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Bob Harkins

  1. Pirates the worst ever? Not yet

    Sep 3, 2009, 8:38 PM EDT

    With three more losses, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be guaranteed their 17th consecutive losing season, something no other major American professional sports team has been inept enough to pull off. Take a moment to consider the enormity of that feat. There are kids just about out of high school who have NEVER seen the Pirates…

  2. Check your head, David Wright

    Sep 3, 2009, 12:35 AM EDT

    We had some fun at David Wright’s expense last night. Now it’s not normal operating procedure around here to make light of a guy coming back from a concussion, but since his Mets teammates didn’t hold back, and Wright himself was able to laugh at himself, we figured he was fair game. The joviality continues…

  3. R.I.P. Marlins: Uggla says Ramirez doesn't care

    Sep 2, 2009, 6:46 PM EDT

    Well it was a nice run while it lasted, Marlins fans. As the Fish continue to slide in the standings — five back in NL wild-card race, 9 1/2 behind the Phillies — the level of frustration is on the rise, witness what happened in the clubhouse today: (via AP) A frustrated and injured Hanley…

  4. Act now to get your David Wright helmet protector

    Sep 2, 2009, 1:57 AM EDT

    As if the Mets’ season hasn’t been bad enough, now even David Wright has become a laughingstock — through no fault of his own. On Tuesday night, Wright made his return from the disabled list, where he had landed after taking a Matt Cain fastball to the noggin. The incident was frightening, so precautions were…

  5. Make a husband out of A-Rod?

    Sep 1, 2009, 11:43 PM EDT

    Unless Kate Hudson has taken on a new career as a house sitter (actually, that was her mom), it looks like she’s putting some relationship heat on Yankees star Alex Rodriguez . From MSNBC.com’s “The Scoop“: Kate Hudson will make a husband out of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez yet. The latest update from…

  6. Never leave your ring on the sink

    Sep 1, 2009, 12:15 AM EDT

    Have you seen this ring? It would be hard to miss. Police are investigating the disappearance of a 2008 World Series championship ring, which a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization has lost. The ring, which is worth $15,000 and contains more than 100 diamonds, is not considered stolen at this point, just missing. The…

  7. Not the Washburn the Tigers were looking for

    Aug 31, 2009, 9:23 PM EDT

    The Detroit Tigers must feel like the Mariners pulled some sort of elaborate switcheroo, sending them Jared Fogle, not Jarrod Washburn, in that deadline deal back in July. The veteran left-hander, who used an improved Mariners outfield defense, a spacious park, and the heavy Seattle air to put together an amazing first half, has simply…

  8. The adventure that is Red Sox pitching

    Aug 31, 2009, 3:21 AM EDT

    As the Boston Red Sox continue to slog their way toward a potential playoff berth, there are three constant worries: Pitching, pitching and pitching. The rotation has been an adventure all season, from the failed experiments of John Smoltz and Brad Penny, the erratic behavior and performances of Daisuke Matsuzaka, and the quiet strength of…

  9. The Week Ahead: Last-minute trades

    Aug 30, 2009, 11:50 PM EDT

    You thought that was the deadline? Nope, THIS is the deadline. The July 31 no-waiver trade deadline came and went, and yet trades could still be made as long as the key parts involved could make it through waivers, witness the Angels’ acquisition of Scott Kazmir. But after Monday, even that door closes, at least…

  10. Could Posada's injury slow Yankee march?

    Aug 28, 2009, 1:06 AM EDT

    The Yankees have sort of been like mailmen this season: nothing has slowed them down. Not rain, nor sleet nor snow … and certainly not the Red Sox. They just keep delivering victory after victory. But for Yankees fans, the injury to Jorge Posada might be cause for concern. For those of you who don’t…

  11. Holliday open to extension with Cardinals

    Aug 27, 2009, 9:46 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday has been energized since escaping the tomb that is Oakland’s McAFee Coliseum and joining the St. Louis Cardinals. It was great timing for him, as he will be a free agent at the end of the season, and he’ll get plenty of extra exposure (as if he needs it) if the Cardinals make…

  12. Milton Bradley: 10 different kinds of crazy

    Aug 27, 2009, 1:12 AM EDT

    Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star published an entertaining (if clearly painful) story about the Royals in which he breaks down how much each player owes star pitcher Zack Greinke for costing him the $100,000 bonus he would’ve received for winning the AL Cy Young award.Jose Guillen, for instance, owes the most ($25,000), because…

  13. Good fit for Trevor Hoffman?

    Aug 26, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, the Milwaukee Brewers have placed closer Trevor Hoffman on waivers. Mike Cameron, Craig Counsell, Jason Kendall, Braden Looper and Felipe Lopez were reportedly also made available, as the Brewers are in full fishing mode. The most interesting player up for grabs is, of course, Hoffman. The all-time saves…

