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  1. Nats lose Morgan to broken hand

    Aug 27, 2009, 6:34 PM EDT

    Well, that’s one of the risks that comes with stealing bases. Nyjer Morgan broke his left hand on a head-first slide on Thursday and will likely miss at least a month, if not the rest of the season. Morgan, who had excelled as the Nationals’ center fielder since coming over from the Pirates, was hurt…

  2. Restoring the rosters: No. 13 – Cleveland

    Aug 27, 2009, 4:57 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…

  3. We're No.1 (or maybe No. 2)!

    Aug 27, 2009, 4:02 PM EDT

    This is very exciting news, though the results are far from official. As I’ve mentioned in this spot previously, I’m participating in Tom Tango’s Forecasters Challenge, which has 22 forecasters and projection systems playing out 1,000 runs of the season using teams of preranked players. I gave a rundown of what my teams looked like…

  4. What we're watching: Red Sox aim for sweep

    Aug 27, 2009, 3:27 PM EDT

    - After one minor league start, Vicente Padilla makes his Dodger debut tonight in Colorado. The 31-year-old right-hander went 8-6 with a 4.92 ERA for the Rangers before being released early this month. He’ll be facing off against the surging Jorge De La Rosa, who has gone 10-1 in his last 12 starts. De La…

  5. If you're worried about Hamels, look past his ERA

    Aug 27, 2009, 2:43 PM EDT

    Even with eight shutout innings last night Cole Hamels merely lowered his ERA to a still-mediocre 4.52 to go along with a 7-8 record. That represents quite a decline from last season, when he won 14 games with a 3.09 ERA before taking home the MVP awards for both the NLCS and World Series. However,…

  6. Why can't Matt Murton find a job?

    Aug 27, 2009, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Rockies became the third team in two years to give up on outfielder Matt Murton, designating him for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for washed-up reliever Juan Rincon and his 5.45 ERA over the past three seasons. Murton turns 28 years old in a couple months, but has gotten more…

  7. Big Papi back to putting up big numbers

    Aug 27, 2009, 12:41 PM EDT

    Remember when David Ortiz was hitting just .185 with one homer through two months and people were quick to write him off as washed up? Turns out, not so much. Ortiz went deep twice last night, including a walk-off blast that curled around Pesky Pole in the bottom of the ninth inning, and has now…

  8. Link-O-Rama: Even waiters don't like Milton Bradley

    Aug 27, 2009, 11:41 AM EDT

    * Milton Bradley added a little more fuel to the fire regarding his treatment by Cubs fans, hinting that he’s been the victim of racial taunts and revealing that he’s had “to listen to the waiters bad-mouthing me at another table” when he goes out to restaurants in Chicago. Asked if he regrets signing a…

  9. The 2003 steroid list should never have existed in the first place

    Aug 27, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    That’s what the 9th District Court of Appeals said yesterday anyway: The federal government illegally seized confidential drug test results of dozens of Major League Baseball players and must now return the records, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. “This was an obvious case of deliberate overreaching by the government in an effort to seize…

  10. The Red Sox release Brad Penny

    Aug 27, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    He was asking for it.  No really, he asked for it: Veteran right-hander Brad Penny requested and received his release tonight in a move that clears a roster spot for reliever Billy Wagner and gives Penny time to join a new team before postseason rosters are set. “I asked for my release and I got…

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

    Aug 27, 2009, 5:39 AM EDT

    Dodgers 6, Rockies 1: Randy Wolf (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) and Andre Either (3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI) put this one away pretty early, thereby preventing me from being able to use the second in a series of choke jokes I had prepared. There’s still a lot of time left in the season,…

  12. Milton Bradley: 10 different kinds of crazy

    Aug 27, 2009, 1:12 AM EDT

    Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star published an entertaining (if clearly painful) story about the Royals in which he breaks down how much each player owes star pitcher Zack Greinke for costing him the $100,000 bonus he would’ve received for winning the AL Cy Young award.Jose Guillen, for instance, owes the most ($25,000), because…

  13. Daily Dose: One Night Only – No Lidge

    Aug 27, 2009, 12:05 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge blew his MLB-worst ninth save Tuesday night while pitching for the fourth straight day, so after Cole Hamels tossed eight shutout innings Wednesday manager Charlie Manuel turned to Ryan Madson to close out a 1-0 lead. Madson did his best Lidge impression by serving up a game-tying homer to Brandon Moss, but stayed…

  14. Good fit for Trevor Hoffman?

    Aug 26, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, the Milwaukee Brewers have placed closer Trevor Hoffman on waivers. Mike Cameron, Craig Counsell, Jason Kendall, Braden Looper and Felipe Lopez were reportedly also made available, as the Brewers are in full fishing mode. The most interesting player up for grabs is, of course, Hoffman. The all-time saves…

  15. Restoring the rosters: No. 14 – Texas

    Aug 26, 2009, 5:13 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…

  16. The beatdown goes on: Ollie latest Met set for surgery

    Aug 26, 2009, 4:22 PM EDT

    The Mets announced Wednesday that Oliver Perez will undergo surgery for the sore right knee that has bothered him for most of the year, sidelining him for the duration of the season. He’ll become the 13th Met currently on the disabled list. Here’s a rundown of what those players are making: Johan Santana – $20…

  17. What we're watching: Wolf looks to quiet Rockies

    Aug 26, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT

    - Joe Saunders returns after missing just three turns with shoulder tightness that he said had been a factor since spring training. The Angels have been pretty aggressive in handling him even though they still have the game’s second-best record and his health could play a huge role in determining their fortunes in October. Before…

  18. Lidge keeps job after blowing MLB-high ninth save

    Aug 26, 2009, 3:01 PM EDT

    Between the regular season and playoffs last year Brad Lidge converted 48-of-48 save chances with a 1.83 ERA, .199 opponents’ batting average, and 105 strikeouts in 76.2 innings. This year Lidge blew his first save on April 18, coughed up more runs than he did all of last season by mid-May, and after his latest…

  19. Papelbon changes tune on Wagner, not a Rhodes Scholar

    Aug 26, 2009, 1:50 PM EDT

    Remember all that stuff about Jonathan Papelbon not wanting the Red Sox to acquire Billy Wagner? Well, either he changed his stance or the Red Sox forced him to change his public stance, because general manager Theo Epstein revealed yesterday that Papelbon “went out of his way to make sure Billy knew that he was…

  20. Twins getting what they paid for with Crede

    Aug 26, 2009, 12:45 PM EDT

    Joe Crede is once again out of the Twins’ lineup, this time with complications from last year’s back surgery. He dropped into Minnesota’s price range this offseason following multiple back surgeries and various other health problems, and had to settle for an incentive-laden one-year deal after eight seasons in Chicago. Despite having to accumulate plate…

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