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2011 September 22

  1. Report: Red Sox tried to trade for Chris Capuano this week

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    No one traded at this point in the season is eligible for the playoffs, but that apparently didn’t stop the Red Sox from calling the Mets in search of rotation help. According to John Thomase of the Boston Herald the Red Sox wanted to acquire veteran left-hander Chris Capuano in time to make Sunday’s start…

  2. Lance Berkman, Cardinals agree to a one-year deal

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week Lance Berkman said that it was all about the money. So the Cardinals came through with the money: they’ve agreed to a one-year deal. The terms have not been disclosed, but some people are tweeting around that it’s a $12 million deal. We’ll update if and when that number is confirmed. Which…

  3. Must-click link: Scouting report by the fans, for the fans

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Tom Tango launched his annual “scouting report by the fans for the fans,” which is your shot to play a scout by entering in personal observations about the players you watch on a regular basis to become part of the huge collection of scouting reports compiled entirely by fans. Take a look at the instructions…

  4. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    I’d say there were approximately 50 questions on the theme of “why do the Braves suck?”  Please forgive me for not answering them all. Q: Why do the Braves suck? Because we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.…

  5. Nationals rookie Wilson Ramos is in rarefied air among young catchers

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    The patented Wilson Ramos home run trot

    Wilson Ramos went 3-for-3 with a homer last night and is now hitting .267 with a .331 on-base percentage and .443 slugging percentage in 109 games for the Nationals. Those certainly aren’t jaw-dropping raw numbers, but Ramos’ production adds up to an adjusted OPS+ of 112 and that’s damn impressive for a 23-year-old rookie catcher.…

  6. Vlad Guerrero wants to play two or three more years

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vlad Guerrero has been hitting the ball well lately, leading the charge as the Orioles have done a damn fine job of playing spoiler in the American League wild card race.  Also, as Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun points out, he’s three hits behind Julio Franco for the record of most hits for a…

  7. Jason Repko is third Twin to suffer concussion in 15 months

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jason Repko, Lou Marson

    Jason Repko was hit in the helmet by a Justin Masterson fastball Sunday and has unfortunately joined Twins teammates Denard Span and Justin Morneau in suffering a concussion. According to trainer Rick McWane “he had a CT scan and an MRI exam on his head and they both came back normal” and Repko hasn’t officially…

  8. The Blue Jays have a new logo too

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Blue Jays logo

    A day after everyone hated on the Marlins allegedly new logo, another logo leak has occurred. This time it’s the Blue Jays, and Paul Lukas of UniWatch has confirmed it’s legit. I like the return to the old school bird. The splash of red from the maple leaf has always bugged me whenever the Jays…

  9. Jair Jurrjens still unlikely for playoffs despite “really good” bullpen session

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens has already been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs because of ongoing knee problems, but the rehabbing right-hander threw a 50-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Jurrjens said afterward that “it went really good,” but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’s “questionable” at best…

  10. Chuck Knoblauch: “a man both buoyed and wounded by the game of baseball”

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Knoblauch

    We haven’t heard much about Chuck Knoblauch in the nine years since he retired from baseball.  He was named in the Mitchell Report and had to testify in front of a grand jury about it, but otherwise, he’s been an invisible man. Today there’s a feature story on him in the Star-Tribune.  It’s not the…

  11. Impending free agent Mark Buehrle unsure about future with White Sox

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle made his second-to-last start of the season last night, picking up the victory with six innings of two-run ball against the Indians, but before taking the mound the impending free agent talked about his uncertain future. Buehrle is coming to the end of a four-year, $52 million contract and the 32-year-old southpaw is…

  12. Lawyer says that Jim Crane is no war profiteer. Not that it really helps.

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Look, I have no idea why Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on approving Jim Crane as the next owner of the Astros. Maybe it’s that “I don’t want to move to the American League” thing. Maybe it’s because of the long and rich history between Crane’s company and the EEOC. Maybe it’s because…

  13. Tweet of the Day: Braves-Red Sox edition

    Sep 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez, Derek Lowe

    In the past 12 hours I have received approximately 50 tweets from people about just how bad the Braves suck.  Thankfully, most of them have been funny. I mean, sure, this skid has been miserable and there’s a great chance that the worst is yet to come (elimination!) but you can’t help but laugh or…

  14. Hello, Halos!

    Sep 22, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Angels batter Vernon Wells hits a two-run home run during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Gentlemen, change your narratives:  the Red Sox collapse/Rays surge story is kinda stale, what with the Rays’ surge being arrested of late.  Now you gotta figure in the Angels who are tied with Tampa Bay, a mere two and a half back of Boston. On September 2nd, Boston was nine games ahead of Tampa Bay and…

  15. Jorge Posada plays the hero

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees - Game Two

    It’s been a crappy year for Jorge Posada. He was demoted, sulked, and mostly just sucked.  But he at least now has one nice thing to take away from what may very well be his final season in pinstripes: a little hero moment: Posada came off the bench last night to hit a two-run single, breaking…

  16. The State of the Races

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Rage Face

    I think the photo just about sums it up.  Anyway, because I want there to be a record of all of this after my death (which should occur sometime on Monday or Tuesday at this rate), here’s where we stand: AL Wild Card: Boston is like that kindly uncle holding out a dollar bill for…

  17. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    New York Mets v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 6, Mets 5: And now St. Louis is a mere one and a half back. With games against the Mets, Cubs and Astros left. And when guys like David Freese drive in five runs, you’re entering team of destiny territory. Marlins 4, Braves 0: Javy Vazquez is going to retire, he implies. If so,…

  18. Report: No winter ball for Manny Ramirez after all

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:22 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Earlier today, we found out that Manny Ramirez intends to follow through with his plans to play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. Now we find out it’s probably not going to happen after all. According to ESPN.com, Ramirez will have to drop his plans because of his suspension for failing a drug test…

  19. Matt Moore to make first MLB start Thursday vs. Yankees

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:03 AM EDT

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    The Rays suffered 4-2 defeats in both halves of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Yankees, dropping a half-game in the AL Wild Card standings despite the Red Sox’ 6-4 loss to the Orioles. Well aware that another loss could sink the Rays’ chances of overtaking Boston by the end of the regular season, Rays manager Joe…

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