays fans for their apathy or failure to support the…

  9. The Angels "are not limited financially in any way"

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:36 AM EST

    You know who is going to be a big free agent player? The Los Angeles Angels are going to be a big free agent player.  Why? Because they don’t care if they lose money or not. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles: According to a baseball source, the Angels expect to lose about $10 million…

  10. Miguel Cabrera is probably done for the season. What's that mean for the MVP race?

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:11 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera sprained his ankle while trying to get back to first on a pickoff play last night (hey, he has three stolen bases this year, so you’ve got to contain that risk!). It’s being described as a mild ankle sprain, but with only a few meaningless games left in the season it would seem…

  11. Martin Prado injured in Braves win

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:46 AM EST

    The Braves have dug themselves a big enough hole already, so they certainly didn’t need to add to the difficulty. But they did anyway. Inadvertently, of course, but possibly disastrously: Martin Prado hurt his hip while swinging at a pitch in the fifth. It’s been diagnosed as a hip pointer, and he “may be out…

  12. Prepare to enjoy Ken Burns' "Baseball" update. If you're from the East Coast.

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    I’ve been hearing stuff like this from the Washington Post’s Tom Shales over and over from people fortunate enough to have previewed the update to Ken Burns’ “Baseball” — called “The Tenth Inning” — which premiers tonight: Your degree of interest might depend on where you live, since “Tenth Inning” tends to favor the Northeastern…

  13. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:11 AM EST

    The Phillies clinch, the Braves pull slightly ahead of the Padres and the Reds and Yankees gotta wait another day.

  14. Adrian Gonzalez's wife loves shopping in Chicago

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:08 AM EST

    This story from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times will have Red Sox fans quaking in their boots. Yes that’s right, Adrian Gonzalez likes Chicago! ”There’s definitely a lot of positives about Chicago that if they made an offer, I would be interested in it,” said Gonzalez, 28, whose ability to hit for power to all…

  15. Rays shocked no one wanted to see them play the Orioles

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:24 AM EST

    The Tampa Bay Rays would have clinched a playoff berth with a victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. They failed to pull it off, managing just three hits against Brian Matusz in a 4-0 defeat. Afterwards, Evan Longoria and David Price vented not about the loss, but about the fact it came before…

  16. Phillies clinch fourth straight NL East title

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:56 PM EST

    It was Nats Park in name only on Monday night. In front of thousands of their rain-soaked fans, the Phillies just defeated the Nationals by the score of 8-0, putting a bow on their fourth straight National League East title. Roy Halladay allowed just two measly singles as part of a complete-game shutout. He struck…

  17. Brandon Webb won't pitch for the Diamondbacks this season

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:27 PM EST

    Brandon Webb hoped to make at least one relief appearance with the Diamondbacks this week, however the team ruled out that possibility today, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Webb, who has spent the entire season rehabbing from shoulder surgery last August, is now slated to pitch in the Instructional League, instead. He’ll make…

  18. Yet another writer accuses Jose Bautista of PED use

    Sep 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

    More and more writers are piling on Jose Bautista, accusing him of using PEDs. This needs to stop. Now.

  19. Ozzie Guillen to remain with White Sox in 2011

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    Despite recent speculation that he’d bolt due to a deteriorating relationship with general manager Kenny Williams, manager Ozzie Guillen will be back with the White Sox in 2011,’s Scott Merkin reported Monday. According to Merkin, Guillen met separately with Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf and came away pleased. Even though he was under contract…

  20. Heath Bell also believes Rockies are cheating

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:18 PM EST

    The excellent Padres blog Gaslamp Ball points out that Heath Bell took to Twitter on Sunday night to comment on the Rockies’ juiced ball “scandal” that Tim LIncecum weighed in on last week. First, in a seeming response to Tim Lincecum’s unofficial allegations, he tweeted “SF are the nice people.” That caught the eye of…

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