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  1. Ryan Vogelsong is falling apart, “not really happy about it”

    Sep 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    vogelsong getty wide

    Ryan Vogelsong was one of the most consistently excellent pitchers in baseball through the first four months of the season, throwing 143 innings with a league-leading 2.27 ERA through August 8 while allowing more than four runs zero times in 21 starts. Since then he’s been a mess and after another poor outing against the…

  2. Astros have started interviewing manager candidates

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tony DeFrancesco AP

    Astros owner Jim Crane took a break from answering Roger Clemens-related questions long enough to say that the team has narrowed down its list of managerial candidates and will interview 6-8 of them this week. So far interim manager Tony DeFrancesco is the only known candidate, as both Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow declined…

  3. Reds worried about Aroldis Chapman’s diminished velocity, “fatigued” shoulder

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman was a mess last night, walking three of the five batters he faced after coming into a tie game in extra innings and being removed mid-inning for the first time all season. Within that ugly performance he threw 22 pitches and none of them topped 97 miles per hour while many of Chapman’s…

  4. End of the line? Lance Berkman to undergo season-ending knee surgery Tuesday

    Sep 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    berkman ap

    UPDATE: According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny just announced that Berkman will undergo season-ending surgery on his knee tomorrow. It would be a darn shame to see him go out this way, but he has already hinted at retiring after this season. 10:15 AM: Lance Berkman‘s status for the…

  5. No one watched the Astros on television Sunday

    Sep 10, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    tv test pattern

    This season has been filled with sad tidbits about the Astros, but this might be one of the most depressing. David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros’ win over the Reds was watched by an average of 1,092 households, which is the lowest in recorded history. During no 15-minute period was the…

  6. Reds reliever Nick Masset undergoes shoulder surgery

    Sep 10, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    masset getty

    Nick Masset‘s season began with a spring training shoulder injury and has been filled with numerous setbacks since, and today the Reds announced that the reliever underwent surgery over the weekend. That means Masset will have gone from throwing 76, 77, and 70 innings (with a combined 3.15 ERA) out of the Reds’ bullpen during…

  7. Braves rookie Andrelton Simmons back from broken finger

    Sep 10, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons AP

    As expected Andrelton Simmons is off the disabled list and in the Braves’ lineup for tonight’s game after the rookie shortstop missed the past two months with a broken pinkie finger. In his absence the Braves traded for Paul Janish from the Reds and turned to him as their primary shortstop. However, Janish hit just…

  8. A’s recalling Jemile Weeks, Daric Barton from Triple-A

    Sep 10, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Jemile Weeks

    Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento was knocked out of the Pacific Coast League playoffs yesterday, so the A’s have recalled Jemile Weeks and Daric Barton as part of September roster expansion. Weeks was demoted to Triple-A in mid-August after hitting just .220 in 113 games as the A’s starting second baseman. He batted .322 with…

  9. Evan Meek goes from All-Star to designated for assignment by Pirates in two years

    Sep 10, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Two seasons ago Evan Meek was an All-Star. Seriously, you can look it up and everything. Today the Pirates designated him for assignment after Meek spent most of this season at Triple-A and posted a 6.75 ERA in 12 innings in the majors. Meek was effective in the minors, throwing 46 innings with a 2.74…

  10. Matt Kemp targets Tuesday return after cortisone injections

    Sep 10, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp AP

    Today’s scheduled off day for the Dodgers comes at a good time for Matt Kemp, who sat out both weekend games after being diagnosed with fraying in his shoulder labrum and got two cortisone injections. Kemp told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’s hoping to be back in the Dodgers’ lineup tomorrow…

  11. Scott Boras says he had nothing to do with the Nationals shutting down Stephen Strasburg

    Sep 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    There’s been some speculation that Stephen Strasburg‘s agent, Scott Boras, played a part in the Nationals’ decision to shut the 24-year-old right-hander down for the season with 28 starts and 159.1 innings. However, while Boras agrees with the Nationals’ call he told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that he wasn’t involved in the decision-making process: Before…

  12. Daisuke Matsuzaka isn’t long for the Red Sox rotation

    Sep 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed seven innings of one-run ball in his first start back after missing two months with a neck injury, but he’s allowed 11 runs in five innings since then and it sounds like the Red Sox have just about seen enough. Matsuzaka failed to make it out of the second inning Saturday against…

  13. Mike Trout is first player to reach 10 WAR since Barry Bonds

    Sep 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    The latest “Mike Trout is amazing” update is a doozy. Trout’s big weekend–which included starting back-to-back games with leadoff homers–has propelled the 21-year-old Angels rookie to 10.0 Wins Above Replacement for the season. That’s remarkable for a few reasons. One is that no other player, in either league, has more than 6.3 WAR this year.…

  14. Great moments in hazing: Bryce Harper is McKayla Maroney

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    bryce harper gymnastics

    Ah, rookie hazing. Via Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, here are two photos of Bryce Harper and his fellow Nationals rookies dressed up like the United States women’s Olympic gymnastics team to begin a road trip: I’m going to take a wild guess and say that McKayla Maroney is not impressed.

