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

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    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…

  3. Kenley Jansen racking up strikeouts at historic rate

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    morneau frustrated reuthers

    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…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

  7. Reds want Yonder Alonso to lose some weight

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    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…

  16. Jose Reyes admits hamstring injury is still bothering him

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

  19. Fernando Rodney unhappy with how Mike Scioscia uses him

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

  22. Astros outfielder Jason Michaels breaks hand on diving catch

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    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…

  25. Kevin Youkilis returns to Red Sox’s lineup

    Sep 13, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    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…

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