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

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    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,…

  2. Jed Lowrie hopes cortisone injection eases shoulder pain

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:38 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    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:…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    enter sandman

    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…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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