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  1. Denard Span leading off for Twins in return from concussion

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Denard Span

    Denard Span is surprisingly leading off and playing center field for the Twins tonight in his first game action since August 13. Span suffered a concussion in a collision at the plate on June 3 and pushed himself to return two months later despite continuing to experience dizziness and other symptoms. He went 2-for-35 (.057)…

  2. Hunter Pence diagnosed with patella tendon strain, may play this weekend

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

    UPDATE: Pence may feel great, but an MRI exam revealed a strained patella tendon and he’s not in the lineup today.  According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com the team is hoping he can play at some point over the weekend. ========== Hunter Pence missed Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader after limping around with knee soreness…

  3. Royals designate Kila Ka’aihue for assignment

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Ka'aihue_Kila

    For years the Royals were unwilling to give Kila Ka’aihue an extended chance in the majors despite his strong minor-league production and then when they finally stuck him in the lineup he hit .216 in 52 games last season and .195 in 23 games this year. That’s hardly enough playing time to prove Ka’aihue can’t…

  4. Pirates get minor leaguer Eliecer Cardenas from Braves to complete Matt Diaz trade

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Pirates Braves Trade

    Three weeks ago the Braves re-acquired outfielder Matt Diaz from the Pirates for a player to be named later and today Pittsburgh chose minor-league reliever Eliecer Cardenas to complete the deal. Cardenas was in the Twins’ farm system until this year, when the Braves picked him in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft.…

  5. Ozzie Guillen said some Ozzie Guillen-type things in Esquire

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Esquire magazine has a regular feature called “What I’ve Learned” in which they ask people for words of wisdom and their latest subject is White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who predictably provided plenty of amusing quotes. For instance, about his wife: What attracted me to my wife is she’s hot. She’s also nice, she’s a…

  6. A’s announce three-year extension with manager Bob Melvin

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Confirming a move that was reported yesterday, the A’s have officially announced a three-year contract extension with Bob Melvin, who took over as interim manager when Bob Geren was fired in early June. Oakland has gone 42-49 (.462) under Melvin, who previously managed the Mariners and Diamondbacks to losing records. Geren had a 334-376 (.470)…

  7. Pirates sending No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole to Arizona Fall League

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole didn’t sign with Pittsburgh until just before the August 16 deadline and won’t make his official minor-league debut until next season, but the Pirates announced that the right-hander from UCLA will pitch in the Arizona Fall League next month. General manager Neal Huntington told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh…

  8. Mike Quade expects to be back as Cubs manager

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Mike Quade

    Aramis Ramirez is “ready to move on” from the Cubs, but Mike Quade said today that he expects to return as Chicago’s manager in 2012 despite a 68-87 record. Quade got the full-time job after taking over for Lou Piniella last season and going 24-13 down the stretch as interim manager, and he’s at least…

  9. Don Mattingly doesn’t want Jonathan Broxton back in 2012

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    jonathan-broxton-dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton is heading to free agency with his value at an all-time low and will be rehabbing minor elbow surgery for the next couple months. His odds of re-signing with the Dodgers were probably slim already, but Don Mattingly made it very clear yesterday that he doesn’t want Broxton back for 2012, telling Tony…

  10. Reds will exercise $12 million option on Brandon Phillips

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Ramon Hernandez, Brandon Phillips

    General manager Walt Jocketty announced that the Reds intend to exercise their $12 million option on Brandon Phillips for next season and indicated that the two sides have had some preliminary talks about a long-term contract extension. Phillips tweeted about having “a lot on my mind” because today might be his final home game with…

  11. Phil Hughes scratched from today’s start with back spasms

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the Yankees’ doubleheader against the Rays today, but he’s unavailable because of back spasms that have bothered him since last week. Hector Noesi will get the Game 1 start instead, but he’s been used strictly as a reliever this season and is expected to throw just…

  12. Aramis Ramirez “ready to move on” from Cubs

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    Aramis Ramirez has been making quite a few headlines as he nears free agency. Last week he told reporters he’ll be seeking a two- or three-year deal on the open market, earlier this week reports pegged the Marlins as one of his likely suitors, and last night the 34-year-old third baseman told Patrick Mooney of…

