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  1. Soccer at Petco? Padres far from thrilled

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    The San Diego Padres are probably the most surprising team in baseball. They’re leading the NL West by six games and have the third best record in baseball, behind only the Yankees and Rays. Yet they aren’t getting a lot of respect for their accomplishments, not even from their own management. The San Diego Union-Tribune…

  2. Phillies celebrate 100th consecutive sellout

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    As Todd Zolecki of MLB.com points out, the Phillies celebrated the 100th consecutive sellout of Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night before their game against the Giants. The stadium has a capacity of 43,651…

  3. Reds call back lefty Travis Wood for Thursday start

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    The Reds optioned rookie left-hander Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville in early August in an attempt to limit his innings total.  Well, that’s all over.  He was called back to the big leagues on Thursday afternoon and is scheduled to start this evening against the Diamondbacks. Wood, 23, has posted a 2.65 ERA and 0.88…

  4. Miguel Cabrera knocks in 100th run, joins exclusive club

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Phil Hughes on Tuesday to reach 100 RBI for the seventh straight season. He’s one of just six players to drive in 100 runs seven times through age 27: Mel Ott – 8 (1929-1936) Miguel Cabrera – 7 (2004-2010) Joe DiMaggio – 7 (1936-1942) Jimmie Foxx – 7…

  5. Dustin Pedroia scratched with soreness in left foot

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, who went 1-for-7 in his first two games back from a broken left foot, had to be scratched from Thursday’s lineup with soreness in the same area. Jed Lowrie is filling in as the Red Sox go for a three-game sweep versus the Angels. It’s been obvious since he returned that Pedroia is…

  6. Mets send Fernando Martinez back to Triple-A, which means more playing time for Jeff Francoeur

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Rod Barajas has returned from the disabled list and the Mets made room for him on the roster by demoting Fernando Martinez back to Triple-A. Martinez’s latest stint with the Mets lasted 12 days, during which time he started just five times and got all of 22 plate appearances. His return to the minors seemingly…

  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hospitalized for lower leg infection

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia may have conquered his throwing problems at Triple-A, but it took him only a week with the Red Sox to get hit with the same injury bug that has tried to wreck Boston’s season. Saltalamacchia, who was acquired from the Rangers on July 31 and called up from Triple-A last week, has been…

  8. Did Jose Canseco flip on Roger Clemens?

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    You may remember that one of the big points of contention in Roger Clemens’ hearing before Congress was whether or not he was at a party at Jose Canseco’s house back in 1998 during which steroids were discussed. McNamee said Clemens was there. Clemens said he was not. Jose Canseco has long backed Clemens, saying…

  9. Royals owner denies rumors that he's trying to sell team

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Royals owner David Glass denied rumors that he’s attempting to sell the team, telling Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star: I have never ever talked to anyone about selling the club. Period. I have never had a discussion with anyone about it and I have no interest in doing so. Dutton chalks up the…

  10. Document shows that Jamie McCourt does too own the Dodgers

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Recently there has been some noise about Jamie and Frank McCourt settling their divorce case and Frank buying Jamie out. A lot of this is likely borne of a desire to avoid a nasty trail that would likely have a lot of stuff about people sleeping with people who weren’t their spouse at the time…

  11. Lou Gehrig finished "a triple short of the cycle" 42 times

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    This morning I suggested that hitters finishing “a triple short of the cycle” isn’t nearly as noteworthy as baseball writers like me seem to think, as it’s happened 172 times already this season. I figured that alone was stretching the limits of reader interest, but apparently not. A few of you actually asked about the…

  12. Why DNA evidence doesn't sink Clemens

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    In response to my post regarding the problems the prosecution may have convicting Clemens, reader Anthony E. emailed me and basically asked why does anyone care about McNamee’s credibility if the feds have DNA evidence related to Clemens and PEDs (which they do). Good question! And, as I noted over a year ago, it actually…

  13. Rich Harden impresses in first start of latest rehab assignment

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Placed on the disabled list last week with shoulder tendinitis, Rich Harden made his first rehab start yesterday at Triple-A and racked up 10 strikeouts in six innings. He allowed just an unearned run on three hits and three walks. For now Derek Holland has taken his spot in the Rangers’ rotation, but both are…

  14. Blogger? Writer? What exactly do I do all day?

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    A bit of meta navel gazing to cleanse the palate after a couple hours worth of Roger Clemens stuff.

  15. Tony Gwynn Jr. likely to miss rest of season with broken hand

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Tony Gwynn Jr. has started 70 of 119 games in center field for the Padres, but they’ll likely be without him for the rest of the season thanks to a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. Gwynn has been one of the worst hitters in the league, batting just .212/.313/.299 in 327 plate appearances,…

  16. What does the indictment do for Clemens' Hall of Fame case?

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    I only pose this question because someone will ask it, and I’ll be damned if I don’t have to have all the answers.  Short version: this shouldn’t matter a lick. As we recently discussed when A-Rod hit his 600th home run, there are some Hall of Fame voters who will never, ever vote for a…

  17. Concussion from Johnny Cueto kick sends Jason LaRue to 60-day disabled list

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto received a seven-game suspension for kicking Chris Carpenter and Jason LaRue in the head during a benches-clearing incident with the Cardinals last week, meaning he missed just one start. His kicks, however, will have a much more lasting impact on LaRue, who hasn’t played since then because of a concussion and…

  18. So, will Clemens get convicted?

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The Feds’ convict 90% of the people they indict, but I think Clemens has a decent chance of beating this thing.

  19. Roger Clemens brought this on himself

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    We can argue about whether Congress should have been involved in the steroids mess to begin with, but the fact is that they were, and Roger Clemens deserves a lot of the blame for that.

  20. Cardinals get Pedro Feliz from Astros for minor leaguer

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    St. Louis’ efforts to land a replacement for the injured David Freese at third base must not have gone very well, because they just sent pitching prospect David Carpenter to the Astros for Pedro Feliz. Once an excellent defender with good power that combined to make up for terrible on-base skills, Feliz has been one…

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