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  1. Gordon Beckham's hand still hurts

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is out of the lineup tonight due to pain in his right hand. This is bad because he took a ball off his right hand during last Monday’s game against the Indians. X-rays were negative, but he’s obviously got something wrong. The Sox have been on a tear lately,…

  2. Shin-Soo Choo hoping to avoid military service by playing for South Korea in Asian Games

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo has established himself as one of the best all-around outfielders in the league over the past three seasons, but his two-year obligation to the South Korean military has lingered in the background as a potential complication. And now he’ll try to play his way out of the military. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports…

  3. Jayson Werth out of the lineup, then back in

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    When the Phillies lineup was posted for tonight’s game, Jayson Werth was on the bench and Dominic Brown was getting the start in right.  This made sense inasmuch as Werth has struggled mightily against Marlins starter Chris Volstad. But a few short minutes ago Brown was scratched and Werth was re-inserted. Have to figure something…

  4. Busting the "he just knows how to win" myth for CC Sabathia

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Last season’s Cy Young voting was a major step in the right direction when it comes to no longer judging starting pitchers on wins and losses, but Felix Hernandez still seems likely to lose votes this year because the Mariners’ pathetic offense has left him with an 11-10 record despite a 2.30 ERA and league-leading…

  5. Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced. But why do we get a vote?

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Unlike the MVPs and other post season awards, no one ever talks smack about the Roberto Clemente award winner as being undeserving. That’s because it goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team,” and even the worst snark can’t cut through…

  6. Nationals call up Yunesky Maya six weeks after signing Cuban pitcher for $6 million

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Washington signed Cuban defector Yunesky Maya to a four-year, $6 million contract on July 31 and today the Nationals called up the 28-year-old right-hander. Maya will make his big-league debut tonight against the Mets after moving quickly through the Nationals’ system with a 3.38 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio in 21.1 innings split between three…

  7. The Angels release Brian Stokes

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    You may recall that last winter the Mets got a lot of grief for trading Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews Jr. The conventional wisdom at the time was “no matter how much salary the Angels are eating on Matthews, why on Earth would New York give up a serviceable arm like Stokes?“ Yeah, well, whoever…

  8. Scott Olsen and his 5.58 ERA want nothing to do with bullpen

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen tossed four no-hit innings yesterday in his first relief appearance since 2005, but afterward made it very clear that he wants nothing to do with the bullpen long term. I’d like to start. I don’t want to be a bullpen guy. The biggest difference in not being able to throw 140 feet before…

  9. Dbacks' president likes Kirk Gibson, covets Kevin Towers

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price says that Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall likes interim manager Kirk Gibson and is a big fan of former Padres GM Kevin Towers for the Arizona Diamondbacks job. How does that work, exactly? Isn’t it normally the case that new GMs like to bring in their own guy to manage a team?  We’ve…

  10. Jeremy Hellickson named Baseball America's minor league player of the year

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Rays prospect Jeremy Hellickson has been named Baseball America‘s minor league player of the year after the 22-year-old right-hander went 12-3 with a 2.45 ERA, .238 opponents’ batting average, and 123/35 K/BB ratio in 117.2 innings at Triple-A. BA doesn’t list the other finalists for the award, but Mike Moustakas and Wil Myers of the…

  11. There are still many reasons to watch the Mets

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    I mean reasons that are different than the ones that make you want to look at accident scenes and the “Faces of Death” movies.  James Kannengeiser lists them over at Amazing Avenue today. My favorite: the spoiler potential, as the Mets have six games left with the Phillies and three with the Braves.  I’m genuinely…

  12. Breaking news: Aroldis Chapman is human (sort of)

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman showed he was human yesterday, allowing three hits and a run while recording just one out. He also let both runners he inherited from Bill Bray to score. Of course, two of the hits were infield singles and the run was unearned, so maybe “human-like” is the more fitting description. He threw 16…

  13. Must-click link: Buck Showalter doesn't like Keith Olbermann

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Over at his MLB.com blog Keith Olbermann shared an amusing story from 1993 about then-Yankees manager Buck Showalter, who apparently didn’t like Olbermann and made him believe Paul O’Neill, Wade Boggs, and various other Yankees were upset at him for the whole SportsCenter shtick. Keith Olbermann: So Good To See Buck Showalter Again It seems…

  14. You'll be shocked to learn that Kris Benson's season is over

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    I figured that the day would bottom out with Jay Payton transaction news and improve from there, but I guess I was wrong: Kris Benson sighting! He was sighted (figuratively) putting all his stuff in a bag and going back home to be with Anna and do whatever it is they do all winter. Put…

  15. Chris Sale is thriving in the White Sox's bullpen three months after being drafted

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Three months ago Chris Sale was a starting pitcher for Florida Gulf Coast College and now he’s perhaps the most-trusted reliever in the White Sox’s bullpen, picking up his first career victory with 2.2 flawless innings yesterday. Selected with the 13th overall pick in June’s draft and almost immediately signed to a $1.65 million bonus,…

  16. The Rockies call up Jay Payton

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Hell, they’ve already got Melvin Mora on the team, so why not call up Jay Payton? For Payton, 37, who has spent parts of 13 seasons in the major leagues, this season has been about making peace with himself and the game after injuries forced him to miss the 2009 season. “It’s a good feeling,…

  17. A graphical representation of changing AAA affiliations

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This morning’s thing about the Portland Beavers inspired a few of you wonder who will become the Padres’ AAA team next year. It inspired a few others to muse in general about the great musical chairs game that is the affiliation business. As if on cue, lar at Wezen-Ball created this fun graphic showing AAA…

  18. Torn oblique muscle looks likely to end Jim Edmonds' career

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Last week Jim Edmonds indicated that he plans to retire after the season and now it sounds like the 40-year-old outfielder may have already played his final game. Edmonds is on the disabled list with an oblique injury that was originally listed as a strain, but he revealed yesterday that it’s actually a torn muscle:…

  19. Managerial chaos! Ok, maybe not, but it's fun to consider

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price has a profile of Cito Gaston today that’s interesting in and of itself, but he ends the piece with a fun little musing about an unlikely but delicious series of managerial moves this winter: Joe Torre leaves the Dodgers as they look for ways to cut costs; Dusty Baker, dissatisfied with the…

  20. Ubaldo Jimenez gets 18th win after a month between victories

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    It took a while, but Ubaldo Jimenez finally got his 18th victory last night to set the Rockies’ franchise record. Jimenez also leads the NL in wins, but lost four straight decisions between his 17th and 18th victories and had just two wins in nine starts since beginning the season 15-1. Of course, as usual…

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