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…
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.
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.…
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.…
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…
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.
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…
Sep 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT
Adrian Beltre shakes his head and says “this is EXACTLY what I’m talking about.”
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Aug 31, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT
Bud Selig was on the Dan Patrick Show today and the subject of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and steroids came up. After noting that, no, he doesn’t expect to be a witness in those cases, he defended baseball’s drug testing program and even got a little defiant about it: “So, where are all these people…
Aug 31, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT
If you could see one game in baseball history, what would it be? My choice probably isn’t an obvious one.
Aug 31, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT
While appearing on WFAN radio in New York today Peter Gammons said that he thinks Bobby Valentine will be the Mets’ next manager. Thanks to Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog.com, here’s the transcript: I think there are two things: One, he has a history and a good working relationship with Omar Minaya. And two, he is…
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