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Thursday, August 28, 2003
Cubs offer relief to Redbirds. Kerry Wood pitched 7 shutout innings and struck out 11, but the Cardinals rallied to win. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Al Yellon: "All season, people have been begging Dusty not to extend his pitchers too far, and he's ignored them. The moronic Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti said today that Wood should have been allowed another inning, but after 125 pitches and dominating as he hasn't in over a month, I think he was spent. The problem wasn't that Wood was taken out, the problem was that the wrong pitcher was in the game." (and another thing!, August 28)

Thomas, White Sox pound Yanks again. Two nights ago, they scored 9 runs off Roger Clemens. Last night, they scored 10 off David Wells. (Yahoo!)

Keith Scherer on the 1977 White Sox. "The Sox have won four division titles since then, but none of those clubs is as beloved as the 1977 team. And unless this year's model wins the AL Central and the World Series, those '77 Sox will remain the most beloved." (

Expos 9, Phillies 6. Montreal has won 8 straight. Philadelphia is 1-8 on its current road trip. The Expos are within 1 game of the wild card lead. (Yahoo!)

Joe Sheehan on the improbable Expos. (Baseball Prospectus)

Prospectus Triple Play: Orioles, Rockies, Mets. "With any hope of making the playoffs gone in a hail of injuries, firings, trades and disappointing performances, the Mets should be commended for not folding the tent. They've been among the hottest teams in baseball in August, winning ten of their last 13 games and, at 14-8, are in line to have their best month of the season." (Baseball Prospectus)

Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Late offensive flurry boosts Montreal. Down 8-0, they rallied to beat the Phillies. (

Padres acquire Giles, ship White to Royals. (

Geoffrey N. Young on the Giles trade, and what it means for the Padres in 2004. "The Padres just acquired BRIAN FREAKIN' GILES! And they didn't have to absorb any of Jason Kendall's contract. Of course, they also don't get Kendall's services, but that's another story." (Ducksnorts)

Prospectus Triple Play: Red Sox, Reds, Padres. "Since the day before Jim Bowden was fired, the Reds have lost every position player besides Sean Casey. Don't compare this fire sale to those conducted during the 90s by the Padres or the World Champion Marlins. In those cases, good teams were broken up at the behest of bad ownership. This time, a bad team is being broken up at the behest of bad ownership. It is a small, but important distinction." (Baseball Prospectus)

Prospectus Q&A: Rickey Henderson. (Baseball Prospectus)

An Interview With J.P. Ricciardi. (Batter's Box)

Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Ortiz, Pedro help Red Sox sweep M's. In the four-game series, Mariners starters allowed 33 hits and 17 walks in 20 innings. Jamie Moyer starts tonight against Tampa Bay. (Yahoo!)

Tejada carries A's into first-place tie. Oakland, Seattle and Boston are all 76-55. (Yahoo!)

Expos' Hernandez shuts down Phillies. Livan pitched his league-leading seventh complete game. Montreal is within three games of the Phillies and Marlins in the NL wild card race. (Yahoo!)

Bonds...Bobby Bonds. Rich Lederer looks back at the slugger's career. (Rich's Weekend Baseball BEAT)

Bruce Markusen on the 1968 Tigers. (Baseball Primer)

Why baseball should never, ever relocate to Washington, D.C. (Slate)

Prospectus Triple Play: Marlins, Yankees, Pirates. "If you run into Jorge Posada in your travels, make sure you're wearing that authentic asbestos Yanks jersey--he's positively en fuego. Already having one of the best seasons of his career, Posada has kicked it up a notch, going 24 for his last 53. He's hiked his season line to a decidedly uncatcher-like .280/.408/.516." (Baseball Prospectus)

Monday, August 25, 2003
Lowe, Red Sox shut down slumping M's. Four wins in a row for Boston, five losses in a row for Seattle. (Yahoo!)

David Cameron: "Watching the game tonight, I saw an awful lot of groundballs to second. So, I checked the game log. The Mariners grounded out to second base in every single inning. Todd Walker made 10 putouts. This game was a giant middle finger to those that believe that pitchers have no impact on balls in play. You can't watch Derek Lowe induce 15 groundouts (against 3 fly outs) and come to the conclusion that he has no part in that. Especially when Ryan Franklin is throwing batting practice in the other half-innings." (U.S.S. Mariner)

Joe Sheehan reports from Thursday's Expos-Dodgers game. (Baseball Prospectus)

Prospectus Triple Play: Indians, Dodgers, Mariners. "It's not uncommon for everyday players--especially those on the right end of the defensive spectrum--to see a decline in their production as the season wears on. One-hundred sixty-two games is a boatload, and spending half your time avoiding someone's spikes on the double-play or wearing the tools of ignorance is not particularly easy or comfortable...With that being said, it is really that much of a surprise that Paul Lo Duca appears to be hitting the wall once again for the Boys in Blue?" (Baseball Prospectus)

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