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  1. Link-O-Rama: Strasburg to debut in AFL

    Aug 26, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    * Now that they have Stephen Strasburg signed, the Nationals plan to have the No. 1 overall pick make a few instructional league starts before pitching in the Arizona Fall League. According to general manager Mike Rizzo, the goal is to have him throw “35-50 innings total” after not pitching since San Diego State’s season…

  2. Daily Dose: Wagner dealt, Santana done

    Aug 26, 2009, 12:28 AM EDT

    Tuesday’s headlines were dominated by the Mets, who dealt Billy Wagner to the Red Sox, put Johan Santana on the disabled list in preparation for season-ending elbow surgery, and revealed that J.J. Putz has also been shut down for the year following a setback in his recovery from elbow problems. None of that qualifies as…

  3. Santana to have bone chips removed, out for season

    Aug 25, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana will miss the remainder of the season following elbow surgery, but believe it or not that news actually qualifies as relatively positive for the Mets. Santana will be going under the knife, but the procedure is merely to clean out bone chips in his elbow rather than replace any ligaments. He’s expected to…

  4. Remaking the Halladay-Lee comparison, a month later

    Aug 25, 2009, 3:05 PM EDT

    About a week before the July 31 trading deadline I wrote an article comparing Roy Halladay to Cliff Lee, concluding that “the gap between them hasn’t been as big as most people seem to think and given the likely costs involved in acquiring each player Lee could prove to be a better target.” Plenty of…

  5. Wagner changes mind, agrees to join Red Sox

    Aug 25, 2009, 1:49 PM EDT

    Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post reports that Billy Wagner changed his mind “after heavy lobbying by the Mets” and has agreed to accept a trade to the Red Sox. As part of the deal the Mets will receive two players to be named later and the Red Sox have agreed to decline the…

  6. Cookie Monster, Wily Mo Pena, and J.D. Drew

    Aug 25, 2009, 1:04 PM EDT

    One of these things is not like the others One of these things just doesn’t belong Can you tell which thing is not like the others By the time I finish my song? – Sesame Street, “One of These Things” A recent Sports Illustrated poll asked 380 major leaguers to name the player who “gets…

  7. Quote of the Day: 'My ego is not in the way at all'

    Aug 25, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT

    Jason Giambi, on signing a minor-league contract with the Rockies in the hopes of nabbing a September bench role: It’s cool. My ego is not in the way at all. I enjoy playing baseball. I’m a baseball player. I enjoy coming out here and playing with the guys, playing a kid’s game. They asked me…

  8. Daily Dose: Sore elbow shuts down Santana

    Aug 25, 2009, 12:31 AM EDT

    Johan Santana has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start with soreness in his left elbow. For now at least the Mets have indicated that they hope the injury is a short-term problem, but several teammates suggested Monday night that Santana may be headed for surgery. He’ll be examined further by doctors Tuesday, at which…

  9. Penny dropped from rotation; Smoltz was tipping pitches?

    Aug 24, 2009, 3:06 PM EDT

    Boston dumping Brad Penny from the rotation certainly shouldn’t be shocking to anyone, but that the move is taking place in mid-August and involves Penny being bounced in favor of Junichi Tazawa rather than John Smoltz is pretty surprising. Prior to Smoltz joining the Red Sox there was all kinds of talk about whether they…

  10. Quote of the Day: 'There's sexiness in infield hits'

    Aug 24, 2009, 2:05 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki, on piling up infield hits in an era when “chicks dig the long ball”: Chicks who dig home runs aren’t the ones who appeal to me. I think there’s sexiness in infield hits because they require technique. I’d rather impress the chicks with my technique than with my brute strength. Then, every now…

  11. Defensive metrics, the Mariners, and Kevin Kouzmanoff

    Aug 24, 2009, 12:46 PM EDT

    Vastly improved defense has played a huge role in the Mariners going from 101 losses last season to above .500 this year, and Gary Armida of FullCountPitch.com wrote an interesting article about how first-year general manager Jack Zduriencik and his sabermetrically inclined front office went about making those changes with the help of advanced defensive…

  12. Link-O-Rama: Wieters isn't Mauer, with or without power

    Aug 24, 2009, 11:52 AM EDT

    * Spencer Fordin of MLB.com wrote a well-done article about Matt Wieters struggling to live up to the ridiculous hype as a rookie. Some people were referring to him as “Joe Mauer with power” when the Orioles called him up in late May, but a) Wieters is hitting just .264 with four homers through 60…

  13. Daily Dose: Pujols, Smoltz team up for win

    Aug 24, 2009, 12:14 AM EDT

    John Smoltz and Albert Pujols made for a nice combo Sunday, as Smoltz threw five scoreless innings in his Cardinals debut and Albert Pujols went deep to become just the eighth player in baseball history with 40 or more homers in at least five seasons before the age of 30. Who are the other seven?…

