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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Manny Ramirez comes up empty as White Sox's playoff hopes slip away

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Needing a sweep of the Twins to have any kind of realistic shot at the AL Central title the White Sox instead dropped Game 1 of a three-game series in Chicago last night as Manny Ramirez repeatedly came up empty in crucial at-bats. In the first inning he came to the plate with two outs…

  2. Phillies adjust rotation and line up The Big 3 for Braves series

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    In a preview of what their first-round opponent might see in the playoffs, the Phillies have adjusted their rotation so that Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels are lined up to get the starts in next week’s crucial three-game series against the Braves. Beating the Braves would go a long way toward the Phillies…

  3. Joe Morgan's opinion about the Cy Young debate is exactly what you'd expect

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    During his ESPN.com chat today Joe Morgan was asked to comment about the ongoing debate surrounding Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia, the Cy Young award, and the importance of win-loss records. His response was exactly what you’d expect from Joe Morgan, to the point that it almost reads like parody: I think it’s a joke to…

  4. Fredi Gonzalez turns down interview for Cubs' manager job

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez is apparently so confident the Braves will choose him as their new manager when Bobby Cox retires at the end of the season that John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse reports he turned down a chance to interview for the open Cubs’ job. Last month I was in Atlanta for the annual Society for…

  5. Brandon Webb still isn't close to rejoining Diamondbacks

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb’s recovery from shoulder surgery has progressed so slowly that he’s gone from hoping to be healthy for the second half to hoping to make at least one start in September to now talking about possibly having to participate in instructional leagues just to get some work in. Here’s what Webb told Steve Gilbert…

  6. Must-click link: Dan Szymborski on the Mets' offseason plans

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Some people might say that MS Paint isn’t a particularly good tool for an artist, let alone for baseball analysis, but those people probably never saw this on Baseball Think Factory: Dan Szymborski: Mets Offseason Plan If you don’t think that’s funny, we can’t be friends any more.

  7. Carlos Marmol has the highest strikeout rate in MLB history

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Just before the All-Star break I wrote about how Carlos Marmol was on pace for the highest strikeout rate in baseball history among pitchers with at least 50 innings. In the two months since then he hasn’t missed quite as many bats, but the Cubs’ closer is still on an historic track. Marmol has racked…

  8. Report: Cubs to interview Bob Melvin for managerial opening

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs will interview former Mariners and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin for their managerial opening. Kurkjian notes that Melvin was up for the Cubs’ job in 2003 before they went with Dusty Baker instead. Melvin ended up managing the Mariners and won 93 games in his first season, but…

  9. Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma said to be eyeing MLB

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma is one of the best pitchers in Japan and according to Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times he “wants to try and head to MLB via posting after the season.” Coskey adds that Iwakuma’s team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, are “said to be reluctant” to let him go, no doubt in part…

  10. Joe Mauer on verge of being fifth catcher in baseball history with 1,000 career hits by age 27

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer is one hit away from 1,000 for his career, which would be the fifth-most ever by a catcher through age 27: Ivan Rodriguez 1333 Ted Simmons 1279 Johnny Bench 1246 Joe Torre 1087 JOE MAUER 999 He’ll likely end up with around 1,020 hits by season’s end. Missing most of his rookie season…

  11. Brett Myers makes history by throwing six-plus innings in 30th straight start

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Myers’ career-year continued last night with seven innings of one-run ball in a win over the Brewers and he also made some history by becoming just the seventh pitcher since 1920 to throw six or more innings in each of his first 30 starts. The previous six: Bob Gibson (1968 and 1969), Fergie Jenkins…

  12. Nick Swisher says knee injury is like "dragging around my leg"

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher appeared as a pinch-hitter last night after an MRI exam showed merely inflammation in his sore left knee, but was clearly at significantly less than full strength while limping to first base on a ground out. After the game he described it as “dragging around my left leg” and noted that “it’s starting…

  13. On second thought, Aramis Ramirez is staying with the Cubs

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez caused a minor stir yesterday by hinting that he might decline his $14.6 million player option for next season and become a free agent, which had many people wondering if he’s gone insane and no doubt had the Cubs praying it was true. Ramirez has since clarified those comments, first telling Gordon Wittenmyer…

