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  1. Royals' Guillen shut down for the year

    Sep 5, 2009, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jose Guillen told Enrique Rojas of that he will miss the rest of the season: “I won’t play anymore for the rest of the season to recover well from the injury,” Guillen told Rojas Saturday on the phone from Kansas City. “It’s a team decision, I feel bad sitting down while my teammates are…

  2. Stat of the day: Pitches thrown leaders

    Sep 5, 2009, 10:28 AM EDT

    Taken from Justin Verlander – 3,212 Adam Wainwright – 3,088 C.C. Sabathia – 3,077 Cliff Lee – 3,068 Ubaldo Jimenez – 3,041 Tim Lincecum – 3,035 Felix Hernandez – 2,966 Dan Haren – 2,921 Jon Lester – 2,909 Yovani Gallardo – 2,906 Verlander threw 125 pitches in his eight-inning effort against the Rays on…

  3. Potent quotables: Fernando Rodney is 'emotional'

    Sep 5, 2009, 9:42 AM EDT

    “I was throwing the ball to the fans. [I was] emotional. It’s nothing bad. I know I’m not supposed to throw the ball, but I’m feeling in the moment. … I don’t throw it to hit nobody. I think if I throw it in the right spot, I don’t hit nobody.” – Tigers closer Fernando…

  4. Quick hits: Harang done for the year

    Aug 23, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

    Here’s a few quick hits to get you started for Sunday’s action: – According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, Aaron Harang will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. He finishes yet another disappointing campaign at 6-14 with a 4.21 ERA. His 14 losses led the majors, while only four…

  5. Is Happ the NL Rookie of the Year?

    Aug 23, 2009, 11:25 AM EDT

    After tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Mets on Saturday night, J.A. Happ improved to 10-2 with a 2.59 ERA (4th in the NL) and 1.17 WHIP (10th). He has the lowest earned run average by rookie pitcher since Hideo Nomo’s 2.59 ERA mark in 1995. Even more impressive,…

  6. Wilpon says Minaya will be back in 2010

    Aug 23, 2009, 10:16 AM EDT

    In attendance for Saturday’s tribute to the 1969 “Miracle Mets,” owner Fred Wilpon told the New York Post that Omar Minaya would indeed be returning next season: “Am I going to bring Omar back next year?” Wilpon said. “Absolutely. That’s a fact.” Already approaching lame-duck status before his contract extension even kicks in, the Mets…

  7. Potent quotables: Rice says he was 'misquoted'

    Aug 23, 2009, 9:41 AM EDT

    “Anybody who reads that story knows I wasn’t talking about Jeter or Rodriguez. Look at them. Do you see any baggy pants? Do you see any dreadlocks?” – Hall-of-Famer Jim Rice says that just because you mention someone’s name doesn’t necessarily mean you are talking about them. “That could be part of it. I should…

  8. Quick hits: End of the road for Penny?

    Aug 22, 2009, 6:30 PM EDT

    - It looks like the Red Sox are losing patience with Brad Penny, as Tim Wakefield will return from the disabled list to take his turn in the rotation against the White Sox next week. After getting hammered for eight runs over four innings against the Yankees on Friday night, Penny has a 5.61 ERA…

  9. Stat of the day: Batting avg. leaders since All-Star break

    Aug 22, 2009, 12:43 PM EDT

    Taken from I’m pretty sure you’ll find a couple surprises in here, namely an overpriced second baseman in Queens: Matt Holliday – .398Joe Mauer – .386Hanley Ramirez – .386Luis Castillo – .385Nyjer Morgan – .378Michael Young – .370Miguel Cabrera – .369Ichiro Suzuki – .367Derek Jeter – .362Andre Ethier – .360

  10. Red Sox made a claim on Mets' Wagner

    Aug 22, 2009, 12:27 PM EDT

    A day after the surgically-repaired Billy Wagner showcased some legitimate mid-90s heat, he was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox, according to Ken Rosenthal of Boston now has until Tuesday at 1pm ET to work out a deal for the 38-year-old southpaw. Jayson Stark of reports that if the Mets want a…

  11. Potent quotables: Lowell sums up loss to Yanks

    Aug 22, 2009, 10:18 AM EDT

    “I think that it was plain and simple that we got our asses kicked pretty good.” – Mike Lowell just about sums up the 20-11 trouncing the Red Sox experienced at the hand of the Yankees on Friday night. The Bombers have now won five straight over their division rivals and sit 7 1/2 games…

  12. Quote of the day: "Who's gonna take him next year?"

    Aug 16, 2009, 11:44 AM EDT

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman brought some stone-cold logic to the Steven Strasburg negotiations before Sunday’s game: “When it comes down to it, Strasburg has to think about, ‘Can I go to bed if I turn down $15, 16 million dollars — whatever it is — to pass up the opportunity to play for these…

