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  1. Carlos Beltran quietly having a very productive September

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran missed the entire first half of the season and then struggled after finally returning from knee surgery in mid-July, hitting just .218 with a .660 OPS through 43 games. That will keep his overall season totals looking ugly no matter how well Beltran plays in September, but he’s quietly having a very solid…

  2. Kevin Towers wants to hire Greg Maddux as Diamondbacks' new pitching coach

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Towers said a whole bunch of interesting stuff during his introductory press conference as Diamondbacks’ general manager yesterday, including that he wants to bring in Greg Maddux as pitching coach or bench coach next season “I told Greg two years ago as soon as you want to be on the field please make me…

  3. Yadier Molina to undergo MRI exam on sore right knee

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina has been playing through knee soreness since late August, but has left the Cardinals on their road trip to Pittsburgh and traveled back to St. Louis to undergo an MRI exam. “We’ve been watching it closely,” manager Tony La Russa told Matthew Leach of MLB.com. “For him to agree to get it checked,…

  4. James Loney on Dodgers' struggles: "At times teams played harder than us"

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    With the Dodgers being officially eliminated from the playoff race yesterday Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times asked first baseman James Loney “what went wrong this season” and his response was interesting: At times, teams played harder than us. I think we want to win. We want to finish it. We want to win…

  5. Diamondbacks set all-time record for strikeouts in a season

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Last night the Diamondbacks set a new MLB single-season record for most strikeouts by a team, with 1,403. Because they’re in last place I’m sure plenty of fans and media members will make a big deal out of all the strikeouts being a terrible thing, but it’s important to note that the Diamondbacks have scored…

  6. Nick Markakis makes doubles history with Hall of Famers Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Last night Nick Markakis became just the third player in baseball history to hit 43 or more doubles in four consecutive seasons, joining a pair of Hall of Famers from the first half of the 20th century in Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick. Making the cutoff 43 doubles is obviously kind of arbitrary and in…

  7. Tyler Colvin was released from the hospital today

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tyler Colvin was released from a Miami hospital this afternoon, three days after his chest was punctured by a broken bat. Colvin has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season and Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that he may not even rejoin the Cubs for the final two weeks. For now he’s…

  8. Jerry Dipoto resigns from Diamondbacks after losing GM job to Kevin Towers

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Passed over for the general manager job that officially went to Kevin Towers earlier this afternoon, former interim general manager Jerry Dipoto reportedly informed the Diamondbacks that he’s resigning. There was some speculation that Towers would ask Dipoto to stick around in the organization and perhaps he did just that, but it’s also understandable that…

  9. Brewers hitting coach says Alcides Escobar "has to change his mechanics"

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Alcides Escobar was benched yesterday in the midst of 0-for-18 and 3-for-38 slumps, and Brewers hitting coach Dave Sveum told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the rookie shortstop has a flaw in his swing: He has to change his mechanics. What he’s doing won’t hold up to big-league pitching on a consistent…

  10. Twins name Francisco Liriano the Game 1 starter for ALDS

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Here in Minnesota there’s been quite a bit of debate about who the Twins should place atop their playoff rotation for a Game 1 and possibly Game 5 start in the ALDS. Francisco Liriano is pretty clearly the Twins’ best starting pitcher, going 14-8 with a 3.44 ERA and posting arguably the best secondary numbers…

  11. Diamondbacks officially hire Kevin Towers as new GM

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    As expected the Diamondbacks made things official this afternoon, hiring Kevin Towers as their new general manager. Towers, who was the GM in San Diego from 1995 to 2009, beat out four candidates for the job, including interim GM Jerry Dipoto. He was viewed by many as the front-runner from the start of the process,…

  12. Josh Hamilton hopes to return from fractured ribs next week

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Diagnosed with “a small fracture” in two ribs yesterday, Josh Hamilton told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he hopes to play four or five of the Rangers’ remaining 12 games. That means he’d have to rejoin the lineup by the middle of next week, which seems unlikely given that there’s no timetable yet for his…

  13. Dan Uggla wants a five-year, $58 million contract extension

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla has asked the Marlins for a five-year, $58 million contract extension, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Good luck with that. Uggla is already under team control for next season as an arbitration-eligible player, so the Marlins shouldn’t really feel a ton of pressure to lock him up long term. Beyond…

