Aug 9, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT
Memo to Pirates’ announcers Steve Blass and Greg Brown: Even if you haven’t been there before, fellas, at least act like you’ve been there.
Aug 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
I hope you’re sitting down for this, but Eric Chavez is thinking hard about retiring: “I’ve pondered retirement. I’d lie if I said I didn’t. The truth of the matter is that I don’t know what I’m going to do . . . I’d love to come back and play the last month of the…
Aug 9, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT
The Dodgers designating Garret Anderson for assignment opened up a roster spot, and the man who took it was one Jay Gibbons. Interesting story there. Gibbons, you’ll recall, was a Mitchell Report All-Star, having been tied up with those “rejuvenation clinics” that supplied players with HGH. He was released by the Orioles the following spring…
Aug 9, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT
If Derek Jeter passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list last night wasn’t enough for you in the milestones-of-questionable-significance department, just wait until today’s game: with one more hit Jeter will tie Mel Ott for the all-time New York hits lead. Not the Yankees hit lead — he did that last year when he…
Aug 9, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
The Pirates’ coaching shakeup was not a matter of poor performance. It was a matter of loyalty.
Aug 9, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
I know your game: you surf baseball blogs at work and tune out on the weekend because you have a life to lead. Hell, I invented that game. Which is why I also invented Weekend Wrapup.
Aug 9, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT
Brandon Morrow smokes the Rays, and pennant races tighten. In more important news, I bought some baseball shirts and I’d like to tell you about them.
Aug 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT
Mark Prior made his debut for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League last week and also got a quick profile in the Los Angeles Times. Prior is still only 29 years of age, which seems incredible, and his fastball has been clocked in the 90s. Sure, it’s doubtful that he will…
Aug 8, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT
White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was pulled from the White Sox’s 4-3 loss to the Orioles on Sunday with a strained groin. The injury, according to the Chicago Tribune, is being called “moderate,” but groin injuries can be pretty tricky. Brent Lillibridge replaced him at second base and is likely to start there for…
Aug 8, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT
Uh oh. Word comes from the Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio that the Rays have sent both Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann back to St. Petersburg to be examined Monday by team orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton…
Aug 8, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT
Brandon Morrow struck out 17 Rays batters this afternoon in Toronto and came within one out of a no-hitter. He threw 137 pitches — 97 of which were strikes.
Aug 8, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have designated outfielder Garret Anderson for assignment…
Aug 8, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT
New Rangers CEO and minority owner Chuck Greenberg has made it known that his club will do all it can to lock up left-hander Cliff Lee in the offseason. This according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram. Of course…
Aug 8, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT
According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins activated second baseman Orlando Hudson from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and will start him this afternoon against the Indians and left-hander David Huff…
Aug 8, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald has confirmed that Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan is going to have season-ending surgery on his injured left knee on Wednesday…
Aug 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have “initiated” talks toward a contract extension with second baseman Dan Uggla…
Aug 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT
Well, it appears the good vibes that Pedro Alvarez sent into the Pittsburgh air on Saturday night have quickly made their way out of the stratosphere. The Bucs decided to cut ties with pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho early Sunday morning, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kerrigan was…
Aug 8, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT
The Pirates and their fans are finally getting a taste of a bright future.
Aug 8, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg passed his final test Saturday and has been cleared to return from the disabled list for a start Tuesday against the Marlins. He threw a bullpen session under the watch of pitching coach Steve McCatty, and the young phenom reported no pain or discomfort in his throwing arm. Nats manager Jim…
Aug 7, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT
Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune passes along word that right-hander Erik Bedard has, as expected, undergone season-ending surgery on his shoulder. The procedure was performed by Mariners surgeon Dr. Edward Khalfayan and assisted by Dr. Lewis Yocum. It was deemed a success. “I feel good,” Bedard said.”It’s good to get it over with.…
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