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Bob Harkins

  1. Figgins and Ichiro: Fear the 'Gnats!'

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners have clearly put their focus on defense and pitching since Jack Zduriencik took over as general manager. A team with little power figures to have even less after letting slugger Russell Branyan leave via free agency. But offensive concerns aside, they should at least be a major pain at the top of…

  2. Lowe and behold the 'nastiest blister' ever

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe may have a new delivery to help improve his results from 2009, but it didn’t do anything to keep him from grossing everyone out on Wednesday. The Braves right-hander lasted just one inning against the Mets, allowing three runs after a blister popped on his right (push-off) foot. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that…

  3. Curtis Granderson gets to ride with the cool kids

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    Remember when you were a freshman in high school and you bummed a ride off the cool, older kid who already had his license and a car? No? Well trust me, it’s a defining moment, one that can bring instant credibility to your high school existence. Unless of course, the driver is this guy. Derek…

  4. Cal Ripken thinking seriously about managing

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken tells Bloomberg that the managing itch is getting stronger, and as the years go by he’s more and more likely to scratch it. The Hall of Famer, who retired in 2001 after 21 years with the Orioles, has said before that he was interested in managing, but wanted to wait until his kids…

  5. Pat Burrell is pining for Phillies boo birds

    Mar 8, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell misses getting booed. Really. The former Phillies slugger, who spent last season doing next to nothing for the Tampa Bay Rays, sounds in this interview as if he’s pining for the passionate hatred of Philadelphia fans. “I don’t know if there is any way of saying this without getting myself in trouble,” Burrell said.…

  6. Call now to rescue a stray free agent

    Mar 3, 2010, 12:43 AM EDT

    Singer Sarah McLachlan is known for her heart-wrenching animal rescue television ads. In fact, at this point she might be known more for her tear-inducing television appearances than her actual music. Sort of like Flavor Flav, only without the giants clocks, and with a little bit more class. YEAH BOY! But I digress … McLachlan…

  7. Lincecum is a wizard off the mound, too

    Mar 2, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum is a wizard off the mound, as well. Or at least it seems like he wants to be one. It’s hard not to like this video of the San Francisco pitcher trying on a Giants Snuggie, and really, really enjoying himself as he does so. Frankly, I’m thinking this could be the next…

  8. Hey! Today was Harry Caray's birthday!

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    In case you missed it today was Harry Caray’s birthday. The legendary Cubs, White Sox, A’s and Cardinals broadcaster, who died in 1998, would have turned 96. The 12th annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray took place today in Chicago at Harry Caray’s Tavern, which just so happened to open to the public this morning.…

  9. In Missouri, opium not as bad as steroids

    Mar 1, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    Let this be a lesson to you children: If you take steroids, you will never have a highway named after you. In the wake of Mark McGwire’s admission that he took performance enhancing drugs, the Missouri Senate has decided that the stretch of I-70 in St. Louis – which runs near a stadium named after…

  10. Garciaparra looking for TV gig, Shaughnessy thrilled

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:26 PM EDT

    Nomar Garciaparra hasn’t announced he’s retiring yet, but as spring training nears, it’s looking more and more like that decision is being made for him. So what is a six-time All-Star who hasn’t had a good season since 2006 to do? Well, become a broadcaster of course. According to NESN, Garciaparra auditioned for both ESPN…

  11. Sheffield considers offers 'on the table'

    Feb 10, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Gary Sheffield tells the New York Post that he’s in “tip-top shape,” having lost 15 pounds, and is considering some “things on the table” to return for a 23rd season. The former Brewer-Padre-Marlin-Dodger-Brave-Yankee-Tiger-Met, who has 509 career home runs to go with an impressive .292/.393/.514 line, said he has not made up his mind whether…

  12. Cubs not rushing Lilly's recovery

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

    Much like Brandon Webb, Ted Lilly is an All-Star pitcher trying to recover from surgery on his throwing shoulder. And much like the Diamondbacks are being patient with Webb, the Chicago Cubs are being equally cautious with Lilly. Cubs GM Jim Hendry said on Tuesday that there is no set timetable for Lilly’s return, though…

  13. Brandon Webb throws, thinks he'll be ready for season

    Feb 9, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Good news for Arizona Diamondbacks fans: Brandon Webb threw off a mound on Tuesday for the first time since his shoulder surgery in August, and as he tells MLB.com, “[It] went good.” Webb, a three-time All-Star and winner of the 2006 NL Cy Young Award, made just one start in 2009 due to shoulder pain,…

