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

    Sep 24, 2009, 5:36 AM EDT

    Brewers 3, Cubs 2: Prince Fielder pads his stats with a homer and a couple of RBI. It’s easy to forget in all of the Cub-drama that Chicago is actually a few games ahead of Milwaukee in the standings. Astros 3, Cardinals 0: And look! The Cubs are technically still alive! If St. Louis just…

  2. Daily Dose: Lidge blows another one

    Sep 24, 2009, 1:25 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge blew his MLB-leading 11th save Wednesday, dropping to 0-8 with a 7.48 ERA. Asked afterward why Lidge continues to receive save chances, Charlie Manuel said: “I keep sending him back out there and hopefully he does the job. That’s about all I can say. I pull like hell for him every time he…

  3. Some positivity for the non-contenders

    Sep 24, 2009, 1:24 AM EDT

    It’s so easy to get down this time of year. The weather is getting chilly, it’s not staying light out as late, and if your team isn’t in playoff contention – and in this dullest of September stretch runs, you pretty much know by now – the final days of the season can be quite…

  4. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 35-21

    Sep 23, 2009, 5:19 PM EDT

    This is part five in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 Nos. 70-51 Nos. 50-36 35. Miguel Tejada (35) – Prev.…

  5. Braves' Cox to return for final season in 2010

    Sep 23, 2009, 4:32 PM EDT

    The Braves announced Wednesday that Bobby Cox will manage the team for one more season in 2010 and then retire after what will be his 25th year running the team. The 68-year-old Cox, who will return with his entire coaching staff, is currently in his 28th year as a major league manager. He has 2,408…

  6. Reynolds breaks own strikeout record in midst of excellent season

    Sep 23, 2009, 2:48 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds broke his own single-season strikeout record last night by whiffing for the 205th (and 206th) time and … well, no one seems to care all that much. Which is a good thing. Not so long ago a player even approaching the strikeout record was viewed as a big deal that usually drew all…

  7. Tulowitzki leading Rockies' dramatic turnaround

    Sep 23, 2009, 1:40 PM EDT

    Starring for the Rockies during their World Series run in 2007 made Troy Tulowitzki a household name as a rookie, but he had a rough sophomore campaign that included a 108-point drop in OPS and missing one-third of the season with injuries. Despite a clean bill of health for this season Tulowitzki got off a…

  8. Video of the Day: Jennifer Garner recites the Red Sox's lineup

    Sep 23, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT

    Jennifer Garner was a guest on The Jay Leno Show last night and was challenged to recite the Red Sox’s starting lineup, with amusing results:

  9. Link-O-Rama: Heel injury ends Scutaro's breakout season

    Sep 23, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

    * Marco Scutaro’s career-best season is likely over after an MRI exam revealed a tear in the plantar fasciitis of his right heel. The injury comes at an inopportune time for the 33-year-old impending free agent, but hitting .282/.379/.409 with 12 homers, 35 doubles, 90 walks, and 14 steals in 144 games as the Blue…

  10. The Pirates season: poor even by their own awful standards

    Sep 23, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Dejan Kovacevic had a lot of time to do some research in the PNC Park press box last night: Perhaps the one good thing about the Pirates’ many miseries in recent years is that they have resurrected the classic names of Crazy Schmit, Phenomenal Smith and Peek-A-Boo Veach. Those were just a few of the…

  11. Adding another wild card team? No thanks.

    Sep 23, 2009, 10:42 AM EDT

    Peter Gammons is bored, so he’s proposing expanding the playoffs: But why not think about having two wild-card teams per league? For instance, in what might be an aberrational season, the Giants, Marlins, Braves and Cubs would be within 2½ games of that NL spot right now. So MLB can avoid a Thanksgiving clash with…

  12. Bobby Valentine to join ESPN

    Sep 23, 2009, 10:16 AM EDT

    About those Bobby V. managerial rumors? Eh, forget I said anything: Television industry and baseball sources say Valentine, completing his final season as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League, is on the verge of signing a lucrative multi-year deal with ESPN . . . “It’s a done deal,” one source said.…

  13. Great Moments in Being Scott Boras

    Sep 23, 2009, 10:02 AM EDT

    There’s a reason the guy is so powerful.  Pete Abe: Scott Boras has a suite right behind the plate at Angel Stadium and almost always arrives early to watch batting practice and consult with his clients. At one point yesterday, Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez were literally lined up to speak to Boras.…

  14. Wedge is toast, Bobby V could be back in New York, and other managerial rumors

    Sep 23, 2009, 9:45 AM EDT

    Gordon Edes talks managers. Among the tidbits: * Eric Wedge is almost certain to be fired; * Dave Trembley is going to be gone and Jim Riggleman may very well be too; * Ken Macha is probably safe for now; * No matter how much the Wilpons talk about Jerry Manuel being safe, Bobby Valentine…

  15. The Mets clean house

    Sep 23, 2009, 9:10 AM EDT

    It’s a mystery to me why the Mets don’t want to fire Omar Minaya, but maybe getting rid of everyone who works for and advises him may be the next best thing. The Daily News: The Mets have fired Ramon Pena, the organization’s top official in charge of signing Latin American talent, the Daily News…

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

    Sep 23, 2009, 8:40 AM EDT

    Rockies 11, Padres 10: It’s long been obvious that the Rockies are charmed this year, but when they win despite a horrible outing from their starter and a bullpen meltdown and still win, that just seals it. Inside the park homer for Barmes, though it took Edgar Gonzalez dislocating his shoulder while diving for it…

  17. Daily Dose: Webb finished in Arizona?

    Sep 23, 2009, 12:08 AM EDT

    Last week various reports surfaced that the Diamondbacks don’t plan to exercise the $8.5 million option on Brandon Webb for 2010 and would instead attempt to work out a new, incentive-laden deal for the injured right-hander. Those plans hit a major snag Tuesday when Webb said that he’s not willing to take a discount to…

  18. Don't get defensive about stolen base indifference

    Sep 22, 2009, 11:55 PM EDT

    If I write this story and no one cares, should it count? (Don’t answer that please!) I think of this after seeing an interesting story by the New York Times’ Jack Curry on the only time a stolen base doesn’t count as a stolen base: When the defense doesn’t care. You may have already known…

  19. Cardinals void Mateo's $3.1 million deal

    Sep 22, 2009, 5:29 PM EDT

    Three months after signing the 16-year-old outfielder to a record $3.1 million pact, the Cardinals on Tuesday voided Wagner Mateo’s contract, saying he failed his physical based on “pre-existing injuries and physical defects.” Mateo’s deal was the second-largest ever given to a Latin American teenager and the largest given to a position player. Dominican right-hander…

  20. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-36

    Sep 22, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    This is part four in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 Nos. 70-51 50. Noel Arguelles (20) – Prev. NR –…

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