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  1. X-rays were negative, so Robinson Cano plans to play Friday

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Robinson Cano walks off the field as the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Brent Lillibridge made a diving catch to win in New York

    Shortly before losing to the Mariners on an extra-inning walk-off homer by Luis Rodriguez last night the Yankees nearly lost Robinson Cano when he was hit on the foot by a 95-mph pitch. Cano remained in the game and hobbled to first base, and afterward underwent X-rays that came back negative. Andrew Marchand of ESPN…

  2. Reds want Yonder Alonso to lose some weight

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Alonso_Yonder

    They aren’t sure where Yonder Alonso will play defensively, using the natural first baseman in left field and at third base because of Joey Votto‘s presence, but the Reds are certain the 24-year-old former first-round pick needs to lose some weight wherever he winds up. Alonso, who’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 241 pounds, told John…

  3. Matt Holliday shut down until next week with inflamed tendon in middle finger

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday has been diagnosed with an inflamed tendon in his right middle finger and will be shut down for at least the next 4-5 days, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com. Holliday exited yesterday’s game in the ninth inning after feeling pain in his finger following a practice swing and traveled from Pittsburgh to…

  4. Johan Santana switches rehab plans, won’t pitch in majors

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Johan Santana was scheduled to make a rehab start tomorrow at Single-A, but those plans have been canceled because he apparently didn’t feel comfortable pitching as a ringer in the South Atlantic League championship series. Instead he’ll throw a simulated game this weekend and manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that…

  5. Must-click link: Matt Dominguez’s dad wrote about his debut

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Last week the Marlins called up 21-year-old third base prospect Matt Dominguez and it turns out his dad, Fernando Dominguez, is a copy editor for the Los Angeles Times. And after attending his son’s first game in the majors he wrote an excellent article about the experience: Matt Dominguez is living the dream … and…

  6. Japanese teams interested in Bryan LaHair if the Cubs aren’t

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Last week I wondered whether the Cubs would give Triple-A MVP Bryan LaHair a legitimate opportunity in the majors and the answer so far is yes, as the 28-year-old has played in nine games while batting .458 with six extra-base hits in 24 at-bats. Of course, he’ll come back down to earth eventually and it…

  7. Former major leaguer Curtis Leskanic arrested for DUI with daughter in car

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    curtis leskanic mugshot

    Curtis Leskanic, who last pitched in 2004 after an 11-year career as a reliever for the Rockies, Brewers, Red Sox, and Royals, was arrested over the weekend in Florida for driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. Leskanic had a blood-alcohol level of .331, compared to the legal limit of…

  8. Ted Williams’ daughter is auctioning off his stuff for charity

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Ted Williams

    Ted Williams’ daughter released a statement yesterday announcing that she’ll be auctioning off the Hall of Famer’s awards and memorabilia to raise money for The Jimmy Fund: The time has come in my life to let go of some of my father’s awards and personal memorabilia. I have struggled with this decision for the past…

  9. Joe Blanton is active for now, but may need elbow surgery

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    Joe Blanton came off the disabled list last week after missing four months with an elbow injury and threw a scoreless inning Monday as a reliever, but it sounds like he has little chance of cracking the Phillies’ playoff roster and may still need offseason surgery. “I don’t need to show up next year and…

  10. Report: Marlins released Mike Cameron after altercation with flight attendant

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    Yesterday the Marlins released 38-year-old outfielder Mike Cameron and initial reports said only that he was let go for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Now a few more details have surfaced via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, who claims that Cameron was released following an altercation with a flight attendant on the Marlins’ team…

  11. Jose Reyes admits hamstring injury is still bothering him

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes has hit zero triples and attempted just one stolen base in 16 games since returning from the disabled list late last month and the Mets shortstop admitted to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that his injured hamstring is not at full strength: Earlier in the season it was healthy. It’s not the…

  12. Tommy Hanson feels good after 44-pitch bullpen session

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson threw 44 pitches in a bullpen session this morning and afterward told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his injured shoulder felt good. Hanson replied “I hope so” and “I think there’s a chance” when asked about potentially starting again before the regular season is over, but the Braves will wait…

