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  1. First-year manager Brad Mills quietly has Astros playing well

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Brad Mills’ managerial career got off to a rough start, as the Astros stumbled out of the gates with eight straight losses, had the majors’ worst record through two months at 17-34, and began trading away veterans a short time later. However, since the calendar flipped to June the Astros have quietly gone 50-39 for…

  2. The Yankee Stadium parking garages are losing money

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York City issued a bunch of bonds to build parking garages around Yankee Stadium. Seems that way fewer people are parking in them than expected, however, the garages have lost money both last year and this year and now it looks like the garage operator is going to default on rent payments to the…

  3. Mark Ellis may be finished in Oakland after nine seasons

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Ellis has spent his entire nine-year career in Oakland, making him the longest-tenured A’s player on the active roster, but as Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News writes he may not be back in 2011. Ellis is finishing up a two-year, $11 million contract and the A’s have a $6 million option…

  4. Adam Dunn, Nyjer Morgan probably won't be on the Nats next year

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Holden Kushner of CSN Washington writes today that there is little if any chance that the Nats are going to bring back Nyjer Morgan or Adam Dunn next year. I get Morgan — that bit could have been placed in that last post about obvious news — but I’m still wondering why Washington doesn’t seem…

  5. Breaking news from the Department of Obvious Affairs

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Those of you who thought that Hideki Matsui was going to get a contract extension and Ron Washington was going to be let go need to read this. The 99% of you who didn’t think that can move along.

  6. Ruben Amaro defines the concept of "day-to-day"

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    I got nothing against Ruben Amaro Jr. or MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki — they both do a fine job — but this exchange between them regarding Jimmy Rollins’ hamstring injury pretty much explains why I think media access to baseball teams is overrated: “He’s better today,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I’m not sure…

  7. The last take — and best take — on the Mets-Walter Reed non-story

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Sam Page from Amazin’ Avenue nails the New York press to a freakin’ tree: The best part is how these journalists created the players’ insidious motives–by involving baseball. Because they’re not team players on the field and in the clubhouse, it’s no surprise they fund Hamas and hunt bald eagles in their spare time, all…

  8. The Dbacks are close to hiring Kevin Towers

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    We heard the other day that the Diamondbacks are really interested in hiring Kevin Towers to run the club. Now Peter Gammons is reporting that a deal between Towers and the club is in place, but that it can’t be announced until “the process” is complete. Whatever that means. Most interesting thing about Gammons’ tweet…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:53 AM EDT

    Matt Cain and the Giants put on quite power displaFAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE!

  10. Placido Polanco has fracture in elbow, will play through

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    It’s the second week of September — crunch time in Major League Baseball. And Phillies second baseman Placido Polanco knows it. The 34-year-old has been diagnosed with a small fracture and will require offseason surgery, but…

  11. Andy Pettitte throws four scoreless at Double-A Trenton

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte, on the disabled list since mid-July with a strained left groin, made his first rehab start on Thursday at Double-A Trenton. It might be his only one. According to Chad Jennings of The Journal News…

  12. Rollins' hamstring injury not thought to be serious

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins tweaked his right hamstring after hitting a third-inning double on Wednesday night and then further injured the hammy while coming around to score moments later. But it doesn’t sound like a serious issue…

  13. Chris Nelson's steal of home wins game for Rockies

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    Chris Nelson will always remember his first career stolen base. In the eighth inning of a 5-5 game versus the Reds on Thursday, the Rockies’ utilityman took off from third base against right-hander Nick Masset, who had looked towards second base, and swiped home without a play at the plate, giving the Rockies a 6-5…

  14. Singles scene not kind to Gavin Floyd

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    In losing to the Tigers on Thursday, Gavin Floyd became the first pitcher since James Baldwin in 2001 to allow 13 singles and no extra-base hits in a game. Floyd pitched six-plus innings versus the Tigers, giving up six runs, five of them earned. He walked Austin Jackson to open the bottom of the first,…

  15. Great Moments in Professionalism: Chipper Jones

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    Look Chipper, I love ya man. You’ve been an important part of my baseball life for the past 15 years and everything, but when you go around saying stuff like this you make me not like you very much: Jones, when asked by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Gonzalez passing teammate Omar Infante for the NL…

  16. Bobby Jenks out "at least a few games and possibly more" with forearm tightness

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Chicago’s bullpen may never be at full strength. Last week the White Sox welcomed Matt Thornton back from the disabled list and today they activated J.J. Putz off the shelf, but now Bobby Jenks has a strained forearm and Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reports that he’ll be unavailable for “at least a few games and…

  17. Andy Pettitte to make a rehab start tonight

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Because “CC Sabathia and four days of rain” is too much to expect, it’s kind of important that Andy Pettitte get back to the Bronx as soon as possible. An important step in that journey happens this evening, as Pettitte is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Trenton Thunder in the AA playoffs.…

  18. How the Hall of Fame deals with steroids

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Did you know that there’s a plaque in Cooperstown that talks about PEDs in the game? I didn’t.

  19. The Royals are 67-98 in Zack Greinke's 165 career starts

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke threw eight innings last night and allowed four runs against one of the best lineups in the league. He lost. And he usually does, not because Greinke is bad but because his teammates are horrible. He has a perfectly solid 3.90 ERA and the Royals are 10-19 in his starts. None of which…

  20. Could Brewers owner Mark Attanasio end up buying the Dodgers?

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt pours cold water on Krasovic’s report, saying that Attanasio has no interest in the Dodgers. Seems to me that this kind of thing comes down to who the sources are, because Attanasio himself and his proxies would certainly say that he had no interest, because to say otherwise would be seen as…

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