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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Red hot Twins go into Chicago and sweep the White Sox out of the playoff picture

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Needing to sweep the Twins to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs the White Sox instead lost all three games in Chicago, ending the AL Central race. With a nine-game lead in the division and a “magic number” of eight games the Twins could conceivably fail to win any of their final 16 games…

  2. Erick Aybar to undergo MRI exam for possible sports hernia

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Erick Aybar was scratched from last night’s lineup with a “left leg strain,” but told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register that the Angels’ training staff fears he may have a sports hernia. Aybar initially suffered the injury last week and has remained in the lineup since, but aggravated the injury while attempting to…

  3. Poll: Who should the Dodgers trade this offseason?

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    After reading Jon Weisman’s article breaking down the Dodgers’ payroll situation it seems pretty clear that trading Matt Kemp and/or Jonathan Broxton will be a priority in Los Angeles this offseason. Setting aside what you think the Dodgers will do, my question is what they should do … Who should the cash-strapped Dodgers trade this…

  4. Dodgers have tons of holes to fill and little money to fill them

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts put together an interesting piece breaking down the Dodgers’ projected payroll for next season, concluding that they will have spent about $90 million “before they make a single offseason move.” Obviously the Dodgers have plenty of holes to fill and because of the ugly ownership situation it’s unclear if they’ll…

  5. Must-click link: David Brown interviews the great Vin Scully

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When one of my favorite interviewers, David Brown of Yahoo! Sports, chats with the greatest announcer of all time, Dodgers legend Vin Scully, that is pretty much the definition of a must-click link: Answer Man: Vin Scully talks candy, Dodgers and Bewitched Even better, if you want to actually hear their chat and listen to…

  6. Justin Upton out of the lineup with more shoulder problems

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Justin Upton missed two weeks with a strained left shoulder, returned to the lineup for two games earlier this week, and is now sidelined again by the same injury. Upton is out of the Diamondbacks’ lineup this afternoon for the second straight game, but downplayed the seriousness of the injury last night: It’s really sore.…

  7. Dusty Baker: "Some people didn't like the s*** I was doing from the time we started"

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker has the Reds in first place and headed to the playoffs for the first time since 1995, but the veteran manager seems fed up with fans and media members questioning his decisions. Francisco Cordero has struggled of late, blowing a pair of saves while allowing six runs in his last four outings, and…

  8. Torii Hunter lost $5,000 on Hideki Matsui's triple last night

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui hit a triple last night for the first time since April of last season and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes that it may have cost Torii Hunter a whole bunch of money. According to Plunkett the two players “had a friendly wager” on whether Matsui and his arthritic knees could…

  9. Orel Hershiser "stood up to the group and told them to knock it off" when teammates harassed female reporter

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jessie Garcia is a female sports reporter and news anchor for the local NBC television affiliate in Milwaukee. In the wake of the controversy surrounding Ines Sainz and the way female media members are treated by athletes, Garcia told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel an interesting story about her experience covering a Brewers-Indians game in the…

  10. Jenrry Mejia shut down for the season with shoulder injury

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Jenrry Mejia exited last night’s start in the third inning with arm soreness and has now been shut down for the remainder of the season with what the Mets are calling a rhomboid strain of the right shoulder blade. Mejia had a similar injury while pitching in the minors earlier this season and obviously the…

  11. Homer Bailey left last night's start with "dizziness" and "a big headache"

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Homer Bailey showed significantly decreased velocity and struggled through three terrible innings last night before leaving his start against Arizona with dizziness. It wasn’t even mentioned until the seventh paragraph of John Fay’s game story in the Cincinnati Enquirer, but Bailey’s comments afterward sure make it seem like it’s a bigger deal: I felt a…

  12. Confirmed: Andy Pettitte to rejoin Yankees' rotation Sunday

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi confirmed last night that Andy Pettitte will come off the disabled list and rejoin the Yankees’ rotation Sunday against the Orioles. Pettitte has been out since mid-July with a strained groin, but allowed just two runs over 10 innings in a pair of rehab starts at Double-A. He’s expected to be on a…

  13. Darren Oliver's $3.25 million option for 2011 vested last night

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Darren Oliver tossed a scoreless inning last night in his 59th appearance of the season, which is the number needed for the Rangers’ 2011 team option on the 39-year-old reliever to vest at $3.25 million. Texas will be glad to have Oliver back at that price, as he’s quietly gone from being a mediocre and…

