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  1. Charlie Manuel: “we don’t scare nobody”

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel let ‘er rip after yesterday’s sweep-securing loss to the Dodgers: “I thought we lost that edge quite a while ago, if you want to know the truth. We don’t scare nobody. I’ll tell you something, we used to have a swagger. We used to be kind of cocky in a real good way.…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 8, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers 4, Cubs 3: Norichika Aoki hit two homers including the walkoff. Overall, he’s kicking some major butt. Mets 3, Nationals 1: As I said yesterday: Dickey beats Wang. I’m still giggling, by the way. Pirates 5, Reds 4: Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run. You see? You see? He’s not a machine, he’s a man, he’s a man!  Someone alert…

  3. Mets 3, Nationals 1: Dickey beats Wang

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    The highly anticipated (by 12 year-olds and me) matchup of R.A. Dickey and Chien-Ming Wang went down today. For those who like to keep track of such things, Dickey beat Wang, with the Mets prevailing over the Nats 3-1. Dickey is the first pitcher in the majors to make it to nine wins. He was…

  4. Yoenis Cespedes leaves game with strained left hamstring

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    cespedes getty

    Oakland and Texas are playing a day game today. It just got underway a few minutes ago but it’s already been a bad one for Oakland: Yoenis Cespedes had to leave the game early and the word has come back that it’s a strained left hamstring. It happened in the bottom of the first when…

  5. You can buy a reprint of the Johan Santana no-hitter ticket from the Mets for $50

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT


    This morning we noted that there was a brisk market for unused tickets for last week’s Johan Santana no-hitter, and that they were getting pretty expensive. Over $100 in some cases.  Today the Mets announced that they’re selling reprints for $50: Your ticket there. And if you don’t like the ticket you can buy all…

  6. Kerry Wood gave his hands the Moises Alou treatment

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood

    The recently retired Kerry Wood was on the Waddle & Silvy show today and got to talking about his teammates who provided leadership and stuff. One he mentioned: Moises Alou.  One of the hosts asks him about, well, Alou’s particular hand-preparation technique. …And Wood said he did it too. To deal with blister problems. “Peeing…

  7. The Ryan Braun Rules are in effect! MLB, MLBPA Announce modifications to joint drug agreement

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    ryan braun wide getty

    In the recently-completed Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league and the union agreed to make several modifications to the Joint Drug Agreement which governs drug testing, suspensions and whatnot in baseball.  They just announced that they have reached agreement on the modifications. They’re all listed below. The ones that seem notable or major to me in…

  8. Curt Schilling’s company files for bankruptcy

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT


    This was pretty inevitable: Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s troubled video gaming company has filed for bankruptcy. The filing was made in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Thursday. Providence-based 38 Studios last month laid off its entire workforce. It also was more than two weeks late on a $1.1 million payment to the state.…

  9. Scott Hatteberg is going to do some A’s broadcasts

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Rangers v Athletics

    Scott Hatteberg already works for the A’s, but now he’s going to be further out front, doing some TV too: Scott Hatteberg, the former A’s first baseman featured prominently in the book and movie “Moneyball,” will replace Ray Fosse for 20 games as the team’s analyst on CSN California, with his first stint starting June 15, according to multiple…

  10. R.A. Dickey and the “small cadre of knuckleball specialists”

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    There’s a big feature story on R.A. Dickey in the Washington Post today. Some of it you’ve seen before — about his life, his book, and the fact that he may be “The Most Interesting Man in Baseball,” to quote the article. But if you’re into knuckleball porn, this will be great for you: Former…

  11. Bryce Harper plays the game the right way

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Ken Rosenthal has a feature up about Bryce Harper that’s worth a read today. In it, everyone who is quoted and every opinion expressed is about how hard Harper plays. How respectful he is. How he plays the game the right way and, even at age 19, sets an example for others while still making…

  12. Freddy Galvis hits the disabled list

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Another Philly infielder goes down: Freddy Galvis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. He sustained the injury while batting last night.  The Phillies have called up Michael Martinez from Leigh Valley to take his place on the roster, though Mike Fontenot is likely to see most of the playing…

