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  1. Mariano Rivera is close to the all-time saves record

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    The point to this David Waldstein article in the New York Times is that Mariano Rivera‘s imminent surpassing of Trevor Hoffman on the all-time saves list is getting surprisingly little hype.  Given that, until I read this David Waldstein article in the New York Times I wasn’t aware that Mariano Rivera was about to surpass Trevor…

  2. James Shields has the most pickoffs by a right-handed pitcher since 1988

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Last week James Shields became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1999 to complete 11 games in a season and yesterday he became the first right-handed pitcher with 12 pickoffs in a season since Charlie Hough in 1988. In MLB history there have only been 14 instances of a right-hander recording double-digit pickoffs in…

  3. “Exotic math” is going to cost Justin Verlander the MVP award

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    A friend asked me if there was a point to the “Moneyball” movie coming out now, several years after the book.  All of the lessons its insights have long since been coopted and mainstreamed, my friend said. It’s kind of old news. I considered the argument for a minute and, as I often do, I…

  4. Hiroki Kuroda’s past neck problems “have resurfaced”

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    Hiroki Kuroda failed to make it out of the fifth inning yesterday and afterward admitted that the neck problems he’s struggled with in previous seasons are once again an issue. Kuroda downplayed the severity, telling Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that “compared to what it’s been in the past it’s very mild.” However,…

  5. Tom Ricketts wants Theo Epstein

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune has another in what will certainly be a looooong line of stories trying to put Theo Epstein in Chicago as the Cubs next GM.  We saw some of those a couple of weeks ago, and Epstein made it clear that he’s not going to fan those flames while the…

  6. Is this the worst season in Minnesota Twins history?

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    If the Twins’ season was a fight the corner would’ve thrown in the towel several rounds ago, as they’ve now lost 12 of the past 13 series, including seven in a row. Since climbing to 50-56 on July 29 to convince the front office not to become sellers at the trading deadline the Twins have…

  7. Andre Ethier to have season-ending knee surgery Wednesday

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier

    Last week the Dodgers ruled out Andre Ethier for the remainder of the season with a right knee injury and now Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the outfielder will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday. According to Jackson “the recovery time is expected to be short enough that Ethier can still engage in something…

  8. Your Monday afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Young Elvis

    Once again, we’ve pretty much said all that can be said about these teams. So let’s force them into arbitrary categories!  I sort of feel like I’m stealing Peter Gammons’ bit here, but what the heck. NOTE: the bands/artists are only for description purposes, They themselves are not being ranked. Because there’s no way I’d…

  9. Phillies’ stacked rotation means rookie Vance Worley may be in playoff bullpen

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Everyone expected Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels to be amazing this season, but injuries to the rest of Philadelphia’s rotation opened the door for Vance Worley to claim a full-time spot and the 23-year-old rookie has responded by going 11-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 117 innings. On many teams that would put…

  10. The Cubs are thinking about putting Jeff Samardzija in the 2012 rotation

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    For the past several years, the name Jeff Samardzija has been synonymous with “Oh my god, what a disaster! Really, avert your eyes, everyone avert your eyes!”  No, it’s not a synonym that comes in handy for writers all that often, but any shorthand can be useful. Useful has not been something Samardzija has been, putting…

  11. Reds interested in extending Francisco Cordero’s contract

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Francisco Cordero‘s contract has a $12 million team option or $1 million buyout for next season and general manager Walt Jocketty admitted yesterday that the Reds “are trying to determine” what their best course of action will be. Cordero has said he’d be open to renegotiating the deal and Jocketty told John Fay of the…

  12. Jorge Posada actually caught a game

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    I missed this yesterday, but something happened on Saturday night that hadn’t happened in nearly a year: Jorge Posada donned the tools of ignorance and caught a baseball game.  This season he has been a DH, with a couple of spells at first base and one gimmicky one at second. The reason he caught: emergency.…

  13. Theo Epstein reveals that J.D. Drew has broken middle finger

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    Last week Terry Francona replied “we don’t know” when asked about J.D. Drew‘s return timetable and now we know why, as general manager Theo Epstein revealed during a radio interview today that Drew has a broken middle finger. Drew was on the verge of returning from a shoulder injury and possibly taking back significant playing…

  14. Quote of the Day: Vin Scully on the 9/11 anniversary

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dodger Stadium 9 11

    Apart from some random aside kind of things I have refrained from doing a big 9/11 remembrance post. Mostly because — despite our being implored to “never forget” — I find it pretty unpleasant to think about. And it’s not like there’s any chance those of us who were adults when that went down are going to…

  15. No. 1 pitching prospect Matt Moore joining Rays as reliever

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    matt moore getty

    Matt Moore, the 23-year-old stud pitching prospect who last week finished runner-up to Mike Trout for Baseball America‘s minor league player of the year award, is on his way to Tampa Bay. With their Wild Card deficit down to 3.5 games the Rays have decided the time is right for Moore to make his big-league…

  16. The State of the Races

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    AL EAST The spread: The Yankees had a less-than-fabulous weekend in Anaheim yet they extend their lead over Boston to three and a half. Which tells you everything you need to known about Boston’s weekend in St. Petersburg.  The Red Sox now lead the Rays by a mere three and a half in the wild…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    The NFL started over the weekend, so that means that no one is paying attention to baseball anymore apart from us obsessives. Here’s the stuff the obsessives obsessed about: Jeremy Affeldt made $4.5 million this year and yet he can’t buy fresh beef? And really, Pete Orr should stay away from sausage. John Lackey is…

  18. The Cardinals give Chris Carpenter a two-year extension

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    carpenter_chris

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with starter Chris Carpenter.  The amount: $21 million.  There are still some details to be worked out, but the money and other important parts of the deal are in place.  It should be formally announced later this week. This…

  19. Is it 1978 all over again for the Red Sox?

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    No, what’s happening now is nowhere near as catastrophic as the Red Sox’ 1978 collapse. And since there are still 16 baseball games to be played, it may not even be a collapse at all. But that can’t make anyone in Red Sox Nation feel all that good this morning. The impulse to panic seems…

  20. Major League Baseball allowed Virginia Tech tribute hats in 2007

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    I’m still shocked at Major League Baseball’s refusal to allow the Mets to wear NYPD and FDNY caps in last night’s game against the Cubs.  I’m still curious to hear some rationale from Joe Torre apart from some regurgitation of baseball’s rule against allowing teams to wear unofficial caps.  And there needs to be another…

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