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  1. Impending free agent Aramis Ramirez wants multi-year deal

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Aramis Ramirez is all but certain to become a free agent once the Cubs decline his $16 million option for 2012 and the 33-year-old third baseman told Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago that he’ll be seeking a multi-year deal: If I hit the marketplace I should end up with a two- or three-year deal. The…

  2. Chase Utley cleared to return from concussion Thursday

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chase Utley has passed all the necessary tests following his concussion last week and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the second baseman has been cleared to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup Thursday. That means Utley will have missed seven days with the “mild” concussion, which is pretty fortunate considering the multiple-month absences for other concussed…

  3. Jon Rauch done for season, may need surgery for knee injury

    Sep 12, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Jon Rauch made his way back from an emergency appendectomy, but now the Blue Jays reliever has been shut down for the season with a knee injury. Rauch was placed on the disabled list with torn cartilage in his right knee and is expected to eventually undergo surgery. Rauch had an up-and-down season in Toronto,…

  4. Logan Morrison leaves Marlins to have knee injury examined

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Logan Morrison, who injured his knee while making a sliding catch Friday, has left the Marlins in Atlanta and traveled back to Florida to be examined by team doctors. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Morrison will miss at least the three-game series against the Braves and being shut down for the season is always…

  5. Carlos Quentin returns from DL, but how much will he play?

    Sep 12, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    quentin getty wide

    Carlos Quentin is back from the disabled list after missing the past three weeks with a shoulder injury, but he returns to a much more crowded White Sox lineup. Quentin’s injury opened the door for 22-year-old rookie Dayan Viciedo, who’s hit .354 in 14 games since being called up. With the White Sox all but…

  6. Johan Santana’s next rehab start will be Thursday at Single-A

    Sep 12, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    johan santana face getty

    Johan Santana is still trying to get some more rehab work in before the minor-league season is over, so his next start is scheduled for Thursday at Single-A in the South Atlantic League championship series. Santana tossed three shutout innings in the SAL semi-finals last week and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that he’s slated to…

  7. Rays call up Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    russ canzler rays

    Tampa Bay calling up stud pitching prospect Matt Moore is getting all the attention–and rightfully so–but the Rays have also promoted Russ Canzler to the majors after the 25-year-old took home International League MVP honors by hitting .314 with 18 homers, 40 doubles, and a .930 OPS in Durham. Canzler signed with the Rays as…

  8. James Shields has the most pickoffs by a right-handed pitcher since 1988

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Last week James Shields became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1999 to complete 11 games in a season and yesterday he became the first right-handed pitcher with 12 pickoffs in a season since Charlie Hough in 1988. In MLB history there have only been 14 instances of a right-hander recording double-digit pickoffs in…

  9. Hiroki Kuroda’s past neck problems “have resurfaced”

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Hiroki Kuroda failed to make it out of the fifth inning yesterday and afterward admitted that the neck problems he’s struggled with in previous seasons are once again an issue. Kuroda downplayed the severity, telling Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that “compared to what it’s been in the past it’s very mild.” However,…

  10. Is this the worst season in Minnesota Twins history?

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    If the Twins’ season was a fight the corner would’ve thrown in the towel several rounds ago, as they’ve now lost 12 of the past 13 series, including seven in a row. Since climbing to 50-56 on July 29 to convince the front office not to become sellers at the trading deadline the Twins have…

  11. Andre Ethier to have season-ending knee surgery Wednesday

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier

    Last week the Dodgers ruled out Andre Ethier for the remainder of the season with a right knee injury and now Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the outfielder will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday. According to Jackson “the recovery time is expected to be short enough that Ethier can still engage in something…

  12. Phillies’ stacked rotation means rookie Vance Worley may be in playoff bullpen

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Everyone expected Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels to be amazing this season, but injuries to the rest of Philadelphia’s rotation opened the door for Vance Worley to claim a full-time spot and the 23-year-old rookie has responded by going 11-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 117 innings. On many teams that would put…

  13. Reds interested in extending Francisco Cordero’s contract

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Francisco Cordero‘s contract has a $12 million team option or $1 million buyout for next season and general manager Walt Jocketty admitted yesterday that the Reds “are trying to determine” what their best course of action will be. Cordero has said he’d be open to renegotiating the deal and Jocketty told John Fay of the…