  14. Report: Diamondbacks likely to hire Kevin Towers as new GM

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks have narrowed their general manager search and will interview five candidates, but according to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse former Padres general manager Kevin Towers “looks like he’ll get the job.” Towers is among the five candidates listed by Gilbert, along with interim general manager Jerry Dipoto,…

  15. A story about fired Mariners scouting director Carmen Fusco and kidney stones

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    This doesn’t really have any bearing on whether or not Carmen Fusco deserved to be fired as Seattle’s professional scouting director–which has been confirmed by various other sources since the initial reports this morning–but David Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner shared an interesting story about the time Fusco took part in a blog get-together: Fusco went…

  16. Marlins shut down Josh Johnson for the rest of the season

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    After skipping several turns in the rotation Josh Johnson has officially been shut down for the remainder of the season with a strained back. Johnson currently leads the league with a 2.30 ERA and his 183.2 innings are enough to qualify for the leaderboard, which means Adam Wainwright (2.38), Mat Latos (2.43), Roy Halladay (2.44)…

  17. Ichiro Suzuki on verge of joining Pete Rose as the only players with 200 hits in 10 seasons

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    For a brief time it looked like Ichiro Suzuki’s streak of 200-hit seasons might end at nine, which is one short of the all-time record held by Pete Rose, but now he’s riding a 13-game hitting streak that includes a total of 21 hits and it looks like he’ll once again clear 200 with ease.…

  18. Joel Pineiro set to rejoin Angels after impressive rehab start

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro has been out since late July with a strained oblique muscle, but took a no-hitter into the sixth inning last night in a rehab start at Single-A and is scheduled to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Rays. After the five no-hit frames Pineiro ended up allowing two runs in the…

  19. Reds acquire Willie Bloomquist from Royals, leaving a utility man-sized hole in Dayton Moore's heart

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    He won’t be eligible for the playoffs and will be a free agent in three weeks, but the Reds have acquired Willie Bloomquist from the Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Cincinnati is almost surely giving up basically nothing to bring in a utility man for the final 20 games,…

  20. Not to be out-done by Mike Stanton, fellow 20-year-old Jason Heyward is showing historic on-base skills

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    I wrote earlier today about how historic Mike Stanton’s power is for a 20-year-old, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution points out it’s only fair to take a similar look at fellow 20-year-old Jason Heyward’s historic on-base skills. Heyward went 1-for-4 with a homer and two walks yesterday, giving him a .398…

  21. Roy Oswalt blanks Mets for the Phillies' 18th shutout of 2010

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt tossed a complete-game shutout of the Mets yesterday, marking the 18th time this season the Phillies have held an opponent scoreless. Not only is that the most shutouts by a Phillies team since 1965, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that just five teams since 1989 have hurled more shutouts. Those five teams were…

  22. Another year, another September hot streak for the Rockies

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    San Diego’s collapse has dropped the Padres into a first-place tie with the Giants atop the NL West, but equally amazing is that the Rockies are now just 1.5 games back in the division thanks to their current 10-game winning streak. Colorado hasn’t lost since September 2, slicing their deficit from 7.5 games to 1.5…

  23. After big first half Delmon Young falls back into old, bad habits

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Albert Lyu of Think Blue Crew used swing zone charts to take an interesting look at Delmon Young, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jeff Francoeur, who are the only hitters in baseball to hack at 60 percent of the pitches thrown to them this season Guerrero is a potential Hall of Famer and we’ve written enough words…

  24. Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa faced off for the final time 28 years after first matchup

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa squared off last night for the 161st and final time, 28 years after their first matchup on May 4, 1982. With a 94-67 record Cox has had the clear upper hand in essentially one full season’s worth of games against La Russa, although La Russa is 34-33 against Cox…

  25. Vladimir Guerrero and Rangers facing interesting decision on $9 million option for 2011

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero had a great first half, hitting .319/.364/.554 with 20 homers and 75 RBIs in 83 games to make the All-Star team for the first time since 2007, but then hit just .249/.293/.370 through his first 45 games of the second half. That dropped his OPS from .925 to .826, but Guerrero has rediscovered…

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