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  1. Wallace Matthews: Derek Jeter; desperate cheater

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:33 PM EST

    This morning I wondered whether one of the New York columnists or talk radio guys would use the phantom hit-by-pitch thing as a pretext for changing the Derek Jeter narrative from “Captain Perfect” to “Desperate, flawed tragedy” or something like that. It took most of the day for us to get there, but ESPN New…

  2. Must-click link: David Brown interviews the great Vin Scully

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    When one of my favorite interviewers, David Brown of Yahoo! Sports, chats with the greatest announcer of all time, Dodgers legend Vin Scully, that is pretty much the definition of a must-click link: Answer Man: Vin Scully talks candy, Dodgers and Bewitched Even better, if you want to actually hear their chat and listen to…

  3. Are the Mets really going to pick a manager based on ticket sales?

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    Heyman’s latest goes over the possible replacements for Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel.  This line stuck out at me: People within the Mets organization see ticket sales as a key issue and some opine that Valentine could be the man to re-energize the organization in that regard. It’s fun to mock the Mets from time…

  4. The Marlins are looking for a place to play the Mariners next year

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    The Marlins and Mariners are set to play an interleague series next year, and Florida is supposed to the home team. But thanks to U2’s tour — man, Bono ruins everything, at least since “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” — Pro Player Robbie Sun Life Stadipark will be occupied.  Options: Play in Puerto Rico:…

  5. Justin Upton out of the lineup with more shoulder problems

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

    Justin Upton missed two weeks with a strained left shoulder, returned to the lineup for two games earlier this week, and is now sidelined again by the same injury. Upton is out of the Diamondbacks’ lineup this afternoon for the second straight game, but downplayed the seriousness of the injury last night: It’s really sore.…

  6. Kevin Mitchell to stand trial for assault

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    Former Giants (and Mets and Mariners and Padres and Reds and Indians and Red Sox and Athletics) outfielder Kevin Mitchell has been ordered to stand trial for assaulting a man at a golf course. The claim is that Michell repeatedly punched the guy after he “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.” “Hey Mitchell! Your refusal…

  7. Dusty Baker: "Some people didn't like the s*** I was doing from the time we started"

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Dusty Baker has the Reds in first place and headed to the playoffs for the first time since 1995, but the veteran manager seems fed up with fans and media members questioning his decisions. Francisco Cordero has struggled of late, blowing a pair of saves while allowing six runs in his last four outings, and…

  8. Nyjer Morgan's suspension is reduced to eight games

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    So much for my brilliant theory. Nyjer Morgan’s suspension has been reduced from fifteen to eight games. You’ll recall that Morgan was appealing two separate suspensions: one for throwing a ball into the Citizens Bank Park stands, for which he was docked seven games, and one for the battle royale he set off against the…

  9. Torii Hunter lost $5,000 on Hideki Matsui's triple last night

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

    Hideki Matsui hit a triple last night for the first time since April of last season and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes that it may have cost Torii Hunter a whole bunch of money. According to Plunkett the two players “had a friendly wager” on whether Matsui and his arthritic knees could…

  10. HBT Daily: Jeter's flop, Tulo's bop and I can't find a rhyme for Roy Halladay

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about the HBP that wasn’t, Tulowitzki’s heroics and whether Roy Halladay deserves the Cy Young Award.

  11. Orel Hershiser "stood up to the group and told them to knock it off" when teammates harassed female reporter

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Jessie Garcia is a female sports reporter and news anchor for the local NBC television affiliate in Milwaukee. In the wake of the controversy surrounding Ines Sainz and the way female media members are treated by athletes, Garcia told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel an interesting story about her experience covering a Brewers-Indians game in the…

  12. Carlos Zambrano has a nutso player option . . . that could be serious trouble for baseball

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:28 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano could make $19 million in 2013 based on the vote of a single baseball writer. Does this bother you?

  13. Protesting the lameness — and the homophobia — of the "kiss cam"

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    This Saturday the Cardinals are holding an “OUT at the ballpark” promotion in conjunction with a local LGBT group.  This is not uncommon. Lots of ballparks do this.  What is less common is that some people behind the event are wanting to turn it into a protest of sorts over how ballparks, stadiums and areans…

  14. Jenrry Mejia shut down for the season with shoulder injury

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

    Jenrry Mejia exited last night’s start in the third inning with arm soreness and has now been shut down for the remainder of the season with what the Mets are calling a rhomboid strain of the right shoulder blade. Mejia had a similar injury while pitching in the minors earlier this season and obviously the…

  15. Homer Bailey left last night's start with "dizziness" and "a big headache"

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    Homer Bailey showed significantly decreased velocity and struggled through three terrible innings last night before leaving his start against Arizona with dizziness. It wasn’t even mentioned until the seventh paragraph of John Fay’s game story in the Cincinnati Enquirer, but Bailey’s comments afterward sure make it seem like it’s a bigger deal: I felt a…

  16. Jeter's fake HBP was child's play. Watch the real pros work.

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM EST

    Derek Jeter kind of sold his fake HBP last night. I mean, yeah, he got the call and I guess that’s the whole point. But he has a long way to go until he can consider himself a master of the genre. For example, check out this fine work by Yunel Escobar last year. He…

  17. Confirmed: Andy Pettitte to rejoin Yankees' rotation Sunday

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:49 AM EST

    Joe Girardi confirmed last night that Andy Pettitte will come off the disabled list and rejoin the Yankees’ rotation Sunday against the Orioles. Pettitte has been out since mid-July with a strained groin, but allowed just two runs over 10 innings in a pair of rehab starts at Double-A. He’s expected to be on a…

  18. Deep Thoughts: Phillies Game Seven Starter Edition

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EST

    The answer is obvious . . . right?

  19. Darren Oliver's $3.25 million option for 2011 vested last night

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:16 AM EST

    Darren Oliver tossed a scoreless inning last night in his 59th appearance of the season, which is the number needed for the Rangers’ 2011 team option on the 39-year-old reliever to vest at $3.25 million. Texas will be glad to have Oliver back at that price, as he’s quietly gone from being a mediocre and…

  20. Oh noes! All the criminals are wearing Yankees caps!

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    From today’s New York Times: Since 2000, more than 100 people who have been suspects or persons of interest in connection with serious crimes in New York City wore Yankees apparel at the time of the crimes or at the time of their arrest or arraignment. The tally is based on a review of New…

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