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  1. What we're watching: Lincecum vs. Pedro

    Sep 3, 2009, 4:45 PM EDT

    - The Red Sox and Rays will finish off their three-game series with young guns Clay Buchholz and David Price on the mound. Buchholz took a shutout into the ninth and struck out nine in a win over the Blue Jays last time out. Price is also coming off one of his best starts of…

  2. Classic moments in BBWAA buffoonery: Take 1

    Sep 3, 2009, 4:13 PM EDT

    Since it seems we’re all set up for at least one and and maybe two potentially lousy choices in AL award balloting, I thought it’d be fun to look at some historical low points. I’ll take suggestions for future episodes — I could probably do a week’s worth of blogs on 1987 alone — but…

  3. Link-O-Rama: The legend of Joey Gathright

    Sep 3, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

    * Not only can new Red Sox pinch-runner Joey Gathright jump over parked cars, he probably could have snapped Julian Tavarez’s neck like a twig a few years ago and instead restrained himself. * Mariano Rivera could be unavailable for a few games because of a strained groin, which has apparently bothered him since mid-August.…

  4. Cameron 'willing to make a sacrifice' to stay in Milwaukee

    Sep 3, 2009, 2:16 PM EDT

    Impending free agent Mike Cameron said yesterday that he’d like to remain in Milwaukee beyond this season and “would be willing to make a sacrifice to make that happen.” Cameron is earning $10 million this season and would fetch the Brewers draft-pick compensation as a Type B free agent if he leaves, although they’d have…

  5. Rookie hurlers Cahill, Porcello having interesting seasons

    Sep 3, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT

    A’s rookie Trevor Cahill set a new team record for most home runs allowed at home by serving up his 20th bomb at the Oakland Coliseum last night. Cahill has allowed 20 homers in 100.2 innings at home, but just six homers in 57.2 innings on the road, which is odd given that Oakland’s ballpark…

  6. Knee injury, 6.81 ERA get Washburn skipped

    Sep 3, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

    Asked yesterday about reports that he’s been pitching through a knee injury, Jarrod Washburn said: “It’s not new news. It’s been bothering me for three or four months.” Of course, three or four months ago Washburn was pitching well in Seattle and now he’s sporting a 6.81 ERA in six starts with Detroit. This afternoon…

  7. Link-O-Rama: A-Rod notches 2,500 career hit

    Sep 3, 2009, 11:42 AM EDT

    * Last night Alex Rodriguez delivered his 2,500th career hit, which is remarkable given that this is his age-33 season. The only players in baseball history with more hits than Rodriguez through the age of 33 are Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Mel Ott, and Jimmie Foxx. And he can pass Foxx…

  8. Huston Street is going to be out a while, but the Rockies should survive

    Sep 3, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

    Moving from San Francisco to Colorado, the Rockies look to be without their closer for the foreseeable future: His arm caked in ice, his right biceps tendon hooked up to an electronic stimulator, Huston Street contemplated what will become of his season. “Right now it’s wait-and-see and hope the inflammation dies down a little bit,”…

  9. Buster Posey's callup is a play for the present and the future

    Sep 3, 2009, 10:22 AM EDT

    Henry Schulman asks if the Giants’ surprise callup of Buster Posey is designed to “light a fire” under Bengie Molina.  Call me crazy, but when you’re in a tight race for the final playoff spot, your starting catcher is hurt, and your team’s best prospect, also a catcher, just put up a .900+ OPS across two levels…

  10. Mariano Rivera is not worthy of the Cy Young

    Sep 3, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    John Harper disagrees: The man they call Mo is deserving, to be sure. And even though a hot September from starters such as Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia, Felix Hernandez or Josh Beckett could make any of them the front-runner for the award, none is having the kind of lights-out season that would all…

  11. Ricciardi takes the blame for the Blue Jays' woes

    Sep 3, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    J.P. Ricciardi falls on his sword: Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi refuses to make any excuses about his club’s dismal performance this season and willingly takes the blame. “I take full responsibility for what’s going on,” Ricciardi said last night as the Jays wrapped up a four-game series against the Rangers. “The team’s…

  12. The Braves will have some choices to make this winter

    Sep 3, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    Atlanta is still right in the thick of the wild card race, but even so, the lure of the hot stove is undeniable given their relative embarrassment of starting pitching riches. As MLB.com’s Mark Bowman notes, other teams are thinking about it too: The Rockies and D-backs both sent scouts to watch Tim Hudson make…

  13. The Rays' "reallocation of resources"

    Sep 3, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg will not stand for anyone accusing his team of dumping salary. His comments yesterday when asked if the Scott Kazmir trade was just that: “I think any real fan who looked at it could clearly see that it’s not a salary dump . . . We live within our means. It’s…

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

    Sep 3, 2009, 5:55 AM EDT

    Giants 4, Phillies 0: See a Penny, pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck (8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER). Padres 7, Nationals 0: The Nats hit two first-inning singles off Kevin Correia, but then he set down 19 in a row. This awful stretch the Nats are in has likely…

  15. Daily Dose: Sore hammy sidelines Young

    Sep 3, 2009, 1:42 AM EDT

    Texas’ playoff chances took a big hit Wednesday, as Michael Young was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring that’s expected to sideline him at least two weeks. Not only does losing Young hurt because he’s hit .322/.376/.524 with 59 extra-base hits, the Rangers’ alternatives at third base are underwhelming. Chris Davis got the start Wednesday,…

  16. Check your head, David Wright

    Sep 3, 2009, 12:35 AM EDT

    We had some fun at David Wright’s expense last night. Now it’s not normal operating procedure around here to make light of a guy coming back from a concussion, but since his Mets teammates didn’t hold back, and Wright himself was able to laugh at himself, we figured he was fair game. The joviality continues…

  17. R.I.P. Marlins: Uggla says Ramirez doesn't care

    Sep 2, 2009, 6:46 PM EDT

    Well it was a nice run while it lasted, Marlins fans. As the Fish continue to slide in the standings — five back in NL wild-card race, 9 1/2 behind the Phillies — the level of frustration is on the rise, witness what happened in the clubhouse today: (via AP) A frustrated and injured Hanley…

  18. Schilling considers bid for Kennedy's Senate seat

    Sep 2, 2009, 5:18 PM EDT

    It’s a long shot, but that won’t stop all of the fun specuation. Retired 200-game winner Curt Schilling on Wednesday told NECN that he hadn’t ruled out running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by the late Ted Kennedy. The AP story can be found here.

  19. Restoring the rosters: No. 7 – Colorado

    Sep 2, 2009, 5:08 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…

  20. What we're watching: Beckett looks to bounce back

    Sep 2, 2009, 4:33 PM EDT

    - Brad Penny makes his first start for the Giants in a big game against Philadelphia. The Phillies won a sterling contest 1-0 last night, as Cole Hamels pitched a two-hit shutout to outduel Jonathan Sanchez. That allowed the Rockies to reclaim a one-game lead in the wild-card race. The Giants will likely need a…

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