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  1. Breaking news: Aroldis Chapman is human (sort of)

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman showed he was human yesterday, allowing three hits and a run while recording just one out. He also let both runners he inherited from Bill Bray to score. Of course, two of the hits were infield singles and the run was unearned, so maybe “human-like” is the more fitting description. He threw 16…

  2. Must-click link: Buck Showalter doesn't like Keith Olbermann

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Over at his MLB.com blog Keith Olbermann shared an amusing story from 1993 about then-Yankees manager Buck Showalter, who apparently didn’t like Olbermann and made him believe Paul O’Neill, Wade Boggs, and various other Yankees were upset at him for the whole SportsCenter shtick. Keith Olbermann: So Good To See Buck Showalter Again It seems…

  3. Chris Sale is thriving in the White Sox's bullpen three months after being drafted

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Three months ago Chris Sale was a starting pitcher for Florida Gulf Coast College and now he’s perhaps the most-trusted reliever in the White Sox’s bullpen, picking up his first career victory with 2.2 flawless innings yesterday. Selected with the 13th overall pick in June’s draft and almost immediately signed to a $1.65 million bonus,…

  4. Torn oblique muscle looks likely to end Jim Edmonds' career

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Last week Jim Edmonds indicated that he plans to retire after the season and now it sounds like the 40-year-old outfielder may have already played his final game. Edmonds is on the disabled list with an oblique injury that was originally listed as a strain, but he revealed yesterday that it’s actually a torn muscle:…

  5. Ubaldo Jimenez gets 18th win after a month between victories

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    It took a while, but Ubaldo Jimenez finally got his 18th victory last night to set the Rockies’ franchise record. Jimenez also leads the NL in wins, but lost four straight decisions between his 17th and 18th victories and had just two wins in nine starts since beginning the season 15-1. Of course, as usual…

  6. Alex Rodriguez sets MLB record with 14th 100-RBI season

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez homered and knocked in two runs yesterday to reach 100 RBIs for the 14th time in his career, which sets a new MLB record. He had been tied with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx, each of whom had 100 RBIs in 13 seasons. Rodriguez has reached 100 RBIs in 13 consecutive…

  7. Cubs interim manager Mike Quade benches Starlin Castro for "lapses in concentration"

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Cubs interim manager Mike Quade benched Starlin Castro yesterday for what he called “lapses in concentration” after the Cubs’ rookie shortstop forgot how many outs there were and got picked off first base Sunday. Castro also made an error in the field Friday and Quade, who’s gone 9-4 since taking over the 51-74 team from…

  8. Manny Ramirez notches three hits in White Sox victory

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez hasn’t shown any power since being claimed off waivers by Chicago last week, but he had three singles this afternoon and is now 7-for-16 (.438) with the White Sox. Ramirez’s third single today came off Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and proved to be the game-winning run, as pinch-runner Alejandro…

  9. Johan Santana to skip tomorrow's start with pectoral injury

    Sep 6, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Johan Santana reported feeling fine during a weekend bullpen session after leaving Thursday’s start with a strained pectoral muscle, but the Mets have decided to skip his turn in the rotation tomorrow anyway. Dillon Gee will instead make his MLB debut against the Nationals, but Santana made it very clear he could pitch if, say,…

  10. Bill Lee starts and wins independent league game at age 63

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago Bill Lee signed with the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League and yesterday the 63-year-old former Red Sox and Expos star made his debut … and picked up his first professional victory since 1982. Rox manager Chris Carminucci said he was prepared for a quick hook if Lee struggled, but instead…

  11. Red Sox or not, Jason Varitek plans to keep playing in 2011

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Whether or not it’ll be with the Red Sox remains to be seen, but Jason Varitek said yesterday that he plans to play somewhere in 2011. Varitek has been out since June 30 with a broken foot and played sparingly as Victor Martinez’s backup even before the injury, logging a total of 105 plate appearances…

  12. Mark Prior tosses scoreless inning at Triple-A for Rangers

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Mark Prior signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers last week and made his Triple-A debut yesterday, tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Oklahoma City. Prior, who convinced the Rangers to sign him after pitching well and showing good velocity as a reliever for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball…

