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2013 September 03

  1. Johnny Cueto throws 35-pitch bullpen session

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

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    From C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer comes word that Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw 35 pitches off a mound Tuesday at Great American Ball Park and looked “impressive.” Cueto has been on the shelf since departing his June 28 start against the Rangers with a severely-strained right lat muscle. He is aiming to…

  2. Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…

  3. Craig Kimbrel just lowered his ERA to 0.94

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    It’s old hat now, but Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is once again threatening to post a sub-1.00 ERA. He’s at 0.94 after pitching a scoreless inning for his 44th save Tuesday against the Mets. Kimbrel finished last year at 1.01. There was actually some concern about Kimbrel after he got off to a rough start…

  4. Video: Billy Hamilton picks up first career stolen base

    Sep 3, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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    Reds speedster Billy Hamilton made his major league debut as a pinch-runner on Tuesday night after a Ryan Ludwick single to center field and stole second base off Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Molina probably would have had him if the throw was on line, but knowledge of Hamilton’s base-stealing prowess likely caused the five-time Gold…

  5. Jeff Locke will rejoin the Pirates’ rotation on Saturday

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Jeff Locke had a hideous 7.94 ERA in five August starts and was demoted to the minor leagues last Wednesday evening. But he is coming right back. According to MLB.com’s Tom Singer, Locke was officially recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday afternoon and will rejoin the Pirates’ starting rotation this Saturday night against the Cardinals.…

  6. Jason Heyward cleared to play catch and hit off a tee

    Sep 3, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an update on the status of Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who suffered multiple fractures in his jaw when he was beaned by a fastball on August 21: Jason Heyward isn’t chewing solid food yet, but he did get a pleasant surprise during a visit to the oral surgeon Tuesday.…

  7. Pirates activate closer Jason Grilli

    Sep 3, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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    The first-place Pirates are getting a nice boost. According to beat reporter Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, right-hander Jason Grilli has been activated from the disabled list and will be available to pitch in Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers. Mark Melancon will remain the Bucs’ closer in the immediate future, but Grilli can…

  8. Rockies activate Carlos Gonzalez from the disabled list

    Sep 3, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

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    Carlos Gonzalez has been activated from the disabled list and will be available off the Rockies’ bench Tuesday for the first time since August 4. But it won’t exactly be a triumphant return. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that CarGo is only available to play defense and pinch-run due to lingering pain in…

  9. Miguel Cabrera is back in the Tigers lineup

    Sep 3, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera hasn’t played for three games with an abdominal injury but he’s back in tonight’s lineup against the Red Sox. You sorta have to wonder about Cabrera’s injury, don’t you? It’s been described as an abdominal injury for the most part. I’m told Dave Dombrowski referred to it as a groin injury the other…

  10. Justin Masterson is out with an oblique injury

    Sep 3, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Here’s a potentially big blow to the Indians’ already dwindling playoff hopes: Justin Masterson will miss at least one start with an oblique injury suffered during his abbreviated outing yesterday. One start wouldn’t be so bad, but very few oblique injuries tend to be that minor and if anything it’s an injury type that lingers…

  11. Former major leaguer Eric Byrnes knows of a Hall of Famer who used PEDs

    Sep 3, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

    Eric Byrnes

    This in the course of Eric Byrnes essay about PEDs over at Checkswing.com regarding the pressure to use in the game and the benefits and detriments therefrom: Disturbingly, not long ago I was having dinner with a former long time Major League player that spoke about the steroid use of a prominent Hall of Famer…

  12. Yadier Molina back in Cardinals’ lineup after wrist injury

    Sep 3, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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    Yadier Molina exited yesterday’s game with a sore left wrist, but the Cardinals catcher is back in the lineup tonight against the Reds. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Molina has dealt with wrist problems for most of the season, although it wasn’t as problematic as his knee. Despite being banged…

  13. MLB announces the playoff schedule

    Sep 3, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Bunting

    We knew it was all going down in October. Now we know specifically when. From MLB: Tiebreakers and Wild Card Games: Sunday, September 29: Last day of the regular season Monday, September 30: any tiebreakers, if necessary Tuesday, October 1: National League Wild Card Game Wednesday, October 2: American League League Wild Card Game Division…

