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  1. Marco Scutaro moves to second base due to shoulder injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro was signed to be the Red Sox’s shortstop and started each of his first 130 games there, but moved to second base last night in an effort to stay in the lineup despite what Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports is a partially torn rotator cuff. For now the Red Sox are…

  2. Franklin Gutierrez left last night's game after "hyperventilating in the dugout"

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Franklin Gutierrez batted twice in the Mariners’ five-run second inning last night, but then left the game after reportedly hyperventilating in the dugout. Here’s more from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: Gutierrez said he was “obviously” frightened because he’d never experienced something like that. He wasn’t sure whether his troubles catching his breath were…

  3. Brad Lidge unavailable until at least Friday with elbow injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    When the Phillies reclaimed first place in the NL East last night they do so with Ryan Madson finishing up an 8-7 victory, because closer Brad Lidge was unavailable due to a hyper-extended elbow that’s expected to keep him out until at least Friday. Lidge had elbow surgery last year and has needed multiple cortisone…

  4. Miguel Cabrera sidelined by lingering shoulder problems

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    For the second time in the past week Miguel Cabrera left last night’s game with shoulder soreness, and Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that “this time around both Cabrera and the Tigers sound a little more worried about it.” Officially diagnosed with biceps tendinitis, Cabrera said he initially suffered the injury while diving for a…

  5. Jim Thome ties Frank Robinson for 8th place with 586 homers

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jim Thome’s great run continued last night, as he homered for the fourth time in three games to tie Frank Robinson for eighth place on the all-time list with 586 career long balls. Thome has given the Twins amazing production for a one-year, $1.5 million investment this offseason, hitting .278/.407/.636 with 22 homers, 16 doubles,…

  6. Dodgers designate Ronnie Belliard for assignment

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Last season Ronnie Belliard was traded from the Nationals to the Dodgers on August 31 and hit .351 with five homers and seven doubles in 24 games, pushing Orlando Hudson aside to become Los Angeles’ starting second baseman down the stretch and into the playoffs. Re-signed to a one-year, $825,000 contract that included a weigh-in…

  7. Hells Bells: Trevor Hoffman notches 600th career save

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals tonight to pick up his 600th career save in front of the home crowd in Milwaukee. Hoffman lost the closer job after struggling mightily early this season and his ERA is still north of 6.00, but he’s quietly pitched well for the past few months…

  8. Shin-Soo Choo hoping to avoid military service by playing for South Korea in Asian Games

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo has established himself as one of the best all-around outfielders in the league over the past three seasons, but his two-year obligation to the South Korean military has lingered in the background as a potential complication. And now he’ll try to play his way out of the military. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports…

  9. Busting the "he just knows how to win" myth for CC Sabathia

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Last season’s Cy Young voting was a major step in the right direction when it comes to no longer judging starting pitchers on wins and losses, but Felix Hernandez still seems likely to lose votes this year because the Mariners’ pathetic offense has left him with an 11-10 record despite a 2.30 ERA and league-leading…

  10. Nationals call up Yunesky Maya six weeks after signing Cuban pitcher for $6 million

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Washington signed Cuban defector Yunesky Maya to a four-year, $6 million contract on July 31 and today the Nationals called up the 28-year-old right-hander. Maya will make his big-league debut tonight against the Mets after moving quickly through the Nationals’ system with a 3.38 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio in 21.1 innings split between three…

  11. Scott Olsen and his 5.58 ERA want nothing to do with bullpen

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen tossed four no-hit innings yesterday in his first relief appearance since 2005, but afterward made it very clear that he wants nothing to do with the bullpen long term. I’d like to start. I don’t want to be a bullpen guy. The biggest difference in not being able to throw 140 feet before…

  12. Jeremy Hellickson named Baseball America's minor league player of the year

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Rays prospect Jeremy Hellickson has been named Baseball America‘s minor league player of the year after the 22-year-old right-hander went 12-3 with a 2.45 ERA, .238 opponents’ batting average, and 123/35 K/BB ratio in 117.2 innings at Triple-A. BA doesn’t list the other finalists for the award, but Mike Moustakas and Wil Myers of the…

  13. Breaking news: Aroldis Chapman is human (sort of)

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman showed he was human yesterday, allowing three hits and a run while recording just one out. He also let both runners he inherited from Bill Bray to score. Of course, two of the hits were infield singles and the run was unearned, so maybe “human-like” is the more fitting description. He threw 16…

