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  1. Nobody knows anything about hitting

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Well, some people do, but those guys seem to be pretty rare. Whenever most people talk about hitting, however, it seems to come out all funny, to the point where I think it’s just more about feel and fast-twitch muscles and spidey sense than it is about anything that can be articulated or taught. Case…

  2. Is it notable that Ryne Sandberg wasn't asked to join the Cubs in September?

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan has a column in the Tribune today in which he notes that the Cubs didn’t call up one of their prospects after the rosters opened up: The Cubs called up five of Ryne Sandberg’s players from Triple-A Iowa before Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Astros, but not Sandberg himself. Having one managerial candidate…

  3. Brad Lidge unavailable until at least Friday with elbow injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    When the Phillies reclaimed first place in the NL East last night they do so with Ryan Madson finishing up an 8-7 victory, because closer Brad Lidge was unavailable due to a hyper-extended elbow that’s expected to keep him out until at least Friday. Lidge had elbow surgery last year and has needed multiple cortisone…

  4. Phil Hughes gets pushed back

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes pitched on Sunday, and would have gone again on Friday, but the Yankees have pushed him back. He’ll go next Wednesday against the Rays, getting nine days’ rest. Hughes gave up six runs in six innings on Sunday with a lot of bombs thrown in there. He’s at 155 innings on the year…

  5. Miguel Cabrera sidelined by lingering shoulder problems

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    For the second time in the past week Miguel Cabrera left last night’s game with shoulder soreness, and Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that “this time around both Cabrera and the Tigers sound a little more worried about it.” Officially diagnosed with biceps tendinitis, Cabrera said he initially suffered the injury while diving for a…

  6. I don't think wounded veterans care that Oliver Perez didn't visit them

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    My guess is that just about every baseball team that visits the Nationals takes a side trip to Walter Reed Hospital to visit wounded vets. My guess is that just about every team has a few guys who don’t make the trip for whatever reason, be it business or personal. My guess, however, is that…

  7. Jim Thome ties Frank Robinson for 8th place with 586 homers

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jim Thome’s great run continued last night, as he homered for the fourth time in three games to tie Frank Robinson for eighth place on the all-time list with 586 career long balls. Thome has given the Twins amazing production for a one-year, $1.5 million investment this offseason, hitting .278/.407/.636 with 22 homers, 16 doubles,…

  8. Let us take a moment to praise Charlie Manuel

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    In which I set aside my extreme Braves-panic and tip my hat to Charlie Manuel, who has done a hell of a job this year.

  9. Dodgers designate Ronnie Belliard for assignment

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Last season Ronnie Belliard was traded from the Nationals to the Dodgers on August 31 and hit .351 with five homers and seven doubles in 24 games, pushing Orlando Hudson aside to become Los Angeles’ starting second baseman down the stretch and into the playoffs. Re-signed to a one-year, $825,000 contract that included a weigh-in…

  10. Cities are still paying for stadiums that no longer exist

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’ve been on the “public financing for ballparks = bad” train for years, but apparently it’s just now dawning on actual public officials that giving billionaires free offices in which to operate their insanely-profitable businesses is a bad idea. Today’s story on it in the New York Times details how a bunch of places —…

  11. Carlos Gonzalez surges ahead in the triple crown hunt

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    All of the triple crown talk has been about Joey Votto and Albert Pujols — indeed, until just the other day they were the only two dudes in that triple crown tracker on the ESPN.com baseball front — but Carlos Gonzalez’s claim seems stronger than that of either of those guys at the moment. Gonzalez…

  12. Victor Martinez won't be accepting that two-year deal from the Red Sox

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Last week we learned that the Red Sox have offered Victor Martinez a two-year deal. Yesterday Martinez told WEEI’s Rob Bradford that two years isn’t going to get the job done: “They’re trying to do one thing, and we’ll see what happens. I don’t really have to do it. They came with something, and that…

  13. Quote of the Day: Dallas Braden

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Sensitivity towards those with potentially fatal diseases ain’t big in the 209.

  14. The umps ejected everyone in the Cardinals-Brewers game

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Lots of people hit the showers early. Well, maybe not the fan who was ejected. My guess is he doesn’t shower until he wakes up with his hangover around lunchtime today.

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

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:56 AM EDT

    The Phillies take over first place in the NL East. Trevor Hoffman notches save number 600 and Carlos Gonzalez starts getting the “M.V.P!” chants.

  16. Hells Bells: Trevor Hoffman notches 600th career save

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals tonight to pick up his 600th career save in front of the home crowd in Milwaukee. Hoffman lost the closer job after struggling mightily early this season and his ERA is still north of 6.00, but he’s quietly pitched well for the past few months…

  17. Justin Upton was sent for an MRI on his left shoulder

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson confirmed to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that Justin Upton was sent for an MRI on his ailing left shoulder this morning. Upton hasn’t played since tweaking the shoulder during an at-bat in the seventh inning of last Monday’s game against the Padres. Just yesterday, Gibson told Steve Gilbert…

  18. Jay Bruce making progress towards return to lineup

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Jay Bruce will miss a seventh straight game tonight due to soreness in his right side, however he reported no pain after taking approximately 50 swings off a tee earlier this afternoon, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “The biggest thing is how I bounce back tomorrow. We’ll go from there.” The tentative plan is…

  19. Josh Johnson could miss start with sore back

    Sep 7, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    According to manager Edwin Rodriguez, Josh Johnson is “50-50″ to make his scheduled start Friday against the Nationals because of lingering back soreness. Johnson, who is third in the NL with a 2.30 ERA and fourth with 186 strikeouts, has been dealing with the problem for weeks. While he’s remained solid, he’s missed out on…

  20. Where might Colby Rasmus play next year?

    Sep 7, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    If the rift between Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus forces the Cardinals to part with their 24-year-old center fielder, there will surely a be a ton of interest. Rasmus is hitting .266/.352/.496 in his second big-league season, and he’s not close to reaching his ceiling. He’s also a Gold Glove-caliber defender. He should be…

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