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  1. Placido Polanco is mulling retirement

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco, who turns 38 years old in less than three weeks, is considering retiring after the season. In his first year with the Marlins following a three-year stint in Philadelphia, Polanco has posted a .251/.306/.290 line while staying healthy for most of the season. Via Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel,…

  2. Alex Rodriguez had no idea Andy Pettitte was retiring

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Once Yankees starter Andy Pettitte made the announcement that he is calling it quits after the 2013 season ends, it seemed like everybody on planet Earth knew about it. Columns about the lefty’s Hall of Fame case were quickly scrawled and editorials about his history with performance-enhancing drug use made the rounds. One player, though,…

  3. Phillies shut down Kyle Kendrick due to lingering shoulder issue

    Sep 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies have shut down Kyle Kendrick for the remainder of the season, reports Chris Branch of the News Journal. Veteran journeyman Zach Miner, who has filled in for Kendrick once already on Wednesday, will take Kendrick’s remaining starts. The Phillies have “TBA” listed for Tuesday’s start against the Marlins. Assuming Miner starts then, he…

  4. Davey Johnson would have offered to walk away from Nationals if team hadn’t surged

    Sep 20, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson says he would have offered to step down from his position if the team continued to fumble, rather than go on a 22-7 run since August 20. In Adam Kilgore’s column for the Washington Post, Johnson said: “I always wanted to stay and give us a chance to win,” Johnson said.…

  5. Colby Rasmus leaves game after being hit in the face with a warm-up toss

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus suffered a freak injury after taking the field prior to the bottom of the first inning tonight against the Red Sox. While trotting to his position in center, Anthony Gose had thrown a ball in his direction, but Rasmus wasn’t aware. The ball struck him in the face. After a…

  6. Theo Epstein is considering releasing Kevin Gregg

    Sep 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Cubs closer Kevin Gregg went on a tirade in front of the media following this afternoon’s loss at the hands of the Braves at Wrigley Field. Gregg entered the top of the ninth to protect a 5-5 tie, but surrendered four runs in the inning en route to a 9-5 loss. After the game, he…

  7. Brian Wilson responds to John McCain on Twitter

    Sep 20, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Dodgers' Wilson watches the game against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Phoenix

    Earlier today, Arizona Senator John McCain tweeted his thoughts on the Dodgers’ Chase Field pool celebration. He called the Dodgers “a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats”. The whole thing came about because Diamondbacks utility man Willie Bloomquist took to the media to voice his displeasure with the act, saying he thought the Dodgers…

  8. Carlos Gonzalez may need surgery to repair his injured finger

    Sep 15, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez may need to undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right middle finger, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Gonzalez will meet with a hand specialist in Cleveland in Cleveland on Thursday. If the specialist recommends it, Gonzalez could undergo surgery towards the end of the month or…

  9. Padres shut down Cory Luebke due to elbow soreness

    Sep 15, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Padres lefty Cory Luebke has had a bumpy road since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in May last year. He had to stop his throwing program back in May, and now the Padres have shut him down after four bullpen sessions, reports Corey Brock. Luebke felt soreness in his elbow, which is…

  10. The Braves hazed their rookies after losing 4-0 to the Padres

    Sep 15, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    Padres starter Burch Smith proved to be too much for the Braves’ offense this afternoon as the right-hander shut them out over seven innings, logging ten strikeouts. Behind Chase Headley‘s two-run home run in the sixth and Tommy Medica‘s solo shot in the seventh, the Padres had more than enough offense to topple the NL…

  11. Rays run scoreless innings streak to 27 before collapsing late against the Twins

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    David Price

    The Rays entered this afternoon’s contest against the Twins having completed back-to-back shutouts. Starter Chris Archer shut them out over six innings on Friday while Matt Moore went three innings in a rain-soaked affair last night. The last time a Rays pitcher had allowed a run was in the sixth inning on Thursday against the…

  12. Before his final game at Fenway, Red Sox honor Mariano Rivera with a poem

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    In his farewell tour this season, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has received many accolades. From scoreboard memos to hugs to, uh, sand sculptures, people haven’t been shy about telling Rivera how much his career has meant to the game. The Red Sox, often victimized by Rivera’s cutter over the years, played Rivera out in style…

