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  1. Astros' Hampton to miss all of 2010 after surgery

    Sep 15, 2009, 6:07 PM EDT

    The news couldn’t have been much worse for Mike Hampton on Tuesday, as the free-agent-to-be was diagnosed with a completely torn rotator cuff during surgery. He also needed work done on his labrum, and he’s expected to miss all of 2010. Before going down in mid-August, Hampton had made 21 starts this year, his highest…

  2. Stat of the day: Triple-A ERA leaders

    Sep 15, 2009, 4:56 PM EDT

    International League top 10 1. Carlos Torres (White Sox) – 2.39 2. Matt Maloney (Reds) – 3.08 3. Michael Bowden (Red Sox) – 3.13 4. Justin Lehr (Reds) – 3.31 5. Kyle Kendrick (Phillies) – 3.34 6. Drew Carpenter (Phillies) – 3.35 7. Wade Davis (Rays) – 3.40 8. Daniel McCutchen (Pirates) – 3.46 9.…

  3. What we're watching: Dice-K returns vs. Halos

    Sep 15, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    - Now up five games over the Rangers in the loss column, the Red Sox have some margin for error in the wild-card chase. However, making tonight’s game particularly important is that Daisuke Matsuzaka will be rejoining the rotation and facing likely ALDS opponent Los Angeles. Matsuzaka last pitched in the majors on June 19,…

  4. They may be bad, but the A's aren't 'playing softball' any more

    Sep 15, 2009, 3:03 PM EDT

    Just because Ken Tremendous and company have hung up their keyboards, I’ll give this a shot. During his weekly chat session on ESPN.com this morning Joe Morgan responded to a question asking, “What do the Oakland A’s need to do be competitive again?” Become more athletic. Sometimes, when I look at the A’s players, I…

  5. Report: Cubs 'plan on shopping' Carlos Zambrano

    Sep 15, 2009, 1:38 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs “plan on shopping” Carlos Zambrano this offseason, but the odds of a trade seem fairly slim. The most obvious hurdle is that Zambrano has a full no-trade clause as part of the five-year extension that he signed in August of 2007, but even assuming that…

  6. Quote of the Day: 'What have I seen from Rios? A lot of outs.'

    Sep 15, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, on what he’s seen from Alex Rios since the White Sox claimed him off waivers last month: What have I seen from Rios? A lot of outs. The only batting ninth guy making $5 million was me. This mother [bleeper] is making $10, $12, $14 million, he ain’t going to be batting ninth…

  7. Link-O-Rama: Cubs trying to re-sign Grabow

    Sep 15, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    * Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that “the Cubs have begun talks with left-handed pitcher John Grabow on a two-year contract extension.” An impending free agent who was acquired from the Pirates just before the July 31 trading deadline, Grabow has a 2.41 ERA and 12/11 K/BB ratio in 18.2 innings for the Cubs. Lou…

  8. Mauer, Sizemore, Fielder and the 20% Club

    Sep 15, 2009, 10:53 AM EDT

    The excellent blog Jorge Says No! has an interesting post up this morning looking at those players who make 20% or more of their team’s total payroll. By JSN’s count, there are only four members of that club: Michael Young, Barry Zito, Brian Giles and Todd Helton.  Giles back-doored into that club via the Padres’ payroll…

  9. Can't keep a Cubs fan down

    Sep 15, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    At least this one: The Cubs have been out of the race for a couple of weeks now, but the first thing I did when I woke up this morning was check the score of the Rockies game.  The Cubs won 2-0 last night behind Ryan Dempster and a defense that has improved markedly since…

  10. The Red Sox start printing playoff tickets

    Sep 15, 2009, 9:52 AM EDT

    Well, kind of: they’re allowing people to register for a drawing for a chance to buy ALDS tickets as of noon today.  The results of the drawing will be next week.  The lucky winners will have the opportunity to pay $130 for field box and loge box seats, $100 for pavilion, $55 for the grandstand,…

  11. More "God Bless America" litigation

    Sep 15, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Someone tell me, because I always get this mixed up: are you supposed to stand during George Gershwin songs too, or only Irving Berlin songs?  And what if a ballpark starts playing Neil Diamond’s “America” during the stretch?  Does that require standing?  So confusing . . . In a lawsuit filed last week in federal…

  12. Papelbon for the Cy Young? Er, no. Not a chance.

    Sep 15, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    The lack of any real playoff drama this year has led to a dramatic increase in the number of newspapers pimping their local boys for postseason hardware. The latest: Jonathan Papelbon: His core numbers are excellent: a 1.89 ERA and 36 saves. But anyone who has watched him – or looked up how many hits…

  13. The Dbacks can't seriously be thinking of declining Webb's option

    Sep 15, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets “Brandon Webb’s rehab is going well, but the Dbacks don’t plan to pick up his $8.5 million option. They will try to negotiate a 1-year deal.” The problem with a 140-character limit is that it prevents a guy like Nightengale from explaining why a team would pass up on the…

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

    Sep 15, 2009, 5:40 AM EDT

    Giants 9, Rockies 1: Lincecum comes back after missing a start and looks pretty good. He’s been sharper — he gave up six hits and walked four — but he struck out 11 and gave up a single run in seven innings. San Francisco climbs to three and a half of back of the Rockies.…

  15. Daily Dose: Back injury shuts down Morneau

    Sep 15, 2009, 2:05 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau captured the AL MVP in 2006 largely because of the perception that he carried the Twins down the stretch, but for the most part his career has been filled with strong starts and poor finishes. In seven seasons Morneau has batted .297 and slugged .543 in April, May, June, and July compared to…

  16. Tejada stealing signs? Astros are outraged

    Sep 15, 2009, 12:26 AM EDT

    A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times brought to light a story about the 2001 Oakland A’s, and how some of the players were concerned that their star shortstop Miguel Tejada was tipping pitches to friends on opposing teams. Tejada denied the accusations, his teammates ended up backing him up, and nothing came of…

  17. Hudson, Braves after long-term deal?

    Sep 14, 2009, 11:16 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson is beating the drum for a contract extension in Atlanta, bringing up the phrase “hometown discount” in reference to possibly turning his $12 million option for 2010 into a multi-year deal instead (from MLB.com): “I would be glad if they picked up the option,” Hudson said. “But it’s one of those things if…

  18. Stat of the Day: Triple-A OPS leaders

    Sep 14, 2009, 5:10 PM EDT

    PCL Top 10 1. John Bowker (Giants) – 1047 2. Sean Rodriguez (Angels) – 1017 3. Mitch Jones (Dodgers) – 1015 4. Randy Ruiz (Blue Jays) – 976 5. Allen Craig (Cardinals) – 921 6. Brandon Wood (Angels) – 910 7. Chris Shelton (Mariners) – 905 8. Dee Brown (Dodgers) – 905 9. Adam Heether…

  19. What we're watching: Halos, Bombers collide

    Sep 14, 2009, 4:28 PM EDT

    - The teams with the two best records in baseball are set to play tonight, as the Angels travel to Yankee Stadium for a makeup game. Jered Weaver, who is 15-5 with 3.76 ERA, will be opposed by three-inning starter Joba Chamberlain. The Angels currently trail the Yankees by five games as the two vie…

  20. Quote of the Day: 'If I blow it out, I blow it out'

    Sep 14, 2009, 3:24 PM EDT

    Randy Johnson, on still wanting to return to the Giants this season as a reliever despite the 46-year-old’s torn rotator cuff and the team’s 4.5-game Wild Card deficit: I felt I owed it to everybody in this clubhouse to come back. I owed it to the ownership, and I owed it to myself. It would…

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