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  1. Must-click link: Jon Weisman on "the 2010 Dodgers and the reinvention of lying"

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts on ESPN.com wrote a great piece today about all the truth-stretching surrounding the Dodgers this season, from the owners and front office to the manager and media: Jon Weisman: The 2010 Dodgers and the reinvention of lying Not surprisingly given what I wrote regarding Manny Ramirez earlier this week, here’s…

  2. Tom Ricketts on the Cubs' managerial search: this isn't a P.R. game

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    You can’t hire a manager based solely on P.R. But doesn’t Ryne Sandberg bring more than just P.R. to the table?

  3. Was last night's Rays outfield the fastest in baseball history?

    Sep 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    With rosters expanding yesterday the Rays called up speedster Desmond Jennings from Triple-A and started him in right field. They also had Carl Crawford in left field and B.J. Upton in center field, which has me wondering whether it could have been the fastest outfield in baseball history. I’m not sure exactly how to measure…

  4. Mark McGwire loves being a hitting coach. Will he be doing it for long?

    Sep 2, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Derrick Goold interviews Mark McGwire in the Post-Dispatch today. The key points: Mark McGwire loves being a hitting coach. Mark McGwire is on a one year contract that both sides called an “experiment” when the year began. The Cardinals are currently gagging their way the hell out of playoff contention, primarily because they’re not hitting…

  5. The Carlos Delgado experiment (and career) is likely over

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Carlos Delgado hasn’t played in a game down at Pawtucket since August 15th, and now it seems he won’t be playing in any more. The big man flew to Colorado yesterday to consult Dr. Marc Phillipon about discomfort in his left hip.  Note: it was his right hip that had been giving him all the…

  6. Twins get walk-off win from hot-hitting rookie Danny Valencia

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Despite shutting out the Tigers for seven innings last night Francisco Liriano was denied his 13th win when the Twins’ bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead, but rookie third baseman Danny Valencia delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give Minnesota the victory anyway. Valencia began the season at Triple-A and was hitting…

  7. So, did the Mariners know that Josh Leuke had legal trouble or not?

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Josh Lueke was one of the players sent from Texas to Seattle in the Cliff Lee deal. You may recall that, at the time, there was some controversy about the Mariners’ due dilligence on Lueke, because it seems that he  faced rape and sodomy charges in California last summer, pleaded no contest after the cops…

  8. Tim Lincecum starts September with a victory after going 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA in August

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum has gone through several rough patches this season, but the wheels came flying off last month as he went 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA in five August starts. He allowed opponents to bat .311 with five homers and a .519 slugging percentage, giving up 33 hits and 13 walks in 25.1 innings while…

  9. Manny Corpas to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    As expected, Rockies reliever Manny Corpas needs Tommy John elbow surgery and will go under the knife next week, knocking him out for the rest of this season and likely all of 2011 as well. Corpas was the closer on a World Series team as a rookie in 2007, but lost that job to Brian…

  10. Source: Scott Boras is out as A-Rod's agent

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    The most famous player in baseball has fired the most famous agent in baseball.

  11. After hitting 102.7 mph in debut, Aroldis Chapman throws 103.9 mph in second appearance

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman made jaws drop in his MLB debut earlier this week by averaging 100.3 miles per hour on six fastballs and topping out at 102.7 mph, which tied for the highest velocity ever recorded during three seasons of MLB.com’s Pitch-F/X system. Or at least it was the highest. Chapman made his second appearance last…

  12. The Dodgers have been turned down for additional credit multiple times

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt famously leveraged the Dodgers after purchasing them. Indeed, he saddled an asset he bought for $430 million with something like $433 million in debt. We knew that. His defense has always been, however, that the Dodgers are a cash cow and that there are tons of untapped revenue sources available. And that all…

  13. Mike Greenberg: "You just fired Rob Dibble for being Rob Dibble"

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Rob Dibble’s firing was the subject on Mike & Mike this morning, and both Greenberg and Golic were scratching their heads at it. Greenberg’s quote evinced his confusion at the move: “you just fired Rob Dibble for being Rob Dibble.” That’s one way to think of it. Another way is to acknowledge that when you…

  14. Nyjer Morgan was a jackass last night, but the Marlins were no saints themselves

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan has a lot to answer for. But so too do the Florida Marlins.

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 2, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT

    I for one applaud Nyjer Morgan’s heel-turn. And when he comes back from his inevitable suspension, I expect his interview with Mene Gene Okerlund to be epic.

  16. Nolasco shut down for the rest of the 2010 season

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Marlins tonight, but news they should have seen coming. According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco is going to be shut down for the rest of the season and will undergo…

  17. Manny Ramirez will trim his dreadlocks this week

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

    In case anyone cares — OK, everyone cares — Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that new White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez will trim his long-flowing dreadlocks on either Thursday or Friday of this week to comply with his new club’s rules about overgrown hair. How’d Cafardo get that information?  Manny’s barber. …

  18. Nyjer Morgan charges mound, incites brawl in Florida

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

    The same player who threw a ball at a fan in Philadelphia in mid-August, steamrolled an unsuspecting Cardinals backup catcher last week, and gave Marlins catcher Brett Hayes a dislocated shoulder on Tuesday night with a ridiculous hockey-like check at home plate is back at it again. Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan started a benches-clearing clearing…

  19. Pettitte throws second bullpen session, feels "good"

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte continues to make progress in his rehab from a strained left groin. According to Mike Mazzeo of the Newark Star-Ledger, the veteran left-hander threw a 55-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium and reported…

  20. Jason Kendall set for shoulder surgery

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Workaholic Jason Kendall is going to have to learn to deal with some time off. He’s slated for rotator cuff surgery Friday that could sideline him into the 2011 season. Kendall has a tear in his throwing shoulder that manager Ned Yost said he’d need 8-10 months to recover from. Kendall, though, is hoping to…

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