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  1. Stephen Strasburg set to make final start of season Friday

    Sep 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Strasburg throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post lays out the Nationals’ pitching plans for the remainder of the season and it looks like Stephen Strasburg‘s fourth and final start will come Friday against the Braves. If he stayed on a normal rest schedule Strasburg would then be lined up to start the season finale on September…

  2. The “blame Theo” train gains steam

    Sep 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    David Pinto flagged this Jim Donaldson post over at the Projo Sox blog. After detailing the failings of John Lackey, he lets this point rip, building on a comment Buck Showalter made last spring about the Red Sox’ payroll advantages: Showalter had a very good point — it would, indeed, be interesting to see how…

  3. John Lackey: “I don’t know what the hell happened”

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox fans certainly weren’t shocked last night when John Lackey couldn’t get through five innings with 11 runs of support, but Lackey himself seemed plenty surprised: I can’t explain it, man. That’s the best I’ve felt in the bullpen warming up all year. I don’t know what the hell happened. The first inning, I was…

  4. Movie Night at Wrigley Field to show “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Bueller

    As usual Wrigley Field will go unused in October, so the Cubs have decided to open the gates for “Movie Night” and their first choice is a film that features Wrigley Field and is celebrating its 25th anniversary: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” They’re charging $10 for bleacher seats, $25 for lawn seats, and $75 “for…

  5. Hey ladies, come see “Moneyball” because of that dreamy Brad Pitt!

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    moneyball poster

    Fact: there are a lot of women who would actually want to see “Moneyball” because of the story and couldn’t give a damn about Brad Pitt.  Fact: there are a lot of men who would actually want to see “Moneyball” because they think Brad Pitt is a hunk and, you know, screw baseball. Someone marketing…

  6. Mariano Rivera unsure about playing beyond next season

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    After moving past Trevor Hoffman on the all-time saves leaderboard yesterday Mariano Rivera was asked whether he plans to keep playing once his current contract with the Yankees is up following next season: Every year it’s harder and harder. So I mean it’s a decision that we have to make as a family and we’ll…

  7. The save stat and perverse incentives

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Ted Berg flagged something pretty darn illuminating this morning.  The quotes of the principles in yesterday’s Yankees game, happy that they failed on offense so that Mariano Rivera could get his 602nd save: “I couldn’t believe they were cheering me for hitting into a double play,” Swisher said. “I said: ‘Whoa, what’s this? And then…

  8. Phillies moving rookie Vance Worley to the bullpen for playoffs

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Vance Worley

    Last week manager Charlie Manuel hinted that the Phillies would move rookie Vance Worley to the bullpen for the playoffs and now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the switch will likely take place following his start tomorrow. Worley made it clear that he’d be fine with the move, but wanted some time…

  9. Thwarted Mets investor now a Yankees limited partner

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Ray Bartoszek

    Someone once said that there is nothing more limited than being a limited partner to George Steinbrenner. I’m assuming that’s still the case with Hal Steinbrenner too. But with better cash flow and less likelihood of a capital call, I’m assuming that being a Yankees minority shareholder is a better deal than being a minority…

  10. Lance Berkman: “No matter what people say, it’s always about the money”

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Lance Berkman

    Gee, he ought to start a website with that name. Oops! Too late! The Cardinals are obviously trying to settle as much family business as they can before the season ends and all efforts will have to be put into the Albert Pujols negotiations.  One bit of family business they’d like settled is the matter…

  11. Brad Mills is safe, no matter what the rumors sites say

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Brad Mills

    UPDATE: ESPN has apparently taken down the post.  I’m assuming this means that Brad Mills is no longer on the hot seat. Thanks for the quick edit, guys. Everyone screws up sometimes. A quick fix is the way to go.  Except for you commenters. You still get no edit function. 8:49 AM: I was rather…

  12. Filip Bondy zeroes in on the important part of Mariano Rivera’s big day

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Image (1) doublefacepalm.jpg for post 6458

    I noted the whole “Jorge Posada should catch Mariano Rivera‘s 602nd save” phenomenon yesterday, but I can’t say I expected it to be put so starkly and stupidly by someone who gets paid to write about sports.  Of course no one has ever gone broke underestimating the level of discourse from Filip Bondy of the…

  13. The wheels are falling off the Braves Express

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Jonny Venters

    Actually, I think the wheels fell off about ten days ago.  They’ve been carving up pavement with the rotors since then, but now the rotors are about to go too.  At this rate, this time next week they’ll be up on the back of a flatbed, off to the junkyard, wondering what the hell happened.…

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

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:55 AM EST

    Omar Infante

    Marlins 6, Braves 5: It’s all so fitting, isn’t it? Omar Infante — Braves All-Star representative in 2010 and the chit that went Florida’s way in the big trade that was supposed to improve the team — killing ‘em with a walkoff homer? The Braves single greatest weapon this year, Craig Kimbrel, blowing the lead?  If…

  15. Red Sox rout Orioles in second game of doubleheader, wild card lead back at two games

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:59 PM EST

    Jacboy Ellsbury, Marco Scutaro

    After all that, we’re right back where we were when we began the day. The Red Sox dropped the first game of today’s doubleheader against the last-place Orioles, but they brought their bats for the nightcap. On the strength of 20 hits, they pushed their Wild Card lead back to two games with an 18-9…

  16. Omar Infante stuns Braves with walkoff blast, wild card lead down to 2 1/2 games

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:59 PM EST

    Dan Uggla, Craig Kimbrel

    The National League Wild Card race just got, well, pretty wild. Craig Kimbrel had the Marlins down to their final strike in the bottom of the ninth inning tonight, but the rookie closer served up a walkoff two-run home run to former Brave Omar Infante en route to a stunning 6-5 loss. The home run…

  17. Report: Matt Holliday “doubtful” to return this season

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Bad news for the surging Cardinals. A team source tells Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matt Holliday‘s availability for the rest of the season is “doubtful.” Holliday left last Tuesday’s game with tendon damage to the base of his right middle finger. Strauss hears that it’s a matter of pain tolerance right…

  18. Tommy Hanson could start the Braves’ regular season finale

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson

    Maybe we shouldn’t look too far ahead since the Braves are still fighting to hang on in the Wild Card race, but the odds of Tommy Hanson being ready in time for the postseason are at least looking better. From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Hanson threw two simulated innings earlier…

  19. Astros to unveil new 50th anniversary logo

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    new Astros logo

    Capping off a banner 49th season, the Astros will unveil their 50th anniversary logo and plans for 2012 in a celebration prior to Thursday’s game.  Among those expected to attend the festivities are former stars Craig Biggio, Larry Dierker and Jimmy Winn. I’m not sure if they’ll pick the logo I submitted, but fingers crossed.

  20. It doesn’t sound like Domonic Brown will make the Phillies’ postseason roster

    Sep 19, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies called Domonic Brown up from the minors on Friday night, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be postseason-bound. To the contrary, a team source tells Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Phillies plan to send Brown to the instructional league following the regular season. Brown could still qualify for the postseason…

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