  13. Josh Beckett rejoining Red Sox’s rotation Friday versus Rays

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett was given the choice between returning to the Red Sox’s rotation Thursday or Friday and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that he’s settled on Friday against the Rays. Beckett missed one turn in the rotation with a sprained ankle suffered on September 5, but reported no problems following a bullpen session Monday. Boston…

  14. Fernando Rodney unhappy with how Mike Scioscia uses him

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney began this year as the Angels’ closer, but was quickly stripped of ninth-inning duties and has spent most of the season pitching in low-leverage situations while rookie Jordan Walden racks up saves. Rodney vented his frustration yesterday, telling Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he’s unhappy with the quick hook and how…

  15. Chris Carpenter’s loyalty to Cardinals led to extension

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Yesterday the Cardinals and Chris Carpenter announced a two-year, $21 million contract extension that takes the place of a $15 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2012. Even at age 35 he remains one of the best starters in the league and either through the $15 million option or free agency Carpenter likely…

  16. Francisco Rodriguez on lack of save chances: “I’m not fine”

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez knew he’d be used as a setup man when the Brewers traded for him, but the longtime closer apparently expected to get at least the occasional save chance. Instead the Brewers have yet to give him a ninth-inning save opportunity, sticking with John Axford at all times, and Rodriguez told Scott Miller of…

  17. Astros outfielder Jason Michaels breaks hand on diving catch

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Michaels, Dioner Navarro

    Astros outfielder Jason Michaels is done for the season after breaking his left hand making a diving catch last night. Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle reports that Michaels “is scheduled for surgery today to repair a displaced fracture of the fourth left metacarpal bone.” Michaels has spent a decade in the majors despite logging…

  18. Josh Beckett will start for the Red Sox on Thursday or Friday

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett missed his last turn in the Red Sox’s rotation with a sprained ankle suffered on September 5, but manager Terry Francona announced this afternoon that he’s slated to start Thursday or Friday. Beckett threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems, but Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that whether he returns Thursday…

  19. Dusty Baker doesn’t expect Scott Rolen to play again this year

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Scott Rolen has been out since mid-July following shoulder surgery and manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t expect the veteran third baseman to play again this season. Rolen was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable and as recently as August 29 expressed optimism about being close to…

  20. Kevin Youkilis returns to Red Sox’s lineup

    Sep 13, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Kevin Youkilis is back in the Red Sox’s lineup tonight after missing four games with a sports hernia that will eventually require surgery. Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles played third base in Youkilis’ absence, but he’s back at the hot corner tonight and batting fifth against the Blue Jays. Youkilis previously spent two weeks on…

  21. Cardinals announce two-year, $21 million contract extension with Chris Carpenter

    Sep 13, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported late Sunday night that Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals had agreed to a two-year, $21 million contract extension and now it’s official. General manager John Mozeliak has called a press conference to announce the deal, which takes the place of Carpenter’s $15 million team option or…

  22. Jered Weaver likely to start on short rest this weekend

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver struggled working on short rest two weeks ago, giving up seven runs to the Rangers on August 28, but the Angels ace is going to give it another try. Weaver is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against the A’s and manager Mike Scioscia indicated to reporters that his next start will probably be Sunday…

  23. Jair Jurrjens unlikely to pitch for Braves again this season

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens is still trying to come back from a bone bruise in his right knee, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that “the odds are long and he knows it.” Jurrjens is able to play catch while wearing a brace on the knee, but hasn’t been cleared to throw off a…

  24. Reds GM Walt Jocketty declines to discuss expiring contract

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty’s four-year contract is up after this season, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com writes that he “bristled” when asked about his future with the team and declined to discuss the topic: I don’t want to talk about my situation. It’s like any other contract. I don’t like talking about it. It’s…

  25. Aaron at the movies: “Moneyball” review

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    Last night I attended an advance screening of the “Moneyball” movie, which is set for a wide release on September 23. I’ve read Michael Lewis’ book twice and consider it some of the best, most important baseball writing of all time, but I was never quite sure how exactly it could be turned into a…

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