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  1. Happy 21st birthday: Phillies prospect Zach Collier suspended for amphetamines

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    zach collier phillies

    Phillies prospect Zach Collier, who was the team’s first-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games by MLB after testing positive for an amphetamine. The kicker: Today is his 21st birthday. Collier is a left-handed-hitting outfielder who missed all of 2010 with injuries and spent this season at low Single-A, batting just .255 with…

  2. Alex Rodriguez bought a new place in Miami for $24 million

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    alex rodriguez house

    Alex Rodriguez recently bought a new house in Miami for a reported $24 million and Splash News Online has some overhead photos of the place. It looks decent, I guess, if you’re into sprawling ocean-side estates that also have a pool. Presumably there’s also a poker room, although that isn’t pictured. Worth noting: $24 million…

  3. Jason Isringhausen plans to pitch in 2012, but for the Mets?

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Jason Isringhausen

    Jason Isringhausen is currently unavailable for at least the next several days because of a herniated disk in his back, but the 38-year-old reliever told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he plans to pitch in 2012. Isringhausen managed only a minor-league contract offer from the Mets after missing all of 2010 following Tommy…

  4. Doctors agree that Ike Davis won’t need ankle surgery

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis hasn’t played since May and was ruled out for the season long ago, but the good news is that it sounds like he won’t need ankle surgery. Davis said last week that he was confident enough in his rehab progress to avoid surgery and today doctors who examined his bone bruise agreed, according…

  5. Chipper Jones is batting second for the first time since 1996

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Chipper Jones

    Fredi Gonzalez has decided to shake things up with the Braves’ lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Mets, moving Chipper Jones into the second spot. Last time Jones hit second in the order? Way back in 1996, when he did so four times as a 24-year-old. In the 15 seasons since here’s…

  6. Hamstring injury keeps Bryce Harper from Double-A playoffs

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    harper futures getty

    Bryce Harper hasn’t played since August 18 because of a hamstring injury and the Nationals announced today that he’s been ruled out for the Double-A playoffs. Harper got off to a very slow start following his midseason promotion to Harrisburg, but was hitting .286 with an .879 OPS in 14 August games before the injury.…

  7. Stephen Strasburg’s next start is Sunday versus the Astros

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    strasburg ap wide

    Stephen Strasburg looked fantastic in his first start back from Tommy John elbow surgery, averaging 96 miles per hour with his fastball while throwing five shutout innings Tuesday night, so the Nationals will keep him on a normal rest schedule for his next turn in the rotation. Strasburg is slated to make his second start…

  8. Dodgers rule out Andre Ethier for the season with knee injury

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Andre Ethier backtracked a bit from his comments last month suggesting the Dodgers were making him play through a knee injury, but manager Don Mattingly just announced that Ethier has been shut down for the season. According to Ethier doctors initially told him that playing through the injury wouldn’t make it any worse, but Dylan…

  9. Phillies activate Jimmy Rollins from the disabled list

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    Chase Utley is out for at least a few days with a mild concussion, but the Phillies’ middle infield does get a boost today with Jimmy Rollins being activated from the disabled list. Rollins hasn’t played since August 22 because of a groin injury and wasn’t quite ready to return from the DL when eligible…

  10. “Run down” Jake Peavy will remain in White Sox’s rotation

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Jake Peavy

    After a poor outing last week Jake Peavy talked about being “run down” a year removed from shoulder surgery, but the White Sox have decided to keep him in the rotation for now. Peavy bounced back with 6.1 shutout innings against the Twins on Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 4.92, but the 30-year-old right-hander told…

  11. Who will the Red Sox start at shortstop in the playoffs?

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Back in early August, when Jed Lowrie returned from the disabled list, manager Terry Francona indicated that Lowrie and Marco Scutaro would “split” playing time at shortstop for the Red Sox. That didn’t last very long, however, as Lowrie was needed to fill in for the injured Kevin Youkilis at third base and Scutaro has…

  12. Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic despite initially not being very excited about the possibility, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Belt was apparently convinced it would be a good thing following a conversation with manager Bruce Bochy, saying: “After talking with him, I really think it’s…

  13. Platinum Sombrero! Chris Davis is first player to strike out five times this season

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:21 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    If you had to pick which player would be the first to strike out five times in a game this season “someone on the Orioles” would be a pretty good guess. Mark Reynolds led the league with more than 200 strikeouts in each of the past three seasons and leads the AL with 170 this…

