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  1. In line to possibly replace Prince Fielder, prospect Mat Gamel says playing first base "ain't easy"

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

    Mat Gamel was once considered Milwaukee’s third baseman of the future, but his shaky glove combined with Casey McGehee’s presence has the Brewers thinking instead that he could be the replacement at first base if Prince Fielder leaves as a free agent (or is traded before then). However, based on what Gamel said to Tom…

  2. Is your name Earl? Then free Sea Dogs tickets!

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Hurricane Earl may have caused $150 million in property damage thus far and left 180,000 people without power, but if your parents had the foresight to name you Earl, you can save as much as $8! The Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are offering free tickets to tomorrow night’s…

  3. Ron Washington for manager of the year

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:04 PM EST

    Not just because he has led the Rangers to a big division lead, but because he has made it clear that he understands what wins baseball games and who, exactly, is in charge: Francoeur, a 2002 first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves, hit .237 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 124 games this…

  4. Diamondbacks to begin interviewing GM candidates soon

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Diamondbacks “will begin interviewing general manager candidates over the next couple weeks” and have at least six candidates on their list. Current interim general manager Jerry Dipoto and assistant general manager Peter Woodfork will obviously get interviews, and Morosi also mentions former Padres GM Kevin Towers, Yankees…

  5. Nick Swisher leaves Yankees-A's game with knee injury

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

    I’m far too caught up in a professional wrestling-induced Wikipedia k-hole to be watching the Yankees-A’s game right now, but apparently Nick Swisher left the game after his first at bat with a knee injury. Writers at the game have been told that it’s “stiffness” in his left knee, but that’s obviously a symptom, not…

  6. Report: Dustin Pedroia to have season-ending foot surgery

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

    Last week Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe quoted an unnamed source saying that Dustin Pedroia was “probably done for the year” and now he reports that the Red Sox’s second baseman “is expected to have surgery to insert a screw in his left foot sometime tomorrow at Massachusetts General Hospital.” Various sources have said…

  7. Comment of the Day: Baseball faces, baseball heels

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    Warning: if you don’t like 1980s professional wrestling you’re probably not going to like this post. There will be others coming along soon enough, though.

  8. Billy Martin for Atari baseball

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Not sure what is the most disorienting thing about this commercial: the game itself, the old A’s doubleknits or the fact that Martin actually seems sober.

  9. Must-click link: Jon Weisman on "the 2010 Dodgers and the reinvention of lying"

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

    Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts on ESPN.com wrote a great piece today about all the truth-stretching surrounding the Dodgers this season, from the owners and front office to the manager and media: Jon Weisman: The 2010 Dodgers and the reinvention of lying Not surprisingly given what I wrote regarding Manny Ramirez earlier this week, here’s…

  10. Tom Ricketts on the Cubs' managerial search: this isn't a P.R. game

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    You can’t hire a manager based solely on P.R. But doesn’t Ryne Sandberg bring more than just P.R. to the table?

  11. Was last night's Rays outfield the fastest in baseball history?

    Sep 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    With rosters expanding yesterday the Rays called up speedster Desmond Jennings from Triple-A and started him in right field. They also had Carl Crawford in left field and B.J. Upton in center field, which has me wondering whether it could have been the fastest outfield in baseball history. I’m not sure exactly how to measure…

  12. Mark McGwire loves being a hitting coach. Will he be doing it for long?

    Sep 2, 2010, 12:28 PM EST

    Derrick Goold interviews Mark McGwire in the Post-Dispatch today. The key points: Mark McGwire loves being a hitting coach. Mark McGwire is on a one year contract that both sides called an “experiment” when the year began. The Cardinals are currently gagging their way the hell out of playoff contention, primarily because they’re not hitting…

  13. The Carlos Delgado experiment (and career) is likely over

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    Carlos Delgado hasn’t played in a game down at Pawtucket since August 15th, and now it seems he won’t be playing in any more. The big man flew to Colorado yesterday to consult Dr. Marc Phillipon about discomfort in his left hip.  Note: it was his right hip that had been giving him all the…

  14. Twins get walk-off win from hot-hitting rookie Danny Valencia

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

    Despite shutting out the Tigers for seven innings last night Francisco Liriano was denied his 13th win when the Twins’ bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead, but rookie third baseman Danny Valencia delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give Minnesota the victory anyway. Valencia began the season at Triple-A and was hitting…

  15. So, did the Mariners know that Josh Leuke had legal trouble or not?

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:28 AM EST

    Josh Lueke was one of the players sent from Texas to Seattle in the Cliff Lee deal. You may recall that, at the time, there was some controversy about the Mariners’ due dilligence on Lueke, because it seems that he  faced rape and sodomy charges in California last summer, pleaded no contest after the cops…

  16. Tim Lincecum starts September with a victory after going 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA in August

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum has gone through several rough patches this season, but the wheels came flying off last month as he went 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA in five August starts. He allowed opponents to bat .311 with five homers and a .519 slugging percentage, giving up 33 hits and 13 walks in 25.1 innings while…

  17. Manny Corpas to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    As expected, Rockies reliever Manny Corpas needs Tommy John elbow surgery and will go under the knife next week, knocking him out for the rest of this season and likely all of 2011 as well. Corpas was the closer on a World Series team as a rookie in 2007, but lost that job to Brian…

  18. Source: Scott Boras is out as A-Rod's agent

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:17 AM EST

    The most famous player in baseball has fired the most famous agent in baseball.

  19. After hitting 102.7 mph in debut, Aroldis Chapman throws 103.9 mph in second appearance

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Aroldis Chapman made jaws drop in his MLB debut earlier this week by averaging 100.3 miles per hour on six fastballs and topping out at 102.7 mph, which tied for the highest velocity ever recorded during three seasons of MLB.com’s Pitch-F/X system. Or at least it was the highest. Chapman made his second appearance last…

  20. The Dodgers have been turned down for additional credit multiple times

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:50 AM EST

    Frank McCourt famously leveraged the Dodgers after purchasing them. Indeed, he saddled an asset he bought for $430 million with something like $433 million in debt. We knew that. His defense has always been, however, that the Dodgers are a cash cow and that there are tons of untapped revenue sources available. And that all…

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