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Aaron Gleeman

  1. AL Central may be settled before Twins and White Sox play next week

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Next week’s three-game series between the Twins and White Sox in Chicago has loomed large on the schedule for some time now, but it’s looking more and more like the American League Central may be all but settled by then. Minnesota won last night behind another Brian Duensing gem and Chicago got shut down by…

  2. Brandon Webb happy following "glorified bullpen session"

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    When we last checked in on Brandon Webb he was disappointed with a recent simulated game during which his fastball topped out in the low-80s, but yesterday the perpetually rehabbing right-hander threw a “glorified bullpen” session that “ended up being really good.” Whether or not that will lead to Webb actually pitching this season is…

  3. Cubs owner Todd Ricketts films "Undercover Boss" episode

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune surmised that Cubs owner Todd Ricketts was participating in an episode of the CBS show Undercover Boss being shot at Wrigley Field, and now that the filming is complete the team is no longer being secretive. Ricketts grew facial hair and donned glasses during the nine-game homestand,…

  4. Report: Josh Johnson "may be done for the season"

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Initially said to be “50-50″ for his scheduled Friday start, Josh Johnson is now having his injured back and shoulder examined by doctors in Florida and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes that the Marlins’ ace “may be done for the season.” Or as manager Edwin Rodriguez put it: “We have to make sure that J.J.…

  5. CBS shooting an episode of "Undercover Boss" with Cubs owner Todd Ricketts at Wrigley Field?

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune passes along an intriguing note about the CBS television show Undercover Boss “filming this strange guy with a fake beard on the grounds crew and as a beer vendor” at Wrigley Field today. Sullivan snapped a picture of the film crew setting up around the ballpark, but so far…

  6. Must-click link: Bernie Miklasz rips into umpire Bob Davidson

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch is one of my favorite columnists and today he wrote about one of baseball’s worst umpires, Bob Davidson. Bernie Miklasz: Ump Davidson a disgrace to the game I wholeheartedly agree with everything Miklasz says about Davidson, who has a long history of wrong calls and ridiculous, attention-seeking…

  7. Poll: Should Jim Edmonds be in the Hall of Fame?

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I’ve written a couple posts recently suggesting that Jim Edmonds is a) deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame, and b) unlikely to actually garner much support from voters. He’s an eight-time Gold Glove winner who ranks sixth all time in homers by a center fielder and is seventh in Wins Above Replacement…

  8. Domonic Brown isn't playing for the Phillies, so he'll likely play winter ball

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown hasn’t played much for Philadelphia and last night a minor quadriceps injury kept him from making a rare back-to-back start, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies’ minor league player of the year will likely make up for the lost at-bats by playing winter ball. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted…

  9. Travis Hafner quietly having a good, healthy year in Cleveland

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    He’s no longer the middle-of-the-lineup monster he was from 2004 to 2006 and the Indians have been pretty miserable all season, but Travis Hafner is quietly having a very productive and mostly healthy year. He’s already played 101 games after shoulder problems limited him to a total of 151 games in the previous two seasons…

  10. Marco Scutaro moves to second base due to shoulder injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro was signed to be the Red Sox’s shortstop and started each of his first 130 games there, but moved to second base last night in an effort to stay in the lineup despite what Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports is a partially torn rotator cuff. For now the Red Sox are…

  11. Franklin Gutierrez left last night's game after "hyperventilating in the dugout"

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Franklin Gutierrez batted twice in the Mariners’ five-run second inning last night, but then left the game after reportedly hyperventilating in the dugout. Here’s more from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: Gutierrez said he was “obviously” frightened because he’d never experienced something like that. He wasn’t sure whether his troubles catching his breath were…

  12. Brad Lidge unavailable until at least Friday with elbow injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    When the Phillies reclaimed first place in the NL East last night they do so with Ryan Madson finishing up an 8-7 victory, because closer Brad Lidge was unavailable due to a hyper-extended elbow that’s expected to keep him out until at least Friday. Lidge had elbow surgery last year and has needed multiple cortisone…

  13. Miguel Cabrera sidelined by lingering shoulder problems

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    For the second time in the past week Miguel Cabrera left last night’s game with shoulder soreness, and Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that “this time around both Cabrera and the Tigers sound a little more worried about it.” Officially diagnosed with biceps tendinitis, Cabrera said he initially suffered the injury while diving for a…

  14. Jim Thome ties Frank Robinson for 8th place with 586 homers

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jim Thome’s great run continued last night, as he homered for the fourth time in three games to tie Frank Robinson for eighth place on the all-time list with 586 career long balls. Thome has given the Twins amazing production for a one-year, $1.5 million investment this offseason, hitting .278/.407/.636 with 22 homers, 16 doubles,…

  15. Dodgers designate Ronnie Belliard for assignment

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Last season Ronnie Belliard was traded from the Nationals to the Dodgers on August 31 and hit .351 with five homers and seven doubles in 24 games, pushing Orlando Hudson aside to become Los Angeles’ starting second baseman down the stretch and into the playoffs. Re-signed to a one-year, $825,000 contract that included a weigh-in…

  16. Hells Bells: Trevor Hoffman notches 600th career save

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals tonight to pick up his 600th career save in front of the home crowd in Milwaukee. Hoffman lost the closer job after struggling mightily early this season and his ERA is still north of 6.00, but he’s quietly pitched well for the past few months…

  17. Shin-Soo Choo hoping to avoid military service by playing for South Korea in Asian Games

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo has established himself as one of the best all-around outfielders in the league over the past three seasons, but his two-year obligation to the South Korean military has lingered in the background as a potential complication. And now he’ll try to play his way out of the military. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports…

  18. Busting the "he just knows how to win" myth for CC Sabathia

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Last season’s Cy Young voting was a major step in the right direction when it comes to no longer judging starting pitchers on wins and losses, but Felix Hernandez still seems likely to lose votes this year because the Mariners’ pathetic offense has left him with an 11-10 record despite a 2.30 ERA and league-leading…

  19. Nationals call up Yunesky Maya six weeks after signing Cuban pitcher for $6 million

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Washington signed Cuban defector Yunesky Maya to a four-year, $6 million contract on July 31 and today the Nationals called up the 28-year-old right-hander. Maya will make his big-league debut tonight against the Mets after moving quickly through the Nationals’ system with a 3.38 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio in 21.1 innings split between three…

  20. Scott Olsen and his 5.58 ERA want nothing to do with bullpen

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen tossed four no-hit innings yesterday in his first relief appearance since 2005, but afterward made it very clear that he wants nothing to do with the bullpen long term. I’d like to start. I don’t want to be a bullpen guy. The biggest difference in not being able to throw 140 feet before…

  21. Jeremy Hellickson named Baseball America's minor league player of the year

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Rays prospect Jeremy Hellickson has been named Baseball America‘s minor league player of the year after the 22-year-old right-hander went 12-3 with a 2.45 ERA, .238 opponents’ batting average, and 123/35 K/BB ratio in 117.2 innings at Triple-A. BA doesn’t list the other finalists for the award, but Mike Moustakas and Wil Myers of the…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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,…

  25. 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:…

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