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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Something strange is going on between Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus hasn’t started a game in two weeks, in part because of a calf injury and in part because of what appears to be an increasingly sour relationship with manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus made it clear that he was healthy enough to play over the weekend and he was initially in yesterday’s posted…

  6. Happy Frank and Jamie McCourt trial day!

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens’ arraignment isn’t the only baseball related court thingee going on today. The McCourt trial starts too. At stake: the very future of the Dodgers. Frank says the team is his. Jamie says it’s theirs. If he wins, the status quo will reign, and the Dodgers can keep on skimping on the free agent…

  7. Jose Reyes "almost certainly" out for at least four more games

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes hasn’t played since aggravating his strained right oblique muscle Thursday and Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that he “will almost certainly miss all four games” of the series against the Braves that begins tonight in Atlanta. Reyes tried to take batting practice yesterday, but had to stop after six…

  8. Mike Sweeney is a huggy guy

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT’s Todd Zolecki has a story up today about how Mike Sweeney likes to give his teammates hugs.  Click through for the video loop of Sweeney giving Jimmy Rollins a bear hug. Note how Rollins does the back-pat thing, which is the universal “this hug is totally a bro-thing; nothing weird about it” gesture. Sweeney…

  9. Arolids Chapman is coming

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    At 105 miles per hour, it should take Aroldis Chapman just under an hour to get from Louisville to Cincinnati today or, at the latest, tomorrow, which is when Jeff Passan is reporting that the Reds are going to call the dude up. It’s almost unfair that the Reds, riding high right now, have a…

  10. Roger Clemens gets arraigned today; finally has a decent lawyer

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    The only thing I was hoping wouldn’t happen while I was on vacation was Roger Clemens getting arraigned, skipping bail, going on the lam and taking a bunch of hostages, because that’s the kind of thing I would have had to blog about.  Thankfully that didn’t happen. He gets arraigned today, so any hostage-taking will…

  11. Manny Ramirez's Dodger career ends on a high note

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Actually, things never end well for Manny. They just end.

  12. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Stuff you may have missed while standing on the beach, staring at the sea, staring at the sand.

  13. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:15 AM EDT

    NBC has cleared me to resume baseball blogging-related activities. They wanted me to do a rehab assignment down in the Gulf Coast League, but my agent nixed that idea. Thanks, Scott!

  14. Poll: How far will the White Sox go with Manny Ramirez?

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Now that Mannywood is no more, how will the White Sox fare with their new designated hitter? How far will the White Sox go with Manny Ramirez?online survey

  15. Mannywood no more: Dodgers agree to send Manny Ramirez to White Sox

    Aug 29, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    Our long national nightmare is over. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the White Sox will acquire Manny Ramirez tomorrow, which means his Dodgers career ended with his coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter and being ejected in the middle of an at-bat for arguing balls and strikes this afternoon. There’s…

  16. Andy Pettitte hoping to return in about two weeks

    Aug 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte was placed on the disabled list on July 20 with a Grade 1 strain of his left groin and told that he would miss four-to-five weeks.  Things haven’t run as smoothly with his rehab as the Yankees would have liked, but progress is being made now. According to Chad Jennings of…

  17. Nationals lock up veteran Livan Hernandez for 2011

    Aug 29, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    According to the Nationals’ official Twitter page, Washington GM Mike Rizzo has announced a one-year contract extension for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez…

  18. Angels' Mike Napoli claimed by Red Sox, deal unlikely

    Aug 29, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    The Manny Ramirez negotiations aren’t very active at the moment. But there might have another major waiver deal in the works. According to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston, the Red Sox have claimed…

  19. Blue Jays will shut down Morrow after one more start

    Aug 29, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos informed the media Sunday that 26-year-old right-hander Brandon Morrow will be shut down for the rest of the 2010 season due to a high innings total.  He will make one more start, Friday at Yankee Stadium. The Jays, 11 games out of the hunt for the American League East crown,…

  20. Hanley Ramirez pulled Sunday after feeling lightheaded

    Aug 29, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    This isn’t good. Or it might be fine. You know, one of those. Joe Frisaro of reports that Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was lifted from Sunday’s game against the Braves due to lightheadedness. Hanley hit a single…

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