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Bob Harkins

  1. Stephen Strasburg, by the numbers

    Aug 18, 2009, 3:23 AM EDT

    Not sure how many people believed it would happen, but Stephen Strasburg has indeed agreed to sign with the Nationals. While you’re contemplating how good he will be, here is a look at the numbers … $15.1 million: The amount (not including incentives) the Nationals will pay Strasburg in his four-year contract. That’s about $5…

  2. White Sox blind to what ails them

    Aug 18, 2009, 1:17 AM EDT

    White Sox general manager Kenny Williams has had it up to here with his team’s lack of effort, focus and desire, apparently. Frustrated by a 3-3 roadtrip to Seattle and Oakland, the GM told the media on Monday that “We’ve deserved what we’ve got. I’m not happy. I’m not happy with a lot of what…

  3. If Smoltz is selling, the Braves aren't buying

    Aug 17, 2009, 8:36 PM EDT

    Having been released on Monday, John Smoltz is available for whoever wants him. Just don’t count on the Braves being in that mix. “With the anticipated addition of Tim Hudson in the near future we have not pursued John Smoltz,” Wren said in an e-mail on Monday. This is hardly surprising, given the acrimonious parting…

  4. The Week Ahead: Nats face deadline on Strasburg

    Aug 17, 2009, 2:09 AM EDT

    It’s a game of chicken. A staring contest. A battle of wills. Will the Washington Nationals sign Stephen Strasburg? If they don’t ink the San Diego State phenom by midnight Eastern time on Monday night, then they lose the rights to the savior of the franchise. The man who can single-handedly inspire Nats fans to…

  5. Rehab central: Peavy, Hudson and Boone

    Aug 14, 2009, 1:12 AM EDT

    In a story you can’t help but be impressed by — unless you’re a Red Sox fan — Aaron Boone played in his second minor league rehab game of the week on Wednesday, going 1-for-2 at the plate for the Corpus Christi Hooks, a Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. Boone, 36, is trying to…

  6. Are we still in the golden era of shortstops?

    Aug 13, 2009, 12:11 AM EDT

    Remember the golden era of shortstops of the late 90s and early 2000s, when the American League was ruled by Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra and Miguel Tejada? Good times weren’t they? But then Nomar Garciaparra became an injury magnet, A-Rod moved to third base and Miguel Tejada leveled off. What happened to it…

  7. Hot times and hot tempers … ain't it great?

    Aug 12, 2009, 10:09 PM EDT

    As we move closer to playoff stretch run territory, there seems to be an increase in intensity (some might call it testiness) in games. In the last week, we’ve seen a heated dialogue between Dustin Pedroia and Jorge Posada after Pedroia was drilled by a pitch, Tony La Russa and Ozzie Guillen both lamenting their…

  8. Jamie Moyer = Grumpy Old Man

    Aug 11, 2009, 11:11 PM EDT

    So Jamie Moyer feels “misled” by the Philadelphia Phillies, and “disheartened” by his demotion to the bullpen, a result of his own pitching struggles and the arrival of Pedro Martinez. As I am approaching middle age, I can relate a little bit to what Moyer is going through. When you get older, you tend to forget…

  9. Next Mets casualty could be Manuel

    Aug 11, 2009, 3:22 AM EDT

    The New York Mets deserve a new sponsor. How about Chico’s Bail Bonds? After sleepwalking through another loss on Monday, this time to the mighty Arizona Diamondbacks, manager Jerry Manuel took the time to rip his players, and for good reason, too. “We were a bad team tonight,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “We didn’t pitch…

  10. Don't even try to censor Ozzie Guillen

    Aug 11, 2009, 1:03 AM EDT

    Baseball is investigating some comments made by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen over the weekend. On Sunday, Guillen was upset after watching three of his players get hit by pitches in a victory over the Cleveland Indians. Guillen acknowledged that he believed the plunkings were accidental, but nonetheless spouted off after the game, saying this:…

  11. The Week Ahead: Time of reckoning for Red Sox

    Aug 10, 2009, 3:10 AM EDT

    There’s no other way to put it: It was a miserable week for the Boston Red Sox. They lost six straight, including four to the Yankees, falling 6 ½ games back in the AL East, and into a tie with the Texas Rangers for the wild card lead. Their offense took a vacation. Their bullpen,…

  12. Several teams reportedly interested in Smoltz

    Aug 10, 2009, 2:18 AM EDT

    On Friday, Matthew detailed the end of John Smoltz’s time in Boston, making a strong argument that the 42-year-old right-hander could still be of use to someone. Turns out there are some teams out there that agree. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Smoltz is attracting interest from some NL teams, as well as the Texas…

  13. Lazy Sunday? Not with these hotheads around

    Aug 9, 2009, 9:49 PM EDT

    As Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg taught us, simply sounding angry on a “Lazy Sunday” can be immensely amusing. In the baseball world, it’s even better when the rage is genuine, evidenced by a pair of volcanic meltdowns on Sunday. I don’t know if it’s ever happened before, but the Phillies’ Shane Victorino at the…

