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  1. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 13, 2009, 4:53 AM EDT

    Phillies 12, Cubs 5: Pedro Martinez wasn’t spectacular in his 2009 debut, but he was effective enough and showed that he still belonged on a Major League mound (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5K). I was most impressed by his first inning strikeout of Jake Fox where, after consistently hitting 88 on the gun…

  2. Daily Dose: Pedro wins Phillies debut

    Aug 13, 2009, 12:42 AM EDT

    Pedro Martinez was victorious in his Phillies debut Wednesday against the Cubs, allowing three runs in five innings. Martinez struck out five and walked one while giving up seven hits and showed pretty decent velocity while regularly getting his fastball into the low-90s. He certainly wasn’t great, but it was a solid outing given that…

  3. Are we still in the golden era of shortstops?

    Aug 13, 2009, 12:11 AM EDT

    Remember the golden era of shortstops of the late 90s and early 2000s, when the American League was ruled by Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra and Miguel Tejada? Good times weren’t they? But then Nomar Garciaparra became an injury magnet, A-Rod moved to third base and Miguel Tejada leveled off. What happened to it…

  4. Hot times and hot tempers … ain't it great?

    Aug 12, 2009, 10:09 PM EDT

    As we move closer to playoff stretch run territory, there seems to be an increase in intensity (some might call it testiness) in games. In the last week, we’ve seen a heated dialogue between Dustin Pedroia and Jorge Posada after Pedroia was drilled by a pitch, Tony La Russa and Ozzie Guillen both lamenting their…

  5. What we're watching: Pedro's Philly debut

    Aug 12, 2009, 5:10 PM EDT

    - Hopefully, Tuesday’s incident took care of the bad blood between the Tigers and Red Sox, but with noted hothead Josh Beckett on the mound tonight, another flareup is a possibility. Kevin Youkilis, who charged the mound after being hit in a second straight game last night, chose not to appeal his five-game suspension, so…

  6. Restoring the rosters: No. 26 – Baltimore

    Aug 12, 2009, 4:41 PM EDT

    This is part of a series 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 No.…

  7. Smoltz refuses assignment to minors

    Aug 12, 2009, 2:49 PM EDT

    Designated for assignment by the Red Sox last week, John Smoltz has refused a demotion to the minors. That basically ends his career in Boston, as the Red Sox now must either trade or release the 42-year-old veteran, who reportedly passed through waivers unclaimed yesterday. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com notes that a trade could prove…

  8. Slumping Brewers make sweeping changes

    Aug 12, 2009, 1:49 PM EDT

    Last night’s loss left the Brewers at 13-22 since July 1, dropping them two games below .500 and 6.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. This afternoon general manager Doug Melvin made sweeping changes to both the roster and coaching staff, demoting starting shortstop J.J. Hardy to Triple-A while calling up prospect Alcides…

  9. Wagner close to rejoining Mets' bullpen

    Aug 12, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

    Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that Billy Wagner is expected to return from the disabled list and rejoin the Mets’ bullpen Sunday, assuming that his final minor-league rehab outing goes smoothly Friday at high Single-A. Wagner is ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last September and has…

  10. Link-O-Rama: Shinskie goes from pitcher to quarterback

    Aug 12, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

    * A fourth-round pick in 2003, David Shinskie has opted to retire from baseball at the age of 25 to compete for the starting quarterback job at Boston College. Shinskie led his high school team to the Pennsylvania state championship as a senior and has four years of eligibility remaining after the 6-foot-4 right-hander went…

  11. Tommy Lasorda to the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. Really?

    Aug 12, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Mets’ blogger Metstradamus is steamed at an email he just received from the Brooklyn Cyclones — a Mets’ affiliate — announcing that Tommy Lasorda is going to be inducted into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. The same Tommy Lasorda who pitched 13 whole innings with a 7.62 ERA for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  “I’m lucky…

  12. Watching the Tigers' arms

    Aug 12, 2009, 10:42 AM EDT

    Patrick Hayes makes a good point regarding the workloads of the Tigers’ pitchers: [Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and Jarrod Washburn] are on pace to set career-highs in innings pitched and all three are pitching much longer into games than they did a season ago . . .  Jackson has never thrown 200 innings in a…

  13. Has the 500-club been diminished?

    Aug 12, 2009, 10:20 AM EDT

    The conventional wisdom these days is that the 500 home-run club is not what it used to be.  Some have even suggested — not unreasonably, I’ll grant — that merely hitting 500 home runs is not the automatic ticket to Cooperstown it once was.  I mean, after all, 10 dudes have entered the 500-club in roughly the last decade. But…

  14. The end of the line for Flash Gordon?

    Aug 12, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    In less depressing Diamondback relief pitcher news, Arizona has released Tom Gordon. After elbow surgery, hamstring problems, and a moderately acute case of post-40itis, it’s possible that Gordon’s interesting and often underrated career is over.  Though, because he’s a reliever with a pedigree and you simply can’t kill those guys, Gordon latching on with some other team is not…

  15. Scott Schoeneweis DL'd for a very, very good reason

    Aug 12, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    Given how long the baseball season is and how many new things happen every day, it’s easy to forget stuff that happened even a couple of months ago. One thing that I, and I’m sure some of you who don’t follow the Diamondbacks too closely had forgotten was the tragic death of reliever Scott Schoeneweis’…

  16. Yankees to push back Chamberlain's next start

    Aug 12, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    As part of the grand plan to keep Joba Chamberlain’s arm from falling off, the Yankees are pushing his next start back by a day or two, instead inserting Chad Gaudin into the rotation for a start this weekend against the Mariners.  The Daily News’ Tim Smith thinks this is silly: Leave him alone and…

  17. "25 things we miss about baseball"

    Aug 12, 2009, 7:08 AM EDT

    That’s the name of the list the folks at Sports Illustrated put together, talking about things like real stirrups, mustaches, baseball on the radio and so-on. I’ve approvingly referenced the vast majority of these things in various posts over the past couple of years, but I gotta tell you: seeing all of them in one…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 12, 2009, 6:13 AM EDT

    Red Sox 7, Tigers 5: You’ve probably seen the Youkilis-Porcello fracas, but here’s video of it from a slightly different angle which makes Youkilis seem like even more of the bad guy here. Of course his ejection was the best thing to happen to the Sox last night, as he was replaced by pinch-runner Mike…

  19. Daily Dose: Brawling in Boston

    Aug 12, 2009, 1:36 AM EDT

    Junichi Tazawa’s first big-league start turned out to be a wild one Tuesday night, as his plunking Miguel Cabrera in the first inning led to a bench-clearing incident when Kevin Youkilis charged the mound after being hit in the next inning by Rick Porcello. Cabrera left with a hand contusion, Youkilis and Porcello were ejected,…

  20. Jamie Moyer = Grumpy Old Man

    Aug 11, 2009, 11:11 PM EDT

    So Jamie Moyer feels “misled” by the Philadelphia Phillies, and “disheartened” by his demotion to the bullpen, a result of his own pitching struggles and the arrival of Pedro Martinez. As I am approaching middle age, I can relate a little bit to what Moyer is going through. When you get older, you tend to forget…

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