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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Twins opt not to add pitching reinforcements on September 1 and pay the price

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Last night’s Twins-Tigers game was one of the worst I’ve ever seen, as the two teams combined for 13 innings of sloppy, mistake-filled play that included a seemingly endless array of botched double plays and blown leads. As a Twins fan there are approximately 100 different things I could complain about from the agonizing evening,…

  21. Marlins catcher John Baker to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Sep 2, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Marlins starting catcher John Baker has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury and after suffering a setback while rehabbing in the minors last week Dr. James Andrews has determined that he needs Tommy John surgery. The good news for Baker is that position players tend to come back from Tommy John surgery much…

  22. Rob Dibble talks about firing and actually sounds reasonable

    Sep 2, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    While doing his radio show on Sirius/XM today Rob Dibble spoke briefly about being fired as the Nationals’ television analyst yesterday. I’m just about Dibbled out at this point, but after criticizing him quite a bit it only seems right to also post his comments. Plus, they were are actually surprisingly level-headed and sensible: As…

  23. In line to possibly replace Prince Fielder, prospect Mat Gamel says playing first base "ain't easy"

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Mat Gamel was once considered Milwaukee’s third baseman of the future, but his shaky glove combined with Casey McGehee’s presence has the Brewers thinking instead that he could be the replacement at first base if Prince Fielder leaves as a free agent (or is traded before then). However, based on what Gamel said to Tom…

  24. Diamondbacks to begin interviewing GM candidates soon

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Diamondbacks “will begin interviewing general manager candidates over the next couple weeks” and have at least six candidates on their list. Current interim general manager Jerry Dipoto and assistant general manager Peter Woodfork will obviously get interviews, and Morosi also mentions former Padres GM Kevin Towers, Yankees…

  25. Report: Dustin Pedroia to have season-ending foot surgery

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Last week Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe quoted an unnamed source saying that Dustin Pedroia was “probably done for the year” and now he reports that the Red Sox’s second baseman “is expected to have surgery to insert a screw in his left foot sometime tomorrow at Massachusetts General Hospital.” Various sources have said…

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