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  1. Cities are still paying for stadiums that no longer exist

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’ve been on the “public financing for ballparks = bad” train for years, but apparently it’s just now dawning on actual public officials that giving billionaires free offices in which to operate their insanely-profitable businesses is a bad idea. Today’s story on it in the New York Times details how a bunch of places —…

  2. Carlos Gonzalez surges ahead in the triple crown hunt

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    All of the triple crown talk has been about Joey Votto and Albert Pujols — indeed, until just the other day they were the only two dudes in that triple crown tracker on the ESPN.com baseball front — but Carlos Gonzalez’s claim seems stronger than that of either of those guys at the moment. Gonzalez…

  3. Victor Martinez won't be accepting that two-year deal from the Red Sox

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Last week we learned that the Red Sox have offered Victor Martinez a two-year deal. Yesterday Martinez told WEEI’s Rob Bradford that two years isn’t going to get the job done: “They’re trying to do one thing, and we’ll see what happens. I don’t really have to do it. They came with something, and that…

  4. Quote of the Day: Dallas Braden

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Sensitivity towards those with potentially fatal diseases ain’t big in the 209.

  5. The umps ejected everyone in the Cardinals-Brewers game

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Lots of people hit the showers early. Well, maybe not the fan who was ejected. My guess is he doesn’t shower until he wakes up with his hangover around lunchtime today.

  6. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:56 AM EDT

    The Phillies take over first place in the NL East. Trevor Hoffman notches save number 600 and Carlos Gonzalez starts getting the “M.V.P!” chants.

  7. Hells Bells: Trevor Hoffman notches 600th career save

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals tonight to pick up his 600th career save in front of the home crowd in Milwaukee. Hoffman lost the closer job after struggling mightily early this season and his ERA is still north of 6.00, but he’s quietly pitched well for the past few months…

  8. Justin Upton was sent for an MRI on his left shoulder

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson confirmed to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that Justin Upton was sent for an MRI on his ailing left shoulder this morning. Upton hasn’t played since tweaking the shoulder during an at-bat in the seventh inning of last Monday’s game against the Padres. Just yesterday, Gibson told Steve Gilbert…

  9. Jay Bruce making progress towards return to lineup

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Jay Bruce will miss a seventh straight game tonight due to soreness in his right side, however he reported no pain after taking approximately 50 swings off a tee earlier this afternoon, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “The biggest thing is how I bounce back tomorrow. We’ll go from there.” The tentative plan is…

  10. Josh Johnson could miss start with sore back

    Sep 7, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    According to manager Edwin Rodriguez, Josh Johnson is “50-50″ to make his scheduled start Friday against the Nationals because of lingering back soreness. Johnson, who is third in the NL with a 2.30 ERA and fourth with 186 strikeouts, has been dealing with the problem for weeks. While he’s remained solid, he’s missed out on…

  11. Where might Colby Rasmus play next year?

    Sep 7, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    If the rift between Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus forces the Cardinals to part with their 24-year-old center fielder, there will surely a be a ton of interest. Rasmus is hitting .266/.352/.496 in his second big-league season, and he’s not close to reaching his ceiling. He’s also a Gold Glove-caliber defender. He should be…

  12. Gordon Beckham's hand still hurts

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is out of the lineup tonight due to pain in his right hand. This is bad because he took a ball off his right hand during last Monday’s game against the Indians. X-rays were negative, but he’s obviously got something wrong. The Sox have been on a tear lately,…

  13. Shin-Soo Choo hoping to avoid military service by playing for South Korea in Asian Games

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo has established himself as one of the best all-around outfielders in the league over the past three seasons, but his two-year obligation to the South Korean military has lingered in the background as a potential complication. And now he’ll try to play his way out of the military. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports…

  14. Jayson Werth out of the lineup, then back in

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    When the Phillies lineup was posted for tonight’s game, Jayson Werth was on the bench and Dominic Brown was getting the start in right.  This made sense inasmuch as Werth has struggled mightily against Marlins starter Chris Volstad. But a few short minutes ago Brown was scratched and Werth was re-inserted. Have to figure something…

  15. Busting the "he just knows how to win" myth for CC Sabathia

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Last season’s Cy Young voting was a major step in the right direction when it comes to no longer judging starting pitchers on wins and losses, but Felix Hernandez still seems likely to lose votes this year because the Mariners’ pathetic offense has left him with an 11-10 record despite a 2.30 ERA and league-leading…

  16. Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced. But why do we get a vote?

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Unlike the MVPs and other post season awards, no one ever talks smack about the Roberto Clemente award winner as being undeserving. That’s because it goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team,” and even the worst snark can’t cut through…

  17. Nationals call up Yunesky Maya six weeks after signing Cuban pitcher for $6 million

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Washington signed Cuban defector Yunesky Maya to a four-year, $6 million contract on July 31 and today the Nationals called up the 28-year-old right-hander. Maya will make his big-league debut tonight against the Mets after moving quickly through the Nationals’ system with a 3.38 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio in 21.1 innings split between three…

  18. The Angels release Brian Stokes

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    You may recall that last winter the Mets got a lot of grief for trading Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews Jr. The conventional wisdom at the time was “no matter how much salary the Angels are eating on Matthews, why on Earth would New York give up a serviceable arm like Stokes?“ Yeah, well, whoever…

  19. Scott Olsen and his 5.58 ERA want nothing to do with bullpen

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen tossed four no-hit innings yesterday in his first relief appearance since 2005, but afterward made it very clear that he wants nothing to do with the bullpen long term. I’d like to start. I don’t want to be a bullpen guy. The biggest difference in not being able to throw 140 feet before…

  20. Dbacks' president likes Kirk Gibson, covets Kevin Towers

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price says that Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall likes interim manager Kirk Gibson and is a big fan of former Padres GM Kevin Towers for the Arizona Diamondbacks job. How does that work, exactly? Isn’t it normally the case that new GMs like to bring in their own guy to manage a team?  We’ve…

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