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  1. Don’t use MVP voting to throw cold water on Jim Thome’s Hall of Fame case

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Personally speaking I think Jim Thome is a Hall of Famer. I haven’t really analyzed his case yet and won’t for a while, but I think he is.  The general sentiment among writers over the past few days seems to reflect that too. Even guys who have historically been opposed to so-called “stat-compilers” and who…

  2. Orlando Hernandez to retire

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Hernandez

    Orlando Hernandez hasn’t thrown a pitch in anger in the big leagues since 2007, and he hasn’t thrown a pitch anywhere this year, but he had not announced his retirement.  Until now. At least according to multiple Tweets to that effect, most notably by Jon Heyman. El Duque pitched nine seasons in the majors, most…

  3. There were five walkoff wins last night

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Neil Walker, Garrett Jones

    It was a pretty exciting night of baseball last night. Or demoralizing. Guess it depends which side of the five walkoff endings your team was on.  The rundown, for those who didn’t read the recaps: In Atlanta, Martin Prado‘s hit a two-out, 11th-inning single, giving the Braves their second walkoff win over the Giants in as…

  4. Carlos Marmol blows another one

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Houston Astros

    If there’s a safe save situation in baseball, it’s the three-run lead over the Houston Astros to start the ninth inning.  Just don’t tell that to Carlos Marmol, because he blew that exact situation in spectacular fashion last night. After getting the first out, he gave up a single to J.B. Shuck and then uncorked…

  5. Mets owners lose a key battle in the Madoff mess

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    A federal appeals court yesterday gave some bad news to Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz: the bankruptcy trustee’s calculation of how much Madoff money they have to return was upheld — and Wilpon and Katz’s much lower calculation denied — meaning that they have to fork over $300 million. To be clear: this…

  6. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    Diamondbacks 3, Phillies 2: Roy Halladay struck out 14 and pitched a complete game but lost all the same. Guess he just doesn’t know how to win, huh?  Lyle Overbay knocked in all three of the Snakes’ runs, including a two-run double which ended up winning it in the ninth. Astros 6, Cubs 5: Where…

  7. The Red Sox turned a pretty nifty triple play tonight

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    In talking about the “half-sweet” triple play turned by the Brewers last night, Craig wrote the following this morning: “I say half-sweet because the sweetest version is the lightning-fast around the horn thing in which the third baseman fields a hot shot, steps on the bag, fires it to second and then the second baseman…

  8. Phillies place Placido Polanco on disabled list with sports hernia

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Following tonight’s stunning loss to the Diamondbacks, the Phillies placed third baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list with a sports hernia, reports Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Polanco hasn’t played since August 6, so he will be eligible to return next Monday against the Mets. He has ruled out the possibility of…

  9. Phillies unveil statue in tribute to longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    Steve Carlton, Jimmy Rollins

    Prior to tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, the Phillies unveiled a bronze statue in tribute to longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas, who passed away on April 13, 2009 at the age of 73. The statue stands in section 141 on the main concourse at Citizens Bank Park just outside the entrance to Harry the K’s, the…

  10. Jonathan Sanchez leaves start with left ankle sprain

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    The Giants are crumbling before our eyes. Already short handed on their bench tonight against the Braves, the Giants were forced to go to their bullpen early after left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was pulled in the bottom of the third inning with a left ankle sprain. Sanchez suffered the injury while fielding a sacrifice bunt by…

  11. Brian Matusz back from minors to start tonight vs. Athletics

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    As expected, Brian Matusz has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and will start later tonight against the Athletics. Matusz, who began the year on the disabled list with an intercostal strain, compiled an ugly 8.77 ERA and 18/11 K/BB ratio over his first six starts in the majors this season before being demoted at the…

  12. Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller suspended for violating team policy

    Aug 16, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Shelby Miller

    One of the game’s top pitching prospects is in some hot water. According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have suspended prospect right-hander Shelby Miller for a “violation of team policy.” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wouldn’t go into any specifics other than to say that the incident occurred in the past week.…

  13. On Jim Thome and steroids

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Thanks largely to the work of Sam Miller, the Orange County Register has one of the best baseball blogs of any newspaper in the country.  The other bloggers, though, don’t always measure up, and Jeff Miller decided to take on Jim Thome’s 600th homer today, claiming that it’s just fine for us to assume he did…

  14. Injury-plagued Giants use a wild lineup

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Eli Whiteside, Matt Cain

    It’s safe to say the defending world champs weren’t projecting this as a starting lineup a few months ago: CF Cody Ross 2B Mike Fontenot 1B Pablo Sandoval LF Aubrey Huff RF Brandon Belt SS Orlando Cabrera 3B Miguel Tejada C Chris Stewart For the record, this is the Giants’ 122nd game of the season.  The eight players…

  15. Video of the Day: Batting Stance Guy impersonates the baseball talking heads

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    I saw references to this video floating around the web earlier today and didn’t think much of it. I like Batting Stance Guy, but I didn’t figure it could be that great. But it is that great. I think Tim Kurkjian is the best — I don’t literally laugh out loud very often, but this…

  16. Blue Jays closer Jon Rauch has emergency appendectomy

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    Toronto has placed Jon Rauch on the disabled list after the closer underwent an emergency appendectomy in Seattle this morning. Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star speculates that the Blue Jays may give Jesse Litsch an opportunity to save games in Rauch’s absence, but turning back to former closer Frank Francisco seems more likely considering…

  17. After seven missed games Giants finally put Carlos Beltran on DL, activate Miguel Tejada

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since August 7 because of a wrist injury, missing seven games while taking up a spot on the active roster, but according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News the Giants have finally decided to place him on the disabled list. And to replace Beltran on the roster the…

  18. Cole Hamels has shoulder inflammation, will miss a start

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    To my thinking, the only thing that can stop the juggernaut that is the Philadelphia Phillies are injuries.  And on that score there is some not-awful-but-not-good news coming out of the Phillies clubhouse this afternoon: Cole Hamels, who has been suffering from dead arm, had a “precautionary” MRI yesterday, and the results, according to Matt…

  19. Pirates activate Jose Tabata from DL, send Pedro Alvarez back to Triple-A

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Pirates recalled Pedro Alvarez from Triple-A two weeks ago they hinted that the move was more due to other players being injured than anything Alvarez did, and sure enough today they sent him back to the minors while activating Jose Tabata from the disabled list. Tabata, who sat out the past seven weeks…

  20. Tough luck: James Shields takes a complete game loss

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    James Shields has thrown a lot of complete games this year and today he tossed his ninth.  A three-hitter too!  Except he lost. The Sox beat the Rays 3-1. That’s what happens when (a) the other team’s pitchers only give up three hits as well; and (b) unlike you, they don’t bunch them altogether at…

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