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  1. Felix Hernandez suffers bruised right forearm after being hit by comebacker

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Well, this isn’t exactly what Felix Hernandez had in mind for his final start of the season. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Hernandez suffered a bruised right forearm this afternoon against the Rangers when he was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Michael Young. King Felix looked to be considerable pain as he…

  2. Carlos Marmol blows save, gives Cardinals new life in Wild Card race

    Sep 24, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals really need to take Carlos Marmol out for a steak dinner. After being held scoreless over the first eight innings this afternoon, the Cardinals were handed two runs in the bottom of the ninth as part of a dramatic 2-1 win over the Cubs. In another one of his trademark implosions, Marmol walked…

  3. Giants haven’t ruled out eventual position change for Buster Posey

    Sep 24, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    posey catching

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Buster Posey will indeed be the Giants’ everyday catcher next season. But beyond that? It’s hard to say. Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged yesterday that there was some internal debate about whether Posey would be better off at a position like first base, where he…

  4. Terry Francona shakes up lineup for today’s game against Yankees

    Sep 24, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    This won’t be some magic elixir for the troubled Red Sox pitching staff, but Terry Francona has put together a new-look lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Yankees. Here’s the lineup card, courtesy of the Boston Globe‘s Peter Abraham: Ellsbury CF Crawford LF Pedroia 2B Ortiz DH Gonzalez 1B Aviles 3B Scutaro SS Reddick…

  5. Nationals, Chien-Ming Wang in talks for contract extension

    Sep 24, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    The Nationals were very patient while Chien-Ming Wang rehabbed from shoulder surgery. And now that he’s back in the big leagues, it appears they are working to keep him in the fold for 2012. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Wang’s agent Alan Nero said the two sides are in the “preliminary stages” of negotiations…

  6. Kris Medlen back with Braves following Tommy John surgery

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Kris Medlen AP 2

    The Braves have a new weapon for their bullpen just in time for the postseason. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves have activated right-hander Kris Medlen from the 60-day disabled list. Medlen hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. It looked like he was done…

  7. Matt Holliday back in Cardinals’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    The Cardinals’ playoff chances are quickly fading, but Matt Holliday is back in the starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs. However, while Holliday has primarily batted fourth this season, he’ll bat fifth today against right-hander Rodrigo Lopez. Lance Berkman, who is batting .389 this month and holds an 11-game hitting streak, will stay in…

  8. Lucas Duda likely to miss rest of season with possible concussion

    Sep 24, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Lucas Duda

    Bad news for one of the most productive rookies in the National League. Lucas Duda crashed into the right field wall while trying to track down a fly ball hit by Albert Pujols during Wednesday’s game. While it looked like a fairly innocuous play at the time, the rookie outfielder left the game with dizziness…

  9. Report: Ruling close on $1 billion lawsuit against the Wilpons and Saul Katz

    Sep 24, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff is expected to issue a ruling as soon as Monday on whether to toss all or part of a $1 billion lawsuit against the owners of the Mets. Trustee Irving Picard is suing the Wilpons and Saul Katz in an attempt…

  10. Report: MLB likely to add Wild Card, implement one-game playoff

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    The MLB playoff system is about to get an overhaul. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that with negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement moving at a fast pace, the two sides have “all but agreed” to add one Wild Card team in each league. Under this scenario, one-game playoffs will be held…

  11. Braves top Nationals, extend Wild Card lead to three games

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    The Braves aren’t out of the woods yet, but they are inching closer to winning the NL Wild Card. Behind a three-run first inning against Stephen Strasburg, the Braves topped the Nationals 7-4 last night. The Cardinals lost to the Cubs 5-1, so the Braves now lead the National League Wild Card by three games…

  12. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Ryan Braun had himself a pretty good night last night, but Matt Kemp is still going strong. Bolstering his case for National League MVP, Kemp went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in last night’s 2-0 win over the Padres. The home run was his 37th of the season, tying him with Albert Pujols for…

