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  1. Brewers hitting coach says Alcides Escobar "has to change his mechanics"

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

    Alcides Escobar was benched yesterday in the midst of 0-for-18 and 3-for-38 slumps, and Brewers hitting coach Dave Sveum told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the rookie shortstop has a flaw in his swing: He has to change his mechanics. What he’s doing won’t hold up to big-league pitching on a consistent…

  2. Heyman looks at this year's free agent class

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

    Jon Heyman’s latest column has him talking to some agents and executives and people in an effort to handicap this winter’s free agent class. Some tidbits: Carl Crawford will sign for $120 million over seven years, according to Heyman’s panel. I can see this, actually. Not saying it’s the best deal for any team —…

  3. Twins name Francisco Liriano the Game 1 starter for ALDS

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    Here in Minnesota there’s been quite a bit of debate about who the Twins should place atop their playoff rotation for a Game 1 and possibly Game 5 start in the ALDS. Francisco Liriano is pretty clearly the Twins’ best starting pitcher, going 14-8 with a 3.44 ERA and posting arguably the best secondary numbers…

  4. Diamondbacks officially hire Kevin Towers as new GM

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    As expected the Diamondbacks made things official this afternoon, hiring Kevin Towers as their new general manager. Towers, who was the GM in San Diego from 1995 to 2009, beat out four candidates for the job, including interim GM Jerry Dipoto. He was viewed by many as the front-runner from the start of the process,…

  5. The Rockies will not trade for a starter

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Between Jason Hammel’s dead arm and some of their other pitchers faltering, there has been some talk in recent days that Rockies may try to pick up a starter for the last couple weeks of the season. Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that it’s not gonna happen. Esmil Rogers will likely get the call if Hammel…

  6. The Twins will trot out their hangover lineup shortly

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    The Twins sprayed beer and stuff all over themselves early this morning, so it’s no surprise that the lineup today is a tad different from the one they used last night: CF Denard Span SS Alexi Casilla DH Jason Kubel 3B Danny Valencia 1B Jose Morales 2B Matt Tolbert LF Ben Revere RF Jason Repko…

  7. Josh Hamilton hopes to return from fractured ribs next week

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Diagnosed with “a small fracture” in two ribs yesterday, Josh Hamilton told T.R. Sullivan of that he hopes to play four or five of the Rangers’ remaining 12 games. That means he’d have to rejoin the lineup by the middle of next week, which seems unlikely given that there’s no timetable yet for his…

  8. Why the Pirates lose

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    One of the only redeeming things about the Pirates’ abysmal season is that Dejan Kovacevic of the Post-Gazette has been on a roll lately. Rather than just trot out the tired old “the Pirates are really, really bad” columns, he’s been exploring why they’re bad, oftentimes in interesting ways. Today is a good example. Kovacevic…

  9. Dan Uggla wants a five-year, $58 million contract extension

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Dan Uggla has asked the Marlins for a five-year, $58 million contract extension, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Good luck with that. Uggla is already under team control for next season as an arbitration-eligible player, so the Marlins shouldn’t really feel a ton of pressure to lock him up long term. Beyond…

  10. Playoff weather in Minnesota: what are we dealing with here?

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    It took less than ten hours from the time the Twins clinched last night until I saw the first blogger make a joke about how funny it will be to see World Series games snowed out in Minnesota.  And really, we’ve been hearing that ever since the first roofless ballpark plans were drawn up for…

  11. Cubs formally interview Ryne Sandberg for manager opening

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Carrie Muskat of reports that general manager Jim Hendry flew to Arizona yesterday to formally interview Ryne Sandberg for the Cubs’ managerial opening. Sandberg has spent the past four years managing in the minors and was recently named Pacific Coast League manager of the year for leading the Cubs’ Triple-A team to an 82-62…

  12. When did your favorite team get younger than you?

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    Craig Robinson of the fantabulous Flip Flop Fly Ball turns 40 today. Happy Birthday, Craig! In honor of that occasion, he does what he does best: creates a fun graphic. This one is a chart illustrating how he has aged compared to the roster of the New York Yankees.  The first year in which a…

  13. Cardinals released Felipe Lopez because they were sick of him showing up late for games

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Yesterday the Cardinals sent Felipe Lopez home, releasing the 30-year-old veteran with two weeks remaining on his $1 million contract. The initial spin was that they made the move to create playing time for younger players, but general manager John Mozeliak later admitted that Lopez showing up late for Monday’s game was the final straw:…

  14. Must-click link: The best non-playoff teams of all time

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Second place may be first loser, but there were a lot of great teams in baseball history who came up just short.

  15. How Ozzie Guillen gets to Florida

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    We’ve been tracking the notion of Ozzie Guillen getting out of his White Sox contract to the Florida Marlins for some time now.  Ken Rosenthal has too, and this morning he’s reporting that Ozzie has a plan to do so:  He’ll ask the White Sox for a contract extension beyond 2011 (when his current deal…

  16. Video: Mauer and Thome, with beer dripping from their caps, think everything is "great"

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

    If Joe Mauer and Jim Thome wanted to, they could probably set themselves up as co-benevolent dictators of The Kingdom of the Lakes and no one would bat an eye. It’d be all “what sort of cured meats would you like brought to you today, your highnesses?”  Then Thome would be all like “Oh, sit…

  17. The McCourts will resume settlement discussions this week

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    Between Jamie McCourt’s dumb act — at least I hope it’s an act — and the testimony that lawyers working on the critical post-nuptial agreement substituted exhibits to the thing all willy-nilly, it’s safe to say that no one has any idea what the judge might ultimately do with the Dodgers. Jamie could get half…

  18. The Diamondbacks hire Kevin Towers

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that it’s a “done deal”: the Dbacks have offered their GM job to Kevin Towers and Towers has accepted. The new law students among you are obligated to note that, yes, there was consideration as well: a two-year contract, with “some option provisions.” Perhaps the most interesting thing about this is…

  19. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:55 AM EST

    Congratulations to the Minnesota Twins: 2010 American League Central Champions

  20. No matter what Rays do in playoffs, payroll to be reduced in '11

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:36 AM EST

    Despite dropping their last two games to the New York Yankees this week, the Tampa Bay Rays have been among the best teams in baseball all season long. Entering Wednesday’s action, only the Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies have better records. They have a young, exciting nucleus of players, and the experience of having…

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