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  1. Diamondbacks prospect Jarrod Parker looking good one year after Tommy John surgery

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb failed to show his pre-surgery velocity while pitching in an instructional league game yesterday, but in the same game Diamondbacks prospect Jarrod Parker looked like his old self coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Parker “had no trouble dialing it up” and “hit 95…

  2. Forget Doc vs. Lincecum. Try Doc vs. Larsen

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    I find it funny that almost no one on the planet is buying in to that New York Times article about Lincecum’s performance being “more impressive” than Halladay’s, yet multiple people are nonetheless deciding that the “smart guys” (read: stat geeks in their mom’s basements) got this one all wrong. No, actually, just one did,…

  3. Joe Girardi confirms that CC Sabathia would start Game 4 on short rest

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi confirmed the assumed today, announcing that CC Sabathia would start Game 4 of the ALDS against the Twins on short rest Sunday if necessary. Sabathia labored through his Game 1 start Wednesday, throwing 111 pitches in six innings while allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. Girardi had several opportunities to…

  4. Andy Van Slyke would like to be considered for the Pirates job

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Don’t blow it again, Pirates: say no to Van Slyke! Hire Barry Bonds for the manager job! Andy Van Slyke, in town with fellow alumnus Dave Parker for a season-ticket holder event, took the opportunity to inform president Frank Coonelly about his interest in the club’s managerial opening. Van Slyke acknowledges that he may not…

  5. Jorge De La Rosa and the Rockies are talking contract

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Last week Colorado general manager Dan O’Dowd called re-signing Jorge De La Rosa “a top priority” for the Rockies and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that “there are strong indications” the two sides “began contract talks” this week. According to Renck the Rockies offered De La Rosa a two-year, $8.75 million deal…

  6. Self Parody Alert: The New York Post declares Lance Berkman "A True Yankee"

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Deep thought: are there any “True Royals?” How about “True White Sox.” What are the rules here?

  7. Who was better in Game 1: Halladay or Lincecum?

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    No-hitter or not, a writer for the New York Times says it was Lincecum. Could he be right?

  8. Placido Polanco rejoins Phillies' lineup after sitting out Game 1

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    After sitting out Game 1 of the NLDS with a back injury Placido Polanco is rejoining the Phillies’ lineup for Game 2 tonight. He’s starting at third base and batting second against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo: 1. Shane Victorino, CF 2. Placido Polanco, 3B 3. Chase Utley, 2B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Jayson Werth,…

  9. Chicago woman sues over backwards White Sox tattoo

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Three months ago Eugenia Bebis went into Mystic Tattoo Art and Body Piercing in Chicago looking to get the White Sox’s logo tattooed on her outer thigh. Yesterday she filed a lawsuit against the tattoo parlor and artist Micah St. John because … well, he put the logo on backwards. In the suit the 20-year-old…

  10. HBT Daily: Do the Reds, Braves, Rays and Twins have a chance?

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I thought about tackling the blown call in the Braves-Giants game, but I ran out of Prozac.

  11. Astros exercise 2012 option on manager Brad Mills, add 2013 option to contract

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Brad Mills went 76-86 in his first season as Houston’s manager, including 40-33 in the second half for the NL’s fourth-best record after the All-Star break, and today the Astros picked up his 2012 option while adding a 2013 option to his contract. Houston looked like the worst team in baseball through about one-third of…

  12. Scouts from 21 teams watched Brandon Webb pitch in an instructional league game yesterday

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb had a rough outing in an instructional league game yesterday, allowing two runs in two innings, and John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that scouts from 21 teams were on hand to watch the rehabbing right-hander. As an impending free agent it may have been Webb’s final outing in a Diamondbacks uniform…

  13. Sure, the Mets' new GM will have full autonomy

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    CBS Sports.com’s Danny Knobler reports something fun: despite saying that the Mets’ new general manager will have full autonomy, the team has told current scouts that they’ll know about their future next week. Which, as Knobler notes, is before a new GM will be in place. I guess it’s possible that there’s a musical chairs…

  14. Charlie Manuel's barber saw both Don Larsen's perfecto and Halladay's no-hitter

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    You guys are familiar with my Charlie Manuel-as-throwback fixation. I truly believe that he was sent here from, say, the late 40s, by some benevolent scientists in order to save us from ourselves. Sort of a reverse “Quantum Leap.” I’m certain he has vast stashes of fresh beer made by breweries that haven’t existed in…

  15. Padres CEO says long-term deal for Adrian Gonzalez "doesn't appear to be practical from a financial standpoint"

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad told Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union Tribune that next season’s payroll will likely be in the $40 million range again. And when asked about Adrian Gonzalez’s short-term status he replied: “At this point, I expect him to be on our roster next season.” However, the CEO wasn’t…

  16. Frank McCourt is back in charge of the Dodgers' baseball operations

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Let us chronicle the recent history of the position of President of the Los Angeles Dodgers: First Jamie McCourt was the President. She occupied herself, apparently, with questionable charitable endeavors, spending money on stuff that is plain loopy and hatching even loopier schemes to elevate herself to the office of President of the United States.…

  17. Report: Terry Ryan "has no interest" in being Mets' GM

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today, who’s typically pretty tapped into the Twins, reports that former Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan “has no interest in going to New York as the Mets’ general manager.” However, he adds that Ryan “will take a look” if a GM job for a “Midwest” team opens up. Ryan stepped down…

  18. Jeff Moorad kinda sorta throws Jed Hoyer under the bus

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Jeff Moorad was really polite about it, but don’t these comments about the Padres passing on Pat Burrell hang Padres’ GM Jed Hoyer out to dry? “In retrospect, I wish I’d done more than relay Pat Burrell’s interest in coming here.” Moorad said Thursday afternoon. “I’m not going to tell Jed what to do and…

  19. Rod Carew picked a convenient time to "boycott the Hall of Fame" on Bert Blyleven's behalf

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Rod Carew, who was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991, said earlier this week that he’ll “boycott the Hall of Fame” if Bert Blyleven “doesn’t get in this year” during his 14th appearance on the ballot. That’s a very nice gesture by a former teammate, but also one that would have been far more meaningful a…

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