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  1. Indians release closer Chris Perez

    Oct 31, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Facing a decision on whether to tender him a 2014 contract via arbitration, the Indians have decided to simply release closer Chris Perez. Perez made off-field headlines when he was arrested for having marijuana delivered to his house in his dog’s name this season, but he also missed time on the disabled list and struggled…

  2. Gold Glove Award winners, as they’re announced …

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    gold glove award 2013

    The 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients are being rolled out during an hour-long special tonight (8 p.m. ET) on ESPN2. So get your outrage engines started and follow along as the winners are announced position-by-position … National League C Yadier Molina 1B Paul Goldschmidt 2B Brandon Phillips 3B Nolan Arenado SS Andrelton Simmons LF…

  3. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  4. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  5. Wanna buy Jose Reyes’ old house in New York?

    Oct 22, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    jose reyes house

    Jose Reyes still lives in New York despite playing for the Marlins last season and the Blue Jays this season (and beyond), but he recently bought a new place there for $4.2 million and now the former Mets shortstop is looking to sell his old place on Long Island. For the low, low price for…

  6. The Blue Jays are targeting Angels catchers Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger

    Oct 21, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Hank Conger

    The Blue Jays once traded for Angels catcher Mike Napoli. Then four days later they got rid of him. Maybe seeing Napoli help two teams to the World Series since then has them trying for a do-over. Here’s Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun: Yes, the Blue Jays need starting pitching. Yet, that’s not the only…

  7. David Price bashes TBS baseball show

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    David Price was lit up for seven earned runs in seven-plus innings Saturday as the Rays allowed the Red Sox to take a 2-0 ALDS lead. Price must have tuned into the TBS postgame show after his outing because this is what he tweeted to his more than 180,000 followers late Saturday night: Dirk Hayhurst…COULDNT…

  8. Ricky Romero outrighted to Triple-A for second time this year

    Oct 5, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays announced yesterday that left-hander Ricky Romero was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. This is the second time this year that he has passed through waivers unclaimed. Of course, that shouldn’t be a big surprise at this point, but it’s just the latest indication of how far Romero has fallen since he posted a…

  9. Jamie Moyer over-explains throwing a changeup

    Oct 3, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Pedro Martinez has a book? So does Jamie Moyer. It’s called “Just Tell Me I Can’t,” and Moyer and it were profiled on NPR’s “Fresh Air” show yesterday. There is a transcript of some of his highlights here. And, with the caveat that I listen to NPR a lot so I’m not trying to make…

  10. Josh Johnson has surgery to remove bone spurs from elbow

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson, who struggled all season before being shut down in late August, underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Dr. James Andrews did the honors and Johnson is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, although Johnson being fully healthy ever again is…

  11. 2013 leads the way in spectacularly bad offensive performances

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    By OPS, the 2013 season boasts three of the six worst offensive seasons since 2000: .545 – Cesar Izturis (2010 Orioles) .559 – Alcides Escobar (2013 Royals) .562 – Nick Punto (2007 Twins) .564 – Neifi Perez (2002 Royals) .565 – Adeiny Hechavarria (2013 Marlins) .569 – Darwin Barney (2013 Cubs) .576 – Ramon Santiago…

  12. Henderson Alvarez with the unlikeliest of no-hitters

    Sep 29, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    Henderson Alvarez

    Actually, it was prime no-hitter time: a meaningless game on the final day of the season. The opposing team had nothing to play for and thus started several backups. The umps were also looking to get things over with in a hurry. If there was ever a day for Henderson Alvarez to throw a no-no,…

  13. Indians win, Rangers win, Rays lose as AL Wild Card intrigue grows

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    The Indians won their ninth consecutive game this afternoon against the Twins, moving into the first of two AL Wild Card slots. They have now won 19 of 24 games since September 3, doing anything and everything necessary to secure themselves the opportunity to advance from the Wild Card play-in game. Starter Scott Kazmir was…

  14. Rays fall into tie with Indians for wild card spots, Rangers one back

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    The AL wild card battle tightened up Friday, with the Rays losing in Toronto and both the Indians and Rangers gaining a game. The current standings: Rays: 90-70 (two in Toronto) Indians: 90-70 (two in Minnesota) Rangers: 89-71 (two vs. Angels) The Rays, who had won seven straight, were undone by some sloppy defense in…

  15. Indians, Rangers survive: wild card standings stay unchanged

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    After the Rays made a sweep in Yankee Stadium look as easy as can be, the Indians and Rangers injected some drama into the AL wild card race before eking out one-run victories. The Indians seemed to have things well in hand against the Twins after scoring three runs in fourth and taking a 6-1…

  16. The slowest player in baseball

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    You know that dream where you are running and running but are not actually getting anywhere. I know people have all sorts of theories about this dream and what it means. Some say it indicates that you have too many things going in your life and can’t quite keep up. Some say it’s the body…

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Indians 5, White Sox 4: Unbelievable. Chris Perez blows a save in the top of the ninth and the ancient Jason Giambi picks him and the Indians up in the bottom, smacking a two-run walkoff homer. Still life in that old bat. Still life in the Indians, who remain in wild card position. Rangers 3,…

  18. Nelson Cruz on the Rangers for the playoffs would be an “embarrassment?” Really?

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers baserunner Cruz is congratulated in his dugout after he scored a run off a two-run single by teammate Murphy against Seattle Mariners in their American League game at Safeco Field in Seattle

    Headline from Tim Colishaw’s latest at The Dallas Morning News: Call me crazy, but I feel like missing the playoffs in a late-season collapse would be way worse than playing in them with Cruz. Or even losing in the first round because they don’t have Cruz. But I suppose there are many different levels of…

  19. Colby Rasmus shut down for the rest of the season after last night’s unlucky injury

    Sep 21, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Last night, Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus was hit in the left eye with a warm-up toss from teammate Anthony Gose before the start of the bottom of the first inning at Fenway Park. Rasmus was taken out of the game and eventually taken to the hospital. The Jays have decided to place him on…

  20. Colby Rasmus leaves game after being hit in the face with a warm-up toss

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus suffered a freak injury after taking the field prior to the bottom of the first inning tonight against the Red Sox. While trotting to his position in center, Anthony Gose had thrown a ball in his direction, but Rasmus wasn’t aware. The ball struck him in the face. After a…

  21. Edwin Encarnacion undergoes wrist surgery

    Sep 20, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    After being shut down earlier this week, Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion underwent successful surgery on his left wrist yesterday. Encarnacion missed some time after tweaking his wrist earlier this month, but he was able to return to the lineup over the weekend. While he initially planned to play through the discomfort, he changed his…

  22. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 18, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Rangers 7, Rays 1: The Rangers finally snap the skid. Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each to pull Texas back into a tie with Tampa Bay at the top of the wild card standings. Indians 5, Royals 3: Kansas City took a 3-0 lead into the sixth with the Indians…

  23. Blue Jays shut down Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Cecil

    Sep 17, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion AP

    Edwin Encarnacion made a brief comeback from his wrist injury, playing in three games over the weekend, but the Blue Jays have decided to shut him down for the season with two weeks to go and the slugger will undergo surgery later this week. Encarnacion finishes the season hitting .272 with 36 homers and a…

  24. Appreciating the free-swinging excellence of Vlad Guerrero

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Not too long ago, I was working on a project that (sadly) never quite got off the ground — it was a project to explore why we still love sports. Here we are surrounded by the horror of concussions and NCAA hypocrisy and PED use and countless other unsavory things … but we still love…

  25. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

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