  14. O's interested in Washburn … sort of … maybe

    Feb 9, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    The Baltimore Orioles have some interest in Jarrod Washburn. Oh wait, no they don’t. Well, maybe they do. Who knows? Fox reported the Washburn interest initially, and also mentioned that the team had “discussed” Chien-Ming Wang. But Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes that you can pretty much rule out both pitchers, as the…

  15. Ryan Dempster worried about far more than baseball

    Feb 8, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster has a lot on his plate, and not just in making preparations to head to Mesa, Ariz., for spring training. The Chicago Cubs pitcher is dealing with a personal battle as well, trying to help his 10-month old daughter deal with a serious ailment. (From the New York Times): Ryan and Jenny Dempster’s…

  16. Cliff Lee has surgery to remove bone spur from foot

    Feb 8, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    That sound you just heard was the optimism of Mariners fans blowing up like the Hindenburg. OK, so that last sentence was way over the top. But there must be at least a little bit of concern in Seattle with the news from MLB.com that Cliff Lee underwent foot surgery on Friday. The surgery, which was…

  17. Sizemore regrets racy photos went public

    Feb 4, 2010, 1:05 AM EDT

    I can certainly understand why professional athletes would be unable to stop from staring at themselves whenever they happen to wander in front of a mirror. After all, the vast majority of them are supreme physical specimens. But let’s hope the practice of taking racy photos of themselves in front of these mirrors is not…

  18. If Canseco wants a fight, Herschel Walker 'will hurt' him

    Feb 3, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    A couple of days ago Jose Canseco broke out of his shell and decided to – for once – attract a little bit of attention to himself, humbly offering to show former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker the ropes around the MMA world. Actually, in a tweet, what Canseco wrote was that he would “have…

  19. Mauer goes through the (video game) motions

    Feb 2, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer isn’t spending all of his time these days hammering out the details of a potentially historic new contract with the Minnesota Twins. Nope, this guy can multi-task, which is only one reason he’s so valuable. In addition to shopping for a new, umm, everything, Mauer also took time on Tuesday to don one…

  20. Nothing's over until Roger Clemens says it is

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens apparently has been watching Animal House. Bluto: Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! Otter: Germans? Boon: Forget it he’s rolling The Rocket is rolling, and he’s not giving up. Nothing is over until he says it is, including his battle with former trainer Brian McNamee. Seeking to revive…

  21. Reyes runs without pain, is 'ready to play baseball'

    Feb 1, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes is back, and he wants Mets fans to know he’s healthy and ready for spring training. From MLB.com: Reyes took a significant step (to returning to action) Monday, running five 90-foot sprints and subsequently declaring himself ready for Spring Training. “That’s how I do it,” Reyes told SNY. “I’m ready to play baseball.”…

  22. Kenny Lofton wants everyone to know he didn't cheat

    Jan 28, 2010, 1:28 AM EDT

    Kenny Lofton would like to let everyone know that he did not ever use, or even consider using, performance-enhancing drugs. “I just went out there and did what I had to do. I was not a cheater,” he told the Associated Press. Lofton made the comments during an announcement that he had been selected for…

  23. Legal fun with Uecker, Steinbrenner and the Mets!

    Jan 27, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

    Craig is our resident ex-lawyer, so normally I’d let him handle something like a baseball legal roundup. But since he isn’t on duty at this very moment, I’ll have to be the one to throw out these goodies for your consumption. Don’t like it? Then tell NBC to rule out occasional sleeping, eating and pajama…

  24. Washburn reportedly prefers either Twins or M's

    Jan 27, 2010, 12:32 AM EDT

    For those of you who have been wondering (and I know there are a lot of you out there), it appears that Jarrod Washburn will pretty much be choosing between the Mariners and Twins for his pitching home in 2010. From Jon Paul Morosi of Foxsports.com: One major-league source said Tuesday that there are “a…

  25. A (very) brief moment to cut Mets some slack

    Jan 25, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT

    By my unofficial count, the two most entertaining pastimes these days are (a) spotting Tiger Woods lookalikes and (b) picking on the New York Mets. We’ve done plenty of the latter just today. Here, here and here, in fact, for those of you who missed out on the fun. But isn’t it all starting to get…

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