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  1. Indians owner says no one is getting fired despite collapse

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    A few weeks ago Indians general manager Chris Antonetti made it clear that manager Manny Acta wouldn’t be fired despite the team falling apart in the second half for a second straight season. But what about Antonetti’s job? Or the job of the man above him, team president and former general manager Mark Shapiro? Well,…

  2. Uni Watch rates the MLB uniforms 1-30, puts the A’s above the Yankees

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Oakland Athletics

    Uniform arguments are always fun. Every couple of years I take a look back at the best and worst uniforms of all time and it never fails to make people talk, be it good, bad, nostalgic, angry or whatever.  Uniforms just matter to baseball fans. Paul Lukas of Uni Watch has made a career out…

  3. Eric Chavez, unlike Derek Jeter, wants to be a manager

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Earlier this week Derek Jeter laughed off a question about whether he’d like to become a manager someday, saying: “No chance. No chance. Nada. Zero. No, not a chance.” His Yankees teammate Eric Chavez, however, has been thinking about managing for a while now, telling Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal: One way or…

  4. Yoenis Cespedes thanks Bartolo Colon, Manny Ramirez for helping him adjust

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes

    Buster Olney is on vacation this week and, in his place, various players have been writing guest columns at the beginning of his daily link post.  Today it’s Yoenis Cespedes.  Mostly it’s about adjusting to life in the United States. It’s pretty interesting. Part of what’s interesting: two of the A’s players he singles out…

  5. HBT Extra: Talkin’ PEDs

    Aug 24, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Tiff and I wrap up a week’s worth of PED news. Sadly, however, you can’t see my Livestrong bracelet in this video. Because I was totally wearing it.

  6. And now, the worst tweet in the history of social media

    Aug 24, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

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    I think MLB does a great job with social media and video and the entire online experience. Really, look around at what other leagues and most businesses do, and no one can hold a candle to ’em.  Bravo, MLB. I mean that sincerely. But that said, if someone isn’t fired over this tweet from last…

  7. Alfredo Aceves: “We’re playing (expletive), (expletive) baseball”

    Aug 24, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Alfredo Aceves blew the save last night — his seventh — and the Red Sox, as Matthew so succinctly put it, played a really stupid game. Aceves himself, however, put it even more succinctly: “We’re playing (expletive), (expletive) baseball,” he said. I’m trying to figure out what two words together both fit that sentence and…

  8. Great Moments in Talk Radio: Mike Francesa has a conniption fit over the Mets

    Aug 24, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Mike Francesa

    Life is too damn short to get worked up over your baseball team. Sure, they can disappoint you. They can make you angry. They can cast a pall on the season in such a way that you just give up on it in August and start to think about apple picking and leaf raking and anything in…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 24, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Eight Men Out

    It was a light schedule and my Braves played a late game, so I watched “Eight Men Out” last night. For, like, the 5th or 6th time. And that just made me want to watch “Matewan” again for, um, the 20th time or thereabouts. Maybe tomorrow night. Anyway, damn you John Sayles, damn you. As…

  10. Angels beat the Red Sox in the stupidest game of 2012

    Aug 24, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Pedro Ciriaco

    Craziest? Wildest? No, I’m sticking with stupidest. The Angels edged the Red Sox 14-13 in 10 innings Thursday. Some highlights: – Boston blew a six-run lead by giving up eight runs in the top of the third – The Angels put together said eight-run inning without the benefit of an extra-base hit. They did, however,…

  11. Jose Bautista smacks two homers in rehab game

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Making his first rehab appearance for Double-A New Hampshire, Jose Bautista had two homers, including a grand slam, on Thursday night. The rehabbing Adam Lind was also in the lineup for the Fisher Cats and went 1-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts. Needless to say, the Jays are more excited about the prospect of…

  12. Michael Schwimer is not happy with the Phillies right now

    Aug 23, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

    Michael Schwimer Getty

    The Phillies optioned right-handed reliever Michael Schwimer to Triple-A Lehigh Valley today in order to make room for Jeremy Horst‘s return from the paternity leave list. That’s hardly headline news. But the story behind the roster move is a bit more interesting. Here’s the scoop from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com: According to multiple sources, the…

  13. Carl Crawford undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Aug 23, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Getty

    Carl Crawford underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow today. And I’ll save you the suspense: the surgery was successful. Here’s a statement from the Red Sox, via Maureen A. Mullen of CSNNE.com: “Carl Crawford underwent a successful left elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) performed by Dr. James Andrews today in…

  14. Albert Pujols day to day after MRI shows no structural damage in calf or knee

    Aug 23, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols Getty

    The Angels were given a bit of a scare last night when Albert Pujols was forced to exit in the fourth inning after tweaking his right calf and knee on the basepaths, but it appears he will not require an extended absence. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, an MRI exam this…

  15. ESPN Classic to show Roger Clemens’ start Saturday

    Aug 23, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Roger Clemens’ comeback outing for the Sugar Land Skeeters will be shown on ESPN Classic and ESPN3.com on Saturday night, with the game slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. ET. According to the Houston Chronicle, Clemens isn’t exactly going on a media blackout for the affair; he’s slated to do a pregame interview for ESPN…

  16. Check out the Rays and Angels on tonight’s “Caught Looking”

    Aug 23, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Tonight’s Caught Looking, airing at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, goes behind the scenes at last weekend’s Rays-Angels series, a four-game showdown that featured the Rays bouncing back in a big way on the heels of Felix Hernandez‘s perfect game that took place just a day before. Here’s a preview:

  17. David Ortiz set to come off disabled list Friday

    Aug 23, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

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    It may be too late to do the Red Sox much good, but barring a setback, David Ortiz is expected to come off the disabled list prior to Friday’s game, CSNNE.com is reporting. “It looked like David got through everything perfectly today,” manager Bobby Valentine. “Today was the day he was going to run the…

  18. Three Rays minor leaguers suspended for … meth?!

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Heisenberg

    Today’s minor league drug suspension announcement was a bit different than usual: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that three Minor League players in the Tampa Bay Rays organization have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Second baseman Ryan Brett, pitcher Charles Cononie and…

  19. Ivan Nova is placed on the disabled list

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    Yesterday I prematurely wrote that the Yankees had placed Ivan Nova on the DL with some sort of arm or shoulder trouble. Turns out he was only reported to be skipping a start.  This time, however, he really is going on the DL. He had an MRI and it showed inflammation in his right rotator cuff.…

  20. Tigers beat the Blue Jays on an Alex Avila single in the 11th

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Austin Jackson

    An eventful game in Detroit this afternoon: Miguel Cabrera gets hurt; Justin Verlander pitches fantastically — striking out 12 in nine innings — but gets the no-decision; Austin Jackson makes a pretty darn spectacular catch in right-center, saving a run in the top of the 10th inning; and Alex Avila wins it in the 11th…

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