Sep 28, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT
Working out before Tuesday’s game, Josh Hamilton took 20 swings off a tee and 20 more of the soft-toss variety as he continues his comeback from two fractured ribs. Hamilton said he swung with about 60-percent effort and labeled it “a good day,” according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. He also shagged flyballs in the outfield…
Sep 28, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT
What are you lookin’ at? You’ve never tried to butter up a relief pitcher for free stuff? Don’t judge me.
Sep 28, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT
Having Monday off gave the Giants a lot more flexibility in dealing with their rotation this week, and they announced Tuesday that they’re taking advantage of it by moving Tim Lincecum’s start from Thursday to Wednesday. Lincecum was switched with Madison Bumgarner in case the Giants face a must-win 163rd game next Monday. Lincecum could…
Sep 28, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT
I’m a family man myself, so I totally understand it when someone says they’re doing something for the good of their family. Nothing is more important, even if sometimes it appears that the ballgame on TV is. And if I don’t want to put down the book I’m reading. And even if when I say…
Sep 28, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT
In honor of the second season of Eastbound and Down premiering on HBO, David Appelman of Fan Graphs took Kenny Powers’ career stats from the show’s website and translated them into Wins Above Replacement. Fan Graphs: Kenny Powers career stats Of course, Powers will probably never see his WAR totals because as noted in the…
Sep 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
This is less about the comment itself — though it is a good one — than it is about the nature of the Comment of the Day feature. Which is going to change a bit going forward.
Sep 28, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT
No doubt in response to David Price calling out fans for not showing up to last night’s game and the subsequent criticism he’s received, the Rays announced that they’re giving away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow night’s game. All the details haven’t been released yet, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that…
Sep 28, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT
This is classic. A’s owner Lew Wolff was interviewed after last night’s game. One of the questions was about how a team with pitching as good as the A’s have can improve the offense going into 2011. What are the options, Lew? Rent-a-bat? Sign a big free agent? Got any preferences? “I don’t see a…
Sep 28, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT
Jimmy Rollins was initially expected to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup yesterday before manager Charlie Manuel squashed those plans because of a wet field, but he’s leading off and playing shortstop tonight in his first start since September 8. Rollins has sat out the past three weeks with a hamstring injury, but the Phillies went 13-3…
Sep 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
As much as it galls me, I feel obligated to post video of Phillies players spraying champagne on one another, smoking cigars and doing all of that celebration stuff.
Sep 28, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT
After sitting out a week with an elbow injury Hanley Ramirez played last night, but was limited to pinch-running duties and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’s “basically out for the season.” Ramirez will continue to be available as a runner, but won’t be able to hit or play defense in the Marlins’ final…
Sep 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT
Adam Wainwright’s last start came last Friday, which means that he had one more start in him if everything was going fine. It wasn’t going fine, however — he had an MRI yesterday that revealed a muscle strain in his right forearm — so the Cards are shutting him down. Makes sense. The Cards are…
Sep 28, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT
Yadier Molina figures to sit out the remainder of the season with a knee injury that has bothered him since last month, but the Cardinals catcher told told Matthew Leach of MLB.com that he doesn’t expect to need surgery: That’s what they told me. They told me with rest, the inflammation is going to go…
Sep 28, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT
Gene Orza, the number two man at the Players’ Association is stepping down. He’s been there since the mid-80s and, as bad cop to Don Fehr’s, um, slightly less bad cop, he has been on the scene for every major development related to labor relations since then. Orza stepping down comes just after the league’s…
Sep 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT
Justin Duchscherer missed all of last year following elbow surgery and made just five starts this year before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in June, but the oft-injured right-hander has begun throwing again as part of a six-month recovery timetable. Here’s what Duchscherer told Jane Lee of MLB.com about his plans for next season: When I’m…
Sep 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT
It’s fun when readers make up stats the support my predispositions. If you make up some that challenge them, however, please don’t send them to me.
Sep 28, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
I made a mistake earlier today. I formed an opinion on the Rays thing without first honoring my vow to ask myself WWMWD?
Sep 28, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT
Andrew Bailey underwent surgery over the weekend to have his right elbow “cleaned up” by Dr. James Andrews and the A’s closer said yesterday that he’s already feeling much better after having “bone chips and loose bodies” removed: It was all kind of beat up and irritating the joint. Dr. Andrews said everything looks great,…
Sep 28, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT
Because, as you’re well aware, I don’t like to talk about those subjects at all. Ever.
Sep 28, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT
Carlos Zambrano knocked the Padres out of the Wild Card lead last night by tossing seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory, continuing his excellent run since rejoining the Cubs’ rotation following a misguided temporary move to the bullpen. Zambrano is now 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 10 outings since becoming a starter again,…
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