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  1. Terry Francona to interview for Indians’ manager job next week

    Sep 29, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona leaving the field after being ejected from the game by umpire after arguing a controversial call with officials during the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Seattle

    We heard confirmation yesterday that Terry Francona is indeed a candidate for the Indians manager job and is expected interview in the near future. Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland has the latest update on the situation. There’s some question about whether the Indians will offer Francona enough money to leave his broadcasting job…

  2. Don’t sleep on Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award

    Sep 29, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Some assumed that R.A. Dickey wrapped up the National League Cy Young Award when he got his 20th win Thursday against the Pirates, but Clayton Kershaw is making things interesting. Kershaw absolutely dominated the Rockies last night by striking out 10 over eight shutout innings as part of an 8-0 victory. The defending Cy Young…

  3. Behold: The slowest home run trot you’ll see this year

    Sep 29, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Bobby Abreu hit a long home run last night against the Rockies and he took his sweet time to get around the bases. 31.56 seconds, in fact. According to Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus, it was the longest non-injury home run trot since he began logging them for Tater Trot Tracker in 2010. David Ortiz…

  4. Jered Weaver becomes first AL pitcher to reach 20 wins this season

    Sep 29, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver AP

    It’s silly to put much stock in pitcher wins, but it’s still noteworthy when someone gets there. Jered Weaver became the first American League pitcher to reach 20 victories this season with a 7-4 win over the Rangers last night. Most importantly, it helped the Angels keep pace with the Athletics and Orioles, who also…

  5. Robinson Cano in today’s lineup after X-rays come back negative on hand

    Sep 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that Cano is in today’s lineup against the Blue Jays, playing second base and batting cleanup. 9:31 AM: Nothing official from the team yet, but Meredith Marakovits of YES Network hears that X-rays were negative on Cano’s hand. However, it’s not clear whether he will…

  6. Darwin Barney loses his errorless streak in the most Cubs’ way possible

    Sep 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Darwin Barney was just three outs away last night from setting the new single-season record for consecutive errorless games at second base. It didn’t happen. Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton hit a grounder up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning which was fielded by Barney, but he made a wild off-balance throw to…

  7. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 29, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    Reuters Yadier Molina

    The National League playoff picture got a step closer to taking shape last night, as the Cardinals walloped the Nationals 12-2 at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are three games up on the Dodgers and five ahead of the Brewers for the second Wild Card spot with just five games to play. Edwin Jackson was hit…

  8. Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter against the Pirates

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    UPDATE: He did it! Homer Bailey has done it. He threw a no-hitter tonight against the Pirates as part of a 1-0 win. Bailey struck out pinch-hitter Brock Holt swinging to begin the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry to pop out to left field for the second out. He then Alex Presley to pop…

  9. Mark Teixeira could rejoin Yankees on Monday

    Sep 28, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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    We heard yesterday that Mark Teixeira tested his left calf by taking some at-bats and playing an inning in a simulated game. He won’t be able to help the Yankees this weekend in Toronto, but his return isn’t far off. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that Teixeira took six…

  10. Josh Willingham could be shut down with shoulder injury

    Sep 28, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    It’s increasingly likely that Josh Willingham has already taken his final at-bat for the Twins this year. Willingham is currently shut down due to a sprained ligament in his left shoulder suffered when he slammed into the left field fence Monday while trying to catch a home run. John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer…

  11. Yu Darvish on track to start Sunday against Angels

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday due to a stiff neck, but the Rangers won’t be without him for long. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Rangers officials said Darvish’s neck felt better after a long-toss session earlier today. He’s currently scheduled to throw off a mound tomorrow, which sets up…

  12. Michael Bourn day-to-day after MRI shows slight sprain of thumb

    Sep 27, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bourn is day-to-day after the MRI showed a slight sprain and no ligament tear. 8:32 PM: Michael Bourn is out of the Braves lineup for the fourth straight game tonight due to a jammed left thumb suffered on a head-first slide Saturday. Braves hand specialist Gary…

  13. Mark Teixeira tests calf in simulated game

    Sep 27, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Mark Teixeira hasn’t played since aggravating his left calf strain on September 8, but he’s inching closer to rejoining the Yankees lineup. According to Meredith Marakovits of YES Network, Teixeira tested his calf today by playing in a simulated game in Tampa, Florida. He took seven at-bats and also played an inning in the field.…

