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  1. Ubaldo Jimenez gets 18th win after a month between victories

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    It took a while, but Ubaldo Jimenez finally got his 18th victory last night to set the Rockies’ franchise record. Jimenez also leads the NL in wins, but lost four straight decisions between his 17th and 18th victories and had just two wins in nine starts since beginning the season 15-1. Of course, as usual…

  2. The Wrigley rooftop business is bad these days

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Apparently the down economy and crappy 2010 Cubs team is really taking a bite out of the business of those who operate the rooftop venues outside of Wrigley Field. Many of the businesses are hurting — corporate bookings are way down — and some of the properties have fallen into foreclosure. The last time I…

  3. Alex Rodriguez sets MLB record with 14th 100-RBI season

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez homered and knocked in two runs yesterday to reach 100 RBIs for the 14th time in his career, which sets a new MLB record. He had been tied with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx, each of whom had 100 RBIs in 13 seasons. Rodriguez has reached 100 RBIs in 13 consecutive…

  4. The Red Sox are poised to pick up David Ortiz's extension

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are prepared to pick up David Ortiz’s $12 million 2011 extension. That according to “a major league source well acquainted with the Sox’s thinking.” In other news, we probably need to have a summit meeting about the best way to label anonymous sources in this…

  5. Cubs interim manager Mike Quade benches Starlin Castro for "lapses in concentration"

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Cubs interim manager Mike Quade benched Starlin Castro yesterday for what he called “lapses in concentration” after the Cubs’ rookie shortstop forgot how many outs there were and got picked off first base Sunday. Castro also made an error in the field Friday and Quade, who’s gone 9-4 since taking over the 51-74 team from…

  6. Portland hosts its last AAA game

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    The Beavers haven’t always played baseball in Portland. Minor league baseball took a few years off in the 70s. The team that came back in 1978 later moved to Salt Lake City, occasioning another break in AAA ball before the latest incarnation showed up.  But those few bumps aside, there has been a Pacific Coast…

  7. The Dodgers call up 15-year minor leaguer John Lindsey

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    The Tigers and Braves got a lot of good press when they called up, respectively, Max St. Pierre and J.C. Boscan last week after each of them had spent 14 years in the minors. Well, the Dodgers did them one better yesterday, calling up fifteen year minor league veteran John Lindsey. Lindsey may be a…

  8. The Padres finally win a game

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    And not only do they win a game: they debunk a conspiracy theory!

  9. While you were grilling, we were blogging. Here's what you missed

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    And a few introductory words about why I’m a little worried about some of you.

  10. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Though hands of steel and heart of stone, our Labor Day has come and gone. But at least there was a boatload of baseball to get us though it.

  11. The Reds may have already run out of patience with Aaron Harang

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:59 PM EDT

    The Reds are still in very good shape in the NL Central, but they aren’t about to rest on their laurels. Including today’s loss to the Rockies, Aaron Harang has allowed seven runs — five earned — with a lousy 3/6 K/BB ratio over his first two starts since coming off the disabled list. After…

  12. After a year of rest, Oliver Perez is finally ready to pitch

    Sep 6, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Craig has his Jeff Francoeur obsession, so I’m free to blog about Oliver Perez at will. Especially on this rather slow Labor Day, news-wise. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Oliver Perez said earlier today that he is considering pitching for his hometown of Culiacan, Mexico, this winter in the Mexican League. Perez allowed one…

  13. UPDATE: Mat Latos pushed back to Tuesday due to illness

    Sep 6, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Latos has been pushed back to Tuesday due to a “violent” stomach bug. Enough said there. Kevin Correia, who was slated to start Tuesday, will be available in relief of Tim Stauffer tonight. It’s actually not the worst thing in the world since Correia has struggled badly of…

  14. No one wants to win the NL East

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    The Phillies have slowly — very slowly — closed the gap between themselves and the Braves over the past month or so, but most of the time it seems like the Braves and Phillies either both win or both lose most days. Today: the Phillies got rocked by the Marlins, with Adalberto Mendez limiting them…

  15. Blue Jays fan assaulted by Jackie Robinson's "b"

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    This doesn’t happen every day: A fan at the Toronto Blue Jays’ game was OK on Monday after being struck in the right shoulder by a tumbling, metal “B” from a sign honoring Jackie Robinson. Could have been worse. While the Jays haven’t retired any numbers besides Robinson’s, they do have something called the “Level…

  16. Manny Ramirez notches three hits in White Sox victory

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez hasn’t shown any power since being claimed off waivers by Chicago last week, but he had three singles this afternoon and is now 7-for-16 (.438) with the White Sox. Ramirez’s third single today came off Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and proved to be the game-winning run, as pinch-runner Alejandro…

  17. Tony La Russa tries to defuse the Colby Rasmus situation

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa did his best today to defuse the budding controversy surrounding Colby Rasmus and his future with the team, telling the Post-Dispatch that to say the situation has devolved to an “either Rasmus goes or La Russa goes” state it all wrong and overstates the situation. Which I agree, it states the matter…

  18. Johan Santana to skip tomorrow's start with pectoral injury

    Sep 6, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Johan Santana reported feeling fine during a weekend bullpen session after leaving Thursday’s start with a strained pectoral muscle, but the Mets have decided to skip his turn in the rotation tomorrow anyway. Dillon Gee will instead make his MLB debut against the Nationals, but Santana made it very clear he could pitch if, say,…

  19. Source: Jayson Werth may soon sign with Scott Boras

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    On Friday, Jerry Crasnick tweeted that Jayson Werth has parted ways with agent Jeff Borris.  Werth was cagey about it when asked over the weekend, denying that he has left Borris and Beverly Hills Sports council.  That’s likely a matter of semantics, however, because Crasnick’s source says Werth is “shopping” for new representation. I’m hearing…

  20. Arolids Chapman's hands are too big to throw a changeup. Wha?

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is one I’ve never heard before. Ken Rosenthal spoke with Reds’ AAA pitching coach Ted “Tower of” Power, who says that Arolids Champan may need to figure out how to throw an offspeed pitch that isn’t a changeup because his hands are too big to effectively grip one. For now he’s using his slider…

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