  14. Cubs formally interview Ryne Sandberg for manager opening

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that general manager Jim Hendry flew to Arizona yesterday to formally interview Ryne Sandberg for the Cubs’ managerial opening. Sandberg has spent the past four years managing in the minors and was recently named Pacific Coast League manager of the year for leading the Cubs’ Triple-A team to an 82-62…

  15. Cardinals released Felipe Lopez because they were sick of him showing up late for games

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Cardinals sent Felipe Lopez home, releasing the 30-year-old veteran with two weeks remaining on his $1 million contract. The initial spin was that they made the move to create playing time for younger players, but general manager John Mozeliak later admitted that Lopez showing up late for Monday’s game was the final straw:…

  16. Cardinals send Felipe Lopez "home for the rest of the season"

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    No specifics have emerged yet, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “the Cardinals have sent Felipe Lopez home for the rest of the season.” Lopez has a history of wearing out his welcome, but what makes this case interesting is that this is actually his second stint in St. Louis.…

  17. How much is homefield advantage worth in the playoffs?

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    With the Yankees, Rays, and Twins in a three-way battle for homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs Cliff Corcoran of SI.com took a look at how much of an impact being the home team has had and found … well, it’s probably not as important as you’d think. Going back to 1998, when the current…

  18. Impending free agent A.J. Pierzynski has "no idea" if he'll be back with White Sox

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski has raised his batting average from .231 to .272 by hitting .393 over the past 28 games, but his OPS is still a career-low .691 and the 33-year-old impending free agent told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he has “no idea” if the White Sox will try to re-sign him. Coming…

  19. Jose Bautista close to becoming 14th member of 50-homer, 100-walk club

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista is one long ball away from becoming the 26th player in baseball history–and first since Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder in 2007–to hit 50 homers in a season, but he’s also on the verge of joining an even more exclusive club. Bautista has 95 walks with 13 games left, making it likely that…

  20. Josh Hamilton diagnosed with "a small fracture" in his ribs

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton traveled to Los Angeles to see a specialist about his rib injury and this afternoon the Rangers announced that he’s been diagnosed with “a small stable fracture in the seventh and eighth ribs that previous tests had not picked up.” Hamilton received an anti-inflammatory injection and an epidural injection, which means he won’t…

  21. Jerry Hairston Jr. has been playing through a fractured leg for the past two months

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    For two months now Jerry Hairston Jr. has been playing through leg pain that he believed was shin splints, but the Padres announced this afternoon that he has a fractured tibia. He’ll miss the remainder of the regular season and also won’t be available if San Diego makes the playoffs. Hairston previously missed the end…

  22. Bobby Parnell shut down for the season with elbow injury

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    It’s been, like, hours since the latest bit of bad news for the Mets, so Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Bobby Parnell has been shut down for the remainder of the season with “inflammation of the plica in his right elbow.” Parnell has been one of the few bright spots on the team this…

  23. Takashi Saito cleared to rejoin bullpen after shoulder scare

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta received some good news yesterday, as an MRI exam revealed merely tendinitis in Takashi Saito’s sore shoulder. Bobby Cox said he “was prepared for that to be the end” for the 40-year-old Saito when he exited Friday’s game with arm pain, but he’s expected to be available out of the Braves’ bullpen at some…

  24. FBI arrests man plotting to bomb area around Wrigley Field

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    According to the Chicago Tribune the FBI has arrested Sami Samir Hassoun and charged the 22-year-old Lebanese man with “plotting to bomb a strip of crowded Wrigleyville night spots around the time people were leaving a Dave Matthews concert at the ballpark over the weekend.” Hassoun “was arrested as he placed a backpack containing what…

  25. Finally! Chris Carter gets first hit after starting career 0-for-33

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    It still isn’t very pretty, but .029 sure looks a lot better than .000 for Chris Carter. After beginning his career in a brutal 0-for-33 slump that included 13 strikeouts, Carter finally delivered his first hit last night with a sharp single to left field off White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink. And then the A’s…

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