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  1. David Ortiz has managed a triple in 11 straight seasons

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit his first triple of the season Sunday in Boston’s 5-0 victory over the Blue Jays, driving a Shaun Marcum pitch into the tricky left-center field gap at Fenway Park.  The annual Big Papi triple has become a sort of tradition for Red Sox fans and the beat writers…

  2. OK, so "Omar Infante, All-Star" isn't quite as funny now

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    I was among the many people who mocked Omar Infante’s presence on the All-Star team and I’ll stand by that mockery, because at the time he was a 28-year-old career-long utility man who wasn’t even playing every day for the Braves. However, he’s been on fire since the All-Star break and after going 4-for-6 with…

  3. Brewers cut ties with disappointing reliever David Riske

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    From the Brewers’ official Twitter feed comes word that the organization has released right-handed reliever David Riske. The 33-year-old Riske opened the 2010 season on the disabled list due to Tommy John…

  4. Bobby Jenks comes up big for worn out White Sox bullpen

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    With the White Sox’s pitching staff in shambles after playing a pair of extra-inning games Saturday, manager Ozzie Guillen used Bobby Jenks in a very uncharacteristic way yesterday. Jenks was brought into the game in the seventh inning for the first time since August 20, 2005 and then proceeded to throw three full innings, which…

  5. Pirates' black-ink parade fueled by local apathy

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    I grew up an ardent and zealous Pirates fan, listening with my grandfather to Bob Prince on the radio and staying up late to watch road games in San Francisco, confused why anyone living in California would be wearing a jacket when it was 80 degrees at midnight in West Virginia.  In October 1992, when…

  6. Billy Butler is closing in on the all-time record for double plays

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Royals first baseman Billy Butler is having a very nice season, hitting .308/.379/.456 with 46 extra-base hits and nearly as many walks (53) as strikeouts (56) as a 24-year-old, but he’s also closing in on a dubious record. Butler has grounded into 26 double plays, which is the most in baseball this season, ties the…

  7. Jaime Garcia leads strong cast of NL ROY candidates

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Cardinals rookie Jaime Garcia put on a show Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, tossing a three-hit shutout against the Giants in what became a 9-0 Cards victory. The young left-hander needed only 89 pitches to get through his nine innings of work and he did not allow…

  8. Despite recent action, Mike Lowell still planning to retire

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Following in Billy Wagner’s footsteps rather than Brett Favre’s footsteps, Mike Lowell reiterated yesterday that he still plans to retire after the season despite getting regular playing time recently in place of the injured Kevin Youkilis. Am I personally enjoying it? Of course. That’s obvious. I have more fun playing than not playing. Yeah, it’s…

  9. Ricky Nolasco may try to pitch through torn meniscus

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco was diagnosed with a torn right meniscus over the weekend and scratched from his scheduled Sunday start in favor of Andrew Miller.  With such a serious diagnosis, and with the Marlins well out of contention, it felt like Nolasco might be done for the season.  But, alas, he could be ready to pitch…

  10. Francisco Liriano's "tired arm" pushes him back to Thursday and sets up great matchup with Cliff Lee

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano was slated to pitch tonight, but instead his start has been pushed back to Thursday because of what manager Ron Gardenhire called “a tired arm.” Liriano has struggled in two of his last three outings after throwing shutout ball for three straight starts, so the Twins will hope that a little extra rest…

  11. White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson spent an entire game complaining about umpire Joe West

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson spent the bulk of yesterday afternoon’s game complaining about home plate umpire Joe West, whom he feels holds a longtime grudge against the team that led to the Royals getting favorable calls. Harrelson talked about the umpiring for literally innings at a time and his broadcast partner Frank Thomas, who…

  12. Financial documents show Pirates could spend more

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    The Associated Press published a round of documents late Sunday night that show the Pirates, on the verge of their 18th consecutive losing season, are still a highly profitable franchise and have been profitable for many years. According to the documents, which are now on full display over at…

  13. Giants designate infielder Matt Downs for assignment

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    The Giants cleared a spot on their 25-man roster early this morning by designating infielder Matt Downs for assignment, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.  That will allow outfielder Cody Ross, who was picked up for cash considerations in a waiver deal Sunday, to join the big league team. As Baggarly…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Craig is on vacation all week so you’ll see a bigger helping of posts from the less familiar names around here.  It’s like a parent has left town, and has left us access to a stocked fridge and liquor cabinet.  We intend to have a good time.  Bonfire! Here is your weekend wrap-up: Cubs manager…

  15. Brennaman was wise not to wait for Dodgers job

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:54 AM EDT

    Marty Brennaman has been broadcasting Cincinnati Reds games on the radio since 1974, when he was hired to replace Al Michaels. But in 1979, after five years on the job, opportunity – and the Los Angeles Dodgers — came calling. From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: “I had a chance to come here (Los…

  16. The Week Ahead: Phillies primed to make a run

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    Hold onto your hats Braves fans, the Philadelphia Phillies are finally hitting their stride. The season has been a struggle for the Phillies. They’ve endured a host of injuries, questions about the preseason trade of Cliff Lee, some major slumps from outfielders Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez, and even some questionable managing decisions. All you…

  17. What they're saying about Lou Piniella's retirement…

    Aug 22, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella got the opportunity to explain his sudden retirement before Sunday’s game against the Braves.  It’s more about his sick mother than his frustration with the Cubs’ play, and many folks are sharing great ‘Sweet Lou’ stories this afternoon. Here is a bit of Piniella’s statement, via Dave van Dyck of the…

  18. Giants make waiver claim on Marlins' Cody Ross

    Aug 22, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    From the Marlins’ official Twitter feed comes word that the Giants have been awarded outfielder Cody Ross from the Marlins on a waiver claim. Ross, 29, is batting .264/.315/.404 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI…

  19. Quote of the Day: L.A. Times reporter on Kemp, Stewart

    Aug 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times published an incredibly revealing article on Saturday night about the relationship between the Dodgers, their fans, Matt Kemp and agent Dave Stewart. In it you’ll find Stewart as an overbearing and overly self-conscious agent and Kemp as…

  20. Strasburg was able to play catch on Sunday morning

    Aug 22, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    We’ve been tracking Stephen Strasburg news all morning and will continue to do so this week as the Nationals make an important decision on his immediate future with the club. Strasburg, 22, was lifted from his start against the Phillies on…

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