  14. UPDATE: Cardinals may limit rookie Jaime Garcia's workload by shutting him down for the season

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Jaime Garcia was limited to just 37.2 innings in the minors last season after coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, so with 163.1 innings already under his belt this season the Cardinals have decided…

  15. Report: MLB will overturn Ian Kinsler's one-game suspension

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Well, that was quick. Ian Kinsler’s one-game suspension for returning to the field to celebrate Nelson Cruz’s walk-off homer after he’d been ejected for arguing with the home-plate umpire will be overturned, according to Richard Durrett of Many suspensions are lessened after appeals, but rarely is a suspension overturned completely and in the case…

  16. Poll: Which young pitcher would you pick to build around?

    Sep 15, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez and David Price are always featured in discussions of the best young pitchers in baseball, and rightfully so to say the least, but at 24 years old they’re almost elderly compared to, say, 22-year-old Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw. After writing earlier today about Kershaw’s unique dominance at such a young age I became…

  17. Must-click link: Jay Jaffe on the 40th anniversary of Ball Four

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Ball Four is without question my favorite book, baseball or otherwise (although in fairness, I was only recently alerted to the fact that non-baseball books are published). I’ve read it no fewer than a half-dozen times and it never ceases to be wildly entertaining, which is pretty remarkable for something that was written four decades…

  18. Clayton Kershaw is 22 years old and really, really good

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I tend to think Clayton Kershaw doesn’t get enough attention in discussions about baseball’s best young pitchers and so his brilliant complete-game, 1-0 shutout of the Giants last night provides a perfect opportunity to heap praise on the Dodgers southpaw. Kershaw has followed up his 2.79 ERA in 30 starts as a 21-year-old last season…

  19. Livan Hernandez was a one-man gang last night in Atlanta

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Not only did Livan Hernandez shut out the Braves for eight innings last night, he went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer at the plate in an 6-0 victory. Hernandez now has 10 career homers, which ranks third among all active pitchers: PA HR Carlos Zambrano 650 21 Mike Hampton 845 16 LIVAN HERNANDEZ…

  20. Marlins view Tony Pena as a "serious" manager candidate

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    According to Joe Frisaro of the Marlins view Tony Pena “as a serious candidate” to become their next manager. Pena was a five-time All-Star as a player and prior to becoming the Yankees’ bench coach he managed the Royals from 2002 to 2005, winning AL manager of the year with an 83-79 record in…

  21. Brandon Webb very encouraged after latest bullpen session

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb is back to feeling somewhat optimistic again following his latest bullpen session yesterday, throwing around 50 pitches and saying afterward that “the movement I thought was by far the best I’ve ever had, I mean in years.” Webb has now avoided a setback for three consecutive mound sessions and is hoping to face…

  22. Will the Nationals allow 17-year-old Bryce Harper to play in the Arizona Fall League?

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper will kick off his professional career tomorrow when he joins the Nationals’ instructional league team in Florida and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that his performance there could determine whether he participates in the Arizona Fall League next month. According to Kilgore “the Nationals left a spot open for Harper, but…

  23. Cole Hamels strikes out 13, lowers second-half ERA to 1.96

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels turned in another brilliant start last night, racking up a season-high 13 strikeouts while holding the Marlins to one run in 6.1 innings for his fourth straight victory. Even with the winning streak Hamels’ win-loss record stands at just 11-10, but that vastly understates how fantastic he’s been all season and how dominant…

  24. After 10 seasons and 1,500 games Michael Young is finally playoff bound

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Michael Young has played 10 seasons in the majors, accumulating 6,632 plate appearances in 1,492 games for the Rangers while making six All-Star teams, winning a batting title, and hitting .301/.348/.450 with 1,832 hits. And next month he’ll play in a postseason game for the first time. In terms of career games without a playoff…

  25. Scott Podsednik's brief Dodgers career may be over

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez has been a disappointment in Chicago, but his replacement in Los Angeles hasn’t been any better. Scott Podsednik has batted just .262 with a .316 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage in 39 games since the Dodgers acquired him from the Royals in late July, including going 3-for-26 (.115) since Ramirez’s departure, and…

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