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  1. Quick hits: Peavy's debut

    Sep 19, 2009, 6:41 PM EDT

    - We’ve seen plenty of stops and starts, but the time has finally come. Jake Peavy is moments away from making his White Sox debut against the Royals. Too bad the start doesn’t mean anything, as the White Sox have lost three in a row, unable to take advantage of the Tigers’ recent struggles. Of…

  2. What went wrong: Kansas City Royals

    Sep 19, 2009, 1:44 PM EDT

    The following is the latest in a series profiling some of 2009’s biggest disappointments: Two weeks ago: Cleveland Indians Last week: Cincinnati Reds This Week: Kansas City Royals Record: 60-87 (5th in AL Central) How It Happened: It seems like forever ago, but the Royals sat atop the AL Central on May 7 with an…

  3. Stat of the day: Times on base leaders

    Sep 19, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT

    Taken from Stats, LLC 1) Albert Pujols – 285 2) Prince Fielder – 268 3) Chone Figgins – 264 4) Derek Jeter – 263 5) Chase Utley – 259 6) Marco Scutaro – 255 7) Hanley Ramirez – 252 8) Adam Dunn – 249 9) Adrian Gonzalez – 248 10) Shin-Soo Choo and Mark Teixeira…

  4. Potent quotables: Playoff chase edition

    Sep 19, 2009, 1:04 PM EDT

    “You can skew that any way you want. We’ve got a good pitching staff and they (hitters) seem to lock in on us. When we do leave a pitch up, they lick their chops. They go at it like a rabid dog.” – Brandon Inge explains how the Twins cut the Tigers lead in the…

  5. Reimold's ROY bid shut down by Achilles' tendon injury

    Sep 18, 2009, 4:59 PM EDT

    Rookie of the Year candidate Nolan Reimold was shut down by the Orioles on Friday, with the simultaneous announcement that he’d undergo surgery for an Achilles’ tendon injury next Wednesday.  He’s expected to need 3-4 months to recover, giving him plenty of time to get ready for spring training.   Reimold was the most productive…

  6. Top 111 Free agents: Nos. 90-71

    Sep 18, 2009, 4:08 PM EDT

    This is part two in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos 111-91 90. Chad Tracy (29) – Prev. #72 – Tracy, who posted a…

  7. Bullpen looks like Phillies' only weakness

    Sep 18, 2009, 2:33 PM EDT

    Prior to Brad Lidge’s arrival Brett Myers served as the Phillies’ closer for most of 2007, converting 21-of-24 saves with a 2.87 ERA and 64/18 K/BB ratio in 53.1 innings as a reliever. Myers has spent most of this season on the disabled list following hip surgery, but with four scoreless appearances in five tries…

  8. Curt Schilling's approval rating is surprisingly low

    Sep 18, 2009, 1:38 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling’s first season in Boston was 2004, and he went 21-6 with a 3.29 ERA in the regular season and 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA (and one bloody sock) in the playoffs as the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918. Three seasons later a 40-year-old Schilling went 3-0 with a 3.00…

  9. Kendrick on fire since returning from minors

    Sep 18, 2009, 12:45 PM EDT

    Last night the Angels bounced back from Wednesday’s umpire-aided loss to the Red Sox, picking up a one-run win at Fenway Park thanks in large part to Howie Kendrick. Kendrick homered off Josh Beckett early and then delivered a go-ahead single off Billy Wagner late, with embattled closer Brian Fuentes getting the final two outs…

  10. Link-O-Rama: Alvarez powers Team USA in World Cup

    Sep 18, 2009, 11:53 AM EDT

    * Pirates prospect and 2008 first-round pick Pedro Alvarez smacked three homers yesterday as the United States blew out Chinese Taipei in the World Cup. Team USA is now 6-1 in the tournament, including 4-0 in the second round. * Believe it or not the smallest gap in any division right now belongs to the…

  11. The Padres pitchers are very tall

    Sep 18, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    The San Diego Union-Tribune has a fun article today about how their pitching staff has grown over the course of the season: Remarkable as it is that he’s not even the Padres’ tallest pitcher — that would still be 6-10 veteran Chris Young — [Adam] Russell isn’t that much taller than five others on the…

  12. The Rangers catching situation does a 180

    Sep 18, 2009, 10:22 AM EDT

    Almost exactly one year ago, MLB Trade Rumors wrote this: The Rangers have the game’s best catching surplus, with Laird, Teagarden, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Max Ramirez. Today, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan says that the Rangers are seriously thinking about signing Pudge to an extension.  And it makes sense, too. People were throwing around names like Clay…

  13. Sox-Angels ump admits to being fooled; poor judgment; and making makeup calls

    Sep 18, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    Yesterday we debated whether or not umpires react to crowd noise and stuff like that. Today comes evidence that other subjective factors color their calls as well: Umpire Rick Reed acknowledged Thursday that his ball-four call on a ninth-inning pitch by Angels closer Brian Fuentes to Nick Green on Wednesday night “very well could have…

  14. DiMaggio was an arrogant jerk; Whitey Ford doctored the ball, says wife-swapper

    Sep 18, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    Despite winning 133 games, former Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson will always be remembered as the guy who swapped wives with his teammate Mike Kekich. He has come out with a new book now, and it may prove memorable as well.  While it doesn’t sound like a scandalous tell-all, he does describe Joe DiMaggio as “arrogant…

  15. Quote of the Day: Joe Torre

    Sep 18, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    “Red Sox-Yankees, that’s as crazy as it gets.” – Dodgers manager Joe Torre, doing whatever he can to support the thesis of L.A. Time writer Kevin Baxter that the Dodgers-Giants rivalry ain’t what it used to be. Torre is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t here. West coasters probably aren’t happy with him…

  16. The Royals sign Aaron Crow

    Sep 18, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    After taking a year to play independent league ball and avoid becoming a Washington National, Aaron Crow has signed with the Royals.  The deal: a three-year Major League contract that guarantees $3 million and could be worth $4.5 million if he reaches the big leagues. Last year he was picked ninth.  Without a slot to…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday's scores and highlights

    Sep 18, 2009, 5:41 AM EDT

    Royals 9, Tigers 2: Five shutout innings by Greinke lowers his ERA to 2.14. No starter has been that low to finish the season since Clemens in 2005. No non-jackass starter has had one that low since Pedro in 2000. Allow me to echo Aaron in asking for someone to please explain to me again…

  18. Daily Dose: Short but sweet for Greinke

    Sep 18, 2009, 1:01 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke got some rare run support from the Royals’ lineup Thursday afternoon, picking up his 14th win to hopefully help Cy Young voters realize that he’s clearly the best pitcher in the league in spite of awful teammates. The bad news is that Greinke left after five shutout innings because his right elbow was…

  19. Carting Aaron Harang around just got easier

    Sep 17, 2009, 11:57 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang, the Reds’ veteran pitcher, got some nice publicity on Thursday when news broke that he had purchased a golf cart for the Reds clubhouse attendants. It’s a souped-up, cherry-red model, with six seats, an operational horn, and even a roof. Harang has been on the DL since Aug. 23 after undergoing an emergency…

  20. Ex-Cubbie scrounging for tuition money

    Sep 17, 2009, 9:27 PM EDT

    The sale of the Chicago Cubs has hit a road block. Former Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston, a two-time All-Star, has filed an objection to the sale of the team to the family of billionaire Joe Ricketts, claiming that the team still owes him college scholarship money. In a handwritten, one-paragraph statement docketed by the court…

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