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Bob Harkins

  1. Trade talk: Roundup of Tuesday's rumors

    Jul 29, 2009, 3:29 AM EDT

    Let’s take a quick spin around the league, see what they were talking about regarding the march to Friday’s trade deadline. *The Boston Red Sox reportedly made a big play for Roy Halladay. But then the Red Sox denied it. Halladay, by the way, is scheduled to pitch in Seattle on Wednesday. *There was some…

  2. Trade talk: Roundup of Tuesday's rumors

    Jul 29, 2009, 3:23 AM EDT

    Let’s take a quick spin around the league, see what they were talking about regarding the march to Friday’s trade deadline. *The Boston Red Sox reportedly made a big play for Roy Halladay. But then the Red Sox denied it. Halladay, by the way, is scheduled to pitch in Seattle on Wednesday. *There was some…

  3. Red Sox getting tired of Dice-K's act

    Jul 29, 2009, 1:09 AM EDT

    To say that the Red Sox are disappointed that Daisuke Matsuzaka came out and blamed his health issues on Boston’s trainers is like saying Brett Favre is indecisive. Or that Randy Johnson is tall. You get the idea. The BoSox, in fact are not simply “disappointed”, as the ultra polite Terry Francona said on Tuesday.…

  4. Red Sox getting tired of Dice-K's act

    Jul 29, 2009, 1:06 AM EDT

    To say that the Red Sox are disappointed that Daisuke Matsuzaka came out and blamed his health issues on Boston’s trainers is like saying Brett Favre is indecisive. Or that Randy Johnson is tall. You get the idea. The BoSox, in fact are not simply “disappointed”, as the ultra polite Terry Francona said on Tuesday.…

  5. Trade rumors Twitter out of control

    Jul 28, 2009, 8:41 PM EDT

    Today we have a great example of the perils of a swirling rumor mill as we count down to Friday’s trade deadline. A report on Tuesday from a reliable source, WEEI in Boston, reported on its Twitter account that the Red Sox had acquired Indians ace Cliff Lee. The only problem? It was a fake…

  6. Science proves you're not a Hall of Famer

    Jul 27, 2009, 10:26 PM EDT

      Somebody has been stealing your research money, and this is what they came up with: The Wall Street Journal reports that a pair of professors have invented a formula to predict whether a player will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Shockingly, it’s the players with awesome stats who will get in. But if…

  7. The Week Ahead: Wheeling and dealing

    Jul 27, 2009, 12:44 AM EDT

    With the non-waiver trade deadline looming on Friday, this coming week is one of the most exciting of the baseball season. It’s not quite the World Series, but is not unlike the World Series of Poker. Player 1: You don’t want to give up your entire minor league system for my pitcher? Fine, then I’ll…

  8. Somehow, Bartolo Colon is missing

    Jul 7, 2009, 9:58 PM EDT

    White Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon has gone missing. The right-hander, who was supposed to be making a minor league rehab start on Thursday, has yet to show up at Triple-A Charlotte. The team has been in contact with Colon’s agent, but not with the pitcher himself. In fact, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, “the team…

  9. The Week Ahead: Manny hits Big Apple

    Jul 6, 2009, 2:40 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez’s return from a 50-game suspension this past week was met with a mixed reaction, helped no doubt by the games being played in “Mannywood South”, also known as San Diego’s PETCO Park. But this week, Manny and the Dodgers head to New York for a three-game series against the Mets beginning Tuesday. Will…

  10. Francona: Good manager, poor prankster

    Jul 5, 2009, 7:26 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona tried to pull a prank on veteran pitcher Tim Wakefield on Sunday. The 42-year-old pitcher had just been named an All-Star for the first time in his 17-year career, but Francona called him into his office as if to deliver bad news. As Wakefield described it … “It was…

  11. Is baseball experiencing an outbreak of anxiety disorders, or is it something else?

    Jul 1, 2009, 10:40 AM EDT

    The Wall Street Journal takes note of all of the anxiety cases this year: Three professional baseball players have landed on the disabled list this season for a problem they can’t ice, bandage or have surgically repaired: anxiety . . . Baseball’s anxious include Detroit pitcher Dontrelle Willis, St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene and…

  12. The Week Ahead: Stuff the All-Star ballot box

    Jun 29, 2009, 1:33 AM EDT

    Do you think Chris Davis should start at first base for the AL in the All-Star game? Would you like to see Manny Ramirez in the NL outfield? Well you better get busy, because time is running out on your ballot-stuffing opportunities. The cutoff mark for voting for the July 14 game in St. Louis…

  13. 22 surgeries, $55 million and one Hall of Fame

    Jun 28, 2009, 10:31 PM EDT

    Darren Dreifort is going to be honored with induction into the national surgery hall of fame. Actually, the oft-injured and frequently maligned former Dodgers pitcher will be entering the College Baseball Hall of Fame. But is there any doubt he could qualify for both? The L.A. Times notes that Dreifort will be inducted on Friday…

