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  1. The Yankees to price playoff tickets in a relatively reasonable manner

    Sep 1, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

    The team that hasn’t passed up an opportunity to gouge its fans all year passes up an opportunity to gouge its fans: The Yankees today announced 2009 postseason ticket pricing for potential games at Yankee Stadium in the American League Division Series, American League Championship Series and World Series. Prices for the vast majority of…

  2. The Twins have the dough to sign Mauer. They should do it ASAP.

    Sep 1, 2009, 10:20 AM EDT

    Twins’ president David St. Peter is telling the Pioneer Press that, yes, the money is there: Joe Mauer, the Twins all-star, Gold Glove winner and batting champion, can become a free agent after next season. Negotiations will begin after this season. Will the Twins be able to afford Mauer? “Yeah, we can afford him,” team President Dave…

  3. Brandon Phillips has an enemies list

    Sep 1, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips was hit on his wrist during a game against the Nats on August 15th, and claims he has a hairline fracture. Like any normal human being, Phillips has written the perpetrator’s name down in permanent marker and has vowed revenge: “J.D. Martin,” Phillips said. “You can look at my hat and his name…

  4. Detroit continues to desecrate the corpse of Tiger Stadium

    Sep 1, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    Mel Gibson’s death scene in “Braveheart” didn’t last this long: Old Glory still flies in Tiger Stadium’s center field, surrounded by foothills of concrete and twisted steel, shards of scrunched up plastic. The half-gutted carcass of an elevator shaft looms high over the rubble, bearing witness to incomplete destruction, bureaucratic folly, bad timing and the…

  5. Furcal family forced to evacuate

    Sep 1, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    I have no idea how ballplayers function when stuff happens with their families while they’re on the road: While in Denver on Thursday, Rafael Furcal got an alarming call from his wife. Authorities had issued a mandatory evacuation of their Flintridge neighborhood as the raging Station Fire approached, and she didn’t know what to do.…

  6. Jerry Hairston takes the blame for Pettitte losing his perfecto

    Sep 1, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    If a guy makes an error that costs his pitcher a perfect game, and the very next hitter laces a single into the outfield, my sense of it is that you can’t really dwell on the error, because, hey, the no-no and perfecto would have been gone a minute later anyway.  Then again, I don’t…

  7. And That Happened: Monday's scores and highlights

    Sep 1, 2009, 5:46 AM EDT

    Reds 4, Pirates 3; Reds 6, Pirates 3: Darnell McDonald scored on a wild pitch by Jesse Chavez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to win the first game of the doubleheader. There was no one there. Like, 2000 people. Which is a crime considering how nice a day it was in…

  8. Arms race in NL West: Dodgers add Thome, Garland; Rockies get Contreras

    Sep 1, 2009, 1:19 AM EDT

    The Brad Penny pickup set off a chain reaction in the NL West, as the two remaining contenders also picked up pieces before the Monday night deadline to have new acquisitions qualify for postseason play. The Dodgers landed a potential Hall of Famer in Jim Thome, but right-hander Jon Garland may well prove to be…

  9. Daily Dose: Hardy back in Milwaukee

    Sep 1, 2009, 12:27 AM EDT

    J.J. Hardy is headed back to Milwaukee now that rosters have expanded, but three weeks spent at Triple-A is just enough time to delay his free agency by another year. Rather than being arbitration eligible for the final time next season Hardy is under the Brewers’ control through 2011, which should come in handy when…

  10. Never leave your ring on the sink

    Sep 1, 2009, 12:15 AM EDT

    Have you seen this ring? It would be hard to miss. Police are investigating the disappearance of a 2008 World Series championship ring, which a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization has lost. The ring, which is worth $15,000 and contains more than 100 diamonds, is not considered stolen at this point, just missing. The…

  11. Not the Washburn the Tigers were looking for

    Aug 31, 2009, 9:23 PM EDT

    The Detroit Tigers must feel like the Mariners pulled some sort of elaborate switcheroo, sending them Jared Fogle, not Jarrod Washburn, in that deadline deal back in July. The veteran left-hander, who used an improved Mariners outfield defense, a spacious park, and the heavy Seattle air to put together an amazing first half, has simply…

  12. Restoring the rosters: No. 9 – Toronto

    Aug 31, 2009, 5:02 PM EDT

    This is part of a series of articles examining what every team’s roster would look like if given only the players it originally signed. I’m compiling the rosters, ranking them and presenting them in a countdown from Nos. 30 to 1. No. 30 – Cincinnati No. 29 – Kansas City No. 28 – San Diego…

  13. Giants look to bolster rotation with Penny

    Aug 31, 2009, 4:49 PM EDT

    It’s worked out well for the Cardinals, so now the Giants will try to give their rotation a boost by picking up one of Boston’s castoffs. In this case, it’s Brad Penny, who went 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA in his first and possibly last stint in the American League. Penny’s lack of success wasn’t…

  14. What we're watching: Kawakami vs. Johnson

    Aug 31, 2009, 4:31 PM EDT

    - Tim Hudson versus Josh Johnson would have been tonight’s premier matchup, but the Braves have pushed Hudson back and opted to go with Kenshin Kawakami instead. Kawakami has lost both of his starts against the Marlins this season, amassing an 8.44 ERA in 10 2/3 innings. The last loss was in a matchup against…

  15. Link-O-Rama: Pirates have mastered losing in Milwaukee

    Aug 31, 2009, 3:21 PM EDT

    * Yesterday the Pirates lost in Milwaukee for the 21st straight time, which as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes is the the fifth-longest streak in baseball history for one team losing in a road city. As manager John Russell put it: “I don’t have an answer for that. It’s a lot of games.” The amazing thing…

  16. Phillies prospect Drabek is healthy, but shut down for the year

    Aug 31, 2009, 2:34 PM EDT

    Phillies prospect Kyle Drabek, who was reportedly deemed “off limits” in trade talks with the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay, has been shut down for the rest of this season and won’t pitch in the Arizona Fall League or Florida Instructional League after logging 158 innings between high Single-A and Double-A. He’s not injured, so…

  17. Soto goes from Rookie of the Year to benched

    Aug 31, 2009, 1:33 PM EDT

    Last year Geovany Soto turned in one of the greatest rookie seasons ever from a catcher, hitting .285/.364/.504 with 23 homers, 35 doubles, and 62 walks in 141 games while gunning down 27 percent of steal attempts and helping Cubs pitchers post a 3.80 ERA when he was behind the plate. He started the All-Star…

  18. Report: Rich Harden staying in Chicago

    Aug 31, 2009, 12:35 PM EDT

    To the surprise of absolutely no one, Bruce Levine of reports that Rich Harden will remain with the Cubs because the Twins failed to work out a trade after claiming him off waivers. Harden is an impending free agent, so assuming the Cubs offer him arbitration and he declines they’ll receive draft-pick compensation if…

  19. Link-O-Rama: Big workload gets Lincecum extra rest

    Aug 31, 2009, 11:42 AM EDT

    * Tim Lincecum’s next start has been pushed back one day after he threw a season-high 127 pitches while shutting out the Rockies for eight innings Friday. Lincecum has thrown 115 or more pitches in six of his last seven outings, so the Giants are definitely riding their 25-year-old ace extremely hard. * As expected…

  20. Should the Twins trade for Rich Harden?

    Aug 31, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

    There are reports that Minnesota is not willing to pay the price on their waiver claim of Rich Harden, but Phil Rogers of the Tribune says that “Twins general manager Bill Smith is going to wake up Monday, consider how catchable the Detroit Tigers remain and pay the price.” I dunno. The Twins are 4.5…

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