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  1. Phillies moving rookie Vance Worley to the bullpen for playoffs

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Last week manager Charlie Manuel hinted that the Phillies would move rookie Vance Worley to the bullpen for the playoffs and now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the switch will likely take place following his start tomorrow. Worley made it clear that he’d be fine with the move, but wanted some time…

  2. Kerry Wood to undergo knee surgery, says he’ll retire if Cubs don’t re-sign him

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Kerry Wood has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee, which he’ll have surgery to fix next week. Wood will have plenty of time to get healthy by spring training, but told Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago that he’ll retire if the Cubs don’t want…

  3. Picture of the Day: Moneyball, Pitt, and FIP on the cover of SI

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Not only is Brad Pitt wearing an A’s hat on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated to promote the “Moneyball” film, the equation for Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is featured as well. You can read my review of the movie by clicking here.

  4. Exit light, enter night: Mariano Rivera is the all-time saves king

    Sep 19, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Who will bridge the gap to Mo?

    Mariano Rivera moved past Trevor Hoffman on the all-time saves list this afternoon, throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Twins to close out a 6-4 victory and record his 602nd career save. In general saves are an overrated and oftentimes silly stat and Rivera certainly didn’t need the record in order for people to…

  5. Must-click link: Vernon Wells, meme

    Sep 19, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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    This morning I wrote about Vernon Wells predictably not opting out of his massive contract after this season and suggested that his “maybe it’s just society” quote was worthy of what us nerds on the internet call a meme. I’m not creative enough to actually get that ball rolling, but thankfully Carson Cistulli of Fan…

  6. Ian Stewart wants to stay with Rockies, would take a pay cut

    Sep 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    ian stewart rockies

    Ian Stewart has had a miserable year, hitting .156 in 48 games for Colorado while going back and forth from the majors to Triple-A at age 26, yet told Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post that he definitely wants to stay with the Rockies next season: The Rockies are where I want to be. Honestly,…

  7. Live chat/blog: Red Sox-Orioles, Yankees-Twins

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Baseball on a Monday afternoon is always good, so Craig and I will be live chatting throughout today’s Red Sox-Orioles and Yankees-Twins games. Kyle Weiland (0-2, 7.58 ERA) versus Jeremy Guthrie (8-17, 4.22 ERA) A.J. Burnett (10-11, 5.20 ERA) versus Scott Diamond (1-4, 3.94 ERA) Come for the East Coast bias and stay for the…

  8. Johan Santana “felt good” after three-inning simulated game

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Johan Santana balked at making a rehab start in the South Atlantic League championship series, so instead he threw a three-inning simulated game yesterday. Santana faced instructional league players and afterward general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that the left-hander’s surgically repaired shoulder “felt good.” According to Alderson he struck out four and allowed one…

  9. Twins get $20,000 from Indians to complete Jim Thome deal

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    When the Twins traded Jim Thome to the Indians in late August they received “a player to be named later or cash” in return and over the weekend Minnesota picked the money. General manager Bill Smith explained that he’d discussed some names of prospects with the Indians, but ultimately decided the Twins would rather have…

  10. Ryan Howard gets cortisone shot, won’t play before Thursday

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard sat out last night’s game after fouling a ball off his right foot and is also expected to get a cortisone injection in his sore left ankle today, so he’s unlikely to be back in the Phillies’ lineup before Thursday. Howard would almost surely play through bursitis in his ankle if the Phillies…

  11. “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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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:…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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,…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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