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  1. Hamilton open to — but not requesting — a position change

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    Let me preface this with a calming word: Josh Hamilton is not going to move from the outfield to first base, at least not this season. But it has been discussed. Hamilton told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday that he would be open to — but is not requesting — a position change…

  2. Report: D'Backs will remove interim tag from Kirk Gibson

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:41 PM EDT

    If you’re a baseball fan and a user of the social media site “Twitter,” you probably follow the day-to-day operations of former Nationals GM Jim Bowden.  He is working for XM Satellite Radio and FOX Sports Radio these days and has misfired on a host of “breaking” stories, but he also provides strong information from…

  3. Chris Getz shut down for rest of 2010 due to concussion

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    Here we have some good news and bad news. The good? Major league teams are beginning to take concussions seriously. The bad? According to’s Alex DiFilippo, Royals infielder Chris Getz has been shut down for…

  4. Hanley Ramirez could be shut down with sore elbow

    Sep 22, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

    Still hurting Tuesday in his return to Florida’s lineup after getting five days off, Hanley Ramirez could be shut down for the rest of the season because of an elbow injury. Ramirez began experiencing discomfort in his non-throwing elbow about a week before the Marlins decided to shut him down. He was given five straight…

  5. Achilles' tendon intact for gimpy Jim Edmonds

    Sep 22, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    Even if it’s only hanging by a thread. Jim Edmonds, who thought he had finally blew out his troublesome right Achilles’ tendon in a home run trot Tuesday, had tests come back negative today, leaving open the possibility that he could play again this season. “It didn’t blow out or tear,” he told the Cincinnati…

  6. Russell Branyan out with pizza parlor injury

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Russell Branyan is hurt. They way he did it beats sneezing or falling down carrying deer meat or washing your truck or what have you. I mean, hey, at least he got pizza: “On the off day last week, I took my family to a pizza parlor,” Branyan said. “They had plastic chairs, and after…

  7. The Red Man has been released from prison

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Well, he’s really a “Red Boy” and it was less prison than juvie: A costumed Phillies fan who ran onto the field and briefly eluded security guards during a game at Citizens Bank Park has been released from juvenile detention. The parents of 17-year-old Sean Hagan of Philadelphia picked him up Tuesday afternoon.  Gary and…

  8. Yadier Molina to undergo MRI exam on sore right knee

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina has been playing through knee soreness since late August, but has left the Cardinals on their road trip to Pittsburgh and traveled back to St. Louis to undergo an MRI exam. “We’ve been watching it closely,” manager Tony La Russa told Matthew Leach of “For him to agree to get it checked,…

  9. HBT Daily: The Twins, the Rangers and Joe Torre

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany is back from an excursion to Utah (Utah?) and today we discuss the central division champs, Josh Hamilton’s ribs and Joe Torre’s integrity.

  10. James Loney on Dodgers' struggles: "At times teams played harder than us"

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    With the Dodgers being officially eliminated from the playoff race yesterday Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times asked first baseman James Loney “what went wrong this season” and his response was interesting: At times, teams played harder than us. I think we want to win. We want to finish it. We want to win…

  11. The Creation of a Braves fan. This Braves fan.

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    A commenter implied today that I root for the Braves because they were so good and because I’m a frontrunner. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  12. Diamondbacks set all-time record for strikeouts in a season

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Last night the Diamondbacks set a new MLB single-season record for most strikeouts by a team, with 1,403. Because they’re in last place I’m sure plenty of fans and media members will make a big deal out of all the strikeouts being a terrible thing, but it’s important to note that the Diamondbacks have scored…

  13. Jon Paul Morosi explains his awards voting criteria

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    I’ve taken some shots at Jon Paul Morosi’s recent writings on post season awards — specifically his choice of Miguel Cabrera over Josh Hamilton for MVP and CC Sabathia or David Price over Felix Hernandez — so I would be remiss in not linking to a post in which he explains how he reaches his…

  14. Nick Markakis makes doubles history with Hall of Famers Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Last night Nick Markakis became just the third player in baseball history to hit 43 or more doubles in four consecutive seasons, joining a pair of Hall of Famers from the first half of the 20th century in Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick. Making the cutoff 43 doubles is obviously kind of arbitrary and in…

  15. Tyler Colvin was released from the hospital today

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tyler Colvin was released from a Miami hospital this afternoon, three days after his chest was punctured by a broken bat. Colvin has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season and Carrie Muskat of reports that he may not even rejoin the Cubs for the final two weeks. For now he’s…

  16. No dimension changes for Citi Field

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    This stinks. I’m kind of partial to the Eighth Dimension. I think some good baseball could be played there: The toughest ballpark in which to hit home runs in the National League is not expected to have any dimension changes or altered wall heights for 2011, according to a source familiar with the plans of…

  17. Bryce Harper is quickly becoming the most unlikeable player in the game

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    You’re going to be shocked by this, but Bryce “120 percent” Harper’s sports rooting interests all happen to be the teams insufferable front runners with no geographic connection happen to root for: The Cowboys, the Yankees, the Lakers and Duke. Why do you like the Cowboys, Bryce? “Why do I like the Cowboys?” Harper repeated.…

  18. Jerry Dipoto resigns from Diamondbacks after losing GM job to Kevin Towers

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Passed over for the general manager job that officially went to Kevin Towers earlier this afternoon, former interim general manager Jerry Dipoto reportedly informed the Diamondbacks that he’s resigning. There was some speculation that Towers would ask Dipoto to stick around in the organization and perhaps he did just that, but it’s also understandable that…

  19. Not drawing any fans to the ballpark? Here's an option

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    You could always, I dunno, stretch giant pieces of vinyl with photos of fans on them over the seats to make it look like you have a full house. In a bid to improve the ambiance, make its games look better on TV, earn a little extra advertising revenue and save a little money on…

  20. Brewers hitting coach says Alcides Escobar "has to change his mechanics"

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Alcides Escobar was benched yesterday in the midst of 0-for-18 and 3-for-38 slumps, and Brewers hitting coach Dave Sveum told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the rookie shortstop has a flaw in his swing: He has to change his mechanics. What he’s doing won’t hold up to big-league pitching on a consistent…

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