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  1. Deep thoughts: The Brewers are Nixon, the Cardinals are McGovern

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Nixon

    Buster Olney said this this morning: “Is the NL Central race over? Well, it’s not literally over. But if this were the 1972 presidential election, the Cardinals would be McGovern and the Brewers would be Richard Nixon.” I guess that makes the Reds Hubert Humphrey, the Pirates Edmund Muskie, the Cubs Shirley Chisholm and the Astros George…

  2. In case you were wondering why the Reds and Marlins are playing a double header today

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Irene

    No, it’s not to make up for a previous rainout. It’s to avoid an inevitable one tomorrow thanks to Hurricane Irene. Which, while on course for the Carolinas and points north, will no doubt spit all kinds of rain and yuck at Miami too.  The Marlins made a rescheduling request and MLB said sure. Given…

  3. The Nationals don’t intend to go after Prince Fielder

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com says that the Nationals don’t intend to pursue to Prince Fielder in free agency this winter.  Normally this kind of thing wouldn’t be terribly significant, especially in August, but it probably matters here. As we’ve seen these past few years, the Nationals have become Scott Boras’ huckleberry.  If he’s got a…

  4. There are a bunch of reasons Theo Epstein wouldn’t work for the Cubs, but let’s not let that stop our speculation

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    I want the Cubs to hire their new GM quickly. Why? To spare us from speculation pieces with passages like this one from Olney’s column this morning: And here’s another big name to keep in mind: Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Red Sox … Keep in mind that Epstein has carved out a strong…

  5. Pudge Rodriguez wants to stay in Washington

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story today about how Ivan Rodriguez wants to continue to play — and continue to play in Washington — after his two-year contract is up after this season. Given that he’s now completely ineffective with a bat and can’t stay healthy, one may ask what the value…

  6. White Sox expected to claim Jim Thome on waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Buster Olney says that there is “a high expectation” that the White Sox will win the waiver claim on Jim Thome. Which, given that they’re the (marginal) contender in the AL with the worst record, makes sense.  I guess Shin-Soo Choo‘s dramatic home run yesterday ruined it for the Indians. Pity! Thome is batting .253/.363/.495…

  7. Craig Kimbrel ties rookie saves record

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Braves closer Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save to tie the major league rookie record set last season by Neftali Feliz. He leads the majors in saves. The guy has been nearly untouchable all summer, and and has now tossed 31 and two-thirds straight scoreless innings since June 11. During that time he has been perfect in…

  8. Great moments in small ball: Joe Girardi

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    It’s not my intent to mercilessly rip Joe Girardi here. I think he does a good job overall, especially when you realize how many critics he has and how much scrutiny he’s under. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t find, oh, I dunno, teachable moments in his managerial decisions. Down by two in the ninth inning,…

  9. Adam Jones hospitalized with chest pains

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taken to the hospital during last night’s game after suffering shortness of breath and mild chest pains. They ran tests and everything came back fine, so he was released late last night. It was apparently muscular-related and not a cardiopulmonary thing. Here’s what he tweeted at about 2AM: Back from hospital.…

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

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Athletics 6, Yankees 5: The Yankees were down 6-0 entering the bottom of the eighth whenNick Swisher hit a three-run homer. In the ninth Jorge Posada added another one, and then Robinson Cano walked with the bases loaded to male it 6-5. The bases still juiced with two out when Andrew Bailey induced a harmless…

  11. Angel Pagan has colitis

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Don’t you feel bad now about making jokes about Angel Pagan being in the bathroom when he was supposed to be at bat last night?  Wait, you didn’t make jokes about it? Only I did?  Well then. Anyway, Andy Martino’s sources tell him that it wasn’t just a bad burrito that got to Pagan but,…

  12. Hey look, Jason Heyward gets to play

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Jose Constanza, who has been ridin’ the wave, turned his ankle last night and has a mild sprain.  That has him out of the lineup against the Cubs tonight, which means that — wonder of wonders — Jason Heyward gets a start.  Of course, since this is Heyward and he’s in everyone’s dog house these…

