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  1. Brewers still trying to find a long-term position for Mat Gamel

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Third base prospect Mat Gamel began getting some reps at first base recently as the Brewers plan ahead for the possibility of life without Prince Fielder, but yesterday he made his first career start in left field subbing for an injured Ryan Braun and now it sounds like Milwaukee’s coaching staff may like him more…

  2. Stan Kasten . . . and the Mets?

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ David Waldstein speculates today that the Mets would be wise to look into hiring Stan Kasten, who resigned as President of the Nats yesterday.  He’s got a great track record, Waldstein says.  He’s from New Jersey! Both of which are true. Also true is that, if Jeff Wilpon takes it upon…

  3. Josh Hamilton's fractured ribs feeling better after injections

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton reported feeling better yesterday after receiving an epidural injection and several cortisone shots for his fractured ribs earlier this week, but there’s still no timetable yet for his return. Hamilton rode a stationary bike for 15 minutes yesterday and also did what T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com described as “some light exercises.” Here’s what…

  4. Frank and Jamie update: they're mediating

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    The McCourt trial is on hold today as the parties meet in a mediation.  Josh over at Dodger Divorce provides a brief rundown of what’s happening and what’s at stake (and if you care about this subject at all you should be reading him every day anyway). I rarely had good results in mediation when…

  5. Deep thought: with the awards, it's not stats vs. scouts

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    I promise I’ll get off this Cy Young Award voting thing soon, but I had one more thought.  Or rather, Dan Levy over at Press Coverage had one more thought, and it’s a good one. While so many baseball arguments tend to break down into a stats vs. scouts, sabermetrics vs. my-own-damn-eyes debate, the AL…

  6. Now a free agent, No. 6 pick Barret Loux throws for 15 teams

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Selected by Arizona with the sixth overall pick in June’s draft, Texas A&M right-hander Barret Loux was declared a free agent by MLB when a pre-signing physical exam revealed a torn labrum and the Diamondbacks backed out of a $2 million deal. Now free to sign whenever and with whomever, Loux threw yesterday in front…

  7. HBT Daily: Weekend preview

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    The fact that Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes we had on in yesterday’s video and the fact that we make no mention of last night’s results is merely a coincidence. We IN NO WAY taped this yesterday. I swear.

  8. Considering retirement, Edgar Renteria says "I'm not proud of what I've done" for Giants

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Edgar Renteria has played just 71 games this season due to an assortment of injuries and poor production, and yesterday the 34-year-old infielder told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s considering retirement after 15 seasons in the majors: I feel good. My mind is good, but sometimes the body says, “No,” because…

  9. The Mets will not be pursuing big free agents

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    From the Department of Not Particularly Surprising Affairs, the Daily News reports that the 2011 Mets are gong to look a lot like the 2010 Mets: Those familiar with the team’s thinking say the Mets believe they have too much money committed to their roster next season – at least $130 million, much of which…

  10. Greg Maddux won't be joining Kevin Towers in Arizona

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Yesterday new Arizona general manager Kevin Towers revealed that he’d like to bring in future Hall of Famer and current Cubs special assistant Greg Maddux as the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach or bench coach. However, just a few hours later Chicago general manager Jim Hendry threw cold water on that idea: Greg and I have a…

  11. David Ortiz "wouldn't feel comfortable" with a one-year deal

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Red Sox have an expensive option on David Ortiz. I’ve convinced myself that there would be dumber things for the Sox to do than pay Ortiz $12 million next year, if for no other reason than it will limit their controversial offseason moves to one (Papelbon) and at some point the hassle reduction is…

  12. Cliff Lee struck in the ear and bloodied by a broken bat splinter

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee struggled again last night, giving up four runs in five innings while falling to 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA in 14 starts for the Rangers, but was able to narrowly avoid being the second player this month to suffer a major injury from a broken bat. In the fourth inning Jack Cust singled…

  13. Defending Jose Bautista

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Over at IIATMS, Larry takes on the manner in which folks have been trying to, um, inject PEDs into the narrative surrounding Jose Bautista’s 50-home run season.  It’s a good read, with a premise worth thinking about: while we can predict a lot on baseball, the unpredictable can still happen.  It’s funny how people can…

  14. Ken Rosenthal gets it right

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    After my rant earlier this morning, I should make a point to notice when writers do get the awards votes right. Here’s one Ken Rosenthal. I’m no one, and I have my own, well-known set of biases, so I don’t expect to convince anyone in the BBWAA of anything even if I think I’m on…

  15. Full copy of Game Seven of the 1960 World Series found in Bing Crosby's basement

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    We weren’t expecting this: “a near pristine black-and-white reel of the entire television broadcast of the deciding game of the 1960 World Series” was found in the wine cellar of Bing Crosby’s home near San Francisco. Footage of Bill Mazeroski’s home run is all over the place, but the game itself had been thought to…

  16. "The stats geeks win" and other bits of Cy Young idiocy from ESPN's Rob Parker

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    At no point in your rambling, incoherent column were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  17. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Rays 10, Yankees 3: In 1974, Dock Ellis hit three Cincinnati Reds players in a row to start a game. He tried to hit a fourth — Tony Perez — but ended up walking him because Perez kept dodging pitches. He then tried to hit Johnny Bench, but before he could, Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh…

  18. Not all is perfect atop AL East

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:51 AM EDT

    It was supposed to be an epic series: Yankees vs. Rays. The two best teams in baseball locking horns in a four-game series with the AL East lead at stake. And after four games, we’re back where we started, with Tampa Bay’s blowout victory on Thursday preserving a split of the series and keeping the…

  19. Bryce Harper hitless in unofficial pro debut

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

    Nobody has cared about an instructional league game this much since, well, Stephen Strasburg last October. Oh well, here goes. Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper made his unofficial pro debut earlier today, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Harper struck out swinging on both occasions, according to Gonzalez, being…

  20. Andrew Bailey to have elbow "cleaned up" Friday

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Andrew Bailey will have his right elbow “cleaned up” tomorrow. Bailey, who underwent Tommy John surgery five years ago, hasn’t pitched since last Friday due to elbow soreness. The symptoms were believed to be similar to when he was diagnosed with “tennis elbow” during spring training.…

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