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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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)…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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)…

  15. 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…

  16. Mike Quade expects to be back as Cubs manager

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    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…

  24. Cubs will keep scouting director Tim Wilken for 2012

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    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…

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