  13. Line drive to chest won’t keep David Price from Friday start

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    David Price

    David Price exited Sunday’s start against the Red Sox after just four innings when he was hit in the chest by a line drive, sending him to the hospital and leaving the left-hander with an imprint of the baseball on his skin. Three days later the bruising is almost gone and Price feels good enough…

  14. Nationals scouting impending free agent C.J. Wilson

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    C.J. Wilson

    C.J. Wilson may be the most desirable starting pitcher on the free agent market this offseason and the Nationals will apparently be among the teams interested in the Rangers left-hander. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that “the Nationals have sent a scout to Oakland to watch” Wilson tonight against the A’s and “it’s not a…

  15. Someone stole the glasses off Ernie Harwell’s statue in Detroit

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    Harwell Statue Vandalized Baseball

    If they ever find this person, I vote for multiple death penalties: Someone has stolen a pair of glasses off a statue of late Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell that stands at Comerica Park in Detroit. Columnist Neal Rubin with The Detroit News reports that the team noticed the vandalism in July and a new pair…

  16. Cubs will keep scouting director Tim Wilken for 2012

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

    tim wilken cubs

    They haven’t hired a new general manager to replace Jim Hendry yet, but the Cubs informed scouting director Tim Wilken that he’ll be retained for next season, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Wilken sat down recently with owner Tom Ricketts and told Sullivan that “he was very supportive” and “he’s a good…

  17. Once upon a time “baseball wise men” really liked the John Lackey signing

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    hindsight award

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors dug up an interesting article from February of 2010 in which ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark polled “20 baseball wise men” about which of that offseason’s free agent signings were the best. Their answer? 1. John Lackey (5 years, $82.5 million) 2. Chone Figgins (4 years, $36 million) 3. Matt Holliday…

  18. Ozzie Guillen wants to know job status before taking vacation

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    ozzie guillen wine

    Ozzie Guillen is going on a vacation to Spain with his wife two days after the regular season is over–presumably he planned it after Chicago fell out of contention–and he wants to know where he stands with the White Sox before he leaves. Guillen is under contract for next season, but has made it very…

  19. Dodgers make Tommy Lasorda honorary coach on birthday

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Tommy Lasorda’s 84th birthday is Thursday and the Hall of Famer will celebrate by serving as an honorary Dodgers coach against the rival Giants. Lasorda, who managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he was thrilled to get the invite from current manager Don Mattingly: I am so deeply…

  20. Brian McCann hasn’t been his usual self since coming off DL

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Brian McCann

    His overall numbers look as strong as always, but Braves catcher Brian McCann has struggled mightily since returning from the disabled list in mid-August. McCann was hitting .303 with an .879 OPS when he was placed on the DL with an oblique strain, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes he’s hitting…

  21. Stephen Strasburg set to make final start of season Friday

    Sep 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Strasburg throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post lays out the Nationals’ pitching plans for the remainder of the season and it looks like Stephen Strasburg‘s fourth and final start will come Friday against the Braves. If he stayed on a normal rest schedule Strasburg would then be lined up to start the season finale on September…

  22. John Lackey: “I don’t know what the hell happened”

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox fans certainly weren’t shocked last night when John Lackey couldn’t get through five innings with 11 runs of support, but Lackey himself seemed plenty surprised: I can’t explain it, man. That’s the best I’ve felt in the bullpen warming up all year. I don’t know what the hell happened. The first inning, I was…

  23. Movie Night at Wrigley Field to show “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Bueller

    As usual Wrigley Field will go unused in October, so the Cubs have decided to open the gates for “Movie Night” and their first choice is a film that features Wrigley Field and is celebrating its 25th anniversary: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” They’re charging $10 for bleacher seats, $25 for lawn seats, and $75 “for…

  24. Mariano Rivera unsure about playing beyond next season

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    After moving past Trevor Hoffman on the all-time saves leaderboard yesterday Mariano Rivera was asked whether he plans to keep playing once his current contract with the Yankees is up following next season: Every year it’s harder and harder. So I mean it’s a decision that we have to make as a family and we’ll…

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

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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