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  1. Matt Holliday aggravates hand injury: “It’s not good news”

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Lost in the Cardinals’ comeback win last night is that Matt Holliday left the game after aggravating his hand injury. He’ll miss tonight’s must-win game against the Astros and manager Tony La Russa hinted that it could be a serious setback, saying: “It’s not good news.” Holliday missed nine games earlier this month with an…

  2. Casey Kotchman taken to hospital with chest pains

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Casey Kotchman tags out New York Yankees' Eduardo Nunez on a pick off throw from pitcher James Shields during their MLB game in Florida

    Casey Kotchman presumably won’t be available for tonight’s game after being taken to the hospital with tightness in his chest, according to the Tampa Tribune. For now the Rays have deemed the hospital trip and testing “precautionary,” but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Kotchman was taken out on a stretcher. Kotchman…

  3. Chipper Jones diagnosed with bone bruise in knee, will play

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Finally, some good news for the Braves. Sort of. Chipper Jones has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee after undergoing an MRI exam today and as expected plans to play through the injury for the final two games of the season. Jones made it pretty clear that he was willing to…

  4. A’s acquire Kila Ka’aihue from Royals for Ethan Hollingsworth

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Ka'aihue_Kila

    Last week the Royals designated Kila Ka’aihue for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster, and today they traded the 27-year-old first baseman to the A’s for minor-league pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth. Ka’aihue’s track record in the minors is good enough and lengthy enough that he deserved a longer opportunity in the majors, but he flopped in…

  5. Pitching coach Don Cooper will manage White Sox’s last two games, gets contract extension

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

    Joey Cora was initially expected to manage the White Sox’s final two game following Ozzie Guillen’s departure last night, but now apparently Cora is joining Guillen with the Marlins and pitching coach Don Cooper will serve as interim manager. Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that first base coach Harold Baines will “assist” Cooper,…

  6. Buck Showalter may stop managing to replace Andy MacPhail in Orioles front office

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter

    Reports surfaced last month that Andy MacPhail plans to step down as Baltimore’s president of baseball operations after this season is over and Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun speculates that manager Buck Showalter may be the Orioles’ choice to replace him. Showalter previously told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he’s not interested in…

  7. Phillies likely to go with 11 pitchers and no Domonic Brown on playoff roster

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    There’s still time for the Phillies to change their mind before playoff rosters are due, but all indications are that they’ll go with 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that David Herndon and Joe Blanton are likely competing for the final bullpen spot and Domonic Brown will not be on…

  8. Alex Cora plans to play next season at age 36

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Alex Cora, Ivan Rodriguez (courtesy Washington Nationals)

    Alex Cora has hit just .219 with zero homers and a .540 OPS in 171 plate appearances for the Nationals, but the 36-year-old utility man said yesterday that he has no plans to retire. “I’ll be playing” next year,” Cora told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “I’m only 36. Whenever people talk about the…

  9. Art Howe is angry about how he was portrayed in “Moneyball”

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    art howe and billy beane

    Within my “Moneyball” review I noted that the Art Howe character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman “is given by far the most thankless role of the movie, essentially serving as the villain to Billy Beane’s hero” and “it’s hard to imagine the actual Howe being as stubborn and difficult as Hoffman’s version.” The actual Art…

  10. Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano, together with the Marlins?

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    carlos-zambrano-cubs

    It’s no secret that the Cubs will do whatever they can to get rid of Carlos Zambrano this offseason and now that Ozzie Guillen is headed to the Marlins there’s speculation that Zambrano could join him in Florida. Guillen has always been very public in his support of Zambrano over the years and the two…

  11. Umpire ejected Russell Martin for making a joke last night

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Yankees manager Girardi talks with umpires  West and Schrieber in St. Petersburg

    Home plate umpire Paul Schrieber tossed Russell Martin from last night’s game in the fifth inning because he made a joke following back-to-back walks by Phil Hughes. Or at least Martin claims his comments were a joke, telling reporters afterward that he asked “did you stretch before the game tonight?” and then added “I feel…

  12. Omar Infante’s two-year deal with Marlins worth $8 million

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Florida Marlins

    There’s no official announcement, but the two-year contract extension between Omar Infante and the Marlins that was first reported last night is worth $8 million, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sen Sentinel reports that Infante turned down the Marlins’ initial contract offer earlier this month, but the…

