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Here’s your Wednesday baseball news long toss covering stories on and off the field.

  • One man likely not looking for a contract extension is Baltimore Orioles president of baseball operations, Andy MacPhail. The former Twins exec, who has been with the O’s since 2007, will reportedly leave the club at the end of October when his current deal expires. Some have suggested Brian Cashman could be in the running to replace MacPhail, while still others posit that this could set the stage for a power grab by manager Buck Showalter. For his part, Showalter had this to say about MacPhail’s tenure, “I just hope for the best for Andy. This is not one person’s fault. You can’t be this bad, for this long, without multiple reasons.” Heartwarming stuff.
  • Clay Buchholz is back to engaging in some “baseball activity.” This could mean so many things: spitting, scratching himself, laughing at Jed Lowrie for having “Stylo” by Gorillaz as his entrance music. In this case, it actually just means he’s playing catch. The Red Sox starter has been on the disabled list since June with a stress fracture in back.

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