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  1. Poll: Should Felix Hernandez pitch on Sunday?

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Pretend you’re Daren Brown and Jack Zduriencik. OK, once you’ve stopped screaming, answer this question . . .

  2. Dr. Lewis Yocum advises rehab over surgery for Jake Arrieta

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Orioles rookie Jake Arrieta was tentatively scheduled to have a bone spur removed from his elbow this week, but instead he sought a second opinion from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum, who advised him to rehab rather than going under the knife. Obviously avoiding surgery is always the preference, particularly for a 24-year-old pitcher,…

  3. Comment of the Day: there were others at the 1960 World Series

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Reader Joerf was at Game 7 as well: My father and I were at the game.  We were sitting in a box on the first base side, the tickets were a gift from one of his clients.  My dad wasn’t much of a baseball fan but I loved it.  Benny Benack was playing “the Bucs…

  4. Mat Latos is in need of a dose of maturity

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Mat Latos has been fantastic this year. I want to say that at the outset. If he doesn’t pitch like he’s pitched most of the season the Padres are not in this thing right now. He’s taken the ace role and, even if he may be petering out a bit under the workload as the…

  5. Report: Angels fire longtime scouting director Eddie Bane

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    John Manuel of Baseball America reports that the Angels have fired Eddie Bane, who has been the team’s scouting director since 2004 and is generally considered one of the best in the business. In fact, Bane was recently among the finalists interviewed for the Diamondbacks’ general manager job that ultimately went to former Padres general…

  6. The Reds know how to run out a post-clinch lineup

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    The Reds know how to do a day-after-clinching lineup.  I just thank my lucky stars that they’re not playing the Padres right now: RF Willie Bloomquist 2B Chris Valetta 1B Yadier Alonso 3B Juan Francisco CF Chris Heisey LF Laynce Nix SS Paul Janish C Corky MIller P Johnny Cueto

  7. Japanese outfielder Hitoshi Tamura "exploring" move to MLB

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Earlier this month there were reports about arguably the two best pitchers in Japan, Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma, potentially making the move to MLB next season and now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that Japanese outfielder Hitoshi Tamura is also “exploring” the possibility. Tamura is 33 years old and hit .324 with 27 homers…

  8. More on the "Jose Canseco milkshake"

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    lar at Wezen-Ball followed up on his post from this morning about Tom Boswell and the “Jose Canseco milkshake” comment from last night’s episode of “The Tenth Inning.”  The upshot: Boswell had reported the “Jose Canseco milkshake” incident at the time. The implications: I don’t think any, really. At least for the purposes I went…

  9. Brandon Webb throws scoreless inning in instructional league

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb wasn’t able to make it back from shoulder surgery to pitch for the Diamondbacks this season, but he did take the mound in an instructional league game this afternoon. The good news is that he threw a scoreless inning, getting a pair of ground outs and a fly out while allowing one hit.…

  10. Game Seven of the 1960 World Series: a contemporaneous account

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    My friend Judi was at the game and wrote a letter to her parents about it that night. I just got a copy of it, it’s great fun, so I’ll share.

  11. Frank Francisco won't be available for Rangers in the ALDS

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco was optimistic enough after throwing from flat ground last week that he hoped to return from a month-long back injury to join the Rangers’ bullpen for the ALDS, but according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that’s been ruled out. Ron Washington told Wilson that the most recent MRI exam “showed…

  12. OK, Clayton Kershaw's season is NOT over

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: So much for that. The Dodgers had to scratch Hiroki Kuroda for Sunday’s start, which means Kershaw is going back in the rotation for Friday’s start, with Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly picking up Saturday and Sunday. In other news, I am 100% certain that hundreds of players will be shut down for the…

  13. Jesus Flores begins long road back from shoulder surgery

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    After missing nearly all of the past two seasons with shoulder injuries one-time Nationals “catcher of the future” Jesus Flores began his long road back to the majors by playing six innings in an instructional league game yesterday. Flores reported no problems hitting or throwing with his surgically repaired shoulder, but has a grand total…

  14. HBT Daily: The Reds, The Padres and the AL MVP

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the moderately-sized Red Machine’s chances, whether the Padres have it in them to come back and who should win the AL MVP award.

  15. Finger injury may mark end of Jose Lopez's career in Seattle

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Like most Mariners hitters Jose Lopez has been a huge disappointment this season, batting .240/.271/.340 for a career-worst .610 OPS that ranks dead last in the league and represents a 150-point drop from his 2009 production. He’s shown almost no improvement in seven seasons with the Mariners, continuing to swing at everything while putting on…

  16. Quote of the Day: Gary Shelton on pitcher wins

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    I’ll stop gettin’ angry at people who dis King Felix when people stop saying stupid things about him.

  17. Kevin Towers optimistic that Jerry Dipoto will stay with the Diamondbacks

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    After beating out Jerry Dipoto for the Diamondbacks general manager job Kevin Towers is now trying to talk the former interim GM into staying with the organization as his right-hand man. They met yesterday for the second time and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’re “planning to spend more time together in…

  18. Red Sox, Angels to go "wallet-to-wallet" for Carl Crawford

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Buster Olney just tweeted that the “speculation among rival executives” is that the Angels and Red Sox are going to go “wallet-to-wallet” for Carl Crawford this winter. Interesting if true. We’ve heard that the Angels want him and are ready to spend to do it.  The Red Sox as a player for Carwford seems less…

  19. Josh Hamilton could play this weekend

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    He doesn’t sound like the picture of health, but Josh Hamilton says he’s feeling better. He took some batting practice yesterday and shagged flies. Though, as Anthony Andro of the Star-Telegram reports, he didn’t make any throws and still has a lot of stiffness.  He says he’s working out at about 60% right now. Hamilton…

  20. Phillies choose drawn-out, Big Three-friendly NLDS schedule

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    By virtue of finishing with the National League’s top record the Phillies got to choose between a seven-day or eight-day schedule for the NLDS, and as expected they picked the drawn-out version that allows them to rely exclusively on the trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels in the five-game series. They’ll open…

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