Aug 6, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT
This is really no surprise given how smoothly the Rangers’ season has gone, but the Rangers made it official: Ron Washington, whose contract was set to expire after the season, will be back for 2011. The details will come later. How many people would have guessed we’d be saying this back in March when it…
Aug 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
Andrew Baggarly thinks that Pablo Sandoval’s biggest problem this year is his conditioning: I’ve noticed in recent weeks that Sandoval has lost a step from last season. Some time toward the end of the last homestand, he got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. It would’ve been an easy double for…
Aug 6, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT
Is it just me, or have there been an abnormal amount of head injuries lately? Carlos Gomez is just one of the latest victims. He was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Cubs right-hander Brian Schlitter on Monday night. After being held out of the lineup for the past two games, the Brewers…
Aug 6, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT
Carlos Silva left Monday’s Cubs-Rockies game after suffering shortness of breath and was subsequently diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat. ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine reports today that Silva will have a cardiac catheterization on Monday to determine if he needs a cardiac ablation. I don’t really know what those things are, but Levine provides us some…
Aug 6, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT
Roy Oswalt has a case of dead arm. Matt Gleb breaks it down a bit and notes that Oswalt has been using his curveball and slider a bit more to compensate for the a lack of velocity. Not that you’d know it from looking at last night’s box score. Oswalt gave up two runs, but…
Aug 6, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT
The Astros have promoted prospect right-hander Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Round Rock, according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle. Lyles, a former supplementary first-round pick in 2008, has a 3.36 ERA over parts of three seasons in the minors, including a 3.12 ERA and 115/35 K/BB over 21 outings with Double-A Corpus Christi this…
Aug 6, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT
I’m not sure I’m a big fan of either ends of that bargain, but feel free to judge for yourself from the video.
Aug 6, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT
Everything you think you know about performance enhancing drugs in baseball is wrong.
Aug 6, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT
I’m not sure what’s worse: my random Buck Naked reference or the fact that I pull out a “M-E-T-S Mets! Mets! Mets!” cheer. Thank God it’s Friday.
Aug 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT
As Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reminded us last month, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has the ability to opt out of his contract after the season in the event of new ownership. Now that Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan have landed the team, Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com asked Daniels if he has any intention to…
Aug 6, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT
Jose Guillen is one of the many, many guys who wouldn’t be nearly as maligned as he is if it weren’t for his contract. I mean, no, he’s no great shakes, but if he was doing one year deals for reasonable money every winter no one would be saying bad things about him. Well, not…
Aug 6, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT
Buster Olney says that the Royals were telling teams before the trade deadline that they’d listen to offers for the frustrated Zack Greinke. Obviously any offer for him would have to have been out-of-this-world, but their ears were on. Olney thinks that their ears may be even more on come this winter. If the Royals’…
Aug 6, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT
Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese is out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury, so St. Louis would like some infield help. A possible target: Andy LaRoche. That according to Rob Biertempfer of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. I know LaRoche’s stock has fallen quite a bit since his days as a prospect,…
Aug 6, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT
As we mentioned last week, the stat police have figured out that Roger Maris was credited with one too many RBIs in 1961, thus putting him back into a tie with the Orioles’ Jim Gentile for the league lead with 141. In a nice gesture, the Orioles will honor Gentile — who is still alive…
Aug 6, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
The best video you’ll see today: If you look closely you can see the wires holding up the centerfielder for the Hiroshima Carp.
Aug 6, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Fair ball? Who you gonna believe, me or your own lyin’ eyes?
Aug 6, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT
Bad umps and a bad ballpark makes for a pretty crappy Thursday for baseball teams in Florida.
Aug 5, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann continues to carve up minor league hitters. When might he join Stephen Strasburg in the Nationals’ suddenly-talented and suddenly-youthful starting rotation?
Aug 5, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT
It’s common for rehabbing major leaguers to spoil the fellas in the minor league clubhouses that they visit. Whether it’s a meal, a new recliner or a flat-screen television, the big leaguers throw down some cash and the underpaid farm hands live in luxury for a moment. Kyle Lohse underwent surgery on his right forearm…
Aug 5, 2010, 7:54 PM EDT
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Thursday that catcher Russell Martin is unlikely to return from the disabled list this season…
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