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  1. The Yankees score six the hard way

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    I hadn’t noticed this, but reader Kevin pointed it out to me in the comments this morning: The Yankees scored six runs last night without any of them scoring on a hit. They had three sacrifice flies, a bases loaded walk and two run-scoring ground outs. Kevin wanted to know if a team had ever…

  2. So who's the Hall of Fame 'roider Tom Boswell mentioned last night?

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    A Washington Post reporter watched a Hall of Fame player use what he assumed were PEDs. Why are we just hearing about this now?

  3. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 AM EDT

    What a night. Everyone got all clinchy.

  4. Yankees, Rays now put focus on division

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    It was a dramatic night in the MLB playoff races on Tuesday, with the Cincinnati Reds clinching the NL Central for their first postseason trip since 1995, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays also assuring themselves places in the postseason, eliminating the Boston Red Sox in the process. The AL teams are…

  5. Reds clinch first trip to postseason since 1995

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    And what a way to do it. Jay Bruce homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning against Tim Byrdak just a short while ago, propelling the Reds to a 3-2 walkoff win over the Astros. The Reds have wrapped up the National League Central division and are now headed to the postseason…

  6. Rays and Yankees clinch, but there's still work to do

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    It’s been a foregone conclusion for weeks, but we now officially know who is playoff-bound in the American League. In front of a crowd of 17,891, the Rays just shut out the Orioles by the score of 5-0, clinching the franchise’s second ever trip to the postseason. David Price delivered eight shutout frames en route…

  7. Martin Prado done for season with hip pointer and torn oblique

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    Quick, somebody check on Craig, because the road just got much tougher for the Braves. The team announced his evening that Martin Prado will miss the remainder of the 2010 season, including a potential playoff run, after an MRI revealed a hip pointer and a torn oblique muscle. He will need two months of rest…

  8. Justin Upton receives good news on left shoulder

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Dr. James Andrews told Justin Upton that the slight tear in the labrum of his left shoulder has not gotten worse. Upton, who just turned 23 in August, has been limited to just four games this month due to left shoulder soreness. The root of the injury actually dates…

  9. Josh Hamilton continues to eye weekend return

    Sep 28, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Working out before Tuesday’s game, Josh Hamilton took 20 swings off a tee and 20 more of the soft-toss variety as he continues his comeback from two fractured ribs. Hamilton said he swung with about 60-percent effort and labeled it “a good day,” according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. He also shagged flyballs in the outfield…

  10. I almost got free Padres tickets by flirting with Heath Bell

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    What are you lookin’ at? You’ve never tried to butter up a relief pitcher for free stuff? Don’t judge me.

  11. Giants perpare for possible playoff, move up Tim Lincecum

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Having Monday off gave the Giants a lot more flexibility in dealing with their rotation this week, and they announced Tuesday that they’re taking advantage of it by moving Tim Lincecum’s start from Thursday to Wednesday. Lincecum was switched with Madison Bumgarner in case the Giants face a must-win 163rd game next Monday. Lincecum could…

  12. Adrian Beltre: family is going to dictate where I go

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    I’m a family man myself, so I totally understand it when someone says they’re doing something for the good of their family. Nothing is more important, even if sometimes it appears that the ballgame on TV is. And if I don’t want to put down the book I’m reading. And even if when I say…

  13. Must-click link: Kenny Powers' career stats on Fan Graphs

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    In honor of the second season of Eastbound and Down premiering on HBO, David Appelman of Fan Graphs took Kenny Powers’ career stats from the show’s website and translated them into Wins Above Replacement. Fan Graphs: Kenny Powers career stats Of course, Powers will probably never see his WAR totals because as noted in the…

  14. Comment of the Day: "Hey Calcaterra! Get your head out of your a–!"

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    This is less about the comment itself — though it is a good one — than it is about the nature of the Comment of the Day feature. Which is going to change a bit going forward.

  15. Rays to give away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow's game

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    No doubt in response to David Price calling out fans for not showing up to last night’s game and the subsequent criticism he’s received, the Rays announced that they’re giving away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow night’s game. All the details haven’t been released yet, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that…

  16. How to fix the A's offense: Lew Wolff says Billy Beane "will come up with something"

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    This is classic. A’s owner Lew Wolff was interviewed after last night’s game. One of the questions was about how a team with pitching as good as the A’s have can improve the offense going into 2011. What are the options, Lew? Rent-a-bat?  Sign a big free agent?  Got any preferences? “I don’t see a…

  17. Jimmy Rollins is in the lineup for first time since September 8

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins was initially expected to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup yesterday before manager Charlie Manuel squashed those plans because of a wet field, but he’s leading off and playing shortstop tonight in his first start since September 8. Rollins has sat out the past three weeks with a hamstring injury, but the Phillies went 13-3…

  18. Video: the Phillies get all clinchy

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    As much as it galls me, I feel obligated to post video of Phillies players spraying champagne on one another, smoking cigars and doing all of that celebration stuff.

  19. Hanley Ramirez limited to pinch-running for rest of season

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    After sitting out a week with an elbow injury Hanley Ramirez played last night, but was limited to pinch-running duties and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’s “basically out for the season.” Ramirez will continue to be available as a runner, but won’t be able to hit or play defense in the Marlins’ final…

  20. Adam Wainwright's season is over

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright’s last start came last Friday, which means that he had one more start in him if everything was going fine.  It wasn’t going fine, however — he had an MRI yesterday that revealed a muscle strain in his right forearm — so the Cards are shutting him down. Makes sense. The Cards are…

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