  14. Must-click link: Buck Showalter doesn't like Keith Olbermann

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Over at his MLB.com blog Keith Olbermann shared an amusing story from 1993 about then-Yankees manager Buck Showalter, who apparently didn’t like Olbermann and made him believe Paul O’Neill, Wade Boggs, and various other Yankees were upset at him for the whole SportsCenter shtick. Keith Olbermann: So Good To See Buck Showalter Again It seems…

  15. Chris Sale is thriving in the White Sox's bullpen three months after being drafted

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Three months ago Chris Sale was a starting pitcher for Florida Gulf Coast College and now he’s perhaps the most-trusted reliever in the White Sox’s bullpen, picking up his first career victory with 2.2 flawless innings yesterday. Selected with the 13th overall pick in June’s draft and almost immediately signed to a $1.65 million bonus,…

  16. Torn oblique muscle looks likely to end Jim Edmonds' career

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Last week Jim Edmonds indicated that he plans to retire after the season and now it sounds like the 40-year-old outfielder may have already played his final game. Edmonds is on the disabled list with an oblique injury that was originally listed as a strain, but he revealed yesterday that it’s actually a torn muscle:…

  17. Ubaldo Jimenez gets 18th win after a month between victories

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    It took a while, but Ubaldo Jimenez finally got his 18th victory last night to set the Rockies’ franchise record. Jimenez also leads the NL in wins, but lost four straight decisions between his 17th and 18th victories and had just two wins in nine starts since beginning the season 15-1. Of course, as usual…

  18. Alex Rodriguez sets MLB record with 14th 100-RBI season

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez homered and knocked in two runs yesterday to reach 100 RBIs for the 14th time in his career, which sets a new MLB record. He had been tied with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx, each of whom had 100 RBIs in 13 seasons. Rodriguez has reached 100 RBIs in 13 consecutive…

  19. Cubs interim manager Mike Quade benches Starlin Castro for "lapses in concentration"

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Cubs interim manager Mike Quade benched Starlin Castro yesterday for what he called “lapses in concentration” after the Cubs’ rookie shortstop forgot how many outs there were and got picked off first base Sunday. Castro also made an error in the field Friday and Quade, who’s gone 9-4 since taking over the 51-74 team from…

  20. Manny Ramirez notches three hits in White Sox victory

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez hasn’t shown any power since being claimed off waivers by Chicago last week, but he had three singles this afternoon and is now 7-for-16 (.438) with the White Sox. Ramirez’s third single today came off Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and proved to be the game-winning run, as pinch-runner Alejandro…

  21. Johan Santana to skip tomorrow's start with pectoral injury

    Sep 6, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Johan Santana reported feeling fine during a weekend bullpen session after leaving Thursday’s start with a strained pectoral muscle, but the Mets have decided to skip his turn in the rotation tomorrow anyway. Dillon Gee will instead make his MLB debut against the Nationals, but Santana made it very clear he could pitch if, say,…

  22. Bill Lee starts and wins independent league game at age 63

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago Bill Lee signed with the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League and yesterday the 63-year-old former Red Sox and Expos star made his debut … and picked up his first professional victory since 1982. Rox manager Chris Carminucci said he was prepared for a quick hook if Lee struggled, but instead…

  23. Red Sox or not, Jason Varitek plans to keep playing in 2011

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Whether or not it’ll be with the Red Sox remains to be seen, but Jason Varitek said yesterday that he plans to play somewhere in 2011. Varitek has been out since June 30 with a broken foot and played sparingly as Victor Martinez’s backup even before the injury, logging a total of 105 plate appearances…

  24. Mark Prior tosses scoreless inning at Triple-A for Rangers

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Mark Prior signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers last week and made his Triple-A debut yesterday, tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Oklahoma City. Prior, who convinced the Rangers to sign him after pitching well and showing good velocity as a reliever for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball…

  25. Padres' lead down to one game as losing streak hits 10

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    After beating the Diamondbacks on August 25 the Padres had a 76-49 record and 6.5-game lead in the NL West. They’d won three games in a row and 13 of their last 16, and their odds of winning the division were over 90 percent. And they haven’t won since, dropping their 10th consecutive game yesterday…

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