  13. Padres' lead down to one game as losing streak hits 10

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    After beating the Diamondbacks on August 25 the Padres had a 76-49 record and 6.5-game lead in the NL West. They’d won three games in a row and 13 of their last 16, and their odds of winning the division were over 90 percent. And they haven’t won since, dropping their 10th consecutive game yesterday…

  14. Rocco Baldelli rejoins the Rays and homers in his first at-bat

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rocco Baldelli began this season as a minor-league coach in the Rays’ system and then officially started his comeback as a player in mid-July, playing 23 games between high Single-A and Triple-A before a call-up to Tampa Bay when rosters expanded last week. And yesterday his second stint with the Rays kicked off with a…

  15. Rangers sign Mark Prior to minor league contract

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers have signed Mark Prior to a minor-league contract and will assign him to Triple-A, but adds that “this is a long-term project and he is not expected to help the Rangers this season.” Prior hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006 and hasn’t been both healthy and effective…

  16. Must-click link: Omar Minaya gets heckled while flying coach

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    I have no idea whether this is true or not, but it’s pretty funny either way and … well, there’s just not a whole lot worth writing about going on this afternoon. Omar Minaya apparently/allegedly/reportedly flew coach on his flight to Chicago for the series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and the many Mets…

  17. As planned, Dustin Pedroia underwent foot surgery today

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    As expected, Dustin Pedroia underwent season-ending foot surgery today, with doctors inserting a screw into the fractured navicular bone in his left foot. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald “the surgery is expected to assure more complete healing in time for Pedroia to be ready for spring training.” And here’s what Pedroia had…

  18. Poll: Who will be caught on camera reading Hardball Talk?

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    The latest episode of Hard Knocks on HBO showed Rex Ryan and the Jets reading Pro Football Talk, which while no surprise–I’d almost guarantee someone from every NFL team reads Mike Florio, Gregg Rosenthal, and company–was pretty amusing to see on screen. It also got me thinking about which prominent person in the baseball world…

  19. Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins haven't made progress on a contract extension

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco has been shut down for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in his right knee and Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that his contract extension talks with the Marlins are also “going nowhere.” According to Rodriguez “a significant gulf exists between the two sides” and “don’t hold…

  20. Lyle Overbay "not all there in the first place" but back in the Blue Jays' lineup after concussion scare

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Lyle Overbay left last Tuesday’s game after complaining of a “heavy head” following a collision with teammate Brian Tallet, but fortunately for the Blue Jays first baseman a CT scan and other tests revealed that he did not suffer a concussion. Justin Morneau and Jason Bay have missed months following their concussions, with no return…

  21. General manager Neal Huntington and manager John Russell are on the hot seat in Pittsburgh

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    With the Pirates on a 109-loss pace in their 18th straight losing season and team president Frank Coonelly venting his frustration by saying things like “losing stinks” during an online chat with fans, it’s no surprise that general manager Neal Huntington and manager John Russell are on the hot seat. Bob Nightengale of USA Today…

  22. Rays manager is officially now Dr. Joe Maddon

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon received his honorary “doctor of letters” degree from Lafayette College yesterday, meaning the Rays’ manager is officially now a doctor. Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times notes that approximately 200 people attended the ceremony at the college Maddon dropped out of 35 years ago. Or as he joked: “I was on the…

  23. Albert Pujols won "NL player of the month" for August while the Cardinals went 11-15

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols has been named the National League’s player of the month for August, and rightfully so. He hit .379 and slugged .777 during the month, smacking 11 homers and eight doubles in 103 at-bats while posting a 1.230 OPS in 26 games. And the Cardinals went 11-15. All of which says two things, to…

  24. Ron Gardenhire has been ejected from a higher percentage of his games than all-time leader Bobby Cox

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire got himself ejected from last night’s game in the seventh inning for arguing one of several blown calls by the Joe West-led umpiring crew, which meant the Twins manager got to watch the extra-inning disaster on a clubhouse television rather than seeing it unfold live from the dugout. All things considered, he was…

  25. Tyson Gillies hired the lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan's son and pleaded "not guilty" to coke charge

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies pleaded not guilty yesterday to a felony charge of cocaine possession stemming from his August 20 arrest in Florida. According to Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News the 21-year-old outfielder was walking along a service road at 3:00 a.m. and trying to flag down passing cars when police stopped and…

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