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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Hoffman 'would really like to come back' to Brewers

    Sep 14, 2009, 2:26 PM EDT

    Apparently veteran players like Milwaukee. On the heels of Mike Cameron saying last week that he “would be willing to make a sacrifice” to re-sign with the Brewers, fellow impending free agent Trevor Hoffman said yesterday that he “would really like to come back” for another season. I don’t want to start over in an…

  14. When is a strikeout just like any other out?

    Sep 14, 2009, 1:27 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds is hitting .274/.367/.575 with 41 homers, 28 doubles, 72 walks, and 94 RBIs in 137 games. Adam Dunn is hitting .282/.410/.563 with 37 homers, 27 doubles, 104 walks, and 99 RBIs in 142 games. They rank fourth and eighth among NL hitters in OPS, respectively. And yet people continue to make a big…

  15. Link-O-Rama: Oswalt hoping to make Tuesday start despite back spasms

    Sep 14, 2009, 12:49 PM EDT

    * Roy Oswalt complained of back spasms after getting rocked for six runs on 10 hits in two innings last week, but remains on track to make his scheduled Tuesday start. “He’s going to go on Tuesday,” manager Cecil Cooper said. “We’ll have a backup plan, but that’s the day he’s going to go.” Oswalt…

  16. Joe Girardi is gonna get fined

    Sep 14, 2009, 10:59 AM EDT

    FYI:  If you’re currently involved in a criminal conspiracy with Joe Girardi and a bunch of other guys and you can feel the heat starting to come down, you can probably assume that Girardi is the snitch:  “The reason I made that pitching change is that I didn’t want (Bruney) to throw a ton of pitches…

  17. What cap would Vlad wear in the Hall of Fame?

    Sep 14, 2009, 10:38 AM EDT

    I’m not 100% certain that Vlad Guerrero would make the Hall of Fame if he retired today.  He probably should, but after spending his entire career playing in obscurity and/or the west coast, one wonders if he looms as large in the minds of Hall of Fame voters as his accomplishments warrant.  But let’s say…

  18. The Sox never backed up the truck for Roy Halladay

    Sep 14, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    A lot of people thought that J.P. Ricciardi — or whoever it was that was calling the shots in Toronto back in July — screwed up royal by not taking the Red Sox’ generous offer for Roy Halladay. As I wrote at the time, however, no one was on record actually confirming that the Sox…

  19. Wanna buy Lenny Dykstra's World Series ring?

    Sep 14, 2009, 10:10 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra’s post-playing days have been nothing if not colorful. He ran a chain of car washes, then built himself into some sort of financial guru, becoming a columnist for TheStreet.com, starting a magazine that counseled athletes about how to invest their money, bought Wayne Gretzky’s mansion, had people make all kinds of steroids allegations…

  20. Willie Mays could've been a Yankee

    Sep 14, 2009, 9:45 AM EDT

    Between 1951 and 1973, the Yankees won 12 pennants and seven World Championships. Between 1951 and 1973, Willie Mays established himself as the greatest centerfielder in the history of baseball, and depending on how you measure it, one of the top three or four players of all time (I got Ruth and Wagner 1-2, and…

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