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  1. Tired of rain, Yankees and Orioles fans? Tough!

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Storm cloud

    In an earlier post I jokingly said that today’s makeup game between the Orioles and the Yankees would probably have rain, thereby extending those teams’ sogginess streak to approximately 800.  I probably should have checked the forecast, however, because, wouldn’t you know it, rain is expected today in Baltimore. There’s a slight chance of rain…

  2. Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic despite initially not being very excited about the possibility, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Belt was apparently convinced it would be a good thing following a conversation with manager Bruce Bochy, saying: “After talking with him, I really think it’s…

  3. Chase Utley has a mild concussion

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Chase Utley was hit in the head with an Eric O’Flaherty pitch in last night’s game. He stayed in, but was later pulled for a pinch hitter after complaining of a headache. Ruben Amaro said afterward that he has a “mild concussion.” Utley was held back from joining the team on its flight to Milwaukee and will…

  4. Oh good: Jeff Loria wants to make more baseball decisions

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Image (1) Loria.jpg for post 4206

    Yesterday, in the wake of the Marlins shuffling around their front office, I observed that part of the Marlins success over the years has been that, despite the financial constraints and despite the fact that their owner is basically a disaster area, the Marlins have always let good baseball people make good baseball decisions and…

  5. Jeff Francoeur threw a batter out at first from right field

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    I’ve offered several kudos to Jeff Francoeur for having a better-than-expected season this year. But given that I’ve still offered approximately 598 more slams than kudos in his career, I still have some work to do.  So it’s definitely appropriate for me to note that Francoeur shot a dude down cold from right field yesterday…

  6. Tim Wakefield is never going to win his 200th game

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    On the one hand I think round numbers for the sake of round numbers are kind of silly. On the other hand, I like knuckleballers and I really like Tim Wakefield, so it makes me kind of sad to see him get start after start in the pursuit of 200 wins only to fall short…

  7. The State of the Races

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox lose. New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: The Yankees, who just hosted Baltimore, now go down to Baltimore today for a makeup game. I’m sure everyone is thrilled to see these two play yet another game. All they…

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

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:01 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 7, Royals 0:  Guillermo Moscoso took a no-hitter into the eighth inning . He allowed only two hits in all in eight and two-thirds and, between his last start against the Mariners and this one against the Royals, retired 30 batters in a row. Heck, if a hitting streak can stretch between two seasons, I’d…

  9. Nyjer Morgan calls Albert Pujols a “she” in postgame tweets

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:23 AM EDT

    morgan ap

    We had a benches-clearing incident Wednesday in St. Louis between the Brewers and Cardinals. The way Nyjer Morgan tells it, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter incited the whole thing when he screamed “f@&k you” following a ninth-inning strikeout. The Brewers center fielder responded in kind, hurling a number of his own choice words out to the…

  10. Bill Buckner earns redemption, and some laughs along the way

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

    Bill Buckner will always be remembered for that one moment in the 1986 World Series. You know the one. He’s been tormented by the play for years, and for the most part has avoided talking about it. Who would have thought that Larry David, a New York Yankees fan, would come and make everything right?…

  11. Astros’ potential move to American League playing a role in Jim Crane’s approval status

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Drayton McLane, Jim Crane

    We’ve heard multiple theories as to why exactly Houston businessman Jim Crane has not been approved as the new owner of the Astros. Forbes magazine called him “controversial,” he had an ugly divorce back in 2000, his businesses have been taken to court 130 times over the past 15 years. Maury Brown of The Biz…

  12. Cardinals setup man Eduardo Sanchez nearing return

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    eduardo sanchez getty pose

    It’s been a few months since we’ve checked in on Eduardo Sanchez, the hard-throwing St. Louis setup man who posted a 1.88 ERA and struck out 33 batters over his first 28 2/3 major league innings. Sanchez has been sidelined since mid-June with an injured right shoulder, but he should be back in the Cards’…

  13. Brian Wilson “airs it out” in 22-pitch bullpen session

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    brian wilson in dugout

    From beat writer Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News comes word that Giants closer Brian Wilson “aired it out” during a 22-pitch bullpen session Wednesday afternoon in San Diego. Wilson, on the disabled list since mid-August due to right elbow inflammation, reported no lingering pain or discomfort in any part of his pitching…

  14. Mike Stanton remains sidelined due to hamstring tightness

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    stanton with trainer getty

    Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton tweaked his right hamstring Saturday when he tumbled near the first base bag while trying to leg out an infield single. He has made just one pinch-hit appearance since, and is not in Florida’s starting lineup for Wednesday night’s series finale against the Mets. But the young slugger should be…

  15. Tommy Hanson could throw first bullpen session Friday

    Sep 7, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    hanson delivery

    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the first week of August due to a fatigued throwing shoulder. But he is making steady progress and could be ready for the final week or two of the regular season. According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the 25-year-old ace felt “really good” after…

  16. Phillies’ protest of Sunday’s loss to the Marlins denied

    Sep 7, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel, Joe West

    As expected. The Phillies’ protest of Sunday’s 14-inning loss to the Marlins over what appeared to be the improper use of replay on a fan interference call has been denied. Major League Baseball made the announcement after the play was reviewed by Joe Torre, the executive vice president for baseball operations. The Phillies protested after Hunter Pence was ruled out…

  17. Nightengale details the Albert Pujols negotiations

    Sep 7, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale has an excellent article on what’s happened to date and what’s still to come in Albert Pujols‘ contract negotiations with the Cardinals.  A couple of the highlights: – Two sources told Nightengale that the Cards’ offer to Pujols last winter was for $195 million over nine years, not the $220 million-$230 million originally…

  18. UPDATE: Nationals get their rainout anyway

    Sep 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals

    6:00 p.m. EDT update: Mother nature overruled MLB. Tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Nationals in D.C. is again off, the Nationals announced.  A split doubleheader will be played Thursday. Both teams had agreed to call it off hours ago, but MLB intervened and insisted that the Nationals wait before calling it.  With the forecast…

  19. Oakland’s Guillermo Moscoso loses no-hitter in eighth

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Guillermo Moscoso

    5:53 p.m. EDT update: No no-no this afternoon.  Moscoso got Jeff Francoeur to line out and struck out Mitch Maier to begin the eighth, but Royals catcher Salvador Perez battled back after an 0-2 count and singled with two outs to break up the bid. Moscoso retired Mike Moustakas afterwards, and he may still get a…

  20. Platinum Sombrero! Chris Davis is first player to strike out five times this season

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    If you had to pick which player would be the first to strike out five times in a game this season “someone on the Orioles” would be a pretty good guess. Mark Reynolds led the league with more than 200 strikeouts in each of the past three seasons and leads the AL with 170 this…

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