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  1. Roger Clemens pleads not guilty, and a digression on entering courthouses

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens just pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. No bail set. Clemens just can’t leave the country, which is standard. Nothing crazy happened.  He’s now off to play golf someplace, just as most well-heeled criminal defendants do after they get arraigned. There’s nothin’ else going on right now, so I’m left to consider the…

  2. Picture of the Day: Cameron Diaz and Harry Caray (sort of)

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    This photo of Cameron Diaz posing next to a bust of Harry Caray was taken after she reportedly had lunch with Alex Rodriguez at the Chicago restaurant named after the legendary announcer. Rodriguez is on the disabled list with a calf injury, but the Yankees took two out of three games from the White Sox.…

  3. Brandon Webb wants to come back to Arizona

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb is an optimistic chap these days. He wants to pitch yet before the season is over and thinks he can do it.  Plus, he likes the looks of the Dbacks’ revamped pitching staff and would like to be part of it next year: “I like the pitching staff a lot,” he said. “The…

  4. Rob Dibble won't be calling Nationals games any time soon

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Nationals television analyst Rob Dibble was initially said to be on a two-game “vacation” after telling Stephen Strasburg to “suck it up” and “stop crying” about the elbow injury that proved to require Tommy John surgery, but he wasn’t on the air for either game this weekend and now MASN has announced that he won’t…

  5. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Going two weeks between Power Rankings — with one of those weeks consisting of casual (at best) following of baseball — is discombobulating. Let’s try to get through this together.

  6. Derek Lowe stays quiet about pitching through possible injury

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    After lasting just three innings Sunday in his shortest start of the season Derek Lowe told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he was having trouble gripping the ball, but declined to elaborate when asked if he’s pitching through an injury. O’Brien notes that Lowe “shook his hand to his side at least…

  7. MLB trying to grow the game in China

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    There’s a neat article up at the Washington Post today about Major League Baseball’s inroads to China.  Compared to the population and, really, compared to interest in basketball and other sports, China’s interest in baseball is really low. But even a low percentage of Chinese population is huge, so it’s understandable that baseball would like…

  8. Can we stop pretending that Manny Ramirez isn't any good?

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez was benched in favor of Scott Podsednik, claimed off waivers and let go just to save money, and ended his Dodgers career by getting ejected in the middle of an at-bat yesterday, so the number of articles being written with the premise that he’s a useless bum is at an all-time high. Before…

  9. Great Moments in subtlety: the New York Post

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova, as you know, is under investigation by Major League Baseball for some business regarding B-12 injections that may or may not have been B-12 (or something; I’m having a hard time caring).  Yesterday he pitched well in the Yankees win. Here’s this morning’s New York Post sports cover.  I’m not gonna lie: I…

  10. Carl Crawford is the eighth member of the 400-100-100 club

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    This definitely qualifies as more “interesting” than “significant” but Carl Crawford hit his 100th career homer last night to become just the eighth player in baseball history with 100 homers, 100 triples, and 400 steals. The other guys in the 400-100-100 club: Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Lou Brock, Frankie Frisch, Kenny Lofton, Paul Molitor, and…

  11. R.A. Dickey wants to be a U.S. Open ball boy

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    This is not a repeat from the “Seinfeld” episode “The Lip Reader” from 1993: With another terrific performance on Sunday, R. A. Dickey continued to demonstrate that he could perform at the highest level of his sport. Now he wants to show he can do it in another sport, only not as a player. Dickey…

  12. Angels rookie Jordan Walden throws really, really hard

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Joel Zumaya amazingly never ceased being the hardest-thrower in baseball even while battling all kinds of arm injuries over the past few years, averaging 99.3 miles per hour with his fastball both this season and last season. However, now that Zumaya is sidelined while recovering from July elbow surgery the “hardest-thrower” title is vacant and…

  13. Something strange is going on between Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus hasn’t started a game in two weeks, in part because of a calf injury and in part because of what appears to be an increasingly sour relationship with manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus made it clear that he was healthy enough to play over the weekend and he was initially in yesterday’s posted…

  14. Happy Frank and Jamie McCourt trial day!

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens’ arraignment isn’t the only baseball related court thingee going on today. The McCourt trial starts too. At stake: the very future of the Dodgers. Frank says the team is his. Jamie says it’s theirs. If he wins, the status quo will reign, and the Dodgers can keep on skimping on the free agent…

  15. Jose Reyes "almost certainly" out for at least four more games

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes hasn’t played since aggravating his strained right oblique muscle Thursday and Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that he “will almost certainly miss all four games” of the series against the Braves that begins tonight in Atlanta. Reyes tried to take batting practice yesterday, but had to stop after six…

  16. Mike Sweeney is a huggy guy

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has a story up today about how Mike Sweeney likes to give his teammates hugs.  Click through for the video loop of Sweeney giving Jimmy Rollins a bear hug. Note how Rollins does the back-pat thing, which is the universal “this hug is totally a bro-thing; nothing weird about it” gesture. Sweeney…

  17. Arolids Chapman is coming

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    At 105 miles per hour, it should take Aroldis Chapman just under an hour to get from Louisville to Cincinnati today or, at the latest, tomorrow, which is when Jeff Passan is reporting that the Reds are going to call the dude up. It’s almost unfair that the Reds, riding high right now, have a…

  18. Roger Clemens gets arraigned today; finally has a decent lawyer

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    The only thing I was hoping wouldn’t happen while I was on vacation was Roger Clemens getting arraigned, skipping bail, going on the lam and taking a bunch of hostages, because that’s the kind of thing I would have had to blog about.  Thankfully that didn’t happen. He gets arraigned today, so any hostage-taking will…

  19. Manny Ramirez's Dodger career ends on a high note

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Actually, things never end well for Manny. They just end.

  20. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Stuff you may have missed while standing on the beach, staring at the sea, staring at the sand.

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