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  1. Bobby Valentine to the Marlins is not dead yet

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s been nearly 20 hours since the last Bobby Valentine managerial rumor, so why not throw another one on the pile? ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says that the Marlins are still considering Valentine and that he’s “on their list.”  I question whether they’re on his list given how freaking mad they made him back in June,…

  2. Brandon Wood to play in the Arizona Fall League at age 25

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Typically the Arizona Fall League is for young, up-and-coming prospects, but yesterday the Angels announced that 25-year-old Brandon Wood will participate after sitting on their bench for most of the season. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Wood “wanted to play winter ball in Latin America in hopes of getting enough at-bats…

  3. Triple Crown Villains and Omar Infante: insane person

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Jon Bois is one of the funniest mofos on the planet, and if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like The Dugout well, you and I just can’t be friends. Today he has a piece about the top 10 all-time triple crown villains (i.e. those interlopers who have taken a batting, home run or…

  4. Manny Ramirez in the White Sox's lineup and hitting fifth today

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    After catching an early morning flight to Cleveland yesterday Manny Ramirez was apparently too tired to be in the White Sox’s starting lineup, so he merely appeared briefly in the on deck circle as a potential pinch-hitter before eventually sitting back down when A.J. Pierzynski smacked a three-run homer in front of him. Now that…

  5. Jeff Francoeur, the media really confused on his value

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur thinks he played well in the first half. The press thinks his clubhouse presence was valuable. And people say I get nuts when talking about Jeff Francoeur.

  6. Yankees expect Alex Rodriguez to return from DL on Sunday

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez has yet to test his injured calf by taking batting practice, but Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Yankees expect him to come off the disabled list when eligible Sunday. Rodriguez did hit off a tee yesterday, and Marchand notes that he also played catch, rode a stationary bike, and lifted weights.…

  7. Good things come to minor league catchers who wait

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    A feel-good story in Detroit, as the Tigers called up catcher Max St. Pierre, who has (a) spent fourteen frickin’ seasons in the minor leagues without once sniffing the show before now; and (b) totally stole the name I use when I’m trying to meet women when I’m on out of town business trips. St.…

  8. New pickup Brian Fuentes is latest to join Twins' infirmary

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Brian Fuentes struck out Russell Branyan for a one-out save in his Twins debut, but it may be a while before he pitches a second time for Minnesota. Fuentes is expected to be unavailable for at least 2-3 days after tweaking his back, which is a tough break for the Twins considering that represents about…

  9. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney joins the Manny Ramirez hit parade

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Someday the sporting press isn’t going to have Manny Ramirez to kick around anymore. But don’t worry: they’re grooming Matt Kemp for the role.

  10. Edwin Jackson has been fairly awesome for the White Sox

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Lost in all the Manny hubub is the fact that Kenny Williams’ pickup from the last trading deadline — Edwin Jackson — has done really damn well for the Sox since coming over from Arizona. Last night Jackson was solid, striking out 11 dudes and almost going the distance against the Tribe (he ran out…

  11. Ryan Howard had an equipment malfunction last night

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre shakes his head and says “this is EXACTLY what I’m talking about.”

  12. Who's the next Cubs manager? Would you believe Fredi Gonzalez?

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    On the same day Ryne Sandberg officially interviewed for the Cubs managerial job, word leaked out that the team may have someone else in mind: Don’t be surprised if former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez winds up a leading candidate to replace Lou Piniella within the next few weeks. Sources say that Gonzalez is at…

  13. Score one point for Roger Clemens

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Daily News is trying to make a big deal out of Roger Clemens playing golf. On the golf course is exactly where he should be.

  14. The "you can't go young in New York" thing is not Omar Minaya's idea

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The Mets’ unwillingness to rebuild with youth would not appear to be Omar Minaya’s idea. Just ask Steve Phillips.

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

    Sep 1, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    The A.L. East tie is finally broken, Aroldis Chapman lights up the gun and Manny Ramirez makes it as far as the on deck circle in his White Sox debut. He’s probably gassed.

  16. Mets trade Jeff Francoeur to Rangers

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

    Most of us, including Craig, had a hard time believing that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels actually wanted Jeff Francoeur when reports first surfaced earlier today. Well, the deal just went down. The Mets traded Francoeur to the Rangers in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias, according to a team press release. The Rangers are also…

  17. Breaking news: Aroldis Chapman tosses scoreless inning in MLB debut

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman just tossed a scoreless eighth inning in his major league debut against the Brewers before a raucous crowd at Great American Ballpark. The Cuban fireballer needed just eight pitches to make it through his first major league inning. Chapman struck out Jonathan Lucroy with a nasty slider for the first out, then got…

  18. UPDATE: Ted Lilly to stay with Dodgers after waiver claim

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Dodgers pulled Lilly off waivers after the Yankees were awarded the claim. The Yankees and Rays enter play Tuesday tied with the best record in baseball, which means that at least 27 teams passed up the chance to acquire Lilly. 7:20 PM: As expected, Ted Lilly was…

  19. Stephen Strasburg to have Tommy John surgery Friday

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced earlier this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Strasburg underwent a second MRI arthogram during a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday, which confirmed last week’s diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his…

  20. Josh Hamilton to receive another injection for sore knee

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton is DHing for a second straight day Tuesday and will be out of the lineup Wednesday to get an injection of Synvisc for his sore right knee. It will be the fourth injection Hamilton has received in the knee over the course of the season. He received his first dose of Synvisc, a…

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