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  1. This just in: Curtis Granderson can't hit left-handed pitching

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson has been a huge disappointment in his first season with the Yankees, posting career-lows in batting average (.240), on-base percentage (.307), and slugging percentage (.417). What’s interesting about Granderson’s career-worst production is that his numbers against right-handed pitching (.259/.339/.492) are only about six percent worse than his career mark. The bigger difference has…

  2. Padres owner Jeff Moorad: payroll ain't everything

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Padres’ owner Jeff Moorad sat for an interview recently and reflected a bit on the team’s unexpected success: “I think there’s a misconception about payroll,” said Moorad, who made his name as a sports agent inking record deals from Orange County. “The media and some fans would have you believe if you spend more money…

  3. Mark Teixeira leaves Yankees to be with pregnant wife

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira was not on the Yankees’ team flight to Texas yesterday and could miss the two-game series against the Rangers that begins tonight to be with his pregnant wife. Teixeira’s wife is scheduled to give birth at some point today, so it’s possible but unlikely he could rejoin the team in time to face…

  4. HBT Daily: The Cards let their bats do the talking

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons and I talk Cards-Reds, Strasburg and the fate of Don Wakamatsu

  5. Angels reportedly close to cutting ties with Scot Shields

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Scot Shields is the last player on the Angels’ roster remaining from the World Series team of 2002, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times speculates that his “days in Anaheim appear numbered.” Shields missed most of last season following knee surgery and has been terrible this year with a 6.05 ERA and 34/31…

  6. Quote of the Day: A-Rod on when he "gets to" retire

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez was on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay yesterday, talking about his 600th home run. The bulk of the interview was about how he’s in a better mental space than he was a couple of years ago, the pressure and the career home run mark. But I found this answer — about what people…

  7. Brandon Wood predictably collecting dust on Angels' bench

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    When the Angels traded for Alberto Callaspo last month general manager Tony Reagins was “defiant” in insisting that it wouldn’t lead to Brandon Wood being further phased out of the team’s plans, but predictably that’s exactly what happened. Earl Bloom of the Orange County Register notes that the Angels have basically been playing with a…

  8. There are rules to talking trash, messers. Phillips and Sanchez

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    First Brandon Phillips couldn’t back up the smack he spewed at the Cardinals, and now the Giants are unhappy with Jonathan Sanchez for his prediction that San Francisco would sweep San Diego next weekend: Manager Bruce Bochy said some Giants were giving Sanchez a “hard time” about his statement, and not in a good way.…

  9. Carlos Delgado goes 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Triple-A debut

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Signed to a minor-league contract by the Red Sox last week, Carlos Delgado made his Triple-A debut last night and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Some interesting notes from his first Triple-A game since 2004 … * Pawtucket was playing the Yankees’ affiliate and lost on a walk-off homer by stud prospect Jesus Montero. *…

  10. Brewers to erect a statue of Bud Selig

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    I’m no artist, but if I may suggest a pose the sculptor may wish to consider . . .

  11. David Price sets Rays' franchise record with 15th win

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Price wasn’t at his best last night, needing 115 pitches to record 15 outs and allowing nine baserunners in five innings of two-run ball, but still beat the Tigers for his AL-leading 15th win. With the victory Price is also now the Rays’ all-time leader in single-season wins: DAVID PRICE 2010 15 James Shields…

  12. The 2001 Rangers were super heroes

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Never fear! Ken Caminiti, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Rafael Palmeiro are here! Well, they were!

  13. Jason Heyward snaps 31-game homerless streak

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Heyward was naturally a popular topic of discussion throughout the SABR convention in Atlanta last week and the 20-year-old rookie snapped a 31-game homerless streak last night. Heyward has come back down to earth considerably after posting a 1.000 OPS through mid-May, hitting just .250 with modest power since then while playing through and…

  14. Chris Carpenter takes Brendan Ryan to the woodshed

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    When your ace is on the hill and the team you’re chasing in the standings is coming up to bat in the first inning, you had best be ready to go. It’s a lesson Cardinals’ shortstop Brendan Ryan won’t soon forget: Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter confronted shortstop Brendan Ryan in the dugout on Monday for…

  15. The Nats are honoring a former Expo. Should they?

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Personally, I like that the Nationals are honoring Andre Dawson tonight. The Expos are the Nats’ direct ancestor, and there’s no one else left around to honor the old warriors of Montreal. But not everyone feels this way. Nats’ fan/blogger Chris Needham thinks that, with all due respect to the Expos’ legacy, the Nats need…

  16. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Better late than never, no? And the reason for the poster is simply because I’m tired of putting up pics of Yankees players giving each other high fives.

  17. Carlos Zambrano returns

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    If the Cubs have any hope of unloading Carlos Zambrano on anyone, they’re going to have to showcase him as a starter. That showcasing began last night. It wasn’t pretty, but it could have been way uglier. Zambrano gave up only two runs over five innings, but that was deceiving: only 49 of his 96…

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

    Aug 10, 2010, 6:03 AM EDT

    The Cardinals let the Reds know that they still have a ways to go before they can claim the NL Central.

  19. Brandon Phillips' trash talk comes back to bite

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:56 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips is flashy and likes to live large. He drives a custom Audi with purple paint and Gold Gloves on the wheels, and he blames his sweet ride for his recent reckless driving charge. (“I really didn’t know how fast I was going. That’s how powerful the car is.”) The Cincinnati Reds’ All-Star second…

  20. The Diamondbacks may have finally found a closer

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    OK, maybe not. It’s a slow Monday night and I’m pretty bored. Still, Adam LaRoche tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he would like to get an opportunity to pitch. “The only thing I can promise you is, if a position player gets to pitch, it will be me,” he said. “We’ll have…

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