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  1. You’re not “valuable” unless you’re on a winning team, apparently

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    We’re destined to have a good postseason award fight every year. Last year was the great pitchers’ wins debate, in which people argued about whether or not Felix Hernandez should win the Cy Young despite not having a lot of them.  This year it’s going to be the “MVPs can only come from winning teams”…

  2. Stat of the day: facing the Phillies

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Tom Glavine

    Last week, I looked at the best and worst from how starters fared against the Yankees over the last five years.  Now, here’s a piece using the Phillies instead.  51 pitchers have started at least five games against them since the beginning of 2007: Best Hiroki Kuroda: 2-2, 1.41 ERA (six starts) Tommy Hanson: 1-2,…

  3. Nelson Cruz’s hamstring injury could motivate Rangers to pursue Lance Berkman

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Lance Berkman

    While the Rangers await word on Nelson Cruz‘s latest hamstring injury Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News speculates that Lance Berkman of the Cardinals would be “their prime target … if the Rangers do go elsewhere for help.” Berkman cleared waivers last week, so the Cardinals are free to trade the 35-year-old outfielder, and…

  4. Ike Davis to avoid microfracture surgery

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Ike Davis

    One of the longest-running player health sagas this summer has been the state of Ike Davis‘ ankle. It’s bad, we know, but the big question has been whether he’d need microfracture surgery or if a less-horrific procedure would get the job done. Today Jon Heyman reports that it appears that Davis will avoid the horrific.…

  5. Jose Reyes is back, but not until Game 2 of doubleheader

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes will come off the disabled list today, but not until after the Mets play Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Marlins. Reyes will remain inactive for this afternoon’s game, with Ruben Tejada starting at shortstop, but is expected to be in the lineup for Game 2 tonight. He hasn’t played since August…

  6. Cole Hamels activated

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    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

    As expected, Cole Hamels‘ DL stint was not all that serious. He threw a bullpen session last week, felt fine, and today’s he’s been activated and will start tonight against the Redlegs. So yes, Cole Hamels is fine.  Mostly.

  7. Stephen Strasburg’s next start is Thursday … in the minors

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    Stephen Strasburg was fantastic Saturday in his fifth minor-league rehab start, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning, but the Nationals are resisting the urge to move up his return timetable. MLB rosters expand Wednesday, so the Nationals could easily call up Strasburg and essentially have him replace Jordan Zimmermann in the rotation, but…

  8. High socks, or no high socks; that is the question

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    Joe Blanton

    Michael Vitez of the Philly Inquirer has a fun story today about the never-ending battle in baseball between those who like to wear high socks — the avatars of goodness and truth — and those who don’t — evil incarnate. OK, that was a bit of editorializing on my part. Apologies. I’m sure there are…

  9. Brian Matusz rocked again as ERA rises to 9.07

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz‘s miserable season continued yesterday, as he served up three homers and allowed six runs in 5.1 innings against the Yankees, falling to 1-7 with a 9.07 ERA in nine starts. Matusz had a very promising rookie season last year and the 24-year-old left-hander looked like a big part of the Orioles’ long-term plans,…

  10. For the love of the game? Eh, not so much

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Dirk Hayhurst, currently a farmhand at Durham and, of course, the author of “The Bullpen Gospels” and the upcoming “Out of My League,” hates to burst your bubble, but he does not play baseball for the love of the game: So, dear baseball purist, you ask why then do I play? … Because I enjoy…

  11. Finger healed, Freddy Garcia rejoins Yankees rotation

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Freddy Garcia never wanted to go on the disabled list in the first place after slicing his hand in a kitchen accident, but now he’s back and starting tonight against the Orioles. Garcia ended up missing 20 days, although he would have rejoined the Yankees’ rotation over the weekend if not for Hurricane Irene. Prior…

  12. Scheduling disruptions are a bit overstated

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Joe Girardi

    In a vacuum I understand the Yankees’ frustration with having to burn one of their two remaining offdays — September 8th — to make up one of the washed-out Orioles games.  Off-days are precious this time of the season. I’m also sympathetic to Joe Girardi’s argument that there should have been a doubleheader scheduled for…

  13. Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy leads the NL in wins

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Ian Kennedy

    I’m not much for pitcher wins, as they involve so many factors beyond how well someone pitched, but with Justin Verlander getting all kinds of attention for reaching 20 victories it’s at least worth noting that the NL wins leader is now Ian Kennedy. Kennedy picked up his 17th victory with seven innings of one-run…

  14. Derek Jeter likely to miss “several games” with bruised knee

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Headline says it all, and what it doesn’t say Bob Nightengale of USA Today says: The Yankees say that Jeter will miss tonight’s series finale against the Orioles, and hope to get him back at some point during the three-game Red Sox series beginning Tuesday at Fenway Park in Boston. The Yankees trail the Red…

  15. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Chase Utley, Emilio Bonifacio

    We’re to the point of the season where so many games have been played that actual record and power ranking are at the closest they’ve been all year. No one who is better than their record is considerably better than their record. No one who is worse than their record is considerably worse. I mean,…

  16. Andre Ethier backs off the “the Dodgers are making me play hurt” stuff

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    On Saturday Andre Ethier was quoted as complaining about the Dodgers putting him in the lineup despite his injuries. His quote in the T.J. Simers column: “… as the season goes on my body wears down. That’s just the way it is — I keep getting put in the lineup, so what am I supposed to…

  17. About Joe Buck’s voice

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Joe Buck

    People have noticed Joe Buck’s obviously weakened voice since the beginning of the season. As it was revealed last month, he’s the victim of a virus that has affected a nerve in his throat, and in turn, his vocal cords.  It’s killing his high register — wasn’t aware he had one, but hey, you learn…

  18. Derek Jeter ties passes Mickey Mantle for most games played as a Yankee

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Derek Jeter

    UPDATE: I screwed up: Jeter passed Mantle in yesterday’s game. He tied Mantle on Friday. Derek Jeter played in the front end of yesterday’s Yankees-Orioles doubleheader. In doing so he played his 2,402nd game as a Yankee. That put him past Mickey Mantle on the all-time Yankees games-played list. Only 22 men* have appeared in…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Bogart Madre

    I saw “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” on a big screen yesterday. Part of some western retrospective at the local quasi-art house theater. Never mind that “Madre” is more of a noir than a western. There are horses, guns and dirt in it, so that works. Either way, it was easily the best Sunday afternoon…

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:35 AM EST

    David Price

    Rays 12, Blue Jays 0: David Price was dominant, punching out 14 Blue Jays. Not literally. If he actually punched them out he would probably have been arrested. Rangers 9, Angels 5: Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus combined to go 6 for 9 with five driven in. Jered Weaver hung tough for a while on…

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