  13. Shin-Soo Choo hits a three-run walkoff homer

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    choo getty

    Last night Indians’ closer Chris Perez blew a tie game in the ninth when he lost control and started getting all plunky.  Today, probably not fully trusting his closer — or maybe just wanting to save him for the nightcap of today’s double header — Manny Acta sent Justin Masterson out for the ninth inning…

  14. Dbacks trade Kelly Johnson to Toronto for Aaron Hill, John McDonald

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kelly Johnson

    It’s being reported — sorry, not sure who got it first; the earthquake has rendered Twitter almost unreadable — that the Diamondbacks have traded Kelly Johnson to Toronto for Aaron Hill and John McDonald. Johnson is a year removed from a 26-homer, .284/.370/.496 season, though he’s struggling mightily this year. There’s still power — 18 homers…

  15. UPDATE: Wandy Rodriguez claimed on waivers by Rockies; trade talks ongoing

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    UPDATE II:  Now Rosenthal is saying that the Rockies have claimed Rodriguez. If they and the Astros are to get a deal done, they have to do it by Thursday at noon. UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that, contra Olney, it was not the Nationals who claimed Rodriguez. The team is still unknown.  So we have it:…

  16. Hey, how about that earthquake?

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Earthquake

    Fun thing about being on Twitter all day is that when something happens you get hundreds of people rushing to make all of the jokes and the profound observations as soon as humanly possible. And so it was with that earthquake that just hit the east coast.  Within five minutes we had: 1,245 “hey, did…

  17. Brian Schneider is why the Phillies win so much? Um, OK.

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    Look, I know it’s a long season and that you have to come up with new stuff to write about all of the time, but does anyone besides me have problems with a story which suggests that the backup catcher is the key to everything? In this case, Brian Schneider of the Phillies: With expectations set…

  18. The honeymoon is over between San Francisco and the Giants

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    News flash: A team that won a world championship realized a large uptick in fan interest and feel-good euphoria; News flash: That fan interest gradually became smugness and entitlement; News flash: That team, which was rather flawed to begin with but caught lighting in a bottle for a couple of months, is not doing as…

  19. The Yankees aren’t afraid to go after Yu Darvish

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    Joel Sherman notes today that the Yankees are likely to be involved in the bidding on Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, who is expected to come to the United States next season.  As Sherman notes, this is somewhat interesting given how the Yankees have been burned in the high-priced Japanese pitching market before. See, Irabu, Hideki…

  20. Major League Baseball to celebrate its 200,000th regular season game on September 24th

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    200000

    Determining the number of major league games which have occurred in history is something of an inexact science. Record keeping was a bit spotty once upon a time. There’s the political question of whether you count the random upstart leagues that merged into or at least greatly influenced the National and then the American Leagues.…

  21. Several attendance records set this weekend

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Comerica Park

    Maury Brown, who keeps good track of this stuff, notes that while attendance remains flat overall compared to last year, this past weekend several marks were set. The Saturday game between the Phillies and Nationals drew 44,685, which was the largest crowd at Nationals Park history; The Cardinals Cubs game on Saturday drew 42,374 which was…

  22. The Dodgers are learning how expensive it can be to be bankrupt

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    briefcase

    Bill Shaikin has a rundown of all of the Dodgers’ legal expenses in the five weeks or so they’ve been in bankruptcy. It’s fairly mind-boggling. Just one of the firms handing the Dodgers’ bankruptcy — Dewey and LeBoeuf — has thrown 29 lawyers, seven paralegals and ten support staffers at the matter and, in five weeks, have…

  23. Brian Cashman: “I don’t want a guy walking off the mound singing ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’”

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman is not going to put his life on the line for A.J. Burnett. As the New York Post reports this morning, Burnett only has one more guaranteed start, and that’s this Friday against the Orioles. The next time he starts after that the rosters will be expanded and the Yankees, who have a…

  24. Video: Minor leaguer uses his head to start a triple play

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    No, not his brain. His head.  Viva baseball:  

  25. The Roger Maris discussion heats up

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roger Maris

    George Vecsey wrote a column on Sunday — and follows up with a blog post today — about Roger Maris, his legacy and his Hall of Fame chances.  In both places Vecsey says that he would not vote for Maris for the Hall of Fame if he had the franchise (he doesn’t, because the New…

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