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  1. Stephen Strasburg’s next start is Sunday versus the Astros

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Stephen Strasburg looked fantastic in his first start back from Tommy John elbow surgery, averaging 96 miles per hour with his fastball while throwing five shutout innings Tuesday night, so the Nationals will keep him on a normal rest schedule for his next turn in the rotation. Strasburg is slated to make his second start…

  2. The Brewers are not happy with Nyjer Morgan

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

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    Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin was on WTMJ radio today and was asked about the Nyjer Morgan/Albert Pujols business from last night.  Summary here, actual broadcast here. Upshot: He’s not happy.  He said that manager Ron Roenicke is going to deal with Morgan “internally,” and likely not by giving him a firm handshake and an “‘attaboy.” He…

  3. Dodgers rule out Andre Ethier for the season with knee injury

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Andre Ethier backtracked a bit from his comments last month suggesting the Dodgers were making him play through a knee injury, but manager Don Mattingly just announced that Ethier has been shut down for the season. According to Ethier doctors initially told him that playing through the injury wouldn’t make it any worse, but Dylan…

  4. Why baseball is better than football

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

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    ESPN’s Jim Caple writes one of these every year, so he’s kind of running out of original ideas, but it’s always good to be reminded of any reasons — even the weaker ones — why baseball beats the crap out of football, so I link it with approval. To be honest, though, whenever I’m presented…

  5. Phillies activate Jimmy Rollins from the disabled list

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    Chase Utley is out for at least a few days with a mild concussion, but the Phillies’ middle infield does get a boost today with Jimmy Rollins being activated from the disabled list. Rollins hasn’t played since August 22 because of a groin injury and wasn’t quite ready to return from the DL when eligible…

  6. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    The Question

    I made a decision this week to steer away from Aquaman questions. But we have Batman, Dr. Manhattan, some gratuitous death penalty politics and we get to watch an HBT writer — not me — basically commit career suicide!

  7. “Run down” Jake Peavy will remain in White Sox’s rotation

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Jake Peavy

    After a poor outing last week Jake Peavy talked about being “run down” a year removed from shoulder surgery, but the White Sox have decided to keep him in the rotation for now. Peavy bounced back with 6.1 shutout innings against the Twins on Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 4.92, but the 30-year-old right-hander told…

  8. Who will the Red Sox start at shortstop in the playoffs?

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Back in early August, when Jed Lowrie returned from the disabled list, manager Terry Francona indicated that Lowrie and Marco Scutaro would “split” playing time at shortstop for the Red Sox. That didn’t last very long, however, as Lowrie was needed to fill in for the injured Kevin Youkilis at third base and Scutaro has…

  9. Tired of rain, Yankees and Orioles fans? Tough!

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Storm cloud

    In an earlier post I jokingly said that today’s makeup game between the Orioles and the Yankees would probably have rain, thereby extending those teams’ sogginess streak to approximately 800.  I probably should have checked the forecast, however, because, wouldn’t you know it, rain is expected today in Baltimore. There’s a slight chance of rain…

  10. Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic despite initially not being very excited about the possibility, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Belt was apparently convinced it would be a good thing following a conversation with manager Bruce Bochy, saying: “After talking with him, I really think it’s…

  11. Chase Utley has a mild concussion

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Chase Utley was hit in the head with an Eric O’Flaherty pitch in last night’s game. He stayed in, but was later pulled for a pinch hitter after complaining of a headache. Ruben Amaro said afterward that he has a “mild concussion.” Utley was held back from joining the team on its flight to Milwaukee and will…

  12. Oh good: Jeff Loria wants to make more baseball decisions

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

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    Yesterday, in the wake of the Marlins shuffling around their front office, I observed that part of the Marlins success over the years has been that, despite the financial constraints and despite the fact that their owner is basically a disaster area, the Marlins have always let good baseball people make good baseball decisions and…

  13. Jeff Francoeur threw a batter out at first from right field

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    I’ve offered several kudos to Jeff Francoeur for having a better-than-expected season this year. But given that I’ve still offered approximately 598 more slams than kudos in his career, I still have some work to do.  So it’s definitely appropriate for me to note that Francoeur shot a dude down cold from right field yesterday…

  14. Tim Wakefield is never going to win his 200th game

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Tim Wakefield

    On the one hand I think round numbers for the sake of round numbers are kind of silly. On the other hand, I like knuckleballers and I really like Tim Wakefield, so it makes me kind of sad to see him get start after start in the pursuit of 200 wins only to fall short…

  15. The State of the Races

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox lose. New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: The Yankees, who just hosted Baltimore, now go down to Baltimore today for a makeup game. I’m sure everyone is thrilled to see these two play yet another game. All they…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:01 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 7, Royals 0:  Guillermo Moscoso took a no-hitter into the eighth inning . He allowed only two hits in all in eight and two-thirds and, between his last start against the Mariners and this one against the Royals, retired 30 batters in a row. Heck, if a hitting streak can stretch between two seasons, I’d…

  17. Nyjer Morgan calls Albert Pujols a “she” in postgame tweets

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:23 AM EST

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    We had a benches-clearing incident Wednesday in St. Louis between the Brewers and Cardinals. The way Nyjer Morgan tells it, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter incited the whole thing when he screamed “f@&k you” following a ninth-inning strikeout. The Brewers center fielder responded in kind, hurling a number of his own choice words out to the…

  18. Bill Buckner earns redemption, and some laughs along the way

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:57 PM EST

    Bill Buckner will always be remembered for that one moment in the 1986 World Series. You know the one. He’s been tormented by the play for years, and for the most part has avoided talking about it. Who would have thought that Larry David, a New York Yankees fan, would come and make everything right?…

  19. Astros’ potential move to American League playing a role in Jim Crane’s approval status

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:41 PM EST

    Drayton McLane, Jim Crane

    We’ve heard multiple theories as to why exactly Houston businessman Jim Crane has not been approved as the new owner of the Astros. Forbes magazine called him “controversial,” he had an ugly divorce back in 2000, his businesses have been taken to court 130 times over the past 15 years. Maury Brown of The Biz…

  20. Cardinals setup man Eduardo Sanchez nearing return

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:36 PM EST

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    It’s been a few months since we’ve checked in on Eduardo Sanchez, the hard-throwing St. Louis setup man who posted a 1.88 ERA and struck out 33 batters over his first 28 2/3 major league innings. Sanchez has been sidelined since mid-June with an injured right shoulder, but he should be back in the Cards’…

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