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  1. Look, nothing is going to happen to A-Rod over this poker business

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    It was rather notable to see the reports — emanating from the entertainment press, not the sporting press — about Alex Rodriguez and the allegedly high-stakes, cocaine-and-Tobey-McGuire-fueled poker games.  Kind of salacious and, because most people like talking about A-Rod, kind of fun.  But let’s be clear about something: the reports that Major League Baseball is looking into…

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

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:52 AM EDT

    Aubrey Huff, Orlando Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Jeff Keppinger

    Giants 8, Diamondbacks 1: The Giants beat back the charging horde. Three hits and two runs scored for Carlos Beltran, three runs batted in for Orlando Cabrera and a strong six innings for Ryan Vogelsong. Jason Marquis: eh, not quite the game-changing acquisition Kevin Towers may have imagined. Red Sox 4, Indians 3: Walkoff homer…

  3. Tony La Russa is taking his anger out on Edwin Jackson

    Aug 3, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Most eyes were on this afternoon’s Cardinals-Brewers game to see if there would be violence and mayhem between the two teams.  So far none between them. But Edwin Jackson had best get a restraining order against Casey McGehee and Tony La Russa, because they’re both beating the crap out of him. As I type, the…

  4. Looking for Jack McKeon in the morning? He’s almost certainly at Mass

    Aug 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    jack mckeon marlins

    Interesting story about Marlins manager Jack McKeon in the New York Times today. Seems that every morning — at home or on the road — he goes to Mass.  He’s done it for 60 years, and it’s just part of his game day routine, even if the team plane got in at 3AM and he…

  5. Bus carrying Phillies minor league team almost plunges off a bridge

    Aug 3, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Crosscutters bus

    This is scary: a bus carrying the Williamsport Crosscutters — the short season A-ball team of the Phillies — nearly plunged off a bridge in New York: The Williamsport Crosscutters were on their way to the team hotel in Brooklyn when the bus driver got lost, drove over the Verrazano Bridge and wound up on the Fingerboard Road overpass above the…

  6. Taking a closer look at the Bartolo Colon stem cell therapy

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    CJ Nitkowski

    C.J. Nitkowski pitched in the bigs for ten years but had to hang it up due to shoulder problems.  Because of those problems, and because of the example of Bartolo Colon‘s rather startling comeback, Nitkowski decided to undergo the same stem cell treatment Colon famously received. Nitkowski writes about it in Sports Illustrated, and it’s…

  7. Now La Russa can’t handle heckling fans

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    La Russa Day continues here at HardballTalk.  I missed this in all of this morning’s reports, but apparently we had another example of his pathological aversion to being the bigger man: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says a fan told him he hoped he would get shingles again and that others took insults too far…

  8. Jason Heyward sits again

    Aug 3, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Look, I know that Jason Heyward is having a rough season. And I can understand why, given the fact that he seems to be fragile, that you give him a day off here and there.  But can someone explain to me why Fredi Gonzalez is sitting Heyward again today, against a righty, in favor of…

  9. And now the latest in baseball/alcohol news

    Aug 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Early Times

    I always love it when my two biggest hobbies converge: Dateline Seattle:  ESPN’s Jim Caple reports that a brewery is using maple bats — actual maple bats owned by Seattle Mariners players — to flavor beer.  Yes, Caple makes the requisite “at least the bats are being used for something” joke.  Given the use of…

  10. Deep Thoughts: Carlos Beltran edition

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Four teams are having a pretty rough go of it right now:  the Giants, Mets, Royals and Astros. What do those four teams have in common?  Carlos Beltran. I hereby recant all of my defenses of Beltran over the years. The man is obviously a selfish clubhouse cancer who doesn’t know how to win. UPDATE:…

  11. Tony La Russa’s success does not make him immune from criticism

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa Getty

    Yeah, I got La Russa on my mind today.  And to be clear, as I always, always make a point of saying when I’m criticizing La Russa for something, I appreciate him as an all-time great manager. Honestly. He’s one of the best if not the best in my baseball-watching lifetime, and no one can…

  12. Ichiro impostor almost costs Dustin Ackley a triple

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Fake Ichiro.bmp

    The headline kind of says it all.  Go to MLB.com for the video and the full explanation. To answer your immediate question, a fan grabbing a ball is not an automatic double. It’s often treated like that, but it’s an umpire’s judgement call as to what would have happened absent the interference, and I think…

