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  1. Hamels involved in video game controversy

    Nov 10, 2009, 12:50 AM EDT

    The biggest hit of the holidays won’t be a Roy Halladay trade. No, it will be “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2″, a new shoot-em-up video game with rockin’ graphics and a great multiplayer feature set to hit store shelves on Tuesday in PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 formats. It’s expected to bring in…

  2. Mother of Victor Zambrano reportedly kidnapped

    Nov 9, 2009, 12:53 AM EDT

    According to a report from SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the mother of former big league pitcher Victor Zambrano was kidnapped sometime Sunday morning from Zambrano’s farm outside of Maracay, Venezuela. The information came to Heyman via a telephone call from Zambrano’s agent Peter Greenburg. Earlier this summer in Venezuela, the son of Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit…

  3. Dodgers having 2nd thoughts on Padilla?

    Nov 8, 2009, 11:30 PM EDT

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune is reporting/theorizing that the L.A. Dodgers are re-thinking the whole idea of re-signing pitcher Vicente Padilla in the offseason. According to Rogers, the Dodgers are “asking hard questions” about the incident last week in which Padilla shot himself in the leg (or was shot by his bodyguard) in what…

  4. Should Phillies give Lee Sabathia money?

    Nov 4, 2009, 9:32 PM EDT

    The Philadelphia Phillies are already talking about a possible extension for Cliff Lee, who immediately became the team’s ace and postseason star after Philly acquired the left-hander from Cleveland in a July trade. From the Inquirer: The Phillies have not yet decided whether to offer a contract extension to pitcher Cliff Lee this off-season, but…

  5. Iwamura a student of (ancient) history

    Nov 4, 2009, 7:55 PM EDT

    Akinori Iwamura, who went to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays last season, is putting the most optimistic spin possible on his recent trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates: Iwamura, acquired to be the Pirates’ starting second baseman, is hoping his new team can be a contender soon. Really. “I know, of course, about…

  6. Take a ride on Derek Jeter … the bridge

    Nov 4, 2009, 6:25 PM EDT

    The New York Post is known for stirring the pot with its screaming headlines and creative uses of photo shop (Pedro’s head on a baby’s body?) But they can push the envelope just as well with word-play. This from Angela Montefinise: Big Apple women may soon be able to take a ride on Derek Jeter…

  7. Dodgers' offseason: Lawyers, guns and money

    Nov 3, 2009, 11:38 PM EDT

    What has been a disconcerting offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers just got a little bit weirder. I’m talking Warren Zevon weird. Things have gone downhill since L.A. was ousted quite easily by the Phillies in the NLCS. There is of course, the ongoing saga of the McCourt divorce, which includes a non-stop stream of…

  8. Myers calls out Hamels: 'I thought you quit'

    Nov 3, 2009, 2:04 AM EDT

    Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels dropped a rather shocking quote after pitching poorly in a loss to the Yankees in Game 3, saying he couldn’t “wait for it to end. It’s been mentally draining. At year’s end, you just can’t wait for a fresh start.” His comments stunned manager Charlie Manuel, who said he “didn’t understand…

  9. Bible in hand, preaching importance of defense

    Nov 2, 2009, 8:39 PM EDT

    Anyone who saw the results of the “Hank Aaron Award” yesterday knows to take the results of any award voting with a grain of salt, particularly if fans are involved. (No offense to the masses, but when Derek Jeter beats out Joe Mauer for a hitting award, something is wrong.) Some awards, though, are worth…

  10. Do the Phillies have any fight left?

    Nov 2, 2009, 6:32 PM EDT

    We’ll find out tonight. One thing for sure, the fans are going down kicking and screaming … and punching and wrestling. Hey, I guess if you can’t beat ‘em … beat ‘em. Enjoy some idiots having at it in a parking lot. Thanks goes out to The700Level.  

  11. 'That's in your filthy mind'

    Oct 29, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT

     Susan Finkelstein and her attorney William Brennan made an appearance on FOXNY on Thursday to come clean, or at least to explain their side of the sex-for-World-Series-tickets case. Finkelstein, a Phillies fan, was arrested and accused of offering services in exchange for tickets through first a Craigslist ad, then allegedly to an undercover police officer. But Finkelstein…

  12. Game 1 impressions from around nation

    Oct 29, 2009, 3:02 AM EDT

    In the wake of an impressive showing by the Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series, let’s take a stroll around the nation and see what’s going on … In New York, they were actually eating cheesesteaks. And no, that’s not some kind of euphemism for what Cliff Lee did to the Yankees. Speaking…

  13. Some questions for Jimmy Nostradamus

    Oct 28, 2009, 12:37 AM EDT

    So Jimmy Rollins is making predictions again, this time forecasting a relatively smooth ride for the Phillies to a second straight World Series championship. Rollins claimed the Phillies would take out the Yankees in five games. Why five? Because “you figure one game they’re going to find a way to win. That’s the way it…

