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  1. Link-O-Rama: Dunn, Pujols, Mortensen, Posada, Glaus

    Oct 6, 2009, 2:38 PM EDT

    * Sadly, Adam Dunn’s odd/impressive streak of hitting exactly 40 homers has come to an end after four straight seasons. He went deep “only” 38 times this year, going homerless in his final 10 games. Dunn’s homers by year: 19, 26, 27, 46, 40, 40, 40, 40, 38. His 316 long balls through the age…

  2. White Sox exercise 2010 options on Garcia, Thornton

    Oct 6, 2009, 1:45 PM EDT

    As expected, this afternoon the White Sox exercised their 2010 options on Freddy Garcia and Matt Thornton. Thornton is a no-brainer at $2.25 million, because he’s been one of the premier setup men in the league since arriving via trade with the Mariners in the spring of 2006. Thornton was a huge disappointment in Seattle…

  3. Phillies go with Lee in Game 1, Hamels in Game 2

    Oct 6, 2009, 1:03 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel announced this afternoon that Cliff Lee will start Game 1 of the NLDS against Colorado, with Cole Hamels going in Game 2. You can’t really go wrong either way, but Hamels has been the Phillies’ ace for years now and was named MVP of both the NLCS and World Series last October. On…

  4. Link-O-Rama: Marlins stick with Gonzalez, Rays fire Henderson

    Oct 6, 2009, 12:07 PM EDT

    * All the hub-bub was apparently for nothing, because’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins will stick with Fredi Gonzalez as their manager in 2010. Gonzalez won 87 games this season and 84 games last season with an extremely limited payroll and relatively modest talent, so it’s tough to see an on-field reason for…

  5. Quote of the Day: Denard Span

    Oct 6, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    “I don’t want to say they’ve choked, but, yeah, they have choked. They’ve choked a little bit.” – Twins’ outfielder Denard Span on the Tigers bad weekend.  You tend not to see too much bulletin board material in baseball, and when you do it’s usually fairly weak and equivocal like this.  But we’ll take what we…

  6. About that Cardinals Dodgers preview . . .

    Oct 6, 2009, 10:22 AM EDT

    Absent Albert Pujols and Chris Carpenter carrying out a murder-suicide pact before tomorrow’s game, I won’t change my prediction that the Cardinals will beat the Dodgers in four games. I say this for two reasons: (1) my gut just likes St. Louis in this thing; and (2) backtracking on a prediction is weak sauce. If you’re going to predict something…

  7. Albert Belle takes himself out of the running for the Indians' job

    Oct 6, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Never mind that he’d probably be violating 16 different restraining orders simply by showing up in Ohio again: So what else could be missing from this fine Indians season that ends today? What about a phone call from former Tribe slugger Albert Belle to tie all the loose ends together? For the third time in…

  8. The Braves would probably take Fredi Gonzalez off Florida's hands

    Oct 6, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s story that the Marlins are talking to Bobby Valentine and, regardless of what Bobby V. does, are thinking about firing Fredi Gonzalez, elicited a reaction from Bobby Cox: “I can’t believe that. He’s done a remarkably great job over there. Fredi can do a little bit of everything. He’s knowledgeable, great communicator, disciplines well…

  9. Shawn Chacon has been tracked down

    Oct 6, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Last week Aaron noted that former Astros and Pirates pitcher Shawn Chacon was a fugitive. The authorities must have done a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in the area, because they got him: Authorities say they have arrested former major league pitcher Shawn Chacon at a Colorado…

  10. Cabrera had a previous run-in with the law

    Oct 6, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    File this under stuff no one ever would have known or cared about if Miguel Cabrera hadn’t screwed up on Saturday: During an altercation at a Birmingham bar in August, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera allegedly mocked a teenager about his weight and challenged a man to a fight in an incident that resulted in…

  11. New Jays GM a fantasy dud

    Oct 6, 2009, 12:49 AM EDT

    Though he is a quick learner, apparently. 10 years before replacing J.P. Ricciardi and assuming the title of Blue Jays interim general manager, Alex Anthopoulos took part in Scoresheet fantasy baseball, a game of which I also happen to be a fan. I’m not going to do a full rundown — if you’re interested, click…

  12. Tigers should do the right thing and bench Cabrera

    Oct 5, 2009, 5:43 PM EDT

    Let’s just forget for a minute the domestic assault, though I still have a frightened woman’s voice running through my head. Miguel Cabrera betrayed his team on Friday night. It’s one thing to blow off some steam after a tough loss. It’s entirely another for a 250-pound man to blow a 0.26 on a breath…

  13. One-game playoff preview: Twins vs. Tigers

    Oct 5, 2009, 3:32 PM EDT

    Will the Twins’ dramatic late-season turnaround continue long enough for them to defeat the Tigers in a one-game playoff tomorrow and then make some noise in the playoffs for the first time since 2002? Who knows. Minnesota’s one-game playoff against Chicago last year ended in disappointment and the Twins’ last furious late-season comeback against Detroit…

  14. Police release audio of Miguel Cabrera 911 call

    Oct 5, 2009, 2:35 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera’s wife called 911 when he returned home from a night of heavy drinking Friday and the Detroit News has the very disturbing audio. Some of it is hard to decipher because Roseangel Cabrera is distraught and sobbing for much of the call, which was made at around six o’clock in the morning. However,…

  15. Red Sox leave Wakefield off postseason roster

    Oct 5, 2009, 2:02 PM EDT

    Terry Francona announced yesterday that Tim Wakefield will not be on the Red Sox’s roster for the ALDS, but added that the team may decide to use him in the ALCS or World Series if they get past the Angels: And he’s on board with that, which we appreciate a lot. He’s not going to…

  16. How did the Twins get to another one-game playoff?

    Oct 5, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    When the Twins lost in Detroit last Wednesday it looked (to me at least) like their season was over. They were three games back in the AL Central with four games left, which put their playoff odds at around five percent with a deficit that no team in baseball history had come back from. So…

  17. Link-O-Rama: Gonzalez, Sciambi, Scioscia, Mauer, and the draft

    Oct 5, 2009, 12:14 PM EDT

    * Jessica Camerato of wrote about the sad story of Alex Gonzalez’s three-year-old son, who slipped into a coma in July of 2007 after battling complications as a result of being born premature. “Fight until the end,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve been fighting for three years. I think he’s a strong kid. He’s had around…

  18. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Dodgers

    Oct 5, 2009, 11:19 AM EDT

    The Dodgers and the Cardinals have 35 National League pennants and sixteen World Championships between them. That said, there isn’t a ton of historical late season drama between these two teams. When the Gashouse Gang Cardinals were flying high, the Dodgers were bums. When those Jackie Robinson/Duke Snider Dodgers teams were manufacturing nostalgia, the Cardinals were…

  19. Quote of the Day: Kent Hrbek

    Oct 5, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    “I wrote this speech thinking this was going to be it. It’s not it. You guys went and screwed up my whole speech. We’ve got to come back here on Tuesday and drink some more beer.” – Kent Hrbek, in what was supposed to be his “goodbye to the Metrodome” speech following yesterday’s victory over…

  20. The Brewers to retain two old guys

    Oct 5, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Old guy number one is manager Ken Macha, who not only gets to finish out his two year contract — there were rumors a few weeks ago that he might not — but gets an option added for 2011 so, in the words of Doug Melvin, he won’t be a lame duck.  Old guy number…

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