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D.J. Short

  1. Twins won't get in way of Favre, MNF

    Sep 22, 2009, 11:16 AM EDT

    If the Twins and Tigers are forced to have a one-game playoff, it will take place at the Metrodome, but they won’t get in the way of “Monday Night Football.” Nope. The Vikings are already scheduled to play the Packers there on Monday, Oct. 5. According to the Metrodome lease, the Vikings have precedence over…

  2. Marquis interested in joining Mets? No thanks.

    Sep 22, 2009, 10:38 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis is probably more focused on helping the Rockies get to the World Series right now, but Jeff Francoeur told the New York Post that his close friend “desperately” wants to pitch for the Mets next season: “He’d love to come here,” Francoeur — who indicated Marquis broached the subject to him and David…

  3. Kevin Millwood is $12 million richer

    Sep 22, 2009, 10:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Millwood not only delivered his longest outing since June on Monday night against the Athletics, he also guaranteed himself $12 million for the 2010 season. He finally surpassed that elusive 180 innings mark with a fifth-inning double play. “I knew what I had to get to. But I wanted to get deep in the…

  4. Potent quotables: 'Hang close'

    Sep 22, 2009, 9:21 AM EDT

    “It’s not been an easy road. Our goal is to hang close. We want to catch them. We’ve got some pretty tough guys out there in the clubhouse and we want to catch [the Tigers]. You have to grind it out and keep playing.” – Twins manager Ron Gardenhire after the Twins moved to within…

  5. Chapman establishes residency in Andorra

    Sep 21, 2009, 12:08 PM EDT

    Quick, find Andorra on a map. Not so easy, is it? It’s safe to say Aroldis Chapman didn’t know it where it was either before he decided to defect from Cuba. However, the 21-year-old fireballer has now established residency in the country, clearing a major hurdle to become a major league free agent. Chapman walked…

  6. Lincecum's Cy-bid takes a hit

    Sep 21, 2009, 11:24 AM EDT

    Just as the Giants’ continue to fade in the playoff race, Tim Lincecum’s Cy Young chances took a severe hit on Sunday, as he was knocked around for five runs over four innings, his worst start since May. It was another pedestrian start on the road for Lincecum, who has some interesting splits in his…

  7. Francoeur worthy of a long-term deal?

    Sep 21, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT

    If Marty Noble’s awkward “Open letter to Citi Field” wasn’t enough to convince you that he needs this season to end as much as the rest of us, this might: The Mets believe Francoeur will look sharp in their 2010 uni, so much so that they are inclined to approach him about signing him to…

  8. Pirates eyeing Rick Ankiel?

    Sep 21, 2009, 10:38 AM EDT

    According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates expect to be active in the free agent market, with potential targets including John Grabow, who they traded to the Cubs in July, and Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel. This is a clear indicator that the Pirates are beginning to shuffle their cards. Garrett Jones has…

  9. Should Joba be in playoff rotation?

    Sep 21, 2009, 10:14 AM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain was pounded for seven runs over three innings against the Mariners on Sunday afternoon, prompting many to ask if he deserves to be in the Yankees rotation should they reach the ALCS. Joe Girardi still thinks so, at least for now: “We expect Joba to be our fourth starter, we do. It is…

  10. Neftali Feliz is a human being

    Sep 21, 2009, 9:45 AM EDT

    His first 12 appearances: 0.41 ERA (1 ER), 0.27 WHIP and 28/1 K/BB ratio in 22 IP His last four appearances: 7.94 ERA (5 ER), 2.12 WHIP and 7/5 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 IP. What a bum. Jon Daniels should think about trading this guy why he still has some value.

  11. Potent quotables: 'Look in the mirror'

    Sep 21, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    “Sometimes you’ve just got to look in the mirror and realize that maybe the biggest part of the problem is yourself and (not) wanting to be here and play every day, and (not) wanting to have some fun. It didn’t seem like he wanted to have some fun, even from spring training.” – Ryan Dempster…

  12. Quick hits: Tigers avoid sweep

    Sep 20, 2009, 6:19 PM EDT

    - The Tigers avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the surging Twins with a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Nate Robertson allowed two runs over five innings, while Placido Polanco went 2-for-3 with three RBI. The Tigers now sit three games in front of the Twins with 13 games to go. They aren’t…

  13. Revisiting the NL ROY race

    Sep 20, 2009, 2:51 PM EDT

    Though there isn’t much drama in the National League’s divisional races, the field for the Rookie of the Year Award is more competitive than at any point this season. Last month, I favored southpaw J.A. Happ for the award with Randy Wells as his closest competition down the stretch. Here’s just a few of the…

