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  1. The save stat and perverse incentives

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Ted Berg flagged something pretty darn illuminating this morning.  The quotes of the principles in yesterday’s Yankees game, happy that they failed on offense so that Mariano Rivera could get his 602nd save: “I couldn’t believe they were cheering me for hitting into a double play,” Swisher said. “I said: ‘Whoa, what’s this? And then…

  2. Phillies moving rookie Vance Worley to the bullpen for playoffs

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Last week manager Charlie Manuel hinted that the Phillies would move rookie Vance Worley to the bullpen for the playoffs and now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the switch will likely take place following his start tomorrow. Worley made it clear that he’d be fine with the move, but wanted some time…

  3. Thwarted Mets investor now a Yankees limited partner

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ray Bartoszek

    Someone once said that there is nothing more limited than being a limited partner to George Steinbrenner. I’m assuming that’s still the case with Hal Steinbrenner too. But with better cash flow and less likelihood of a capital call, I’m assuming that being a Yankees minority shareholder is a better deal than being a minority…

  4. Lance Berkman: “No matter what people say, it’s always about the money”

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Gee, he ought to start a website with that name. Oops! Too late! The Cardinals are obviously trying to settle as much family business as they can before the season ends and all efforts will have to be put into the Albert Pujols negotiations.  One bit of family business they’d like settled is the matter…

  5. Brad Mills is safe, no matter what the rumors sites say

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    UPDATE: ESPN has apparently taken down the post.  I’m assuming this means that Brad Mills is no longer on the hot seat. Thanks for the quick edit, guys. Everyone screws up sometimes. A quick fix is the way to go.  Except for you commenters. You still get no edit function. 8:49 AM: I was rather…

  6. Filip Bondy zeroes in on the important part of Mariano Rivera’s big day

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

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    I noted the whole “Jorge Posada should catch Mariano Rivera‘s 602nd save” phenomenon yesterday, but I can’t say I expected it to be put so starkly and stupidly by someone who gets paid to write about sports.  Of course no one has ever gone broke underestimating the level of discourse from Filip Bondy of the…

  7. The wheels are falling off the Braves Express

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jonny Venters

    Actually, I think the wheels fell off about ten days ago.  They’ve been carving up pavement with the rotors since then, but now the rotors are about to go too.  At this rate, this time next week they’ll be up on the back of a flatbed, off to the junkyard, wondering what the hell happened.…

  8. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Omar Infante

    Marlins 6, Braves 5: It’s all so fitting, isn’t it? Omar Infante — Braves All-Star representative in 2010 and the chit that went Florida’s way in the big trade that was supposed to improve the team — killing ’em with a walkoff homer? The Braves single greatest weapon this year, Craig Kimbrel, blowing the lead?  If…

  9. Red Sox rout Orioles in second game of doubleheader, wild card lead back at two games

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

    Jacboy Ellsbury, Marco Scutaro

    After all that, we’re right back where we were when we began the day. The Red Sox dropped the first game of today’s doubleheader against the last-place Orioles, but they brought their bats for the nightcap. On the strength of 20 hits, they pushed their Wild Card lead back to two games with an 18-9…

  10. Omar Infante stuns Braves with walkoff blast, wild card lead down to 2 1/2 games

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla, Craig Kimbrel

    The National League Wild Card race just got, well, pretty wild. Craig Kimbrel had the Marlins down to their final strike in the bottom of the ninth inning tonight, but the rookie closer served up a walkoff two-run home run to former Brave Omar Infante en route to a stunning 6-5 loss. The home run…

  11. Report: Matt Holliday “doubtful” to return this season

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Bad news for the surging Cardinals. A team source tells Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matt Holliday‘s availability for the rest of the season is “doubtful.” Holliday left last Tuesday’s game with tendon damage to the base of his right middle finger. Strauss hears that it’s a matter of pain tolerance right…

  12. Tommy Hanson could start the Braves’ regular season finale

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Maybe we shouldn’t look too far ahead since the Braves are still fighting to hang on in the Wild Card race, but the odds of Tommy Hanson being ready in time for the postseason are at least looking better. From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Hanson threw two simulated innings earlier…

  13. Astros to unveil new 50th anniversary logo

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    new Astros logo

    Capping off a banner 49th season, the Astros will unveil their 50th anniversary logo and plans for 2012 in a celebration prior to Thursday’s game.  Among those expected to attend the festivities are former stars Craig Biggio, Larry Dierker and Jimmy Winn. I’m not sure if they’ll pick the logo I submitted, but fingers crossed.

  14. It doesn’t sound like Domonic Brown will make the Phillies’ postseason roster

    Sep 19, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies called Domonic Brown up from the minors on Friday night, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be postseason-bound. To the contrary, a team source tells Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Phillies plan to send Brown to the instructional league following the regular season. Brown could still qualify for the postseason…

  15. Manager Big Papi wants Alfredo Aceves in the rotation

    Sep 19, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Alfredo Aceves

    Not that he’s the only one. David Ortiz, though, said after the first game of Monday’s doubleheader that Alfredo Aceves should be in the Red Sox rotation. “To be honest with you, the way things are going, he should be starting. It’s as simple as that,” Ortiz was quoted as saying by the Boston Globe.…

  16. Diamondbacks add top prospect Jarrod Parker to bullpen

    Sep 19, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Looking for a little boost down the stretch, the Diamondbacks have added 22-year-old Jarrod Parker to the relief corps in advance of Monday’s game. Parker, who missed the entire 2010 season following Tommy John surgery, returned to go 11-8 with a 3.79 ERA and a 112/55 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings for Double-A Mobile…

  17. Kerry Wood to undergo knee surgery, says he’ll retire if Cubs don’t re-sign him

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    kerry-wood-cubs

    Kerry Wood has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee, which he’ll have surgery to fix next week. Wood will have plenty of time to get healthy by spring training, but told Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago that he’ll retire if the Cubs don’t want…

  18. HBT Daily: How screwed are the Red Sox?

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I taped this before today’s loss, but on some level, I think we knew it was going to be a loss before it happened.

  19. Picture of the Day: Moneyball, Pitt, and FIP on the cover of SI

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Not only is Brad Pitt wearing an A’s hat on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated to promote the “Moneyball” film, the equation for Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is featured as well. You can read my review of the movie by clicking here.

  20. Exit light, enter night: Mariano Rivera is the all-time saves king

    Sep 19, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Who will bridge the gap to Mo?

    Mariano Rivera moved past Trevor Hoffman on the all-time saves list this afternoon, throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Twins to close out a 6-4 victory and record his 602nd career save. In general saves are an overrated and oftentimes silly stat and Rivera certainly didn’t need the record in order for people to…

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