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  1. The Orioles don’t want their pitchers throwing cut fastballs

    Aug 23, 2012, 2:19 PM EST

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    The cut fastball has certainly increased in popularity over the last several years, not only as the pitch that made Mariano Rivera but also as a go-to offering for starters like Roy Halladay and Jon Lester. The Orioles, though, don’t want their young pitchers throwing cutters, feeling it will take away from their other pitches.…

  2. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter on possibly managing one day

    Aug 23, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Derek Jeter

    There was some random talk back at the end of the Joe Torre years that it would be fun to make Derek Jeter the Yankees’ player manager.  Setting aside the face that being the manager of the Yankees is more than a full time job and that part of that job is insulating guys like…

  3. Miguel Cabrera exits game in second inning with sore ankle

    Aug 23, 2012, 1:26 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    1:40 p.m. EDT update: The Tigers announced that Cabrera is day-to-day with right ankle soreness. /// Miguel Cabrera was removed from Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays in the second inning with an injury. Cabrera wasn’t involved in the play before he departed, but something was bothering him at third base. Manager Jim Leyland and…

  4. Ousted Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure gets fingered as possible leak

    Aug 23, 2012, 12:55 PM EST

    Bob McClure

    Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan used to cover the Royals. Former Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure used to work for the Royals. That seems to be the entire basis for pointing to McClure as the leak for Passan’s explosive story last week. Well, that and the fact that McClure was fired by the Red Sox…

  5. Why it’s worth calling out idiots like Skip Bayless

    Aug 23, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

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    In the wake of the Skip Bayless/Derek Jeter nonsense this morning an age-old complaint has arose on Twitter and in the comments among a lot of people I respect.  It basically goes like this: “Why pay any attention to what Skip Bayless says? You’re just giving him attention and that’s what he wants.” Yes. It…

  6. The Baltimore Orioles are selling playoff tickets. This is really happening.

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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    I know that just about every team in contention starts doing this at the end of August or the beginning of September. But that doesn’t make it any less odd to see it: For the first time in 15 years, the Orioles will be sending out postseason ticket invoices to plan holders starting Thursday morning. All…

  7. And here come the misleading BALCO/Canseco/Bonds connections

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday I anticipated that, in the interests of narrative over information, some writers would probably try to turn the Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon PED suspensions into some larger story about Bay Area drug corruption with callbacks to the days of BALCO, Canseco and Bonds. And I was not disappointed. John Shea: The steroid cloud…

  8. Tommy Lasorda wants the Dodgers schedule on his tombstone

    Aug 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    I would have gone with “Thomas Charles ‘Tommy’ Lasorda: 1927–20XX:  Not terribly impressed with Dave Kingman’s performance.”  But this is nice too: “I’ve already told my wife that when I do go I want our home schedule attached to my tombstone,” Lasorda said. “I want people who are in the cemetery visiting their loved ones to…

  9. Jerry Hairston is done for the season

    Aug 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    We learned it was a possibility yesterday, but now it’s a reality: the Dodgers announced last night that Jerry Hairston is having season ending hip surgery. His recovery time is 4-6 months which should put him on track to be back for spring training. Hairston has struggled mightily due to the hip problems since June. Still,…

  10. BALCO’s Victor Conte says there are loopholes a-plenty in baseball’s drug testing

    Aug 23, 2012, 9:42 AM EST

    Victor Conte

    We talked yesterday about how the mere fact of positive drug tests does not support the claim that baseball’s drug testing program is faulty. In fact, positive tests and punished players is actually evidence that it is working.  To argue that it isn’t working, you have to point out the flaws in the program itself.…

  11. Joe Girardi shuts up jerk fan during postgame interviews

    Aug 23, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    Joe Girardi

    Fun times: Joe Girardi was trying to do postgame interviews last night when some nudnik White Sox fan wouldn’t stop yelling at him. So Joe G. had to regulate:

  12. Red Sox brass reportedly mad that more players didn’t go to Johnny Pesky’s funeral

    Aug 23, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    We’ve secretly replaced the 2010 Mets with the 2012 Red Sox and Walter Reed Hospital with Johnny Pesky’s funeral. Let’s see if anyone notices! The late Johnny Pesky gave his life to his beloved Boston Red Sox but, sadly, it appears only four current players made time to attend theFenway icon’s funeral. Word from Yawkey Way is that the Sox front…

  13. Skip Bayless thinks we’re “remiss” if we don’t wonder if Derek Jeter is doing PEDs

    Aug 23, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

    Skip Bayless

    Derek Jeter is having a great year. Especially for a 38 year-old. But the thing about elite,  Hall of Fame talents is that they often have great years late in their career. That’s sort of part of being an elite, Hall of Fame talent. But Skip Bayless thinks it is incumbent upon us to be…

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 12, Orioles 3: Five years ago last night Texas laid 30 runs on the Orioles. Not so bad last night, but still pretty ugly. Adrian Beltre smacked three dingers and drove in five. Sadly, Tommy Hunter was only allowed to give up a solo homer, two-run homer and a grand slam, falling just short…

  15. Adrian Beltre homers three times in rout of Orioles

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:01 PM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre went yard three times, including twice in a nine-run fourth inning, in the Rangers’ 12-3 defeat of the Orioles on Wednesday. Beltre and Mitch Moreland both knocked in five runs in the game. Moreland had a grand slam as part of the huge fourth inning. It was the first career three-homer game for…

  16. Chris Sale fans 13 as White Sox finish sweep of Yankees

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:53 PM EST

    Chris Sale

    Chris Sale held the Yankees to one run in 7 2/3 innings and struck out 13 Wednesday as the White Sox won 2-1 to complete a three-game sweep in Chicago. The Yankees struck out a season-high 15 times in the game, and they were swept even though Derek Jeter homered in all three games of…

  17. Emilio Bonifacio lands on disabled list with knee sprain

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:40 PM EST

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    As relayed by Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins placed speedster Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI on his right knee Wednesday revealed a sprain. Bonifacio suffered the injury late in Tuesday’s 6-5 defeat of the Diamondbacks. It’s not considered serious, but the 27-year-old will rest up for at…

  18. Update: Albert Pujols to have MRI after leaving game due to calf tightness

    Aug 22, 2012, 9:34 PM EST

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    Update (2 am. ET): Albert Pujols will have an MRI on his calf before Thursday’s game in Boston and it’s unclear if he will miss any time. “I’m feeling sore right now,” Pujols told Laymance. “How I did it, I don’t know, I can’t tell you.” Austin Laymance of MLB.com has the update from Fenway…

  19. Buster Posey sitting Wednesday with hamstring tightness

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

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    From Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area comes word that Giants catcher Buster Posey has been scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday night against the Dodgers because of a hamstring injury. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters that it’s only tightness. Posey was able to make four plate appearances — tallying two RBI — during…

  20. Todd Frazier appears bench-bound following Joey Votto’s return

    Aug 22, 2012, 7:55 PM EST

    Todd Frazier, Josh Thole

    With a .294 average, 18 homers and 55 RBI in 313 at-bats, Todd Frazier has been the National League’s best rookie hitter this year. Still, the Reds might struggle to find a role for him after Joey Votto comes off the disabled list, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay reports. Reds manager Dusty Baker made it…

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