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  1. “Maybe it’s just society”: Vernon Wells won’t opt out of deal

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    Vernon Wells has a clause in his contract that allows him to opt out and become a free agent after this season. There was never much chance of him using that to get out of a seven-year, $126 million deal, but those odds are firmly entrenched at 0.00 percent after a career-worst season that has…

  2. Aramis Ramirez “clearly is on the Marlins’ radar”

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Last week Aramis Ramirez explained that he’ll be looking for a multi-year contract as a free agent if the Cubs do as expected and decline his $16 million option for next season and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins figure to be one of his strongest suitors. Frisaro calls Ramirez “one of the…

  3. UPDATE: Jonathan Broxton to undergo minor elbow surgery Monday

    Sep 16, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Broxton will indeed undergo surgery on Monday. 4:40 PM: Jonathan Broxton hasn’t pitched early May because of elbow problems and earlier this week the Dodgers officially ruled him out for the season, but now Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’s…

  4. Joe Mauer diagnosed with pneumonia, done for season

    Sep 16, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer‘s mess of a season is now over prematurely, as he’s been diagnosed with pneumonia and the Twins have shut him down for the final two weeks. Mauer missed a handful of games late last month with what the Twins called an upper respiratory infection and previously sat out two months with complications following…

  5. Report: Mets want quick free agent decision from Jose Reyes

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Jose Rayes

    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com passes along some “buzz” from “one source who’s tight with the Mets brass” who says they’ll want a yes or no from Jose Reyes quickly once he becomes a free agent. According to Stark “if Reyes’ preference is to test the market, collect offers and then ask the Mets to counter,…

  6. Marlins relievers lock rookie Jose Ceda in bullpen bathroom

    Sep 16, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Rookies better hope this doesn’t become a standard hazing practice. Last night Marlins rookie right-hander Jose Ceda decided to use the bathroom in the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and the rest of the relievers blocked him in there using a broom and sandbags. Here’s the video from MLB.com: On a related note:…

  7. Stat of the Day: Who are the best-hitting pitchers?

    Sep 16, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Ross Ohlendorf, Dana Eveland, Tim Federowicz

    In honor of Ross Ohlendorf smacking a three-run homer against the Dodgers last night after coming into the game with a career .070 batting average, here’s a list of the best-hitting active pitchers based on their career OPS: PA OPS Micah Owings 217 .820 Dontrelle Willis 443 .663 Yovani Gallardo 263 .660 Carlos Zambrano 708…

  8. Jered Weaver losing velocity as career-high workload piles up

    Sep 16, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    Jered Weaver got himself back on track following a shaky stretch in which his ERA rose from 1.78 to 2.49 in five starts, tossing eight innings of one-run ball against the Yankees on September 9 and seven innings of one-run ball versus the A’s on Wednesday. However, with Weaver just three innings away from tying…

  9. Must-click link: Choosing the right entrance song for closers

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we learned that “Enter Sandman” wasn’t Mariano Rivera’s choice and the Yankees only stumbled upon it as his entrance song in 1999 because they wanted to copy the Padres’ routine with Trevor Hoffman. Sticking with that theme, Eric Freeman wrote a great article for The A.V. Club examining all the aspects of choosing proper…

  10. Shane Victorino wins Branch Rickey Award for charity work

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Each team nominates a player for the Branch Rickey award–which is given annually to a big leaguer “for exceptional community service”–and this year’s winner is Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino. During the past year Victorino has raised $500,000 for charities in Hawaii and also pledged $1 million to remodel a 105-year-old Boys and Girls Club…

  11. Paul DePodesta explains why he didn’t want his name used in “Moneyball”

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    DePodesta

    As noted in my review of “Moneyball” earlier this week Jonah Hill’s assistant general manager character is named “Peter Brand” because Paul DePodesta didn’t want his real name used in the movie. DePodesta, who was the A’s assistant GM when Michael Lewis wrote the book and is now the Mets’ vice president of player development,…

  12. Jed Lowrie hopes cortisone injection eases shoulder pain

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie is hitting just .213 since coming off the disabled list in early August, including a current 0-for-16 slump, and yesterday the Red Sox infielder got a cortisone injection in an effort to play through season-long shoulder problems. Lowrie missed six weeks after injuring his shoulder in May and told Jason Mastrodonato of MLB.com…

