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Albert in the Clink
Albert Belle was sentenced to three months in jail for stalking his ex-girlfriend (by secretly installing a GPS device on her car).

How long until he pummels a fellow inmate for calling him Joey?

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 8/25/2006 11:31:00 AM

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Hargrove's Days are Numbered
It doesn't take much to read between the lines of Seattle GM Bill Bavasi as the Mariners are mired in a 20-game losing steak to division opponents:

"It's difficult to swallow," Bavasi said. "I've seen teams do this, but they usually have less ability, in my opinion. There's some serious underachieving going on."

Bavasi might want to look over his shoulder, though, that M's ownership doens't whack 'em both at the same time.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 8/22/2006 9:56:00 AM

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What a Mess, Redux
Ah, is John Gibbons nuts? First he challenges Shea Hillenbrand to a duel, now he's throwing down with Ted Lilly? Gibbons reminds me of a PE teacher I once had. The class was kind of rowdy and this guy would do all he could to get us to stand in line and shut up. He'd be teaching us how to throw a spiral and we'd be chucking the footballs at each other. So he'd yell and scream and threaten us. But the more he yelled and carried on, the less respect he got from us. It was like the bigger stink he made, the more we thought it was a joke. I get the feeling there might be a similar situation in Toronto.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 8/22/2006 1:02:00 AM
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What a Mess
The Padres' starting pitcher has been hurt on each of the past three days either just before or during the game. Clay Hensley missed Saturday's start with hip soreness, so the Padres called up Mike Thompson from Triple-A Portland to replace him. After a mix-up at airport security (his ticket was in the name of Portland teammate Brian Sweeney), Thompson got to Petco Park just in time to start the game.

The following afternoon, Chris Young went down after one inning due to a strained right rhomboid muscle -- a fancy way of saying that he strained the muscle which connects his shoulder to his spine. The Padres were faced with the fact that they had to fill eight innings on the mound, and Hensley filled in admirably for four of them.

But, alas, that wasn't all for San Diego, a team which is currently hovering a game over .500, two games behind the Reds for the wild card and three games behind the Dodgers for first place in the N.L. West. Just before the first game of an important three-game set against the Dodgers, Monday's scheduled starter, Chan Ho Park, experienced a recurrance of the intestinal bleeding which landed him on the DL last month. The Padres wanted to turn to Brian Sweeney, but he had just pitched seven innings for Portland. Dewon Brazelton was an option, but he isn't on the Padres' 40-man roster, so some extra roster juggling would have been necessary.

Tim Stauffer, who was just 6-12 with a 5.07 ERA in 25 Triple-A games this season, was summoned to make the emergency start. He earned the victory after pitching six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk. All this after he arrived just a few hours before game-time.

Hopefully the Padres' incredible, maybe even unprecedented, streak of bad luck will end on Tuesday night. Hopefully their scheduled starter, Jake Peavy, hasn't broken any mirrors or walked under any ladders lately. As for the upcoming three-game weekend series in Colorado, the Padres are totally up in the air. Hensley is hoping to pitch on Friday. Young might still pitch on Saturday, even though manager Bruce Bochy said on Sunday that he would probably land on the 15-day DL. And no one knows about Park's status for Sunday, but he's very questionable at best. The Padres are hanging around in this very wild N.L. West race, but barely. Who knows who'll pitch this weekend. Maybe head trainer Todd Hutcheson should warm up his arm.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 8/21/2006 11:26:00 PM

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