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  1. Adam Dunn’s back-to-back two-hit games a first for 2011

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Lance Berkman, Adrian Gonzalez, Vladimir Guerrero and David Wright have all done it seven games in a row.  Kyle Blanks, Brett Wallace and Mike Moustakas are some of the lesser lights to do it at least five games in a row.  Now Adam Dunn has at least done it twice in a row.  With two…

  2. Once upon a time “baseball wise men” really liked the John Lackey signing

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    hindsight award

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors dug up an interesting article from February of 2010 in which ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark polled “20 baseball wise men” about which of that offseason’s free agent signings were the best. Their answer? 1. John Lackey (5 years, $82.5 million) 2. Chone Figgins (4 years, $36 million) 3. Matt Holliday…

  3. Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall has cancer

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Hall

    Well this is a perfectly sucky bit of news. Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to the news release it was caught in early stages and everyone is waxing optimistic. There really aren’t many things one can say about this sort of thing apart from best wishes to Hall for…

  4. Ozzie Guillen wants to know job status before taking vacation

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    ozzie guillen wine

    Ozzie Guillen is going on a vacation to Spain with his wife two days after the regular season is over–presumably he planned it after Chicago fell out of contention–and he wants to know where he stands with the White Sox before he leaves. Guillen is under contract for next season, but has made it very…

  5. 190,000 want to attend Brewers postseason games

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

    It looks like they’re going to have to start installing seats on the slide. The Brewers have received more than 190,000 entries from fans looking to buy single-game tickets for the NLDS. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers will hold a lottery later this week and email the winners then. The lucky fans will…

  6. Red Sox fans have to root for the Yankees, right?

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Red Sox fans

    We’ve talked about the strange rooting interests that crop up late in the season. The unbalanced schedule means that the odds are great that fans of one team will have to root for fans of a division rival. But not everyone feels that way. This AP report set out to find some Boston fans and…

  7. Dodgers make Tommy Lasorda honorary coach on birthday

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Tommy Lasorda’s 84th birthday is Thursday and the Hall of Famer will celebrate by serving as an honorary Dodgers coach against the rival Giants. Lasorda, who managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he was thrilled to get the invite from current manager Don Mattingly: I am so deeply…

  8. Could Albert Pujols be the National League MVP?

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Gerald Laird

    The quiet NL MVP race looks like a two-man competition on the surface: Matt Kemp has been the league’s best player, while Ryan Braun has a good case for second best and has put up his numbers for a first-place team.  Still, I can’t help but wonder if a third candidate is lurking. Albert Pujols may yet…

  9. Joe Maddon on the weight of a late-season collapse

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon was on the Dan Patrick show yesterday and he said something that just reinforces my belief that he’s one of the brighter bulbs in the game. Not in a “Maddon is a baseball genius” way, but just in terms of a guy who is able to move beyond the tired cliches and actually…

  10. Brian McCann hasn’t been his usual self since coming off DL

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    His overall numbers look as strong as always, but Braves catcher Brian McCann has struggled mightily since returning from the disabled list in mid-August. McCann was hitting .303 with an .879 OPS when he was placed on the DL with an oblique strain, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes he’s hitting…

  11. The triple-A national championship game is tonight

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    ABQ stadium

    You’re likely not aware of this because hardly anyone pays attention to triple-A baseball beyond what it means for the prospects of the big league teams, but tonight is the triple-A national championship game. Squaring off: my hometown Columbus Clippers — the defending triple-A champs — against the Omaha Storm Chasers.  Yeah, they really stuck…

  12. Stephen Strasburg set to make final start of season Friday

    Sep 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Strasburg throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post lays out the Nationals’ pitching plans for the remainder of the season and it looks like Stephen Strasburg‘s fourth and final start will come Friday against the Braves. If he stayed on a normal rest schedule Strasburg would then be lined up to start the season finale on September…

  13. The “blame Theo” train gains steam

    Sep 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    David Pinto flagged this Jim Donaldson post over at the Projo Sox blog. After detailing the failings of John Lackey, he lets this point rip, building on a comment Buck Showalter made last spring about the Red Sox’ payroll advantages: Showalter had a very good point — it would, indeed, be interesting to see how…

  14. John Lackey: “I don’t know what the hell happened”

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox fans certainly weren’t shocked last night when John Lackey couldn’t get through five innings with 11 runs of support, but Lackey himself seemed plenty surprised: I can’t explain it, man. That’s the best I’ve felt in the bullpen warming up all year. I don’t know what the hell happened. The first inning, I was…

  15. Movie Night at Wrigley Field to show “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bueller

    As usual Wrigley Field will go unused in October, so the Cubs have decided to open the gates for “Movie Night” and their first choice is a film that features Wrigley Field and is celebrating its 25th anniversary: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” They’re charging $10 for bleacher seats, $25 for lawn seats, and $75 “for…

  16. Hey ladies, come see “Moneyball” because of that dreamy Brad Pitt!

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    Fact: there are a lot of women who would actually want to see “Moneyball” because of the story and couldn’t give a damn about Brad Pitt.  Fact: there are a lot of men who would actually want to see “Moneyball” because they think Brad Pitt is a hunk and, you know, screw baseball. Someone marketing…

  17. Mariano Rivera unsure about playing beyond next season

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    After moving past Trevor Hoffman on the all-time saves leaderboard yesterday Mariano Rivera was asked whether he plans to keep playing once his current contract with the Yankees is up following next season: Every year it’s harder and harder. So I mean it’s a decision that we have to make as a family and we’ll…

  18. The save stat and perverse incentives

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Ted Berg flagged something pretty darn illuminating this morning.  The quotes of the principles in yesterday’s Yankees game, happy that they failed on offense so that Mariano Rivera could get his 602nd save: “I couldn’t believe they were cheering me for hitting into a double play,” Swisher said. “I said: ‘Whoa, what’s this? And then…

  19. Phillies moving rookie Vance Worley to the bullpen for playoffs

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Last week manager Charlie Manuel hinted that the Phillies would move rookie Vance Worley to the bullpen for the playoffs and now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the switch will likely take place following his start tomorrow. Worley made it clear that he’d be fine with the move, but wanted some time…

  20. Thwarted Mets investor now a Yankees limited partner

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ray Bartoszek

    Someone once said that there is nothing more limited than being a limited partner to George Steinbrenner. I’m assuming that’s still the case with Hal Steinbrenner too. But with better cash flow and less likelihood of a capital call, I’m assuming that being a Yankees minority shareholder is a better deal than being a minority…

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