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I saw this bit earlier this morning and it made me chuckle. I love the idea of the personalized operating system from the movie “Her.” Here’s the premise of the movie from IMDB.com: “A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.” And, of [...]

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The World Series ended on Wednesday night with the Boston Red Sox vanquishing postseason Michael Wacha and the Cardinals in front of a raucous home crowd at Fenway Park. There’s just something about the Dunkin’ Donuts signs out there … Anyway, David Waldstein of “The New York Times” spins a tale of the legendary voices [...]

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Week 7 kicks off Thursday night with the Cardinals hosting the Seahawks in a NFC West matchup. I’m not looking for a huge total here (Nevada has it at 40 1/2), but I do believe Seattle gets it done both SU and ATS (-4 1/2). You’re looking at a disruptive secondary making things difficult for [...]

I know that this data set is based on imperfect numbers from the 2012 season. There’s going to be noise in the data. Obviously, teams made shifts in personnel through free agency and the draft to improve on last season’s failures, and we see a good number of teams rise from the depths to playoff [...]

Harmon’s Podcast 7.31: Harmon’s back to chat up the latest rumor, conjecture and speculation in Major League Baseball about Biogenesis suspensions and A-Rod, divergent enthusiasm about the Baseball and Football Halls of Fame, injury updates and the usual pop culture madness. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome on BlogTalkRadio

I asked a friend of mine in Baltimore media when the Orioles were going to dive into the trading pool early on Tuesday. He responded by predicting the acquisition of a relief pitcher. The Orioles acquired Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Nick Delmonico. Rodriguez successfully closed out all 10 [...]

The Denver Post reports that Troy Tulowitzki faces a lengthy stay on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a broken rib on his right side. The injury occurred when Tulowitzki dove for a groundball on June 6 and caused Tulowitzki great discomfort. He’s expected to be sidelined for some 4-6 weeks. Josh Rutledge will [...]

As longtime readers know, I grew up on the South Side. Yes, it needs to be capitalized. The White Sox have long turned to trainer Herm Schneider to monitor player health, and his ability to rehab players is the stuff of baseball legend (Bo Jackson, anyone?). Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports wrote a piece chronicling [...]

Congratulations to Felix Hernandez, who earned the 100th win of his career against the Astros on Monday night. Hernandez pitched six shutout innings with nine strikeouts, allowing five hits and a walk. Despite velocity concerns (see below), Hernandez has recorded 37 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings pitched this season. Many sniping 140-character comments have been [...]

It appears that news has gotten worse for St. Louis closer Jason Motte. His injury was originally diagnosed as a “mild strain,” but it appears that there is more significant ligament damage that will force Motte onto the operating table. If Motte is unable to begin throwing by May 1, Tommy John surgery could be [...]

Initial X-rays from Los Angeles revealed no break in Jered Weaver’s left arm on Sunday. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Weaver had, in fact, sustained a “non-displaced radial head fracture in his left elbow. Garrett Richards will take his spot in the rotation, and strikeout machine Dane De La Rosa was recalled from the [...]

Mark McGwire is headed home. The southern California native returned home by signing a deal to become the new hitting coach of the Dodgers. Before he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team or smashing home runs alongside Jose Canseco in Oakland, McGwire was dominating at USC. He’s back to lead the retooled Dodgers [...]

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Week 8 ended with a resounding thud. I know. It was a fantastic blowout victory if you’re a backer of the 49ers … or if you owned the San Francisco defense in fantasyland. I get it. I’m talking in terms of being a compelling game. That ship sailed fairly early in the first half of [...]

Arizona Cardinals PA announcer and pre- and post-game host Jon Bloom joins Mike Harmon to talk up the 2-0 start for the Cardinals and this Sunday’s showdown with the Eagles. They talk up the Cardinals’ huge Week 2 win over the Patriots and get you acquainted with the defense. Listen to Harmon chat up ZONA-PHILLY [...]

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Man. I need to get throwing again. WANTED “Mid-30s junkballer. Must be willing to be lit up like a Christmas tree on every fifth day and prove that the PEDs epidemic is past.” It’s a result of bad pitching. It’s … LEFTY preferred.” OK, so I haven’t seen that in the want ads anytime recently. [...]