Peter Gammons: Eight thoughts as we turn the Labor Day pole for the final run for October

Peter Gammons: Eight thoughts as we turn the Labor Day pole for the final run for October

September is a critical month for Hanley Ramirez, not only because of what he can bring the Dodgers in their run for the post-season now that he’s back from… [read more]

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Slop-Baller Petit Sets Consecutive Outs Record

In this Through the Looking Glass 2014 season, Yusmeiro Petit -- a guy with a career 4.79 ERA whom the Giants designated for assignment twice last year -- has replaced two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in San Francisco's rotation. Things kept getting curiouser and curiouser yesterday, as … [Read More...]

Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton steals third in the 4th.  Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Reds steal away from the Cubs

The Cubs lost yesterday. That is a phrase that I anticipate writing much less frequently in the years ahead. But what made their 7-2 loss to the Reds interesting, were the six stolen bases by the Cincy thieves. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each had a pair of thefts, while Kristopher Negron and … [Read More...]

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Michael Brantley Crushes Fastballs, Breaks Out

On October 3, 2008, the Cleveland Indians finally completed the CC Sabathia trade with the Milwaukee Brewers by selecting the "player to be named later" from the early July swap.  That PTBNL -- Michael Brantley -- was still pretty anonymous, though. The former seventh-round pick possessed good … [Read More...]

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Coffee and Clippings: Exactly how much better can Yoenis Cespedes get?

Rob Bradford (@bradfo) of WEEI raises the question on how much better Yoenis Cespedes can get... There has been plenty of talk about the newest Red Sox' mystery man, Rusney Castillo. Rightfully so. The guy hasn't played competitively since Bobby Valentine was this team's manager. But there is … [Read More...]

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Coffee and Clippings: Jorge Soler starts career with a bang — a big bang

Fred Mitchell (@kicker34) of the Chicago Tribune writes that Cubs' Jorge Soler started his career with a bang last night... Timing is everything in baseball, whether it involves swinging the bat or perhaps even staging an auspicious major league debut. Either way, Jorge Soler certainly knows how … [Read More...]

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Coffee and Clippings: Red Sox not going to shut Koji Uehara down

Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence Journal writes that the Red Sox are not going to shut Koji Uehara down... Koji Uehara threw from nearly 300 feet before batting practice on Tuesday afternoon, just as he always does. As he shortened the distance to finish his session, he threw with … [Read More...]