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  1. Marquis interested in joining Mets? No thanks.

    Sep 22, 2009, 10:38 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis is probably more focused on helping the Rockies get to the World Series right now, but Jeff Francoeur told the New York Post that his close friend “desperately” wants to pitch for the Mets next season: “He’d love to come here,” Francoeur — who indicated Marquis broached the subject to him and David…

  2. Kevin Millwood is $12 million richer

    Sep 22, 2009, 10:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Millwood not only delivered his longest outing since June on Monday night against the Athletics, he also guaranteed himself $12 million for the 2010 season. He finally surpassed that elusive 180 innings mark with a fifth-inning double play. “I knew what I had to get to. But I wanted to get deep in the…

  3. Potent quotables: 'Hang close'

    Sep 22, 2009, 9:21 AM EDT

    “It’s not been an easy road. Our goal is to hang close. We want to catch them. We’ve got some pretty tough guys out there in the clubhouse and we want to catch [the Tigers]. You have to grind it out and keep playing.” – Twins manager Ron Gardenhire after the Twins moved to within…

  4. Daily Dose: Dodgers kennel O-Dog

    Sep 22, 2009, 12:25 AM EDT

    Orlando Hudson has been a very nice pickup for the Dodgers, batting .288/.357/.417 in 139 games after inking an incentive-laden one-year contract this offseason, which is exactly the type of production that you’d expect from a career .283/.347/.431 hitter. However, the three-time Gold Glove winner’s defense has slipped a bit on the wrong side of…

  5. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51

    Sep 21, 2009, 5:32 PM EDT

    This is part three in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 70. Jason Varitek* (37) – Prev. #66 – He’s struggled…

  6. Cooper dismissal is oddly-timed, overdue

    Sep 21, 2009, 4:22 PM EDT

    Why Sept. 21? Cecil Cooper is no worse of a manager now than he was on June 21 or last Oct. 21. It’s hard to imagine that he was any less popular with the players, given that, according to pretty much every report out of Houston, he lost the team months ago. Still, the Astros…

  7. Will the Braves look to trade Escobar this offsseason?

    Sep 21, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar is having a very good season, hitting .303/.380/.445 while rating slightly below average defensively according to Ultimate Zone Rating, which makes him one of the half-dozen most valuable shortstops in all of baseball as a 26-year-old. However, he continues to frustrate manager Bobby Cox and the Braves with what Mark Bowman of MLB.com…

  8. Marlins will soon play in 'a spaceship that just landed'

    Sep 21, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria recently spoke to the New York Times about the team’s new 37,000-seat, retractable-roof ballpark that opens in 2012 and it sounds like his background as an art dealer will play a big factor in the design: The city of Miami is a new, electric city, so it called for something contemporary.…

  9. Link-O-Rama: DNA testing for everyone!

    Sep 21, 2009, 12:48 PM EDT

    * After being burned on the international market when a 16-year-old given a $570,000 signing bonus turned out to be a 19-year-old, the Indians are considering using DNA testing on all players offered more than $50,000. “If a kid and his family decide to decline, we’ll pull our offer and pass,” assistant general manager John…

  10. Chapman establishes residency in Andorra

    Sep 21, 2009, 12:08 PM EDT

    Quick, find Andorra on a map. Not so easy, is it? It’s safe to say Aroldis Chapman didn’t know it where it was either before he decided to defect from Cuba. However, the 21-year-old fireballer has now established residency in the country, clearing a major hurdle to become a major league free agent. Chapman walked…

  11. Lincecum's Cy-bid takes a hit

    Sep 21, 2009, 11:24 AM EDT

    Just as the Giants’ continue to fade in the playoff race, Tim Lincecum’s Cy Young chances took a severe hit on Sunday, as he was knocked around for five runs over four innings, his worst start since May. It was another pedestrian start on the road for Lincecum, who has some interesting splits in his…

  12. Francoeur worthy of a long-term deal?

    Sep 21, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT

    If Marty Noble’s awkward “Open letter to Citi Field” wasn’t enough to convince you that he needs this season to end as much as the rest of us, this might: The Mets believe Francoeur will look sharp in their 2010 uni, so much so that they are inclined to approach him about signing him to…

  13. Pirates eyeing Rick Ankiel?

    Sep 21, 2009, 10:38 AM EDT

    According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates expect to be active in the free agent market, with potential targets including John Grabow, who they traded to the Cubs in July, and Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel. This is a clear indicator that the Pirates are beginning to shuffle their cards. Garrett Jones has…

  14. Should Joba be in playoff rotation?

    Sep 21, 2009, 10:14 AM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain was pounded for seven runs over three innings against the Mariners on Sunday afternoon, prompting many to ask if he deserves to be in the Yankees rotation should they reach the ALCS. Joe Girardi still thinks so, at least for now: “We expect Joba to be our fourth starter, we do. It is…

  15. Neftali Feliz is a human being

    Sep 21, 2009, 9:45 AM EDT

    His first 12 appearances: 0.41 ERA (1 ER), 0.27 WHIP and 28/1 K/BB ratio in 22 IP His last four appearances: 7.94 ERA (5 ER), 2.12 WHIP and 7/5 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 IP. What a bum. Jon Daniels should think about trading this guy why he still has some value.

  16. Potent quotables: 'Look in the mirror'

    Sep 21, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    “Sometimes you’ve just got to look in the mirror and realize that maybe the biggest part of the problem is yourself and (not) wanting to be here and play every day, and (not) wanting to have some fun. It didn’t seem like he wanted to have some fun, even from spring training.” – Ryan Dempster…

  17. The Week Ahead: The Evil Empire is back

    Sep 21, 2009, 12:38 AM EDT

    At some point this week, the New York Yankees will officially be back. Back in the postseason, back on top of the AL East and back on the throne as favorites to win the World Series. It wasn’t a long hiatus, at least by the standards of mere mortals. But things are different in the…

  18. Quick hits: Tigers avoid sweep

    Sep 20, 2009, 6:19 PM EDT

    - The Tigers avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the surging Twins with a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Nate Robertson allowed two runs over five innings, while Placido Polanco went 2-for-3 with three RBI. The Tigers now sit three games in front of the Twins with 13 games to go. They aren’t…

  19. Revisiting the NL ROY race

    Sep 20, 2009, 2:51 PM EDT

    Though there isn’t much drama in the National League’s divisional races, the field for the Rookie of the Year Award is more competitive than at any point this season. Last month, I favored southpaw J.A. Happ for the award with Randy Wells as his closest competition down the stretch. Here’s just a few of the…

  20. Stat of the day: Verlander's velocity

    Sep 20, 2009, 12:19 PM EDT

    Taken form MLB.com Justin Verlander was absolutely bringing it during the decisive eighth inning of Saturday’s loss to the Twins. It’s safe to say he probably deserved better. vs. Nick Punto: 96 MPH 95 MPH 98 MPH (strikeout) vs. Denard Span:   97 MPH (single) vs. Orlando Cabrera: 97 MPH 96 MPH 97 MPH 97…

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