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  1. The Royals are 67-98 in Zack Greinke's 165 career starts

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke threw eight innings last night and allowed four runs against one of the best lineups in the league. He lost. And he usually does, not because Greinke is bad but because his teammates are horrible. He has a perfectly solid 3.90 ERA and the Royals are 10-19 in his starts. None of which…

  2. Could Brewers owner Mark Attanasio end up buying the Dodgers?

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt pours cold water on Krasovic’s report, saying that Attanasio has no interest in the Dodgers. Seems to me that this kind of thing comes down to who the sources are, because Attanasio himself and his proxies would certainly say that he had no interest, because to say otherwise would be seen as…

  3. HBT Daily: Padres-Giants, Cardinals-Futility and a little Moonlight Graham

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    I have no idea why I mentioned Barry Zito here. He’s the one Giants pitcher NOT starting in this series. Thank God no one watches these things.

  4. Santiago Casilla and the unintentional strike

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    There was an odd moment in last night’s Giants-Diamondbacks game when Santiago Casilla set out to intentionally walk Adam LaRoche and instead fired a 63-mph “fastball” right down the middle for a first-pitch strike. MLB.com has the video, which is worth checking out if only to see LaRoche’s dumbfounded reaction to what had just happened.…

  5. Jose Lima's autopsy found no traces of drugs in his system

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Some people jumped to conclusions about Jose Lima’s death when he passed away in May from an apparent heart attack at age 37, but the autopsy report released today showed no traces of drugs in his system. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN.com Lima “tested positive for moderate levels of alcohol but that the cause…

  6. Oh noes! Derek Jeter is selling his New York penthouse!

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Clearly, this must mean that he’s planning on signing with the Rays this winter: Yankees captain Derek Jeter put his Manhattan penthouse on the market Wednesday for an asking price of $20 million. The All-Star shortstop’s four-bedroom, 5,425-square foot loft on the 88th floor of Trump World Tower in Turtle Bay was listed on the…

  7. Proven closer or not: Papelbon is as good as gone

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi has a column up today in which he argues that the Red Sox have to bring Jonathan Papelbon back next year.  His reasoning: he’s a Proven Closer! Sure, Daniel Bard may be good, but he’s never pitched the ninth inning!  If you let Papelbon go and Bard closes, who pitches the…

  8. Homefield advantage and drawn-out NLDS schedule would be huge for the Phillies

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Philadelphia has edged past Atlanta atop the NL East, which means the Phillies also currently have the record in the league. Homefield advantage is always nice, of course, but as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes the ability to choose the seven-day or eight-day schedule for the NLDS could be even more beneficial to the Phillies.…

  9. Looks like that whole "trade Adrian Gonzalez" thing is never gonna happen

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Before the season started, the expectation was that the big name on the market would be Adrian Gonzalez. That changed when the Padres starting winning, of course. Looks like the winning and attendant optimism has gone on so long now that there won’t be any trade at all, even next year, reports Jayson Stark: “Even…

  10. Jim Joyce scheduled to be the home plate umpire for Armando Galarraga's start tomorrow

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Barring a change in the umpiring schedule, Jim Joyce is slated to be behind the plate for Armando Galarraga’s start tomorrow against the Orioles. Joyce was working first base when he infamously blew the call that would have given Galarraga a perfect game on June 2. Joyce immediately and emotionally admitted his mistake, Galarraga displayed…

  11. The Diamondbacks + a humidor = 38% fewer home runs

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    We heard a couple of weeks ago that the Diamondbacks are looking for ways to cut down on offense in Chase Field. Among their ideas was installing a Coors Field-style humidor.  If they do that, however, they had best be careful because people who know more than I do about such things think doing so…

  12. Dusty Baker on Reds' extension offer: "I really haven't thought about it"

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Reports vary on the length of the proposed deal, but what we know for sure is that the Reds offered Dusty Baker a contract extension over a month ago and the impending free agent manager has yet to accept or decline. Here’s what he told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com: Sooner or later. Right now, I’m…

  13. Trevor Hoffman apologized to his teammates

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman was carried off the field in triumph after getting his 600th save on Tuesday night. But humility — not glory — was the order of the day in the clubhouse afterward: Before thanking his teammates for their support and camaraderie, Hoffman did a stunning thing, something that caught many by surprise. He apologized…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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