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  1. Frank Deford wants a 140-game season and more playoff teams

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Old Man Cloud

    Frank Deford does a weekly sports rant on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and it’s rather sad. Sad because it presents us with a guy who has a body of sportswriting work that is virtually unmatched offering little contrarian rants that seldom make any sense, internal or otherwise, and are filled more with curmudgeonly bile than anything…

  2. Mike Trout smacks two homers, drives in five

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    A big night for the young Mike Trout last night.  He hit two homers and drove in five as the Angels destroyed the Mariners. Perhaps it is less impressive given that the jacks came off Anthony Vasquez who, in his two major league starts, has given up twelve earned runs and four homers in nine…

  3. Things got plunky in the Yankees-Red Sox game

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    My musings from yesterday about the Yankees-Red Sox series getting boring still stand, though they probably need to be qualified in light of the fun little dustup in the seventh of last night’s game. No, the John Lackey plunking of Francisco Cervelli wasn’t A-Rod/Varitek or anything, but there was at least some fire there. The…

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

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:28 AM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Nationals 9, Braves 2: The Nats continue to be an outrageous pain in Atlanta’s rear end. Before the game, mindful of this and mindful of the fact that Livan Hernandez always kills the Braves, I tweeted the following: “Oh, Livan is going against the Braves tonight? Prediction: 7 IP, 3H, 1 ER, 6K, 0 BB.”…

  5. Former Giants payroll manager facing embezzlement charges

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:15 AM EDT

    Giants logo

    According to KGO-TV in San Francisco, Robin O’Connor, a former payroll manager with the Giants, was arrested on federal charges associated with embezzling more than $1.5 million from player accounts. O’Connor, who worked in the Giants’ front office for four years, received an annual salary of $80,000. An FBI affidavit says the 41-year-old mother-of-two embezzled…

  6. Hanley Ramirez leaves rehab game after setback with shoulder

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    hanley getty hurt wide

    Marlins manager Jack McKeon told reporters prior to tonight’s game that Hanley Ramirez was on track to return from the disabled list Friday, but those plans are effectively on hold. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins’ TV crew is saying that Ramirez left a minor league rehab game with High-A Jupiter tonight after feeling more…

  7. Alex Rodriguez receives cortisone shot in left thumb, unlikely to return until Friday

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees’ starting lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox, but Alex Rodriguez remains sidelined with a Grade 1 sprain of his left thumb. While an MRI on the thumb came back negative yesterday, he was given a cortisone injection. It’s not uncommon for players to rest for a…

  8. Report: Andy MacPhail plans to walk away from Orioles

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

    Andy MacPhail AP

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today was told by two “high-ranking Orioles officials” that Andy MacPhail plans to walk away from the Orioles at the end of the season. MacPhail, who was hired as president of baseball operations in June of 2007, is currently in the final year of his contract. Nightengale hears that several replacements…

  9. Tommy Hanson told he’s dealing with normal wear and tear in shoulder

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Tommy Hanson was diagnosed with a small “undersurface” rotator tear of his rotator cuff last Friday, but the news was more slightly more encouraging following a visit to Dr. James Andrews yesterday. Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Hanson was told by Andrews that he is dealing with regular wear and tear in…

  10. Ozzie Guillen wants a contract extension from the White Sox

    Aug 30, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    We have been through this song and dance before, but it sounds like the wheels are in motion for some big changes with the White Sox this winter. According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters this afternoon that he wants a contract extension. Guillen, who has the South Siders…

  11. Lance Berkman says the Cardinals are keeping him

    Aug 30, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Matthew Leach of MLB.com has the quotes: “I’m not going to get moved,” Berkman said. ” I think the ship has sailed. I really do. “I don’t want to be moved. I don’t think they want to move me. Obviously Mo has an obligation as the general manager to listen to any… But certainly I…

  12. Howard Johnson to play with son for indy team

    Aug 30, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Howard Johnson - 87 Fleer

    Metsblog.com points out that the Rockland Boulders of the independent Can-Am League on Tuesday announced the signing of father-and-son pair Howard and Glen Johnson. The duo will play alongside one another on Sept. 4-5 against the Newark Bears. “This may be my last go ‘round so it’s a great opportunity to play in a professional game…

  13. Justin Morneau sidelined with mild concussion symptoms

    Aug 30, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Nearly 14 months after taking a knee to the head while trying to break up a double play against the Blue Jays, Justin Morneau continues to suffer the aftereffects of a concussion.  He’s out of Minnesota’s lineup tonight with what the team is calling “mild concussion symptoms.” The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen reports that Morneau…

  14. Strasmas in September: Stephen Strasburg set to start for Nationals next Tuesday

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    strasburg throws ap

    Stephen Strasburg will make his sixth minor-league rehab start Thursday at Double-A and assuming everything goes well he’ll come off the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ rotation on September 6. That had been the presumed return date for a while now, but manager Davey Johnson made it official by informing reporters today. Strasburg, who…

  15. The Pirates are raising ticket prices

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    PNC Park

    Going to a Pirates game is a bargain compared to most places and you get a great ballpark experience out of it to boot.  Part of the reason it’s such a bargain is that the Pirates haven’t raised ticket prices in nearly ten years.  That changes now, though: The Pirates raised prices on some of…

  16. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout will be on the same Arizona Fall League team

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    Bryce Harper made his unofficial pro debut in the Arizona Fall League last year and the former No. 1 overall pick will be back in the AFL again this year. Better yet he’ll be on the same Scottsdale team as Angels stud prospect Mike Trout, meaning the top two prospects in baseball will be patrolling…

  17. Albert Pujols: Most Valuable Dad

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Look, not much is happening today, so random is fine, right?  Of course it is. My friend Nick Collias — who is both a Spanish speaker and a writer for MLB Trade Rumors — sent along this feature story about Albert Pujols from Multimedia del Caribe in the Dominican Republic.  It’s in Spanish so it’s not…

  18. Indians demote Matt LaPorta to Triple-A

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Matt LaPorta, Austin Kearns

    Rosters expand from 25 to 40 tomorrow, but the Indians needed a spot for today’s starting pitcher, Jeanmar Gomez, and created one by optioning Matt LaPorta to Triple-A. LaPorta will no doubt be back in September, but he’ll have to wait at least 10 days to rejoin the team unless someone is placed on the…

  19. The Kiss Cam just can’t win

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kiss Cam

    Via BTF comes a column in The Faster Times about the Kiss Cam at AT&T Park. Specifically, about how it’s a totally heterosexual affair, and how that’s not cool: If the Jumbotron at AT&T Park is to be believed, there are no gay people in San Francisco.  Either that, or the city’s sizeable gay community…

  20. Barry Bonds to be sentenced December 16th

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Gwen Knapp of the Chronicle tweeted a few minutes ago that the judge in the Barry Bonds case has set Bonds’ sentencing for December 16th. Knapp’s assumption — which sounds like a very reasonable one — is that he won’t do time but rather will get some sort of home confinement or probation or something. I’d…

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