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  1. Jeter's fake HBP was child's play. Watch the real pros work.

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter kind of sold his fake HBP last night. I mean, yeah, he got the call and I guess that’s the whole point. But he has a long way to go until he can consider himself a master of the genre. For example, check out this fine work by Yunel Escobar last year. He…

  2. Confirmed: Andy Pettitte to rejoin Yankees' rotation Sunday

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi confirmed last night that Andy Pettitte will come off the disabled list and rejoin the Yankees’ rotation Sunday against the Orioles. Pettitte has been out since mid-July with a strained groin, but allowed just two runs over 10 innings in a pair of rehab starts at Double-A. He’s expected to be on a…

  3. Deep Thoughts: Phillies Game Seven Starter Edition

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    The answer is obvious . . . right?

  4. Darren Oliver's $3.25 million option for 2011 vested last night

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Darren Oliver tossed a scoreless inning last night in his 59th appearance of the season, which is the number needed for the Rangers’ 2011 team option on the 39-year-old reliever to vest at $3.25 million. Texas will be glad to have Oliver back at that price, as he’s quietly gone from being a mediocre and…

  5. Oh noes! All the criminals are wearing Yankees caps!

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    From today’s New York Times: Since 2000, more than 100 people who have been suspects or persons of interest in connection with serious crimes in New York City wore Yankees apparel at the time of the crimes or at the time of their arrest or arraignment. The tally is based on a review of New…

  6. Carlos Zambrano says he's going to retire after 2012

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    A couple of months ago, if you told me that Carlos Zambrano was going to retire after the 2012 season, I would have asked how he’d ever make it that long.  He’s been pitching well lately, however. So well, in fact, that it’s not too hard to imagine him being a solid starter again for…

  7. Looking back to the last notable phantom HBP: A.J. Pierzynski

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I had forgotten, but Jonny5 reminded me in the comments that A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base back in April.  I commented on it at the time. The fact that I used it to leap into a pro wrestling digression is evidence that I didn’t think Pierzynski’s act was some awful transgression…

  8. Will the phantom HBP change the way people think about Derek Jeter?

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:50 AM EDT

    In the grand scheme of things it was a silly little play. But is it the kind of thing that will change the Derek Jeter Can Do No Wrong narrative we’ve been hearing for the past 15 years?

  9. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:52 AM EDT

    When I saw you break down in front of the ump and cry real tears,
    It was the best acting I saw anybody do.

  10. Jason Bay says a return this year is now "highly unlikely"

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    The hits keep coming for this Mets organization. Outfielder Jason Bay told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Wednesday that he is “highly unlikely” to return to the big leagues this season despite showing signs of progress…

  11. Mets' Jenrry Mejia leaves start with shoulder strain

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    Uh oh. According to SNY, via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Mets youngster Jenrry Mejia was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Pirates due to an “acute strain of the muscle…

  12. Chris Young set for weekend return to Padres' rotation

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Good news here for the Padres. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, San Diego right-hander Chris Young is finally rehabilitated from a shoulder injury and will return to the Padres’ starting rotation on Saturday against the Cardinals…

  13. Jose Bautista ties Blue Jays record with 47th homer

    Sep 15, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista delivered a solo shot off the Orioles’ Brad Bergesen in the first inning Wednesday night to tie the Blue Jays franchise record with his 47th homer. The 29-year-old Bautista matched George Bell’s team record from the rabbit-ball 1987 season. He had been tied with Jose Canseco’s 1998 season for second place on the…

  14. Troy Tulowitzki outslugs Adrian Gonzalez in Rockies' victory

    Sep 15, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    For the fourth time since 2000, opposing players had at least two homers and five RBI in the same game as the Rockies topped the Padres 9-6 on Wednesday. And both happened to be occupying the cleanup spot. Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with two three-run homers and seven RBI to lead the Rockies, while Adrian…

  15. UPDATE: Cardinals may limit rookie Jaime Garcia's workload by shutting him down for the season

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Jaime Garcia was limited to just 37.2 innings in the minors last season after coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, so with 163.1 innings already under his belt this season the Cardinals have decided…

  16. Brandon Wood, meet Tony Pena Jr.

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    With his 0-for-3 on Sunday, Brandon Wood went over 200 plate appearances for the season and his average dwindled to .160. If he doesn’t get another at-bat all year, he’d finish with a .397 OPS that’d rank as the lowest for any player in the expansion era. Here’s the bottom 10 with a minimum of…

  17. Jason Bay is "feeling great"

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    The Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic just spoke with Jason Bay, and Bay says that he is “symptom-free” and is “feeling great.”  If that’s the case, Bay’s desire to play before the season is out may very well happen. Given how much bad stuff has gone down in New York in the second half, seeing Bay, cobwebs…

  18. Report: MLB will overturn Ian Kinsler's one-game suspension

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Well, that was quick. Ian Kinsler’s one-game suspension for returning to the field to celebrate Nelson Cruz’s walk-off homer after he’d been ejected for arguing with the home-plate umpire will be overturned, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. Many suspensions are lessened after appeals, but rarely is a suspension overturned completely and in the case…

  19. Heyman: Beltre wants $12M+ over five years

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman’s latest column is up, and among the many tidbits in it is word from “Red Sox people” who anticipate that Adrian Beltre is going to seek a contract with roughly the same terms of his big post-2004 deal, which ran for five years and $64 million. Heyman’s sources say there’s no way the…

  20. Troy Tulowitzki has seven RBI through four innings

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    That Braves game put me in a bad mood. Know what has put me in a good mood? Search for, finding and posting this picture of Troy Tulowitzki. My god, he’s a glorious man, is he not? He’s almost without equal. Almost. But there’s a reason for noting his Tulowitzkiness beyond the hairstyle he rocks…

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