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2010 September 09

  1. Placido Polanco has fracture in elbow, will play through

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    It’s the second week of September — crunch time in Major League Baseball. And Phillies second baseman Placido Polanco knows it. The 34-year-old has been diagnosed with a small fracture and will require offseason surgery, but…

  2. Andy Pettitte throws four scoreless at Double-A Trenton

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte, on the disabled list since mid-July with a strained left groin, made his first rehab start on Thursday at Double-A Trenton. It might be his only one. According to Chad Jennings of The Journal News…

  3. Rollins' hamstring injury not thought to be serious

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins tweaked his right hamstring after hitting a third-inning double on Wednesday night and then further injured the hammy while coming around to score moments later. But it doesn’t sound like a serious issue…

  4. Chris Nelson's steal of home wins game for Rockies

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    Chris Nelson will always remember his first career stolen base. In the eighth inning of a 5-5 game versus the Reds on Thursday, the Rockies’ utilityman took off from third base against right-hander Nick Masset, who had looked towards second base, and swiped home without a play at the plate, giving the Rockies a 6-5…

  5. Singles scene not kind to Gavin Floyd

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    In losing to the Tigers on Thursday, Gavin Floyd became the first pitcher since James Baldwin in 2001 to allow 13 singles and no extra-base hits in a game. Floyd pitched six-plus innings versus the Tigers, giving up six runs, five of them earned. He walked Austin Jackson to open the bottom of the first,…

  6. Great Moments in Professionalism: Chipper Jones

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    Look Chipper, I love ya man. You’ve been an important part of my baseball life for the past 15 years and everything, but when you go around saying stuff like this you make me not like you very much: Jones, when asked by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Gonzalez passing teammate Omar Infante for the NL…

  7. Bobby Jenks out "at least a few games and possibly more" with forearm tightness

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Chicago’s bullpen may never be at full strength. Last week the White Sox welcomed Matt Thornton back from the disabled list and today they activated J.J. Putz off the shelf, but now Bobby Jenks has a strained forearm and Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reports that he’ll be unavailable for “at least a few games and…

  8. Andy Pettitte to make a rehab start tonight

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Because “CC Sabathia and four days of rain” is too much to expect, it’s kind of important that Andy Pettitte get back to the Bronx as soon as possible. An important step in that journey happens this evening, as Pettitte is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Trenton Thunder in the AA playoffs.…

  9. How the Hall of Fame deals with steroids

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Did you know that there’s a plaque in Cooperstown that talks about PEDs in the game? I didn’t.

  10. The Royals are 67-98 in Zack Greinke's 165 career starts

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke threw eight innings last night and allowed four runs against one of the best lineups in the league. He lost. And he usually does, not because Greinke is bad but because his teammates are horrible. He has a perfectly solid 3.90 ERA and the Royals are 10-19 in his starts. None of which…

  11. Could Brewers owner Mark Attanasio end up buying the Dodgers?

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt pours cold water on Krasovic’s report, saying that Attanasio has no interest in the Dodgers. Seems to me that this kind of thing comes down to who the sources are, because Attanasio himself and his proxies would certainly say that he had no interest, because to say otherwise would be seen as…

  12. HBT Daily: Padres-Giants, Cardinals-Futility and a little Moonlight Graham

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    I have no idea why I mentioned Barry Zito here. He’s the one Giants pitcher NOT starting in this series. Thank God no one watches these things.

  13. Santiago Casilla and the unintentional strike

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    There was an odd moment in last night’s Giants-Diamondbacks game when Santiago Casilla set out to intentionally walk Adam LaRoche and instead fired a 63-mph “fastball” right down the middle for a first-pitch strike. MLB.com has the video, which is worth checking out if only to see LaRoche’s dumbfounded reaction to what had just happened.…

  14. Jose Lima's autopsy found no traces of drugs in his system

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Some people jumped to conclusions about Jose Lima’s death when he passed away in May from an apparent heart attack at age 37, but the autopsy report released today showed no traces of drugs in his system. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN.com Lima “tested positive for moderate levels of alcohol but that the cause…

  15. Oh noes! Derek Jeter is selling his New York penthouse!

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Clearly, this must mean that he’s planning on signing with the Rays this winter: Yankees captain Derek Jeter put his Manhattan penthouse on the market Wednesday for an asking price of $20 million. The All-Star shortstop’s four-bedroom, 5,425-square foot loft on the 88th floor of Trump World Tower in Turtle Bay was listed on the…

  16. Proven closer or not: Papelbon is as good as gone

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi has a column up today in which he argues that the Red Sox have to bring Jonathan Papelbon back next year.  His reasoning: he’s a Proven Closer! Sure, Daniel Bard may be good, but he’s never pitched the ninth inning!  If you let Papelbon go and Bard closes, who pitches the…

  17. Homefield advantage and drawn-out NLDS schedule would be huge for the Phillies

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Philadelphia has edged past Atlanta atop the NL East, which means the Phillies also currently have the record in the league. Homefield advantage is always nice, of course, but as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes the ability to choose the seven-day or eight-day schedule for the NLDS could be even more beneficial to the Phillies.…

  18. Looks like that whole "trade Adrian Gonzalez" thing is never gonna happen

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Before the season started, the expectation was that the big name on the market would be Adrian Gonzalez. That changed when the Padres starting winning, of course. Looks like the winning and attendant optimism has gone on so long now that there won’t be any trade at all, even next year, reports Jayson Stark: “Even…

  19. Jim Joyce scheduled to be the home plate umpire for Armando Galarraga's start tomorrow

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Barring a change in the umpiring schedule, Jim Joyce is slated to be behind the plate for Armando Galarraga’s start tomorrow against the Orioles. Joyce was working first base when he infamously blew the call that would have given Galarraga a perfect game on June 2. Joyce immediately and emotionally admitted his mistake, Galarraga displayed…

  20. The Diamondbacks + a humidor = 38% fewer home runs

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    We heard a couple of weeks ago that the Diamondbacks are looking for ways to cut down on offense in Chase Field. Among their ideas was installing a Coors Field-style humidor.  If they do that, however, they had best be careful because people who know more than I do about such things think doing so…

  21. Dusty Baker on Reds' extension offer: "I really haven't thought about it"

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Reports vary on the length of the proposed deal, but what we know for sure is that the Reds offered Dusty Baker a contract extension over a month ago and the impending free agent manager has yet to accept or decline. Here’s what he told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com: Sooner or later. Right now, I’m…

  22. Trevor Hoffman apologized to his teammates

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman was carried off the field in triumph after getting his 600th save on Tuesday night. But humility — not glory — was the order of the day in the clubhouse afterward: Before thanking his teammates for their support and camaraderie, Hoffman did a stunning thing, something that caught many by surprise. He apologized…

  23. Video: Sidney Crosby takes BP and homers at PNC Park

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Penguins star Sidney Crosby took batting practice at PNC Park in Pittsburgh yesterday and launched a homer into the seats in right field, at which point he took George Costanza’s advice and immediately left the batter’s box on a high note. Sidney Crosby now has more homers at PNC Park than Bobby Crosby, who played…

  24. Quote of the Day: The Mets are PR geniuses

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Mets may not be good at baseball, but there so some things no other teams can do.

  25. Police seize evidence from the Blue Jays in the Clemens case

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Toronto Star reports that U.S. prosecutors have picked up the hotline to Canada (instituted to avoid us stumbling into an accidental war with the barbarous Canadians) and had a search warrant executed to seize evidence from the Toronto Blue Jays in connection with the Rogers Clemens perjury case. No word on what or how…

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