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  1. The biggest homer homer call in baseball history

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    Memo to Pirates’ announcers Steve Blass and Greg Brown: Even if you haven’t been there before, fellas, at least act like you’ve been there.

  2. Shocker: Eric Chavez contemplating retirement

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I hope you’re sitting down for this, but Eric Chavez is thinking hard about retiring: “I’ve pondered retirement. I’d lie if I said I didn’t. The truth of the matter is that I don’t know what I’m going to do . . . I’d love to come back and play the last month of the…

  3. Jay Gibbons finally gets what he asked for. Now will he hold up his end of the deal?

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    The Dodgers designating Garret Anderson for assignment opened up a roster spot, and the man who took it was one Jay Gibbons.  Interesting story there. Gibbons, you’ll recall, was a Mitchell Report All-Star, having been tied up with those “rejuvenation clinics” that supplied players with HGH.  He was released by the Orioles the following spring…

  4. Let's invent some more Derek Jeter milestones!

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    If Derek Jeter passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list last night wasn’t enough for you in the milestones-of-questionable-significance department, just wait until today’s game: with one more hit Jeter will tie Mel Ott for the all-time New York hits lead. Not the Yankees hit lead — he did that last year when he…

  5. The Pirates coaches were fired for loyalty issues

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    The Pirates’ coaching shakeup was not a matter of poor performance. It was a matter of loyalty.

  6. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I know your game: you surf baseball blogs at work and tune out on the weekend because you have a life to lead. Hell, I invented that game. Which is why I also invented Weekend Wrapup.

  7. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT

    Brandon Morrow smokes the Rays, and pennant races tighten. In more important news, I bought some baseball shirts and I’d like to tell you about them.

  8. Mark Prior on the road back to the bigs via indy ball

    Aug 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Mark Prior made his debut for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League last week and also got a quick profile in the Los Angeles Times. Prior is still only 29 years of age, which seems incredible, and his fastball has been clocked in the 90s.  Sure, it’s doubtful that he will…

  9. Beckham suffers groin strain in loss to Orioles

    Aug 8, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was pulled from the White Sox’s 4-3 loss to the Orioles on Sunday with a strained groin.  The injury, according to the Chicago Tribune, is being called “moderate,” but groin injuries can be pretty tricky. Brent Lillibridge replaced him at second base and is likely to start there for…

  10. Rays' Davis, Niemann will have shoulders examined

    Aug 8, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Uh oh. Word comes from the Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio that the Rays have sent both Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann back to St. Petersburg to be examined Monday by team orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton…

  11. Morrow loses no-hitter in ninth inning against Rays

    Aug 8, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Brandon Morrow struck out 17 Rays batters this afternoon in Toronto and came within one out of a no-hitter. He threw 137 pitches — 97 of which were strikes.

  12. Dodgers designate Garret Anderson for assignment

    Aug 8, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have designated outfielder Garret Anderson for assignment…

  13. Rangers will try to lock up Cliff Lee this offseason

    Aug 8, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    New Rangers CEO and minority owner Chuck Greenberg has made it known that his club will do all it can to lock up left-hander Cliff Lee in the offseason. This according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram. Of course…

  14. Twins activate the "O-Dog" from the disabled list

    Aug 8, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins activated second baseman Orlando Hudson from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and will start him this afternoon against the Indians and left-hander David Huff…

  15. Coghlan will undergo season-ending knee surgery

    Aug 8, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald has confirmed that Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan is going to have season-ending surgery on his injured left knee on Wednesday…

  16. Marlins initiate extension talks with Dan Uggla

    Aug 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have “initiated” talks toward a contract extension with second baseman Dan Uggla…

  17. Bucs fire pitching coach Kerrigan, bench coach Varsho

    Aug 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Well, it appears the good vibes that Pedro Alvarez sent into the Pittsburgh air on Saturday night have quickly made their way out of the stratosphere.  The Bucs decided to cut ties with pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho early Sunday morning, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kerrigan was…

  18. Pedro Alvarez homers, Pirates win a wild one

    Aug 8, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Pirates and their fans are finally getting a taste of a bright future.

  19. Strasburg throws in bullpen, cleared for Tuesday return

    Aug 8, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg passed his final test Saturday and has been cleared to return from the disabled list for a start Tuesday against the Marlins.  He threw a bullpen session under the watch of pitching coach Steve McCatty, and the young phenom reported no pain or discomfort in his throwing arm. Nats manager Jim…

  20. Erik Bedard undergoes shoulder surgery. What's next?

    Aug 7, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune passes along word that right-hander Erik Bedard has, as expected, undergone season-ending surgery on his shoulder.  The procedure was performed by Mariners surgeon Dr. Edward Khalfayan and assisted by Dr. Lewis Yocum.  It was deemed a success. “I feel good,” Bedard said.”It’s good to get it over with.…

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