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  1. So those great 1990s Braves teams were doctoring baseballs? Awesome!

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    leo mazzone braves phone

    Maybe this is fun, b.s. banter. Maybe there’s truth to it. Maybe everyone did it. Maybe only the Braves did.  But former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone was on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio with Evan Cohen and former Mets GM Steve Phillips today, and he seemed t admit that the Braves — or at least John…

  2. Pirates sending No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole to Arizona Fall League

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole didn’t sign with Pittsburgh until just before the August 16 deadline and won’t make his official minor-league debut until next season, but the Pirates announced that the right-hander from UCLA will pitch in the Arizona Fall League next month. General manager Neal Huntington told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh…

  3. Tonight will be Michael Pineda’s last start

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    It’s been several months since people outside of the Pacific Northwest stopped paying attention to the really super rookie year Michael Pineda is having, but know that it has continued just fine.  And after tonight it ends. But it ends with an easy mark: the punchless Minnesota Twins. It’s been a great year for Pineda.…

  4. Mike Quade expects to be back as Cubs manager

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Mike Quade

    Aramis Ramirez is “ready to move on” from the Cubs, but Mike Quade said today that he expects to return as Chicago’s manager in 2012 despite a 68-87 record. Quade got the full-time job after taking over for Lou Piniella last season and going 24-13 down the stretch as interim manager, and he’s at least…

  5. Everything you ever wanted to know about ballplayer statues

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kirby Puckett statue

    Statues of baseball players: they’re not just the place where you meet your buddy who has the extra ticket or a convenient location for the pigeons to poop. They’re actually becoming an increasingly popular fixture in ballparks, and the New York Times is on it.  (They’re always ON IT, actually). For reasons that I can’t quite explain,…

  6. Great Moments in self-promotion: I’ll be on NBC SportsTalk again tonight

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    Because NBC SportsTalk isn’t going to unseat SportsCenter as the most-watched evening sports studio show (weeknight division) by itself, I feel like I need to note when I’m on.  No, not because I think you’ll all flock to it. To the contrary, I consider it more of a warning. After all, if my pasty, lisping…

  7. Don Mattingly doesn’t want Jonathan Broxton back in 2012

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    jonathan-broxton-dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton is heading to free agency with his value at an all-time low and will be rehabbing minor elbow surgery for the next couple months. His odds of re-signing with the Dodgers were probably slim already, but Don Mattingly made it very clear yesterday that he doesn’t want Broxton back for 2012, telling Tony…

  8. The Mets hint that they’ll change the fences at Citi Field

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Citi Field

    The issue of the fences at Citi Field gets thrown out for public consumption a few times a year. It was ruled out a year ago. There was some chatter about it in April.  Then Jeff Francoeur weighed in because, hey, why not?  Adam Rubin and Greg Rybarczyk of Hittrackeronline analyzed what it would all mean…

  9. Reds will exercise $12 million option on Brandon Phillips

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez, Brandon Phillips

    General manager Walt Jocketty announced that the Reds intend to exercise their $12 million option on Brandon Phillips for next season and indicated that the two sides have had some preliminary talks about a long-term contract extension. Phillips tweeted about having “a lot on my mind” because today might be his final home game with…

  10. Phil Hughes scratched from today’s start with back spasms

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the Yankees’ doubleheader against the Rays today, but he’s unavailable because of back spasms that have bothered him since last week. Hector Noesi will get the Game 1 start instead, but he’s been used strictly as a reliever this season and is expected to throw just…

  11. Javy Vazquez may retire after this year

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Javier Vazquez has had a fantastic second half for the Marlins. So fantastic that I’ve used the “who is going to get suckered into signing him to a big contract” joke at least twice in the past two weeks. Three if you count that one.  But Vazquez himself may very well have different ideas.  According…

  12. Aramis Ramirez “ready to move on” from Cubs

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Aramis Ramirez has been making quite a few headlines as he nears free agency. Last week he told reporters he’ll be seeking a two- or three-year deal on the open market, earlier this week reports pegged the Marlins as one of his likely suitors, and last night the 34-year-old third baseman told Patrick Mooney of…

  13. Must-click link: catchers framing pitches have a huge impact on ball/strike calls

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jose Molina

    This is something that we’ve always suspected intuitively, but Mike Fast has a major piece up over at Baseball Prospectus today exploring (a) how much of an influence a catcher has on ball/strike calls for borderline pitches; (b) the techniques they use to do this; and (c) who, among active catchers is the best at…

  14. Line drive to chest won’t keep David Price from Friday start

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Price

    David Price exited Sunday’s start against the Red Sox after just four innings when he was hit in the chest by a line drive, sending him to the hospital and leaving the left-hander with an imprint of the baseball on his skin. Three days later the bruising is almost gone and Price feels good enough…

  15. Jinx Alert! MLB to premiere its Braves-based “Legends are born in October” commercial tonight

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    I’m not a superstitious man, but at some point Fate just doesn’t like to be tempted. This, it seems to me, is not just tempting fate, but taunting it: The Braves won last night, but they’re by no means a lock to win this thing. Especially considering their final six games come against a Nats…

  16. Nationals scouting impending free agent C.J. Wilson

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    C.J. Wilson may be the most desirable starting pitcher on the free agent market this offseason and the Nationals will apparently be among the teams interested in the Rangers left-hander. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that “the Nationals have sent a scout to Oakland to watch” Wilson tonight against the A’s and “it’s not a…

  17. Erik Bedard may have been rattled last night

    Sep 21, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard, Terry Francona

    Ever been served with legal papers? It’s not fun. Kind of throws you off your game for a while. Erik Bedard didn’t have a great game last night against the Orioles.  I wonder if this had anything to do with it: Hours before taking the mound for the reeling Red Sox against the Orioles Tuesday…

  18. Clayton Kershaw simply owns the Giants

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Clayton Kershaw has 20 wins this year. Five of them have come against the arch-rival Giants. Four of them have come when Tim Lincecum was going for San Francisco. In short, he has crushed his enemies, has seen them driven before him, and has heard the lamentation of their women. Last night was no different.…

  19. The Marlins’ new logo is leaked. We think.

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Maury Brown found this on a message board yesterday. It purports to be the new Marlins logo, though some have suggested it’s a fake. Others have suggested that it’s a temporary thing just being floated for public feedback, and if it’s mocked it will be disowned by the team. Either way, I assume someone will…

  20. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 5: Guess that visit from Ric Flair didn’t pay off, eh?  It’s possible, I suppose, that the visit wasn’t from the man in his awesome Nature Boy persona, but rather, was the real life Ric Flair, who is pretty damn pathetic. Anyway, sure, Tampa Bay lost too and if these teams…

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