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  1. Edinson Volquez bumps Aaron Harang from Reds' rotation

    Sep 10, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang struggled in two starts since returning from the disabled list last month, allowing seven runs in 6.1 innings while falling to 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA overall this season, and today the Reds removed him from the rotation. Edinson Volquez will take his place beginning Saturday against the Pirates after spending two weeks…

  2. David Ortiz: super agent

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi gives us some insight into the negotiating mind of David Ortiz. Big Papi on Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano: “That’s the one guy they have to make sure they keep — for the next year, the next five years,” Ortiz said. “You can’t get no better than that. I’m telling you right now,…

  3. Report: Royals set to sign former quarterback Pat White

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Via our colleagues at Pro Football Talk–who may put us out of business if they start breaking news about baseball too–the Royals are close to signing former West Virginia University and Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White to a minor league contract. White was released by the Dolphins earlier this week and went unclaimed on waivers,…

  4. Comment of the Day: Silicon Valley and the Oakland A's

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Earlier today I noted how Silicon Valley CEOs are getting on board the bring-the-A’s-to-San Jose train. I said that I thought this was a weird thing for tech company CEOs to be doing, inasmuch as it shows a boosterism — and an economic ignorance — that is usually reserved for politicians and  car dealers and…

  5. Johan Santana's recovery timetable: 24 weeks

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    So, Johan Santana is having major surgery. How major?  Injury expert Will Carroll is promising a writeup over at Baseball Prospectus on Monday, but he provided a link to an explanation of the rehab program for the surgery Santana is getting.  There’s a lot of jargon in there, but it’s pretty clear that the time…

  6. Must-click link: The tortured life of Eric Show

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Those of us who have even heard of Eric Show probably can only say a few things about him.  He pitched for the Padres in the 80s. He gave up Pete Rose’s 4,192nd hit. He was kind of a freaky John Birch Society guy.  He had serious substance abuse issues that led to his death.…

  7. Johan Santana to have season-ending surgery

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    The Mets just announced that Johan Santana’s season is over: An MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan yesterday revealed that Mets pitcher Johan Santana has suffered a tear of the anterior capsule of the left shoulder.  The injury is located on the front and bottom part of the shoulder close to the…

  8. Pete Rose: be nice to the Commissioner of Baseball

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Rick Reilly asked Pete Rose what he thought about Fay Vincent’s recent statement that Bud Selig should not allow Rose to participate in a ceremony honor the 1970s Reds this weekend: “Fay Vincent’s never had a nice thing to say about me in his whole life. That’s fine with me. But he’s bashing the commissioner.…

  9. Whoever runs the Yankee Stadium scoreboard is a math nerd

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Via the Orioles blog CamdenChat.com comes this photo of what the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium displayed when Felix Pie came to the plate. In terms of math humor found on scoreboards at MLB ballparks that has to be near the top of the list, although it loses a little something just because Felix actually pronounces…

  10. HBT Daily: Yankees edition

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    You may not believe me, but it’s true: we’ve probably spent less time on HBT Daily talking about the Yankees than any other team. Let’s rectify that, shall we?

  11. Heath Bell to Padres fans: Where were you?

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    I’m assuming this is the real Heath Bell’s Twitter account, because if it were a fake you’d think it would be more interesting.  In any event, here’s what the person we’re pretty sure is the Padres’ closer tweeted after last night’s game: I wanted to know where are the padre fans????????? Not at the park.…

  12. Start-by-start comparison of CC Sabathia vs. Felix Hernandez

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Leave it to the great Joe Posnanski to jump into the ongoing debate about win-loss records swirling around CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez with a unique and interesting angle. Posnanski went through each pitcher’s starts and compared them, game by game. He found that Hernandez had the better performance 17 times, while Sabathia had the…

  13. OK, maybe Kevin Towers and the Diamondbacks are not close to a deal

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal expands on Peter Gammons thing about Kevin Towers this morning, but simultaneously goes a long way towards contradicting it. Yes, the Diamondbacks are interested in Towers, Rosenthal says, but (a) they haven’t spoken with him yet (contradicting Gammons’ implication that it’s all but a done deal); and (b) Towers probably wants way more…

  14. Cardinals sticking with Kyle Lohse in the starting rotation

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse has a 10.31 ERA in four starts since returning from the forearm surgery that sidelined him for three months and he’s 2-7 with a 7.13 ERA in 13 starts overall this season, but the Cardinals are sticking with him in the rotation and he’ll face the Braves on Sunday night. Tony La Russa…

  15. Nyjer Morgan is getting a big talking-to today

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of his 176 day suspension (estimated) began at 10AM this morning.  Word around the Twitterverse is that it was still going on as of ten minutes ago.  I realize he’s been a bad boy and everything, but I’m having a hard time seeing why it would take that long to (a) let…

  16. Silicon Valley execs want the A's in San Jose

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    The Silicon Valley Leadership group has sent a letter to Bud Selig in support of the Athletics moving to San Jose.  You can read a press release about it and — if you click an extra link — a copy of the letter here.  It’s signed by the CEOs of Cisco, Yahoo!, eBay, Adobe and…

  17. Yankees prospect Jesus Montero has "minor" ankle surgery

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Yankees prospect Jesus Montero is expected to miss the Triple-A playoffs after undergoing what Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News calls “surgery to clear out some infection in his ankle.” But before prospect buffs and Yankees fans freak out too much, general manager Brian Cashman called the surgery “minor.” Montero reportedly was almost…

  18. John Lindsey gets his first major league at bat

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, John Lindsey got his first big league at bat last night.  He saw three pitches. A ball, a foul ball and then he flew to center.  But let no man say he hasn’t taken his hacks in the bigs.  Video of his at bat can be seen here.…

  19. Deep thoughts: the Wild Card and pennant races

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Jayson Stark spends an awful lot of time in his latest column explaining how adding a second wild card team in each league would fix the problem of division races like that in the AL East being basically meaningless.  He goes so far as to sketch out how it would work mechanically, how the schedule…

  20. I'm on Team Colby: Rasmus goes 4-for-4 with two homers

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus has decided to simply let his bat do the talking while Cardinals Nation divides itself into “Team Colby” and “Team TLR” over his well-publicized beef with manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in a blowout win over the Braves last night and is now…

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