  14. Terry Francona on J.D. Drew’s return date: “We don’t know”

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    J.D. Drew

    J.D. Drew was supposed to come off the disabled list when rosters expanded on September 1, but instead he sprained his finger while on a minor-league rehab assignment for a shoulder injury. While doing a radio interview on WEEI this afternoon Terry Francona was asked about Drew’s return timetable and replied: We don’t know. He…

  15. Tweet of the Day: Hunter Pence pimps out John Mayberry Jr.

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    Hunter Pence apparently read today’s New York Post story about John Mayberry Jr.’s agents trying to get him a date with model/actress Antoinette Nikprelaj. That probably isn’t going to work out because she’s married with a kid and the e-mail Mayberry’s agents sent out was cringe-inducing, so Pence is trying to help him move on:

  16. Stephen Strasburg’s fastball averaged 96 mph last night

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg was dominant last night in his first start since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery almost exactly 12 months ago, shutting out the Dodgers for five innings. Strasburg averaged 96.7 miles per hour on his four-seam fastball and 95.1 mph on his two-seam fastball, which is pretty amazing considering that Justin Verlander leads all…

  17. Angels outfielder Mike Trout named Baseball America’s minor league player of the year

    Sep 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout appears to be in the majors to stay, but today Baseball America named the 20-year-old Angels outfielder their minor league player of the year. Trout ranked second to Bryce Harper’s on Baseball America‘s preseason prospect ranking and had a spectacular year at Double-A, batting .326 with 11 homers, 42 total extra-base hits, 45…

  18. Juan Uribe to undergo season-ending sports hernia surgery

    Sep 7, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    uribe batting

    As expected, the Dodgers announced that Juan Uribe will undergo season-ending sports hernia surgery, bringing a premature end to his disastrous first season in Los Angeles. Uribe parlayed a productive 2010 and the Giants’ championship run into a three-year, $21 million deal from the Dodgers and then hit just .204 with a .557 OPS in…

  19. John Mayberry Jr.’s agents are trying to get him a date

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Antoinette Nikprelaj

    According to the New York Post the agents for Phillies rookie outfielder John Mayberry Jr. have been trying to get him a date with Antoinette Nikprelaj, an actress and model who played a mermaid in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Here’s the e-mail that Mayberry’s representatives at CAA apparently sent out to Nikprelaj’s agent on his…

  20. Ryan Spilborghs aggravates foot injury, out for the season

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Ryan Spilborghs

    Ryan Spilborghs spent nearly all of August on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis and then aggravated the foot injury in his third game back Monday, with the Rockies announcing the outfielder will miss the remainder of the season. Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Spilborghs has been playing through the injury since…

  21. Jose Tabata out at least 10 days with fractured hand

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Jose Tabata‘s wrist had been bothering him since August 24, so the Pirates put him through some tests yesterday and discovered that the 22-year-old outfielder has “a small avulsion fracture on the dorsal side of the fourth metacarpal of his left hand.” George Von Benko of MLB.com reports that Tabata will miss at least 10…

  22. Clay Buchholz is on the comeback trail

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    buchholz getty wide

    Clay Buchholz was initially expected to miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back, but said last week that he still hopes to return for the playoffs and was able to complete a problem-free throwing session yesterday. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that Buchholz made 50 throws…

  23. Giants “have to sit down and talk about” Barry Zito’s future

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    San Francisco still owes Barry Zito $19 million next season, $20 million in 2013, and a $7 million buyout in 2014, but when asked yesterday about the left-hander’s future role with the Giants manager Bruce Bochy replied: “We’ll have to sit down and talk about it … I can’t answer that.” Zito has been one…

  24. Orioles remove struggling Brian Matusz from rotation because “he can’t defend himself properly”

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    matusz wide getty

    As of yesterday afternoon the Orioles weren’t sure what to do with Brian Matusz, but they’ve now decided to bump the struggling left-hander from the rotation and have him work exclusively out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season. Matusz has followed up an impressive rookie season by going 1-7 with a 9.84…

  25. Rajai Davis shut down for year after hamstring injury setback

    Sep 6, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Blue Jays batter Rajai Davis watches his two run double during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have shut down outfielder Rajai Davis for the remainder of the season after experiencing a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury. Toronto acquired Davis from the A’s in November and then signed him to a two-year, $5.75 million contract hoping that he’d get on…

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