  14. Boone staging a comeback worth rooting for

    Aug 26, 2009, 2:44 AM EDT

    Five months after undergoing open-heart surgery, Aaron Boone – or Aaron “Bleepin’” Boone, as Red Sox fans know him – is about to return to the major leagues. He’ll join the Houston Astros on Friday, then be activated when rosters expand on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Boone has been playing in the minors since Aug. 10,…

  15. Kent on Bonds: 'I had to help him'

    Aug 25, 2009, 1:31 AM EDT

    By the time his career came to a close, Jeff Kent was widely known as a cranky old cuss who played the game 1,000-mph and would chew the rear of anyone who didn’t do the same. No one was off limits, not even Barry Bonds. Which makes it hardly surprising that the two didn’t get…

  16. Will Dice-K ride to the rescue?

    Aug 24, 2009, 9:55 PM EDT

    Whether he was tipping pitches or not, the John Smoltz experiment didn’t work out in Boston. The same could be said for Brad Penny. But help might be on the way, and not a moment too soon. Daisuke Matsuzaka dazzled in his rehab appearance in a Gulf Coast League game on Monday, tossing three scoreless innings,…

  17. Beltre choosing comfort over safety

    Aug 24, 2009, 9:09 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre, apparently, is a gambling man. The Mariners third baseman is trying to work his way back from the disabled list after being sidelined by a bad-hop grounder to his man region, resulting in a “severely contused testicle.” OUCH. Beltre took infield and batting practice today, and is eligible to return on Friday. We’ve…

  18. The Week Ahead: Huge hopes for Rockies

    Aug 24, 2009, 3:04 AM EDT

    Remember that cute little Colorado Rockies team back in 2007? A modern day Cinderella, they won their final 40 games (it only seemed that way), received some help from the ghost of Tony Gwynn (actually it was his son), then beat the Padres in a one-game playoff when Matt Holliday tried to tag home plate…

  19. An angry Pujols is a dangerous Pujols

    Aug 24, 2009, 2:10 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols was cranky on Sunday, helping cause a benches-clearing incident when he got into a verbal sparring session with San Diego’s Will Venable. In the play in question, Venable hit a bouncer up the first base line. Pujols fielded the ball and tagged Venable, then all of holy heck broke…

  20. Papelbon being Papelbon

    Aug 23, 2009, 9:52 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon has set new standards in athlete insecurity with his comments on Billy Wagner, which D.J. touched on this morning. Papelbon, sounding as if some neighborhood bully was threatening to steal his candy, wondered aloud why the Red Sox would even think of acquiring the 38-year-old lefty.Never mind Wagner’s 385 career saves, or his…

  21. Watch out for the big Redbird machine

    Aug 21, 2009, 1:16 AM EDT

    Don’t look now, but the St. Louis Cardinals have the largest division lead in all of baseball. Thursday’s victory over the Padres, combined with the Dodgers’ whomping of the Cubs (thanks in part of Russell Martin’s grand slam) have upped the Cards’ lead to 7 games. (Check out the standings here) The Cards are hot, no…

  22. Don't fix the draft, get rid of it

    Aug 20, 2009, 9:52 PM EDT

    In the wake of Stephen Strasburg snagging a record $15 million contract from the Washington Nationals, there has been a lot of talk lately of what is wrong with the draft, and how it should be fixed. From Bud Selig’s threats of seeking a hard slotting system, to the Rays being accused of not even trying…

  23. Padilla brings swine flu, high ERA to L.A.

    Aug 19, 2009, 9:06 PM EDT

    In a move that is destined to turn Chavez Ravine into a giant yawn contest, the Dodgers have signed former Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla to a minor league contract. Talk about a low-risk, low-reward move. Padilla will pitch at Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday before joining the big league team, and is expected to start against the Colorado…

  24. Be careful where you step, scofflaws

    Aug 19, 2009, 1:25 AM EDT

    First it was the war on drugs. Then the war on terror. Now? Jaywalking, of course. Lou Piniella was the latest to get nabbed, getting off with only a warning after being caught committing the unthinkable in downtown San Diego on Tuesday. Sweet Lou was talking on his cell phone (presumably calling Closers-R-Us), and looking…

  25. Cubs putting closer hopes in Marmol

    Aug 18, 2009, 10:25 PM EDT

    Think the Cubs miss Kerry Wood? Lou Piniella, having finally grown tired of the 9th-inning adventure that is Kevin Gregg, demoted his baffled reliever from the closer’s role, putting wild-and-crazy Carlos Marmol in that spot instead. The move comes one day after Gregg blew his sixth save of the season (in 29 tries), this time…

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