  13. Shocker: Tony La Russa interested in a lefty reliever

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rhodes_Arthur

    Tony La Russa suggested to MLB.com that the Cardinals may be interested in Arthur Rhodes, who was just DFA’d by the Rangers.  His comment: “He’s been a hell of a pro for a long, long time,” La Russa said. “He’s got all our respect. Does that sound like intrigued?” Word on the street is that…

  14. So, does Phil Hughes still go to the bullpen?

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Yesterday it was speculated that last night would be Phil Hughes‘ last start and that, when the Yankees get off this six-man rotation thing, he’d be the odd man out, bullpen-bound. Now what happens? As we noted in the recaps, Hughes had a fine game.  He shut out the White Sox over six innings, needing…

  15. Presenting: your first place Arizona Diamondbacks

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Well, tied for first place, but they got the mojo. The Dbacks have won four in a row and the Giants have dropped five straight.  The last two in each of those streaks came against the other, and now the defending World Series champs are deadlocked with Arizona.  I don’t necessarily believe in “statement games”…

  16. Mark Teixeira set a record last night

    Aug 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Teixeira hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox during their MLB American League baseball game in Chicago

    Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate last night.  It was the 12th time he has done that in his career, and that’s a record.  The previous record was 11 — duh — and until Teixeira’s second homer, he shared it with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis. Those homers likewise tie Teixeira with…

  17. What in the hell was Tony La Russa thinking last night?

    Aug 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    The highlights from last night’s Cardinals-Brewers game are probably focusing on the Yadier Molina argument and ejection, but there was something far more interesting going on here. Albert Pujols was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Runners were on first and third at the time, it was a close game and Pujols leads…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Diamondbacks 6, Giants 1: Rookie Paul Goldschmidt hit his first major league home run and he did it off Tim frickin’ Lincecum. Justin Upton hit his own two-run shot, the Dbacks have won four in a row and they are now tied for first place with the Giants.  Now how about we divert some of…

  19. Good news for Gary Carter in his fight against cancer

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Via Adam Rubin at ESPN New York comes word from Gary Carter’s daughter that Carter has received a quite positive cancer prognosis. You can read his daughter’s extended comments about it at the link. Upshot: tumors shrinking and, in some cases disappearing. I’m guessing that “tumors are 80% better” is a bit different than what…

  20. Jered Weaver suspended six games, fined for throwing at Alex Avila

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Major League Baseball just suspended Jered Weaver for six games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at Alex Avila during thebottom of the seventh inning of Sunday’s crazy-fest between the Angels and the Tigers. This is the same punishment that Carlos Carrasco got for throwing at Billy Butler on Friday. I think…

  21. “The media tries to keep Philadelphia fans from being happy”

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Wait … did I just get … TOLD? Everyone gets on the Philadelphia fans when they get mad. Look at how angry and aggressive they are! Please, give me a break. But, on the flipside, the media tries to keep them from being happy. Look no further than Craig Calcaterra. Who? Exactly. Calcaterra is the…

  22. Dustin Pedroia: my new favorite player

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Ric Flair

    Tweet from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com: Dustin Pedroia has a giant autographed wrestling robe from Nature Boy Ric Flair and a belt hanging above his locker. Its gonna be a good day. Pedroia can pretty much do anything he wants for the rest of his career and he’d officially be OK by me. Really, he…

  23. The Orioles claim Jo-Jo Reyes, release Justin Duchscherer

    Aug 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    duchscherer poses

    The Blue Jays waived starter Jo-Jo Reyes and the Orioles have taken a flyer on him.  They also released the last starter they took a flyer on, Justin Duchscherer. Reyes was 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 110 IP for the Jays this year. You can’t really call it a “bad year,” however, because it’s pretty…

  24. “The shelf life for making a quick buck on a negative T-shirt about Frank McCourt is probably quickly evaporating”

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Frankrupt

    But the fact that the market existed in the first place is pretty telling. Bill Shaikin has a story about dudes who have made a dollar or two capitalizing on Dodgers fans’ seemingly bottomless loathing of Frank McCourt. Not that everyone has made a dollar or two. One guy in the article has sold about…

  25. Must-Click Link: What do the GMs really talk about at the trade deadline

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ed Wade

    If you liked that little one act play I imagined involving Theo, Jack and Ned in yesterday’s Power Rankings, you’ll love what Grant Brisbee has done with his power rankings over at SB Nation today. I won’t give any of it away, but I’m pretty sure he totally nailed the Ed Wade/Frank Wren conversation over…

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