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  1. K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, prosecutor says

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez was arraigned on the text-message/protection order violation yesterday. During the hearing the district attorney painted a dark picture of the Mets closer: Hothead fireballer K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, a Queens prosecutor said Wednesday. The chilling assault was revealed in court as Assistant District Attorney Scott…

  2. Joe Strauss slams "spreadsheet voters"

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch was asked in a chat yesterday about last year’s Cy Young Vote and whether he thought Keith law and “others in the sabermetric crowd” had undue influence in awards outcomes. His response: There increasingly appears a campaign to discredit pitcher wins as a consideration. They are considered by…

  3. Jim Deshaies is gonna get his union card revoked

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I didn’t see it, but over at The Book blog, mgl passes along word that, during last night’s Astros game, announcer Jim Deshaies said that there are no such thing as “clutch hitters.” Rather, those who are perceived as clutch are guys who are just good hitters anyway and that clutch hitting is not some…

  4. Mariano Rivera says: no champagne until the division is clinched

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I think there are way too many champagne/beer shower celebrations already. Clinching the playoffs. Clinching the division. Winning the division series. Winning the LCS. Winning the World Series. Don’t get me wrong — there are scant few things in this world better than an alcohol-fueled bacchanalia — but I would think at some point it…

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

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Oswalt dominates, the NL West continues to see-saw and Joe Girardi decides to use the element of surprise (i.e. a team of super-secret, anonymous relievers) to try and beat the Rays.

  6. Miguel Tejada joins 300-homer club

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada took Ted Lilly deep Wednesday night to become the 129th player in major league history to reach 300 homers. It was Tejada’s eighth homer in 194 at-bats since the Padres picked him up prior to the trade deadline. He hit just seven in 401 at-bats for the Orioles over the first four months…

  7. Hamilton open to — but not requesting — a position change

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    Let me preface this with a calming word: Josh Hamilton is not going to move from the outfield to first base, at least not this season. But it has been discussed. Hamilton told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday that he would be open to — but is not requesting — a position change…

  8. Report: D'Backs will remove interim tag from Kirk Gibson

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:41 PM EDT

    If you’re a baseball fan and a user of the social media site “Twitter,” you probably follow the day-to-day operations of former Nationals GM Jim Bowden.  He is working for XM Satellite Radio and FOX Sports Radio these days and has misfired on a host of “breaking” stories, but he also provides strong information from…

  9. Chris Getz shut down for rest of 2010 due to concussion

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    Here we have some good news and bad news. The good? Major league teams are beginning to take concussions seriously. The bad? According to MLB.com’s Alex DiFilippo, Royals infielder Chris Getz has been shut down for…

  10. Hanley Ramirez could be shut down with sore elbow

    Sep 22, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

    Still hurting Tuesday in his return to Florida’s lineup after getting five days off, Hanley Ramirez could be shut down for the rest of the season because of an elbow injury. Ramirez began experiencing discomfort in his non-throwing elbow about a week before the Marlins decided to shut him down. He was given five straight…

  11. Achilles' tendon intact for gimpy Jim Edmonds

    Sep 22, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    Even if it’s only hanging by a thread. Jim Edmonds, who thought he had finally blew out his troublesome right Achilles’ tendon in a home run trot Tuesday, had tests come back negative today, leaving open the possibility that he could play again this season. “It didn’t blow out or tear,” he told the Cincinnati…

  12. Russell Branyan out with pizza parlor injury

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Russell Branyan is hurt. They way he did it beats sneezing or falling down carrying deer meat or washing your truck or what have you. I mean, hey, at least he got pizza: “On the off day last week, I took my family to a pizza parlor,” Branyan said. “They had plastic chairs, and after…

  13. The Red Man has been released from prison

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Well, he’s really a “Red Boy” and it was less prison than juvie: A costumed Phillies fan who ran onto the field and briefly eluded security guards during a game at Citizens Bank Park has been released from juvenile detention. The parents of 17-year-old Sean Hagan of Philadelphia picked him up Tuesday afternoon.  Gary and…

  14. Yadier Molina to undergo MRI exam on sore right knee

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina has been playing through knee soreness since late August, but has left the Cardinals on their road trip to Pittsburgh and traveled back to St. Louis to undergo an MRI exam. “We’ve been watching it closely,” manager Tony La Russa told Matthew Leach of MLB.com. “For him to agree to get it checked,…

  15. HBT Daily: The Twins, the Rangers and Joe Torre

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany is back from an excursion to Utah (Utah?) and today we discuss the central division champs, Josh Hamilton’s ribs and Joe Torre’s integrity.

  16. James Loney on Dodgers' struggles: "At times teams played harder than us"

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    With the Dodgers being officially eliminated from the playoff race yesterday Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times asked first baseman James Loney “what went wrong this season” and his response was interesting: At times, teams played harder than us. I think we want to win. We want to finish it. We want to win…

  17. The Creation of a Braves fan. This Braves fan.

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    A commenter implied today that I root for the Braves because they were so good and because I’m a frontrunner. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  18. Diamondbacks set all-time record for strikeouts in a season

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Last night the Diamondbacks set a new MLB single-season record for most strikeouts by a team, with 1,403. Because they’re in last place I’m sure plenty of fans and media members will make a big deal out of all the strikeouts being a terrible thing, but it’s important to note that the Diamondbacks have scored…

  19. Jon Paul Morosi explains his awards voting criteria

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    I’ve taken some shots at Jon Paul Morosi’s recent writings on post season awards — specifically his choice of Miguel Cabrera over Josh Hamilton for MVP and CC Sabathia or David Price over Felix Hernandez — so I would be remiss in not linking to a post in which he explains how he reaches his…

  20. Nick Markakis makes doubles history with Hall of Famers Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Last night Nick Markakis became just the third player in baseball history to hit 43 or more doubles in four consecutive seasons, joining a pair of Hall of Famers from the first half of the 20th century in Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick. Making the cutoff 43 doubles is obviously kind of arbitrary and in…

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