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

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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

  5. 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 EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

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

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    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…

  12. Deep Thoughts: Phillies Game Seven Starter Edition

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    The answer is obvious . . . right?

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    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…

  15. Carlos Zambrano says he's going to retire after 2012

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    A couple of months ago, if you told me that Carlos Zambrano was going to retire after the 2012 season, I would have asked how he’d ever make it that long.  He’s been pitching well lately, however. So well, in fact, that it’s not too hard to imagine him being a solid starter again for…

  16. Looking back to the last notable phantom HBP: A.J. Pierzynski

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I had forgotten, but Jonny5 reminded me in the comments that A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base back in April.  I commented on it at the time. The fact that I used it to leap into a pro wrestling digression is evidence that I didn’t think Pierzynski’s act was some awful transgression…

  17. Will the phantom HBP change the way people think about Derek Jeter?

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:50 AM EDT

    In the grand scheme of things it was a silly little play. But is it the kind of thing that will change the Derek Jeter Can Do No Wrong narrative we’ve been hearing for the past 15 years?

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:52 AM EDT

    When I saw you break down in front of the ump and cry real tears,
    It was the best acting I saw anybody do.

  19. Jason Bay says a return this year is now "highly unlikely"

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    The hits keep coming for this Mets organization. Outfielder Jason Bay told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Wednesday that he is “highly unlikely” to return to the big leagues this season despite showing signs of progress…

  20. Mets' Jenrry Mejia leaves start with shoulder strain

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    Uh oh. According to SNY, via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Mets youngster Jenrry Mejia was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Pirates due to an “acute strain of the muscle…

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