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Mike Florio

  1. Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus both deny reported "rift"

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus was back in the Cardinals’ lineup yesterday for the first time in two weeks, and after the game the 24-year-old center fielder and manager Tony La Russa denied the reported “rift” between them. Rasmus said: “From my side, me and Tony, we’re on good terms.” However, in downplaying their “issues” that have been…

  2. Royals top prospect Mike Moustakas has 3-homer, 11-RBI game at Triple-A

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Double-A Texas League named Mike Moustakas its player of the year despite his promotion to Triple-A six weeks earlier and then the stud Royals prospect celebrated his honor a few hours later with three homers and 11 RBIs in last night’s game. Moustakas hit .347 with 21 homers, 24 doubles, and a ridiculous…

  3. Jim Edmonds says "I'm leaning toward shutting it down and being a family man again"

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Acquired from the Brewers for Chris Dickerson three weeks ago, Jim Edmonds played just nine games for the Reds before being sidelined by an oblique injury and the 40-year-old said yesterday that he’s now leaning toward retiring after the season: I’m leaning toward shutting it down and being a family man again. I’ve made my…

  4. Another prominent columnist perpetuates the "Manny Ramirez is no longer any good" myth

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    I wrote yesterday about how silly it is for mainstream media members to act as if Manny Ramirez is no longer a good player despite his owning the fourth-best OPS in the entire league and the Dodgers having a significantly better record when he was in the lineup. Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times…

  5. Cole Hamels' win-loss record doesn't show it, but he's having a great season

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Before tossing eight shutout innings for a victory against the Padres yesterday Cole Hamels hadn’t won a game since July 11 and his overall record this season is just 8-10, but don’t let that fool you: Hamels is having an outstanding year. He has a 3.31 ERA and 176/50 K/BB ratio in 174 innings, including…

  6. Tony La Russa finally writes Colby Rasmus into the lineup

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    I’m sure his rift with manager Tony La Russa hasn’t been patched up within the past 24 hours, but at least Colby Rasmus is finally back in the Cardinals’ starting lineup today for the first time in two weeks. Rasmus is playing center field and batting seventh against left-hander J.A. Happ, which is interesting considering…

  7. Mark Prior says "you certainly can't blame the Nationals" for Stephen Strasburg's injury

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    We ran a poll last week asking whether or not the Nationals are to blame for Stephen Strasburg’s elbow injury and I’m happy to say that 82.5 percent of respondents agreed with me that the answer is “no.” I’m not sure if Mark Prior cast a vote–obviously he’s a huge fan of Hardball Talk, but…

  8. Orlando Hernandez leaves Double-A team amid possible rift with Nationals

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Orlando Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals last month and had pitched very well since moving his comeback up to Double-A, posting a 1.86 ERA, .147 opponents’ batting average, and 12/5 K/BB ratio in 9.2 innings as a reliever. He was presumably in line for a potential September call-up to join his brother…

  9. Triple Crown Watch: Albert Pujols vs. Joey Votto

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Not only does Omar Infante (and his .341 batting average) still loom as a potential Triple Crown spoiler if he can get near the plate appearances necessary to qualify for the batting title, Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies has emerged as a Triple Crown darkhorse himself. Gonzalez has taken over the batting average lead at…

  10. Picture of the Day: Cameron Diaz and Harry Caray (sort of)

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    This photo of Cameron Diaz posing next to a bust of Harry Caray was taken after she reportedly had lunch with Alex Rodriguez at the Chicago restaurant named after the legendary announcer. Rodriguez is on the disabled list with a calf injury, but the Yankees took two out of three games from the White Sox.…

  11. Rob Dibble won't be calling Nationals games any time soon

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Nationals television analyst Rob Dibble was initially said to be on a two-game “vacation” after telling Stephen Strasburg to “suck it up” and “stop crying” about the elbow injury that proved to require Tommy John surgery, but he wasn’t on the air for either game this weekend and now MASN has announced that he won’t…

  12. Derek Lowe stays quiet about pitching through possible injury

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    After lasting just three innings Sunday in his shortest start of the season Derek Lowe told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he was having trouble gripping the ball, but declined to elaborate when asked if he’s pitching through an injury. O’Brien notes that Lowe “shook his hand to his side at least…

