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  1. This may be the worst Pirates team ever

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    According to his bio, the Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic has been watching the Pirates since 1972. He’s been writing about sports since 1990 and covering the Pirates since 2005.  He’s seen highs, and he’s seen a ton of lows (some of which were the result of highs).  In light of that, when he says something like…

  2. The Marlins and Nats probably shouldn't have played last night

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    There was a three-hour rain delay before the Nats-Marlins game, and when play finally began, the players faced this: The game began with puddles throughout the outfield particularly in right field. Outfielders on both teams ran through them, slid on the wet grass, and even fielded ground balls that simply stopped well in front of…

  3. Justin Upton leaves game with an injured shoulder

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Justin Upton struck out swinging in the seventh inning of last night’s game against the Padres and immediately grabbed his left shoulder after the swing. He then left the game with an apparent injury. After the game Upton said it was mere “irritation,” and that he has had this type of injury in the past…

  4. Carlos Gonzalez hits a broken bat triple to bring the Rockies back from behind

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    In the recaps this morning I mentioned Carlos Gonzalez’ broken bat triple that won it for the Rockies last night and I asked how such a thing happens.  This is how it happens.  I’ll be damned. I saw Barry Bonds hit a broken bat homer once, but I’ve never seen something like that play before.…

  5. Hey look! Roger Clemens' mugshot!

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    He faces six felony charges based on lying to Congress and one capital charge of frosted tips on a 48 year-old man.

  6. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    J.A. Happ and Hiroki Kuroda shut down the two teams most wags picked for the NLCS this year.

  7. Breaking news: Hiroki Kuroda's no-hit bid broken up in eighth inning

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:12 AM EDT

    12:08 AM: So it goes. Shane Victorino broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out single in the eighth inning. 11:54 PM: This isn’t related to the no-hitter, but here’s a sign that Kuroda is have a once-in-a-lifetime night. In the bottom of the seventh inning, he just got his first hit of the season.…

  8. UPDATE: Oliver Perez appears in game for first time since August 1

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Perez allowed just the one run, but he threw just 14 out of 29 pitches for strikes and walked two. By my count, he only had one swinging-strike. If his past usage is any indication, this means we won’t see him again until September 27. 9:43 PM: All good things must come to an…

  9. Manny Ramirez told Dodgers he wanted to play in American League

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    OK, back to the Manny talk. Just for a second anyway. As you may recall, I wondered out loud Saturday if Dodgers manager Joe Torre actually believed any of his silly excuses for keeping Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for four straight games. We can probably safely say that he didn’t. Torre confirmed to…

  10. Andruw Jones aims to play five more years

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Everybody is understandably talking about Manny right now, but there was another piece of interesting news to come out of Chicago on Monday. Andruw Jones told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he would like to play five more seasons. “Everybody says he’s getting old or he’s losing it,” said the 33-year-old Jones. “There are things…

  11. Reds to call up Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday

    Aug 30, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    As Craig said earlier, rather than wait until Sept. 1 to make the move, the Reds announced that they’ll call up Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday to pitch out of their pen. The timing of the move suggests that the Reds see Chapman as part of their postseason roster, even though he’s yet to throw a…

  12. Red Sox, Angels fail to agree to Mike Napoli trade

    Aug 30, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    The Red Sox claimed Mike Napoli off waivers from the Angels last week, but a deal was unable to be agreed to prior to the Monday afternoon deadline, WEEI’s Alex Speier reports. The only real surprise about the turn of events that gave Boston a chance to make an offer for Napoli was that the…

  13. Cole Hamels' win-loss record doesn't show it, but he's having a great season

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Before tossing eight shutout innings for a victory against the Padres yesterday Cole Hamels hadn’t won a game since July 11 and his overall record this season is just 8-10, but don’t let that fool you: Hamels is having an outstanding year. He has a 3.31 ERA and 176/50 K/BB ratio in 174 innings, including…

  14. Yeah, the blogs are irresponsible

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    This is basically a football thing, but it’s worth reading all the same because it impacts the kind of stuff we do here at HardballTalk. Mike Wise of the Washington Post tweeted some pure baloney about Ben Roethlisberger today and when he was busted on it, claimed that it was some grand kind of experiment…

  15. Tony La Russa finally writes Colby Rasmus into the lineup

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    I’m sure his rift with manager Tony La Russa hasn’t been patched up within the past 24 hours, but at least Colby Rasmus is finally back in the Cardinals’ starting lineup today for the first time in two weeks. Rasmus is playing center field and batting seventh against left-hander J.A. Happ, which is interesting considering…

  16. Rosenthal: Manny Ramirez is unprofessional; should not make the Hall of Fame

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Rosenthal has the knives out for Manny Ramirez today. He’s off base, however, in his attempts to make Manny out as some kind of monster.

  17. Mark Prior says "you certainly can't blame the Nationals" for Stephen Strasburg's injury

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    We ran a poll last week asking whether or not the Nationals are to blame for Stephen Strasburg’s elbow injury and I’m happy to say that 82.5 percent of respondents agreed with me that the answer is “no.” I’m not sure if Mark Prior cast a vote–obviously he’s a huge fan of Hardball Talk, but…

  18. Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup today

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez left yesterday’s debacle against the Braves in the third inning after feeling lightheaded.  At the time it seemed like a rib injury or something, and later it was revealed that he was lightheaded. He’s better today, however, and will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Nats.

  19. Orlando Hernandez leaves Double-A team amid possible rift with Nationals

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Orlando Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals last month and had pitched very well since moving his comeback up to Double-A, posting a 1.86 ERA, .147 opponents’ batting average, and 12/5 K/BB ratio in 9.2 innings as a reliever. He was presumably in line for a potential September call-up to join his brother…

  20. Brandon Webb's agent contradicts his client, is delusional

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Earlier today we passed along word of Brandon Webb saying that he’d like to come back to Arizona and that he’d be content with some kind of incentive-laden deal.  This must have given his agent a conniption fit, because he just came out with a slightly different statement, in the form of an email sent…

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