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  1. Quote of the Day: “If I had that body I’d never have clothes on”

    Aug 27, 2012, 1:48 PM EST


    Before this season Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina was mostly known for big muscles and small production at the plate, but now he’s hitting .308 with an .800 OPS in 103 games as part-time player. His muscles, however, haven’t changed, as teammate Chad Tracy explained to James Wagner of the Washington Post: The guy is a…

  2. Hawk Harrelson goes after another ump but doesn’t get in trouble for it

    Aug 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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    In late May, White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson was called on the carpet by Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and by Bud Selig himself after Harrelson exploded on the air at umpire Mark Wegner, calling one of his calls “absolutely brutal,” “unbelievable” and accusing Wegner of not knowing anything about the game of baseball. Getting called on…

  3. Photo of the Day: Chris Sale has some pumped up kicks

    Aug 27, 2012, 1:00 PM EST


    The White Sox decided to lighten the mood for their road trip by pulling a Tampa Bay Rays and dressing up in loud clothes. The results were interesting.  The story, at, is interesting. The photo gallery is larf-inducing.  My favorite: Chris Sale‘s shoes: Rockin’.

  4. One game, two hits, and back to the DL for David Ortiz

    Aug 27, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    As expected the Red Sox have placed David Ortiz back on the disabled list just one game after returning from an Achilles’ tendon injury. Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a double in that one game, but aggravated the injury that kept him out for more than a month the first time around and said afterward: “I…

  5. Must-Click Link: the subtle racial bias of baseball broadcasters

    Aug 27, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

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    We’ve talked casually for years about how white athletes are described in different terms than black or Latino athletes. The whites are smart, gritty and hard-working, the blacks are naturally gifted or are described in terms of raw athleticism and the Latinos are dumb or lazy. You’ve heard this kind of noise before. We all…

  6. Bob Brenly expects to re-sign as Cubs announcer despite Diamondbacks speculation

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    Mark Grace taking an indefinite leave of absence as Arizona’s television analyst following a DUI arrest has led to some speculation that former Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly could take the job when his contract with the Cubs expires at the end of this season. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune asked about that possibility and…

  7. Great Moments in Independent League Baseball

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Human Torch

    Friend of HBT Emma Span makes her Sports On Earth debut on the day that Sports on Earth debuts. She’s the “Video Killed the Radio Star” of the online sports world. Her topic: Roger Clemens’ return to baseball with the Sugar Land Skeeters.  You should read it all because she’s a great writer, but if…

  8. Davey Johnson heard yelling at GM Mike Rizzo after loss

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    After his Nationals were swept by the Phillies yesterday manager Davey Johnson was heard in the clubhouse yelling “you come down and manage the team!” to what Bill Ladson of identified as general manager Mike Rizzo. Once that happened all the reporters were told to leave the clubhouse for 15 minutes and when they…

  9. The real loser of the Red Sox-Dodgers trade? The Mets!

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

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    You know that friend you have who makes everything about them? How, no matter how attenuated their connection to something going on in the world, they filter it through their own experiences?  Yeah, that’s this Joel Sherman column about the Red Sox-Dodgers trade: But in the winner-loser here and now, it is hard to ignore…

  10. John Lackey sticks up for “good guy” Josh Beckett

    Aug 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Who better to discuss the Red Sox trading Josh Beckett than a pitcher most fans would like to see leave Boston too? John Lackey, who was one of Beckett’s best friends on the team, told Rob Bradford of that the trade was a good move for everyone involved because “it had gone too far…

  11. And That Happened: July 20, 1969

    Aug 27, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    The Moon

    The scores: Red Sox 6, Orioles 5 Angels 7, Athletics 3; Athletics 9, Angels 6 Royals 8, White Sox 6, Royals 3, White Sox 2 Indians 5, Tigers 4; Tigers 3, Indians 2 Yankees 3, Senators 2 Twins 4, Pilots 0 Braves 10, Padres 0 Mets 4, Expos 2; Expos 3, Mets 2 Cubs 1,…

  12. Dillon Gee gets “clean bill of health” after angiogram

    Aug 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Dillon Gee

    Dillon Gee won’t be pitching again this season, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets right-hander got “a clean bill of health” after undergoing an angiogram in St. Louis over the weekend. Gee is six weeks removed from surgery to repair a damaged artery in his shoulder that was 96 percent…

  13. Shelby Miller could be in St. Louis soon

    Aug 27, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

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    What a difference a month and a half makes.  In mid July, Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller was being talked about as possible trade bait following a nightmare first go-around in the Pacific Coast League. Now, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, Miller could find himself getting a late-season showcase on the surging Cardinals:…

  14. In case you missed our coverage of the MegaHella Trade over the weekend

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:38 AM EST

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    We kept bloggin’ it up about the Red Sox-Dodgers trade over the weekend. I know some of you have lives over the weekend and may have missed it. But no need to scroll back, because here it is: The deal went final. What’s it all mean? The Red Sox have money now, so where can…

  15. Terry Collins’ job is safe

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:13 AM EST

    Terry Collins

    The New York Post reports that there is “no chance” that Terry Collins is going to get fired. I don’t think I’ve seen even one person speculating that Collins would or should be fired — the Mets woes are a talent problem, not a management problem, it seems — but it’s for Collins to know…

  16. Tim Hudson warns Tim Lincecum about relying too much on “sexy” strikeouts

    Aug 27, 2012, 8:52 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Hudson beat Tim Lincecum last night and after the game had some advice for the struggling Freak. After noting that Lincecum’s velocity seems to be fine, he observed that, like a young Tim Hudson, perhaps Lincecum just needs to be more aggressive in the strike zone, letting hitters put the ball in play more, sacrificing some…

  17. Adrian Gonzalez on why the Boston media didn’t like him

    Aug 27, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

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    Adrian Gonzalez is really, really happy to be back in California. And he’s comfortable enough there to throw some bombs back in Boston’s direction. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports: As for why the Boston media didn’t take to him, he said, “They didn’t like that I was a calm person. I won’t throw…

  18. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 27, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    I looked at the schedule as I sat down to write this and noted that, even including the postponed game, there were only 14 games yesterday. Rays-A’s played Thursday-Saturday, leaving yesterday off to avoid conflicts with the Republican National Convention. Guess you couldn’t expect the RNC to compromise, so … Anyway, it was weird and…

  19. Matt Holliday is emerging as an NL MVP candidate

    Aug 26, 2012, 9:27 PM EST

    Matt Holliday

    It’s time Matt Holliday starts getting his due as one of the game’s very best hitters. Holliday went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and four RBI as the Cardinals topped the Reds 8-2 today to move within six games of the NL Central lead. The Cardinals are currently in position as the No. 2…

  20. Chris Volstad earns first win since July 2011

    Aug 26, 2012, 8:02 PM EST

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad snapped a 14-game losing streak that extended back more than a year by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 5-0, rain-shortened win over the Rockies on Sunday. The game was delayed and then called prior to the top of the ninth. Volstad was 0-9 in 13 starts for the Cubs this…

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