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  1. The Mayor of St. Petersburg unveils his “plan” for the Rays

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Tropicana Field

    Remember last week how the Mayor of St. Petereburg was reported to have some mysterious plan to save the Rays and keep them in town?  It was all rather strange, actually, with the mayor playing it close to the vest as if he was guarding the schematics of nuclear warheads or something.  I was excited!…

  2. Free-falling Giants drop Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    aaron rowand giants

    Yesterday the Giants lost for the 21st time in 31 games, falling six games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West, and today the front office had a mini-house cleaning by designating veterans Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand for assignment. Tejada was signed to a one-year, $6 million contract to take over as the Giants’…

  3. The NL home run race heats up

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Mike Stanton

    With Mike Stanton going deep again last night, there’s now a three-way tie atop the NL home run leaderboard: 1. Matt Kemp (Dodgers): 31 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): 31 1. Mike Stanton (Marlins): 31 4. Lance Berkman (Cardinals): 30 4. Dan Uggla (Braves): 30 6. Prince Fielder (Brewers): 29 6. Ryan Howard (PhIllies): 29 8.…

  4. Jesus Montero to be called up tomorrow

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Jesus Montero

    Of course it’s the first day that rosters expand so it’s not like it’s some monumental decision.  But at least he’s finally up.  So much sturm und drang to get here too.  Ultimately, though, it really doesn’t matter I suppose, as I can’t really see how the Yankees would have been substantially better off with…

  5. Knee injury keeps Victor Martinez from catching

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    When the Tigers signed Victor Martinez to a four-year, $50 million contract this offseason the assumption was that he’d split time between designated hitter and catcher, at least in the first couple seasons of the deal. Alex Avila‘s emergence means the Tigers haven’t really needed Martinez at catcher much and now a sprained left knee…

  6. The many things Mike Trout could become

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    The headline to the post over at The Platoon Advantage today is “Attack of the Trout.”  If this was Jeopardy!, I’d respond with “What are movies that are better than the second ‘Star Wars’ prequel?” But this is not Jeopardy! — if I could recreate a game show here it would be Golden Era “Match…

  7. Buck Showalter: “If the Gold Glove doesn’t go Matt Wieters’ way, then somebody ain’t watching”

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    Matt Wieters hasn’t lived up to the considerable hype offensively yet, hitting just .266 with 35 homers and a .734 OPS through 342 career games, but the former No. 5 overall pick has actually been even better than advertised defensively. Wieters leads baseball by throwing out 40 percent of stolen base attempts, gunning down 26…

  8. Pirates send Matt Diaz back to Braves for PTBNL

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Matt Diaz running

    Matt Diaz, who played for the Braves from 2006 to 2010 before being non-tendered this offseason, is back in Atlanta for the stretch run. Diaz signed a two-year, $4.25 million deal with Pittsburgh as a free agent, but he hit just .253 with zero homers and a .627 OPS in 100 games and the Pirates…

  9. The future is “murky at best” for the Philadelphia Phillies

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Ryan Howard dark skies

    Yeah we have even more Phillies-related posts today than usual. But if Rany Jazayerli is correct in the column he just wrote for Grantland, it will all even out very soon when the Phillies suck and no one cares about them. The problems: An aging roster which is getting more expensive as it declines, a…

  10. Dancing in September: MLB call-ups are worth $63,421

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    september cover

    Starting tomorrow teams will call up minor leaguers in bunches as the big-league roster expands from 25 to 40 players for September. While reaching the big leagues is the main attraction for most of the call-ups, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York points out another benefit: Four weeks in the majors is worth $63,421 in…

  11. Jason Bay: center fielder?

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Jason Bay

    Potentially frightening/hilarious news in Andy Martino’s latest Daily News column. The Mets are thinking — not seriously thinking, I don’t believe, but at least kicking around the idea — of turning Jason Bay into a center fielder: Imperfect circumstances call for creative solutions, and in recent weeks the Mets have kicked around many ideas for 2012. In that…

  12. Red Sox sign left-handed reliever Trever Miller to minors deal

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Released by the Blue Jays two weeks ago, veteran left-handed reliever Trever Miller has found a new home with the Red Sox on a minor-league contract. Miller began this season in St. Louis and was traded to Toronto as part of the big Colby Ramus deal, but appeared in just six games before being let…

  13. HBT Daily: My premature MVP picks

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Yes, it’s a bit early for this, if Frank Deford gets his way we’re gonna need to start doing this around Labor Day anyway, so we may as well get used to it.

  14. Phillies’ search for bench bat leads to John Bowker

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    bowker_john

    The desire to add a left-handed bench bat for the playoffs led the Phillies to sign and quickly release Jack Cust and now they’ve acquired John Bowker from the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Bowker has been at Triple-A for most of this…

  15. Baseball 101 for Phemale Phillies Phans

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    CBP

    ESPN’s Amanda Rykoff went down to Citizens Bank Park last week to check out the “Baseball 101″ program the Phillies have put on for female fans the past several years.  As she reports, it’s kind of a misnomer, because the program is not about educating allegedly uninitiated women about the basics of baseball.  No, it’s…

  16. Is fan loyalty to a poorly-performing team a bad thing?

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    Giants fans Believe

    I’m not quite sure where Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle is going here.  He starts off strong with an amusing compare and contrast between a softball home-run-hitting exhibition which took place before last night’s Cubs-Giants game and the feckless Giants’ bats. But then he got into some commentary about Giants fans and their…

  17. Frank Deford wants a 140-game season and more playoff teams

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Old Man Cloud

    Frank Deford does a weekly sports rant on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and it’s rather sad. Sad because it presents us with a guy who has a body of sportswriting work that is virtually unmatched offering little contrarian rants that seldom make any sense, internal or otherwise, and are filled more with curmudgeonly bile than anything…

  18. Mike Trout smacks two homers, drives in five

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Mike Trout

    A big night for the young Mike Trout last night.  He hit two homers and drove in five as the Angels destroyed the Mariners. Perhaps it is less impressive given that the jacks came off Anthony Vasquez who, in his two major league starts, has given up twelve earned runs and four homers in nine…

  19. Things got plunky in the Yankees-Red Sox game

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    My musings from yesterday about the Yankees-Red Sox series getting boring still stand, though they probably need to be qualified in light of the fun little dustup in the seventh of last night’s game. No, the John Lackey plunking of Francisco Cervelli wasn’t A-Rod/Varitek or anything, but there was at least some fire there. The…

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

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:28 AM EST

    Livan Hernandez

    Nationals 9, Braves 2: The Nats continue to be an outrageous pain in Atlanta’s rear end. Before the game, mindful of this and mindful of the fact that Livan Hernandez always kills the Braves, I tweeted the following: “Oh, Livan is going against the Braves tonight? Prediction: 7 IP, 3H, 1 ER, 6K, 0 BB.”…

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