  13. Francisco Cervelli suffers concussion setback, unlikely to return for playoffs

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli

    It sounds like the Yankees will be without Francisco Cervelli for the opening round of the playoffs and possibly the entire postseason after the backup catcher suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion. “He threw and did some catching stuff, and some of the symptoms came back,” manager Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch…

  14. Jon Lester to start Wednesday on short rest … unless the Red Sox make a trade

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    There’s speculation that the Red Sox may still trade for a veteran starting pitcher solely to have him pitch what could be a win-or-go-home game Wednesday, but barring that manager Terry Francona announced Jon Lester will start Game 162 on short rest. Not only would Lester be pitching with just three days off between starts,…

  15. Peter Moylan needs shoulder surgery, may miss next season

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan had hoped to avoid surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder last week, but the Braves announced that he’ll go under the knife following a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. In many cases rotator cuff surgery is even tougher to come back from than Tommy…

  16. Rockies shut down Carlos Gonzalez for year, Troy Tulowitzki “available only in emergency”

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki

    Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki haven’t been in the Rockies’ lineup together since September 13 and that won’t change until next year. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez has been shut down for the season with a wrist injury and Tulowitzki is “available only in an emergency” due to hip problems. And…

  17. Jonny Gomes wants to re-sign with Nationals because “this team is going to be friggin’ good”

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jonny Gomes was traded to the Nationals in late July and probably hasn’t hit enough to make them want to re-sign him, but for his part the 30-year-old outfielder would love to be back in Washington next season. And not just because of the money or the city, but because as Gomes told Adam Kilgore…

  18. Picture of the Day: Kenley’s crazy strikeout rate, crazier eyes

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    As if Kenley Jansen‘s historic strikeout rate isn’t scary enough, the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed passed along this photo of the flamethrowing reliever dressing up as part of the team’s rookie hazing rituals:

  19. Yankees prepping Phil Hughes for bullpen role in playoffs

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes hasn’t pitched since September 12 because of back problems and now that he’s healthy enough to potentially see some game action again the Yankees are preparing him for a bullpen role. “That is what we are going to look at during the playoffs,” manager Joe Girardi told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York,…

  20. Tigers bring back Mike Maroth as Single-A pitching coach

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Mike Maroth

    Mike Maroth retired in January after unsuccessfully trying to make it back to the majors following various arm surgeries and the Tigers have hired him as their new Single-A pitching coach. Maroth last pitched in the majors in 2007, but he’s still just 34 years old and spent all but a couple months of his…

  21. Gary Carter suffers setback in cancer treatment

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has experienced a setback in his treatment for brain cancer, with his daughter writing in the family’s online journal that doctors discovered “an abnormal and unusual spot” on his right temple and scheduled him for a biopsy. Here are the details provided by Kimmy Bloemers, via Adam Rubin of…

  22. “Moneyball” earns $20.6 million in strong opening weekend

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    moneyball poster

    “Moneyball” looks like a mini-hit, as the movie made $20.6 million in its opening weekend while narrowly finishing behind “The Lion King 3D” ($22.1 million) and ahead of “Dolphin Tale” ($20.3 million) at the box office. Claude Brodesser-Akner of New York Magazine places “Moneyball” among the “weekend winners” and reports that the audience was evenly…

  23. Watching the Cubs has soured Bob Brenly on managing again

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    brenly in booth

    As a former World Series-winning manager Bob Brenly’s presence in the Cubs’ broadcast booth naturally leads to speculation about him moving into the dugout, but watching the team go 145-176 during the past two seasons may have soured him on getting back into managing. Here’s what Brenly told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: I…

  24. Fernando Rodney on lack of work for Angels: “I’m really mad”

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney has made no secret about his frustration with losing the closer job and becoming a forgotten man in the Angels’ bullpen, and Mike DiGiovanni of the Los Angeles Times reports that he asked the team for a trade a few weeks ago. His wish was not granted and over the weekend Rodney vented…

  25. Davey Johnson is likely to keep job, but Nationals will conduct a manager search anyway

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Davey Johnson has gone 38-42 since taking over for Jim Riggleman as Nationals manager and every indication is that he’ll be retained for 2012, but before that happens general manager Mike Rizzo will go through the process of a manager search. Yesterday the GM told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that “we’ve got a very streamlined…

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