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  1. Don Mattingly as the next Dodgers' skipper? Nah — try Tim Wallach

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Joe Torre is going to announce his career intentions around Labor Day. My guess is that he’s going to retire. Everyone’s assumption is that Don Mattingly is the heir apparent. Bob Nightengale says think again: The assumption is that Don Mattingly is heir apparent to replace Joe Torre,but AAA manager Tim Wallach is looming as…

  2. Not done yet: Omar Vizquel plans to play in 2011 at age 44

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Back in May, when he wasn’t playing much, Omar Vizquel indicated that this would likely be his final season. However, now that he’s in the White Sox’s lineup regularly and playing well, the 43-year-old infielder said yesterday that he’ll likely be back in 2011. I think it would be sad that if at the end…

  3. Clemens lawyer Rusty Hardin still doesn't get it

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens is ultimately responsible for his own fate. But he’s had absolutely no help from his lawyer.

  4. The Mariners are reportedly eying Ted Simmons

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic reports that the Mariners “are starting to eye” Ted Simmons as a managerial candidate.  Krasovic also reminds us that Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik and Simmons are longtime friends who worked together in the Pirates and Brewers organizations, so there’s that too. As I said when he was mentioned as a possible candidate…

  5. The Pirates are about to hit their annual milestone

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    The Pirates loss to the Marlins last night was loss number 81. Which means the next loss will be loss 82, sealing their 18th straight losing season. We knew it was coming, but we know most milestones are coming and we still celebrate them anyway. As Dejan Kovacevic notes, this marks the earliest point in…

  6. The Reds receive permission to honor Pete Rose

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    And that’s a good thing. But the fact that the Reds have to ask for permission bugs me. I know it won’t happen, but I’d like to see a limited reinstatement of the Hit King.

  7. Quote of the Day: Roger Clemens defends himself

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Deep Thought: if Twitter had been popular in late 2007, Clemens may have just issued a quickie denial everyone could have processed and ignored and he could have gone on with his life.

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

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    The White Sox and Giants get up off the mat to salvage a win in their respective series. And I wrote a couple things in here that are gonna cause me to catch hell from Gleeman.

  9. Soccer at Petco? Padres far from thrilled

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    The San Diego Padres are probably the most surprising team in baseball. They’re leading the NL West by six games and have the third best record in baseball, behind only the Yankees and Rays. Yet they aren’t getting a lot of respect for their accomplishments, not even from their own management. The San Diego Union-Tribune…

  10. Phillies celebrate 100th consecutive sellout

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    As Todd Zolecki of MLB.com points out, the Phillies celebrated the 100th consecutive sellout of Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night before their game against the Giants. The stadium has a capacity of 43,651…

  11. Reds call back lefty Travis Wood for Thursday start

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    The Reds optioned rookie left-hander Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville in early August in an attempt to limit his innings total.  Well, that’s all over.  He was called back to the big leagues on Thursday afternoon and is scheduled to start this evening against the Diamondbacks. Wood, 23, has posted a 2.65 ERA and 0.88…

  12. Miguel Cabrera knocks in 100th run, joins exclusive club

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Phil Hughes on Tuesday to reach 100 RBI for the seventh straight season. He’s one of just six players to drive in 100 runs seven times through age 27: Mel Ott – 8 (1929-1936) Miguel Cabrera – 7 (2004-2010) Joe DiMaggio – 7 (1936-1942) Jimmie Foxx – 7…

  13. Dustin Pedroia scratched with soreness in left foot

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, who went 1-for-7 in his first two games back from a broken left foot, had to be scratched from Thursday’s lineup with soreness in the same area. Jed Lowrie is filling in as the Red Sox go for a three-game sweep versus the Angels. It’s been obvious since he returned that Pedroia is…

  14. Mets send Fernando Martinez back to Triple-A, which means more playing time for Jeff Francoeur

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Rod Barajas has returned from the disabled list and the Mets made room for him on the roster by demoting Fernando Martinez back to Triple-A. Martinez’s latest stint with the Mets lasted 12 days, during which time he started just five times and got all of 22 plate appearances. His return to the minors seemingly…

  15. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hospitalized for lower leg infection

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia may have conquered his throwing problems at Triple-A, but it took him only a week with the Red Sox to get hit with the same injury bug that has tried to wreck Boston’s season. Saltalamacchia, who was acquired from the Rangers on July 31 and called up from Triple-A last week, has been…

  16. Did Jose Canseco flip on Roger Clemens?

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    You may remember that one of the big points of contention in Roger Clemens’ hearing before Congress was whether or not he was at a party at Jose Canseco’s house back in 1998 during which steroids were discussed. McNamee said Clemens was there. Clemens said he was not. Jose Canseco has long backed Clemens, saying…

  17. Royals owner denies rumors that he's trying to sell team

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Royals owner David Glass denied rumors that he’s attempting to sell the team, telling Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star: I have never ever talked to anyone about selling the club. Period. I have never had a discussion with anyone about it and I have no interest in doing so. Dutton chalks up the…

  18. Document shows that Jamie McCourt does too own the Dodgers

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Recently there has been some noise about Jamie and Frank McCourt settling their divorce case and Frank buying Jamie out. A lot of this is likely borne of a desire to avoid a nasty trail that would likely have a lot of stuff about people sleeping with people who weren’t their spouse at the time…

  19. Lou Gehrig finished "a triple short of the cycle" 42 times

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    This morning I suggested that hitters finishing “a triple short of the cycle” isn’t nearly as noteworthy as baseball writers like me seem to think, as it’s happened 172 times already this season. I figured that alone was stretching the limits of reader interest, but apparently not. A few of you actually asked about the…

  20. Why DNA evidence doesn't sink Clemens

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    In response to my post regarding the problems the prosecution may have convicting Clemens, reader Anthony E. emailed me and basically asked why does anyone care about McNamee’s credibility if the feds have DNA evidence related to Clemens and PEDs (which they do). Good question! And, as I noted over a year ago, it actually…

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