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  1. There are still many reasons to watch the Mets

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    I mean reasons that are different than the ones that make you want to look at accident scenes and the “Faces of Death” movies.  James Kannengeiser lists them over at Amazing Avenue today. My favorite: the spoiler potential, as the Mets have six games left with the Phillies and three with the Braves.  I’m genuinely…

  2. Breaking news: Aroldis Chapman is human (sort of)

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman showed he was human yesterday, allowing three hits and a run while recording just one out. He also let both runners he inherited from Bill Bray to score. Of course, two of the hits were infield singles and the run was unearned, so maybe “human-like” is the more fitting description. He threw 16…

  3. Must-click link: Buck Showalter doesn't like Keith Olbermann

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Over at his blog Keith Olbermann shared an amusing story from 1993 about then-Yankees manager Buck Showalter, who apparently didn’t like Olbermann and made him believe Paul O’Neill, Wade Boggs, and various other Yankees were upset at him for the whole SportsCenter shtick. Keith Olbermann: So Good To See Buck Showalter Again It seems…

  4. You'll be shocked to learn that Kris Benson's season is over

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    I figured that the day would bottom out with Jay Payton transaction news and improve from there, but I guess I was wrong: Kris Benson sighting! He was sighted (figuratively) putting all his stuff in a bag and going back home to be with Anna and do whatever it is they do all winter. Put…

  5. Chris Sale is thriving in the White Sox's bullpen three months after being drafted

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Three months ago Chris Sale was a starting pitcher for Florida Gulf Coast College and now he’s perhaps the most-trusted reliever in the White Sox’s bullpen, picking up his first career victory with 2.2 flawless innings yesterday. Selected with the 13th overall pick in June’s draft and almost immediately signed to a $1.65 million bonus,…

  6. The Rockies call up Jay Payton

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Hell, they’ve already got Melvin Mora on the team, so why not call up Jay Payton? For Payton, 37, who has spent parts of 13 seasons in the major leagues, this season has been about making peace with himself and the game after injuries forced him to miss the 2009 season. “It’s a good feeling,…

  7. A graphical representation of changing AAA affiliations

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This morning’s thing about the Portland Beavers inspired a few of you wonder who will become the Padres’ AAA team next year. It inspired a few others to muse in general about the great musical chairs game that is the affiliation business. As if on cue, lar at Wezen-Ball created this fun graphic showing AAA…

  8. Torn oblique muscle looks likely to end Jim Edmonds' career

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Last week Jim Edmonds indicated that he plans to retire after the season and now it sounds like the 40-year-old outfielder may have already played his final game. Edmonds is on the disabled list with an oblique injury that was originally listed as a strain, but he revealed yesterday that it’s actually a torn muscle:…

  9. Managerial chaos! Ok, maybe not, but it's fun to consider

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price has a profile of Cito Gaston today that’s interesting in and of itself, but he ends the piece with a fun little musing about an unlikely but delicious series of managerial moves this winter: Joe Torre leaves the Dodgers as they look for ways to cut costs; Dusty Baker, dissatisfied with the…

  10. Ubaldo Jimenez gets 18th win after a month between victories

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    It took a while, but Ubaldo Jimenez finally got his 18th victory last night to set the Rockies’ franchise record. Jimenez also leads the NL in wins, but lost four straight decisions between his 17th and 18th victories and had just two wins in nine starts since beginning the season 15-1. Of course, as usual…

  11. The Wrigley rooftop business is bad these days

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Apparently the down economy and crappy 2010 Cubs team is really taking a bite out of the business of those who operate the rooftop venues outside of Wrigley Field. Many of the businesses are hurting — corporate bookings are way down — and some of the properties have fallen into foreclosure. The last time I…

  12. Alex Rodriguez sets MLB record with 14th 100-RBI season

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez homered and knocked in two runs yesterday to reach 100 RBIs for the 14th time in his career, which sets a new MLB record. He had been tied with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx, each of whom had 100 RBIs in 13 seasons. Rodriguez has reached 100 RBIs in 13 consecutive…

  13. The Red Sox are poised to pick up David Ortiz's extension

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are prepared to pick up David Ortiz’s $12 million 2011 extension. That according to “a major league source well acquainted with the Sox’s thinking.” In other news, we probably need to have a summit meeting about the best way to label anonymous sources in this…

  14. Cubs interim manager Mike Quade benches Starlin Castro for "lapses in concentration"

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Cubs interim manager Mike Quade benched Starlin Castro yesterday for what he called “lapses in concentration” after the Cubs’ rookie shortstop forgot how many outs there were and got picked off first base Sunday. Castro also made an error in the field Friday and Quade, who’s gone 9-4 since taking over the 51-74 team from…

  15. Portland hosts its last AAA game

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    The Beavers haven’t always played baseball in Portland. Minor league baseball took a few years off in the 70s. The team that came back in 1978 later moved to Salt Lake City, occasioning another break in AAA ball before the latest incarnation showed up.  But those few bumps aside, there has been a Pacific Coast…

  16. 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…

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

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