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  1. Random, slightly mind-blowing factoid of the day

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Adam Morris of Lonestarball just tweeted something that made my mind reel for a few seconds: No starting pitcher who debuted in the majors after 1967 has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Nolan Ryan’s first game was in 1966. Since then the only arguable exception is Dennis Eckersley, but he obviously wasn’t inducted…

  2. Cardinals send Felipe Lopez "home for the rest of the season"

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    No specifics have emerged yet, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “the Cardinals have sent Felipe Lopez home for the rest of the season.” Lopez has a history of wearing out his welcome, but what makes this case interesting is that this is actually his second stint in St. Louis.…

  3. Jerry Manuel slams Joe Torre

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Over the weekend, Joe Torre played the “sure, I’d listen if the Mets called” card, saying that the Mets “are certainly an inviting situation.” The only problem: Jerry Manuel is still the manager of the Mets. Andy Martino the Daily News just spoke with Manuel about it, and this is what he said: “I find…

  4. How much is homefield advantage worth in the playoffs?

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    With the Yankees, Rays, and Twins in a three-way battle for homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs Cliff Corcoran of SI.com took a look at how much of an impact being the home team has had and found … well, it’s probably not as important as you’d think. Going back to 1998, when the current…

  5. Manny Acta is either channeling Yogi Berra, or else he's really bad at fractions

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Indians manager Manny Acta is not pleased that his pitchers can’t get out of an inning: “We’ve stressed finishing innings a lot to these kids,” said manager Manny Acta. “But sometimes when they get two out, they tend to lose focus and concentration. “When you have two out, you’re three-fourths of the way there. You…

  6. Impending free agent A.J. Pierzynski has "no idea" if he'll be back with White Sox

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski has raised his batting average from .231 to .272 by hitting .393 over the past 28 games, but his OPS is still a career-low .691 and the 33-year-old impending free agent told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he has “no idea” if the White Sox will try to re-sign him. Coming…

  7. Praying for a Massive Tie in the National League

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    David Pinto has been tracking Massive Tie Scenarios over at Baseball Musings. While I would like my rooting interest to win out and all other NL teams to lose as much as humanly possible, that’s rather provincial of me. This sounds way more fun: The Phillies did their best to kill the chances of a…

  8. Jose Bautista close to becoming 14th member of 50-homer, 100-walk club

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista is one long ball away from becoming the 26th player in baseball history–and first since Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder in 2007–to hit 50 homers in a season, but he’s also on the verge of joining an even more exclusive club. Bautista has 95 walks with 13 games left, making it likely that…

  9. Jamie McCourt may be on her way to getting half of the Dodgers

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    The nuances of the dispute between Frank and Jamie are kind of technical inasmuch as they involve the operation and effect of a legal document governing the McCourts’ assets, Dodgers included. But one thing that makes things simple is when the lawyer who drafted the thing testifies under oath that he messed with the document…

  10. Josh Hamilton diagnosed with "a small fracture" in his ribs

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton traveled to Los Angeles to see a specialist about his rib injury and this afternoon the Rangers announced that he’s been diagnosed with “a small stable fracture in the seventh and eighth ribs that previous tests had not picked up.” Hamilton received an anti-inflammatory injection and an epidural injection, which means he won’t…

  11. So why did Jayson Werth switch agents anyway?

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    If your answer is “because he wants top dollar in free agency and Scott Boras is the man to get it for him,” you may be wrong. In a story I didn’t see because Newsday is behind a really expensive paywall, Ken Davidoff reported that one of Werth’s goals is to pay his agent a…

  12. FanHouse's David Whitley cannot explain the concept of love to his children

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Last week I wrote of my distaste of the casual homophobia fostered by the Kiss Cam and some St. Louis fans’ desire to use it as a means of protest.  I missed this at the time, but David Whitley of FanHouse wrote about it on the same day. He took a bit of a different…

  13. Jerry Hairston Jr. has been playing through a fractured leg for the past two months

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    For two months now Jerry Hairston Jr. has been playing through leg pain that he believed was shin splints, but the Padres announced this afternoon that he has a fractured tibia. He’ll miss the remainder of the regular season and also won’t be available if San Diego makes the playoffs. Hairston previously missed the end…

  14. Were you aware that David Eckstein was a short, scrappy winner?

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    You would think that after ten seasons of people constantly writing some variation of the “David Eckstein may be small, but he’s a scrappy winner!” story, eventually newspapers would stop running it. You would think that, but you would be wrong. From the L.A. Times: If David Eckstein  is right, if players like him are…

  15. Bobby Parnell shut down for the season with elbow injury

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    It’s been, like, hours since the latest bit of bad news for the Mets, so Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Bobby Parnell has been shut down for the remainder of the season with “inflammation of the plica in his right elbow.” Parnell has been one of the few bright spots on the team this…

  16. HBT Daily: Braves-Phillies and the NL West

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    In which I finally give (non-snarky) props to Cole Hamels for pitching well last night. And yes, I taped this before you guys started yelling at me about it.

  17. Takashi Saito cleared to rejoin bullpen after shoulder scare

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta received some good news yesterday, as an MRI exam revealed merely tendinitis in Takashi Saito’s sore shoulder. Bobby Cox said he “was prepared for that to be the end” for the 40-year-old Saito when he exited Friday’s game with arm pain, but he’s expected to be available out of the Braves’ bullpen at some…

  18. The Rays sent in the wrong reliever last night

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    I found it odd that righty Grant Balfour was brought in to face lefty Curtis Granderson last night — Granderson homered — but I didn’t think much about it.  I’m just realizing now that it was a screwup by the Rays: Joe Maddon had apparently wanted lefty Randy Choate, but a miscommunication with the bullpen…

  19. FBI arrests man plotting to bomb area around Wrigley Field

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    According to the Chicago Tribune the FBI has arrested Sami Samir Hassoun and charged the 22-year-old Lebanese man with “plotting to bomb a strip of crowded Wrigleyville night spots around the time people were leaving a Dave Matthews concert at the ballpark over the weekend.” Hassoun “was arrested as he placed a backpack containing what…

  20. Which teams will fire their managers this offseason?

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    How many skipper openings will their be this year? Five? Ten? I’ll go with eight.

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