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  1. The Rangers are moving their AAA affiliate to Round Rock

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s been rumored forever, but the Round Rock Express — currently the Astros’ AAA affiliate — has called a press conference for Thursday during which it will be announced that they’re going to become the Rangers top minor league club. Well, we presume so, given that they’re (a) partially-owned by Nolan Ryan; (b) Nolan Ryan…

  2. Must-click link: Dan Szymborski on the Mets' offseason plans

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Some people might say that MS Paint isn’t a particularly good tool for an artist, let alone for baseball analysis, but those people probably never saw this on Baseball Think Factory: Dan Szymborski: Mets Offseason Plan If you don’t think that’s funny, we can’t be friends any more.

  3. The Yankees are going to rest A-Rod down the stretch

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    There was a lot of harrumphing last night as Joe Girardi used the bullpen’s second string in extra innings against the Rays. That harrumphing led to claims this morning that the Yankees really don’t care about the division and are just playing for the wild card.  I kind of doubt that they’re actually planning on…

  4. Carlos Marmol has the highest strikeout rate in MLB history

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Just before the All-Star break I wrote about how Carlos Marmol was on pace for the highest strikeout rate in baseball history among pitchers with at least 50 innings. In the two months since then he hasn’t missed quite as many bats, but the Cubs’ closer is still on an historic track. Marmol has racked…

  5. I am so proud to be a Braves fan this day

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Did you know that Moises Alou was born in Atlanta? It’s true!  In related news: The good news: More Americans are washing their hands of bathroom germs. The bad news: Except for the guys at Turner Field . . . . . . While 98 percent of women that use the Turner Field restrooms washed…

  6. Report: Cubs to interview Bob Melvin for managerial opening

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs will interview former Mariners and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin for their managerial opening. Kurkjian notes that Melvin was up for the Cubs’ job in 2003 before they went with Dusty Baker instead. Melvin ended up managing the Mariners and won 93 games in his first season, but…

  7. HBT Daily: Twins, Twins, Twins

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    I seem to get a new obsession each week. One week it’s pro wrestling, the next week it’s the Minnesota Twins.

  8. Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma said to be eyeing MLB

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma is one of the best pitchers in Japan and according to Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times he “wants to try and head to MLB via posting after the season.” Coskey adds that Iwakuma’s team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, are “said to be reluctant” to let him go, no doubt in part…

  9. Johan Santana's surgery "a success"

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Mets have announced that Johan Santana had his shoulder surgery this morning and that “it was a success.”  Which is good to hear. But of course we hear that all the time. I don’t wish ill on any specific player, but just once, on general principles, I would like to hear a team announce…

  10. Wins matter for the Cy Young Award. Except when they don't.

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    How can one man think Zack Greinke’s 2009 Cy Young Award was “most deserving” and casually dismiss Felix Hernandez in 2010? Read on, my friends. Read on!

  11. Joe Mauer on verge of being fifth catcher in baseball history with 1,000 career hits by age 27

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer is one hit away from 1,000 for his career, which would be the fifth-most ever by a catcher through age 27: Ivan Rodriguez 1333 Ted Simmons 1279 Johnny Bench 1246 Joe Torre 1087 JOE MAUER 999 He’ll likely end up with around 1,020 hits by season’s end. Missing most of his rookie season…

  12. K-Rod slapped with a contempt charge for texting his girlfriend

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez’s girlfriend was granted an order of protection after K-Rod and her father fought at Citi Field. The thing about orders of protection: they’re designed to keep the subject of the order (K-Rod) from contacting the person in whose favor the order was granted (girlfriend; father-in-law). K-Rod, it seems wasn’t clear on that: Mets…

  13. Brett Myers makes history by throwing six-plus innings in 30th straight start

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Myers’ career-year continued last night with seven innings of one-run ball in a win over the Brewers and he also made some history by becoming just the seventh pitcher since 1920 to throw six or more innings in each of his first 30 starts. The previous six: Bob Gibson (1968 and 1969), Fergie Jenkins…

  14. The Twins should be saying "bring on the Yankees"

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Conventional wisdom holds that the Twins want no part of the Yankees, because the Yankees have owned them in the post season in recent years.  But it’s a different story altogether, I think, if the Twins get home field advantage in the playoffs. Which they could outright if they make up a couple of games…

  15. Nick Swisher says knee injury is like "dragging around my leg"

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher appeared as a pinch-hitter last night after an MRI exam showed merely inflammation in his sore left knee, but was clearly at significantly less than full strength while limping to first base on a ground out. After the game he described it as “dragging around my left leg” and noted that “it’s starting…

  16. On second thought, Aramis Ramirez is staying with the Cubs

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez caused a minor stir yesterday by hinting that he might decline his $14.6 million player option for next season and become a free agent, which had many people wondering if he’s gone insane and no doubt had the Cubs praying it was true. Ramirez has since clarified those comments, first telling Gordon Wittenmyer…

  17. FYI: The NCAA is still trying to screw amateur athletes

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Despite the fact that it had once been held to be illegal and will likely be held to be illegal again when someone else challenges it, the NCAA’s rule prohibiting amateur athletes from having an attorney make direct contact with a pro sports team is still on the books. This means that if you’re a…

  18. Comment of the Day: Sabathia and Price don't know how to win

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Reader That Guy makes a comment that will cause Cy Young voters to blow a gasket: It’s too bad niether Price nor Sabathia’s preformance of eight-inning shutout ball count towards the Cy Young race, because neither got a decision. They both pitched well, but neither of them knew how to win last night. Hey, if…

  19. Felix Hernandez to get extra rest; Cy Young chances take a hit

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez is up to around 225 innings this year on a Mariners team that has been going nowhere since about five minutes after camp broke. As a result, the M’s are going to give him six days rest between starts for his next two starts. Which is a smart move. He’s the future, and…

  20. Father of K-Rod's girlfriend hires a lawyer

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    Boy, didn’t see this one coming. Totally blindsided here: Daian Peña, the girlfriend of hotheaded Mets hurler Francisco Rodriguez, and her father, Carlos Peña, have hired a lawyer. Lawyer Jeff Korek won’t say if he plans to sue for injuries Carlos Peña suffered when cops say the 6-foot, 195-pound reliever attacked him after an Aug.…

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