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  1. Josh Beckett: slow as molasses and no one seems to care

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    In addition to the maddening Curt Schilling-Nomar Garciaparra back-and-forth, another thing that made the Yankees-Red Sox game so damn hard to watch last night was its pace. Yes, I realize that’s an old complaint, but it’s still a valid one. These games are interminable and it really drives me nuts. It’s especially bad when Josh Beckett…

  2. Home run celebrating 101

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    My comment about the Yankees-Red Sox game in the recaps was a little grumpy this morning. But I should admit that I did at least learn something valuable watching the game.  I learned what is and what is not an acceptable form of celebration following a home run. Remember from Tuesday night’s game that this…

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

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:41 AM EDT

    Red Sox' Ortiz watches his two-run home run with Yankees' Cervelli during their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 9, Yankees 5: I was watching this game until Curt Schilling and Nomar Garciaparra started talking about intangibles and how so-and-so has them “off the charts.” Which, given that they’re INTANGIBLE, what freaking chart could possibly measure them?  And another thing: Schilling talked about the game changing, saying that Dustin Pedroia never would…

  4. Is this the end of the line for a true baseball character?

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:31 AM EDT

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    At the start of the season, I wrote a series of stories on the difficulties of making it to – and staying in – the major leagues. One of those players was 35-year-old catcher Corky Miller, a classic baseball vagabond currently in the Cincinnati Reds system who has played for 14 teams, including five major…

  5. Red Sox land Conor Jackson in last minute waiver trade

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

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    This one went down right at the midnight deadline. Or maybe even after. But we’re not ones to tattle. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the Red Sox have sent right-handed relief prospect Jason Rice to the A’s for outfield-first baseman Conor Jackson. Jackson, 29, has batted just .249/.315/.342 with four home runs and 38…

  6. Craig Kimbrel notches 41st save, sets MLB rookie record

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Congratulations are in order for Craig Kimbrel. According to beat writer Chris Cox of MLB.com, the hard-throwing rookie closer recorded his 41st save of the season in Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the Nationals, setting a major league rookie record. Rangers closer Neftali Feliz tallied 40 saves in 2010 as a rookie. Kazuhiro Sasaki, who…

  7. Braves acquire Jack Wilson from Mariners for PTBNL

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

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    In case you haven’t noticed, waiver trades aren’t nearly as interesting or exciting as their counterparts that take place in mid-to-late July. Exhibit A: According to the Mariners’ official Twitter feed, veteran infielder Jack Wilson was dealt to the Braves late Thursday for a player to be named later. Wilson has hit just .249/.283/.295 in…

  8. Grady Sizemore goes 0-for-3 in rehab debut at Double-A

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout and two groundouts Wednesday in his first minor league rehab game since undergoing surgery in late July to repair a sports hernia. This according to Zack Meisel, associate reporter with MLB.com. Sizemore batted leadoff and served as Double-A Akron’s designated hitter. He will begin seeing…

  9. Reds promoting top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Reds are planning to add several fresh faces Thursday when major league rosters expand, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Chief among those September callups will be catching prospect Devin Mesoraco. A 23-year-old from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (yes, home of the famous groundhog), Mesoraco has posted an impressive .289/.371/.484 batting line with 36 doubles, 15 home…

  10. Travis Hafner could return to Tribe in late September

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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    “Pronk” has not been shut down. Yet. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner got encouraging news about his strained right foot Wednesday after paying a visit to an “out-of-state” specialist who usually treats NFL players. Hafner is still required to wear a protective walking boot, but recent…

  11. Cards approached Lance Berkman in July about extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals drew phone calls from at least one contending team earlier this week when right fielder Lance Berkman passed through waivers unclaimed and became eligible to be traded to any major league club. But Berkman hasn’t been dealt, and won’t be dealt, because the Redbirds are hoping to make him part of their plans…

  12. Mariners sign GM Jack Zduriencik to multi-year extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Jack Zduriencik

    According to Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle, the Mariners have signed general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year contract extension. The Mariners finished 40 games under .500 last season and sit 20 games under .500 here in 2011, but Zduriencik is widely regarded as one of baseball’s most forward-thinking executives and Seattle’s…

  13. Madison Bumgarner fans 11 as Giants shut out Cubs

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Madison Bumgarner is doing his best to keep the Giants in the race. He allowed two hits and matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over eight innings in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.  It was just his ninth win of the season, but the Giants did improve to 9-4 in his…

  14. Joe Nathan shuns trade possibility, opts to stick with Twins

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Jim Thome, Joe Nathan, Justin Morneau, Glen Perkins

    Joe Nathan, who has full no-trade protection as a 10-year veteran who has spent the last five years with one team, has told the Twins he’d prefer to stay with the team rather than accept a deal to a contender, the Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen reports. No trade involving Nathan had been agreed to.  The Twins went…

  15. Barry Bonds won’t be retried on perjury counts

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    As you’ll recall, the jury that sat in judgment of Barry Bonds could not reach a verdict on the perjury counts he faced.  That meant a mistrial on those counts, which gave the prosecution the right to re-try Bonds if it so chose.  Today the prosecution announced that it would decline.  From the Mercury News:…

  16. Adrian Beltre to return from hamstring injury Thursday

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

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    Barring another last-minute setback with his hamstring injury Adrian Beltre is scheduled to come off the disabled list tomorrow, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Beltre hasn’t played since mid-July, but was on the verge of returning on August 9 when he aggravated the injury while testing his hamstring running the…

  17. Deep thoughts: what does it mean to “consider” someone for the MVP?

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Consideration

    I tweeted this randomly a few minutes ago and got some good responses, so I figured I’d throw it out to the whole crowd: I tire of the argument that goes like this: “Player X should get consideration for Honor Y!” It could be the Hall of Fame. It could be a postseason award like…

  18. While on the disabled list A.J. Pierzynski may have lost his job to Tyler Flowers

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    A.J. Pierzynski had started 28 of 32 games behind the plate for the White Sox when he fractured his wrist on August 12, but it sounds like he’ll be a part-time player once he returns from the disabled list. Tyler Flowers has impressed while filling in for Pierzynski and manager Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla…

  19. Franco, Piazza to take part in Mets September 11th remembrance

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The Mets — and particularly New York native John Franco and first-game-back home run hitter Mike Piazza — played an instrumental role in ushering baseball back into action following the 9/11 attacks. It should not be surprising, then, that the Mets have called back Franco and catcher Mike Piazza to take part in the team’s…

  20. Jose Canseco is breaking news about the Red Sox now

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Jose Canseco manages the independent league Yuma Scorpions and one of his players is former big leaguer and speedy center fielder Joey Gathright. So naturally Canseco broke the news via Twitter that Gathright has left the Scorpions to sign a minor-league deal with the Red Sox: I’m not so sure about the Fenway in October…

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