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  1. Peter Gammons thinks Bobby Valentine will be the Mets' next manager

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    While appearing on WFAN radio in New York today Peter Gammons said that he thinks Bobby Valentine will be the Mets’ next manager. Thanks to Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog.com, here’s the transcript: I think there are two things: One, he has a history and a good working relationship with Omar Minaya. And two, he is…

  2. Dallas Braden has the right attitude

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden is going to start against the Yankees in the Bronx on Thursday. He knows he’s going to get an earful over all that “get off my mound” stuff. Rather than tighten up about it or spout cliches about the past being the past or whatever, he’s owning it. When asked about the reception…

  3. Turns out, Derek Lowe has had elbow problems for six weeks

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    After initially playing coy with reporters following his season-worst start over the weekend, Derek Lowe finally admitted today that he’s been pitching through elbow pain for the past six weeks and received a cortisone shot Sunday. Lowe told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he’s planning to make his next scheduled start Friday…

  4. The Rangers are interested in Jeff Francoeur? Really?

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    That’s what Adam Rubin says.  He (or at least his headline writer) uses my least favorite trade talk euphemism ever by saying that Texas is “kicking the tires” on Frenchie. Observation #1:  This could be evidence that Josh Hamilton really is hurt and the Rangers are worried about it. Observation #2: If Jeff Francoeur somehow…

  5. Red Sox trade Manny Delcarmen to Rockies for pitching prospect Chris Balcom-Miller

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Earlier this week the Rockies were said to be looking for some bullpen help and this afternoon they acquired reliever Manny Delcarmen from the Red Sox for Single-A pitching prospect Chris Balcom-Miller. Delcarmen was one of the Red Sox’s best relievers in 2007 and 2008, combining to throw 118 innings with a 2.81 ERA, .197…

  6. Oliver Perez feels he's being treated unfairly

    Aug 31, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    I don’t have the audio link — I’m just passing along what Matt Cerrone heard on SNY — but apparently Oliver Perez feels like he’s being treated “unfairly” by the Mets. That’s one way to put it. Another way to put it would be for Perez to say that he’s been allowed to stay on…

  7. All-Star Evan Meek: "I got very lucky" to avoid serious injury

    Aug 31, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    All-Star reliever Evan Meek appeared to suffer a serious injury when he took a Ryan Braun line drive off his pitching arm Sunday, collapsing onto the mound before eventually being helped off the field with a trainer clutching his limp right hand. However, he somehow escaped with only a bruise, as X-rays revealed no fractures…

  8. OK, maybe Manny did quit on the Dodgers

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    I promise: this will be my last Manny Ramirez post of the day. But it’s a necessary one. Yesterday I took Ken Rosenthal to task for saying that Manny Ramirez “quit on the Dodgers.” My reason: neither Rosenthal’s nor anyone else’s reports had any evidence that he did quit on them.  I thought it was…

  9. C.J. Wilson's transition from bullpen to rotation has been huge for the Rangers

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    After four years spent exclusively as a reliever C.J. Wilson convinced the Rangers to give him the chance to claim a rotation spot this spring and five months later he’s been one of the best starting pitchers in the American League. Wilson shut out the Royals for 7.2 innings yesterday, improving to 14-5 with a…

  10. I don't care how late he gets to the park. Manny should start tonight

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    According to the Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley, Manny Ramirez’s plane lands in Cleveland at 3PM. That cuts it kind of close for him to get to the park and have anything approaching a normal routine for tonight’s White Sox-Indians Game.  Cowley says that, as of yesterday, Ozzie Guillen was inclined not to start Ramirez under such…

  11. Must-click link: Jerry Crasnick on concussions in baseball

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is one of my favorite national writers and the effects of concussions in baseball is something that warrants a lot more attention that it’s gotten thus far, so his lengthy article today about Justin Morneau, Jason Bay, Corey Koskie, and the great unknown of concussions is absolutely a must-read: Jerry Crasnick:…

  12. Pete Rose: Pete Rose never had a gambling problem

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    I missed this when I put up the earlier Pete Rose post, but apparently Charlie Hustle sat for an extended interview with with Yahoo!’s Graham Bensinger. In it he discusses baseball stuff and gambling stuff, particularly the idea that he had a gambling addiction: “I needed something extra. I lost the edge in getting those…

  13. X-ray technician picks bad time to joke with Gordon Beckham

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham has been diagnosed with merely a bruise despite leaving last night’s game after taking a Frank Hermann fastball off the right hand, but not before the X-ray technician initially told him it was broken. Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune described the scene: Beckham didn’t think his hand was broken, but he was…

  14. How many wins have the Red Sox' injuries cost them?

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    A lot of people are playing the “what if” game with respect to the Red Sox lately, mostly in terms of “what if they didn’t have all those damn injuries.” Would they be in the thick of the AL East right now instead of hanging by a thread? In the lead? How bad has the…

  15. Washington Post columnist defends Rob Dibble using the Howard Stern argument

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Washington Post columnist Leonard Shapiro wrote about Rob Dibble today and more or less agreed that he’s a poor announcer and deserves criticism for his recent remarks about female baseball fans and Stephen Strasburg. Despite that Shapiro also argues that Dibble shouldn’t be fired because … well, I’ll let you read his words for yourself:…

  16. Today is the real trade deadline

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    We all got excited on July 31st — I even blogged on a Saturday, man! — but that wasn’t the real trade deadline. Just ask Manny.  That was the non-waiver trade deadline. Today is the real day you have to have your changes made, because barring some complicated maneuvers involving the disabled list, your team…

  17. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller being treated for leukemia

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Indians great Bob Feller is being treated for acute myeloid leukemia, and the 91-year-old Hall of Famer spoke to Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer about his diagnosis: My white blood cells weren’t doing their job. I got two quarts of blood right away. They pumped it in as fast as they could. The…

  18. Joey Cora is a candidate for the Mariners' job

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    We’ve previously heard that Bobby Valentine and Ted Simmons were in the mix, but Jerry Crasnick just tweeted that, according to the scouting grapevine (which Crasnick is extremely tuned into) White Sox bench coach Joey Cora has emerged as “a strong candidate” for the Seattle Mariners managing job. Which would be fantastic for baseball. Why?…

  19. Derek Lowe will throw to test injury he won't admit to having

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe still hasn’t actually admitted to having an injury, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he “had ice wrapped around his right elbow” in the clubhouse yesterday and is scheduled to “test” the not-yet-admitted-to injury by throwing today. Lowe repeatedly shook his right arm between pitches during Sunday’s season-worst start against the Marlins,…

  20. The Washington Post suspends Mike Wise for a month

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Yesterday I beefed about Mike Wise of the Washington Post making up news and then mocking bloggers for trusting it.  Turns out his employer wasn’t a fan of that behavior either, as the Post has suspended Wise for a month. Yikes! More background here, as Wise tries to explain what he was doing with all…

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