Aug 6, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT
This is really no surprise given how smoothly the Rangers’ season has gone, but the Rangers made it official: Ron Washington, whose contract was set to expire after the season, will be back for 2011. The details will come later. How many people would have guessed we’d be saying this back in March when it…
Aug 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
Andrew Baggarly thinks that Pablo Sandoval’s biggest problem this year is his conditioning: I’ve noticed in recent weeks that Sandoval has lost a step from last season. Some time toward the end of the last homestand, he got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. It would’ve been an easy double for…
Aug 6, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT
Carlos Silva left Monday’s Cubs-Rockies game after suffering shortness of breath and was subsequently diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat. ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine reports today that Silva will have a cardiac catheterization on Monday to determine if he needs a cardiac ablation. I don’t really know what those things are, but Levine provides us some…
Aug 6, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT
Roy Oswalt has a case of dead arm. Matt Gleb breaks it down a bit and notes that Oswalt has been using his curveball and slider a bit more to compensate for the a lack of velocity. Not that you’d know it from looking at last night’s box score. Oswalt gave up two runs, but…
Aug 6, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT
I’m not sure I’m a big fan of either ends of that bargain, but feel free to judge for yourself from the video.
Aug 6, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT
Everything you think you know about performance enhancing drugs in baseball is wrong.
Aug 6, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT
I’m not sure what’s worse: my random Buck Naked reference or the fact that I pull out a “M-E-T-S Mets! Mets! Mets!” cheer. Thank God it’s Friday.
Aug 6, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT
Jose Guillen is one of the many, many guys who wouldn’t be nearly as maligned as he is if it weren’t for his contract. I mean, no, he’s no great shakes, but if he was doing one year deals for reasonable money every winter no one would be saying bad things about him. Well, not…
Aug 6, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT
Buster Olney says that the Royals were telling teams before the trade deadline that they’d listen to offers for the frustrated Zack Greinke. Obviously any offer for him would have to have been out-of-this-world, but their ears were on. Olney thinks that their ears may be even more on come this winter. If the Royals’…
Aug 6, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT
Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese is out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury, so St. Louis would like some infield help. A possible target: Andy LaRoche. That according to Rob Biertempfer of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. I know LaRoche’s stock has fallen quite a bit since his days as a prospect,…
Aug 6, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT
As we mentioned last week, the stat police have figured out that Roger Maris was credited with one too many RBIs in 1961, thus putting him back into a tie with the Orioles’ Jim Gentile for the league lead with 141. In a nice gesture, the Orioles will honor Gentile — who is still alive…
Aug 6, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
The best video you’ll see today: If you look closely you can see the wires holding up the centerfielder for the Hiroshima Carp.
Aug 6, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Fair ball? Who you gonna believe, me or your own lyin’ eyes?
Aug 6, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT
Bad umps and a bad ballpark makes for a pretty crappy Thursday for baseball teams in Florida.
Aug 5, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT
UPDATE: This is what happens when you get your news from Twitter. A correction to the record has been made: it’s Carlos Santana alone getting knee surgery. Carrasco is safe and sound here in Columbus, where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children are above average. Not a good…
Aug 5, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT
Yet Derek Lowe continues to go through life in perfect health. Sorry, that was bitter. I don’t wish harm to come to Lowe. I just really wish it didn’t come to Kris Medlen. He’s young and promising and — most importantly — will likely help anchor the Braves’ rotation in the future when Derek Lowe…
Aug 5, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT
Mark Cuban — as is his wont — took to his blog today to give a very long and very detailed explanation of his involvement in the Texas Rangers auction. There’s a lot of play-by-play of how he got sucked into the whole crazy business. And it’s all very interesting, so you should definitely read…
Aug 5, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT
UPDATE: I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Ozzie Guillen isn’t pleased. Joe Cowley passes along word of what he said when someone asked him if Jenks was still his closer: “You know what? Ask Bobby what he wants to do because I don’t know.” 4:17 P.M.: Bobby Jenks has been…
Aug 5, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT
The future seems brighter for the Kansas City Royals lately, but their star pitcher is having a hard time seeing the light.
Aug 5, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT
Kevin Youkilis went in for a second opinion on his thumb today. The only way it could have been worse was if the doctor said “you’re ugly too.” The verdict: season ending surgery for the Red Sox’ best hitter. I’ve been declaring the Red Sox dead for a week now, but I think this is…
Aug 5, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT
Matt Stroup pinch hits for Tiffany and we talk Rangers sale, Rangers’ catcher and whether the Rockies can go on a run.
Aug 5, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT
Everyone is wondering if this disappointing season will be the last go-around for Omar Minaya as the Mets’ general manager. Owner Fred Wilpon says that it’s an absolute certainty: Wilpon, in East Hartford, Conn., to help announce a new partnership between SNY and UConn athletics, brushed aside reporters’ inquiries about his floundering Mets. But as…
Aug 5, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT
Someone in Kansas City understands the concept of sunk costs and the desirability of roster flexibility: Jose Guillen has been designated for assignment. Guillen had a fast start this year, and I understand why the Royals continued to play him even after he cooled down. Their thinking: someone, somewhere [cough!] Brian Sabean [cough!] might have…
Aug 5, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT
USA Today’s Christine Brennan on A-Rod, in a column which argues that A-Rod’s PED use should cause Major League Baseball to dock him home runs: During those three tainted seasons in Texas, A-Rod hit more home runs than in any other three-year period of his 17-year career: 52 in 2001, 57 in 2002 and 47…
Aug 5, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT
It’s hard to take writers’ rants against drugs in baseball when teams do things like hold “Jerry Garcia Tribute Night.” That’s what the Giants are doing on Monday: The National Anthem will be sung by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Jeff Pehrson, while the seventh inning stretch will be played by Mickey Hart and Bill…
- Report: Rangers will pay Josh Hamilton less than $7 million; deal includes opt-out after two years 64
- Suspensions announced for Thursday’s brawl between the White Sox and Royals 75
- Settling the Score: Friday’s results 81
- Report: Angels, Rangers agree on Josh Hamilton trade 67
- Must-Click Link: Alex Rodriguzez: the slugger with a thousand faces 22
- And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights 115
- The Royals and White Sox had a benches-clearing fracas, five players ejected 155
- Bartolo Colon picks off a baserunner. By running him down all by himself. 55
- The early leaders in MLB’s “Franchise Four” thing have been announced (166)
- The Royals and White Sox had a benches-clearing fracas, five players ejected (155)
- Kelvin Herrera gets a five-game suspension; Yordano Ventura fined (133)
- Jose Bautista and the Orioles exchanged some words last night (117)
- Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts (116)