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  1. Keith Hernandez shaved his mustache for charity

    Sep 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    keith hernandez mustache

    As promised, Keith Hernandez shaved off his mustache for charity today. Or more accurately, had his mustache shaved off in a big ceremony outside Citi Field in front of fans and media members. Our buddy Ted Berg of snapped that photo of the shave in the progress and then Matthew Cerrone of has…

  2. Jason Isringhausen is ’70-30′ in favor of retiring

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Colorado Rockies

    Jason Isringhausen has barely pitched for the Angels down the stretch and the 40-year-old reliever is leaning toward retirement, telling Alden Gonzalez of that he’s currently 70 percent likely to call it a career after 16 seasons. Isringhausen cited the desire to spend more time with his two young daughters, saying: I like to…

  3. Max Scherzer scratched from Friday start with more shoulder problems

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    So much for Max Scherzer being past his shoulder fatigue. After skipping a start last week he rejoined the Tigers’ rotation Sunday with a decent five-inning outing against the Twins, but now Scherzer has been scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled start. Scherzer’s fastball velocity was down versus Minnesota and the right-hander told Jason Beck of…

  4. Bud Norris owns the Cardinals, again

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    bud norris getty

    Bud Norris has been so good against the Cardinals over the years–and so mediocre against just about everyone else–that St. Louis scribes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Matthew Leach of have a running joke with fans on Twitter about his dominance using the hashtag #BudChuck. Norris did it again last…

  5. Jeff Kent on “Survivor” recap: Clutch puzzle solving

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Survivor Smacked Me In The Chops

    Jeff Kent was featured prominently in the season premiere of “Survivor” last week, but he was mostly an afterthought in the second episode last night. And yet because I wasted an hour of my life watching the show I’m going to do a Kent-centric recap now: • The producers are clearly trying to make him…

  6. Roy Halladay on track to start Saturday versus Marlins

    Sep 26, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    roy halladay getty

    Shutting down Roy Halladay because of his shoulder problems remains a possibility for the Phillies, but for now at least he’s scheduled to start Saturday against the Marlins. Halladay failed to make it out of the second inning Saturday versus the Braves, allowing seven runs and struggling with shoulder muscle spasms, but Todd Zolecki of…

  7. Irritated eyes are the new strained obliques

    Sep 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Baseball injuries seem to come in bunches and the latest “trend” has shifted from oblique strains to irritated eyes. Coco Crisp has missed most of the past two weeks with pink eye. Josh Hamilton missed a week with dried out corneas from too much caffeine. And now Twins starter Samuel Deduno left this afternoon’s game…

  8. Tweet of the Day: Coco Crisp explains how pink eye feels

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Twitter logo

    Coco Crisp appeared in last night’s game off the bench as a pinch-runner, but he’s still unable to hit or play defense because of a nasty case of pink eye that he’s had for going on two weeks. Today he gave an update via Twitter: Its so frustrating have this pink I crap! My vision…

  9. Mike Leake “on the bubble” for Reds’ playoff roster

    Sep 26, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Cincinnati Reds

    Cincinnati skipped Mike Leake‘s turn in the rotation yesterday in order to keep Johnny Cueto on regular rest and Mark Sheldon of writes that Leake “realizes he is on the bubble” for the postseason roster. Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, and Homer Bailey are all ahead of him on the rotation depth chart and…

  10. Clayton Kershaw on track to start Friday versus Rockies

    Sep 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    Clayton Kershaw came out of Sunday night’s start without making his bum hip any worse, so the reigning Cy Young winner is scheduled to take his next turn in the rotation Friday versus the Rockies. Kershaw prepared for the outing by throwing a bullpen session Tuesday, reporting no problems two days after tossing five innings…

  11. Astros hoping to decide on manager by early next week

    Sep 26, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Drayton McLane, Jim Crane

    For the past two weeks the Astros have been busy interviewing manager candidates and owner Jim Crane told Brian McTaggart of that the team hopes to make a decision late this week or early next week. “It will really depend on the selection we make, how quickly we announce that based upon where the…

  12. Angels focused on re-signing Zack Greinke, likely to decline options on Dan Haren, Ervin Santana

    Sep 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Dan Haren

    Alden Gonzalez of passes along word from “a source familiar with the team’s thinking” that the Angels plan to decline their 2013 options on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. Haren’s option is for $15.5 million with a $3.5 million buyout and Santana’s option is for $13 million with a $1 million buyout. And then,…

  13. Nationals want him back, but will Davey Johnson keep managing after this season?

    Sep 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    mike rizzo and davey johnson

