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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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 ……

  4. After big first half Delmon Young falls back into old, bad habits

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Albert Lyu of Think Blue Crew used swing zone charts to take an interesting look at Delmon Young, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jeff Francoeur, who are the only hitters in baseball to hack at 60 percent of the pitches thrown to them this season Guerrero is a potential Hall of Famer and we’ve written enough words…

  5. The Athletics sign Akinori Iwamura for some reason

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    When you hit .182/.292/.267 and are DFA’d by the Pirates, you probably shouldn’t expect to land on your feet in the big leagues in short order. Akinori Iwamura did, however, getting signed by the A’s right after Pittsburgh released him. The reason: Kevin Kouzmanoff is having back issues and has missed six games in a…

  6. Mike Pelfrey doesn't have a ton of respect for Jerry Manuel

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    I was watching college football on Saturday* so I missed this, but reader Jonny5 shot me a link to the Mets Today writeup of Saturday’s Mets-Phillies game in which it appeared that Mike Pelfrey basically told Jerry Manuel to eff off without really saying so. The situation: Pelfrey had just thrown seven and a third…

  7. Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa faced off for the final time 28 years after first matchup

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa squared off last night for the 161st and final time, 28 years after their first matchup on May 4, 1982. With a 94-67 record Cox has had the clear upper hand in essentially one full season’s worth of games against La Russa, although La Russa is 34-33 against Cox…

  8. Mike Scioscia: cut the season to 158 games

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Mike Scioscia must fear watching a Twins-Phillies World Series being played among the snow drifts: Mike Scioscia is a strong proponent of expanding the division series from five to seven games and of finishing the World Series in October, when there is a better chance of decent weather in the Northeast and Midwest than there…

  9. Vladimir Guerrero and Rangers facing interesting decision on $9 million option for 2011

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero had a great first half, hitting .319/.364/.554 with 20 homers and 75 RBIs in 83 games to make the All-Star team for the first time since 2007, but then hit just .249/.293/.370 through his first 45 games of the second half. That dropped his OPS from .925 to .826, but Guerrero has rediscovered…

  10. Pete Rose offers yet another apology. Does it matter?

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Maybe to some people. But it shouldn’t matter to baseball. Or the Hall of Fame. Or to us.

  11. Marlins rookie Mike Stanton showing historic power at age 20

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Mike Stanton went deep twice yesterday, giving the Marlins rookie 20 homers in 81 games (or exactly half a season) as a major leaguer. He also homered 21 times at Double-A before being called up in June, so Stanton has 41 long balls in 134 total games this season. Not bad for a 20-year-old. In…

  12. Mike Quade is stat-friendly

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    The Daily Herald talks with Cubs interim manager Mike Quade. Seems he likes the stats: I’m not a sabermetrics guy. But I’m smart enough to know the numbers do matter, and I do pay a lot of attention to them . . . I think anybody who aspires to do this benefits from paying attention…

  13. Report: Mariners to fire professional scouting director over Josh Lueke controversy

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jack Zduriencik hired Carmen Fusco as the Mariners’ professional scouting director soon after he took over as general manager two offseasons ago, but Seattle’s local NBC television affiliate KING5 reports that Fusco will be let go in the wake of the controversy surrounding the team’s acquisition of prospect Josh Lueke. Lueke missed most of last…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    I plum forgot to do the Weekend Wrapup this morning. And this on a Monday morning when I know you guys were watching football instead of baseball this weekend. So I guess we both screwed up. Let’s call it a wash, OK?

  15. It was a bad weekend for appendicitis in major league baseball

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Andres Torres’ appendix attack* is far more consequential for our purposes, but the Giants’ outfielder wasn’t the only baseball person to go under the knife this weekend: Umpire Angel Campos underwent an emergency appendectomy after being scratched from the Cleveland Indians game on Saturday night. Campos was replaced on the crew Sunday for the Cleveland…

  16. Jeff Francoeur got a game-winning "hit" off Mariano Rivera

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    This went down in the wee wee hours of Sunday morning so a ton of people missed it, but Jeff Francoeur had a walkoff hit against Mariano Rivera. Hit-by-pitch, that is. The Rangers trailed 6-5 heading into the ninth and it was enter sandman. Rivera walked Vladimir Guerrero, who was replaced by pinch-runner Esteban German.…

  17. Another reason to hate Los Doyers

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Never heard of “Los Doyers?” Then read on, mi amigo.

  18. There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2010

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    It was fun while it lasted, but the 2010 season will close, once again, with no triple crown winner.

  19. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:29 AM EDT

    Why is there a picture of some football player here? Because opening weekend of the NFL is a fabulous time to bash football, especially on a baseball blog.

  20. White Sox hoping to re-sign slugger Paul Konerko

    Sep 12, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko, an impending free agent, is lighting up scoreboards all over the majors this season. He boasts a .322/.399/.598 batting line over 497 at-bats with 36 home runs and 104 RBI. Make no mistake, the White Sox want him in their lineup for

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