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  1. Mark Ellis may be finished in Oakland after nine seasons

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Ellis has spent his entire nine-year career in Oakland, making him the longest-tenured A’s player on the active roster, but as Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News writes he may not be back in 2011. Ellis is finishing up a two-year, $11 million contract and the A’s have a $6 million option…

  2. Bobby Jenks out "at least a few games and possibly more" with forearm tightness

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Chicago’s bullpen may never be at full strength. Last week the White Sox welcomed Matt Thornton back from the disabled list and today they activated J.J. Putz off the shelf, but now Bobby Jenks has a strained forearm and Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reports that he’ll be unavailable for “at least a few games and…

  3. The Royals are 67-98 in Zack Greinke's 165 career starts

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke threw eight innings last night and allowed four runs against one of the best lineups in the league. He lost. And he usually does, not because Greinke is bad but because his teammates are horrible. He has a perfectly solid 3.90 ERA and the Royals are 10-19 in his starts. None of which…

  4. Santiago Casilla and the unintentional strike

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    There was an odd moment in last night’s Giants-Diamondbacks game when Santiago Casilla set out to intentionally walk Adam LaRoche and instead fired a 63-mph “fastball” right down the middle for a first-pitch strike. MLB.com has the video, which is worth checking out if only to see LaRoche’s dumbfounded reaction to what had just happened.…

  5. Jose Lima's autopsy found no traces of drugs in his system

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Some people jumped to conclusions about Jose Lima’s death when he passed away in May from an apparent heart attack at age 37, but the autopsy report released today showed no traces of drugs in his system. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN.com Lima “tested positive for moderate levels of alcohol but that the cause…

  6. Homefield advantage and drawn-out NLDS schedule would be huge for the Phillies

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Philadelphia has edged past Atlanta atop the NL East, which means the Phillies also currently have the record in the league. Homefield advantage is always nice, of course, but as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes the ability to choose the seven-day or eight-day schedule for the NLDS could be even more beneficial to the Phillies.…

  7. Jim Joyce scheduled to be the home plate umpire for Armando Galarraga's start tomorrow

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Barring a change in the umpiring schedule, Jim Joyce is slated to be behind the plate for Armando Galarraga’s start tomorrow against the Orioles. Joyce was working first base when he infamously blew the call that would have given Galarraga a perfect game on June 2. Joyce immediately and emotionally admitted his mistake, Galarraga displayed…

  8. Dusty Baker on Reds' extension offer: "I really haven't thought about it"

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Reports vary on the length of the proposed deal, but what we know for sure is that the Reds offered Dusty Baker a contract extension over a month ago and the impending free agent manager has yet to accept or decline. Here’s what he told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com: Sooner or later. Right now, I’m…

  9. Video: Sidney Crosby takes BP and homers at PNC Park

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Penguins star Sidney Crosby took batting practice at PNC Park in Pittsburgh yesterday and launched a homer into the seats in right field, at which point he took George Costanza’s advice and immediately left the batter’s box on a high note. Sidney Crosby now has more homers at PNC Park than Bobby Crosby, who played…

  10. Pirates likely to non-tender Zach Duke this offseason

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Once upon a time Zach Duke went 8-2 with a 1.81 ERA as a 22-year-old rookie, but in the five seasons since then he’s 36-66 with a 4.74 ERA while allowing the highest opponents’ batting average of any pitcher with at least 120 starts. And now it looks like his Pirates career is coming to…

  11. AL Central may be settled before Twins and White Sox play next week

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Next week’s three-game series between the Twins and White Sox in Chicago has loomed large on the schedule for some time now, but it’s looking more and more like the American League Central may be all but settled by then. Minnesota won last night behind another Brian Duensing gem and Chicago got shut down by…

  12. Brandon Webb happy following "glorified bullpen session"

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    When we last checked in on Brandon Webb he was disappointed with a recent simulated game during which his fastball topped out in the low-80s, but yesterday the perpetually rehabbing right-hander threw a “glorified bullpen” session that “ended up being really good.” Whether or not that will lead to Webb actually pitching this season is…

  13. Cubs owner Todd Ricketts films "Undercover Boss" episode

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune surmised that Cubs owner Todd Ricketts was participating in an episode of the CBS show Undercover Boss being shot at Wrigley Field, and now that the filming is complete the team is no longer being secretive. Ricketts grew facial hair and donned glasses during the nine-game homestand,…

  14. Report: Josh Johnson "may be done for the season"

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Initially said to be “50-50″ for his scheduled Friday start, Josh Johnson is now having his injured back and shoulder examined by doctors in Florida and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes that the Marlins’ ace “may be done for the season.” Or as manager Edwin Rodriguez put it: “We have to make sure that J.J.…

  15. CBS shooting an episode of "Undercover Boss" with Cubs owner Todd Ricketts at Wrigley Field?

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune passes along an intriguing note about the CBS television show Undercover Boss “filming this strange guy with a fake beard on the grounds crew and as a beer vendor” at Wrigley Field today. Sullivan snapped a picture of the film crew setting up around the ballpark, but so far…

  16. Must-click link: Bernie Miklasz rips into umpire Bob Davidson

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch is one of my favorite columnists and today he wrote about one of baseball’s worst umpires, Bob Davidson. Bernie Miklasz: Ump Davidson a disgrace to the game I wholeheartedly agree with everything Miklasz says about Davidson, who has a long history of wrong calls and ridiculous, attention-seeking…

  17. Poll: Should Jim Edmonds be in the Hall of Fame?

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I’ve written a couple posts recently suggesting that Jim Edmonds is a) deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame, and b) unlikely to actually garner much support from voters. He’s an eight-time Gold Glove winner who ranks sixth all time in homers by a center fielder and is seventh in Wins Above Replacement…

  18. Domonic Brown isn't playing for the Phillies, so he'll likely play winter ball

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown hasn’t played much for Philadelphia and last night a minor quadriceps injury kept him from making a rare back-to-back start, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies’ minor league player of the year will likely make up for the lost at-bats by playing winter ball. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted…

  19. Travis Hafner quietly having a good, healthy year in Cleveland

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    He’s no longer the middle-of-the-lineup monster he was from 2004 to 2006 and the Indians have been pretty miserable all season, but Travis Hafner is quietly having a very productive and mostly healthy year. He’s already played 101 games after shoulder problems limited him to a total of 151 games in the previous two seasons…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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,…

  25. 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…

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