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  1. Cole Hamels strikes out 13, lowers second-half ERA to 1.96

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels turned in another brilliant start last night, racking up a season-high 13 strikeouts while holding the Marlins to one run in 6.1 innings for his fourth straight victory. Even with the winning streak Hamels’ win-loss record stands at just 11-10, but that vastly understates how fantastic he’s been all season and how dominant…

  2. Bud Selig is freaking out about the McCourts

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Bud Selig is not at all happy that the McCourt case is still dragging on: . . . according to four people who have spoken with him, Selig is dismayed at the public spectacle surrounding the divorce and concerned about the potential for lasting damage to the…

  3. After 10 seasons and 1,500 games Michael Young is finally playoff bound

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Michael Young has played 10 seasons in the majors, accumulating 6,632 plate appearances in 1,492 games for the Rangers while making six All-Star teams, winning a batting title, and hitting .301/.348/.450 with 1,832 hits. And next month he’ll play in a postseason game for the first time. In terms of career games without a playoff…

  4. The 2011 schedule is released. And there was much rejoicing

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Next year’s entire schedule — sans the still-possible Diamondbacks-Giants series in Taiwan — has been released. Here’s the actual schedule. Here’s some verbiage from MLB.com talking about how glorious it is.  And I suppose it might be glorious in places, but really dudes, it’s just a schedule. The most notable thing about it is the…

  5. Scott Podsednik's brief Dodgers career may be over

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez has been a disappointment in Chicago, but his replacement in Los Angeles hasn’t been any better. Scott Podsednik has batted just .262 with a .316 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage in 39 games since the Dodgers acquired him from the Royals in late July, including going 3-for-26 (.115) since Ramirez’s departure, and…

  6. Quote of the Day: C.J. Nitkowski on HGH and Tommy John surgery

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    No one ever stops to think about how unnatural and performance-enhancing Tommy John surgery is.

  7. Manny Ramirez comes up empty as White Sox's playoff hopes slip away

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Needing a sweep of the Twins to have any kind of realistic shot at the AL Central title the White Sox instead dropped Game 1 of a three-game series in Chicago last night as Manny Ramirez repeatedly came up empty in crucial at-bats. In the first inning he came to the plate with two outs…

  8. "Go home and make babies"

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    The NFL is currently experiencing some ugliness involving players’ treatment of a female reporter and people saying all kinds of dumb and offensive things about women in the locker room. It’s maddening to me that this kind of crap still happens, but it does — and has been for years — because as much as…

  9. Golson nails Carl Crawford at third to end the Yankees-Rays game

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pitcher fielding practice is pretty damn basic. Know what else is basic? Not making the third out at third base.  It’s something Brett Gardner forgot on Monday night when he was caught stealing third base to end a would-be Yankees scoring threat.  It’s also something Carl Crawford forgot when he got nailed at third trying…

  10. The Rockies demonstrate why pitchers do so many fielding drills

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Spring training begins in February. Thirty seconds after spring training begins, pitchers start doing those fielding drills in which they cover first base. They do those fairly damn continuously until, oh, five minutes before the first pitch on Opening Day.  Pitchers moan about it, but there’s a reason they do this. Just ask the Rockies,…

  11. Do the Yankees need to win the division?

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    It’s not easy to find sane Yankees commentary. Between the bitter tabloids, bombastic talk radio, perspective-free national outlets and a fanbase with an unhealthy number of people who assume that anything short of 162-0 is a big freakin’ problem, thoughtful analysis can be hard to come by. Thank goodness for places like TYU. There are…

  12. Andre Ethier would love to go to Boston

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    I can’t wait for the Dodgers offseason to get going, because I really have no clue what they’re going to do. I could see everything from quietly and maddeningly standing pat again (query: who is the 2011 version of Jamey Carroll?), or I could see them totally tearing it down and starting from a near-Marlins-level…

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

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    The Empire strikes back, the Braves look pathetic and the White Sox nearly drift off to that undiscovered country as the medics vainly shock them with paddles and yell “clear!”

  14. Andy Pettitte on track for Sunday return after rehab start

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte allowed two runs over five innings with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday night in what is expected to be his final rehab start, according to the Associated Press. Pettitte threw 49 out of 67 pitches for strikes and added a few more in the bullpen to get him closer to his expected count of…

  15. Jimmy Rollins doesn't sound close to returning

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins has already missed the last four games with a strained right hamstring and though the Phillies continue to call him day-to-day, his return to the starting lineup doesn’t sound imminent. Here’s what Rollins told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News when asked if he’ll return to the starting lineup before the end…

  16. Mark Teixeira playing through broken toe

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira revealed to the New York Post that he’s been playing with a broken pinkie toe on his right foot, the result of a HBP from Oakland’s Vin Mazzaro on Aug. 31. “Every step I take it stings,” Teixeira told the paper. “It’s worse on defense because I have to move side to side…

  17. Josh Hamilton suffers setback while swinging

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton resumed swinging Tuesday, only to shut himself down after experiencing a spasm in his rib-cage area. It was the first time Hamilton had picked up a bat since suffering three bruised ribs in a collision with the outfield wall at Target Field on Sept. 5. He made it through about 25 swings before…

  18. Nick Swisher is out at least until Friday

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher played through some knee pain, but it didn’t get better, so he had an MRI on it today. The MRI revealed inflammation, thankfully, and no structural damage.That doesn’t make it hurt any less, however, so he got a cortisone shot. Joe Girardi just told the sporting press that Swisher is out until at…

  19. Albert Pujols out of the lineup with sore elbow

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, troubled by a sore left elbow the past three weeks, will get Tuesday off after receiving a cortisone shot Monday night. Felipe Lopez is making his first career start at first base in his place. Pujols originally injured his non-throwing elbow making a play on defense against the Pirates last month. A couple…

  20. Ken Rosenthal joins the Ozzie Guillen-to-Miami chorus

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    It’s not a loud chorus — more of a madrigal group that meets each Tuesday after choir practice — but it is growing: Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins. It makes almost too much sense. Guillen lives in Miami. He was the Marlins’ third base coach when they won the World Series in 2003. His relationship…

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