  14. 'Frillies?' Victorino having none of that

    Oct 27, 2009, 11:07 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino seems the happy-go-lucky sort, the kind of guy who loves to play baseball and lets it show on and off the field. But when it comes to New York tabloid journalism, he seems to find it more difficult to maintain a sense of humor. And I can’t say that I blame him. As…

  15. Phillies fan willing to go extra mile for World Series tickets

    Oct 27, 2009, 9:24 PM EDT

    What would you do for World Series tickets? I guess it depends on how much you love baseball. I mean, REEEEAAALLY love baseball. Frankly, I don’t love it as much as this Philadelphia woman allegedly does: Susan Finkelstein, 43, was charged with prostitution and related offenses after police say she advertised herself as a buxom,…

  16. Pitch-tipping Hamels wants new glove

    Oct 22, 2009, 10:36 PM EDT

    It seems like every time a pitcher goes through a slump, or has a bad game, someone eventually brings up the idea of pitch-tipping. Welcome to the party, Cole Hamels. According to the Philadelphia Daily News (via Sporting News), “sources” were concerned that Hamels was giving something away in his poor-but-effective-enough outing against the Dodgers…

  17. They're greasing poles in Philadelphia

    Oct 21, 2009, 9:50 PM EDT

    Apparently, Phillies fans are good climbers, and the local authorities just aren’t going to take it anymore. (From the Inquirer, via The 700 Level): City workers have greased poles along South Broad Street in an effort to deter revellers from climbing them during any wild celebrations that might follow a possible Phillies victory tonight. Street…

  18. Ready for the playoffs, Mets fans?

    Oct 19, 2009, 10:00 PM EDT

    Time to get your Mets playoff tickets! Or not. In an incident that is being played off as a technical error but sounds more like a cruel practical joke, ticket-swapping bazaar StubHub sent out an e-mail on Monday offering tickets for Mets playoff games. Talk about rubbing it in. “Be there alongside your New York…

  19. Holliday prefers New York, New York

    Oct 18, 2009, 9:54 PM EDT

    So Matt Holliday likes the Big Apple? According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, who cites “a person in the loop,” the Cardinals’ free agent slugger and playoff goat views the Yankees as his No. 1 free agent choice, with the Mets coming in at No. 2. Davidoff is skeptical that either place makes sense. As of…

  20. Brad Lidge yo-yo back on the upswing

    Oct 16, 2009, 1:21 AM EDT

    Still worried about the Phillies bullpen? For all the talk of Brad Lidge falling off the ledge, he certainly looked fine on Thursday night in the NLCS opener. So did the rest of his bullpen mates (aside from Ryan Madson’s hiccup), holding the Dodgers in check in a wild 8-6 victory. The Dodgers figured to…

  21. Torii Hunter is the 'go-get' guy

    Oct 15, 2009, 11:00 PM EDT

    Jack Curry of the New York Times, working from the Angels clubhouse on Thursday, reported via Twitter (if you’re interested, I’m Tweeting, too) that Torii Hunter is not only the “go-to” guy, he’s the “go-get” guy. How much of a quote machine is Torii Hunter? When 100 reporters entered Angels’ clubhouse, Mike Napoli told Howie…

  22. If you think Cards can recover, you're nuts

    Oct 8, 2009, 11:33 PM EDT

    Congratulations Matt Holliday, you’ve just entered Steve Bartman territory. Of course, Bartman would have caught that ball. For those of you who missed it – and judging by the empty seats at Dodger Stadium tonight, I’m guessing some of you did – Holliday helped the St. Louis Cardinals snatch defeat from the jaws of victory…

  23. NLDS Preview: Phillies vs. Rockies

    Oct 6, 2009, 11:58 PM EDT

    The good news for fans of the Colorado Rockies is that their team — on the strength of their big 2007-esque second-half surge — is once again baseball’s feel-good story. The bad news? The Phillies don’t really care. Since firing manager Clint Hurdle and replacing him with Jim Tracy, the Rockies have gone 74-41 (.643)…

  24. Uh oh: Rockies lose De La Rosa for NLDS

    Oct 6, 2009, 6:02 PM EDT

    The Colorado Rockies got some bad news on Tuesday, as Jorge De La Rosa will miss the NLDS vs. the Phillies because of an injured groin. “Our medical people had been working on him over the last couple days and his groin is about the same as it was when we had to remove him…

  25. Bad omen for Red Sox? Not necessarily

    Sep 30, 2009, 1:23 AM EDT

    As bad as they’ve looked over the past five games, the Boston Red Sox are once again back in the playoffs, thanks to the Los Angeles Angels, who eliminated the Texas Rangers from contention on Tuesday night. That’s a record seventh wild card berth for Boston, as well as its sixth playoff appearance in the…

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