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  1. Blue Jays manager John Farrell leaves team for son’s surgery

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell will miss today’s game against the White Sox after leaving the team and traveling to Boston for his son’s surgery. According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star the manager’s 20-year-old son, Luke Farrell, will “undergo a major scheduled operation” the details of which aren’t being made public. Farrell is…

  2. Braves haven’t ruled out Jair Jurrjens for playoff rotation

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Last week all indications were that Jair Jurrjens‘ knee problems would sideline him through at least the first round of the playoffs, but yesterday manager Fredi Gonzalez “left open the possibility” that he might be cleared to pitch in the NLDS. If the Braves make the playoffs, of course. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal…

  3. Diamondbacks get Mike Zagurski from Phillies for PTBNL

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Zagurski_Mike

    Mike Zagurski has posted some excellent numbers in the minors, but the Phillies have been hesitant to give the 28-year-old reliever an extended opportunity and have now traded him to the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash. Zagurski has appeared in just 12 games for the Phillies during the past two…

  4. Denard Span rear-ends teammate driving to airport, re-triggers concussion symptoms

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    stop tailgaiting

    Denard Span rejoined the Twins’ lineup Wednesday after missing most of the past four months with a concussion, but he didn’t play in yesterday’s game and Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he re-triggered some of the post-concussion symptoms by rear-ending teammate Danny Valencia while driving to the airport. Seriously: Span was following Valencia from…

  5. Red Sox go with John Lackey for Sunday start in New York

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    lackey face

    The thought of starting John Lackey on Sunday against the Yankees scared the Red Sox so much that they reportedly tried to get Chris Capuano from the Mets for some cash, but that didn’t work out and now they’re turning back to Lackey. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Lackey will indeed face…

  6. Reds and GM Walt Jocketty agree to three-year extension

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Walt Jocketty declined to talk about his contract status last week, but today the 60-year-old general manager agreed to a three-year extension with the Reds that runs through 2014. Jocketty originally joined the Reds as a special advisor to then-GM Wayne Krivsky in early 2008 and then took over the GM role when Krivsky was…

  7. Phillies top Yankees, lead MLB in attendance for the first time

    Sep 23, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1

    Not only does Philadelphia have the best record in baseball at 98-58, the Phillies are going to lead MLB in attendance for the first time in team history. Their final home game was yesterday and it was their 204th straight sellout dating back to 2009. Overall they finished the season with 3,680,718 fans or an…

  8. Stat of the Day: Matt Kemp is winning the WAR

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Calcaterra wrote this morning about how Matt Kemp’s run at the Triple Crown has somehow flown under the radar and should make him the NL MVP favorite assuming voters don’t penalize him for having bad (non-Clayton Kershaw) teammates. I’m in complete agreement, but wanted to note that Kemp also fares extremely well in less traditional…

  9. Cashman: Yankees had “pretend” interest in Carl Crawford to “drive price up” for Red Sox

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    General manager Brian Cashman said today that the Yankees’ interest in Carl Crawford was “pretend” and meant only to drive up the price for the Red Sox, who ultimately signed him to a seven-year, $142 million contract. That’s easy to say now that Crawford has had the worst season of his career and the Yankees…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

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

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    click here bigger

    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…

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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