  13. Can we stop pretending that Manny Ramirez isn't any good?

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez was benched in favor of Scott Podsednik, claimed off waivers and let go just to save money, and ended his Dodgers career by getting ejected in the middle of an at-bat yesterday, so the number of articles being written with the premise that he’s a useless bum is at an all-time high. Before…

  14. Carl Crawford is the eighth member of the 400-100-100 club

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    This definitely qualifies as more “interesting” than “significant” but Carl Crawford hit his 100th career homer last night to become just the eighth player in baseball history with 100 homers, 100 triples, and 400 steals. The other guys in the 400-100-100 club: Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Lou Brock, Frankie Frisch, Kenny Lofton, Paul Molitor, and…

  15. Angels rookie Jordan Walden throws really, really hard

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Joel Zumaya amazingly never ceased being the hardest-thrower in baseball even while battling all kinds of arm injuries over the past few years, averaging 99.3 miles per hour with his fastball both this season and last season. However, now that Zumaya is sidelined while recovering from July elbow surgery the “hardest-thrower” title is vacant and…

  16. Something strange is going on between Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus hasn’t started a game in two weeks, in part because of a calf injury and in part because of what appears to be an increasingly sour relationship with manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus made it clear that he was healthy enough to play over the weekend and he was initially in yesterday’s posted…

  17. Jose Reyes "almost certainly" out for at least four more games

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes hasn’t played since aggravating his strained right oblique muscle Thursday and Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that he “will almost certainly miss all four games” of the series against the Braves that begins tonight in Atlanta. Reyes tried to take batting practice yesterday, but had to stop after six…

  18. Poll: How far will the White Sox go with Manny Ramirez?

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Now that Mannywood is no more, how will the White Sox fare with their new designated hitter? How far will the White Sox go with Manny Ramirez?online survey

  19. Mannywood no more: Dodgers agree to send Manny Ramirez to White Sox

    Aug 29, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    Our long national nightmare is over. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the White Sox will acquire Manny Ramirez tomorrow, which means his Dodgers career ended with his coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter and being ejected in the middle of an at-bat for arguing balls and strikes this afternoon. There’s…

  20. Is Albert Pujols the greatest right-handed hitter of all time?

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols smacking his 400th career homer last night got me thinking about where he ranks among the greatest right-handed hitters in baseball history. My favorite stat for across-era comparisons is adjusted OPS+, which puts a hitter’s production into the context of the leagues, ballparks, and run-scoring environments he played in. In other words, a…

  21. Reds place Mike Leake on disabled list with fatigued shoulder

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Earlier this week the Reds hinted about possibly shutting Mike Leake down for the season and this afternoon they placed the 22-year-old rookie on the disabled list with a “fatigued right shoulder.” Leake has already thrown 138.1 innings this season after skipping the minors to join the Opening Day rotation, so the Reds moved him…

  22. Brad Hawpe will go to Single-A for now after signing minor league deal with Rays

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Brad Hawpe’s deal with the Rays is official. He signs a minor-league contract after being released by the Rockies earlier this month and will report to Single-A for now. Hawpe hasn’t played since August 18, so the Rays will give him some at-bats in the minors and then likely call him up before rosters expand…

  23. Poll: Are the Nationals to blame for Strasburg's injury?

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    I tend to think the answer is a pretty obvious “no” here. After all, Stephen Strasburg averaged just 77 pitches per start in the minors and 92 pitches per start in the majors, never cracking even 100 pitches for the Nationals. If anything, his only big workloads came in college at San Diego State, where…

  24. Instead of September call-up, ex-A's prospect Grant Desme enters seminary

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    A’s outfield prospect Grant Desme retired from baseball in January to enter the priesthood and the 24-year-old former second-round pick officially begins his time at a seminary in California today. Had he not given up baseball before the season Desme would probably be in line for a call-up when rosters expand on September 1. After…

  25. Jhonny Peralta hopes the Tigers pick up his $7 million option for next season

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Traded from Cleveland to Detroit last month, Jhonny Peralta said yesterday that he’d like to remain with the Tigers next season: I want to be here. I hope they pick up the option. But I want to be here. I like everybody here. That comes as no surprise, because “the option” is for $7 million…

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