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  1. Tony La Russa finally writes Colby Rasmus into the lineup

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    I’m sure his rift with manager Tony La Russa hasn’t been patched up within the past 24 hours, but at least Colby Rasmus is finally back in the Cardinals’ starting lineup today for the first time in two weeks. Rasmus is playing center field and batting seventh against left-hander J.A. Happ, which is interesting considering…

  2. Rosenthal: Manny Ramirez is unprofessional; should not make the Hall of Fame

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Rosenthal has the knives out for Manny Ramirez today. He’s off base, however, in his attempts to make Manny out as some kind of monster.

  3. Mark Prior says "you certainly can't blame the Nationals" for Stephen Strasburg's injury

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    We ran a poll last week asking whether or not the Nationals are to blame for Stephen Strasburg’s elbow injury and I’m happy to say that 82.5 percent of respondents agreed with me that the answer is “no.” I’m not sure if Mark Prior cast a vote–obviously he’s a huge fan of Hardball Talk, but…

  4. Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup today

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez left yesterday’s debacle against the Braves in the third inning after feeling lightheaded.  At the time it seemed like a rib injury or something, and later it was revealed that he was lightheaded. He’s better today, however, and will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Nats.

  5. Orlando Hernandez leaves Double-A team amid possible rift with Nationals

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Orlando Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals last month and had pitched very well since moving his comeback up to Double-A, posting a 1.86 ERA, .147 opponents’ batting average, and 12/5 K/BB ratio in 9.2 innings as a reliever. He was presumably in line for a potential September call-up to join his brother…

  6. Brandon Webb's agent contradicts his client, is delusional

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Earlier today we passed along word of Brandon Webb saying that he’d like to come back to Arizona and that he’d be content with some kind of incentive-laden deal.  This must have given his agent a conniption fit, because he just came out with a slightly different statement, in the form of an email sent…

  7. Triple Crown Watch: Albert Pujols vs. Joey Votto

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Not only does Omar Infante (and his .341 batting average) still loom as a potential Triple Crown spoiler if he can get near the plate appearances necessary to qualify for the batting title, Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies has emerged as a Triple Crown darkhorse himself. Gonzalez has taken over the batting average lead at…

  8. UPDATE: Manny deal done. But he won't be in the White Sox lineup tonight

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE: I guess I jumped the gun earlier when I said that the Manny-to-the-White Sox thing was a done deal as a straight waiver claim, because it’s only within the last few minutes that all of the reputable reporters are saying it’s confirmed. Maybe I dreamed it all. Also, Nightengale has now backtracked from his…

  9. Roger Clemens pleads not guilty, and a digression on entering courthouses

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens just pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. No bail set. Clemens just can’t leave the country, which is standard. Nothing crazy happened.  He’s now off to play golf someplace, just as most well-heeled criminal defendants do after they get arraigned. There’s nothin’ else going on right now, so I’m left to consider the…

  10. Picture of the Day: Cameron Diaz and Harry Caray (sort of)

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    This photo of Cameron Diaz posing next to a bust of Harry Caray was taken after she reportedly had lunch with Alex Rodriguez at the Chicago restaurant named after the legendary announcer. Rodriguez is on the disabled list with a calf injury, but the Yankees took two out of three games from the White Sox.…

  11. Brandon Webb wants to come back to Arizona

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb is an optimistic chap these days. He wants to pitch yet before the season is over and thinks he can do it.  Plus, he likes the looks of the Dbacks’ revamped pitching staff and would like to be part of it next year: “I like the pitching staff a lot,” he said. “The…

  12. Rob Dibble won't be calling Nationals games any time soon

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Nationals television analyst Rob Dibble was initially said to be on a two-game “vacation” after telling Stephen Strasburg to “suck it up” and “stop crying” about the elbow injury that proved to require Tommy John surgery, but he wasn’t on the air for either game this weekend and now MASN has announced that he won’t…

  13. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Going two weeks between Power Rankings — with one of those weeks consisting of casual (at best) following of baseball — is discombobulating. Let’s try to get through this together.

  14. Derek Lowe stays quiet about pitching through possible injury

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    After lasting just three innings Sunday in his shortest start of the season Derek Lowe told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he was having trouble gripping the ball, but declined to elaborate when asked if he’s pitching through an injury. O’Brien notes that Lowe “shook his hand to his side at least…

  15. MLB trying to grow the game in China

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    There’s a neat article up at the Washington Post today about Major League Baseball’s inroads to China.  Compared to the population and, really, compared to interest in basketball and other sports, China’s interest in baseball is really low. But even a low percentage of Chinese population is huge, so it’s understandable that baseball would like…

  16. Can we stop pretending that Manny Ramirez isn't any good?

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez was benched in favor of Scott Podsednik, claimed off waivers and let go just to save money, and ended his Dodgers career by getting ejected in the middle of an at-bat yesterday, so the number of articles being written with the premise that he’s a useless bum is at an all-time high. Before…

  17. Great Moments in subtlety: the New York Post

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova, as you know, is under investigation by Major League Baseball for some business regarding B-12 injections that may or may not have been B-12 (or something; I’m having a hard time caring).  Yesterday he pitched well in the Yankees win. Here’s this morning’s New York Post sports cover.  I’m not gonna lie: I…

  18. Carl Crawford is the eighth member of the 400-100-100 club

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    This definitely qualifies as more “interesting” than “significant” but Carl Crawford hit his 100th career homer last night to become just the eighth player in baseball history with 100 homers, 100 triples, and 400 steals. The other guys in the 400-100-100 club: Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Lou Brock, Frankie Frisch, Kenny Lofton, Paul Molitor, and…

  19. R.A. Dickey wants to be a U.S. Open ball boy

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    This is not a repeat from the “Seinfeld” episode “The Lip Reader” from 1993: With another terrific performance on Sunday, R. A. Dickey continued to demonstrate that he could perform at the highest level of his sport. Now he wants to show he can do it in another sport, only not as a player. Dickey…

  20. Angels rookie Jordan Walden throws really, really hard

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Joel Zumaya amazingly never ceased being the hardest-thrower in baseball even while battling all kinds of arm injuries over the past few years, averaging 99.3 miles per hour with his fastball both this season and last season. However, now that Zumaya is sidelined while recovering from July elbow surgery the “hardest-thrower” title is vacant and…

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