  13. Great Moments in Misspelled Names on Jerseys

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jeff Manship misspelling

    When I worked in offices and someone’s key card stopped working we just to joke that it was a sly way of the firm telling them that they’ve been fired. I wonder if baseball teams do this with jerseys. If so, Jeff Manship, you should probably update your resume:

  14. The Mariners travel schedule has been brutal

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT


    The Mariners started the season in Japan and since the regular season began have played more road games than any other team. And — because they are so remote — they log more air miles than any other team in baseball, with even divisional games requiring all flights to be longer than two-hours. Even though…

  15. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    We did the Twitter questions thing again last night. Let’s go: Q: How do the Braves end up as “your” team if you grew up in WV, TBS? Yep. That and an electric attraction to Andres Thomas. Q: Will Ryan Braun be elected to start the All-Star Game even with the PED cloud over his head? He’s…

  16. Tweet of the Day: Chris Perez on measuring “heart and balls”

    Jun 7, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    chris perez gray getty

    Indians’ closer Chris Perez woke up this morning and had some thoughts about sabermetrics: Saber metrics are good for some stats, but you will never be able to quantify a players’ heart and balls — Chris Perez (@ChrisPerez54) June 7, 2012 Perez doesn’t know how this works. I can guarantee you that within 48 hours…

  17. Brian McNamee’s estranged wife contradicts his testimony

    Jun 7, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Brian McNamee

    As we’ve said over and over again, the only thing that truly matters in the Roger Clemens case is whether the jury believes Brian McNamee. For all of the other weeks and weeks of testimony, if they believe what he says, Clemens’ goose is cooked. If they don’t believe him, Clemens walks. So it’s kind…

  18. Tickets for Johan Santana’s no-hitter are selling for more than future Mets game tickets

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Johan Santana Reuters

    Ever since the Marlins did that thing where they sold the un-sold tickets to Roy Halladay‘s no-hitter a couple of years ago, there has been a market for such beasts following historic events. Maybe there was before, actually, but that’s when we really started hearing about it. I dunno. But whatever the case, people are…

  19. Victorino says his contract status is on his mind

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    I bet every single player who is approaching free agency thinks about it. They usually say it doesn’t enter their mind, but it has to, right?  Shane Victorino is one of the rare ones who admits that the pressures of impending free agency do weigh on his mind: “I can’t say they’re not. … I…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Brewers 8, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke mowed ’em down (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 12K). That young man is gonna make a lot of money when he hits free agency this fall. Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0: Brandon Morrow tosses a two-hit shutout. Dude has really put it all together this year. Braves…

  21. Mariano Rivera to have ACL surgery on June 12

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It’s been over a month since Mariano tore his ACL while shagging fly balls. Because of a blood clot in the same leg, however, his surgery had been delayed indefinitely. But now the clot has been taken care of and his surgery is on for next Tuesday. Rivera, who vowed  “I am coming back. Write it…

  22. Oh good: Rob Dibble is going to coach high school kids now

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT


    This is a great idea: Rob Dibble has been named the new baseball coach at Calabasas High School in California. I can see this going well: Kid 1: Coach, my elbow! It feels tight. Dibble: Suck it up. Kid 1: But it hurts really bad!  Can I at least put some Icy Hot on it? Dibble:…

  23. Doesn’t sound like Ryan Dempster is gonna invoke his 10-5 rights

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster is realistic and he seems to want to pitch for a contender, so it’s no surprise that he sounds cool with waiving his 10-5 rights. Here is talking about a possible trade: “You’re in a situation where if it does happen, they are going to do what’s best for the Chicago Cubs, and…

  24. Daisuke Matsuzaka to start Saturday against the Nats

    Jun 6, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    matsuzaka getty

    Dice-K last pitched in the big on May 16, 2011.  He’ll next pitch in the bigs on June 9, 2012. That’s when he’ll be activated and face the Nationals. Matsuzaka had his last tuneup last night in which he allowed one run in a short, 1 1/3 inning performance.  Overall he had a 3.65 ERA…

  25. The Yankees continue to complain about StubHub

    Jun 6, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    At the end of April there was a story about how the Yankees front office hated that people could buy tickets on StubHub cheaper than they could at the Yankees’ box office. It’s now June and they’re still hating it: Yankee Stadium attendance is down 3.6 percent so far this year — greater than the…

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