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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Tigers to give Jacob Turner another look Thursday

    Aug 28, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Jacob Turner

    Wanting to give Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander an extra day off before his next start, the Tigers have decided to call up top prospect Jacob Turner to make his second big-league start Thursday against the Royals. Turner made his major league debut July 30, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss…

  16. Andre Ethier meets with Dodgers management after L.A. Times column

    Aug 28, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Andre Ethier

    T.J. Simers’ Sunday column in the Los Angeles Times, which highlighted Andre Ethier‘s struggles as he plays on a sore right knee that will require offseason surgery, created a stir in the Dodgers clubhouse and led to a meeting this afternoon between Ethier, GM Ned Colletti and manager Don Mattingly. Ethier, who has been playing regularly while…

  17. David Price strikes out franchise-high 14 batters for Rays

    Aug 28, 2011, 5:51 PM EST

    David Price

    David Price fanned 14 batters in seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout as the Rays beat the Blue Jays 12-0 on Sunday. Price topped the Rays record of 13 strikeouts in a game, set by Scott Kazmir and later matched by James Shields.  The pitching staff as a whole fanned 18 batters…

  18. Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann ends season with 3.18 ERA

    Aug 28, 2011, 4:58 PM EST

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    Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann spent most of the 2010 season recovering from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, so he tallied only 70 2/3 innings between the minor and major leagues. Because of that low innings total, the talented 25-year-old right-hander entered the 2011 campaign with a loosely-defined innings limit. And he reached it on Sunday…

  19. Dayan Viciedo making 2011 MLB debut Sunday vs. Mariners

    Aug 28, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

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    Dayan Viciedo was officially promoted to the major leagues on Saturday, but he didn’t play in last night’s game because of the grueling cross-country flight from Triple-A Charlotte to big-league Seattle. Rested and ready, he’s in the White Sox starting lineup on Sunday afternoon, batting sixth and playing right field against the Mariners in what…

  20. Hanley Ramirez on track to return to Marlins Wednesday

    Aug 28, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 3-for-7 with a triple since beginning a minor league rehab assignment Friday night with Single-A Jupiter. If the production continues and he’s able to avoid setbacks, the 27-year-old will return to the major league lineup Wednesday against the Mets. This according to MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola, who spoke directly with…

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