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  1. Comment of the Day: let's not get too worked up over the Sox docs

    Sep 1, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Longtime reader Evan has a pretty good point in response to the Red Sox medical staff stuff from earlier this afternoon. Basically, the knives are out for one and all as it dawns on everyone that the season is going to end on October 3rd: I think this is more a product of the team’s…

  2. Angels get 7-foot-1 Dutchman to complete Brian Fuentes trade

    Sep 1, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Last week the Angels traded Brian Fuentes to the Twins for a player to be named later, with the two sides announcing today that the player is Loek Van Mil. Van Mil isn’t much of a prospect, ranking No. 39 on my annual list of the Twins’ best prospects coming into this season and having…

  3. The Cardinals' skid continues, lose to Astros 5-2

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Another series against a bad team in the books, another series loss. The Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Astros today, completing the sweep for Houston.  This follows the Redbirds dropping three of four to the Nats and two of three to the Pirates.  If you can’t get right against those teams, you’ve got a hell…

  4. Rafael Furcal again on the verge of coming off the disabled list

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal suffered a setback when he was close to coming off the disabled list about two weeks ago, but the Dodgers shortstop is once again on the verge of returning from the lower back injury that has sidelined him since August 3. Furcal is slated to begin a brief minor league rehab assignment today…

  5. Pirates President Frank Coonelly: "Losing stinks"

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Pirates team President Frank Coonelly sat down for his monthly web chat earlier today, and was asked by a reader how it felt to run “the losingest team in baseball.”  His response: Given that we have many young readers of this chat, I will keep my answer G-rated: It stinks. It’s embarrassing, painful and incredibly…

  6. Diamondbacks haven't offered Adam LaRoche a contract yet

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago Jerry Dipoto indicated that the Diamondbacks and Adam LaRoche were both interested in working out a multi-year contract extension, but yesterday the general manager told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that no offers have been made: We discussed the possibility, kicked the tires if you will, but there was nothing definitive and no…

  7. Bobby Seay likely to miss 2011 following shoulder surgery

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Bobby Seay was the Tigers’ primary left-handed specialist from 2007 to 2009, appearing in 185 games with a 3.75 ERA during that time, but he hasn’t pitched this season because of a shoulder injury and is now expected to miss all of next season as well. Seay initially tried to rehab the injury, but said…

  8. The Red Sox medical staff comes under fire

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Today ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes has a long and engaging look at the mounting criticism of the Red Sox medical staff that’s worth a read. It’s hard to really get a handle on this kind of thing. Most of us aren’t doctors and even those of you who are haven’t seen a player’s medical chart…

  9. Even with all their injuries, Red Sox release Jeremy Hermida

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Acquired from the Marlins and signed to a one-year, $3.4 million contract this winter, Jeremy Hermida was brought in to be the Red Sox’s fourth outfielder and could have been in line for a ton of playing time given the team’s amazing number of injuries. Instead he hit just .203/.257/.348 in 52 games while missing…

  10. Ted Lilly and the Dodgers to talk extension

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    With the waiver trade deadline coming and going with no deal, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Ted Lilly are interested in talking about a contract extension. Makes sense for Lilly who, Rosenthal says, really wanted to be in Los Angeles a few years ago.  Makes sense for the Dodgers too, who probably don’t…

  11. Manny Manny Manny Manny Manny

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Say, were you aware that Manny Ramirez was playing in a contested baseball game today?

  12. Cliff Lee avoids another loss, but struggles again for Rangers

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Nine runs of support from the Rangers’ lineup took him off the hook for a loss, but Cliff Lee struggled again last night and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning against the Royals. Lee allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings–including three unearned runs due to his own throwing error–and coughed up 10 hits…

  13. Quote of the Day II: Buck Showalter's night off

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    What does Buck do when Mrs. Showalter is away?

  14. Aroldis Chapman offically topped out at 102.7 miles per hour

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    During his much-anticipated debut last night the radar gun used for the Reds’ television broadcast clocked Aroldis Chapman at 102 and 103 miles per hour on back-to-back pitches, and amazingly the gun wasn’t even “hot.” MLB.com has released the official PitchF/X data and Chapman topped out at 102.7 mph, which ties him with two different…

  15. The Sox have talked to Victor Martinez about a two year deal

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Now that everyone seems to be declaring the competitive portion of the Red Sox season dead, look for a lot more hot stoveish speculation in the Boston media going forward. The latest: Nick Cafardo reports that the Sox have talked to Victor Martinez about a two-year contract. It would make sense for the Sox to…

  16. Nyjer Morgan crashed into another catcher and had another "incident" with a fan last night

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan is currently appealing his seven-game suspension for throwing a ball into the stands after jawing with fans in Philadelphia last week, but in the meantime he got into another “incident” with a fan at last night’s game in Florida. After getting into his second home-plate collision with a catcher in…

  17. Deep Thoughts: Old Timers Game edition

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    There was a story in the Star-Telegram yesterday about how Ron Washington is going to play in a Minnesota Twins old timers game this weekend.  In it it’s mentioned that Eddie Guardado is going to play too.  Hardly seems fair, as Gardado was pitching in spring training just this year. And he gets to face…

  18. Jenrry Mejia expected to make first big league start Saturday

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jenrry Mejia began the season in the Mets’ bullpen, was sent back to the minors in mid-June to resume starting, and is now slated to make his first major-league start Saturday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. General manager Omar Minaya was in attendance for Mejia’s final Triple-A start yesterday, seeing the 20-year-old strike out…

  19. The California Attorney General is investigating the Dodgers

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Thank goodness Jay Gibbons didn’t follow through with his promise to donate to the Dodgers team charity! If he did, he might be getting subpoenas right now! The attorney general’s office is investigating the compensation the Dodgers Dream Foundation made to club executive Howard Sunkin, who is an advisor / lobbyist / assistant for Frank…

  20. Bobby Valentine to the Marlins is not dead yet

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s been nearly 20 hours since the last Bobby Valentine managerial rumor, so why not throw another one on the pile? ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says that the Marlins are still considering Valentine and that he’s “on their list.”  I question whether they’re on his list given how freaking mad they made him back in June,…

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