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  1. Nyjer Morgan continues to own the heel role

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The job of whoever is assigned to defend Nyjer Morgan at his disciplinary appeal just got a bit harder.

  2. Jerry Manuel wants to know if he's coming back

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    I missed this yesterday — Manny and Francoeur obsessions make you blind to any number of things — but apparently Jerry Manuel “would love to know” whether the Mets plan on bringing him back next season.  He’s not going to ask now, however, because he doesn’t want to become a distraction. Show of hands America:…

  3. Your absolutely gobsmacking statistic of the day: Derek Jeter division

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    I know Jeter is having a bad year at the plate. I looked at his stat line as recently as yesterday. Still, seeing his season characterized thusly is the kind of thing that makes your brain seize up and your jaw go slack: let the record show that on Sept. 2, 2010 Yuniesky Betancourt (95…

  4. We're still using "Moneyball" reference to bash the A's? Really?

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    When you read stuff like this from the Daily News’ Bill Madden, you have to ask yourself two questions: (1) At what point will columnists stop using a now seven year-old book as a hook to write about the A’s? and (2) would Billy Beane have been better off if he had never provided Michael…

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

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    The Phillies pick up a game on Atlanta and the Twins and Tigers play a wild one. Sadly, I missed all of it because I was watching football. Not that I’m proud of myself or anything.

  6. Johan Santana leaves Thursday start with pectoral strain

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

    From New York’s WFAN comes word that Mets left-hander Johan Santana was lifted from his Thursday start against the Braves due to a strained pectoral muscle. Santana threw only 65 pitches and lasted only five innings.  He was great while on the rubber, allowing just three hits and one earned run while racking up three…

  7. D'Backs set to promote veteran lefty Mike Hampton

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:34 PM EDT

    Here’s an odd one. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks are planning to call up veteran left-hander Mike Hampton from Triple-A Reno before Friday’s game…

  8. Olney: MLB will suspend Nyjer Morgan on Friday

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball is finally ready to levy a punishment on Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan for his various outbursts over the past few weeks. Morgan threw a ball at a fan in Philadelphia in mid-August, intentionally plowed…

  9. Tom Gorzelanny has hairline fracture in pinkie finger

    Sep 2, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Pirates after just 2 2/3 innings when he was nailed in the pitching hand by a comebacker.  An MRI was taken almost immediately but it showed nothing in the way of a fracture. Well, the news got worse Thursday.  According to Dave van…

  10. Brian Cole's family awarded $131 million in lawsuit

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    The family of former Mets prospect Brian Cole, who was killed in a one-car accident in 2001, was awarded a $131 million judgment against Ford Motor Company on Monday, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports. Cole died from injuries sustained in a March 31, 2001 accident when his Ford Explorer veered off a Florida highway and…

  11. Marlins catcher John Baker to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Sep 2, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Marlins starting catcher John Baker has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury and after suffering a setback while rehabbing in the minors last week Dr. James Andrews has determined that he needs Tommy John surgery. The good news for Baker is that position players tend to come back from Tommy John surgery much…

  12. Rob Dibble talks about firing and actually sounds reasonable

    Sep 2, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    While doing his radio show on Sirius/XM today Rob Dibble spoke briefly about being fired as the Nationals’ television analyst yesterday. I’m just about Dibbled out at this point, but after criticizing him quite a bit it only seems right to also post his comments. Plus, they were are actually surprisingly level-headed and sensible: As…

  13. Dallas Braden leaves Yankees game early with cramps

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Well, at least this won’t give Yankees fans any reason to mock the brash young lad for his lack of manliness or toughness or whatnot: Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden has left his latest start because of heat-related cramps. Braden bent over after a pitch in the sixth inning Thursday at Yankee Stadium. He was…

  14. In line to possibly replace Prince Fielder, prospect Mat Gamel says playing first base "ain't easy"

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Mat Gamel was once considered Milwaukee’s third baseman of the future, but his shaky glove combined with Casey McGehee’s presence has the Brewers thinking instead that he could be the replacement at first base if Prince Fielder leaves as a free agent (or is traded before then). However, based on what Gamel said to Tom…

  15. Is your name Earl? Then free Sea Dogs tickets!

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Hurricane Earl may have caused $150 million in property damage thus far and left 180,000 people without power, but if your parents had the foresight to name you Earl, you can save as much as $8! The Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are offering free tickets to tomorrow night’s…

  16. Ron Washington for manager of the year

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    Not just because he has led the Rangers to a big division lead, but because he has made it clear that he understands what wins baseball games and who, exactly, is in charge: Francoeur, a 2002 first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves, hit .237 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 124 games this…

  17. Diamondbacks to begin interviewing GM candidates soon

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Diamondbacks “will begin interviewing general manager candidates over the next couple weeks” and have at least six candidates on their list. Current interim general manager Jerry Dipoto and assistant general manager Peter Woodfork will obviously get interviews, and Morosi also mentions former Padres GM Kevin Towers, Yankees…

  18. Nick Swisher leaves Yankees-A's game with knee injury

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    I’m far too caught up in a professional wrestling-induced Wikipedia k-hole to be watching the Yankees-A’s game right now, but apparently Nick Swisher left the game after his first at bat with a knee injury. Writers at the game have been told that it’s “stiffness” in his left knee, but that’s obviously a symptom, not…

  19. Report: Dustin Pedroia to have season-ending foot surgery

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Last week Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe quoted an unnamed source saying that Dustin Pedroia was “probably done for the year” and now he reports that the Red Sox’s second baseman “is expected to have surgery to insert a screw in his left foot sometime tomorrow at Massachusetts General Hospital.” Various sources have said…

  20. Comment of the Day: Baseball faces, baseball heels

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Warning: if you don’t like 1980s professional wrestling you’re probably not going to like this post. There will be others coming along soon enough, though.

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