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  1. Report: Joe Torre would listen if Mets came calling

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:06 AM EST

    You just knew this was coming. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, “a person close to” Joe Torre says the Mets might be the “only team” that could lure the 70-year-old away from retirement. “The Mets are certainly an inviting situation because they have a lot better personnel than their record shows,”…

  2. Felix Hernandez commits a no-no in near no-no

    Sep 18, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

    First, let’s focus on the good stuff. As you know, Felix Hernandez has dominated pretty much everyone he has faced this season, but entering last night’s action, he was 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in four starts against the first-place Rangers. No longer. King Felix carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in last night’s…

  3. The Dodgers were contractually obligated to give Mattingly the job

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:49 PM EST

    We now turn to the latest bit of evidence showing that the Dodgers couldn’t manage their way out of a paper bag. Dylan Hernandez reports the following: Before the start of this season, Mattingly had signed a deal that guaranteed him the manager’s job if Torre stepped down. Look — I’m not going to quibble…

  4. Brian Cashman: no hard feelings toward Joe Torre

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews caught up with Brian Cashman following the announcement that Joe Torre was stepping down. And guess what? Despite Torre’s book pissing off everyone on the Yankees, Everything is hunky dory: General manager Brian Cashman said there are “no issues” between Joe Torre and the team he led to four world…

  5. Josh Hamilton given two cortisone injections in ribs

    Sep 17, 2010, 8:31 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton hasn’t played since September 4, when he crashed into an outfield wall at the Twins’ Target Field and suffered a bruised ribcage and shoulder. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers took a drastic step earlier this…

  6. Tony La Russa fires back at Jack Clark's "poopy pants" rant

    Sep 17, 2010, 7:05 PM EST

    As Aaron noted earlier today, monobrowed-man-child Jack Clark called the Cardinals “quitters” and said “they have poopy in their pants.”  While such a sophisticated and air-tight indictment is difficult to rebut, Tony La Russa has a law degree, so he’s trained in the finer arts of oral advocacy. Specifically, the “I’m rubber and you’re glue”…

  7. Nick Swisher is still hurting; will sit tonight against the Orioles

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:57 PM EST

    Yankees rightfielder Nick Swisher — who had a cortisone shot the other day — tested his knee running today, but it was decided he can’t yet return to the lineup. Swisher could pinch hit against the Orioles tonight, but Austin Kearns will start in right. Better safe than sorry. But really, the logic of that…

  8. Chipper Jones: "you can make absurd amounts of money playing this game"

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal interviewed Chipper Jones and asked him about his decision to try a comeback next year. Jones says he’ll only continue to play if he can be an effective player. The key question: given the denial inherent in a professional athlete’s psyche, how will he know if he can still be effective? I’ll know…

  9. Hanley Ramirez out of the lineup with lingering elbow pain

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:19 PM EST

    Following an off day yesterday Hanley Ramirez wanted to be in the Marlins’ lineup tonight despite a sore left elbow, but manager Edwin Rodriguez opted to rest him: His elbow was sore on Wednesday, so on Wednesday he said he’d try to play and I didn’t like what I saw. He came in today and…

  10. Bryce Harper is excited to play ball. Maybe a bit too excited.

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Bryce Harper has suited up for the instructional league and was asked if he’s ready to play: “I am going to dive and scratch and claw. I will try to catch every ball out there. I am going to be a Kelly Leak kind of guy. I will use my arm to the fullest. I…

  11. Poll: Will Joe Torre ever manage again?

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:26 PM EST

    Joe Torre is leaving the Dodgers. Will he ever manage again?survey software

  12. At age 70, is Joe Torre done managing after stepping away from the Dodgers?

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    Joe Torre announced that he’ll step down as Dodgers manager after the season, with Don Mattingly replacing him, but will the 70-year-old future Hall of Famer look to manage elsewhere? Based on the early speculation, few people seem to think that’s likely. Ken Rosenthal of writes that Torre is “unlikely to manage in 2011,”…

  13. Gordon Beckham may be shut down with hand injury

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    Gordon Beckham was out of the White Sox’s lineup yesterday and Ozzie Guillen indicated that he may opt to shut him down for the season rather than let him try to continue playing through a hand injury: Obviously he wants to play, but I’ve seen this kid swing the bat for a year and a…

  14. Must-click link: 25 Things You Didn't Know About Baseball

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    Derek Jeter is clutch. Mark Teixeira should win the gold glove. Carlos Lee is the worst player in the majors. All things that almost go without saying. Except they’re wrong, as Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan explains in this year’s version of his highly-enjoyable 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Baseball column. Lots of pitching metrics this…

  15. Joe Torre is out as Dodgers manager; Don Mattingly takes over

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Joe Torre is going to announce today that he’s stepping down. That’s not terribly surprising. What is surprising is that the team is going to announce Don Mattingly as his successor. Surprising in that, as the season has gotten uglier and uglier for the Dodgers,…

  16. Ozzie Guillen is still funny even if the White Sox are out of it

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

    His team rolled over for the Twins to end any semblance of a race in the AL Central, but that didn’t stop Ozzie Guillen from uttering his latest highly amusing soundbite. Guillen praised the Twins for playing so well despite losing stars like Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan, and then specifically mentioned rookie Danny Valencia…

  17. Jim Leyrtiz' DUI manslaughter trial delayed

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    We’re coming up on three years since former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz was in the auto accident that claimed the life of Fredia Ann Veitch, and he still has yet to go to trial. Trial was set to start next week, but that’s on hold because Leyrtiz is taking in interlocutory appeal of a key…

  18. Jack Clark says the Cardinals "are quitters" and "have poopy in their pants"

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    Jack Clark, who played three seasons for the Cardinals in the 1980s and was the MVP of the World Series squad in 1987, appeared on a St. Louis radio station yesterday and accused the current team of being “quitters” who “have poopy in their pants.” Seriously. Here are some quotes from the four-time All-Star first…

  19. HBT Daily: Down the stretch they come!

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Matt and I talk about this weekend’s series, the playoffs and that kind of stuff. What, you were expecting a round table about Jonathan Franzen’s latest book?

  20. Marisa Miller threw out the first pitch at AT&T Park

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Her command and velocity weren’t quite as good as the last time she threw out a first pitch at Wrigley Field, but Marisa Miller still looked great on the mound at AT&T Park. has the video. For scouting purposes only, of course.

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