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  1. Even with all their injuries, Red Sox release Jeremy Hermida

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Acquired from the Marlins and signed to a one-year, $3.4 million contract this winter, Jeremy Hermida was brought in to be the Red Sox’s fourth outfielder and could have been in line for a ton of playing time given the team’s amazing number of injuries. Instead he hit just .203/.257/.348 in 52 games while missing…

  2. Ted Lilly and the Dodgers to talk extension

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    With the waiver trade deadline coming and going with no deal, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Ted Lilly are interested in talking about a contract extension. Makes sense for Lilly who, Rosenthal says, really wanted to be in Los Angeles a few years ago.  Makes sense for the Dodgers too, who probably don’t…

  3. Manny Manny Manny Manny Manny

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Say, were you aware that Manny Ramirez was playing in a contested baseball game today?

  4. Cliff Lee avoids another loss, but struggles again for Rangers

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Nine runs of support from the Rangers’ lineup took him off the hook for a loss, but Cliff Lee struggled again last night and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning against the Royals. Lee allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings–including three unearned runs due to his own throwing error–and coughed up 10 hits…

  5. Quote of the Day II: Buck Showalter's night off

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    What does Buck do when Mrs. Showalter is away?

  6. Aroldis Chapman offically topped out at 102.7 miles per hour

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    During his much-anticipated debut last night the radar gun used for the Reds’ television broadcast clocked Aroldis Chapman at 102 and 103 miles per hour on back-to-back pitches, and amazingly the gun wasn’t even “hot.” MLB.com has released the official PitchF/X data and Chapman topped out at 102.7 mph, which ties him with two different…

  7. The Sox have talked to Victor Martinez about a two year deal

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Now that everyone seems to be declaring the competitive portion of the Red Sox season dead, look for a lot more hot stoveish speculation in the Boston media going forward. The latest: Nick Cafardo reports that the Sox have talked to Victor Martinez about a two-year contract. It would make sense for the Sox to…

  8. Nyjer Morgan crashed into another catcher and had another "incident" with a fan last night

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan is currently appealing his seven-game suspension for throwing a ball into the stands after jawing with fans in Philadelphia last week, but in the meantime he got into another “incident” with a fan at last night’s game in Florida. After getting into his second home-plate collision with a catcher in…

  9. Deep Thoughts: Old Timers Game edition

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    There was a story in the Star-Telegram yesterday about how Ron Washington is going to play in a Minnesota Twins old timers game this weekend.  In it it’s mentioned that Eddie Guardado is going to play too.  Hardly seems fair, as Gardado was pitching in spring training just this year. And he gets to face…

  10. Jenrry Mejia expected to make first big league start Saturday

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jenrry Mejia began the season in the Mets’ bullpen, was sent back to the minors in mid-June to resume starting, and is now slated to make his first major-league start Saturday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. General manager Omar Minaya was in attendance for Mejia’s final Triple-A start yesterday, seeing the 20-year-old strike out…

  11. The California Attorney General is investigating the Dodgers

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Thank goodness Jay Gibbons didn’t follow through with his promise to donate to the Dodgers team charity! If he did, he might be getting subpoenas right now! The attorney general’s office is investigating the compensation the Dodgers Dream Foundation made to club executive Howard Sunkin, who is an advisor / lobbyist / assistant for Frank…

  12. Bobby Valentine to the Marlins is not dead yet

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s been nearly 20 hours since the last Bobby Valentine managerial rumor, so why not throw another one on the pile? ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says that the Marlins are still considering Valentine and that he’s “on their list.”  I question whether they’re on his list given how freaking mad they made him back in June,…

  13. Brandon Wood to play in the Arizona Fall League at age 25

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Typically the Arizona Fall League is for young, up-and-coming prospects, but yesterday the Angels announced that 25-year-old Brandon Wood will participate after sitting on their bench for most of the season. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Wood “wanted to play winter ball in Latin America in hopes of getting enough at-bats…

  14. Triple Crown Villains and Omar Infante: insane person

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Jon Bois is one of the funniest mofos on the planet, and if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like The Dugout well, you and I just can’t be friends. Today he has a piece about the top 10 all-time triple crown villains (i.e. those interlopers who have taken a batting, home run or…

  15. Manny Ramirez in the White Sox's lineup and hitting fifth today

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    After catching an early morning flight to Cleveland yesterday Manny Ramirez was apparently too tired to be in the White Sox’s starting lineup, so he merely appeared briefly in the on deck circle as a potential pinch-hitter before eventually sitting back down when A.J. Pierzynski smacked a three-run homer in front of him. Now that…

  16. Jeff Francoeur, the media really confused on his value

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur thinks he played well in the first half. The press thinks his clubhouse presence was valuable. And people say I get nuts when talking about Jeff Francoeur.

  17. Yankees expect Alex Rodriguez to return from DL on Sunday

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez has yet to test his injured calf by taking batting practice, but Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Yankees expect him to come off the disabled list when eligible Sunday. Rodriguez did hit off a tee yesterday, and Marchand notes that he also played catch, rode a stationary bike, and lifted weights.…

  18. Good things come to minor league catchers who wait

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    A feel-good story in Detroit, as the Tigers called up catcher Max St. Pierre, who has (a) spent fourteen frickin’ seasons in the minor leagues without once sniffing the show before now; and (b) totally stole the name I use when I’m trying to meet women when I’m on out of town business trips. St.…

  19. New pickup Brian Fuentes is latest to join Twins' infirmary

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Brian Fuentes struck out Russell Branyan for a one-out save in his Twins debut, but it may be a while before he pitches a second time for Minnesota. Fuentes is expected to be unavailable for at least 2-3 days after tweaking his back, which is a tough break for the Twins considering that represents about…

  20. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney joins the Manny Ramirez hit parade

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Someday the sporting press isn’t going to have Manny Ramirez to kick around anymore. But don’t worry: they’re grooming Matt Kemp for the role.

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