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  1. Dusty Baker unloads both barrels at Derek Lowe

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker was reached for comment this morning regarding the Derek Lowe stuff. And he let fire with both barrels. John Fay of Cincinnati.com has the story, with these delicious quotes among others: “I’m not denying nothing. I didn’t order anyone to hit him. I told (Mat Latos) to buzz him and make him uncomfortable.…

  2. Derek Lowe on Dusty Baker: “I have zero respect for the guy”

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    In last night’s Reds-Indians game, Cleveland starter Derek Lowe was brushed back with a mid-90s fastball from Mat Latos. Not something you see happen to a pitcher very often, especially when there were no plunkings of other shenanigans previously. Which, in this game or series, there was not. So what gives? After the game MLB.com’s Jordan…

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Matt Cain, Buster Posey

    Giants 10, Astros 0: A simply unbelievable night for Matt Cain.  As we noted last night, this was among the best games ever pitched in the history of baseball. Perfection is one thing. Doing it while striking out 14 is dominant perfection.  And don’t try to diminish it by saying “hey, it was the Astros.”…

  4. The Cincinnati Reds are sick

    Jun 13, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Reds logo small

    No, that’s not some figure of speech. It’s a literal description: There was a big pot of chicken soup in the dining area of the Cincinnati Reds’ clubhouse on Wednesday. Several players were in the trainer’s room getting intravenous fluids. A day after a stomach virus went through the team, the Reds were starting to…

  5. There was a big baseball scandal, sorta

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Hush Hush

    Ben Badler of Baseball America reports on an age/identity scandal involving one of the more notable buscones in the Dominican Republic, who actually falsified his own son’s age in order to induce the Mariners into signing him: A son of Enrique Soto, one of the most powerful trainers in the Dominican Republic over the last…

  6. So far Bryce Harper is the best 19-year-old hitter of all time

    Jun 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Last night Bryce Harper launched a mammoth home run and then gave the leader in the clubhouse for best quote of the season, and he’s already followed that up by hitting a double this afternoon against the Blue Jays. Midway through his 41st career game Harper is now hitting .309 with a .391 on-base percentage…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 13, 2012, 6:02 AM EDT

    Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Royals 2, Brewers 1: Luis Mendoza took a no-hitter into the seventh, but it was still close as prodigal Royal Zack Greinke was pretty sharp too, striking out eight and allowing one run over seven innings. Billy Butler‘s RBI single in the eighth was the difference. White Sox 6, Cardinals 1: Paul Konerko is batting…

  8. Don’t expect many strikeouts in Twins-Phillies game tonight

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    There are lots of big-name starters pitching tonight–Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, CC Sabathia–but to me the most interesting matchup of the day involves a pair of back-of-the-rotation starters in the Minnesota-Philadelphia game. Nick Blackburn of the Twins and Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies have two of the four lowest…

  9. This week’s NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    Biggest move: at catcher, where Buster Posey has passed Yadier Molina.  The results: Catcher Buster Posey: 1,713,839 Yadier Molina: 1,576,199 First Base Joey Votto: 2,108,725 Lance Berkman:851,373 Second Base Dan Uggla: 1,341,088 Brandon Phillips:885,250 Third Base David Wright: 1,358,992 Pablo Sandoval:1,103,650 Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki:1,200,256 Rafael Furcal: 1,183,096 Outfield Matt Kemp: 2,589,464 Carlos Beltran: 1,782,831 Ryan…

  10. Ervin Santana on pace to allow third-most homers of all time

    Jun 11, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    Ervin Santana and Coors Field is a match made in homer-allowing heaven and sure enough the Angels right-hander served up two more long balls versus the Rockies yesterday. (He also got the “win” while allowing seven runs in 5.2 innings, because pitcher “wins” are hilarious.) Santana has now allowed 18 homers in 80 innings spread…

  11. Aroldis Chapman is suddenly human

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Cincinnati Reds

    Kudos to Dusty Baker for using his best relief pitcher in the eighth inning. But, sadly, it did not work last night as the previously invincible Aroldis Chapman proved, um, vinceable, giving up a lead and paving the way for the Tigers 7-6 victory in Cincinnati last night. The first two hitters reached against Logan…

  12. Was Jose Valverde throwing spitballs last night?

    Jun 11, 2012, 7:41 AM EDT

    ValverdeSpit2

    I was alerted to this video via Twitter by … Dallas Latos?  Who I guess is Reds pitcher Mat Latos‘ wife.  She has a blog at MLB saying so anyway. I sorta don’t care. The point of this post is the video, not who’s sending it around. And the point of the video is that…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo

