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  1. Dontrelle Willis joins Vladimir Guerrero on Long Island Ducks

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles

    Dontrelle Willis and Vladimir Guerrero are going to be teammates. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Willlis, who was released by the Cubs at the end of spring training, has signed with the independent league Long Island Ducks, who also announced a deal with Vladimir Guerrero this morning. Hard to say who has a better…

  2. Yankees are trying to talk Derrek Lee out of retirement

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    Derrek Lee

    Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury has the Yankees searching for a short-term replacement at first base and David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that they’re trying to talk Derrek Lee into coming out of retirement. Lee sat out all of last season after failing to get an offer he liked, but according to Waldstein…

  3. Ron Gardenhire wants the Twins to sign Jim Thome

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome is looking for work and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last week that the Twins had talked to the 42-year-old designated hitter earlier in the offseason. Toss in the fact that manager Ron Gardenhire recently made it clear that he wants a veteran bat off the Twins’ bench…

  4. Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback at age 38

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Vladimir Guerrero has been unemployed since the Blue Jays released him from their Triple-A team in June, but the former MVP is attempting a comeback. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Guerrero is looking to sign with an MLB team and would be willing to accept a minor-league contract. Guerrero played a dozen games in…

  5. Jim Thome is looking for work

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:48 PM EST

    Jim Thome Getty

    We haven’t heard much about Jim Thome since the Indians stopped pursuing him a few weeks ago, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com talked to the future Hall of Famer and has an update. Basically he’d like to play this season but doesn’t have any interested teams right now, so the 42-year-old is heading to Arizona…

  6. The Indians are still considering Jim Thome

    Feb 4, 2013, 9:46 AM EST

    Jim Thome Getty

    Not as some philosophical subject, but a a DH: Terry Pluto reports that, in the wake of Travis Hafner heading to New York, the Indians are still considering the 42 year-old Jim Thome for their DH/tater-mashing  job. Thome hit .252/.344/.442 with eight homers, 25 RBI and a .786 OPS in 186 plate appearances with Philly…

  7. The Indians are thinking about bringing back Travis Hafner or Jim Thome

    Jan 23, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

    Jim Thome

    The Indians lost their DH when they wisely declined to exercise the option they had on Travis Hafner. A possible replacement? How about Travis Hafner? Or, barring that, Jim Thome? That’s what Jon Heyman is reporting, anyway. Hafner played in only 66 games last season, hitting .228/.346/.438 with 12 homers. Thome, who is seven years…

  8. Bargain-hunting Rays still have some holes

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EST

    Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman

    The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.…

  9. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  10. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EST

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  11. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Adam Jones, CF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Chris Davis, RF 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B…

  12. ALDS Game 4 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    Getty Yankees Orioles

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, DH 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Chris Davis, RF 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Adam Jones, CF 4. Robinson Cano, 2B…

  13. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 10, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Chris Davis, RF 3. Alex Rodriguez, DH 4. Adam Jones, CF 4. Robinson Cano, 2B…

  14. Derek Jeter drives in run to cut into Orioles lead

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:18 PM EST

    Jeter Getty

    UPDATE: The Orioles got out of it. Darren O’Day struck out Alex Rodriguez swinging for the second out before Buck Showalter made another change, this time bringing in Brian Matusz. The southpaw issued an intentional walk to Robinson Cano before getting Nick Swisher to fly out to left field to end the inning. The Orioles…

  15. Rain delaying the start of ALDS Game 2 between Yankees and Orioles

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:23 PM EST

    Camden Yards Getty

    Another day, another rain delay. The start of Game 2 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Orioles is being delayed due to rain in the Baltimore area. It shouldn’t be as long as what we had to sit through last night, though. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, first pitch is expected to be…

  16. ALDS Game 2 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in Baltimore: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Chris Davis, RF 3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 4. Adam Jones, CF 4. Robinson Cano, 2B 5.…

  17. Adam Jones gives Orioles lead with sacrifice fly

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:32 PM EST

    Adam Jones Getty

    The Orioles have pulled ahead again in Arlington. Adam Jones delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead over the Rangers. J.J. Hardy led off the sixth by dumping a single into shallow right field before Chris Davis singled to right to move him to…

  18. Last time the Orioles were in the playoffs …

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    jim thome indians

    OK, so by now we’ve all heard plenty about how the Orioles are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. October 15, 1997 to be exact, when they lost 1-0 to the Indians in Game 6 of the ALCS on a Tony Fernandez homer off Armando Benitez in the 11th inning. I…

  19. Phillies looking at Matt Stairs or Mike Sweeney as assistant hitting coach

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Matt Stairs

    Philadelphia fired multiple coaches immediately after the final game ended and the Phillies are doing some interesting things while piecing together the new staff. Not only will manager Charlie Manuel go without a bench coach next season, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies will hire an assistant hitting coach and “have targeted” Matt…

  20. Bye-bye regular season

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Autumn Sunset

    I’m glad the last day of the season is happening on Ocotber 3. My favorite final day of the season in my lifetime happened on October 3. It was 1993. I spent that day in Cleveland, at the last game ever played at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The Tribe — with a young Albert Belle,…

  21. Nick Markakis at least three weeks from returning

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    nick markakis getty

    Whatever odds Nick Markakis had of playing for the Orioles again this season took a hit today, as the team announced that he won’t have the pin removed from his fractured thumb as hoped. Instead that will have to wait another week, which likely means Markakis is at least three weeks from potentially seeing game…

  22. All hail Dan Duquette?

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:13 AM EST

    Dan Duquette

    The comments are a fertile place for discussion topics this morning.  This one comes from rockthered1286 in the And That Happened thread, giving kudos to Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette for pushing buttons to give this team Nate McLouth, Jim Thome, Omar Quintanilla, Manny Machado, Randy Wolf and Joe Saunders. I’ll grant him Machado as a good…

  23. Yankees come back on Blue Jays, AL East remains deadlocked

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:13 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano

    After the Orioles closed out the Red Sox 6-3 to finish a three-game sweep Sunday, the Yankees completed their comeback on the Blue Jays, winning 9-6 to preserve the tie atop the AL East. They say I can’t focus on the positive. Let’s give it a whirl: Yankees – Definitely a great day for the…

  24. Bombs away: Orioles tie franchise record with seven homers in win

    Sep 26, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

    Chris Davis

    Chris Davis and rookie Manny Machado went deep twice apiece as the Orioles combined for seven homers Wednesday in beating the Blue Jays 12-2. Baltimore remained 1 1/2 games back of the Yankees after New York won earlier in the day. Nate McLouth opened the bottom of the first with a homer tonight, but it…

  25. Orioles, Yankees drop one-run games

    Sep 23, 2012, 5:08 PM EST

    Matt Wieters

    A pair of lengthy winning streaks came to an end Sunday, as both the Yankees and Orioles lost one-run games to keep the status quo atop the AL East. The Orioles saw their six-game streak conclude in losing 2-1 to Boston. Baltimore caught a very bad break in the top of the ninth, when Jim…

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