  14. Don't ever pitch to Adrian Gonzalez

    Jun 24, 2009, 9:04 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez has walked a league-leading 57 times so far in 2009. He’s on pace to receive 108 free passes over the course of this season. That’s not nearly enough. Let’s look at the line for the Padres’ slugger: .274/.415/.606. That’s 24 home runs in 69 games, and a 1.021 OPS. In the Padres lineup,…

  15. Unfounded rumors only add to Joey Votto's burden

    Jun 24, 2009, 2:07 AM EDT

    When I saw the story, I almost decided to ignore it. Better to pretend it wasn’t there than to give it any credence. But then I figured something needed to be said. In case you didn’t know, there have been rumors floating around regarding Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto’s trip to the disabled list.…

  16. Manny madness: Let the hype begin

    Jun 23, 2009, 2:37 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez isn’t eligible to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers until July 3, but the hype is already kicking into high gear as the tainted slugger begins his minor league warm-up on Tuesday in Albuquerque. No matter what you think of the slugger and his pending return, you’re bound to have an opinion about…

  17. The Week Ahead: Smoltz returns, a day early

    Jun 22, 2009, 1:21 AM EDT

    John Smoltz makes his anticipated return to the mound on Thursday. It is also his anticipated debut for the Boston Red Sox, who signed him away from Atlanta in the offseason after the Braves showed somewhat tepid interest in keeping their aging star. There is one problem with Smoltz’s return, it would have been a…

  18. Say what? Jeter not so bad at defense

    Jun 17, 2009, 10:49 PM EDT

    I hope you’re sitting down for this, because I’m going to share a notion that might shock you right out of your Snuggie. No, it’s not that Jose Canseco is suing MLB. Or that Congress is now setting its sights on Sammy Sosa. Those two nuggets wouldn’t even surprise this guy. No, what I’m going…

  19. Sosa buries baseball in avalanche of non-surprise

    Jun 17, 2009, 2:00 AM EDT

    Judging by reaction around baseball, Sammy Sosa testing positive for steroids (just a report at this point, mind you) is akin to saying the Yankees have a big payroll. Is anyone surprised? Ummm … that would be a big fat no. In fact, surprise was the word of the day. A sampling … Lance Berkman…

  20. Fightin' Bulldog 1, Kyle Farnsworth 0

    Jun 16, 2009, 10:35 PM EDT

    I’ve got good news and bad news for Royals fans. First the good news: Reliever Kyle Farnsworth had his finger bandaged on Tuesday after being bitten by his bulldog. The bad news? The wound was on his non-pitching hand. Rim shot! The pitcher all (insert whatever team he’s pitched for) love to hate received four…

  21. Not everyone thrilled with Boston's pitching depth

    Jun 16, 2009, 2:43 AM EDT

    It’s a wonderful problem to have when you’re blessed with too much pitching. In fact, you could argue that it’s no problem at all. That it’s impossible to be blessed with too many competent hurlers. The Boston Red Sox are testing that theory. The Red Sox already have a rotation consisting of Jon Lester, Josh…

  22. Will Bobby Valentine be Nationals' treasure?

    Jun 15, 2009, 9:27 PM EDT

    We know that the Washington Nationals are going to fire Manny Acta, probably sooner rather than later. And we also know that the Nationals are done. Finished. Cooked. Kaput. The only thing they have left to play for is a second straight shot to draft a young, talented Scott Boras client No. 1 in the…

  23. The Week Ahead: Bryce Harper countdown begins

    Jun 15, 2009, 2:29 AM EDT

    Let the Bryce Harper countdown begin. Harper, the 16-year-old Las Vegas high school star who was christened as the “Chosen One” by Sports Illustrated, is planning to skip his final two seasons of high school in an attempt to be eligible for the 2010 draft. According to Harper’s father Ron, the phenom has registered at…

  24. And the Royals' hopes ran, they ran so far away

    Jun 12, 2009, 1:56 AM EDT

    All the talk of the Kansas City Royals being the Tampa Bay Rays of 2009 had already subsided long before Thursday night’s game. Losing eight of 10 and plummeting to the bottom of the AL Central took care of that. But now the whole idea is officially dead. The Royals have some nice pitching, including…

  25. Pedro Martinez beginning to draw some interest

    Jun 11, 2009, 9:31 PM EDT

    Where’s Pedro? Perhaps back in the big leagues at some point soon. Pedro Martinez, the biggest-name free agent pitcher still on the table — with apologies to Tom Glavine – is finally starting to draw some interest. On Thursday, reports out of Tampa Bay and the Dominican Republic said that a representative of the Tampa…

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