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  1. Garry Templeton and Whitey Herzog together again. Twice removed.

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Garry Templeton’s run-ins with Whitey Herzog punched his ticket out of St. Louis — and Ozzie Smith’s to St. Louis — back in 1981. Now Templeton is the manager of the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden League. His first baseman: John Urick. Who’s John Urick? Whitey Herzog’s grandson. Their story was in the New…

  2. Report: Diamondbacks likely to hire Kevin Towers as new GM

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks have narrowed their general manager search and will interview five candidates, but according to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse former Padres general manager Kevin Towers “looks like he’ll get the job.” Towers is among the five candidates listed by Gilbert, along with interim general manager Jerry Dipoto,…

  3. Jonathan Sanchez defaces the Petco Park mound

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Or, if you look at it a different way, maybe you can say the Padres turned the mound into a propaganda piece and Sanchez just restored it to a clean and pure neutrality? You be the judge. Now if he can just do something about the ads behind home plate.

  4. A story about fired Mariners scouting director Carmen Fusco and kidney stones

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    This doesn’t really have any bearing on whether or not Carmen Fusco deserved to be fired as Seattle’s professional scouting director–which has been confirmed by various other sources since the initial reports this morning–but David Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner shared an interesting story about the time Fusco took part in a blog get-together: Fusco went…

  5. Adam Dunn and the Nats are "in conversations"

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    On Friday the chatter was that Adam Dunn was as good as gone from the Nats after this season. Not so fast, says GM Mike Rizzo when asked if Adam Dunn’s potential return was “a dead issue”: “No, it’s certainly not a dead issue” he said. “We realize we need a thumping first baseman that…

  6. Marlins shut down Josh Johnson for the rest of the season

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    After skipping several turns in the rotation Josh Johnson has officially been shut down for the remainder of the season with a strained back. Johnson currently leads the league with a 2.30 ERA and his 183.2 innings are enough to qualify for the leaderboard, which means Adam Wainwright (2.38), Mat Latos (2.43), Roy Halladay (2.44)…

  7. Johan Santana's surgery set for tomorrow

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana — previously diagnosed with shoulder nastiness that requires season-ending surgey — got a second opinion today. Except he got it from Dr. James Andrews, and I can’t remember the last time a pitcher saw him and was found not to need an operation. So the “ayes” have it, Santana will go under the…

  8. Ichiro Suzuki on verge of joining Pete Rose as the only players with 200 hits in 10 seasons

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    For a brief time it looked like Ichiro Suzuki’s streak of 200-hit seasons might end at nine, which is one short of the all-time record held by Pete Rose, but now he’s riding a 13-game hitting streak that includes a total of 21 hits and it looks like he’ll once again clear 200 with ease.…

  9. The government's seizure of the 2003 PED list ruled illegal. Again.

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that he government’s seizure of the positive PED tests from the 2003 pilot testing program was illegal.  This affirms previous lower court rulings and overturns the one Appeals Court ruling to the contrary.  The decision — a lengthy one with lengthy dissents — can be read here.…

  10. Joel Pineiro set to rejoin Angels after impressive rehab start

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro has been out since late July with a strained oblique muscle, but took a no-hitter into the sixth inning last night in a rehab start at Single-A and is scheduled to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Rays. After the five no-hit frames Pineiro ended up allowing two runs in the…

  11. Josh Hamilton is wary of the beer shower

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    When the Rangers clinch the AL West, there will be a beer and champagne shower. That’s just how it goes. But one of the biggest reasons they’ll clinch that title is Josh Hamilton, who happens to have a serious substance abuse history: Hamilton has been trying to find a way to enjoy the party without…

  12. HBT Daily: Races, races, races

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Matt and I wonder what the Rangers sweep of the Yankees and the Braves’ one-game deficit mean, and take a gander at the wild, wild NL West.

  13. Reds acquire Willie Bloomquist from Royals, leaving a utility man-sized hole in Dayton Moore's heart

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    He won’t be eligible for the playoffs and will be a free agent in three weeks, but the Reds have acquired Willie Bloomquist from the Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Cincinnati is almost surely giving up basically nothing to bring in a utility man for the final 20 games,…

  14. Must-click link: Jonah Keri on the Rangers and pitching injuries

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jonah Keri has a long, fascinating piece up today about the Texas Rangers and their approach to pitching and pitcher injury prevention. It’s not some analysis piece from afar: it’s based on his original reporting and research conducted over the past year, and it’s a must-read. The short version: the Rangers have largely rejected the…

  15. Not to be out-done by Mike Stanton, fellow 20-year-old Jason Heyward is showing historic on-base skills

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    I wrote earlier today about how historic Mike Stanton’s power is for a 20-year-old, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution points out it’s only fair to take a similar look at fellow 20-year-old Jason Heyward’s historic on-base skills. Heyward went 1-for-4 with a homer and two walks yesterday, giving him a .398…

  16. Nats blogger whines about not gettin' free stuff

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The next time you hear about how loyal fans of bad teams are “long suffering,” just remember that some of those long suffering fans are pretty whiny and petty too.  Check out this snippy little rant from SBF at the Nats 320 blog about how “questionable season ticket holders” who weren’t wearing Nats gear got…

  17. Roy Oswalt blanks Mets for the Phillies' 18th shutout of 2010

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt tossed a complete-game shutout of the Mets yesterday, marking the 18th time this season the Phillies have held an opponent scoreless. Not only is that the most shutouts by a Phillies team since 1965, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that just five teams since 1989 have hurled more shutouts. Those five teams were…

  18. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Someone can go back and check, but I’m almost certain that this is the first time a non-AL East team has topped the Power Rankings this season.

  19. Another year, another September hot streak for the Rockies

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    San Diego’s collapse has dropped the Padres into a first-place tie with the Giants atop the NL West, but equally amazing is that the Rockies are now just 1.5 games back in the division thanks to their current 10-game winning streak. Colorado hasn’t lost since September 2, slicing their deficit from 7.5 games to 1.5…

  20. Tony La Russa doesn't enjoy his job much anymore

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Why? young players and the media, mostly: “The highs are enjoyable but you can’t enjoy them for long. The disappointments are painful and you carry them for much longer. It’s part of the competition. What’s made the job not as much fun is the combination of distractions of players due to money and security ……

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