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  1. Video: Sidney Crosby takes BP and homers at PNC Park

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Penguins star Sidney Crosby took batting practice at PNC Park in Pittsburgh yesterday and launched a homer into the seats in right field, at which point he took George Costanza’s advice and immediately left the batter’s box on a high note. Sidney Crosby now has more homers at PNC Park than Bobby Crosby, who played…

  2. Quote of the Day: The Mets are PR geniuses

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Mets may not be good at baseball, but there so some things no other teams can do.

  3. Police seize evidence from the Blue Jays in the Clemens case

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Toronto Star reports that U.S. prosecutors have picked up the hotline to Canada (instituted to avoid us stumbling into an accidental war with the barbarous Canadians) and had a search warrant executed to seize evidence from the Toronto Blue Jays in connection with the Rogers Clemens perjury case. No word on what or how…

  4. Pirates likely to non-tender Zach Duke this offseason

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Once upon a time Zach Duke went 8-2 with a 1.81 ERA as a 22-year-old rookie, but in the five seasons since then he’s 36-66 with a 4.74 ERA while allowing the highest opponents’ batting average of any pitcher with at least 120 starts. And now it looks like his Pirates career is coming to…

  5. Send me to the All-Star Game with Bud Selig

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    This isn’t NPR, so we don’t ask for pledges. But I may make an exception in this case: Major League Baseball is auctioning off tickets to Bud Selig’s luxury box for next year’s All-Star Game. It would be a shame if I didn’t win that, really. If I won, I’d be on my best behavior.…

  6. AL Central may be settled before Twins and White Sox play next week

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Next week’s three-game series between the Twins and White Sox in Chicago has loomed large on the schedule for some time now, but it’s looking more and more like the American League Central may be all but settled by then. Minnesota won last night behind another Brian Duensing gem and Chicago got shut down by…

  7. The video of Aaron Cook's injury makes me squeamish

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    The video of the play on which Aaron Cook broke his fibula in last night’s Reds-Rockies game has me all woozy right now. Not because of anything you see — it’s no Joe Theisman or Tim Krumrie video or anything — but because of what you hear.  Watch and listen. Yeah, that’s pretty much the…

  8. Brandon Webb happy following "glorified bullpen session"

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    When we last checked in on Brandon Webb he was disappointed with a recent simulated game during which his fastball topped out in the low-80s, but yesterday the perpetually rehabbing right-hander threw a “glorified bullpen” session that “ended up being really good.” Whether or not that will lead to Webb actually pitching this season is…

  9. MLB attendance will be down this year

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Recent baseball attendance is still on a plateau above where it was just a few short years ago, but it is trending down ever so slightly. Around 1% off of last year’s pace, it appears. Maury has the detailed numbers over at Biz of Baseball this morning. Definitely worth checking out.  The biggest decliner this…

  10. Cubs owner Todd Ricketts films "Undercover Boss" episode

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune surmised that Cubs owner Todd Ricketts was participating in an episode of the CBS show Undercover Boss being shot at Wrigley Field, and now that the filming is complete the team is no longer being secretive. Ricketts grew facial hair and donned glasses during the nine-game homestand,…

  11. Yankees President Randy Levine hates the new Steinbrenner documentary

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’m going to assume that the upcoming Barbara Kopple/ESPN documentary on George Steinbrenner is pretty good, even-handed and informative. Why? Because Yankees President Randy Levine hates it: Sounding very much like his old boss, Yankees president Randy Levine Wednesday fired verbal shots at an upcoming ESPN documentary on George Steinbrenner, calling it “disjointed” and “the usual…

  12. Picking Sabathia over King Felix for the Cy Young Award is nuts

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    There’s a smart choice and a dumb choice for the Cy Young Award. Which choice would you make?

  13. So I guess this whole Mets-Walter Reed Hospital thing isn't going to die

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    If only the people who work for the Mets got as bent out of shape about the team sucking as they do these silly little controversies . . . Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez can add a missed visit to a military hospital to the Mets’ laundry list of issues with them. According…

  14. Joe Torre, Bud Black conspire to ruin John Lindsey's major league debut

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Recall from Tuesday that John Lindsey was finally called up by the Dodgers after 15 years in the minor leagues. Last night he was poised to make his big league debut against the Padres, but the fates — and a little over-managing — ruined it. Lindsey didn’t start, but he was sent to pinch hit…

  15. Mariners CEO rips media in email to employees; has email leaked to media

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Mariners’ CEO Howard Lincoln recently sent a would-be morale-boosting email to his employees in which he rips the media for not knowing how things really work on a baseball team. Seems Lincoln doesn’t really know how the media works either. As in, they tend to have sources in the front office who like to do…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    The Padres add some cushion before their four-game series with the Giants.

  17. Aaron Cook has fractured fibula, done for season?

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:29 AM EDT

    Bad news out of Colorado this evening. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Rockies starter Aaron Cook suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula when he was drilled in the leg Wednesday by a Joey Votto comebacker.

  18. Cards: Freese has surgery, Miller has arm strain

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    The Cardinals got a helping of bad news Wednesday. Kick a team while its down? According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, left-handed reliever Trever Miller flew back to St. Louis on Wednesday after…

  19. Josh Johnson has inflamed shoulder, strained back

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com speculated earlier today that Josh Johnson “may be done for the season” due to injuries to his back and shoulder and the Marlins’ desire to protect their prized right-hander.  That could still be true, but the Fish did get some good news this evening. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami…

  20. Davidson ejected Brewers fan for homophobic slur

    Sep 8, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Umpire Bob Davidson says he ejected a fan at Milwaukee’s Miller Park during Tuesday’s game after the use of a homophobic slur aimed at Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Davidson ejected 44-year-old Sean A. Ottow in the seventh inning last night because, according to the Associated Press, he wanted to make sure Molina wouldn’t do something…

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