September 2008 - Baseball Wiretap

Melvin Sends Yost 'Thank You' Email
Doug Melvin sent an email of thanks to recently fired Manager Ned Yost after the Brewers won the National League Wildcard.

Journal Sentinel

Nationals Get #1 Overall Pick In 2009 Draft
Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State is likely to be the top player selected in the June 2009 draft.

Seattle Times

Joba's Role In 2009 To Be Decided By CC, Burnett Or Sheets?
The debate on whether Joba Chamberlain will be a starter or reliever is likely to linger throughout the winter.

New York Post

Mets Expected To Pick Up 2009 Option On Delgado
The Mets are expected to pick up the $12 million option for 2009 on slugger Carlos Delgado before November.

New York Post

Pedro Wants To Pitch, Not Expecting To Do So With Mets
At least a dozen of them stopped by his locker after the season-ending 4-2 loss to the Marlins. Carlos Beltran collapsed in tears on Pedro Martinez's shoulder.

New York Post

Colorado Expected To Shop Atkins And Holliday
With acquiring a frontline starter a priority, the Rockies are expected to shop Garrett Atkins and Matt Holliday.

Denver Post

Hampton Interested In Return To Houston
"I'm sure there will be interest on both sides," Mike Hampton said about returning to the Astros. "We'll see if we can work something out. I've always loved it here."

MLB.com

Lohse Close To New Deal With Cardinals
Pitcher Kyle Lohse and the St. Louis Cardinals are close to an agreement that will keep the right-hander with the team.

Belleville News Democrat

Jones Win NL Batting Title, Wants To Retire In Atlanta
Chipper Jones won the NL batting title on Sunday and reiterated that he wants to retire as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Oblique Pushes Beckett Back To Game 3
A strained oblique has forced the Red Sox to push Josh Beckett back to Game 3 of the ALDS.

ESPN

Mets Appear Likely To Bring Manuel Back
The Mets appear likely to bring manager Jerry Manuel back next season even after the team missed the playoffs on the final day of the regular season for the second-straight year.

ESPN

Giants' Lincecum Impressive In Final Start
Tim Lincecum gave Cy Young Award voters an impressive final start of the season to think about as the Giants beat the Dodgers 3-1 on Sunday.

AP

Hamels Will Start Game One Against Brewers
Cole Hamels will start Game One of the NLDS for the Phillies on Wednesday against the Brewers.

ESPN

Mussina Wins 20th For First Time In Career
Mike Mussina won his twentieth game of the season on Sunday as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox.

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Fans Taunt Yanks With '2000' Signs At Fenway
Fans at Fenway Park waved signs with the year '2000' on them on Sunday with the Yankees battling the Red Sox.

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Brewers Edge Mets For NL Wild Card
The Brewers have made the postseason for the first time since 1982 after defeating the Cubs on Sunday and watching the Mets lose to the Marlins.

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Yankee Veterans Make Rookies Do Y-M-C-A
The Yankees waited until the final weekend of the season, but they performed their annual rookie hazing in grand fashion on Saturday.

Star-Ledger

Torre Names Lowe Starter In NLDS Opener
Dodgers' Manager Joe Torre has named Derek Lowe the starter for the first game of their NLDS series.

ESPN

Cashman Wants To Return To Yanks
Brian Cashman has reportedly told the Steinbrenner family that he wants to remain with the Yankees.

New Yor Post

Jays Will Make Offer To Burnett
The Blue Jays have made a bold move by preparing to offer A.J. Burnett a new four-year deal to keep him with the team.

Toronto Star

Zambrano Will Have Sunday Off
Cubs' Manager Lou Piniella has decided to give Carlos Zambrano Sunday off after originally wanting him to pitch a few innings against the Brewers.

Chicago Tribune

Maddux Earns 355th Career Victory
Greg Maddux earned his 355th career victory as the Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1 on Saturday night.

AP

Twins, White Sox Continue To Struggle
The Twins and White Sox, who have combined to lose their last seven games, are struggling to win with a playoff berth on the line.

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Mets, Brewers Tied With One Game Left
Johan Santana pitched a complete game shutout for the Mets on Saturday against the Marlins to move his team into a tie with the Brewers for the NL Wild Card.

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Phillies Clinch NL East
The Phillies clinched the NL East title on Saturday afternoon with a win over the Nationals.

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Baldelli Refutes Muscular Dystrophy Report
Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli has refuted an internet report that he has muscular dystrophy.

ESPN

Zambrano To Get Playoff Tuneup On Sunday
Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano will get a playoff tuneup on Sunday against the Brewers.

ESPN

Angels Will Host Red Sox In ALDS
The American League playoff picture began to take shape on Friday night as the Angels secured the best record in the league.

MLB.com

Rivera Considering Shoulder Surgery
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is reportedly considering off-season surgery on his right shoulder.

Newsday

Replay Changes Molina's Single To HR
For just the second time since instant replay was implemented, a call was overturned on Friday night when it was determined that a single by Giants catcher Bengie Molina was actually a home run.

Mercury News