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  1. Will this be Ken Griffey Jr.'s final season?

    Sep 2, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT

    Mariners beat reporter Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times expects Ken Griffey Jr. to retire after this season, writing: Yes, I think this is Griffey’s final month. I think the team hopes so and I do think he is coming to realize it as well, even though, I’m sure, he’s going to miss the day-to-day…

  2. Hardy wants to remain shortstop, expects trade

    Sep 2, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy rejoined the Brewers yesterday following a 20-day stint at Triple-A that was just long enough to push back his free agency for an extra season. While he was gone the team handed his old job to 22-year-old prospect Alcides Escobar and upon his return Hardy admitted that he’s probably not long for Milwaukee:…

  3. Our long national nightmare is over: Beltre wears a cup

    Sep 2, 2009, 12:45 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre came to his senses and decided to start wearing a protective cup upon returning from the disabled list yesterday. He confessed to never wearing a cup, but three weeks on the sidelines with a testicle injury caused by a ground ball apparently changed his mind. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has more:…

  4. Link-O-Rama: Gonzalez 'praying' steroids list comes out

    Sep 2, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT

    * Recently retired Luis Gonzalez said yesterday that he’s “hoping and praying” the full list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 is revealed because “I’m hoping I get a lot of apologies when that list comes out.” “I’m really one of those other 500 guys in the league that hopes that…

  5. Attacking Red Sox Nation

    Sep 2, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Those of us outside the Nation do it all the time, but it’s not often you see it on the pages of the Boston Globe.  Take it away Tom Scocca! What the Red Sox most resemble, here in 2009, is some unholy amalgamation of the postwar Brooklyn Dodgers and the Grateful Dead. The Dodgers have…

  6. Jake Peavy will probably be shut down

    Sep 2, 2009, 10:40 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen qualifies it by saying that shutting Jake Peavy down for the year will only happen if “I don’t think deep inside my heart and my guts that we have a chance,” but Ozzie has never been some naive optimist, and you have to figure he knows that this White Sox team doesn’t have…

  7. A-Rod speaks to kids about drug use? Fabulous idea!

    Sep 2, 2009, 10:12 AM EDT

    Class, settle down. We have a guest speaker here today: New York Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez made an unexpected visit to 500 students at a Baltimore County school to deliver an anti-steroid message Tuesday, months after admitting publicly that he used performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career. At the time of his admission, Rodriguez vowed…

  8. The Feds are probably going to appeal the steroid list ruling

    Sep 2, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    The federal prosecutors who just got their butts handed to them in the BALCO steroid test seizure case have asked the appeals court to stay the ruling.  For those of you who were smart enough to stay the hell away from law school, that means that they want the court to order that no one,…

  9. Tim Hudson's return

    Sep 2, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    I gave it short shrift in the recaps this morning, but Tim Hudson’s return to the Braves is worth a few more words and thoughts. I didn’t see the game, and even if was televised where I live I probably wouldn’t have watched it due to the 3+ hour rain delay that kicked things off. …

  10. Penny says he would play in the AL East again

    Sep 2, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    The conventional wisdom is that Brad Penny no longer wants any part of the American League. This CW is backed by a rumor that he nixed a trade to the Twins for the sole reason that they’re an AL team.  Penny — prompted, I’d guess, by his agent — denied that yesterday: “I’d go back,”…

  11. Yes, there is an authority higher than ESPN

    Sep 2, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    The Yankees-Red Sox game on September 27th was originally scheduled for 1PM.  ESPN, as is their wont, moved it to 8PM so that those of us who so rarely get a chance to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on ESPN could do so.  Slight problem: Yom Kippur begins at sundown on the 27th,…

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday's scores and highlights

    Sep 2, 2009, 5:31 AM EDT

    Phillies 1, Giants 0: Philadelphia was cruising before Cole Hamels woke up. Now they’re positively terrifying. Two hitter. Nine Ks. Dear God. Braves 4 Marlins 3: Tim Hudson is back, pitched well, etc. etc. OK, with that out of the way, let’s get down to brass tax. This from reader Matt H.: The SportSouth broadcast…

  13. Act now to get your David Wright helmet protector

    Sep 2, 2009, 1:57 AM EDT

    As if the Mets’ season hasn’t been bad enough, now even David Wright has become a laughingstock — through no fault of his own. On Tuesday night, Wright made his return from the disabled list, where he had landed after taking a Matt Cain fastball to the noggin. The incident was frightening, so precautions were…

  14. Daily Dose: Hamels, Phillies keep rolling

    Sep 2, 2009, 12:39 AM EDT

    Last week I wrote about why Cole Hamels’ disappointing win-loss record and bloated ERA misleadingly showed a big decline compared to last season when in reality he’s been nearly as good with just a lot less luck. Hamels was nice enough to make me look smart Tuesday night, hurling a complete-game, two-hit shutout for a…

  15. Make a husband out of A-Rod?

    Sep 1, 2009, 11:43 PM EDT

    Unless Kate Hudson has taken on a new career as a house sitter (actually, that was her mom), it looks like she’s putting some relationship heat on Yankees star Alex Rodriguez . From MSNBC.com’s “The Scoop“: Kate Hudson will make a husband out of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez yet. The latest update from…

  16. Notes from Tuesday's moves and callups

    Sep 1, 2009, 6:48 PM EDT

    - The White Sox brought up both Tyler Flowers and Josh Fields to help fill the void left by Jim Thome’s departure. Fields’ return was never in doubt, but he may not see as much playing time as expected if the White Sox want to see if Flowers is ready to hit in the majors.…

  17. What we're watching: Hudson returns against Marlins

    Sep 1, 2009, 5:16 PM EDT

    - Fresh off a sweep of the Rockies to move into a tie for the wild card lead, the Giants will begin a three-game series in Philadelphia tonight. The opener will feature dueling left-handers in Jonathan Sanchez and Cole Hamels. Sanchez, who pitched poorly enough in the first half to be bounced from the rotation…

  18. Restoring the rosters: No. 8 – Boston

    Sep 1, 2009, 4:39 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…

  19. Rodriguez, Mulvey are players to be named later

    Sep 1, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

    Lots of “players to be named later” have been swapped recently and this afternoon two of them have actually been … well, named later. * Sean Rodriguez joins Matt Sweeney and Alex Torres as the third prospect heading from the Angels to the Rays for Scott Kazmir. Rodriguez has split time between second base and…

  20. Penny wanted out of the American League

    Sep 1, 2009, 2:55 PM EDT

    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins decided against claiming Brad Penny off waivers after they learned that he wanted to go back to the National League. Instead of the Twins assuming Penny’s remaining contract and taking the Red Sox off the hook for about $1.2 million, he was released after…

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