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

    Aug 3, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    Hello all. I’m pinch-hitting for Craig as he works on perfecting his Perry Mason imitation. Go easy on me. I can’t even imitate Rusty Hardin. Dodgers 9, Braves 1: Chad Billingsley struck out nine in five innings, but Joe Torre sat him down after the pitcher came down with a cramp in his hamstring. Billingsley’s…

  2. Daily Dose: Kinsler Hits DL; Feliz Up

    Aug 3, 2009, 3:15 AM EDT

    As Aaron Gleeman ventures his way back from another successful SABR Convention in Washington, D.C., I’m happy to be your guide to Sunday’s goings-on in the baseball world. No worries, you’ll be back to your regularly scheduled Daily Dose soon enough. There was bad news and good news for Rangers fans on Sunday. While they…

  3. The Week Ahead: Finding a role for Pedro

    Aug 3, 2009, 12:18 AM EDT

    They’re loving Cliff Lee in Philadelphia. The left-hander acquired from the Indians two days before the trade deadline was dominant in his debut for the reigning champions on Friday in San Francisco, pitching a four-hitter. He’s scheduled to make his first start in the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday against the Rockies. Meanwhile, Pedro…

  4. Quick hits: Melky hits for the cycle

    Aug 2, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    – Melky Cabrera became the 15th player in Yankees history to hit for the cycle in an 8-5 win over the White Sox this afternoon. He’s the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since Tony Fernandez in 1995. – Just this morning, I wrote that Victor Martinez had a .198 batting average since June 4,…

  5. Report: Sox fired two staffers in steroids probe

    Aug 2, 2009, 12:31 PM EDT

    Oy. More Red Sox steroid stuff. Take it, Boston Globe: Major League Baseball opened an investigation into performance-enhancing drugs inside the Red Sox clubhouse at the height of last year’s pennant race after two members of the team’s security staff were implicated in steroid use. The security staffers said they were dismissed after what they…

  6. Stat of the day: V-Mart's two-month funk

    Aug 2, 2009, 10:44 AM EDT

    Looking for a boost to a team that hit .248 in July, the Red Sox went out and got Victor Martinez from the Indians before the Friday non-waiver trade deadline. Well… Martinez through June 3 (53 games): .352/.425/.567 with nine homers and 40 RBI Martinez since June 4 (47 games – this includes his 1-for-5…

  7. Potent quotables: McCutchen's historic night

    Aug 2, 2009, 10:22 AM EDT

    “It was just one of those days where everything worked. I got my pitches, I was able to hit them, and I was able to hit them out.” – Rookie Andrew McCutchen, after becoming the first Pirates player to hit three home runs in a game since Aramis Ramirez in 2001. He finished 4-for-5 with…

  8. Trade deadline fallout

    Aug 1, 2009, 7:09 PM EDT

    We’ve already heard about who was traded, what could have been, and who the winners and losers are, but here’s my take on just some of the fallout from around the league: – Edwin Encarnacion going to the Blue Jays might be the best thing that possibly could have happened to him. As I wrote…

  9. Stat of the day: Peavy's home/road ERA

    Aug 1, 2009, 3:55 PM EDT

    Since Jake Peavy was just introduced to the media in a news conference at U.S. Cellular Field, I thought now was a pretty good time to remind you of this: Peavy at PETCO Park: 2.74 ERA (180 ER in 592 IP) Peavy everywhere else: 3.73 ERA (311 ER in 750 2/3 IP) This includes a…

  10. Potent quotables: Trade deadline edition

    Aug 1, 2009, 1:43 PM EDT

    “Biggest balls in the game.” – One baseball executive measures up White Sox general manager Ken Williams after his shocking trade for Jake Peavy on Friday. “I’m kind of glad I didn’t throw a no-hitter. If I did that the first time, I’d have to live up to some high expectations.” – Cliff Lee, after…

  11. Trade talk: What happened, what could've been

    Aug 1, 2009, 2:00 AM EDT

    Instead of listing all the big trades from Friday, I’m going to direct you here for a roundup of the moves, complete with analysis. And while you’re contemplating the fortunes of your favorite team, let’s ponder the huge deal that was discussed on Friday. A deal that was closer to happening than anyone believed, including…

  12. Trade deadline winners and losers

    Jul 31, 2009, 7:47 PM EDT

    So, I’m mostly trade deadlined out after about 90 tweets and writing up all of the finalized deals over at Rotoworld, but I think I have enough left for a winners and losers blog. I’m focusing strictly on Friday’s action. Looking at the big picture, I’d say the Pirates and Dodgers would also figure into…

  13. Trade analysis: Cabrera to Twins

    Jul 31, 2009, 4:15 PM EDT

    Twins acquire shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Athletics in exchange for minor-league infielder Tyler Ladendorf. Looking to shore up their middle infield, the Twins were also connected to second baseman Freddy Sanchez, but considering that the Giants gave up former first-round pick Tim Alderson to land him, this is a bargain by comparison, especially with…

  14. Trade analysis: Washburn to Tigers

    Jul 31, 2009, 3:37 PM EDT

    Tigers acquire RHP Jarrod Washburn from the Mariners in exchange for LHP Luke French and LHP Mauricio Robles. Can’t blame the Mariners for this one. Realize that they gave up a 35-year-old southpaw with a 4.02 career ERA and 43.6% career flyball rate. He benefited greatly with the best outfield defense in the sport this…

  15. Report: Victor Martinez to Red Sox

    Jul 31, 2009, 2:10 PM EDT

    Oh-boy. Here’s the big one. According to a post on Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says: The Red Sox are about to acquire Victor Martinez from Indians. – Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse confirms the Nightengale report citing a source that says a Martinez deal “looks good.” – In a post to Twitter, Joel…

  16. Orlando Cabrera to Twins

    Jul 31, 2009, 1:23 PM EDT

    Another deal! Even though our own Aaron Gleeman wasn’t a huge fan of the idea, the Twins have reportedly traded for shortstop Orlando Cabrera, acquiring him from the Athletics in exchange for minor-league infielder Tyler Ladendorf. Cabrera got hot at the right time, batting .373/.400/.500 with two homers, 16 RBI and nine stolen bases in…

  17. Talkin' trade

    Jul 31, 2009, 1:05 PM EDT

    The rumors are starting to fly fast and furious as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Here’s just a few of them: – According to FoxSports.com, the Rangers bid for Roy Halladay appears over. – In a post to Twitter, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo says “I’m hearing odds of Padres dealing Gonzalez are very low at this…

  18. Umpire Bill Hohn is a disgrace

    Jul 31, 2009, 9:07 AM EDT

    I missed this previously, but apparently home plate umpire Bill Hohn gave Marlins’ catcher John Baker the rock after the Florida-Atlanta game on Wednesday: Several Braves players said they were surprised and even “shocked” to see umpire Bill Hohn bump fists with Marlins catcher John Baker after the final out of the Braves’ 6-3 loss…

  19. Quote of the Day

    Jul 31, 2009, 8:28 AM EDT

    And now David Ortiz looks like one of the television evangelists who gets caught in a seedy motel with a hooker. — Dan Shaughnessy, bringing his usual brand of moderation and reason to the table in the wake of the Manny and Papi revelations.

  20. And That Happened: Thursday's scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2009, 6:16 AM EDT

    Red Sox 8, Athletics 5: Before the game Ortiz said this: Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me. I said I had no comment because I wanted to…

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