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  1. Start-by-start comparison of CC Sabathia vs. Felix Hernandez

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Leave it to the great Joe Posnanski to jump into the ongoing debate about win-loss records swirling around CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez with a unique and interesting angle. Posnanski went through each pitcher’s starts and compared them, game by game. He found that Hernandez had the better performance 17 times, while Sabathia had the…

  2. OK, maybe Kevin Towers and the Diamondbacks are not close to a deal

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal expands on Peter Gammons thing about Kevin Towers this morning, but simultaneously goes a long way towards contradicting it. Yes, the Diamondbacks are interested in Towers, Rosenthal says, but (a) they haven’t spoken with him yet (contradicting Gammons’ implication that it’s all but a done deal); and (b) Towers probably wants way more…

  3. Cardinals sticking with Kyle Lohse in the starting rotation

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse has a 10.31 ERA in four starts since returning from the forearm surgery that sidelined him for three months and he’s 2-7 with a 7.13 ERA in 13 starts overall this season, but the Cardinals are sticking with him in the rotation and he’ll face the Braves on Sunday night. Tony La Russa…

  4. Nyjer Morgan is getting a big talking-to today

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of his 176 day suspension (estimated) began at 10AM this morning.  Word around the Twitterverse is that it was still going on as of ten minutes ago.  I realize he’s been a bad boy and everything, but I’m having a hard time seeing why it would take that long to (a) let…

  5. Silicon Valley execs want the A's in San Jose

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    The Silicon Valley Leadership group has sent a letter to Bud Selig in support of the Athletics moving to San Jose.  You can read a press release about it and — if you click an extra link — a copy of the letter here.  It’s signed by the CEOs of Cisco, Yahoo!, eBay, Adobe and…

  6. Yankees prospect Jesus Montero has "minor" ankle surgery

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Yankees prospect Jesus Montero is expected to miss the Triple-A playoffs after undergoing what Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News calls “surgery to clear out some infection in his ankle.” But before prospect buffs and Yankees fans freak out too much, general manager Brian Cashman called the surgery “minor.” Montero reportedly was almost…

  7. John Lindsey gets his first major league at bat

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, John Lindsey got his first big league at bat last night.  He saw three pitches. A ball, a foul ball and then he flew to center.  But let no man say he hasn’t taken his hacks in the bigs.  Video of his at bat can be seen here.…

  8. Deep thoughts: the Wild Card and pennant races

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Jayson Stark spends an awful lot of time in his latest column explaining how adding a second wild card team in each league would fix the problem of division races like that in the AL East being basically meaningless.  He goes so far as to sketch out how it would work mechanically, how the schedule…

  9. I'm on Team Colby: Rasmus goes 4-for-4 with two homers

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus has decided to simply let his bat do the talking while Cardinals Nation divides itself into “Team Colby” and “Team TLR” over his well-publicized beef with manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in a blowout win over the Braves last night and is now…

  10. If you're going to penalize CarGo for Coors Field, you have to credit Ubaldo

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Hitters are penalized for the advantages Coors Field provides them. Why then, don’t we credit the pitchers?

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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!

  20. 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…

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