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2011 September 17

  1. Phillies beat Cardinals, clinch fifth straight NL East title

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:12 PM EST

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    Pop that champagne, Philadelphia. Roy Oswalt fanned seven batters and scattered five hits over seven dominant innings Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies topped St. Louis 9-2 and locked up their fifth consecutive National League East title in front of a sold-out home crowd. Jimmy Rollins went 4-for-5 with two runs scored,…

  2. Stephen Strasburg goes six strong in third outing

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:36 PM EST

    Strasburg throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    Nationals righty Stephen Strasburg made his third start since returning from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Saturday night against the Marlins. And he was as dominant as you might expect. Via Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Strasburg tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits while striking out three Marlins hitters. The right-hander…

  3. Tommy Hanson cleared to pitch in instructional league

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:21 PM EST

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    From Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson completed his “third and final” bullpen session Saturday in Atlanta and plans to head to Orlando next week to begin making appearances in instructional league games. Hanson has been sidelined since the first week of August due to a slight undersurface…

  4. Cody Ross done for season due to right hamstring strain?

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    An MRI taken Saturday in Denver confirmed what the Giants had been fearing for the past 18 hours or so. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, outfielder Cody Ross — who made an early exit Friday night against the Rockies — has been diagnosed with a strained right hamstring. Ross was…

  5. Adrian Gonzalez experiencing right shoulder fatigue

    Sep 17, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

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    Just what Sawx fans need: more reason for panic. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez admitted before Saturday’s game against the Rays that he’s feeling weakness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder. Gonzalez does not expect to miss any time, but he acknowledged to Rosenthal that the shoulder fatigue is costing him…

  6. Nelson Cruz returns to Rangers’ starting lineup tonight

    Sep 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

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    Nelson Cruz is back in the Rangers’ starting lineup tonight against the Mariners as the designated hitter. He struck out in a pinch-hit appearance on Wednesday, but this will be his first start since straining his left hamstring on August 28. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers hope Cruz will…

  7. Mariano Rivera ties Trevor Hoffman for all-time saves record

    Sep 17, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera doesn’t need the all-time saves record to tell us that he’s the greatest relief pitcher of all-time, but he’ll soon be sitting on top of the mountain. Rivera earned his 601st save this afternoon in a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays, tying him with Trevor Hoffman for the all-time saves record. The 41-year-old…

  8. Kyle Farnsworth aims to return next week

    Sep 17, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    Kyle Farnsworth won’t pitch this weekend against the Red Sox, but he hopes to return next week during a series against the Yankees. Farnsworth hasn’t pitched since last Saturday due to lingering tenderness in his throwing elbow. However, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, he was able to make 25 throws with a…

  9. Brian Wilson bought two pairs of “Back to the Future” shoes

    Sep 17, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Nike Back to the future

    And now for the least surprising story of the day. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brian Wilson bought two pairs of the recently released Nike MAG shoes, as worn by Michael J. Fox in “Back the Future II.” Of course he did. In fact, Wilson was seen wearing a pair in the…

  10. Clay Buchholz throws bullpen session

    Sep 17, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Clay Buchholz continues to make progress from a stress fracture in his lower back. According to Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal, Buchholz threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session this afternoon. He could advance to a simulated game as soon as Monday, though the Red Sox could decide to push him back a day…

  11. Adam Jones to see hand specialist about injured thumb

    Sep 17, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    The Orioles had Adam Jones on the original lineup card for last night’s game against the Angels, but he was scratched after feeling consistent pain in his ailing right thumb after taking his first swing during batting practice. Jones hasn’t started a game since last Friday due to the injury. While it has bothered him…

  12. Phillies recall Domonic Brown from minors

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies announced a host of roster moves after Triple-A Lehigh Valley lost to the Columbus Clippers in the Governors’ Cup Finals last night. Among them, Domonic Brown has returned to the major league roster. Brown is batting .246/.335/.393 with five home runs, 19 RBI, three stolen bases and a .728 OPS over 209 plate…

  13. Alex Rodriguez back in Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays, batting fifth and playing third base. Rodriguez hasn’t played since September 9 due to a Grade 1 sprain of his left thumb. The injury is expected to linger for the…

  14. Javier Vazquez continues dramatic turnaround, hurls first shutout since 2005

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    The resurgence of Javier Vazquez marches on. Vazquez allowed five hits and struck out seven in a complete game shutout against the Nationals last night. It was his first complete game since September 25, 2009 as a member of the Braves and his first shutout since May 22, 2005 with the Diamondbacks. After last night’s shutout,…

  15. Tsuyoshi Nishioka shut down for season with oblique injury

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

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    According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, the Twins have shut down Tsuyoshi Nishioka for the rest of the season due to an oblique injury. Nishioka hasn’t played since September 9, but the injury has lingered for a few weeks now. “The last time he tried to play, he was hurting pretty bad,” Gardenhire said. “I…

  16. The National League Wild Card race is getting interesting

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Fernando Salas, Yadier Molina

    Much of the focus has been on the American League Wild Card, and understandably so given that the Red Sox are involved, but the Wild Card race in the National League is becoming more intriguing by the day. The Cardinals won again last night, 4-2 over the Phillies in 11 innings, giving them their third…

  17. Tigers beat Athletics, clinch American League Central crown

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:53 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    The Phillies may have been the first team to punch their ticket to the postseason earlier this week, but the Tigers became the first team to wrap up their division late last night. Behind yet another strong performance by Doug Fister, the Tigers defeated the Athletics 3-1 to clinch the American League Central. Detroit is…

  18. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett reacts after striking out Tampa Bay Rays John Jaso to end the top of sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox fans can breathe a little bit easier this morning. Josh Beckett was solid in his return from a sprained ankle last night, allowing three runs (two earned) over six innings as the Red Sox defeated the Rays 4-3 to extend their lead in the AL Wild Card race to four games with 12…

  19. Papi feels bad for troubled Manny, says he’s ‘a good dude’

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

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    David Ortiz hasn’t seen his friend and former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez since the spring, when Boston played Tampa Bay in a Grapefruit League contest. But he is well aware of all that has been going on with Ramirez this season, and feels bad for the disgraced former star. Ramirez, who retired abruptly in…

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