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  1. And That Happened: Monday's scores and highlights

    Aug 25, 2009, 5:47 AM EDT

    Rockies 6, Giants 4: Walkoff grand slam in the 14th for Ryan Spilborghs after the Rockies started their half of the inning down 4-1. Colorado is starting to smell like a team of destiny. At any rate, they’ve won seven of eight and are now four games ahead of the Giants for the NL wild…

  2. Kent on Bonds: 'I had to help him'

    Aug 25, 2009, 1:31 AM EDT

    By the time his career came to a close, Jeff Kent was widely known as a cranky old cuss who played the game 1,000-mph and would chew the rear of anyone who didn’t do the same. No one was off limits, not even Barry Bonds. Which makes it hardly surprising that the two didn’t get…

  3. Daily Dose: Sore elbow shuts down Santana

    Aug 25, 2009, 12:31 AM EDT

    Johan Santana has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start with soreness in his left elbow. For now at least the Mets have indicated that they hope the injury is a short-term problem, but several teammates suggested Monday night that Santana may be headed for surgery. He’ll be examined further by doctors Tuesday, at which…

  4. Will Dice-K ride to the rescue?

    Aug 24, 2009, 9:55 PM EDT

    Whether he was tipping pitches or not, the John Smoltz experiment didn’t work out in Boston. The same could be said for Brad Penny. But help might be on the way, and not a moment too soon. Daisuke Matsuzaka dazzled in his rehab appearance in a Gulf Coast League game on Monday, tossing three scoreless innings,…

  5. Beltre choosing comfort over safety

    Aug 24, 2009, 9:09 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre, apparently, is a gambling man. The Mariners third baseman is trying to work his way back from the disabled list after being sidelined by a bad-hop grounder to his man region, resulting in a “severely contused testicle.” OUCH. Beltre took infield and batting practice today, and is eligible to return on Friday. We’ve…

  6. Restoring the rosters: No. 16 – Florida

    Aug 24, 2009, 5:19 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…

  7. Johan joins the Mets' MASH unit due to sore elbow

    Aug 24, 2009, 4:51 PM EDT

    It simply had to happen. The Mets had already lost Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado and plenty of others. Now perhaps the most valuable player of all has gone down: Johan Santana has been scratched from his start Tuesday because of a sore elbow. According to manager Jerry Manuel after today’s loss,…

  8. What we're watching: Niemann vs. Halladay

    Aug 24, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT

    - Jeff Niemann could further his Rookie of the Year case by outdueling Roy Halladay as the Rays and Jays play tonight.  Niemann has already done it once this season by limiting Toronto to one run over 7 1/3 innings in a 4-1 victory on June 29.  Halladay is coming off his shortest start of…

  9. Penny dropped from rotation; Smoltz was tipping pitches?

    Aug 24, 2009, 3:06 PM EDT

    Boston dumping Brad Penny from the rotation certainly shouldn’t be shocking to anyone, but that the move is taking place in mid-August and involves Penny being bounced in favor of Junichi Tazawa rather than John Smoltz is pretty surprising. Prior to Smoltz joining the Red Sox there was all kinds of talk about whether they…

  10. Quote of the Day: 'There's sexiness in infield hits'

    Aug 24, 2009, 2:05 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki, on piling up infield hits in an era when “chicks dig the long ball”: Chicks who dig home runs aren’t the ones who appeal to me. I think there’s sexiness in infield hits because they require technique. I’d rather impress the chicks with my technique than with my brute strength. Then, every now…

  11. Defensive metrics, the Mariners, and Kevin Kouzmanoff

    Aug 24, 2009, 12:46 PM EDT

    Vastly improved defense has played a huge role in the Mariners going from 101 losses last season to above .500 this year, and Gary Armida of FullCountPitch.com wrote an interesting article about how first-year general manager Jack Zduriencik and his sabermetrically inclined front office went about making those changes with the help of advanced defensive…

  12. Link-O-Rama: Wieters isn't Mauer, with or without power

    Aug 24, 2009, 11:52 AM EDT

    * Spencer Fordin of MLB.com wrote a well-done article about Matt Wieters struggling to live up to the ridiculous hype as a rookie. Some people were referring to him as “Joe Mauer with power” when the Orioles called him up in late May, but a) Wieters is hitting just .264 with four homers through 60…

  13. Mike Schmidt is wrong: 20 years is not enough for Pete Rose

    Aug 24, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT

    The best third baseman of all time is given an Associated Press column to make his case for Charlie Hustle.  The upshot (apart from merely making Rose’s case on its own merits): Bart Giamatti was a wise and compassionate man who would have eventually given Rose the benefit of the doubt:  An interesting question was posed…

  14. Is 2009 "the year of the feat"?

    Aug 24, 2009, 10:22 AM EDT

    lar from Wezen-Ball thinks it might be, with the “feats” being defined as a no-hitter, a perfect game, an unassisted triple play, and someone hitting for the cycle:  The last time it happened was in 1994, when Kenny Rogers pitched a perfect game, Kent Mercker and Scott Erickson threw no-hitters, John Valentin turned the triple play…

  15. Manny gets booed

    Aug 24, 2009, 9:52 AM EDT

    When you screw up with a seven game lead in the division, you’re colorful.  When you do it during an extended swoon that has people wondering whether you can hold on to the lead, you get the raspberries: There was no translation needed to comprehend the most unusual of sounds showered upon Manny Ramirez in the…

  16. Does CC Sabathia "know how to win?"

    Aug 24, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    The Daily News’ John Harper and Joe Girardi play the Jack Morris card in regards to CC Sabathia: Sabathia gave the Yankees something of a Jack Morris game Sunday night, at least by the pitch-count limits of today’s game, going 6-2/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned. Along the way he had to overcome a…

  17. The Padres extend David Eckstein for some reason

    Aug 24, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    Any time a rebuilding team with no money can lock up a thirty-five year-old middle infielder who hits like a pitcher, they HAVE TO MAKE THAT MOVE: The Padres took another step toward the future yesterday by extending the contract of the second-oldest player on their active roster. David Eckstein will return as the Padres’…

  18. Wagner not thrilled with Papelbon either

    Aug 24, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    At least he’s not thrilled with setting up for him for any longer than he has to. That’s based on this report that the Wagner-to-the-Sox deal is being held up by Wagner, who won’t waive his no-trade clause unless the Sox agree not to pick up his 2010 option because he doesn’t want to forego…

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

    Aug 24, 2009, 5:10 AM EDT

    Phillies 9, Mets 7: Unassisted triple plays are cool and all, but they’re really more about luck than anything else, aren’t they? You hit the ball to just the wrong place at just the wrong time and bam-bam-bam it’s over. Oftentimes the middle infielder who turns the thing isn’t even 100% sure he’s done it…

  20. The Week Ahead: Huge hopes for Rockies

    Aug 24, 2009, 3:04 AM EDT

    Remember that cute little Colorado Rockies team back in 2007? A modern day Cinderella, they won their final 40 games (it only seemed that way), received some help from the ghost of Tony Gwynn (actually it was his son), then beat the Padres in a one-game playoff when Matt Holliday tried to tag home plate…

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