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  1. Did you get your Roy Halladay perfect game tickets?

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Remember how the Marlins planned to cynically capitalize on Roy Halladay’s perfect game by printing up and selling tickets to the thing after it happened?  Well, they went ahead and did it, and according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, they have sold 10,332 of the bad boys so far. While the Marlins’…

  2. Clayton Kershaw is 22 years old and really, really good

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I tend to think Clayton Kershaw doesn’t get enough attention in discussions about baseball’s best young pitchers and so his brilliant complete-game, 1-0 shutout of the Giants last night provides a perfect opportunity to heap praise on the Dodgers southpaw. Kershaw has followed up his 2.79 ERA in 30 starts as a 21-year-old last season…

  3. Andy Pettitte: Man of Mystery

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Buster Olney on the return of Andy Pettitte: The Yankees have structured Pettitte’s comeback in such a way that the Rays will not get a last look at the veteran before the start of the playoffs. Andy Pettitte has pitched in 526 baseball games over the past 16 seasons. 31 of those games have come…

  4. HBT Daily: Rookie of the year, the managerial carousel and options, options

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany is back today, and she and I decide to take a day off from the pennant races to talk about awards, jobs and a couple of guys who may get their once-horrifying options picked up.

  5. Livan Hernandez was a one-man gang last night in Atlanta

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Not only did Livan Hernandez shut out the Braves for eight innings last night, he went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer at the plate in an 6-0 victory. Hernandez now has 10 career homers, which ranks third among all active pitchers: PA HR Carlos Zambrano 650 21 Mike Hampton 845 16 LIVAN HERNANDEZ…

  6. Comment of the Day: "booger-eating basement dwellers"

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    In which I resort to Citzen Kane references to defend you people from being called all manner of nasty things.

  7. Marlins view Tony Pena as a "serious" manager candidate

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com the Marlins view Tony Pena “as a serious candidate” to become their next manager. Pena was a five-time All-Star as a player and prior to becoming the Yankees’ bench coach he managed the Royals from 2002 to 2005, winning AL manager of the year with an 83-79 record in…

  8. Brandon Webb very encouraged after latest bullpen session

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb is back to feeling somewhat optimistic again following his latest bullpen session yesterday, throwing around 50 pitches and saying afterward that “the movement I thought was by far the best I’ve ever had, I mean in years.” Webb has now avoided a setback for three consecutive mound sessions and is hoping to face…

  9. The Coors Field visitor bullpens are awesome

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    There’s a story in the San Diego Union Tribune today about how great the visitor’s bullpen is in Colorado. It’s set among all that landscaping you can see when you look out towards centerfield, and according to the Padres relievers, it’s simply lovely. “They made it look like we’re in the Rockies with the trees.…

  10. Will the Nationals allow 17-year-old Bryce Harper to play in the Arizona Fall League?

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper will kick off his professional career tomorrow when he joins the Nationals’ instructional league team in Florida and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that his performance there could determine whether he participates in the Arizona Fall League next month. According to Kilgore “the Nationals left a spot open for Harper, but…

  11. Deep Thoughts: Nyjer Morgan suspension edition

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    It’s been several days since Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of his multiple suspensions was heard. Still no word, though. Normally we hear appeal decisions almost immediately after the appeal. My pet theory, based on nothing more than “gee, wouldn’t that be funny” speculation: Major League Baseball is waiting to announce Morgan’s suspension until its length coincides…

  12. Jon Paul Morosi changes course yet again

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    I’m finally starting to get it: It’s not about the peformance. It’s about the story.

  13. Cole Hamels strikes out 13, lowers second-half ERA to 1.96

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels turned in another brilliant start last night, racking up a season-high 13 strikeouts while holding the Marlins to one run in 6.1 innings for his fourth straight victory. Even with the winning streak Hamels’ win-loss record stands at just 11-10, but that vastly understates how fantastic he’s been all season and how dominant…

  14. Bud Selig is freaking out about the McCourts

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Bud Selig is not at all happy that the McCourt case is still dragging on: . . . according to four people who have spoken with him, Selig is dismayed at the public spectacle surrounding the divorce and concerned about the potential for lasting damage to the…

  15. After 10 seasons and 1,500 games Michael Young is finally playoff bound

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Michael Young has played 10 seasons in the majors, accumulating 6,632 plate appearances in 1,492 games for the Rangers while making six All-Star teams, winning a batting title, and hitting .301/.348/.450 with 1,832 hits. And next month he’ll play in a postseason game for the first time. In terms of career games without a playoff…

  16. The 2011 schedule is released. And there was much rejoicing

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Next year’s entire schedule — sans the still-possible Diamondbacks-Giants series in Taiwan — has been released. Here’s the actual schedule. Here’s some verbiage from MLB.com talking about how glorious it is.  And I suppose it might be glorious in places, but really dudes, it’s just a schedule. The most notable thing about it is the…

  17. Scott Podsednik's brief Dodgers career may be over

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez has been a disappointment in Chicago, but his replacement in Los Angeles hasn’t been any better. Scott Podsednik has batted just .262 with a .316 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage in 39 games since the Dodgers acquired him from the Royals in late July, including going 3-for-26 (.115) since Ramirez’s departure, and…

  18. Quote of the Day: C.J. Nitkowski on HGH and Tommy John surgery

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    No one ever stops to think about how unnatural and performance-enhancing Tommy John surgery is.

  19. Manny Ramirez comes up empty as White Sox's playoff hopes slip away

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Needing a sweep of the Twins to have any kind of realistic shot at the AL Central title the White Sox instead dropped Game 1 of a three-game series in Chicago last night as Manny Ramirez repeatedly came up empty in crucial at-bats. In the first inning he came to the plate with two outs…

  20. "Go home and make babies"

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    The NFL is currently experiencing some ugliness involving players’ treatment of a female reporter and people saying all kinds of dumb and offensive things about women in the locker room. It’s maddening to me that this kind of crap still happens, but it does — and has been for years — because as much as…

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