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  1. The Dodgers sift through the scrap heap

    Aug 10, 2009, 9:15 AM EDT

    After a week the Dodgers would like to forget, and with a suddenly big series against the Giants looming next weekend, the Dodgers may be looking for an arm: “They’re looking,” Torre said of the front office. “We talked about the waiver wire. There is a possibility that something can happen.” Among the possibilities is…

  2. Jeter and the Yanks: together forever, no matter what anyone says

    Aug 10, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    Even when things are going perfectly in the Bronx, someone has to inject some kind of negativity: As vital as Jeter has been to the organization since becoming the starter in 1996, the Yankees soon must decide how much he is worth to them. Jeter’s 10-year, $189 million contract expires after the 2010 season, but…

  3. Jeff Francoeur's PR team rests for no one

    Aug 10, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    All winter and spring, media outlets covering the Braves could be counted on to run 2-3 “this looks like the year Jeff Francoeur puts it all together articles” a week These articles continued even as the season wore on and it because obvious that Francoeur was not putting it all together. Really, it wasn’t until…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 10, 2009, 5:00 AM EDT

    Yankees 5, Red Sox 2: Brutal weekend for Boston. Dropping four straight to the Yankees is bad enough, but doing it on the heels of dropping two to the Rays is something of a tone-setter. Especially considering how ugly a series this was for them: Thursday and Saturday were pathetic. Friday was a stomach punch.…

  5. Now you're just making stuff up, Kenny

    Aug 10, 2009, 4:34 AM EDT

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal thinks the Jays should let Alex Rios depart on waivers, deleting his contract while getting nothing in return. It’s an arguable position, except that Rosenthal doesn’t put forth much of an argument. Instead, he starts off with this: The “trade” would not be Rios for whatever meager package the White Sox might…

  6. The Week Ahead: Time of reckoning for Red Sox

    Aug 10, 2009, 3:10 AM EDT

    There’s no other way to put it: It was a miserable week for the Boston Red Sox. They lost six straight, including four to the Yankees, falling 6 ½ games back in the AL East, and into a tie with the Texas Rangers for the wild card lead. Their offense took a vacation. Their bullpen,…

  7. Several teams reportedly interested in Smoltz

    Aug 10, 2009, 2:18 AM EDT

    On Friday, Matthew detailed the end of John Smoltz’s time in Boston, making a strong argument that the 42-year-old right-hander could still be of use to someone. Turns out there are some teams out there that agree. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Smoltz is attracting interest from some NL teams, as well as the Texas…

  8. Daily Dose: Holland breaking out?

    Aug 10, 2009, 12:17 AM EDT

    Derek Holland entered Sunday at 4-7 with a 5.60 ERA in 82 innings, but hurled a complete-game shutout against the Angels, striking out eight with just one walk and three hits. Holland also had a near-complete game against the Mariners last week, striking out 10, walking one, and allowing two hits in 8.2 innings of…

  9. Lazy Sunday? Not with these hotheads around

    Aug 9, 2009, 9:49 PM EDT

    As Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg taught us, simply sounding angry on a “Lazy Sunday” can be immensely amusing. In the baseball world, it’s even better when the rage is genuine, evidenced by a pair of volcanic meltdowns on Sunday. I don’t know if it’s ever happened before, but the Phillies’ Shane Victorino at the…

  10. Red Sox vs Yankees: Live Chat

    Aug 9, 2009, 7:31 PM EDT

    Tonight from the Bronx, the Yankees go for the four-game sweep over the Red Sox and basically end the AL East race. Follow along with our live chat and feel free to join in on the comments. <a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php?option=com_mobile&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=6cadc6de40&#8243; >Red Sox vs Yankees: Live Chat</a>

  11. Stat of the day: NL East over last 20 games

    Aug 9, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    Taken from Baseball Reference. The Phillies haven’t exactly been running away and hiding in the National League East, going 3-7 since acquiring Cliff Lee, including consecutive losses to the Marlins this weekend. Here’s a look at the division over the past 20 games: Nationals: 13-7Braves: 12-9Marlins: 11-9Phillies: 11-9Mets: 8-12 This winning thing is fun and…

  12. Red Sox put in claim on Nats' Guzman?

    Aug 9, 2009, 10:47 AM EDT

    With the uncertainty surrounding Jed Lowrie’s wrist injury, the Red Sox are growing increasingly desperate to find an upgrade at the shortstop position. Case in point, a report from the Boston Globe citing “major league sources” that they have put in a claim on Cristian Guzman. Though the claim is not confirmed, it would mean…

  13. Potent quotables: A-Rod has 'been there'

    Aug 9, 2009, 9:56 AM EDT

    “David’s a good friend. I’ve been there and done that. I’ve lived it. Whatever he did, I hope he feels better about it. I certainly did once I had my press conference.” – Alex Rodriguez can sympathize with David Ortiz’s ordeal. “I’m not confirming or denying any interest or any claims or anything. But if…

  14. Uh-oh: What's up with Zimmermann?

    Aug 8, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT

    Potentially bad news coming out of Washington. Rookie Jordan Zimmermann has been on the disabled list due to soreness in his pitching elbow since July 19, which was concerning enough, but on Saturday afternoon the Nationals announced that they were sending the results of a second MRI to Dr. James Andrews. Naturally, anytime you hear…

  15. Yes, they still make baseball cards

    Aug 8, 2009, 5:19 PM EDT

    An interesting story flew under the radar this week, as the once-mighty Topps came to a multi-year agreement with Major League Baseball that makes them the sport’s exclusive trading card maker. The move effectively squashes Upper Deck, Topps’ main competitor. According to the card company’s new top-dog Michael Eisner — yes, that Disney guy –…

  16. Quick hits: Hamilton addresses pictures

    Aug 8, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT

    - Josh Hamilton admitted taking part in some provocative pictures, first unearthed by Deadspin on Saturday: “I went to get something to eat. Obviously, I eat at restaurants that have bars in them all the time. I wasn’t mentally fit to go in there, spiritually fit, and it just crossed my mind, ‘Can I have…

  17. Ortiz apologizes, MLB confuses

    Aug 8, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    As expected, this afternoon’s press conference with David Ortiz was a big ol’ dud. If anything, it was an orchestrated performance by incoming union head Michael Weiner, propped up by a statement released by Major League Baseball this morning urging “the press and the public to use caution in reaching conclusions based on leaks of…

  18. K-Rod, Mets lose in fantastic fashion

    Aug 8, 2009, 12:10 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez moonlighted as a major league pitcher on Friday night against the Padres, allowing one run on two hits while fanning seven and walking just two (two!) over 6 1/3 innings –his longest outing of the year. Hey Omar, get that guy a contract extension! Enter K-Rod. He just didn’t have it, failing to…

  19. Potent quotables: Marathon edition

    Aug 8, 2009, 11:39 AM EDT

    It was too good to be true. As Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett matched zeroes early on Friday, the game was moving along at an abnormally brisk pace. But a funny thing happened in the Bronx. The teams forgot how to score a run. They went a combined 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position. They…

  20. Yankee drubbing ends Smoltz's Boston tenure

    Aug 7, 2009, 5:29 PM EDT

    And I still think he has something left. The Red Sox, though, decided it was no longer in their best interests to wait and see if Smoltz could turn it around. It’s hard to argue with an 8.32 ERA, and his outing last night against the Yankees was truly awful after a decent first two…

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