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  1. Mike Scioscia sticks with Bobby Abreu as No. 3 hitter despite .199 average since July 1

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Bobby Abreu struck out four times Wednesday and came into last night hitting just .199 with four homers in 59 games since July 1, but as usual he was in the Angels’ lineup as the No. 3 hitter. It was the 94th time this season that manager Mike Scioscia has had Abreu in the third…

  2. Marlins to interview Nationals third base coach Bo Porter

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Colorado Rockies

    For the second year in a row Bo Porter will try to convince the Marlins to hire him as manager. Last year Florida chose Edwin Rodriguez over Porter, who then took a job as Washington’s third base coach, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Marlins have received permission from the Nationals…

  3. Start up the Cardinals speculation: Mark Buehrle likes the idea of pitching in the NL

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Earlier this week impending free agent Mark Buehrle talked about his uncertain future with the White Sox and how he might even consider retiring at age 32, but yesterday he explained that moving to the National League intrigues him. Buehrle is from Missouri and for years now there’s been speculation about him eventually ending up…

  4. Agent: Roy Oswalt “is definitely not retiring”

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Roy Oswalt has talked about an early retirement in the past, but yesterday agent Bob Garber told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that the 34-year-old right-hander is no longer thinking about calling it quits: There’s been a rebirth. There’s been talk in the past about retiring, but that’s not even in the cards at this point.…

  5. Hamstring injury likely to sideline Mark Lowe in playoffs

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    mark-lowe-rangers

    Texas’ bullpen will likely be short-handed for the beginning of the playoffs, as middle reliever Mark Lowe has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Lowe suffered the injury during pregame warmups Wednesday and general manager Jon Daniels called it “a freak thing” that “definitely puts his availability in doubt.” Lowe has pitched well…

  6. GM says Reds’ payroll will rise in 2012, but don’t expect big free agent signings

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    General manager Walt Jocketty said earlier this week that the Reds will exercise their $12 million option on Brandon Phillips for next season and today he revealed that the team’s payroll will rise from the current $80 million mark. “Our preliminary projections are that we’ll bump it up a little,” Jocketty told John Fay of…

  7. Manny Ramirez wants MLB to reinstate him, may play in Japan

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, Scott Boras

    MLB ruined Manny Ramirez’s plans to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic by pointing out that retiring in April rather than serving a 100-game suspension means he’s banned from participating in all MLB-affiliated leagues. Instead of just playing in a league that has nothing to do with MLB or actually retiring Ramirez told Enrique…

  8. Twins snap 11-game losing streak, Astros clinch No. 1 pick

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    foam-finger

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Twins managed to snap their 11-game losing streak with a walk-off win over the Mariners today, as Rene Tosoni went 3-for-4 and delivered the game-winning double after coming into the day with a .164 batting average. With the win Minnesota improves to 60-95, which means Houston has officially clinched the…

  9. Robinson Cano would give MVP vote to himself

    Sep 22, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Robinson Cano runs up the first baseline after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Robinson Cano is having another excellent season, hitting .305 with 27 homers, an .891 OPS, and strong defense at second base while playing every game for the Yankees, but his name is rarely brought up in most discussions about MVP candidates. Or at least rarely brought up by anyone but Cano himself. Matt Ehalt of…

  10. Davey Johnson wants Stephen Strasburg for season finale

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Earlier this week all indications were that Stephen Strasburg‘s final start of 2011 would come Friday against the Braves and the Nationals would not bring him back on normal rest to pitch the season finale on September 28. However, yesterday manager Davey Johnson told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he’d like to see Strasburg start…

  11. MLB confirms Manny Ramirez banned from playing winter ball

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Confirming reports from earlier this week, MLB executive vice president of labor relations Rob Manfred told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that Manny Ramirez is indeed banned from participating in an MLB-sanctioned winter ball league. Ramirez had planned to play in the Dominican Republic, but to do so he’d have to get permission from Bud Selig…

  12. Report: Red Sox tried to trade for Chris Capuano this week

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Capuano_Chris

    No one traded at this point in the season is eligible for the playoffs, but that apparently didn’t stop the Red Sox from calling the Mets in search of rotation help. According to John Thomase of the Boston Herald the Red Sox wanted to acquire veteran left-hander Chris Capuano in time to make Sunday’s start…

  13. Must-click link: Scouting report by the fans, for the fans

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Tom Tango launched his annual “scouting report by the fans for the fans,” which is your shot to play a scout by entering in personal observations about the players you watch on a regular basis to become part of the huge collection of scouting reports compiled entirely by fans. Take a look at the instructions…

  14. Nationals rookie Wilson Ramos is in rarefied air among young catchers

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    The patented Wilson Ramos home run trot

    Wilson Ramos went 3-for-3 with a homer last night and is now hitting .267 with a .331 on-base percentage and .443 slugging percentage in 109 games for the Nationals. Those certainly aren’t jaw-dropping raw numbers, but Ramos’ production adds up to an adjusted OPS+ of 112 and that’s damn impressive for a 23-year-old rookie catcher.…

  15. Jason Repko is third Twin to suffer concussion in 15 months

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jason Repko, Lou Marson

    Jason Repko was hit in the helmet by a Justin Masterson fastball Sunday and has unfortunately joined Twins teammates Denard Span and Justin Morneau in suffering a concussion. According to trainer Rick McWane “he had a CT scan and an MRI exam on his head and they both came back normal” and Repko hasn’t officially…

  16. Jair Jurrjens still unlikely for playoffs despite “really good” bullpen session

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens has already been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs because of ongoing knee problems, but the rehabbing right-hander threw a 50-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Jurrjens said afterward that “it went really good,” but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’s “questionable” at best…

  17. Impending free agent Mark Buehrle unsure about future with White Sox

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle made his second-to-last start of the season last night, picking up the victory with six innings of two-run ball against the Indians, but before taking the mound the impending free agent talked about his uncertain future. Buehrle is coming to the end of a four-year, $52 million contract and the 32-year-old southpaw is…

  18. Ron Washington didn’t read “Moneyball” book, but “thought the movie was very good”

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Ron Washington press conference

    Ron Washington was the A’s third base coach during the Moneyball days, but told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he stopped reading the book after the first chapter. However, the Rangers manager attended the movie’s premiere Monday night in Oakland and had a glowing review: “I thought the movie was very good. It brought…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    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)…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    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…

  21. Royals designate Kila Ka’aihue for assignment

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    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)…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    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…

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