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  1. Lester, Kershaw and Sanchez on pace to join exclusive club

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    In the 50 years since the expansion era began in 1961, just 17 different left-handers have struck out over a batter an inning while qualifying for the ERA title. This year, three of them are on pace to do it for a second year in a row. If things hold up, Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester…

  2. Yankees to unveil Steinbrenner memorial Monday

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Prior to Monday’s game against the Rays, the Yankees will unveil a seventh permanent monument in Monument Park to honor George Steinbrenner, who passed away in July at age 80. Steinbrenner’s memorial will join those honoring Miller Huggins, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and one that commemorates the events of Sept. 11,…

  3. Andre Ethier walks back the Boston talk

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Speaking of the Dodgers offseason options, Andre Ethier takes issue with the talk from yesterday about how he wants to go to the Red Sox: “It’s obviously hearsay,” said Ethier. “Especially at this point, it doesn’t even make sense to comment on something like this.” I’m no lawyer, but I always heard that admissions against…

  4. Poll: Who should the Dodgers trade this offseason?

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    After reading Jon Weisman’s article breaking down the Dodgers’ payroll situation it seems pretty clear that trading Matt Kemp and/or Jonathan Broxton will be a priority in Los Angeles this offseason. Setting aside what you think the Dodgers will do, my question is what they should do … Who should the cash-strapped Dodgers trade this…

  5. More retirement gifts for Bobby Cox

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    It just occurred to me that no one is getting Jerry Manuel, Ken Macha and all those guys parting gifts. Sad, really.

  6. Dodgers have tons of holes to fill and little money to fill them

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts put together an interesting piece breaking down the Dodgers’ projected payroll for next season, concluding that they will have spent about $90 million “before they make a single offseason move.” Obviously the Dodgers have plenty of holes to fill and because of the ugly ownership situation it’s unclear if they’ll…

  7. A majority of major league managers want expanded replay

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Every time a controversial play goes down that could have been made right by instant replay, Bud Selig says they’ll study the matter, and then a few days later he says that everyone likes the status quo just fine. Not everyone. ESPN’s Jayson Stark polled 24 of the 30 major league managers and found that…

  8. Wallace Matthews: Derek Jeter; desperate cheater

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    This morning I wondered whether one of the New York columnists or talk radio guys would use the phantom hit-by-pitch thing as a pretext for changing the Derek Jeter narrative from “Captain Perfect” to “Desperate, flawed tragedy” or something like that. It took most of the day for us to get there, but ESPN New…

  9. Must-click link: David Brown interviews the great Vin Scully

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When one of my favorite interviewers, David Brown of Yahoo! Sports, chats with the greatest announcer of all time, Dodgers legend Vin Scully, that is pretty much the definition of a must-click link: Answer Man: Vin Scully talks candy, Dodgers and Bewitched Even better, if you want to actually hear their chat and listen to…

  10. Are the Mets really going to pick a manager based on ticket sales?

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Heyman’s latest goes over the possible replacements for Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel.  This line stuck out at me: People within the Mets organization see ticket sales as a key issue and some opine that Valentine could be the man to re-energize the organization in that regard. It’s fun to mock the Mets from time…

  11. The Marlins are looking for a place to play the Mariners next year

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    The Marlins and Mariners are set to play an interleague series next year, and Florida is supposed to the home team. But thanks to U2’s tour — man, Bono ruins everything, at least since “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” — Pro Player Robbie Sun Life Stadipark will be occupied.  Options: Play in Puerto Rico:…

  12. Justin Upton out of the lineup with more shoulder problems

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Justin Upton missed two weeks with a strained left shoulder, returned to the lineup for two games earlier this week, and is now sidelined again by the same injury. Upton is out of the Diamondbacks’ lineup this afternoon for the second straight game, but downplayed the seriousness of the injury last night: It’s really sore.…

  13. Kevin Mitchell to stand trial for assault

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Former Giants (and Mets and Mariners and Padres and Reds and Indians and Red Sox and Athletics) outfielder Kevin Mitchell has been ordered to stand trial for assaulting a man at a golf course. The claim is that Michell repeatedly punched the guy after he “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.” “Hey Mitchell! Your refusal…

  14. Dusty Baker: "Some people didn't like the s*** I was doing from the time we started"

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker has the Reds in first place and headed to the playoffs for the first time since 1995, but the veteran manager seems fed up with fans and media members questioning his decisions. Francisco Cordero has struggled of late, blowing a pair of saves while allowing six runs in his last four outings, and…

  15. Nyjer Morgan's suspension is reduced to eight games

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    So much for my brilliant theory. Nyjer Morgan’s suspension has been reduced from fifteen to eight games. You’ll recall that Morgan was appealing two separate suspensions: one for throwing a ball into the Citizens Bank Park stands, for which he was docked seven games, and one for the battle royale he set off against the…

  16. Torii Hunter lost $5,000 on Hideki Matsui's triple last night

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui hit a triple last night for the first time since April of last season and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes that it may have cost Torii Hunter a whole bunch of money. According to Plunkett the two players “had a friendly wager” on whether Matsui and his arthritic knees could…

  17. HBT Daily: Jeter's flop, Tulo's bop and I can't find a rhyme for Roy Halladay

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the HBP that wasn’t, Tulowitzki’s heroics and whether Roy Halladay deserves the Cy Young Award.

  18. Orel Hershiser "stood up to the group and told them to knock it off" when teammates harassed female reporter

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jessie Garcia is a female sports reporter and news anchor for the local NBC television affiliate in Milwaukee. In the wake of the controversy surrounding Ines Sainz and the way female media members are treated by athletes, Garcia told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel an interesting story about her experience covering a Brewers-Indians game in the…

  19. Carlos Zambrano has a nutso player option . . . that could be serious trouble for baseball

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano could make $19 million in 2013 based on the vote of a single baseball writer. Does this bother you?

  20. Protesting the lameness — and the homophobia — of the "kiss cam"

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    This Saturday the Cardinals are holding an “OUT at the ballpark” promotion in conjunction with a local LGBT group.  This is not uncommon. Lots of ballparks do this.  What is less common is that some people behind the event are wanting to turn it into a protest of sorts over how ballparks, stadiums and areans…

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