  13. Hunter Pence homers in fourth consecutive game to lead Giants to victory over Dodgers

    Sep 15, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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    At the same time the Giants have expressed interest in extending him, outfielder Hunter Pence has caught on fire at the plate. He entered this afternoon with homers in three consecutive games, and in four out of his last five. He drove in seven runs last night against the Dodgers and drove in six on…

  14. Play of the Day: Carlos Gomez robs Jay Bruce’s three-run home run

    Sep 15, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez already has one of the three NL Gold Gloves for outfielders locked up, but he decided to pad his resume in case anyone was still on the fence about his defensive prowess. With two runners on base with two outs and the game tied 5-5 in the ninth inning, Jay…

  15. Max Scherzer unsuccessful in fourth attempt to get his 20th win

    Sep 15, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    After shutting out the Mets over six innings on August 24, it seemed like even 25 wins was possible for the Tigers’ right-hander. But in four starts since, Max Scherzer has lost twice and earned two no-decisions, failing to reach the 20-win threshold. As MLB Network’s Brian Kenny will be quick to point out, this…

  16. The AL West race may be over as the Athletics sweep the Rangers

    Sep 15, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    The Athletics won for the 16th time in their last 20 games this afternoon, wrapping up a series sweep over the limping Rangers. The win pushes their lead to 6.5 games with 13 games left to play, effectively wrapping up the division. The Rangers lost their sixth consecutive game and haven’t won consecutive games since…

  17. Justin Morneau’s first RBI as a Pirate proves to be the difference in win over the Cubs

    Sep 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    It took 14 games and 50 trips to the plate, but first baseman Justin Morneau finally got his first RBI as a member of the Pirates this afternoon. His one-out, eighth-inning single to left drove in Andrew McCutchen to put the Buccos up 3-2. Morneau has yet to homer with his new club, and he…

  18. This is one of the worst strike calls you will see this year

    Sep 14, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The scene: Nationals trail the Phillies 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh. They had just scored three to get back in the game. Bryce Harper represents the tying run on third base. Wilson Ramos steps to the plate against Phillies reliever B.J. Rosenberg. He trails 1-2 in the count but has fouled off four…

  19. Indians drub White Sox to cut AL Central deficit to five games

    Sep 14, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez turned in a solid effort while the offense provided more than enough support to cut their deficit in the AL Central to five games. Meanwhile, the Tigers lost 1-0 to the Royals. The offense put up a five-spot in the fourth on a two-run home run by Asdrubal Cabrera and a…

  20. Ervin Santana’s gem keeps Royals moving towards the AL Wild Card

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Royals starter Ervin Santana was once again excellent, blanking the Tigers over six and two-thirds innings of work. The right-hander allowed just five hits and walked one while striking out five. He was lifted in the seventh after recording the second out following back-to-back singles, though his pitch count was only at 83. Lefty Will…

  21. Are pitch counts and early shutdowns actually helping pitchers?

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ decision to shut down starter Stephen Strasburg after his September 7 start last year was controversial, starting a debate that wasn’t even close to settled as the 2013 regular season was under way. The Nationals won the NL East title last season and went into the NLDS against the Cardinals without Strasburg. The…

  22. Joey Votto hit a home run very hard and very far

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    According to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, there have only been eight other home runs hit this year that went as far as the 470-foot blast Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit this afternoon against Brewers reliever Michael Blazek. Shin-Soo Choo had reached with a one-out walk and remained on first as Votto came to the…

  23. Ever wanted to have Vin Scully teach you about Friday the 13th? This is for you!

    Sep 14, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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    Last night was Friday, the 13th of September, considered to be an unlucky day among the superstitious. For the uninitiated, Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully took time in between game action to bring us up to speed on the history of the day, discussing its origin, differences among other cultures, and he even dropped in a…

  24. The Pirates have shut Wandy Rodriguez down for the season

    Sep 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez AP

    The Pirates have shut down starter Wandy Rodriguez for the remainder of the year, per Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune. Rodriguez has been dealing with arthritis in his left elbow. He threw a 67-pitch simulated game on Thursday, but that was all the Pirates needed to see to make their decision. Biertempfel also tweeted…

  25. Frank Francisco leaves with wrist injury

    Sep 14, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Mets reliever Frank Francisco had to exit in the eighth inning of this afternoon’s game against the Marlins after being hit in the wrist by a Logan Morrison line drive. Manager Terry Collins had called on Francisco after Christian Yelich led off the inning with a double. The right-hander promptly struck out Giancarlo Stanton, then…

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