  14. Adam Dunn busts out of slump at the right time for the White Sox

    Sep 24, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

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    Adam Dunn entered tonight’s action batting .115 (2-for-21) with zero homers and an 8/3 K/BB ratio over his last seven games, but he picked a pretty good time to bust out of his recent slump. Dunn helped the White Sox snap a five-game losing streak tonight by homering twice in a 5-4 win over the…

  15. Rafael Furcal ruled out for rest of season due to elbow injury

    Sep 24, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Rafael Furcal is currently rehabbing a strained ligament in his right elbow. He was originally given a 4-6 week timetable, which left open the long shot possibility that he could return if club goes on another deep run in the postseason, but the Cardinals closed that window today. According to Joe Strauss of the St.…

  16. Carlos Gonzalez could be shut down with hamstring injury

    Sep 24, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

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    Losers of nine straight games entering play tonight, the Rockies are *literally limping to the finish line. Carlos Gonzalez is out of the starting lineup tonight for the sixth time in the past seven games due to a strained left hamstring. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Gonzalez underwent an MRI today and…

  17. David Aardsma could join Yankees tomorrow

    Sep 24, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

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    David Aardsma hasn’t thrown a pitch in the major leagues since September 19, 2010. But that could change in the next few days. After spending the past 14 months rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Aardsma told Erik Boland of the New York Daily News this afternoon that he expects to be activated by the Yankees…

  18. Blue Jays issue statement regarding Yunel Escobar

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays released a statement this evening regarding shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was spotted with a homophobic slur on his eye black during Saturday’s game. The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday‚Äôs game. The club takes this situation seriously and…

  19. Alex Avila dealing with headache after collision with Prince Fielder

    Sep 17, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Alex Avila

    Alex Avila was held out of the starting lineup this afternoon against the White Sox after he hurt his jaw in a collision with teammate Prince Fielder during yesterday’s game, but the hope was that he wouldn’t have to miss much time after he passed a concussion test. However, Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Chris…

  20. We could see Chase Utley at third base soon

    Sep 17, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

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    We heard late last month that Chase Utley was starting to take some grounders at third base to see if he could be an option at the position at some point down the road. The experiment could begin pretty soon. After Utley worked out at third base again this afternoon at Citi Field, manager Charlie…

  21. Joel Hanrahan survives shaky ninth as Pirates snap seven-game losing streak

    Sep 15, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Hanrahan AP

    Joel Hanrahan‘s ninth inning against the Cubs this afternoon was painful to watch. Very painful. But the Pirates’ seven-game losing streak is over. Hanrahan entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 7-4 lead, but quickly gave up a double to Joe Mather and walked Darwin Barney. He got the first out of the…

  22. Freddy Sanchez holding out hope for return this season

    Sep 15, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez AP

    Freddy Sanchez hasn’t played a game in the majors since June 10 of last year following shoulder and back surgeries, but he’s still hoping to help the Giants as a pinch-hitter down the stretch. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Sanchez is currently working out at the Giants’ complex in Scottsdale and could begin playing…

  23. Brett Gardner could rejoin Yankees as pinch-runner

    Sep 15, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

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    When Brett Gardner underwent surgery on his right elbow in late July, it was thought that he would miss the rest of the season. However, it’s now possible that he could rejoin the Yankees down the stretch, albeit in a limited capacity. Gardner participated in bunting drills on the field and ran the bases this…

  24. The Rockies will return to a traditional five-man rotation next year

    Sep 15, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

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    We heard late last month that the Rockies were planning to stick with a four-man rotation next year, but it turns out they will have a more conventional approach. Rockies assistant general manager Bill Geivett told Troy Renck of the Denver Post last night that the team will return to a traditional five-man rotation next…

  25. Adam Dunn returns after missing seven games with oblique injury

    Sep 15, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn AP

    According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, Adam Dunn is back in the starting lineup this afternoon against the Twins after missing seven straight games with a strained right oblique. He’s playing first base in his return. Dunn originally tweaked his oblique on a check swing on August 29 and hasn’t played since aggravating the injury…

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