  13. Hiroki Kuroda gets MRI exam on ailing neck, will start tonight

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Hiroki Kuroda‘s previous neck problems have resurfaced, causing the Dodgers right-hander to alter his mechanics with poor results, but he’s expected to make tonight’s scheduled start against the Pirates after undergoing an MRI exam yesterday. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the MRI exam showed “his neck problems aren’t as severe as…

  14. Terry Collins rips into struggling Mets: “We’ve folded it up”

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Last night the Mets were blown out for their sixth straight loss, falling to 71-79, and manager Terry Collins ripped into the team, telling reporters they’ve “folded it up” and “I won’t play that game.” Here’s more from Collins, who said he was “disgusted” with the team’s performance lately: Perception is reality in our game…

  15. Carlos Beltran open to re-signing with Giants, but only if they add more offense

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that he “would consider” re-signing with the Giants this offseason “because the pitching is unbelievable” and he’s enjoyed his time in San Francisco, but added that he’d want assurances the team would work to improve the offense around him. San Francisco ranks dead last…

  16. Shin-Soo Choo aggravates oblique injury, done for season

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    Shin-Soo Choo‘s miserable season fittingly comes to an end in more frustration, as the Indians outfielder lasted just two innings in his return from the disabled list yesterday before aggravating his oblique injury. Choo, who’d spent 18 days on the DL recovering from the initial oblique strain, tweaked it again while taking a pair of…

  17. Lloyd McClendon won’t change his underwear until the Tigers stop winning

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Photo Day

    Detroit hitting coach Lloyd McClendon has vowed not to change his underwear until the Tigers lose again and they’re riding a 12-game winning streak that dates back to September 2. “Guys are getting a little uncomfortable standing next to me now,” McClendon told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “They believe they can’t be beat. So…

  18. Alex Rodriguez’s thumb injury likely to linger into playoffs

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Alex Rodriguez may be back in the Yankees’ lineup as soon as tomorrow night after not playing since September 9, but general manager Brian Cashman revealed that the team expects his thumb injury to linger for the rest of the season and into the playoffs. Here’s what Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:…

  19. Yankees picked “Enter Sandman” for Mariano Rivera because they were copying Trevor Hoffman

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera would be plenty intimidating coming into a game in complete silence, but playing “Enter Sandman” by Metallica as his entrance music definitely adds to the hitters’ sense of dread. Yet as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes, Rivera isn’t even a fan of the song and the Yankees only stumbled into using it for…

  20. White Sox ready to part ways with manager Ozzie Guillen?

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen’s future in Chicago has been speculated about constantly for years now, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com thinks the White Sox may actually be ready to fire him after eight seasons as manager. Rosenthal quotes an unnamed source as saying that the chances of Guillen returning to the White Sox in 2012 have dropped…

  21. Rockies to install Coors Field-like humidor at Triple-A

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Humidor balls

    Coors Field has become somewhat less of a hitter’s paradise since the Rockies began storing baseballs in a humidor and Dave Krieger of the Denver Post reports that they hope to deflate the ridiculous offensive numbers being posted at Triple-A by doing the same in Colorado Springs. In general the Pacific Coast League is very…

  22. Daniel Bard on recent struggles: “It’s something I’ve fixed before and I’ll fix it again”

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Plenty of pitchers go through stretches of struggling to throw strikes, but Daniel Bard’s recent wildness is particularly worrisome because his career was nearly derailed by extreme control problems in the minors. Bard walked 78 batters in 78 innings as a starter at Single-A in 2007, but moved to the bullpen the next season and…

  23. Kenley Jansen racking up strikeouts at historic rate

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Last season Carlos Marmol set the all-time record by striking out 16.0 batters per nine innings, becoming the first pitcher in baseball history with a strikeout rate above 15.0. Marmol’s record is probably safe, but Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen looks set to join him in the 15-plus club. Last night Jansen closed out a 3-2…

  24. Josh Hamilton’s grand slam was worth $500,000 in carpet

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Wes Helms, Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton‘s grand slam last night helped the Rangers to their 85th win of the season, but it was also worth about $500,000 in free carpet. As part of a promotion CC Carpet and Floor Design in Dallas offered customers who bought flooring or counter tops a full refund if Hamilton hit a grand slam…

  25. Twins unsure if Justin Morneau and Denard Span will play again this season

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Minnesota’s season has been a mess on nearly every possible level, but the biggest long-term worries to come from their miserable 2011 are Justin Morneau‘s and Denard Span‘s struggles to come back from concussions. Morneau originally suffered his concussion in the middle of last year, but was recently shut down after experiencing dizziness 15 months…

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