  15. David Price to skip Saturday start with shoulder soreness

    Sep 7, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    David Price

    Uh oh. Tampa Bay just announced that David Price will not make his scheduled start tomorrow due to “general soreness” in his shoulder. Chris Archer, the International League strikeout leader who was just called up from Triple-A, will take his place against the Rangers. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times both Price…

  16. A’s recall Dan Straily to fill in for Brandon McCarthy

    Sep 7, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    daniel straily

    Brandon McCarthy remains in the hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive Wednesday and the A’s have recalled right-hander Dan Straily from Triple-A to presumably take his spot in the rotation. Straily made his big-league debut back on August 3 and pitched well in three starts, throwing 17 innings with a…

  17. Phillies disabled list: Carlos Ruiz off, Placido Polanco on

    Sep 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Philadelphia activated Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list after the All-Star catcher missed the past five weeks with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, which is a surprise considering there was some recent talk about the Phillies simply shutting him down the season. Not as surprising is the Phillies putting Placido Polanco on the disabled list,…

  18. Blue Jays activate Brett Lawrie and J.P. Arencibia from DL

    Sep 7, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    brett lawrie ap

    Toronto’s playoff hopes are long gone, but at least the Blue Jays will have third baseman Brett Lawrie and catcher J.P. Arencibia down the stretch. Both players were activated from the disabled list today, Lawrie after missing the past five weeks with an oblique strain and Arencibia after missing the past seven weeks with a…

  19. Time for your “how does Bryce Harper compare to the best 19-year-olds ever?” update

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    bryce harper getty

    Bryce Harper has recovered from the first extended slump of his career by going 14-for-35 (.400) with five homers in his last nine games, so it seems like a good time to check back in on how he compares to the best 19-year-olds in baseball history. First up, OPS: YEAR OPS Mel Ott 1928 .921…

  20. Rays call up Triple-A strikeout leader Chris Archer

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Archer

    Chris Archer made two starts filling in for an injured Jeremy Hellickson earlier this season and the 23-year-old right-hander is back with the Rays for the stretch run. Archer, who ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects for both 2011 and 2012, led the Triple-A International League in strikeouts this season with 139 in 128…

  21. Cardinals minor leaguer suspended 50 games for “drug of abuse”

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    account suspended

    Alan Ahmady, a first base prospect and former 11th-round draft pick in the Cardinals’ farm system, was suspended for 50 games after a second positive test for a “drug of abuse.” Because the minor-league season is over Ahmady will serve his punishment next year, essentially missing one-third of the 2013 campaign that he’ll probably spend…

  22. Bryce Harper and his “ferocious brand of baserunning”

    Sep 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Last night’s benches-clearing scuffle between the Nationals and Cubs got all the headlines, but before things got ugly when Bryce Harper was nearly hit by a pitch in the sixth inning the 19-year-old rookie showed once again that he’s perhaps MLB’s most aggressive baserunner. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post did a great job describing…

  23. Jake Arrieta turned to sports psychologist amid struggles

    Sep 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jake Arrieta

    Jake Arrieta is back with the Orioles following a midseason demotion to Triple-A and the 26-year-old right-hander told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that his struggles led to consulting a sports psychologist. Arrieta started on Opening Day for the Orioles, but posted a 6.26 ERA in 18 total starts and then continued to get…

  24. Jason Hammel returns from disabled list to face Yankees

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Jason Hammel Getty

    UPDATE: As expected, Hammel is officially back from the DL and will face New York tonight. ========== Baltimore’s rotation will get a boost Thursday when Jason Hammel comes off the disabled list to face the Yankees. Hammel has been out since mid-July with a knee injury that required surgery, but before being shut down he…

  25. Jered Weaver diagnosed with biceps tendinitis

    Sep 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver Getty

    An MRI exam on Jered Weaver‘s sore shoulder revealed biceps tendinitis, which actually qualifies as pretty good news for the Angels ace. Weaver was hit in the shoulder by a line drive Sunday and had already been scratched from his scheduled start tomorrow, so returning from a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum without the diagnosis…

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