  14. Stat of the day: Verlander's velocity

    Sep 20, 2009, 12:19 PM EDT

    Taken form Justin Verlander was absolutely bringing it during the decisive eighth inning of Saturday’s loss to the Twins. It’s safe to say he probably deserved better. vs. Nick Punto: 96 MPH 95 MPH 98 MPH (strikeout) vs. Denard Span:   97 MPH (single) vs. Orlando Cabrera: 97 MPH 96 MPH 97 MPH 97…

  15. Potent quotables: 'I lost it'

    Sep 20, 2009, 11:59 AM EDT

    “Once it went through the lights, I lost it. There’s really nothing else you can do. I mean, it’s not like I took my eye off of if. People were saying they’ve seen many, many balls lost here. It’s not the first. It’s not going to be the last.” – The Metrodome isn’t going away…

  16. Quick hits: Peavy's debut

    Sep 19, 2009, 6:41 PM EDT

    - We’ve seen plenty of stops and starts, but the time has finally come. Jake Peavy is moments away from making his White Sox debut against the Royals. Too bad the start doesn’t mean anything, as the White Sox have lost three in a row, unable to take advantage of the Tigers’ recent struggles. Of…

  17. What went wrong: Kansas City Royals

    Sep 19, 2009, 1:44 PM EDT

    The following is the latest in a series profiling some of 2009’s biggest disappointments: Two weeks ago: Cleveland Indians Last week: Cincinnati Reds This Week: Kansas City Royals Record: 60-87 (5th in AL Central) How It Happened: It seems like forever ago, but the Royals sat atop the AL Central on May 7 with an…

  18. Stat of the day: Times on base leaders

    Sep 19, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT

    Taken from Stats, LLC 1) Albert Pujols – 285 2) Prince Fielder – 268 3) Chone Figgins – 264 4) Derek Jeter – 263 5) Chase Utley – 259 6) Marco Scutaro – 255 7) Hanley Ramirez – 252 8) Adam Dunn – 249 9) Adrian Gonzalez – 248 10) Shin-Soo Choo and Mark Teixeira…

  19. Potent quotables: Playoff chase edition

    Sep 19, 2009, 1:04 PM EDT

    “You can skew that any way you want. We’ve got a good pitching staff and they (hitters) seem to lock in on us. When we do leave a pitch up, they lick their chops. They go at it like a rabid dog.” – Brandon Inge explains how the Twins cut the Tigers lead in the…

  20. Quick hits: Smoltz to miss next start

    Sep 12, 2009, 6:36 PM EDT

    - John Smoltz will miss his next start with right shoulder tendinitis. The 42-year-old already received a cortisone shot to ease the pain and expects to be ready for a start against the Cubs next Saturday. In four starts since signing with the Cardinals, Smoltz is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 28/1…

  21. What Went Wrong: Cincinnati Reds

    Sep 12, 2009, 3:10 PM EDT

    The following is the second in a series profiling some of 2009’s biggest disappointments. Last Week: Cleveland Indians This Week: Cincinnati Reds Record: 63-78 (5th in NL Central) How It Happened: With one of the most exciting young cores in the game, there were more than a few baseball experts who pegged the Reds as…

  22. Punchless Mets could make history

    Sep 12, 2009, 2:12 PM EDT

    Earlier in the week, I highlighted the Mets’ year-long power outage. Nothing much has changed since then, as they are still dead-last in home runs with 81 (did you know the Yankees have 220? Yikes.) and Gary Sheffield still leads the team with 10 home runs despite not actually appearing in a game since August…

  23. Potent quotables: Rockies keep rolling

    Sep 12, 2009, 1:47 PM EDT

    “We’ve had some dramatic games since the end of May, but that one right there goes to the top of the list. We’re down to a swing, and the interesting thing about it is the guy who is one of the hottest hitters on our club is the guy at bat. What an at-bat he…

  24. A look at the Mets' power drought

    Sep 7, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT

    In a world where Daniel Murphy (nine) has more home runs than David Wright (eight) in less at-bats, you know something is screwy with the Mets this season. Team home runs: 26) Oakland – 116 27) Houston – 115 28) Pittsburgh – 109 29) San Francisco – 99 30) New York (NL) – 81 Yeah,…

  25. Stat of the day: Multi-hit game leaders

    Sep 7, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    Courtesy of Stats, LLC Ichiro Suzuki – 64 Robinson Cano – 59 Derek Jeter – 56 Hanley Ramirez – 52 Jacoby Ellsbury – 51 Aaron Hill – 51 Miguel Tejada – 50 Ryan Braun – 49 Chone Figgins – 49 Miguel Cabrera – 49

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