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  1. John Lackey can’t be Boston’s Game 4 starter

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:36 PM EST

    John Lackey

    With the Red Sox trying to put the Rays away in a three-game series beginning Friday, John Lackey has given all three Rays fans reasons to hope: he just left with the Red Sox down 5-0 after three innings. It’s the first early exit for Lackey during the second half, but it’s the sixth straight outing in…

  2. Frozen hamburger patties 1, Jeremy Affeldt 0

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Jeremy Affeldt

    Jeremy Affeldt is out for the season after surgery Friday to repair nerve damage in his right hand sustained when he suffered a cut while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties during a Thursday evening BBQ. Yes, frozen hamburger patties. First, you’re making $4.5 million per year based on your ability to grip and throw…

  3. Indians manager looking to improve at first and third next year

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:47 PM EST

    Matt LaPorta

    The Indians recalled Matt LaPorta from Triple-A Columbus today, but it sounds like this could be his last chance to impress the brass in Cleveland. Talking to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Manny Acta said he needs better production from the infield corners next season: “First and third base are positions where we should be looking into…

  4. Buster Olney asks an odd question

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

    question mark

    I’m guessing this is Buster Olney trying to add to the whole pitching to the score/pitcher wins/Cy Young/Jack Morris debate.  But since it’s Buster Olney, it doesn’t make all that much sense. The tweet: A question for anyone who thinks pitchers don’t make decisions according to the score: please explain timing of intentional walks. OK. 1. Pitchers don’t call…

  5. Rockies going young with Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Wilin Rosario

    Rockies manager Jim Tracy indicated that both Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco would be in the lineup most of the time the rest of the season, sending veterans Chris Iannetta and Kevin Kouzmanoff to the bench. Iannetta has a right to be upset by the arrangement.  Among regular catchers, only Alex Avila (.391) and Carlos…

  6. Nationals will continue to start Stephen Strasburg at home

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    They’ll say it’s not about the money.  But it’s very much about the money. The Nationals have mapped out Stephen Strasburg’s September schedule, and in what should come as a surprise to no one, the plan is for him to keep pitching at Nationals Ballpark. Strasburg, who made his season debut Tuesday against the Dodgers,…

  7. Jim Leyland tells Brad Penny to pick up the pace

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

    Brad Penny

    Well, it was more a suggestion than an order, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland thinks Brad Penny should start working more quickly on the mound, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports. “I talked to him in Cleveland about maybe picking up the pace a little bit to see if it helps,” Leyland said. “If it doesn’t work, it’ll…

  8. Report: Cubs to drop bleacher seat prices for next season

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

    wrigley-field-cubs

    Despite their 62-81 record the Cubs have already drawn 2.8 million fans and will surpass the 3 million mark for the eighth straight season, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that they plan to lower the price of bleacher seats for 2012. Overall attendance is down just 500 fans per game, but according to…

  9. Marlins get Mike Stanton back from hamstring injury

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    stanton with trainer getty

    Mike Stanton is back in the Marlins’ lineup tonight, playing for the first time since injuring his hamstring Saturday. Prior to the injury Stanton had played in 234 of the Marlins’ 245 games since being called up from the minors in the middle of last season, hitting .260 with 54 homers and a .869 OPS.…

  10. Jim Crane tells his side of the story

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane, the owner-in-waiting of the Houston Astros is fed up. He’s fed up with waiting for MLB approval and he’s really fed up with the talk about why that approval is being held up.  You would too if it reminded people of past allegations of war profiteering, discrimination claims and details about a custody…

  11. Miguel Tejada after being released by Giants: “I will not retire”

    Sep 9, 2011, 4:18 PM EST

    Miguel Tejada

    San Francisco officially parted ways with Miguel Tejada yesterday, releasing the veteran infielder with a month remaining on his one-year, $6.5 million contract. Tejada more than earned the release by playing horrible defense and hitting .239 with a .596 OPS, and then for good measure he publicly complained about being asked to lay down a…

  12. Twins begin minor-league shakeup by firing Triple-A manager

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    shake it up baby

    Triple-A coaching changes aren’t normally post-worthy, but in this case it may signal the beginning of a much bigger shakeup for the Twins. Minnesota has had a disastrous season at nearly every level of the organization and the front office has been dropping hints about sweeping changes in the minors. Today the first moves were…

  13. Comment of the Day: some journalism deep-think

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Press

    Gleeman and I were chatting a while ago about why the news is so damn slow lately. We basically think it’s all about the lack of pennant races. If there were more races, more attention would be paid and national outlets would be sending their guys to big important series that, this year, aren’t happening.…

  14. Stat of the Day: Best and worst ERAs since the All-Star break

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Clayton Kershaw

    Justin Verlander has gone 10-1 in the second half to emerge as the clear front-runner for the AL Cy Young award, but his 3.00 ERA since the All-Star break actually ranks “only” 22nd among all pitchers with at least 50 innings. Here are the MLB leaders in ERA since the break: IP ERA Clayton Kershaw…

  15. Must-Click Link: Vin Scully talks about his greatest calls

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Vin Scully

    I don’t subscribe to GQ — I live the lifestyle baby — but there’s a good article in the October issue, also available here online.  It’s a conversation with Vin Scully and in it he details the circumstances surrounding some of his biggest calls in the game. I’m sure most if not all of these…

  16. Some more arguing about what an MVP really is

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:43 PM EST

    jose bautista points getty

    At the outset I’ll state that I disagree with a lot — and awful lot — of what Ken Rosenthal says in his latest column.  The biggest disagreement is Rosenthal’s stance that an MVP should play for a contender. I’ve been over that territory many times before, so I won’t regurgitate it here. But despite…

  17. Chad Billingsley “insisted he isn’t hurt” after latest poor start

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Chad Billingsley

    Chad Billingsley turned in another ugly start yesterday, failing to make it out of the third inning against the Nationals, and has now allowed 24 runs in his last 31 innings. During that six-start stretch Billingsley has nearly as many walks (18) as strikeouts (22) and has served up five homers. And he’s also shown…

  18. Staying in the Nationals’ rotation would be worth $800,000 to Chien-Ming Wang

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    Chien-Ming Wang‘s comeback has been a mixed bag, as his decent-looking 4.43 ERA in eight starts comes with more walks (13) than strikeouts (12) in 45 innings. Livan Hernandez has already been removed from the Nationals’ rotation so they could go with younger starters down the stretch and it’ll be interesting to see if Washington…

  19. Pat Burrell may be forced to retire

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    burrell getty bat

    Sure, his performance is going to make it difficult for Pat Burrell to get any more major league work, but underlying that performance is that chronic foot injury from which he’s been suffering all summer.  I wasn’t really clear on the nature of it until I read Hank Schulman’s piece in the Chronicle this morning:…

  20. Juan Pierre is eighth player to join 2,000-hit club this season

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    welcome to the club cd

    Last month I angered a bunch of Rangers fans by using Michael Young reaching 2,000 hits to point out that the 2,000-hit club has a relatively big membership compared to similar statistical milestones that receive much less attention. Some people–including A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy–took that as a knock on Young, whereas my intention was merely…

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