  14. Link-O-Rama: Maddon says Ed Hardy was so 2008

    Aug 21, 2009, 2:52 PM EDT

    * Earlier this week I made a joke about Joe Maddon dying his hair black to go with his trademark hipster glasses, noting that “earrings, Ed Hardy t-shirts, and a tribal tattoo could be next for the 55-year-old Rays manager.” Turns out, he already went through the Ed Hardy t-shirt phase last year! * Shockingly,…

  15. Wagner, mid-90s fastball return intact

    Aug 21, 2009, 2:03 PM EDT

    Billy Wagner made his triumphant return from Tommy John elbow surgery last night, coming on in relief of Johan Santana in the eighth inning and retiring all three batters he faced. Wagner got swinging strikeouts on Brian McCann and Reid Gorecki, induced a fly out from Chipper Jones, and showed that his surgically repaired left…

  16. Big Hurt got Rizzo started down GM path

    Aug 21, 2009, 1:15 PM EDT

    Earlier this week the Nationals removed the “acting” tag and made Mike Rizzo general manager, choosing him over Diamondbacks vice president of player personnel Jerry DiPoto and Red Sox assistant general manager Jed Hoyer. Between making trades and signing No. 1 picks for $15 million Rizzo has been in the spotlight recently, but Bill Ladson…

  17. Dead body found on Chipper Jones' ranch

    Aug 21, 2009, 12:20 PM EDT

    The dead body of a 22-year-old illegal immigrant who had crossed the border from Mexico was found yesterday morning on Chipper Jones’ ranch in Texas. Here’s more, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “He was in a part of the ranch we don’t go to on a daily basis,” Jones’ father, Larry Jones Sr. said Thursday…

  18. Daily Dose: Hello Billy, Goodbye Gary?

    Aug 21, 2009, 12:32 AM EDT

    Billy Wagner came off the 60-day disabled list Thursday, rejoining the Mets’ bullpen less than 12 months after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery. He looked great while rehabbing in the minors, tossing seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and zero walks, but now enters an odd situation because the Mets have little use for him…

  19. Link-O-Rama: Slothburg, LeVon, and LaPorta

    Aug 20, 2009, 3:05 PM EDT

    * Washington Post blogger Dan Steinberg put together a nice roundup of stories about just how out of shape Stephen Strasburg was when he first arrived at San Diego State. He weighed 250 pounds, was throwing up 10 minutes into the team’s first workout, had teammates wondering if there was something medically wrong with him,…

  20. Video of the Day: 'Oh, it's the old hockey fight!'

    Aug 20, 2009, 1:40 PM EDT

    If you’ve never heard of the independent Northern League before you’re missing out, because Monday night’s matchup between Fargo-Moorhead and Winnipeg was really something special. After pitcher Ace Walker threw behind batter Nic Jackson, both benches slowly started to empty as the home-plate umpire issued warnings. And then all of a sudden the two managers…

  21. Great pitching has Giants looking very scary

    Aug 20, 2009, 12:38 PM EDT

    Barry Zito and three relievers blanked the Reds last night, as the Giants pitched a shutout for the 16th time in 120 games. San Francisco has allowed the fewest runs in baseball with 441 in 120 games, which is 31 fewer runs than any other staff, and you wouldn’t know it from his 8-11 record…

  22. Link-O-Rama: Six more starts for Chamberlain

    Aug 20, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    * After meeting with manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Dave Eiland to discuss his workload, Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to make six more starts this season. Chamberlain has averaged 5.5 innings per start so far, and if that continues he’ll end up throwing 160 innings spread over 29 starts after logging 100 innings between…

  23. Daily Dose: Smoltz hooks on with Cardinals

    Aug 20, 2009, 12:09 AM EDT

    John Smoltz landed on his feet Wednesday, signing with the Cardinals immediately after he cleared waivers. That he had multiple suitors isn’t a big shock, as apparently a handful of teams agreed with me that he can still get major-league hitters out, but finding a contender willing to hand him a rotation spot is surprising.…

  24. Joe Mauer, MVP voting, and historic awesomeness

    Aug 19, 2009, 2:33 PM EDT

    There’s been lots of talk lately about Joe Mauer’s chances of winning the AL MVP, but let’s ignore how 28 newspaper writers might cast their ballots in six weeks and focus instead on the historically awesome season that the Twins’ catcher is having. Mauer went 3-for-5 with two homers last night, making him 33-for-63 (.524)…

  25. Carlos Marmol, poor control, and unhittable relievers

    Aug 19, 2009, 1:32 PM EDT

    My entry this morning about the Cubs’ closer switch included a comment about how, despite 52 walks and 11 hit batters in 56.1 innings, Carlos Marmol “remains extremely difficult to hit” and is “the Cubs’ best bet for a shutdown guy.” That drew a few e-mails from Cubs fans, most of which basically noted that…

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