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  1. Jacoby Ellsbury exits Friday’s game with a strained right hamstring

    Sep 19, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury, Dioner Navarro

    Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a strained right hamstring in the fourth inning on Friday night against the Blue Jays. He’ll undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.

  2. Mike Scioscia is considering using a three-man rotation in the ALDS

    Sep 19, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

    mike-scioscia-angels

    The Angels’ rotation is thin beyond Matt Shoemaker, Jered Weaver, and C.J. Wilson, so manager Mike Scioscia may do the obvious thing and utilize a three-man rotation in the ALDS.

  3. Juan Lagares may not return to finish out the regular season

    Sep 19, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Cincinnati Reds

    There isn’t much time left in the regular season, which may mean Mets fans won’t see Juan Lagares patrol the outfield until spring training in 2015.

  4. Shawn Kelley took offense to Jose Bautista’s antics after hitting game-tying homer last night

    Sep 19, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista offended Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley with his celebratory behavior after hitting a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning of last night’s game.

  5. Hyun-Jin Ryu hopes to resume throwing over the weekend

    Sep 19, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Hyun-Jin Ryu

    Hyun-Jin Ryu didn’t throw as expected on Friday, but hopes to do so before the weekend is over. He’s hoping to return to the Dodgers in time for the playoffs.

  6. Alex Avila has felt “disoriented” when swinging a bat lately

    Sep 19, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    alex avila getty

    Alex Avila felt disoriented while swinging a bat over the last two days, so he remains out of the Tigers’ lineup and it’s even worth questioning if he’ll be ready for the post-season — assuming the Tigers get there.

  7. Athletics to use off-day to readjust starting rotation

    Sep 14, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Sonny Gray

    The Athletics changed up their starting rotation order so that Sonny Gray lines up to pitch the final game of the season on the road against the Rangers.

  8. Jose Abreu ties White Sox rookie record with 35th home run

    Sep 14, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    Jose Abreu tied a White Sox rookie record when he hit his 35th home run in the ninth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Twins.

  9. Rafael Soriano making strides, but won’t reclaim closer’s role yet

    Sep 14, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano

    Rafael Soriano has made some mechanical adjustments but the Nationals aren’t ready to hand him back the closer’s role yet.

  10. Adrian Gonzalez thinks Clayton Kershaw is the NL MVP

    Sep 14, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Adrian Gonzalez thinks anyone who doesn’t think Clayton Kershaw is the NL MVP is an “idiot”. He’s not wrong.

  11. Joaquin Benoit nearing a return to the Padres

    Sep 14, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    Joaquin Benoit

    Joaquin Benoit should rejoin the Padres late this week. He threw a side session on Sunday afternoon and will do so again on Tuesday before he gets the go-ahead.

  12. Ned Yost’s bullpen management strikes again

    Sep 14, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Royals manager Ned Yost wanted a strikeout, so he brought in Aaron Crow, who has the bullpen’s lowest strikeout rate.

  13. Jonathan Papelbon blows save, gets ejected for making rude gesture at booing crowd

    Sep 14, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning on Sunday and responded to fans’ booing with what appeared to be a rude gesture.

  14. Zack Greinke homers, Dodgers demolish the Giants 17-0 at AT&T Park

    Sep 14, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The Dodgers scored two touchdowns with the ensuing extra points, and kicked a field goal against the Giants on Saturday night. It was a bloodbath.

  15. Video: Bryce Harper does a terrible, wonderful thing to a Zack Wheeler fastball

    Sep 13, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper, Travis d'Arnaud

    Zack Wheeler threw a fastball to Bryce Harper in the second inning that he’d like to take back, if possible.

  16. Ian Desmond notches a third consecutive 20/20 season

    Sep 13, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Ian Desmond

    On Saturday night, Ian Desmond became the fourth shortstop to have at least three 20/20 seasons in his career.

  17. Anibal Sanchez to long toss Sunday, may throw off mound on Monday

    Sep 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez AP

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez will take the next step towards a potential late-season return. He’ll long toss on Sunday and pitch off of a mound on Monday if things go well.

  18. Dodgers activate Paco Rodriguez from the disabled list

    Sep 13, 2014, 8:37 PM EDT

    Paco Rodriguez

    Reliever Paco Rodriguez rejoins the Dodger bullpen after spending more than a month on the disabled list with a strained teres major muscle.

  19. Danny Duffy hopes to return to Royals’ rotation on Tuesday

    Sep 13, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    Danny Duffy

    Danny Duffy will test out his left shoulder with a light bullpen session on Sunday. If all goes well, he hopes to rejoin the Royals’ rotation on Tuesday.

  20. Anthony Rizzo on track to return to the Cubs’ lineup on Monday

    Sep 13, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Anthony Rizzo has made progress from his lower back injury and is on track to rejoin the Cubs’ lineup on Monday.

  21. Red Sox expected to promote Rusney Castillo on Tuesday

    Sep 13, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

    rusney castillo ap

    Rusney Castillo is expected to join the Red Sox on Tuesday after wrapping up the final game of the Governor’s Cup at Triple-A against the Durham Bulls tonight.

  22. Brandon Belt feels “sharp as a tack” after passing concussion tests

    Sep 12, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt feels good after passing concussion tests, though he still may not face pitching in a live game for a little while longer.

  23. Chase Headley cleared to play after being hit in the face by a pitch

    Sep 12, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    Chase Headley has been cleared to play after being hit in the jaw by a Jake McGee pitch last night.

  24. Dodgers call up Scott Elbert from Triple-A, designate Red Patterson for assignment

    Sep 12, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    scott elbert getty

    After two years, Scott Elbert is back in the big leagues with the Dodgers. Red Patterson was designated for assignment.

  25. Ryne Sandberg opines on Giancarlo Stanton injury, says, “Today is a different game”

    Sep 12, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    Ryne Sandberg suggests that hitters in his era were better suited to avoid getting hit by pitches because it was a part of the game back then.

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