    Angels 10, Rockies 8: Mark Trumbo hit two three-run homers to help the Angels complete what was nothing short of an annihilation of the Rockies’ pitching staff. Trumbo is at .326/.380/.632. It would have been optimistic to predict those numbers from Pujols before the season started. Nationals 4, Red Sox 3: Bryce Harper had the…

  14. In 24th appearance, Scott Downs finally gives up a run

    Jun 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Scott Downs

    Ryan Cook‘s scoreless streak ended at 23 innings on May 28. Aroldis Chapman lost his at 29 innings on Thursday. Now Scott Downs‘ streak has ended after 20 2/3 innings after he gave up his first run in earning a save against the Rockies on Sunday. Downs was the only reliever left in the league…

  15. Chris Sale throws eight shutout innings, lowers ERA to 2.05

    Jun 9, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: White Sox starter Chris Sale needs his own video game. The lanky left-hander threw eight innings of shutout ball on Saturday afternoon against the Astros, striking out seven and walking none as the Pale Hose rolled to a 10-1 victory. He now has a 0.92 WHIP,…

  16. Scott Rolen working toward comeback, but “no timeline” for return

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Scott Rolen has had so many shoulder problems over the years that the Reds placing him on the disabled list last month led to speculation that he might be finished. Rolen even had doubts about playing again, which were echoed by manager Dusty Baker, but for now at least he’s giving it a go. Mark…

  17. Jamey Carroll’s hand is kinda gross, but he plays the game the right way

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    The biggest reason to click this link is to see a picture and video of Jamey Carroll‘s hand, which is totally gnarled, mangled and gross from a decade of playing the infield. The second biggest is to ask yourself why it is that no one ever writes stories like this about non-white, non-short, non-scrappy utility…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 8, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers 4, Cubs 3: Norichika Aoki hit two homers including the walkoff. Overall, he’s kicking some major butt. Mets 3, Nationals 1: As I said yesterday: Dickey beats Wang. I’m still giggling, by the way. Pirates 5, Reds 4: Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run. You see? You see? He’s not a machine, he’s a man, he’s a man!  Someone alert…

  19. Aroldis Chapman finally gave up an earned run

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    After thoroughly dominating major league hitters over the first two months of the season, Aroldis Chapman finally gave up his first earned run tonight against the Pirates. And it was courtesy of some unlikely contributors. Chapman entered the game with the score tied in the 10th inning. He quickly gave up a leadoff ground-rule double…

  20. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    We did the Twitter questions thing again last night. Let’s go: Q: How do the Braves end up as “your” team if you grew up in WV, TBS? Yep. That and an electric attraction to Andres Thomas. Q: Will Ryan Braun be elected to start the All-Star Game even with the PED cloud over his head? He’s…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Brewers 8, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke mowed ‘em down (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 12K). That young man is gonna make a lot of money when he hits free agency this fall. Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0: Brandon Morrow tosses a two-hit shutout. Dude has really put it all together this year. Braves…

  22. The Texas Rangers are dominating early All-Star balloting

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    The first vote-tallies have been released from the All-Star Game. Gentlemen, start your outrage! Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp are Major League Baseball’s top overall vote-getters in the first balloting figures for the 83rd All-Star Game … Hamilton, a four-time A.L. All-Star, has received 2,587,991 votes as he attempts to make his fifth consecutive…

  23. Joey Votto really likes Minute Maid Park

    Jun 3, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    Joey Votto hits everywhere, but he really, really loves hitting in Minute Maid Park. For his career, he’s 55 for 129 with five homers, 19 doubles and 23 RBI in 32 games there, for a line of .426/.479/.736.  That’s by far his best numbers at any park where he’s had 50 plate appearances or more.…

  24. So, the Padres won the Mat Latos deal?

    Jun 2, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez

    The way it’s worked out, the Reds’ Mat Latos and the Padres’ Edinson Volquez have made their starts on the same day five straight times now, making it hard not to compare the two. It’s a comparison Volquez is winning hands down. Volquez limited the Diamondbacks to two runs and four hits in six innings…

  25. The woman tied up in Aroldis Chapman’s room can’t keep her story straight

    Jun 1, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    I think everyone called this one as soon as we heard it: the woman who was found tied up in Aroldis Chapman‘s hotel room is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. The Pittsburgh Gazette has details from her police interrogation: Pittsburgh detectives questioned a woman for nearly 12 hours about a bizarre robbery in…

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