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  1. The Dodgers call up 15-year minor leaguer John Lindsey

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    The Tigers and Braves got a lot of good press when they called up, respectively, Max St. Pierre and J.C. Boscan last week after each of them had spent 14 years in the minors. Well, the Dodgers did them one better yesterday, calling up fifteen year minor league veteran John Lindsey. Lindsey may be a…

  2. The Padres finally win a game

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    And not only do they win a game: they debunk a conspiracy theory!

  3. While you were grilling, we were blogging. Here's what you missed

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    And a few introductory words about why I’m a little worried about some of you.

  4. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Though hands of steel and heart of stone, our Labor Day has come and gone. But at least there was a boatload of baseball to get us though it.

  5. The Reds may have already run out of patience with Aaron Harang

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:59 PM EDT

    The Reds are still in very good shape in the NL Central, but they aren’t about to rest on their laurels. Including today’s loss to the Rockies, Aaron Harang has allowed seven runs — five earned — with a lousy 3/6 K/BB ratio over his first two starts since coming off the disabled list. After…

  6. After a year of rest, Oliver Perez is finally ready to pitch

    Sep 6, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Craig has his Jeff Francoeur obsession, so I’m free to blog about Oliver Perez at will. Especially on this rather slow Labor Day, news-wise. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Oliver Perez said earlier today that he is considering pitching for his hometown of Culiacan, Mexico, this winter in the Mexican League. Perez allowed one…

  7. UPDATE: Mat Latos pushed back to Tuesday due to illness

    Sep 6, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Latos has been pushed back to Tuesday due to a “violent” stomach bug. Enough said there. Kevin Correia, who was slated to start Tuesday, will be available in relief of Tim Stauffer tonight. It’s actually not the worst thing in the world since Correia has struggled badly of…

  8. No one wants to win the NL East

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    The Phillies have slowly — very slowly — closed the gap between themselves and the Braves over the past month or so, but most of the time it seems like the Braves and Phillies either both win or both lose most days. Today: the Phillies got rocked by the Marlins, with Adalberto Mendez limiting them…

  9. Blue Jays fan assaulted by Jackie Robinson's "b"

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    This doesn’t happen every day: A fan at the Toronto Blue Jays’ game was OK on Monday after being struck in the right shoulder by a tumbling, metal “B” from a sign honoring Jackie Robinson. Could have been worse. While the Jays haven’t retired any numbers besides Robinson’s, they do have something called the “Level…

  10. Manny Ramirez notches three hits in White Sox victory

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez hasn’t shown any power since being claimed off waivers by Chicago last week, but he had three singles this afternoon and is now 7-for-16 (.438) with the White Sox. Ramirez’s third single today came off Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and proved to be the game-winning run, as pinch-runner Alejandro…

  11. Tony La Russa tries to defuse the Colby Rasmus situation

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa did his best today to defuse the budding controversy surrounding Colby Rasmus and his future with the team, telling the Post-Dispatch that to say the situation has devolved to an “either Rasmus goes or La Russa goes” state it all wrong and overstates the situation. Which I agree, it states the matter…

  12. Johan Santana to skip tomorrow's start with pectoral injury

    Sep 6, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Johan Santana reported feeling fine during a weekend bullpen session after leaving Thursday’s start with a strained pectoral muscle, but the Mets have decided to skip his turn in the rotation tomorrow anyway. Dillon Gee will instead make his MLB debut against the Nationals, but Santana made it very clear he could pitch if, say,…

  13. Source: Jayson Werth may soon sign with Scott Boras

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    On Friday, Jerry Crasnick tweeted that Jayson Werth has parted ways with agent Jeff Borris.  Werth was cagey about it when asked over the weekend, denying that he has left Borris and Beverly Hills Sports council.  That’s likely a matter of semantics, however, because Crasnick’s source says Werth is “shopping” for new representation. I’m hearing…

  14. Arolids Chapman's hands are too big to throw a changeup. Wha?

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is one I’ve never heard before. Ken Rosenthal spoke with Reds’ AAA pitching coach Ted “Tower of” Power, who says that Arolids Champan may need to figure out how to throw an offspeed pitch that isn’t a changeup because his hands are too big to effectively grip one. For now he’s using his slider…

  15. Bill Lee starts and wins independent league game at age 63

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago Bill Lee signed with the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League and yesterday the 63-year-old former Red Sox and Expos star made his debut … and picked up his first professional victory since 1982. Rox manager Chris Carminucci said he was prepared for a quick hook if Lee struggled, but instead…

  16. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Gosh, I hope everyone below number four in last week’s rankings was holding on tight, because the Padres could have easily knocked them off the ladder as they plummeted. 1. Yankees (2): Winning eight in a row helps the Bombers take control of the Power Rankings for now, but they have seven games with the…

  17. Red Sox or not, Jason Varitek plans to keep playing in 2011

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Whether or not it’ll be with the Red Sox remains to be seen, but Jason Varitek said yesterday that he plans to play somewhere in 2011. Varitek has been out since June 30 with a broken foot and played sparingly as Victor Martinez’s backup even before the injury, logging a total of 105 plate appearances…

  18. Judge smacks Signature Pharmacy prosecutor

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    You might recall Signature Pharmacy, the mail order drug store that was portrayed as steroid and HGH central back in 2007. In 2008, the Albany, New York prosecutor’s office brought charges against Signature and its owners. This despite the fact that Signature was in Florida. The charges were subsequently dismissed. While I have no idea…

  19. Mark Prior tosses scoreless inning at Triple-A for Rangers

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Mark Prior signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers last week and made his Triple-A debut yesterday, tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Oklahoma City. Prior, who convinced the Rangers to sign him after pitching well and showing good velocity as a reliever for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball…

  20. Stay classy, Jeff Loria: The Marlins snub Bobby Cox

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Bobby Cox had a few sharp things to say about Jeff Loria back in June following the firing of Freddi Gonzalez. He called Loria “unpredictable,” said he likes to make changes for the sake of change and that, given how well Gonzalez had done as Marlins manager, Loria “doesn’t appreciate anything.” Just because Cox was…

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