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  1. C.J. Wilson's transition from bullpen to rotation has been huge for the Rangers

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    After four years spent exclusively as a reliever C.J. Wilson convinced the Rangers to give him the chance to claim a rotation spot this spring and five months later he’s been one of the best starting pitchers in the American League. Wilson shut out the Royals for 7.2 innings yesterday, improving to 14-5 with a…

  2. I don't care how late he gets to the park. Manny should start tonight

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    According to the Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley, Manny Ramirez’s plane lands in Cleveland at 3PM. That cuts it kind of close for him to get to the park and have anything approaching a normal routine for tonight’s White Sox-Indians Game.  Cowley says that, as of yesterday, Ozzie Guillen was inclined not to start Ramirez under such…

  3. Must-click link: Jerry Crasnick on concussions in baseball

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is one of my favorite national writers and the effects of concussions in baseball is something that warrants a lot more attention that it’s gotten thus far, so his lengthy article today about Justin Morneau, Jason Bay, Corey Koskie, and the great unknown of concussions is absolutely a must-read: Jerry Crasnick:…

  4. Pete Rose: Pete Rose never had a gambling problem

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    I missed this when I put up the earlier Pete Rose post, but apparently Charlie Hustle sat for an extended interview with with Yahoo!’s Graham Bensinger. In it he discusses baseball stuff and gambling stuff, particularly the idea that he had a gambling addiction: “I needed something extra. I lost the edge in getting those…

  5. X-ray technician picks bad time to joke with Gordon Beckham

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham has been diagnosed with merely a bruise despite leaving last night’s game after taking a Frank Hermann fastball off the right hand, but not before the X-ray technician initially told him it was broken. Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune described the scene: Beckham didn’t think his hand was broken, but he was…

  6. How many wins have the Red Sox' injuries cost them?

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    A lot of people are playing the “what if” game with respect to the Red Sox lately, mostly in terms of “what if they didn’t have all those damn injuries.” Would they be in the thick of the AL East right now instead of hanging by a thread? In the lead? How bad has the…

  7. Washington Post columnist defends Rob Dibble using the Howard Stern argument

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Washington Post columnist Leonard Shapiro wrote about Rob Dibble today and more or less agreed that he’s a poor announcer and deserves criticism for his recent remarks about female baseball fans and Stephen Strasburg. Despite that Shapiro also argues that Dibble shouldn’t be fired because … well, I’ll let you read his words for yourself:…

  8. Today is the real trade deadline

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    We all got excited on July 31st — I even blogged on a Saturday, man! — but that wasn’t the real trade deadline. Just ask Manny.  That was the non-waiver trade deadline. Today is the real day you have to have your changes made, because barring some complicated maneuvers involving the disabled list, your team…

  9. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller being treated for leukemia

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Indians great Bob Feller is being treated for acute myeloid leukemia, and the 91-year-old Hall of Famer spoke to Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer about his diagnosis: My white blood cells weren’t doing their job. I got two quarts of blood right away. They pumped it in as fast as they could. The…

  10. Joey Cora is a candidate for the Mariners' job

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    We’ve previously heard that Bobby Valentine and Ted Simmons were in the mix, but Jerry Crasnick just tweeted that, according to the scouting grapevine (which Crasnick is extremely tuned into) White Sox bench coach Joey Cora has emerged as “a strong candidate” for the Seattle Mariners managing job. Which would be fantastic for baseball. Why?…

  11. Derek Lowe will throw to test injury he won't admit to having

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe still hasn’t actually admitted to having an injury, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he “had ice wrapped around his right elbow” in the clubhouse yesterday and is scheduled to “test” the not-yet-admitted-to injury by throwing today. Lowe repeatedly shook his right arm between pitches during Sunday’s season-worst start against the Marlins,…

  12. The Washington Post suspends Mike Wise for a month

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Yesterday I beefed about Mike Wise of the Washington Post making up news and then mocking bloggers for trusting it.  Turns out his employer wasn’t a fan of that behavior either, as the Post has suspended Wise for a month. Yikes! More background here, as Wise tries to explain what he was doing with all…

  13. Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus both deny reported "rift"

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus was back in the Cardinals’ lineup yesterday for the first time in two weeks, and after the game the 24-year-old center fielder and manager Tony La Russa denied the reported “rift” between them. Rasmus said: “From my side, me and Tony, we’re on good terms.” However, in downplaying their “issues” that have been…

  14. Omar Minaya needs to quit or be fired

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Omar Minaya either refuses or has been ordered not to do an essential part of his job. In light of this, he either needs to be fired or he needs to walk away.

  15. Royals top prospect Mike Moustakas has 3-homer, 11-RBI game at Triple-A

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Double-A Texas League named Mike Moustakas its player of the year despite his promotion to Triple-A six weeks earlier and then the stud Royals prospect celebrated his honor a few hours later with three homers and 11 RBIs in last night’s game. Moustakas hit .347 with 21 homers, 24 doubles, and a ridiculous…

  16. Is Josh Hamilton hurting more than we think?

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton DH’d last night to rest his gimpy knee. He still went 2 for 5. But Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News thinks things may be worse than Hamilton or the team is letting on: Hamilton’s right knee, which has been achy all season long, has started throbbing again not even a full…

  17. Jim Edmonds says "I'm leaning toward shutting it down and being a family man again"

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Acquired from the Brewers for Chris Dickerson three weeks ago, Jim Edmonds played just nine games for the Reds before being sidelined by an oblique injury and the 40-year-old said yesterday that he’s now leaning toward retiring after the season: I’m leaning toward shutting it down and being a family man again. I’ve made my…

  18. Pete Rose probably still has a gambling problem

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Why Pete Rose as an Expo? I dunno. Everyone forgets about that and I like to remember that kind of random garbage. Got his 4000th hit while playing for Montreal! Anyway: Back when he was suspended from baseball, Pete Rose admitted to having a gambling addiction and went through counseling.  You’ll be shocked to learn…

  19. Another prominent columnist perpetuates the "Manny Ramirez is no longer any good" myth

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    I wrote yesterday about how silly it is for mainstream media members to act as if Manny Ramirez is no longer a good player despite his owning the fourth-best OPS in the entire league and the Dodgers having a significantly better record when he was in the lineup. Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times…

  20. This may be the worst Pirates team ever

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    According to his bio, the Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic has been watching the Pirates since 1972. He’s been writing about sports since 1990 and covering the Pirates since 2005.  He’s seen highs, and he’s seen a ton of lows (some of which were the result of highs).  In light of that, when he says something like…

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