  14. Astros get good news on Jason Castro’s knee injury

    Sep 3, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox

    Jason Castro exited yesterday’s game with a right knee injury, which was a huge concern considering his lengthy history of knee problems that includes a torn ACL in the same knee two years ago. Fortunately general manager Jeff Luhnow just announced that Castro has been diagnosed with a cyst on the medial side of his…

  15. I guess the Nats are just gonna let Bryce Harper kill himself

    Sep 3, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Bryce Harper is clearly hurting. He can’t run at full speed and is hobbling. So, is someone going to do something to ensure the future of the franchise doesn’t play himself into a thick, pasty goo? From CSNWashington.com, here’s Davey Johnson: “I was a little disturbed that I wasn’t informed that he was having some…

  16. HBT Daily: It’s OK, Miguel, you can rest now

    Sep 3, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Also: what constitutes “success” for the Pirates and what, if anything, can Joe Girardi do to help the Yankees make the playoffs?

  17. Will Venable agrees to two-year deal with Padres

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Will Venable

    Will Venable was already under team control through 2015, but Corey Brock of MLB.com reports the Padres have signed the outfielder to a two-year, $8.5 million deal that buys out his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility. Venable didn’t debut until age 25 and didn’t become a regular until age 27, so he’s old for…

  18. Chris Perez and his wife plead guilty to drug charges

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Back in June Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife were charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of controlled substance. According to police the couple had “a little more than a third of a pound of marijuana or 163.9 grams” delivered to their home and they’re scheduled to be arraigned on June 19. The…

  19. Charlie Manuel, snake-fighting playboy

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    This has nothing to do with anything, but it’s a slow news day so far and I’ve been having a lot of fun checking out Baseball-Reference.com’s new Japanese League player pages. Sadaharu Oh’s career numbers are incredible to look at and Tuffy Rhodes’ page is pretty great too, but my favorite is definitely Charlie Manuel’s…

  20. Chase Utley finally responds to Mac’s letter from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Mac from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” once wrote his hero, Chase Utley a letter: Now, five years later, Chase Utley, via the MLB Fan Cave, has finally responded: I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. In other news, when was the last time we played night crawlers together Frank?

  21. Barry Zito got another start and it went poorly … again

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    It looked like Barry Zito had pitched his way out of the Giants’ rotation for the final time last week, but instead they gave him another start last night and he lost on the road again. Zito was yanked after four innings against the Padres, allowing four runs while dropping to 0-9 with a 9.25…

  22. Bud Selig talks PEDs, replay and competitive balance

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Tom Verducci has an exclusive interview with Bud Selig and asked him about PEDs, replay, competitive balance and his legacy in the game. Takeaways: (1) he’s definitely retiring after 2014; (2) he denies that baseball turned a blind eye to PEDs; rather he was surprised by it and then the union fought testing; (3) he simply…

  23. Cubs have no plans to use Scott Baker in the rotation

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    When the Cubs signed Scott Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million contract they were hoping he’d return from Tommy John elbow surgery at some point during the first half and resume being a solid mid-rotation starter like he was for years with the Twins. Instead he experienced multiple setbacks in his recovery and is just…

  24. A-Rod could go to federal court before fighting his suspension in arbitration

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Steven Marcus of Newsday reported over the weekend that Alex Rodriguez‘s appeal of his 211-game suspension will begin this week, at least preliminarily, with a status conference.  He tweets today, however, that A-Rod’s team is considering other options before sitting down for an arbitration with Major League Baseball: A-ROD: His camp looking at legal options…

  25. Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr wants to replace Davey Johnson

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Randy Knorr

    Davey Johnson is stepping down as Nationals manager following the season and bench coach Randy Knorr wants to be the man who replaces him. Bill Ladson of MLB.com notes that Knorr managed nearly half of the Nationals’ current roster while they were in the minors and this is his second season as Johnson’s right-hand man…

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