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  1. 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:…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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”…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. “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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. “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…

  16. 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…

  17. Hideki Irabu continues to benefit the Yankees. Sorta.

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Good stuff from The Common Man at the Platoon Advantage: a trade tree, tracking the late Hideki Irabu’s path in and out of New York, with attention paid to what the Yankees got for him, and the next guy and so on and so on to the present day. Short version: Nick Swisher can trace his…

  18. Jim Crane to be approved as Astros new owner later this month

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Via Maury comes news that Jim Crane’s candidacy to become the new owner of the Houston Astros is likely to be voted on at the next owners’ meetings, which take place on August 17th and 18th.  It’s expected that he’ll have smooth sailing. I was asked yesterday if it was bad for the Astros that he wasn’t…

  19. Rockies prospect Alex White hates on Cleveland

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    alex-white-indians-spring

    Alex White was a top Indians prospect until the other day. Then he was shipped to the Rockies in the package for Ubaldo Jimenez. A few minutes ago he voiced his pleasure with the move, geographically-speaking: Denver or Cleveland, Denver or Cleveland? Let’s be honest, ill take Denver. With the exception of a few people.…

  20. Very superstitious. Writing’s on the wall.

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    There’s a story in the Detroit News about the superstitions of the Detroit Tigers. Here’s one of Jose Valverde‘s: “I have a couple of cars, like a Lexus and a Mercedes. If I throw good while I’m driving one car, I stay with that car. I’m driving the Lexus now — and have been since the start of the…

  21. They’ve already got the knives out for Erik Bedard in Boston

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    Erik Bedard hasn’t so much as picked up a baseball in Boston yet, but the press is already out to get him. Here’s Gerry Callahan in the Herald: Bedard is a hard-throwing left-hander with the proverbial good stuff, but when you take a look at the complete package, it’s obvious he belongs in Boston about…

  22. Phil Hughes is probably heading to the pen

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Yesterday we learned that the Yankees are going to use a six-man rotation. That kind of thing never lasts of course, so someone is gonna be the odd man out soon.  Matthew suggested that it may be Phil Hughes given his recent struggles. Matthew is probably right about that. Backing him up: Mark Feinsand of…

  23. Metal trim falls from Busch Stadium

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Busch Stadium

    The wife and I had our little suburban house built in 2005.  There was a five year warranty on masonry work. Porch, brick steps, etc.  Five years and three months after moving in, they started to crumble.  Because I’m trained in the fine art of being a tremendous pain in the ass, I was able…

  24. Cliff Pennington has Bell’s Palsy

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pennington_Cliff

    That sounds more serious than it is — Bell’s Palsy is a temporary condition in most cases — but it’s not a malady you hear of all that often with ballplayers. But it got Cliff Pennington during last night’s game, causing him to suffer partial facial paralysis and preventing him from closing his left eye. Pennington is…

  25. Hey Hunter Pence … forgetting something?

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Hunter Pence is 3 for 14 with an RBI — and the Phillies are undefeated in three games — since he was traded from Houston.  That’s great. He walked up to the plate in Colorado last night having forgotten to take the donut off his bat, however.  That’s not so great. And it’s especially not…

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