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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 1, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    The A.L. East tie is finally broken, Aroldis Chapman lights up the gun and Manny Ramirez makes it as far as the on deck circle in his White Sox debut. He’s probably gassed.

  2. Mets trade Jeff Francoeur to Rangers

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

    Most of us, including Craig, had a hard time believing that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels actually wanted Jeff Francoeur when reports first surfaced earlier today. Well, the deal just went down. The Mets traded Francoeur to the Rangers in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias, according to a team press release. The Rangers are also…

  3. Breaking news: Aroldis Chapman tosses scoreless inning in MLB debut

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman just tossed a scoreless eighth inning in his major league debut against the Brewers before a raucous crowd at Great American Ballpark. The Cuban fireballer needed just eight pitches to make it through his first major league inning. Chapman struck out Jonathan Lucroy with a nasty slider for the first out, then got…

  4. UPDATE: Ted Lilly to stay with Dodgers after waiver claim

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Dodgers pulled Lilly off waivers after the Yankees were awarded the claim. The Yankees and Rays enter play Tuesday tied with the best record in baseball, which means that at least 27 teams passed up the chance to acquire Lilly. 7:20 PM: As expected, Ted Lilly was…

  5. Stephen Strasburg to have Tommy John surgery Friday

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced earlier this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Strasburg underwent a second MRI arthogram during a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday, which confirmed last week’s diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his…

  6. Josh Hamilton to receive another injection for sore knee

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton is DHing for a second straight day Tuesday and will be out of the lineup Wednesday to get an injection of Synvisc for his sore right knee. It will be the fourth injection Hamilton has received in the knee over the course of the season. He received his first dose of Synvisc, a…

  7. Bud Selig is pretty darn happy with baseball's PED testing

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Bud Selig was on the Dan Patrick Show today and the subject of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and steroids came up. After noting that, no, he doesn’t expect to be a witness in those cases, he defended baseball’s drug testing program and even got a little defiant about it: “So, where are all these people…

  8. If I could see one game in baseball history . . .

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    If you could see one game in baseball history, what would it be? My choice probably isn’t an obvious one.

  9. Peter Gammons thinks Bobby Valentine will be the Mets' next manager

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    While appearing on WFAN radio in New York today Peter Gammons said that he thinks Bobby Valentine will be the Mets’ next manager. Thanks to Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog.com, here’s the transcript: I think there are two things: One, he has a history and a good working relationship with Omar Minaya. And two, he is…

  10. Dallas Braden has the right attitude

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden is going to start against the Yankees in the Bronx on Thursday. He knows he’s going to get an earful over all that “get off my mound” stuff. Rather than tighten up about it or spout cliches about the past being the past or whatever, he’s owning it. When asked about the reception…

  11. Turns out, Derek Lowe has had elbow problems for six weeks

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    After initially playing coy with reporters following his season-worst start over the weekend, Derek Lowe finally admitted today that he’s been pitching through elbow pain for the past six weeks and received a cortisone shot Sunday. Lowe told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he’s planning to make his next scheduled start Friday…

  12. The Rangers are interested in Jeff Francoeur? Really?

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    That’s what Adam Rubin says.  He (or at least his headline writer) uses my least favorite trade talk euphemism ever by saying that Texas is “kicking the tires” on Frenchie. Observation #1:  This could be evidence that Josh Hamilton really is hurt and the Rangers are worried about it. Observation #2: If Jeff Francoeur somehow…

  13. Red Sox trade Manny Delcarmen to Rockies for pitching prospect Chris Balcom-Miller

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Earlier this week the Rockies were said to be looking for some bullpen help and this afternoon they acquired reliever Manny Delcarmen from the Red Sox for Single-A pitching prospect Chris Balcom-Miller. Delcarmen was one of the Red Sox’s best relievers in 2007 and 2008, combining to throw 118 innings with a 2.81 ERA, .197…

  14. Oliver Perez feels he's being treated unfairly

    Aug 31, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    I don’t have the audio link — I’m just passing along what Matt Cerrone heard on SNY — but apparently Oliver Perez feels like he’s being treated “unfairly” by the Mets. That’s one way to put it. Another way to put it would be for Perez to say that he’s been allowed to stay on…

  15. All-Star Evan Meek: "I got very lucky" to avoid serious injury

    Aug 31, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    All-Star reliever Evan Meek appeared to suffer a serious injury when he took a Ryan Braun line drive off his pitching arm Sunday, collapsing onto the mound before eventually being helped off the field with a trainer clutching his limp right hand. However, he somehow escaped with only a bruise, as X-rays revealed no fractures…

  16. OK, maybe Manny did quit on the Dodgers

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    I promise: this will be my last Manny Ramirez post of the day. But it’s a necessary one. Yesterday I took Ken Rosenthal to task for saying that Manny Ramirez “quit on the Dodgers.” My reason: neither Rosenthal’s nor anyone else’s reports had any evidence that he did quit on them.  I thought it was…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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:…

  20. 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…

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