  13. Stat of the day: Matt Holliday's August

    Aug 16, 2009, 11:27 AM EDT

    In 20 games since joining the Cardinals, Matt Holliday is batting .475/.505/.813 with five homers, 20 RBI, 17 runs scored and an 1.318 OPS. Unreal. But did you know that Jeff Francoeur (four) has drawn more walks than Holliday (one) this month? It hardly matters when you are swinging such a hot bat, but Holliday’s…

  14. Bobby Valentine is looking for work

    Aug 16, 2009, 9:40 AM EDT

    Barry M. Bloom of penned an excellent piece on former Mets and Rangers manager Bobby Valentine, who recently agreed to part ways with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League after this season. As a result, the 59-year-old Valentine is on the hunt for a job in the United States, whether on television…

  15. Potent quotabes: Lidge is puzzled

    Aug 16, 2009, 9:33 AM EDT

    “It’s puzzling. It doesn’t mean that it’s crazy, because this is baseball. The ball’s not bouncing the right way. Last year, it bounced the right way every time.” – With Brad Lidge’s latest implosion against the Braves on Saturday, he became the fifth player since 1954 to have a loss, blown save and two errors…

  16. Quick hits: Mets' Wright gets beaned in head

    Aug 15, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT

    - The nightmare season for the Mets continues as David Wright had to leave Saturday’s game against the Giants after getting beaned in the head by a 94 MPH fastball by Matt Cain. Of course, Johan Santana had to follow that up with his best Shawn Estes impression, throwing behind Pablo Sandoval in retaliation. What…

  17. Mauer a lock for AL MVP?

    Aug 15, 2009, 5:30 PM EDT

    Tyler Kepner, who covers the Yankees for the New York Times, sparked a mini-controversy with an innocent little tweet following Mark Teixeria’s heroics in a 4-2 win over the Mariners on Friday night. “By the way, this is probably obvious by now, but Teixeira’s the AL MVP. No question, as Joe Torre would say.” Rob…

  18. Potent quotables: Pie 'doesn't know any better'

    Aug 15, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    “He doesn’t get to play a whole lot, and achieving what he did tonight is very exciting. He didn’t know the situation of the game and that there are certain things you don’t do. He doesn’t know any better. I have plans to talk to Mike Scioscia, because I’d hate to see them do something…

  19. Nats make record-setting offer to Strasburg

    Aug 15, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

    As the Monday deadline to sign Stephen Strasburg approaches we learn that the Nationals have offered the 21-year-old right-hander the largest contract ever for a player taken in the amateur draft. Not surprisingly, according to Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post, the deal is worth more than the $10.5 million Mark Prior got from the…

  20. Stat of the day: NL East over last 20 games

    Aug 9, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    Taken from Baseball Reference. The Phillies haven’t exactly been running away and hiding in the National League East, going 3-7 since acquiring Cliff Lee, including consecutive losses to the Marlins this weekend. Here’s a look at the division over the past 20 games: Nationals: 13-7Braves: 12-9Marlins: 11-9Phillies: 11-9Mets: 8-12 This winning thing is fun and…

  21. Red Sox put in claim on Nats' Guzman?

    Aug 9, 2009, 10:47 AM EDT

    With the uncertainty surrounding Jed Lowrie’s wrist injury, the Red Sox are growing increasingly desperate to find an upgrade at the shortstop position. Case in point, a report from the Boston Globe citing “major league sources” that they have put in a claim on Cristian Guzman. Though the claim is not confirmed, it would mean…

  22. Potent quotables: A-Rod has 'been there'

    Aug 9, 2009, 9:56 AM EDT

    “David’s a good friend. I’ve been there and done that. I’ve lived it. Whatever he did, I hope he feels better about it. I certainly did once I had my press conference.” – Alex Rodriguez can sympathize with David Ortiz’s ordeal. “I’m not confirming or denying any interest or any claims or anything. But if…

  23. Uh-oh: What's up with Zimmermann?

    Aug 8, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT

    Potentially bad news coming out of Washington. Rookie Jordan Zimmermann has been on the disabled list due to soreness in his pitching elbow since July 19, which was concerning enough, but on Saturday afternoon the Nationals announced that they were sending the results of a second MRI to Dr. James Andrews. Naturally, anytime you hear…

  24. Yes, they still make baseball cards

    Aug 8, 2009, 5:19 PM EDT

    An interesting story flew under the radar this week, as the once-mighty Topps came to a multi-year agreement with Major League Baseball that makes them the sport’s exclusive trading card maker. The move effectively squashes Upper Deck, Topps’ main competitor. According to the card company’s new top-dog Michael Eisner — yes, that Disney guy –…

  25. Quick hits: Hamilton addresses pictures

    Aug 8, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT

    - Josh Hamilton admitted taking part in some provocative pictures, first unearthed by Deadspin on Saturday: “I went to get something to eat. Obviously, I eat at restaurants that have bars in them all the time. I wasn’t mentally fit to go in there, spiritually fit, and it just crossed my mind, ‘Can I have…

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