Aug 12, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT
The other day I asked if Jay Gibbons would keep his 2008 promise to donate his salary to charity if he ever made the majors again. The answer is no: “I’m going to hold on to my money now,” the outfielder said. “I’ve got kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment…
Aug 12, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT
John Grabow heard something “pop” while rehabbing a knee injury in the minors Monday and will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn medial collateral ligament. He finishes the year with a 7.36 ERA in 25.2 innings and has posted a 5.33 ERA in 50.2 total innings for the Cubs…
Aug 12, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
Well, @$#!&%. Sports radio station 790 The Zone is reporting that Chipper Jones has a torn ACL and that he’ll be out for the year. Obviously this is distressing to me. But not for the obvious reason. Yes, losing Chipper Jones — who has been back to his old All-Star self since June — is…
Aug 12, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT
Marlins rookie Mike Stanton went 5-for-5 with a homer and two doubles last night, becoming just the ninth 20-year-old in baseball history–and the first since Alan Trammell in 1978–to notch five hits in a game. Here’s the complete list, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com: MIKE STANTON 2010 Alan Trammell 1978 Jack Heidemann 1970 Ken Hubbs 1962 (twice)…
Aug 12, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT
Yesterday’s trade of Mike Fontenot may not be the last deal the Cubs have up their sleeve: ”It’s hard to say if it’ll be the last one,” assistant general manager Randy Bush said after the trade that netted the Cubs outfield prospect Evan Crawford. ”Anything that we can do that we feel is to the…
Aug 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT
Joe Mauer had two more hits last night, making him 39-for-89 (.438) with 17 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs in 22 games since the All-Star break. One of those hits was his 38th double of the year, which ties Mauer for the AL lead with Nick Markakis and puts him on pace to break both…
Aug 12, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
That’s the year 2011, not 2,011 protesters. But maybe if there were that many one of them could have gotten the petition they were trying to deliver to Bud Selig through the thin blue line: Five people were arrested in Minneapolis in an attempt to deliver more than 110,000 petitions to Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig,…
Aug 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT
Last week Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland talked about Javier Vazquez dealing with a “dead arm” period and after serving up a homer on an 85-mph fastball last night Vazquez expanded on his lack of velocity: I reach back, and I see 88. The fastball is not there. I don’t have any zip on it.…
Aug 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
In my little riff on hot and humid ballparks this morning I left out Cincinnati. It gets downright ugly there, and yesterday it was particularly bad: Around 200 fans were treated for heat problems Wednesday during the Cincinnati Reds/St. Louis Cardinals game at Great American Ball Park. The game time temperature was 93 degrees, but…
Aug 12, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT
I pretty much stopped reading ESPN’s Page 2 when Hunter S. Thompson blew his head off — I think he would have wanted me to — but there’s something really good over there today: Updated MLB logos. Each team’s, reimagined in such a way as to capture the essence of its bein’, ya know? Here’s…
Aug 12, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT
In a move that can only be explained by Jerry Manuel having money on the Phillies to win the division, the Mets manager said that he’s thinking about starting Oliver Perez against Philly. If he forfeited it would save everyone time and money. Not that there isn’t some logic afoot here. The Phillies will be…
Aug 12, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT
Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning off Brewers starter Dave Bush last night. The video is here. Great fun for anyone who isn’t a Brewers fan or a Dave Bush fantasy owner. For the record, the jacks came off two 89 m.p.h. fastballs, a…
Aug 12, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT
Clearly, K-Rod assaulting his wife’s old man last night was the result of media pressure.
Aug 12, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT
Last night’s scores and highlights, as well as digressions about humidity and whether a baseball team can request political asylum.
Aug 12, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT
Reports are flowing in… Francisco Rodriguez was arrested on Wednesday night at Citi Field for apparently assaulting his father-in-law.
Aug 11, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT
The O’s have reportedly placed infielder Ty Wigginton on waivers. He has 18 home runs and has been used at multiple positions in Baltimore. Who might have interest?
Aug 11, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT
The Teixeiras welcomed a new baby boy on Tuesday. On Thursday, Mark will be welcomed back to the Yankees.
Aug 11, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT
As first reported by Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have acquired second baseman Mike Fontenot from the Cubs for minor-league outfielder Evan Crawford…
Aug 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT
Check out Tiffany’s transition from the discussion of Triple Crown candidates to Jeff Francoeur. Epic, kids, epic.
Aug 11, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT
Brian McCann didn’t start Wednesday’s game against the Astros, but he did finish it, delivering a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to expand Atlanta’s lead from two runs to six runs in the Braves’ 8-2 win. It was the seventh career slam for McCann, who is one of the best in…
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