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  1. FYI: The NCAA is still trying to screw amateur athletes

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:04 AM EST

    Despite the fact that it had once been held to be illegal and will likely be held to be illegal again when someone else challenges it, the NCAA’s rule prohibiting amateur athletes from having an attorney make direct contact with a pro sports team is still on the books. This means that if you’re a…

  2. Comment of the Day: Sabathia and Price don't know how to win

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:36 AM EST

    Reader That Guy makes a comment that will cause Cy Young voters to blow a gasket: It’s too bad niether Price nor Sabathia’s preformance of eight-inning shutout ball count towards the Cy Young race, because neither got a decision. They both pitched well, but neither of them knew how to win last night. Hey, if…

  3. Felix Hernandez to get extra rest; Cy Young chances take a hit

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:16 AM EST

    Felix Hernandez is up to around 225 innings this year on a Mariners team that has been going nowhere since about five minutes after camp broke. As a result, the M’s are going to give him six days rest between starts for his next two starts. Which is a smart move. He’s the future, and…

  4. Father of K-Rod's girlfriend hires a lawyer

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

    Boy, didn’t see this one coming. Totally blindsided here: Daian Peña, the girlfriend of hotheaded Mets hurler Francisco Rodriguez, and her father, Carlos Peña, have hired a lawyer. Lawyer Jeff Korek won’t say if he plans to sue for injuries Carlos Peña suffered when cops say the 6-foot, 195-pound reliever attacked him after an Aug.…

  5. Dan Uggla is the first second baseman to have four 30-HR seasons

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    If you would have put a gun to my head and asked me, I probably would have said that Jeff Kent had four or five 30-home run seasons. Which would have led to my messy demise, because after looking it up I now realize that he only had three. Dan Uggla is the first second…

  6. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:44 AM EST

    Lots of zeroes for the Mets, Yankees, Phillies and Pirates. The judges give the Yankees bullpen management only slightly higher scores.

  7. Jon Lester records fourth straight 10-K game

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:17 AM EST

    With 12 strikeouts in a gem against the Mariners on Monday, Jon Lester became the first pitcher since Jake Peavy in 2007 to fan 10 batters in four straight starts. He’s the sixth different pitcher to have such a streak since 2000: 1. Randy Johnson – 7 starts in 2001 2. Randy Johnson – 6…

  8. K-Rod scheduled for Tuesday morning court appearance

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:14 PM EST

    On the disqualified list following an alleged mid-August assault on his father’s girlfriend, former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez faces an uncertain future.  But we know where he will be tomorrow. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Rodriguez is scheduled to appear in a New York courtroom on Tuesday morning for a hearing related…

  9. Matusz pulled from Monday start with bruised arm

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:52 PM EST

    According to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, Orioles starter Brian Matusz was pulled from Monday’s game after just one inning due to what is being called a “left triceps contusion.” Matusz, a southpaw, was nailed in the left arm by a Yunel Escobar…

  10. Prince Fielder out with flu symptoms

    Sep 13, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Baseball’s longest active consecutive games streak could come to an end Monday, as Prince Fielder was scratched from Milwaukee’s lineup with flu symptoms, according to the Journel-Sentinel. Unless Fielder makes an appearance off the bench, he’d miss his first game since Sept. 3, 2008. Since that day, he’d started all 327 of Milwaukee’s games: 326…

  11. This Buck stops in Sacramento

    Sep 13, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    With the Triple-A season over, the A’s are set to make their final round of callups on Tuesday, but barring some late-season outfield injuries, Travis Buck won’t be rejoining the team. The then 23-year-old Buck was shaping up as one of the AL’s most promising rookies in 2007. Debuting not even two years after the…

  12. Garry Templeton and Whitey Herzog together again. Twice removed.

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:57 PM EST

    Garry Templeton’s run-ins with Whitey Herzog punched his ticket out of St. Louis — and Ozzie Smith’s to St. Louis — back in 1981. Now Templeton is the manager of the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden League. His first baseman: John Urick. Who’s John Urick? Whitey Herzog’s grandson. Their story was in the New…

  13. Report: Diamondbacks likely to hire Kevin Towers as new GM

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks have narrowed their general manager search and will interview five candidates, but according to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse former Padres general manager Kevin Towers “looks like he’ll get the job.” Towers is among the five candidates listed by Gilbert, along with interim general manager Jerry Dipoto,…

  14. Jonathan Sanchez defaces the Petco Park mound

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:28 PM EST

    Or, if you look at it a different way, maybe you can say the Padres turned the mound into a propaganda piece and Sanchez just restored it to a clean and pure neutrality? You be the judge. Now if he can just do something about the ads behind home plate.

  15. A story about fired Mariners scouting director Carmen Fusco and kidney stones

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    This doesn’t really have any bearing on whether or not Carmen Fusco deserved to be fired as Seattle’s professional scouting director–which has been confirmed by various other sources since the initial reports this morning–but David Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner shared an interesting story about the time Fusco took part in a blog get-together: Fusco went…

  16. Adam Dunn and the Nats are "in conversations"

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    On Friday the chatter was that Adam Dunn was as good as gone from the Nats after this season. Not so fast, says GM Mike Rizzo when asked if Adam Dunn’s potential return was “a dead issue”: “No, it’s certainly not a dead issue” he said. “We realize we need a thumping first baseman that…

  17. Marlins shut down Josh Johnson for the rest of the season

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

    After skipping several turns in the rotation Josh Johnson has officially been shut down for the remainder of the season with a strained back. Johnson currently leads the league with a 2.30 ERA and his 183.2 innings are enough to qualify for the leaderboard, which means Adam Wainwright (2.38), Mat Latos (2.43), Roy Halladay (2.44)…

  18. Johan Santana's surgery set for tomorrow

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Johan Santana — previously diagnosed with shoulder nastiness that requires season-ending surgey — got a second opinion today. Except he got it from Dr. James Andrews, and I can’t remember the last time a pitcher saw him and was found not to need an operation. So the “ayes” have it, Santana will go under the…

  19. Ichiro Suzuki on verge of joining Pete Rose as the only players with 200 hits in 10 seasons

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:19 PM EST

    For a brief time it looked like Ichiro Suzuki’s streak of 200-hit seasons might end at nine, which is one short of the all-time record held by Pete Rose, but now he’s riding a 13-game hitting streak that includes a total of 21 hits and it looks like he’ll once again clear 200 with ease.…

  20. The government's seizure of the 2003 PED list ruled illegal. Again.

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that he government’s seizure of the positive PED tests from the 2003 pilot testing program was illegal.  This affirms previous lower court rulings and overturns the one Appeals Court ruling to the contrary.  The decision — a lengthy one with lengthy dissents — can be read here.…

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