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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.”…

  14. Former Giants payroll manager facing embezzlement charges

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:15 AM EST

    Giants logo

    According to KGO-TV in San Francisco, Robin O’Connor, a former payroll manager with the Giants, was arrested on federal charges associated with embezzling more than $1.5 million from player accounts. O’Connor, who worked in the Giants’ front office for four years, received an annual salary of $80,000. An FBI affidavit says the 41-year-old mother-of-two embezzled…

  15. Hanley Ramirez leaves rehab game after setback with shoulder

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:02 PM EST

    hanley getty hurt wide

    Marlins manager Jack McKeon told reporters prior to tonight’s game that Hanley Ramirez was on track to return from the disabled list Friday, but those plans are effectively on hold. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins’ TV crew is saying that Ramirez left a minor league rehab game with High-A Jupiter tonight after feeling more…

  16. Alex Rodriguez receives cortisone shot in left thumb, unlikely to return until Friday

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees’ starting lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox, but Alex Rodriguez remains sidelined with a Grade 1 sprain of his left thumb. While an MRI on the thumb came back negative yesterday, he was given a cortisone injection. It’s not uncommon for players to rest for a…

  17. Report: Andy MacPhail plans to walk away from Orioles

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:56 PM EST

    Andy MacPhail AP

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today was told by two “high-ranking Orioles officials” that Andy MacPhail plans to walk away from the Orioles at the end of the season. MacPhail, who was hired as president of baseball operations in June of 2007, is currently in the final year of his contract. Nightengale hears that several replacements…

  18. Tommy Hanson told he’s dealing with normal wear and tear in shoulder

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:13 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Tommy Hanson was diagnosed with a small “undersurface” rotator tear of his rotator cuff last Friday, but the news was more slightly more encouraging following a visit to Dr. James Andrews yesterday. Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Hanson was told by Andrews that he is dealing with regular wear and tear in…

  19. Ozzie Guillen wants a contract extension from the White Sox

    Aug 30, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    Ozzie Guillen

    We have been through this song and dance before, but it sounds like the wheels are in motion for some big changes with the White Sox this winter. According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters this afternoon that he wants a contract extension. Guillen, who has the South Siders…

  20. Lance Berkman says the Cardinals are keeping him

    Aug 30, 2011, 7:05 PM EST

    Lance Berkman

    Matthew Leach of MLB.com has the quotes: “I’m not going to get moved,” Berkman said. ” I think the ship has sailed. I really do. “I don’t want to be moved. I don’t think they want to move me. Obviously Mo has an obligation as the general manager to listen to any… But certainly I…

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