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  1. Matt Murton on the verge of replacing Ichiro Suzuki as Japan's single-season hit king

    Oct 3, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago, as former Cubs outfielder Matt Murton started closing is on Ichiro Suzuki’s single-season hit record in Japan, there was some speculation that opposing pitchers would cease giving him hittable pitches in an effort to keep him from breaking the record. That has proven to be overblown, as yesterday Murton tied Suzuki’s record…

  2. Detroit won't re-sign Johnny Damon; Ordonez to become FA

    Oct 3, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Speaking before Sunday’s season finale, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said he would not re-sign Johnny Damon or Gerald Laird this winter and that Magglio Ordonez’s $15 million option would be declined. Dombrowski also indicated that it was unlikely Jeremy Bonderman would be back, but that the team was in talks with fellow free-agent-to-be Brandon Inge…

  3. Tigers planning to use Phil Coke as a starter next season

    Oct 3, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    After acquiring Phil Coke from the Yankees this winter the Tigers talked about potentially putting him into the rotation, but eventually decided to keep him in the bullpen. He’s had a strong season, posting a 3.57 ERA and 51/25 K/BB ratio in 63 innings as a left-handed setup man, but the Tigers haven’t given up…

  4. Reds surprisingly pick Volquez over Arroyo for Game 1 start

    Oct 3, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo indicated following his final regular season start that he expected to start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Reds, but instead Dusty Baker announced yesterday that Edinson Volquez will take the mound in the playoff opener. Volquez returned from Tommy John elbow surgery in July and was demoted to the minors following…

  5. Report: Pirates will fire Russell, keep Huntington

    Oct 3, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    The Pirates are ready for change. Again. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette heard from “several internal sources” this weekend that the Bucs will cut ties with manager John Russell soon after the offseason hits. GM Neal Huntington, though…

  6. The Mariners lost their 100th game of the year on Saturday

    Oct 3, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Some MLB teams are entering this final day of the regular season with an eye on clinching a playoff spot. Others are hoping to avoid loss No. 101. The Mariners dropped their 100th game of the season…

  7. Breaking down Sunday's playoff scenarios…

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    No matter the results, really, this is going to be a crazy day in the baseball world. Let’s lay out the possible scenarios before everything gets going. The Padres, 90-71, are one game back of the Giants in the NL West and tied with the Braves in the NL Wild Card. The Giants, 91-70, lead the NL West by…

  8. Webb hits 84 MPH in second instructional league appearance

    Oct 2, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb might be making progress. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the impending free agent hit 84 MPH with his fastball in a second instructional league appearance Saturday. He hit just 81 MPH…

  9. Padres win again, push decisive Sunday showdown

    Oct 2, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    With the help of a fine outing by starter Tim Stauffer and production from the top of the lineup, the Padres grabbed a 4-2 victory over the Giants on Saturday in San Francisco and kept their playoff hopes alive. A win in Sunday’s regular…

  10. Evan Longoria will not return to lineup until playoffs

    Oct 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Evan Longoria said he will not return to the lineup until the playoffs begin on Wednesday. Longoria did his best to talk his way back into the lineup, but ultimately decided to play if safe after working out in front of Rays manager Joe Maddon and…

  11. Royals pick up club option on David DeJesus for next season

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    In a relative no-brainer, the Royals have picked up the $6 million option on David DeJesus for next season, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. DeJesus, who turns 31 in December, needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb after he crashed into the outfield wall at Yankee…

  12. Justin Morneau officially ruled out for ALDS

    Oct 2, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire made it official just a short while ago, confirming that Justin Morneau will not be included on the ALDS roster, according to Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. “He hasn’t hit live, he hasn’t dove for a ball, he hasn’t done anything like that. If you want a formal, ‘No…

  13. Jair Jurrjens could pitch in relief this weekend

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jair Jurrjens threw his second bullpen session in the past three days Friday and said his ailing right knee felt well enough to pitch in a game. “Some pitches I feel it, some pitches I don’t,” Jurrjens said. “It was good.” Braves manager Bobby Cox said “it’s…

  14. Quote of the day: Josh Hamilton is "not that stupid"

    Oct 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    As you probably know, Josh Hamilton was back in the starting lineup last night for the first time since September 4 due to fractured ribs. He went 0-for-3 and left the game after six innings, by the way. His return is a promising sign for the Rangers’ playoff hopes, but that’s not why I’m mentioning…

  15. Jered Weaver, the surprise strikeout king

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver notched just four strikeouts over seven innings against the Rangers last night, however they were just enough to give him the major league lead in strikeouts (233) over Tim Lincecum (231) and Felix Hernandez (232). Armed with a fastball that averages around 90 mph, Weaver entered the season averaging 7.3 K/9 over his…

  16. Chan Ho Park made some history last night

    Oct 2, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    We haven’t heard much from Chan Ho Park this season — outside of these infamous comments during his brief stint with the Yankees — but I guess that’s what happens when you get shipped off to Pittsburgh. Still, it’s worth mentioning that Park made history last night tossing by three scoreless innings for his 124th…

  17. There's plenty left to decide in the National League

    Oct 2, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    And you thought this weekend would be boring. The Padres are still alive in the National League West. They slugged three homers against Matt Cain en route to a 6-4 victory over the Giants last night. The Friars now sit two games back in the National League West with two left to play. And don’t…

  18. Clay Buchholz scratched from final start due to back stiffness

    Oct 2, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Clay Buchholz was scratched from his final start of the season today against the Yankees due to lower back stiffness, according to Joe McDonald of Because of last night’s rainout, Tim Wakefield will oppose Andy Pettitte in the first game of a day-night doubleheader this afternoon. Buchholz said he felt his lower back “grab”…

  19. UPDATE: Miguel Olivo diagnosed with mild concussion

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to the team’s Twitter feed, Miguel Olivo was diagnosed with a mild concussion. His status for the rest of the season really doesn’t matter at this point, but he is not expected to play on Saturday or Sunday. If there’s a bit of good news to report, it’s that he is already back…

  20. David Price to pitch in relief Saturday

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Craig informed us early this morning that Rays manager Joe Maddon was thinking about starting David Price on Saturday against the Royals. Not so. It turns out that Price is expected to pitch two innings in relief, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Either Jeremy Hellickson or Andy Sonnanstine are set to…

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