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  1. Great Moments in self-motivation: Matt Garza

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:04 AM EST

    Baseball is better than football because, for the most part, players approach it like a job, not as if it were war or cockfighting or whatever. They try to do their best. They try to get better. With a few exceptions, however, they don’t generally get all rah-rah and imgonnakillyou about it.  One of those…

  2. Tyson Gillies hired the lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan's son and pleaded "not guilty" to coke charge

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies pleaded not guilty yesterday to a felony charge of cocaine possession stemming from his August 20 arrest in Florida. According to Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News the 21-year-old outfielder was walking along a service road at 3:00 a.m. and trying to flag down passing cars when police stopped and…

  3. Ryne Sandberg named PCL manager of the year

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Here’s one for the resume as the Cubs look for a new big league manager: Ryne Sandberg will be named Pacific Coast League manager of the year today, the Iowa Cubs confirmed Thursday. In Sandberg’s first season as Cubs manager, the team was a season-high 21 games over .500 entering Thursday’s contest at Albuquerque. The…

  4. Twins opt not to add pitching reinforcements on September 1 and pay the price

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Last night’s Twins-Tigers game was one of the worst I’ve ever seen, as the two teams combined for 13 innings of sloppy, mistake-filled play that included a seemingly endless array of botched double plays and blown leads. As a Twins fan there are approximately 100 different things I could complain about from the agonizing evening,…

  5. The Brewers look poised to trade Prince Fielder this winter

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:48 AM EST

    That according to Jayson Stark, who says that rival clubs who have spoken to the Brewers think Fielder will be moved in the offseason. This is not terribly surprising. They have someone who — maybe — can fill in at first base.  They’re likely nowhere in the same universe with Fielder when it comes to…

  6. Nyjer Morgan continues to own the heel role

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    The job of whoever is assigned to defend Nyjer Morgan at his disciplinary appeal just got a bit harder.

  7. Jerry Manuel wants to know if he's coming back

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:09 AM EST

    I missed this yesterday — Manny and Francoeur obsessions make you blind to any number of things — but apparently Jerry Manuel “would love to know” whether the Mets plan on bringing him back next season.  He’s not going to ask now, however, because he doesn’t want to become a distraction. Show of hands America:…

  8. Your absolutely gobsmacking statistic of the day: Derek Jeter division

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    I know Jeter is having a bad year at the plate. I looked at his stat line as recently as yesterday. Still, seeing his season characterized thusly is the kind of thing that makes your brain seize up and your jaw go slack: let the record show that on Sept. 2, 2010 Yuniesky Betancourt (95…

  9. We're still using "Moneyball" reference to bash the A's? Really?

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    When you read stuff like this from the Daily News’ Bill Madden, you have to ask yourself two questions: (1) At what point will columnists stop using a now seven year-old book as a hook to write about the A’s? and (2) would Billy Beane have been better off if he had never provided Michael…

  10. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:57 AM EST

    The Phillies pick up a game on Atlanta and the Twins and Tigers play a wild one. Sadly, I missed all of it because I was watching football. Not that I’m proud of myself or anything.

  11. Johan Santana leaves Thursday start with pectoral strain

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:02 PM EST

    From New York’s WFAN comes word that Mets left-hander Johan Santana was lifted from his Thursday start against the Braves due to a strained pectoral muscle. Santana threw only 65 pitches and lasted only five innings.  He was great while on the rubber, allowing just three hits and one earned run while racking up three…

  12. D'Backs set to promote veteran lefty Mike Hampton

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:34 PM EST

    Here’s an odd one. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks are planning to call up veteran left-hander Mike Hampton from Triple-A Reno before Friday’s game…

  13. Olney: MLB will suspend Nyjer Morgan on Friday

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:45 PM EST

    Major League Baseball is finally ready to levy a punishment on Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan for his various outbursts over the past few weeks. Morgan threw a ball at a fan in Philadelphia in mid-August, intentionally plowed…

  14. Tom Gorzelanny has hairline fracture in pinkie finger

    Sep 2, 2010, 7:39 PM EST

    Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Pirates after just 2 2/3 innings when he was nailed in the pitching hand by a comebacker.  An MRI was taken almost immediately but it showed nothing in the way of a fracture. Well, the news got worse Thursday.  According to Dave van…

  15. Brian Cole's family awarded $131 million in lawsuit

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:16 PM EST

    The family of former Mets prospect Brian Cole, who was killed in a one-car accident in 2001, was awarded a $131 million judgment against Ford Motor Company on Monday, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports. Cole died from injuries sustained in a March 31, 2001 accident when his Ford Explorer veered off a Florida highway and…

  16. Marlins catcher John Baker to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Sep 2, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    Marlins starting catcher John Baker has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury and after suffering a setback while rehabbing in the minors last week Dr. James Andrews has determined that he needs Tommy John surgery. The good news for Baker is that position players tend to come back from Tommy John surgery much…

  17. Rob Dibble talks about firing and actually sounds reasonable

    Sep 2, 2010, 4:26 PM EST

    While doing his radio show on Sirius/XM today Rob Dibble spoke briefly about being fired as the Nationals’ television analyst yesterday. I’m just about Dibbled out at this point, but after criticizing him quite a bit it only seems right to also post his comments. Plus, they were are actually surprisingly level-headed and sensible: As…

  18. Dallas Braden leaves Yankees game early with cramps

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:58 PM EST

    Well, at least this won’t give Yankees fans any reason to mock the brash young lad for his lack of manliness or toughness or whatnot: Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden has left his latest start because of heat-related cramps. Braden bent over after a pitch in the sixth inning Thursday at Yankee Stadium. He was…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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