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  1. Bobby Abreu has more 20-20 seasons than anyone outside of the Bonds family

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:48 PM EST

    Last night Bobby Abreu reached 20 homers and 20 steals for the ninth time, which is one short of the all-time record shared by Barry Bonds and … Bobby Bonds. That a father and son are the only two players ever with double-digit 20-20 seasons strikes me as one of the more underrated amazing facts…

  2. The Astros trade Round Rock for Oklahoma City

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    In 2010 the Astros AAA club was located in Round Rock and the Rangers club was located in Oklahoma City.  Last week the Rangers announced they’re taking over Round Rock and, a few minutes ago, the Astros announced they’re getting Oklahoma City. They’ve basically traded. I’ve never been to Oklahoma City, but Round Rock is…

  3. Scott Boras is already doing his Scott Boras thing for Jayson Werth

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal spoke with Scott Boras about his newest client, Jayson Werth. Say, Scott, how are going to position your free agent to-be? “He can play center field . . . He has the closing speed to play center . . . It makes your team so different. Normally you get that production out of…

  4. On second thought, Cardinals not shutting down Jaime Garcia

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:49 PM EST

    Last week the Cardinals announced that they were shutting down Jaime Garcia in an effort to limit the 23-year-old rookie’s workload after he threw just 38 innings last season while coming back from Tommy John surgery, but now they’re apparently rethinking those plans. Garcia will be skipped in the rotation Thursday for the second straight…

  5. Jair Jurrjens scratched: Brandon Beachy to start against Philly

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    This would seem to be a bad thing for the Braves. If so, why are Philly fans the ones worrying?

  6. "Derek Jeter lived here" may not actually help sell apartment

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:19 PM EST

    There’s an interesting article by James Barron in the New York Times about whether or not an apartment is more likely to sell for $20 million because it was owned and lived in by Derek Jeter. Barron also talked to Tucker Anderson, who owns the apartment Joe DiMaggio lived in during his 56-game hitting streak…

  7. Justin Upton not close to returning from shoulder injury

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Justin Upton missed two weeks with a sore shoulder, rejoined the lineup for three games, and is now sidelined again by the same injury. He’s missed five straight starts and interim manager Kirk Gibson indicated that Upton is not close to returning: We’re not going to play him at this point. We’re going to make…

  8. There is no fixing the Mets until the team is sold

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from Joe Sherman’s latest, in which he cast about big league front offices to get (anonymous) comment on the Mets’ COO. The pithy summary: Wilpon is  a “short-tempered, tone deaf credit seeker,” he’s an “accountability deflector,” a “micro-manager” and a “second-guesser.”  Oh, and he’s a bull-headed idiot…

  9. The McCourt trial resumes with a bang

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    Jamie McCourt’s driver hit a pedestrian before the trial even got going today, so there’s that. He’s supposedly OK and didn’t need medical treatment. Jamie will probably give him a house or a job with the Dodgers or something to sign a lawsuit waiver. In the trial itself, this morning, Jamie McCourt took the stand…

  10. Brian Anderson's conversion to pitching has gone well so far

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Two months ago Brian Anderson made the transition from outfielder to pitcher after the 28-year-old former first-round pick hit just .227 in 355 career games. He first headed down to rookie-ball, quickly moved up to Single-A, and then finished the year with a stint at Triple-A, combining to throw 17.1 innings with a 2.08 ERA…

  11. HBT Daily: Phillies-Braves, Yankees-Rays

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    A big week for the East. Thank God we’ve got that bias working for us already!

  12. A's prospect Chris Carter begins career 0-for-32 with 13 Ks

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    Chris Carter went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts yesterday before being removed from the game defensively, making him 0-for-32 with 13 strikeouts (and one walk!) to begin his big-league career. Carter’s brutal hitless streak is the longest by any player to start a career since Vic Harris went 0-for-36 for the Rangers in 1972. Harris rebounded…

  13. Bobby Jenks "may have thrown his last inning for White Sox"

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    Because of forearm pain Bobby Jenks hasn’t pitched since saving both games of a doubleheader on September 4 and Scott Merkin of MLB.com writes that “he could have thrown his last inning for the White Sox.” No one seems quite sure when or if Jenks will be able to return this season and manager Ozzie…

  14. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:56 PM EST

    For the second straight week, a new team tops the charts.

  15. Tyler Colvin: "I want to let everyone know that I'm doing OK"

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

    Tyler Colvin remains in stable condition at a Miami hospital after his chest was punctured by a broken bat yesterday and released a statement this afternoon updating his status: I want to thank Cubs fans for their support all season, especially right now, and let everyone know that I’m doing OK. I also want to…

  16. George Steinbrenner monument to be dedicated tonight

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

    The Yankees are going to dedicate George Steinbrenner’s monument in Monument Park tonight. They would have had the ceremony sooner after Steinbrenner’s death, but there was a delay due to the original plaque-maker being killed for including the line “. . . presided over the Yankees’ longest period between postseason appearances in franchise history: 1982-1994.”…

  17. Bobby Valentine and the Yankees? Sure, why not?

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Jon Heyman has a lot of managerial speculation in his latest column. One of the fun ones: while it’s highly unlikely Joe Girardi won’t be back in New York, if he does bolt, “Bobby Valentine likely would be one candidate to replace him in the Bronx.” I just love this because it proves that we…

  18. Jim Leyland managed his 3,000th career game last night

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    In beating the White Sox last night Jim Leyland became the 18th person in baseball history to manage 3,000 career games, joining active (or recently active) skippers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Lou Piniella in the club. Leyland has had a winning record in four of his five seasons in Detroit while…

  19. King Felix may be shut down early

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:32 AM EST

    Felix Hernandez would have three starts left if he stays on regular rest. Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald reports, however, that he may start only two more games because the team is concerned about his workload. Hernandez’s workload, that is. Not Arnold’s. I’m sure he’ll be able to report for the rest of the…

  20. Andres Torres could return from appendectomy this weekend

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    Andres Torres had an emergency appendectomy on September 17 and was given an initial recovery timetable of 2-3 weeks, potentially knocking him out of the Giants’ lineup for the remainder of the regular season. However, he’s apparently made good progress since then and manager Bruce Bochy said yesterday that Torres could be back in the…

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