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  1. With control issues behind him Twins prospect Alex Wimmers finishes season with no-hitter

    Sep 6, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

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    Twins prospect and 2010 first-round pick Alex Wimmers walked the first six hitters he faced this year, was immediately removed from the Single-A rotation, and spent three months trying to avoid going further down the scary Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path. He rejoined Fort Myers as a reliever and then moved back into the rotation last…

  2. The Cardinals are not fans of 3:15PM starts

    Sep 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    I hope you’re sitting down for this, but the Cardinals have a complaint about something. I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. This time: the 3:15PM start time for the game against Milwaukee yesterday. Seems it created shadows that made it difficult for Cardinals hitters to pick up the ball.  Albert Pujols and…

  3. Brian Matusz has a 9.84 ERA and the highest homer rate ever

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz had the shortest start of his miserable season yesterday, recording just four outs while allowing five runs against the Yankees. He threw 176 innings with a 4.30 ERA as a 23-year-old rookie last season, but instead of establishing himself atop the Orioles’ rotation Matusz is 1-7 with a 9.84 ERA in 10 starts…

  4. Why the wait for Jim Crane’s approval?

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    First Jim Crane was a shoe-in to be approved as the Astros’ next owner. Then it was suddenly on hold. Now the current owner keeps saying that approval will come any minute while rumors swirl that Crane’s bid is deader than vaudeville. What gives? Maury Brown — who wrote the Forbes piece a while back that…

  5. Ryne Sandberg managed his Triple-A team to the playoffs

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Workout Session

    Ryne Sandberg was the Pacific Coast League manager of the year in 2010, but left the Cubs organization after being passed over for the big-league managerial opening and spent this season managing at Triple-A for the Phillies. Prior to Sandberg’s arrival Lehigh Valley had never finished above .500 since coming into existence in 2008, but…

  6. Don’t count on watching Stephen Strasburg’s return tonight

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    I got all excited for the Strassurrection earlier, but my words appear as though they will be for naught.  That pic is the weather radar for Washington, D.C. at around 5PM this evening. Looking more widely, it only gets wetter after that. And it’s going to continue like that for a couple of days, it…

  7. Will the Cubs give Triple-A MVP Bryan LaHair a chance?

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Bryan LaHair was called up from Triple-A after rosters expanded on September 1 and has gone 3-for-8 with a double through his first two starts, but will the Cubs give an extended opportunity to the 29-year-old Pacific Coast League MVP? LaHair started in left field Sunday and at first base yesterday, but with Alfonso Soriano…

  8. A critique of WAR

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    No, not war. WAR. As in, Wins Above Replacement level.  Hippeaux at IIATMS has a lengthy column up today looking at the stat (it’s actually multiple stats complied via different methodologies by different folks) and pointing out a potential flaw. Specifically, that one of its components — the defensive metric, Ultimate Zone Rating or UZR…

  9. Punchless, unraveling Twins fall into last place

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Joe Mauer, Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer

    It might have been the low point of the Twins’ season had they been no-hit by Zach Stewart last night, but … well, I’ve lost count of low points by now. Instead they merely lost both ends of a doubleheader to their biggest rival while scoring one total run, losing to Johan Santana trade castoff…

  10. Rod Barajas “definitely” wants to re-sign with the Dodgers

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Dodgers Brewers Baseball

    This season hasn’t been much fun for anyone involved with the Dodgers, but Rod Barajas has enjoyed his time in Los Angeles so much that the impending free agent catcher wants to re-sign. “This is definitely a place I never want to leave,” Barajas told Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. “If I could…

  11. A notable Giants fan has vanished

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    ATT Park

    Gwen Knapp has a troubling story in the Chronicle today. A Giants fan named Billy Chamberlain who has been a fixture outside of the team’s clubhouse for five years has vanished. Chamberlain — who was intermittently homeless but who had occasionally crashed with a stadium security guard — would talk to Giants players, Bruce Bochy and…

  12. Josh Johnson blames “tall man’s syndrome” for arm injuries

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Josh Johnson

    After months of false starts and setbacks Josh Johnson was finally shut down for the season a few days ago, meaning he ended up missing the final 120 games of the year with a shoulder injury that is still described as merely “inflammation.” Johnson has a long history of arm problems, limiting one of the…

  13. The Mariners are calling up an interesting young man

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Italian flag

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times alerts us to something neat: the Mariners are going to call up and presumably play the first Italian-born player in nearly 50 years. And it’s not as if he were born at Aviano Air Base and came to the states when he was still in diapers, either. He’s totally…

  14. Johan Santana still hoping to pitch for Mets this season

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Setbacks in his recovery from shoulder surgery ruined Johan Santana‘s plans to join the Mets by mid-August, but the two-time Cy Young winner is still holding out some hope of pitching in the majors before the end of the season. Santana resumed his minor-league rehab assignment Saturday at Single-A with two innings of one-run ball…

  15. Rafael Furcal would be interested in coming back to St. Louis

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Rafael Furcal

    Cardinals: I like Rafael. Cardinals’ friend: Do you like him, or do you like like him? Cardinals: I like like him. Cardinals friend: OMG! [meanwhile, at the other end of the cafeteria] Rafael Furcal:  I like the Cardinals. Rafael’s friend: Really like them? Furcal: “I love the city … I’d want to play for St. Louis.”…

  16. Jimmy Rollins not ready to return from groin injury

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Jimmy Rollins is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. explained yesterday that the shortstop isn’t ready to return from his groin injury. “I think it’s going to be a day-to-day thing as to when he’s going to be ready and ready to go, but he’s getting closer,”…

  17. Josh Beckett’s ankle is not sprained. So what the heck is wrong with it?

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Josh Beckett

    I suppose this could cut either good or bad. But it is still somewhat unsettling, for we fear the unknown: The diagnosis of  the injury suffered by the pitcher in the fourth inning Monday was originally classified as a sprain, but has since been identified as something different. It isn’t clear if it is more…

  18. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Sep 6, 2011, 9:19 AM EST

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    We’re doing something different this week. And yes, that pic has something to do with it.

  19. Stephen Strasburg returns

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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    Tonight’s the night. Strasmas II. The Strassurection. Call it what you want, but Stephen Strasburg returns to a major league mound to face the Dodgers. His first game that counts since Tommy John surgery a year and three days ago. Everyone talks about the physical adjustments after ligament surgery. The velocity often comes back fairly…

  20. The State of the Races

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Trying something new here: a daily snapshot of the pennant races. It may be a bad time to do such a thing given that, you know, we have one little pennant race of note and it tends to get less interesting every time the Angels get close, but I think it’s OK. Sort of like…

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