  14. Thoughts on Yanks-Sox: Slide Jorge!

    Aug 7, 2009, 1:40 AM EDT

    Some thoughts from the Yankees-Red Sox game Thursday night: – The game was nearly four hours long, coming in at 3:52. About an hour of it was interesting. Basically, the Chamberlain-Smoltz matchup/disaster, plus the Pedroia plunking in the 8th. (You think Josh Beckett will have something to say about that on Friday?) – The game…

  15. Rear view not so nice for M's closer

    Aug 7, 2009, 12:35 AM EDT

    Mariners closer David Aardsma was a great find by GM Jack Zduriencik in the offseason. He’s saved 26 of 28 chances this season, crucial to a team that has specialized in one-run victories. However, it’s not all rosey for Aardsma, who is listed as manager Don Wakamatsu put it, as “minute-to-minute” after having a boil…

  16. When you thought it couldn't get worse for Pirates

    Aug 6, 2009, 3:12 AM EDT

    Remember that big Manny Ramirez trade last summer? Manny to the Dodgers, Jason Bay to the Red Sox and Andy LaRoche and three prospects to the Pirates. Fifty-game suspension aside, it worked out pretty well for the Dodgers. And you know Boston is happy with Jason being Jason. But the Pirates, of course, can’t catch…

  17. MLB investigating Fielder's clubhouse charge

    Aug 5, 2009, 8:09 PM EDT

    Craig documented earlier today the story of Prince Fielder losing his mind and trying to go after Dodgers pitcher Guillermo Mota following last night’s game in Los Angeles. Fielder had been plunked by Mota with the Dodgers leading 17-4 in the ninth inning. It may have been a retaliatory move by Mota, as L.A.’s Manny…

  18. The gods just keep punishing the Mets

    Aug 5, 2009, 1:35 AM EDT

    More bad news for the New York Mets: David Wright will be going on the DL after being attacked by an angry house cat while on his way to the ballpark on Tuesday. OK so I made that up, but the way things are going, would you be surprised? It wasn’t Wright who was hurt…

  19. McGriff's career gets even better with age

    Aug 3, 2009, 10:34 PM EDT

    Fred McGriff will be eligible for the Hall of Fame next year, and the folks in Tampa (his home town, and where he currently works) are already banging the drum for his induction. His basic numbers are pretty good — 493 homers, 1,550 RBIs, a .284 average. Further research by Rays VP Rick Vaughn makes…

  20. And That Happened: Sunday's scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    Hello all. I’m pinch-hitting for Craig as he works on perfecting his Perry Mason imitation. Go easy on me. I can’t even imitate Rusty Hardin. Dodgers 9, Braves 1: Chad Billingsley struck out nine in five innings, but Joe Torre sat him down after the pitcher came down with a cramp in his hamstring. Billingsley’s…

  21. The Week Ahead: Finding a role for Pedro

    Aug 3, 2009, 12:18 AM EDT

    They’re loving Cliff Lee in Philadelphia. The left-hander acquired from the Indians two days before the trade deadline was dominant in his debut for the reigning champions on Friday in San Francisco, pitching a four-hitter. He’s scheduled to make his first start in the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday against the Rockies. Meanwhile, Pedro…

  22. Trade talk: What happened, what could've been

    Aug 1, 2009, 2:00 AM EDT

    Instead of listing all the big trades from Friday, I’m going to direct you here for a roundup of the moves, complete with analysis. And while you’re contemplating the fortunes of your favorite team, let’s ponder the huge deal that was discussed on Friday. A deal that was closer to happening than anyone believed, including…

  23. Trade talk: Roundup of Thursday's rumors

    Jul 31, 2009, 2:43 AM EDT

    Thursday was a rough day for the Red Sox and their fans, for reasons we won’t get into here. It looks like they will dominate talk in the final hours leading up to the trade deadline as well. Pick a big name sitting on the block, and Theo Epstein appears to be feverishly working behind…

  24. Trade talk: Roundup of Wednesday's rumors

    Jul 30, 2009, 2:06 AM EDT

    With Cliff Lee off to the Phillies, and Matt Holliday already making himself at home in St. Louis, the trade market has lost a bit of luster. But there is still a lot going on out there as we march closer to Friday’s trade deadline. Let’s take a look at what’s going on: ROY HALLADAYThe…

  25. Are Mariners up to something big?

    Jul 30, 2009, 12:08 AM EDT

    The Mariners’ acquisition of Jack Wilson and Ian Snell from the Pirates for five players, including former No. 3 overall pick Jeff Clement, puzzled many. In appearance, the trade makes Seattle look like a buyer, when at 7.5 back in the AL West and 6.5 back in the wild card, it might seem more prudent…

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