  14. Theo Epstein reveals that J.D. Drew has broken middle finger

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    Last week Terry Francona replied “we don’t know” when asked about J.D. Drew‘s return timetable and now we know why, as general manager Theo Epstein revealed during a radio interview today that Drew has a broken middle finger. Drew was on the verge of returning from a shoulder injury and possibly taking back significant playing…

  15. No. 1 pitching prospect Matt Moore joining Rays as reliever

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    matt moore getty

    Matt Moore, the 23-year-old stud pitching prospect who last week finished runner-up to Mike Trout for Baseball America‘s minor league player of the year award, is on his way to Tampa Bay. With their Wild Card deficit down to 3.5 games the Rays have decided the time is right for Moore to make his big-league…

  16. Report: Cubs to drop bleacher seat prices for next season

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Despite their 62-81 record the Cubs have already drawn 2.8 million fans and will surpass the 3 million mark for the eighth straight season, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that they plan to lower the price of bleacher seats for 2012. Overall attendance is down just 500 fans per game, but according to…

  17. Marlins get Mike Stanton back from hamstring injury

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

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    Mike Stanton is back in the Marlins’ lineup tonight, playing for the first time since injuring his hamstring Saturday. Prior to the injury Stanton had played in 234 of the Marlins’ 245 games since being called up from the minors in the middle of last season, hitting .260 with 54 homers and a .869 OPS.…

  18. Miguel Tejada after being released by Giants: “I will not retire”

    Sep 9, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    San Francisco officially parted ways with Miguel Tejada yesterday, releasing the veteran infielder with a month remaining on his one-year, $6.5 million contract. Tejada more than earned the release by playing horrible defense and hitting .239 with a .596 OPS, and then for good measure he publicly complained about being asked to lay down a…

  19. Twins begin minor-league shakeup by firing Triple-A manager

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    shake it up baby

    Triple-A coaching changes aren’t normally post-worthy, but in this case it may signal the beginning of a much bigger shakeup for the Twins. Minnesota has had a disastrous season at nearly every level of the organization and the front office has been dropping hints about sweeping changes in the minors. Today the first moves were…

  20. Stat of the Day: Best and worst ERAs since the All-Star break

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Justin Verlander has gone 10-1 in the second half to emerge as the clear front-runner for the AL Cy Young award, but his 3.00 ERA since the All-Star break actually ranks “only” 22nd among all pitchers with at least 50 innings. Here are the MLB leaders in ERA since the break: IP ERA Clayton Kershaw…

  21. Chad Billingsley “insisted he isn’t hurt” after latest poor start

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley

    Chad Billingsley turned in another ugly start yesterday, failing to make it out of the third inning against the Nationals, and has now allowed 24 runs in his last 31 innings. During that six-start stretch Billingsley has nearly as many walks (18) as strikeouts (22) and has served up five homers. And he’s also shown…

  22. Staying in the Nationals’ rotation would be worth $800,000 to Chien-Ming Wang

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    Chien-Ming Wang‘s comeback has been a mixed bag, as his decent-looking 4.43 ERA in eight starts comes with more walks (13) than strikeouts (12) in 45 innings. Livan Hernandez has already been removed from the Nationals’ rotation so they could go with younger starters down the stretch and it’ll be interesting to see if Washington…

  23. Juan Pierre is eighth player to join 2,000-hit club this season

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    welcome to the club cd

    Last month I angered a bunch of Rangers fans by using Michael Young reaching 2,000 hits to point out that the 2,000-hit club has a relatively big membership compared to similar statistical milestones that receive much less attention. Some people–including A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy–took that as a knock on Young, whereas my intention was merely…

  24. Chase Utley could miss all of next week with mild concussion

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chase Utley has already been ruled out for the entire weekend with a mild concussion suffered Wednesday and now general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated that the Phillies second baseman probably won’t be back before late next week. Amaro told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that “I don’t expect him to play the next two series…

  25. Dustin McGowan to make first start since July 8, 2008

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    dustin mcgowan blue jays

    Dustin McGowan‘s three-year journey back to the big leagues was completed Tuesday with a four-inning relief appearance and now the Blue Jays have decided to give him a start for the first time since July 8, 2008. McGowan didn’t exactly dominate in his return outing, allowing eight baserunners and three runs in four innings against…

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