    By moving from the front office to the dugout in the middle of last season Davey Johnson is in a unique situation with the Nationals, as his contract as manager ends after this season while his contract as a team consultant runs through 2013. General manager Mike Rizzo made it very clear that he wants…

  14. Randy Wolf’s status uncertain due to elbow injury

    Sep 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Randy Wolf

    Baltimore signed Randy Wolf four weeks ago to provide some veteran pitching depth down the stretch, but after just two starts and three relief appearances the 35-year-old left-hander may be finished because of an elbow injury. Wolf underwent an MRI exam Tuesday and will meet with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed Tommy John surgery on…

  15. Joe Mauer closes batting title gap on Miguel Cabrera with MLB-leading 22nd three-hit game

    Sep 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer AP

    For a while it looked like Miguel Cabrera‘s biggest hurdle in claiming the triple crown would be topping Josh Hamilton in homers, but Joe Mauer has been on fire this month to close the gap in the batting average race. Mauer had his MLB-leading 22nd three-hit game of the season last night and is now…

  16. Jack Wilson is retiring after 12 seasons in the majors

    Sep 25, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Jack Wilson, who hit .169 in a minor role for the Braves this season before being released earlier this month, announced his retirement after 12 seasons in the majors. Wilson broke the news to Devan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, who covered him for years as the Pirates’ starting shortstop. Wilson played for Pittsburgh…

  17. Yankees activate Brett Gardner from DL as pinch-runner

    Sep 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Brett Gardner Getty

    Brett Gardner is back from the disabled list, rejoining the Yankees’ active roster for the first time since mid-April following a series of setbacks with his elbow injury. However, manager Joe Girardi has indicated that he plans to use Gardner exclusively as a pinch-runner or defensive replacement. Gardner throws left-handed and injured his right elbow,…

  18. Coco Crisp sits out seventh straight game with pink eye

    Sep 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT


    Coco Crisp is out of the A’s lineup again tonight, missing his seventh straight game with pink eye (or, more officially, allergic conjunctivitis). Crisp has been examined by three different doctors in three different states, yet there’s still no timetable for his return from a condition that the A’s initially thought would only keep him…

  19. Ichiro Suzuki treats his bats “like a rock musician with a guitar”

    Sep 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Ichiro Suzuki is hitting again with a .328 batting average and .831 OPS since joining the Yankees, but even while struggling with the Mariners he never took it out on his bats. In fact, as David Waldstein wrote about for the New York Times, Suzuki treats his bats amazingly well: Suzuki neatly stacks his best…

  20. And the award for MLB’s most biased announcer goes to …

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    hawk harrelson

    Some studies have unexpected results that change the way people think about a subject. This is not one of them. Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal watched a local broadcast of all 30 teams to track the announcers’ level of bias and concluded that longtime White Sox play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson is indeed the…

  21. Ricky Romero snaps 13-game losing streak

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    It wasn’t pretty, as he gave up four runs in five innings with more walks than strikeouts, but Ricky Romero snapped his 13-game losing streak with a victory over the Orioles last night. Toronto’s lineup handed Romero four runs of support in the first two innings and scored nine total runs, so like most “wins”…

  22. Astros lose 104th game, clinch No. 1 pick, set record-low attendance on same night

    Sep 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    astros logo wide

    Even in a season full of tough days for the Astros yesterday stood out, as they lost for the 104th time to clinch MLB’s worst record along with the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft and also set the all-time attendance low at Minute Maid Park. The announced crowd was 12,584 and overall this…

  23. Lance Berkman thinks the Astros should hire Tim Bogar

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar is among the candidates to interview for the Astros’ managerial opening and one of the best players in franchise history, Lance Berkman, thinks he’s the right man for the job. “If it was me, that’s who I’d hire,” Berkman said, via Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle “He was…

  24. Cardinals GM not counting on Rafael Furcal, Lance Berkman

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    If the Cardinals are going to make a deep playoff run it sounds like it will have to be without shortstop Rafael Furcal and probably without first baseman Lance Berkman too. General manager John Mozeliak was pessimistic about the chances of either player returning from injury this season and in fact Joe Strauss of the…

  25. Diamondbacks shut down 21-year-old rookie Tyler Skaggs

    Sep 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tyler Skaggs

    Tyler Skaggs made his big-league debut for the Diamondbacks on August 22, but in the six starts since then the former first-round pick hasn’t looked like the guy who ranks among the elite pitching prospects in baseball. He allowed 20 runs in 29 innings and showed decreased velocity, averaging just 89.4 miles per hour with…

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