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  1. Johnny Cueto is done for the year

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    A player being “out for the rest of the year” is not too terribly important anymore given that there are less than two weeks left in the season. Still, let’s pretend like we give a crap, OK? Today’s player is Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds. He strained his right lat muscle during last night’s game…

  2. Bill Neukom out as Giants CEO; new guy says payroll, priorities staying the same

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom speaks to the fans at a rally after his team's World Series victory parade in San Francisco

    As was reported last night, Bill Neukom was forced out as the Giants CEO and he was replaced today by Larry Baer.  There was a press conference about all of this earlier this afternoon and Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com was there to cover it.  The highlights: Although the original reports of the ownership group’s displeasure…

  3. Alex Rodriguez’s thumb injury likely to linger into playoffs

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Alex Rodriguez may be back in the Yankees’ lineup as soon as tomorrow night after not playing since September 9, but general manager Brian Cashman revealed that the team expects his thumb injury to linger for the rest of the season and into the playoffs. Here’s what Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:…

  4. Must-click link: Prince Fielder as Andy Warhol muse

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Click Here large

    This is just a link to a picture, but it’s a pretty fantastic picture.  A graphic artist for Metronews.ca created a graphic for an article about Prince Fielder‘s potential destinations.  Sure, we’ve seen the “player in another team’s uniform” Photoshop job before, but this one is truly well done. In the future, Prince Fielder will…

  5. Shocker: it’s alleged that McCourt’s law firm charged him too much

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The federal bankruptcy trustee assigned to the Dodgers case told the judge today that the law firms representing the Dodgers — who have billed Frank McCourt some $1.66 million thus far — have overcharged, billing for services that were neither necessary nor required.  He is requesting that the bill be reduced by 21%. You know,…

  6. Yankees picked “Enter Sandman” for Mariano Rivera because they were copying Trevor Hoffman

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    enter sandman

    Mariano Rivera would be plenty intimidating coming into a game in complete silence, but playing “Enter Sandman” by Metallica as his entrance music definitely adds to the hitters’ sense of dread. Yet as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes, Rivera isn’t even a fan of the song and the Yankees only stumbled into using it for…

  7. Logan Morrison files a grievance against the Marlins

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    We knew this was coming because there had been rumbles about it back when Logan Morrison was sent down to AAA back on August 13th, but now it’s official: Morrison has filed a grievance against the Marlins. The basis, as reported by Amy K. Nelson of ESPN: that the demotion was a form of discipline without just…

  8. White Sox ready to part ways with manager Ozzie Guillen?

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen’s future in Chicago has been speculated about constantly for years now, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com thinks the White Sox may actually be ready to fire him after eight seasons as manager. Rosenthal quotes an unnamed source as saying that the chances of Guillen returning to the White Sox in 2012 have dropped…

  9. OK, it is possible to overhype Mariano Rivera

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    OK, I lied. It is possible to overstate the Mariano Rivera love. Here’s Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, filling out his Top Five Yankees of All Time ballot.  Note that he’s also filling out his column inches by needlessly including nicknames and descriptors of the most famous baseball players in history as if…

  10. Rockies to install Coors Field-like humidor at Triple-A

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Humidor balls

    Coors Field has become somewhat less of a hitter’s paradise since the Rockies began storing baseballs in a humidor and Dave Krieger of the Denver Post reports that they hope to deflate the ridiculous offensive numbers being posted at Triple-A by doing the same in Colorado Springs. In general the Pacific Coast League is very…

  11. NBC SportsTalk: When can a pitcher win the MVP

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    One more of these because, hey, why not?  In this one I talk about when I think it’s appropriate to consider a pitcher for the MVP award:

  12. Daniel Bard on recent struggles: “It’s something I’ve fixed before and I’ll fix it again”

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Plenty of pitchers go through stretches of struggling to throw strikes, but Daniel Bard’s recent wildness is particularly worrisome because his career was nearly derailed by extreme control problems in the minors. Bard walked 78 batters in 78 innings as a starter at Single-A in 2007, but moved to the bullpen the next season and…

  13. Comment of the Day: How many people really watch MLB games?

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    In an earlier post I wondered about how many people actually watch MLB games overall, not just on the national broadcasts.  Reader tjwilliams did some calculations: Okay, so I just did some quick back-of-the-napkin math and came up with 1.65 billion viewers for NFL (live and TV) and 1.01 billion viewers for MLB (live and…

  14. Kenley Jansen racking up strikeouts at historic rate

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Last season Carlos Marmol set the all-time record by striking out 16.0 batters per nine innings, becoming the first pitcher in baseball history with a strikeout rate above 15.0. Marmol’s record is probably safe, but Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen looks set to join him in the 15-plus club. Last night Jansen closed out a 3-2…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It’s that time again. Your almost 100% non-baseball questions.  But that’s OK. We need to do this to get all of the Star Wars talk out of our system lest we drive our wives and girlfriends crazy.  Assuming anyone who is obsessed with Star Wars has a wife or a girlfriend.  I should probably think…

  16. Josh Hamilton’s grand slam was worth $500,000 in carpet

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Wes Helms, Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton‘s grand slam last night helped the Rangers to their 85th win of the season, but it was also worth about $500,000 in free carpet. As part of a promotion CC Carpet and Floor Design in Dallas offered customers who bought flooring or counter tops a full refund if Hamilton hit a grand slam…

  17. Twins unsure if Justin Morneau and Denard Span will play again this season

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    morneau frustrated reuthers

    Minnesota’s season has been a mess on nearly every possible level, but the biggest long-term worries to come from their miserable 2011 are Justin Morneau‘s and Denard Span‘s struggles to come back from concussions. Morneau originally suffered his concussion in the middle of last year, but was recently shut down after experiencing dizziness 15 months…

  18. Buster Posey’s rehab is ahead of schedule

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    posey wider

    Obviously the season was a wash the moment he broke his ankle, but Buster Posey‘s rehab is continuing apace, with the Giants’ catcher to begin hitting off a tee next week. Actually, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner says that Posey is ahead of schedule and that his rehab is “pretty accelerated” at the moment. Of course, doing…

  19. X-rays were negative, so Robinson Cano plans to play Friday

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Robinson Cano walks off the field as the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Brent Lillibridge made a diving catch to win in New York

    Shortly before losing to the Mariners on an extra-inning walk-off homer by Luis Rodriguez last night the Yankees nearly lost Robinson Cano when he was hit on the foot by a 95-mph pitch. Cano remained in the game and hobbled to first base, and afterward underwent X-rays that came back negative. Andrew Marchand of ESPN…

  20. The Reds aren’t exactly thrilled with their 2012 schedule

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    GABP

    At least not the opening of it. The Reds had traditionally played the first game of the season in honor of their status as the oldest major league team.  That tradition has broken down in recent years, with prime time games taking over as the real opener and even some other teams having their first…

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