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Twins fire Ron Gardenhire  —  The Minnesota Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons with the team.  —  The move was made Monday, ending the second-longest active tenure in the major leagues behind Mike Scioscia of the Angels.  —  The Twins finished Sunday with a 3- defeat …
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Vince Lara-Cinisomo / Baseball America:
Twins Fire Gardenhire After 13 Seasons As Manager  —  The Minnesota Twins have fired Ron Gardenhire—the second-longest tenured manager in the major leagues behind the Angels' Mike Scioscia—after 13 seasons.  —  Gardenhire had managed the team since 2002, followed Tom Kelly's resignation after the 2001 season.
Discussion: South Side Sox and Twinkie Town
Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com:
Managed team to six division titles; only Kelly has more wins as Minnesota skipper
Associated Press:
Tigers Win AL Central With 3-0 Victory Over Twins
Quinn Roberts / MLB.com:NEW!
Newly acquired slugger led Major Leagues in outfield assists with 16 in 2014  —  9/23/14: Yoenis Cespedes handles Ben Zobrist's single to left field and fires a strong throw to home plate to nab Yunel Escobar  —  BOSTON — The Red Sox are interested in negotiating a contract extension …
Discussion: HardballTalk
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Quinn Roberts / MLB.com:
AFL the next stop for Red Sox's Castillo  —  9/26/14: Rusney Castillo smashes a solo home run over the Green Monster, his second career homer, cutting the deficit to one run in the 7th  —  BOSTON — The Red Sox are wasting no time in making sure Rusney Castillo gets back on the diamond.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Bobby Abreu, Edgardo Alfonzo top Mets' hitting coach wish list  —  Bobby Abreu and Edgardo Alfonzo (right) are Mets hitting coach candidates with ties to the club.  —  The general manager and manager are returning, leaving the Mets to address their coaching situation before diving into 2015 roster decisions.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Metsblog
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Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Sources: NY Mets expected to reassign hitting coaches, keep Geren; Wally Backman will not be promoted
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Astros Hire A.J. Hinch As Manager  —  5:36pm: The Astros have officially announced Hinch as their new manager.  In a prepared statement within a press release, GM Jeff Luhnow offered the following praise for Hinch: … 3:31pm: The Astros have called a press conference to make a …
Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com:20 minutes ago
O's lose many key players during season, but general manager answers every time  —  9/25/14: Steve Pearce takes David Robertson to deep left-center field for a solo home run, tying the game at 5 in the 9th inning  —  BALTIMORE — There are no more moves to be made, free agents to mull …
Discussion: Camden Chat
MLB:
Pirates' Volquez to get start for NL wild card  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates will send Edinson Volquez to the mound for the NL wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants, the team announced Monday.  —  Volquez (13-7, 3.04 ERA) finished the regular season having not allowed a run in a career-high 18 consecutive innings.
Fox Sports:30 minutes ago
Who takes it?  2014 MLB postseason expert predictions  —  The 2014 MLB postseason is here.  Check out predictions from our experts to see who they think will be left standing when the World Series is said and done.  —  Participating this year:  —  *Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, FOXSports.com's senior MLB writers;
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Righty Roark waiting to hear on role for NLDS  —  9/23/14: Tanner Roark allows two runs and scatters five hits while walking none over 6 1/3 innings against the Mets  —  WASHINGTON — Nationals manager Matt Williams has not announced his rotation during the National League Division Series, which starts Friday at Nationals Park.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jackson Alexander / MLB.com:
Fans will have chance to meet members of Royals, take part in Q&A session  —  9/26/14: Dayton Moore, Ned Yost, Billy Butler and the Royals celebrate the franchise's first postseason appearance since 1985  —  On Monday, fans will have the opportunity to meet select members of the Royals' organization …
Clint Longenecker / Baseball America:
Initial 2015 Draft Order Set, Benefitting Astros  —  The completion of the regular season on Sunday set the 2015 draft order, although free agent compensation could alter a few spots this offseason.  A team other than the Astros will select first for the first time in the current Collective …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Associated Press:
Kershaw 1st to Lead Majors in ERA 4 Straight Years  —  NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to lead the major leagues in earned run average in four straight years, and Houston's Jose Altuve and Colorado's Justin Morneau won their first batting titles.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos and Red Reporter
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Associated Press:
Astros Change Course, Put Altuve Back in Lineup
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Blue Jays' future could hinge on team president Beeston's  —  The futures of Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and general manager Alex Anthopoulos are not in immediate question.  But the team's entire dynamic could change if team president Paul Beeston departs.  —  Beeston, 69, is in the final year of his contract.
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Associated Press:
Schoop Homers, Orioles Beat Blue Jays 1-0
Discussion: Bluebird Banter and Camden Chat
 
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