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  1. Japanese outfielder Hitoshi Tamura "exploring" move to MLB

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Earlier this month there were reports about arguably the two best pitchers in Japan, Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma, potentially making the move to MLB next season and now Jerry Crasnick of writes that Japanese outfielder Hitoshi Tamura is also “exploring” the possibility. Tamura is 33 years old and hit .324 with 27 homers…

  2. More on the "Jose Canseco milkshake"

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    lar at Wezen-Ball followed up on his post from this morning about Tom Boswell and the “Jose Canseco milkshake” comment from last night’s episode of “The Tenth Inning.”  The upshot: Boswell had reported the “Jose Canseco milkshake” incident at the time. The implications: I don’t think any, really. At least for the purposes I went…

  3. Brandon Webb throws scoreless inning in instructional league

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb wasn’t able to make it back from shoulder surgery to pitch for the Diamondbacks this season, but he did take the mound in an instructional league game this afternoon. The good news is that he threw a scoreless inning, getting a pair of ground outs and a fly out while allowing one hit.…

  4. Game Seven of the 1960 World Series: a contemporaneous account

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    My friend Judi was at the game and wrote a letter to her parents about it that night. I just got a copy of it, it’s great fun, so I’ll share.

  5. Frank Francisco won't be available for Rangers in the ALDS

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco was optimistic enough after throwing from flat ground last week that he hoped to return from a month-long back injury to join the Rangers’ bullpen for the ALDS, but according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that’s been ruled out. Ron Washington told Wilson that the most recent MRI exam “showed…

  6. OK, Clayton Kershaw's season is NOT over

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: So much for that. The Dodgers had to scratch Hiroki Kuroda for Sunday’s start, which means Kershaw is going back in the rotation for Friday’s start, with Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly picking up Saturday and Sunday. In other news, I am 100% certain that hundreds of players will be shut down for the…

  7. Jesus Flores begins long road back from shoulder surgery

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    After missing nearly all of the past two seasons with shoulder injuries one-time Nationals “catcher of the future” Jesus Flores began his long road back to the majors by playing six innings in an instructional league game yesterday. Flores reported no problems hitting or throwing with his surgically repaired shoulder, but has a grand total…

  8. HBT Daily: The Reds, The Padres and the AL MVP

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the moderately-sized Red Machine’s chances, whether the Padres have it in them to come back and who should win the AL MVP award.

  9. Finger injury may mark end of Jose Lopez's career in Seattle

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Like most Mariners hitters Jose Lopez has been a huge disappointment this season, batting .240/.271/.340 for a career-worst .610 OPS that ranks dead last in the league and represents a 150-point drop from his 2009 production. He’s shown almost no improvement in seven seasons with the Mariners, continuing to swing at everything while putting on…

  10. Quote of the Day: Gary Shelton on pitcher wins

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    I’ll stop gettin’ angry at people who dis King Felix when people stop saying stupid things about him.

  11. Kevin Towers optimistic that Jerry Dipoto will stay with the Diamondbacks

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    After beating out Jerry Dipoto for the Diamondbacks general manager job Kevin Towers is now trying to talk the former interim GM into staying with the organization as his right-hand man. They met yesterday for the second time and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’re “planning to spend more time together in…

  12. Red Sox, Angels to go "wallet-to-wallet" for Carl Crawford

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Buster Olney just tweeted that the “speculation among rival executives” is that the Angels and Red Sox are going to go “wallet-to-wallet” for Carl Crawford this winter. Interesting if true. We’ve heard that the Angels want him and are ready to spend to do it.  The Red Sox as a player for Carwford seems less…

  13. Josh Hamilton could play this weekend

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    He doesn’t sound like the picture of health, but Josh Hamilton says he’s feeling better. He took some batting practice yesterday and shagged flies. Though, as Anthony Andro of the Star-Telegram reports, he didn’t make any throws and still has a lot of stiffness.  He says he’s working out at about 60% right now. Hamilton…

  14. Phillies choose drawn-out, Big Three-friendly NLDS schedule

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    By virtue of finishing with the National League’s top record the Phillies got to choose between a seven-day or eight-day schedule for the NLDS, and as expected they picked the drawn-out version that allows them to rely exclusively on the trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels in the five-game series. They’ll open…

  15. Miguel Cabrera to miss final six games with high ankle sprain

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera left Monday’s game after tweaking his ankle running the bases and Jason Beck of reports that an MRI exam revealed the dreaded high-ankle sprain that will knock him out for the final six games of the season. Whether missing the final week will significantly hurt Cabrera’s chances for the MVP award is…

  16. More clinchy video champagney goodness: Yankees and Rays

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    I’ve been putting up videos of the clinching celebrations of everyone else, so I may as well put up the Rays and Yankees too. Bonus: the entire crowd from the Rays game fit in the clubhouse for the party!

  17. Pirates clinch MLB's worst record and next year's No. 1 pick

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Last night the Pirates won for just the 56th time this season and still managed to clinch the worst record in baseball. That and an 18th consecutive losing season is obviously the bad news. The good news is that they’ve also secured the No. 1 overall pick in next June’s draft. Right now Rice third…

  18. Somebody check on Brandon Phillips

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Reds had the traditional champagne and beer shower last night (see the video below), as was their God-given right as men, baseball players and Americans (and Dominicans and Mexicans and Cubans and everyone else on the roster).  It’s probably worth sending over some chicken soup and aspirin to one of those players, however, because…

  19. "Setup man of the decade" Scot Shields pondering retirement

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Scot Shields is one of the elite relievers of the past decade, but missed most of last season with a knee injury and was relegated to mop-up duties for the Angels this season with a 5.28 ERA in 46 low-leverage innings before injuring his elbow on September 7. Yesterday the 34-year-old right-hander told Dan Woike…

  20. More Rays fans show up for the clincher

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    It wasn’t exactly standing room only, but let the record reflect that 17,891 souls showed up for the Rays’ playoff clinching game last night. I don’t have the energy to go back into yesterday’s What Does This Mean discussion, but I figured people should know. And no, this is not an epic fail in light…

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