Rockies hoping to re-sign Giambi for bench job

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Jason Giambi is hoping to find a starting job after spending September coming off Colorado’s bench, but if he’s unable to land a full-time gig manager Jim Tracy has let him know that the Rockies would love to have him back:

Honesty is the best way to go. That’s the way I know how we treat them. Is there a job out there for him with 400 at-bats, and if there is, he’s more than likely going to take it. That’s what he wants to do, god bless him. But if not you hope that he would consider coming back and being a part of our situation.

Colorado’s “situation” would likely involve Giambi serving as a pinch-hitter, backup to Todd Helton at first base, and designated hitter during interleague play, which won’t add up to many plate appearances. However, as a 39-year-old coming off a season in which he hit just .201/.343/.382 in 102 games the odds are certainly against any team handing Giambi everyday work.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.