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  1. Punchless Mets could make history

    Sep 12, 2009, 2:12 PM EDT

    Earlier in the week, I highlighted the Mets’ year-long power outage. Nothing much has changed since then, as they are still dead-last in home runs with 81 (did you know the Yankees have 220? Yikes.) and Gary Sheffield still leads the team with 10 home runs despite not actually appearing in a game since August…

  2. Potent quotables: Rockies keep rolling

    Sep 12, 2009, 1:47 PM EDT

    “We’ve had some dramatic games since the end of May, but that one right there goes to the top of the list. We’re down to a swing, and the interesting thing about it is the guy who is one of the hottest hitters on our club is the guy at bat. What an at-bat he…

  3. Where are they now: Jake Fox

    Sep 11, 2009, 6:01 PM EDT

    It seemed like a safe enough assumption; Jake Fox had made 10 starts in left field this season and he’d hit .286/.332/.526 in his 175 at-bats for the Cubs. Of course he was going to see additional playing time with Alfonso Soriano being shut down with a knee injury. It was a given. But now…

  4. Stat of the day: MLB's least valuable hitters

    Sep 11, 2009, 4:57 PM EDT

    As measured by park-adjusted runs above average. Taken from 1. Willy Taveras -26.3 2. Alex Gonzalez -21.2 3. Dioner Navarro -20.5 4. Yuniesky Betancourt -19.9 5. Emilio Bonifacio -19.9 6. Edgar Renteria -17.3 7. Aaron Miles -16.6 8. Kaz Matsui -16.5 9. Jason Kendall -16.5 10. Ronny Cedeno -15.9 Rather than go by OPS…

  5. What we're watching: Rays vs. Red Sox

    Sep 11, 2009, 4:22 PM EDT

    - Seattle‘s Brandon Morrow will make his first major league appearance since July 10 when he starts against the Rangers.  The 25-year-old was being used carefully in Triple-A Tacoma, though he did throw a nine-inning shutout on Aug. 14.  In four starts since, he had pitched 19 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs.  He…

  6. Heyward named Baseball America minor league player of the year

    Sep 11, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

    This afternoon Baseball America announced Jason Heyward as their minor league player of the year after the Braves farmhand and 2007 first-round pick batted .323/.408/.555 with 17 homers, 46 total extra-base hits, 11 steals, and a 51/51 K/BB ratio in 99 games between high Single-A and Double-A before finishing the year with a brief stint…

  7. Quote of the Day: Soriano 'doubtful' to play again this year

    Sep 11, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella, on Alfonso Soriano’s chances of coming back from a knee injury to play again this season: He’s going to go see his own doctor to get a second opinion on this thing. We’ll probably know something in the next few days. I would categorize it as doubtful that he’d return. Doubtful.…

  8. Guzman 'in shock' after being asked to switch positions

    Sep 11, 2009, 1:09 PM EDT

    Earlier this week I discussed the possibility of Cristian Guzman shifting from shortstop to second base for the Nationals next season, and Bill Ladson of reports that general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Jim Riggleman officially broached the subject with him during “a private meeting” yesterday: Guzman, who did not give Rizzo and Riggleman…

  9. Link-O-Rama: Saito getting expensive for Red Sox

    Sep 11, 2009, 12:03 PM EDT

    * Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Takashi Saito’s next appearance out of the Red Sox’s bullpen will earn him a $500,000 bonus, and then after that he gets another $500,000 for every five outings. So far Saito’s incentive-laden contract has paid him $5 million for 48.2 innings of a 2.59 ERA and…

  10. Who's in charge in Toronto?

    Sep 11, 2009, 10:58 AM EDT

    I guess J.P. Ricciardi still is, but he has apparently farmed out the communications function to Cito Gaston: When asked earlier this week about his plans for next season, Jays catcher and soon-to-be free agent Rod Barajas said he didn’t have any yet, but that he would love to return to Toronto . . .…

  11. Is Matt Holliday long for St. Louis?

    Sep 11, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    You know the story by now: a veteran comes to St. Louis, loves it there, wins some games, falls for all of that “best fans in baseball business” and decides to make it a home.  Jim Edmonds is the best example of it.  Come to think of it, he might be the only significant example. …

  12. A nice move by the MLB Network

    Sep 11, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    The MLB Network is going to name three production studios after Ernie Harwell, Mel Allen and Vin Scully.  A classy move by the network that, one hopes anyway, will provide some inspiration for all who work there.  Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I’d like to think broadcasters who see these luminaries’ names…

  13. Does Derek Jeter have anything left to prove?

    Sep 11, 2009, 9:22 AM EDT

    SI’s Tim Marchman has a good piece up this morning in which he breaks out what the numbers and career progression would need to look like in order for Derek Jeter to pass Pete Rose for the all-time hits record.  Upshot: it almost certainly won’t happen, but it’s not impossible. Personally I’d like to see it simply because…

  14. Millwood's option will be allowed to vest. Maybe.

    Sep 11, 2009, 8:52 AM EDT

    While Kevin Millwood pitched well earlier in the season, he is 2-4 with a 5.92 ERA and has been walking a lot of guys in his past 11 starts. What’s more, as Baseball Time in Arlington’s Joey Matschulat notes this morning, Millwood has greatly reduced the number of fastballs he has thrown in the second…

  15. Chipper Jones might retire next year

    Sep 11, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    Despite having three more seasons on his contract after this one, Chipper Jones may hang it up before then: “I’m not going to tolerate the numbers I have right now for very long.  I’m certainly not going to stick around for a big contract if I’m not having fun and not producing. I’m not saying…

  16. And That Happened: Thursday's scores and highlights

    Sep 11, 2009, 5:41 AM EDT

    Rockies 5, Reds 1: Jose Contreras had to leave the game in the third inning with angina or dropsy or consumption or whatever the hell it is that 86 year-old people get all the time. Didn’t matter though, because at this point the Rockies could probably put the 1985 Hackensack Bulls in the lineup —…

  17. Daily Dose: Plug finally pulled on Lidge

    Sep 11, 2009, 12:05 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel made things official Thursday, announcing that Brad Lidge will try to get back on track in “low-stress” situations while Ryan Madson takes over at closer. Manuel showed incredible patience with Lidge, allowing him to go 0-7 with 10 blown saves and a 7.11 ERA in 51 innings before losing his job. That also…

  18. The buck stops… well, over there somewhere

    Sep 10, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT

    Mark Whicker told Poynter Online that it’s the “speed and the enormity of the Internet” that forced him to apologize for a column noting sports topics that developed during the 18 years in which Jaycee Dugard was being held captive and raped. While the piece truly wasn’t intended to harm, Whicker’s misguided effort landed him…

  19. Link-O-Rama: Meche, Cecil done for the season

    Sep 10, 2009, 3:22 PM EDT

    * Gil Meche is unlikely to pitch again this season because of shoulder inflammation, likely finishing at 6-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 23 starts after posting a 3.82 ERA through his first two years in Kansas City. He’s still under contract for two more seasons at $12 million per year. * Brett Cecil held…

  20. Are the Yankees finished with Chien-Ming Wang?

    Sep 10, 2009, 2:28 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang is just starting down the long road back from July shoulder surgery, but said yesterday that he hopes to begin playing catch in January with an eye toward returning to the mound at some point in 2010. However, as Peter Abraham of the New York Journal News points out Wang’s return may not…

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