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

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

    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 writes that just five teams since 1989 have hurled more shutouts. Those five teams were…

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

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    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…

  6. Marlins rookie Mike Stanton showing historic power at age 20

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    Mike Stanton went deep twice yesterday, giving the Marlins rookie 20 homers in 81 games (or exactly half a season) as a major leaguer. He also homered 21 times at Double-A before being called up in June, so Stanton has 41 long balls in 134 total games this season. Not bad for a 20-year-old. In…

  7. Report: Mariners to fire professional scouting director over Josh Lueke controversy

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Jack Zduriencik hired Carmen Fusco as the Mariners’ professional scouting director soon after he took over as general manager two offseasons ago, but Seattle’s local NBC television affiliate KING5 reports that Fusco will be let go in the wake of the controversy surrounding the team’s acquisition of prospect Josh Lueke. Lueke missed most of last…

  8. Josh Hamilton "not recovering quickly" from bruised rib cage

    Sep 10, 2010, 6:48 PM EST

    According to T.R. Sullivan of “the situation is not good” with Josh Hamilton’s bruised left rib cage and the MVP candidate “is not close to returning” from the injury suffered while crashing into the outfield wall Saturday. X-rays showed no structural damage, but Hamilton has yet to swing a bat and told Sullivan that…

  9. Edinson Volquez bumps Aaron Harang from Reds' rotation

    Sep 10, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Aaron Harang struggled in two starts since returning from the disabled list last month, allowing seven runs in 6.1 innings while falling to 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA overall this season, and today the Reds removed him from the rotation. Edinson Volquez will take his place beginning Saturday against the Pirates after spending two weeks…

  10. Report: Royals set to sign former quarterback Pat White

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

    Via our colleagues at Pro Football Talk–who may put us out of business if they start breaking news about baseball too–the Royals are close to signing former West Virginia University and Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White to a minor league contract. White was released by the Dolphins earlier this week and went unclaimed on waivers,…

  11. Whoever runs the Yankee Stadium scoreboard is a math nerd

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Via the Orioles blog comes this photo of what the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium displayed when Felix Pie came to the plate. In terms of math humor found on scoreboards at MLB ballparks that has to be near the top of the list, although it loses a little something just because Felix actually pronounces…

  12. Start-by-start comparison of CC Sabathia vs. Felix Hernandez

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:18 PM EST

    Leave it to the great Joe Posnanski to jump into the ongoing debate about win-loss records swirling around CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez with a unique and interesting angle. Posnanski went through each pitcher’s starts and compared them, game by game. He found that Hernandez had the better performance 17 times, while Sabathia had the…

  13. Cardinals sticking with Kyle Lohse in the starting rotation

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Kyle Lohse has a 10.31 ERA in four starts since returning from the forearm surgery that sidelined him for three months and he’s 2-7 with a 7.13 ERA in 13 starts overall this season, but the Cardinals are sticking with him in the rotation and he’ll face the Braves on Sunday night. Tony La Russa…

  14. Yankees prospect Jesus Montero has "minor" ankle surgery

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

    Yankees prospect Jesus Montero is expected to miss the Triple-A playoffs after undergoing what Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News calls “surgery to clear out some infection in his ankle.” But before prospect buffs and Yankees fans freak out too much, general manager Brian Cashman called the surgery “minor.” Montero reportedly was almost…

  15. I'm on Team Colby: Rasmus goes 4-for-4 with two homers

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

    Colby Rasmus has decided to simply let his bat do the talking while Cardinals Nation divides itself into “Team Colby” and “Team TLR” over his well-publicized beef with manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in a blowout win over the Braves last night and is now…

  16. First-year manager Brad Mills quietly has Astros playing well

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    Brad Mills’ managerial career got off to a rough start, as the Astros stumbled out of the gates with eight straight losses, had the majors’ worst record through two months at 17-34, and began trading away veterans a short time later. However, since the calendar flipped to June the Astros have quietly gone 50-39 for…

  17. Mark Ellis may be finished in Oakland after nine seasons

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Mark Ellis has spent his entire nine-year career in Oakland, making him the longest-tenured A’s player on the active roster, but as Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News writes he may not be back in 2011. Ellis is finishing up a two-year, $11 million contract and the A’s have a $6 million option…

  18. Bobby Jenks out "at least a few games and possibly more" with forearm tightness

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    Chicago’s bullpen may never be at full strength. Last week the White Sox welcomed Matt Thornton back from the disabled list and today they activated J.J. Putz off the shelf, but now Bobby Jenks has a strained forearm and Doug Padilla of reports that he’ll be unavailable for “at least a few games and…

  19. The Royals are 67-98 in Zack Greinke's 165 career starts

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:18 PM EST

    Zack Greinke threw eight innings last night and allowed four runs against one of the best lineups in the league. He lost. And he usually does, not because Greinke is bad but because his teammates are horrible. He has a perfectly solid 3.90 ERA and the Royals are 10-19 in his starts. None of which…

  20. Santiago Casilla and the unintentional strike

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

    There was an odd moment in last night’s Giants-Diamondbacks game when Santiago Casilla set out to intentionally walk Adam LaRoche and instead fired a 63-mph “fastball” right down the middle for a first-pitch strike. has the video, which is worth checking out if only to see LaRoche’s dumbfounded reaction to what had just happened.…

  21. Jose Lima's autopsy found no traces of drugs in his system

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Some people jumped to conclusions about Jose Lima’s death when he passed away in May from an apparent heart attack at age 37, but the autopsy report released today showed no traces of drugs in his system. According to Enrique Rojas of Lima “tested positive for moderate levels of alcohol but that the cause…

  22. Homefield advantage and drawn-out NLDS schedule would be huge for the Phillies

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

    Philadelphia has edged past Atlanta atop the NL East, which means the Phillies also currently have the record in the league. Homefield advantage is always nice, of course, but as Todd Zolecki of notes the ability to choose the seven-day or eight-day schedule for the NLDS could be even more beneficial to the Phillies.…

  23. Jim Joyce scheduled to be the home plate umpire for Armando Galarraga's start tomorrow

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Barring a change in the umpiring schedule, Jim Joyce is slated to be behind the plate for Armando Galarraga’s start tomorrow against the Orioles. Joyce was working first base when he infamously blew the call that would have given Galarraga a perfect game on June 2. Joyce immediately and emotionally admitted his mistake, Galarraga displayed…

  24. Dusty Baker on Reds' extension offer: "I really haven't thought about it"

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    Reports vary on the length of the proposed deal, but what we know for sure is that the Reds offered Dusty Baker a contract extension over a month ago and the impending free agent manager has yet to accept or decline. Here’s what he told Mark Sheldon of Sooner or later. Right now, I’m…

  25. Video: Sidney Crosby takes BP and homers at PNC Park

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Penguins star Sidney Crosby took batting practice at PNC Park in Pittsburgh yesterday and launched a homer into the seats in right field, at which point he took George Costanza’s advice and immediately left the batter’s box on a high note. Sidney Crosby now has more homers at PNC Park than Bobby Crosby, who played…

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