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  1. 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…

  2. 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?

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. Another reason to hate Los Doyers

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Torres has appendectomy, done for regular season?

    Sep 12, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Brutal news here for the Giants.According to Chris Haft of MLB.com, outfielder Andres Torres underwent an laproscopic appendectomy on Sunday that will sideline him for the next week to 10 days. Torres, 32, has sprung up out of nowhere this season…

  10. Drabek set for major league debut Wednesday vs. O's

    Sep 12, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    The run of high-impact promotions this season in Major League Baseball has been incredible. And it’s not yet complete. According to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, the Blue Jays called up right-handed prospect Kyle Drabek…

  11. Carlos Beltran back in Mets' lineup after knee scare

    Sep 12, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Good news here for the Mets. Carlos Beltran, who was scratched from Saturday’s lineup due to knee tendinitis, is back in the Mets’ lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. This according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger…

  12. Jay Bruce, out since Aug. 30, expected to return Tuesday

    Sep 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Reds dropped five straight games last week, but they’ve now won two in a row at home against the Pirates and are again looking like a postseason-worthy ball club. Oh, and they’re about to get a big offensive boost thanks to the return of…

  13. Marlins' Josh Johnson scratched from Wednesday start

    Sep 12, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Marlins ace Josh Johnson was unable to throw a bullpen session on Saturday due to lingering discomfort in his right shoulder and has now been ruled out for his scheduled Wednesday start, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald…

  14. Joey Votto has yet to hit an infield pop-up this season

    Sep 12, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Reds first baseman Joey Votto has a .320 batting average, a .423 on-base percentage that ranks second in the majors, a .590 slugging percentage, 33 home runs and 101 RBI this season over 490 at-bats.  Still not convinced that Votto is one of the top hitters in all of baseball?  Try this: According to Rob…

  15. Mets might already be mapping out offseason firings

    Sep 12, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Ken Davidoff of New York’s Newsday has some predictions — we’ll call them educated guesses — as to how the Mets will adjust their management and upper management situations this offseason. First, Davidoff says that general manager Omar Minaya “very likely…

  16. Padres' Chris Young nearing return to big leagues

    Sep 12, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    The Padres hit a well-chronicled skid at the end of August and carried that bad momentum into early September. On top of that, they’re having to be overly protective of some of their young arms. It has created a tense…

  17. Mike Lowell confirms that he will retire after 2010

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:53 PM EDT

    Red Sox veteran Mike Lowell confirmed to the Boston Herald on Saturday that he has officially made up his mind and will call it quits after the 2010 season. “I’m retiring,” he said. “I just don’t want to make it a song and dance because…

  18. Freddy Garcia scratched from Sunday start vs. Royals

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    From the Associated Press comes word that the White Sox have scratched Freddy Garcia from his scheduled Sunday start against the Royals. Garcia is dealing with soreness in his lower back and…

  19. Padilla scratched from next start with bulging disk in neck

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    That didn’t take long. Just one start after returning from the disabled list due to a bulging disk in his neck, the Dodgers have scratched Vicente Padilla from Sunday’s start against the Astros with a recurrence of the same injury. According to the team’s official Twitter feed, rookie right-hander Carlos Monasterios will start in his…

  20. A's exercise manager Bob Geren's option for 2011

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    With a lineup that features very little power and a rotation that is without a veteran presence, the Athletics’ 70-70 record this season is actually quite good.  And quite surprising.  Thus, manager Bob Geren is going to be brought back for the 2011 season. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s…

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