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  1. The Pirates are raising ticket prices

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    PNC Park

    Going to a Pirates game is a bargain compared to most places and you get a great ballpark experience out of it to boot.  Part of the reason it’s such a bargain is that the Pirates haven’t raised ticket prices in nearly ten years.  That changes now, though: The Pirates raised prices on some of…

  2. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout will be on the same Arizona Fall League team

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    Bryce Harper made his unofficial pro debut in the Arizona Fall League last year and the former No. 1 overall pick will be back in the AFL again this year. Better yet he’ll be on the same Scottsdale team as Angels stud prospect Mike Trout, meaning the top two prospects in baseball will be patrolling…

  3. Albert Pujols: Most Valuable Dad

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Look, not much is happening today, so random is fine, right?  Of course it is. My friend Nick Collias — who is both a Spanish speaker and a writer for MLB Trade Rumors — sent along this feature story about Albert Pujols from Multimedia del Caribe in the Dominican Republic.  It’s in Spanish so it’s not…

  4. Indians demote Matt LaPorta to Triple-A

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Matt LaPorta, Austin Kearns

    Rosters expand from 25 to 40 tomorrow, but the Indians needed a spot for today’s starting pitcher, Jeanmar Gomez, and created one by optioning Matt LaPorta to Triple-A. LaPorta will no doubt be back in September, but he’ll have to wait at least 10 days to rejoin the team unless someone is placed on the…

  5. The Kiss Cam just can’t win

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Kiss Cam

    Via BTF comes a column in The Faster Times about the Kiss Cam at AT&T Park. Specifically, about how it’s a totally heterosexual affair, and how that’s not cool: If the Jumbotron at AT&T Park is to be believed, there are no gay people in San Francisco.  Either that, or the city’s sizeable gay community…

  6. Barry Bonds to be sentenced December 16th

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Gwen Knapp of the Chronicle tweeted a few minutes ago that the judge in the Barry Bonds case has set Bonds’ sentencing for December 16th. Knapp’s assumption — which sounds like a very reasonable one — is that he won’t do time but rather will get some sort of home confinement or probation or something. I’d…

  7. Mariners will limit Michael Pineda to three more starts

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Michael Pineda

    Earlier today Matthew Pouliot examined Michael Pineda‘s chances of winning Rookie of the Year, but the Mariners just announced that he’ll have only three more starts in which to build his case. Pitching coach Carl Willis told 950-KJR in Seattle that Pineda is scheduled to start on September 3, September 10, and September 21. For…

  8. How technology is changing the game

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    iPad

    If you can navigate your way through the obligatory (and clunky) references to VCRs and record players at the beginning of this column from Jayson Stark, you’ll get a great insight into the way that technology is changing the game of baseball.  Most specifically with reference to just how easy it is for players to…

  9. Tim Lincecum allowed three homers last night for the first time

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum made his 150th career start last night and lost to the Cubs, serving up three homers for the first time in five seasons. Even after the Cubs took him deep three times Lincecum still has the lowest rate of homers per nine innings among all active pitchers with at least 150 career starts:…

  10. Another look at the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:55 PM EST

    Michael Pineda

    Yesterday, I posted an entry dismissing Jordan Walden as an American League Rookie of the Year candidate without really looking at the race as a whole.  So, let’s do that this time around. Here are how the candidates rank according to Baseball-Reference’s WAR: 1. Jeremy Hellickson: 2.7 2. Michael Pineda: 2.6 3. Desmond Jennings: 2.5…

  11. HBT Daily: What makes an MVP?

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

    What Tiffany and I talk about when we talk about the Most Valuable Player award.

  12. Pirates release left-handed reliever Joe Beimel

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    beimel bigger

    As expected, Joe Beimel cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Pirates released him. Beimel hasn’t pitched well this season, but posted an ERA below 4.00 every year from 2005 to 2010 and could be a potential fit as a second left-hander in a contender’s bullpen. Pittsburgh ate the remainder of…

  13. Who is “the best major-league managing prospect” in America?

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    mystery man

    I don’t have a definitive answer to that, but Michael Arace of my hometown Columbus Dispatch says that it’s Mike Sarbaugh, manager of the Indians AAA team, the Columbus Clippers: In eight seasons since Sarbaugh started managing, his teams have made the playoffs every year save one … Sarbaugh has won championships in the New York-Penn,…

  14. Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew to begin rehab stints tonight

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew are both expected to begin brief minor-league rehab assignments tonight at Triple-A. Drew has been out since mid-July with a shoulder injury and is already eligible to come off the disabled list, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he’s unlikely to be activated until rosters expand on…

  15. Dodger Stadium feels “like an empty prison camp”

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Dodger Stadium

    For your reading, um, pleasure, Eric from Pitchers & Poets made a recent trip back to his native L.A. to take in a Dodgers game.  The report is one of the more depressing baseball-related things I’ve read in a while: The beefed up security presence and the thinned out attendance combine to give Dodger Stadium…

  16. Cameron Maybin undergoes MRI exam on injured wrist

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Cameron Maybin

    Cameron Maybin has been one of the rare bright spots for the Padres, but the center fielder injured his wrist while taking batting practice over the weekend and will undergo an MRI exam today. Previously the Padres insisted that an MRI wasn’t necessary, but Maybin has missed three straight games and told Bill Center of…

  17. Phillies Fever! Get vaccinated against it!

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Garry Maddox

    And I mean in a hurry!  And I’m sorry, but if this is me being a Philly-hater, so be it.  Defend this video at your peril, Phillies fans. And don’t go with “it was a product of the times.”  Because in 1970s Philadelphia there were more top-flight artists and producers than there were anywhere in…

  18. Tweet of the Day: Portrait of the manager as a young man

    Aug 30, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Joe Maddon’s son, Joseph Maddon, tweeted an old photo of the Rays manager from back when he looked “like Wario from Mario Brothers”:

  19. You’ll soon be able to get live ballgames on your flight

    Aug 30, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

    In flight entertainment

    Got a press release this morning that will make frequent travelers happy: Row 44, Inc., provider of the world’s leading In-Flight Broadband Entertainment Platform, is partnering with MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, to deliver live streaming video and audio broadcasts, in-flight, to passengers’ smart phones, laptops, tablets…

  20. Will the Nationals give Ryan Zimmerman a $150 million deal?

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Ryan Zimmerman is signed through 2013, so there’s no huge rush to work on an extension, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that his “representative has remained in constant dialogue with the Nationals for the past year.” Missing two months with a torn abdominal muscle kept talks from picking up, but Zimmerman has…

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