Last night doesn’t mean a whole lot, especially when you separate
the pitching lines of the guys who won’t make the playoff staff from those who
will, but there’s still something about September games in Anaheim that irritate
Josh Hamilton spent more than five hours with Los
Angeles-area back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins yesterday, undergoing a bone
scan and other diagnostic tests, and is expected to return to Dr. Watkins today
to discuss the results – and possibly get some sort of nerve-deadening shot, as
last week’s cortisone injection hasn’t helped his ribcage soreness. The timing of his return is still unknown.
Frankie Francisco’s Monday throwing session was delayed
another day. He’s expected to throw today.
Houston has affiliated with the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
Oakland refuses to move Saturday afternoon’s start time, and
as a result, due to Fox’s national exclusivity and the network’s decision not
to make that day’s game against the A’s a national broadcast, the game is, for
the moment, is the only one all season not scheduled to be televised. If the magic number is 1 or 2 going into that
game . . . ho boy.
The Rangers have been working all angles with MLB, Fox, and
Fox Sports Southwest for about a month to find a solution that would permit the
game to be televised locally. Texas is
hoping for a resolution by tomorrow.
Thanks for all your ideas last night for my final MLB.com Top
10 column of the season. I’m happy with the
winning suggestion, but could have gone in a dozen different directions. Appreciate the feedback. The column will run on Thursday morning.
Reminder about tonight’s “Dallas Sports: Where we’ve been,
where we’re headed” discussion, hosted by Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning
News, at SMU Hughes Trigg Theater from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Seating is free but limited. Reserve your space by going to www.dallasnews.com/125th/ and
clicking the “RSVP” link. More details here.
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