  13. Rangers repeat as American League West champs

    Sep 24, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre

    Three teams clinch their divisions in the very same night? Now this is fun. Thanks to a win over the Mariners and a little help from the Athletics, the Rangers are American League West champions for the second straight season. They defeated the Mariners 5-3 earlier in the evening, but the ginger ale didn’t flow…

  14. Diamondbacks beat Giants, clinch National League West

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:43 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I hope you’re enjoying clinch night, everyone. The Diamondbacks were already assured of at least a tie for the division crown entering tonight’s action, but they just clinched the National League West with a 3-1 win over the Giants. This is the fifth division title in their 14-year history and their first since 2007. The…

  15. Brewers clinch first division title since 1982

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT

    Ryan Braunm, Prince Fielder

    The National League Central is all wrapped up, folks. In a pretty cool scene at Miller Park, the Brewers and their fans just watched the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-1. Combined with a 4-1 win over the Marlins only moments earlier, the Brewers have clinched their first division title since they won the American League…

  16. Rays lose to Blue Jays, fall 2 1/2 back in AL Wild Card

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    David Price AP

    The clock is ticking on the Rays. Unable to solve Brandon Morrow, the Rays lost 5-1 to the Blue Jays tonight to fall 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race. Morrow was completely dominant, allowing just two hits over seven shutout innings while walking four and striking out…

  17. Indians to honor Jim Thome with statue

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    There was some bitterness when Jim Thome bolted for Philadelphia following the 2002 season, but it hasn’t taken long for him to be embraced in his second act with Cleveland. According to the Associated Press, the Indians announced plans before tonight’s game to honor Thome by erecting a bronze statue of his likeness in Heritage Park…

  18. Matt Holliday expects to return to lineup Saturday

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals’ playoff chances took a serious hit with a heartbreaking loss to the Mets yesterday, but they are about to get a much-needed boost for the home stretch. After taking batting practice prior to tonight’s game against the Cubs, Matt Holliday told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest that he expects to return to…

  19. Red Sox-Yankees rained out, to play split-doubleheader Sunday

    Sep 23, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    Well, at least the Red Sox won’t lose tonight. According to the Associated Press, tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Yankees has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make it up as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday. The regularly scheduled game will start at 1 p.m. ET while the nightcap…

  20. Hunter Pence to undergo precautionary MRI for patellar tendinitis

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

    The Phillies have dropped four games in a row, including a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Nationals today. Big deal. Now here’s something to potentially worry about. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Hunter Pence has patellar tendinitis in his left knee and will undergo a precautionary MRI tomorrow. Pence left the first game…

  21. Report: Athletics agree to three-year contract extension with manager Bob Melvin

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Athletics and manager Bob Melvin have reached agreement on a three-year contract extension, effectively removing the interim tag. Nothing official from the team yet, but they are expected to make an announcement the coming days. Melvin, 49, took over as interim manager after Bob Geren was…

  22. Bud Norris leaves start with shoulder discomfort

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Washington Nationals

    Some potentially bad news for one of the few bright spots for the last-place Astros this season. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Bud Norris left tonight’s start against the Reds in the third inning with right shoulder discomfort. Norris gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings before…

  23. Johnny Cueto officially ruled out for rest of season

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    While Johnny Cueto didn’t rule out the possibility of returning last week, he confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com today that he will indeed miss the rest of the season with a strained right lat muscle. Cueto was removed from his start last Wednesday against the Cubs due to the injury. “I’m not throwing. I think I’m…

  24. Pablo Sandoval not in tonight’s lineup due to lingering shoulder injury

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: According to Baggarly, Giants manager Bruce Bochy just said that Sandoval could require surgery on his left shoulder following the season. 8:01 PM: The Giants have won eight straight games to move to within 3 1/2 games of the Braves in the Wild Card race, but they’ll be without their hottest hitter tonight. Andrew…

  25. Matt Holliday cleared to swing a bat, Cardinals “optimistic” about his status

    Sep 20, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    Remember how we heard yesterday that Matt Holliday was considered “doubtful” to return this season? Well, don’t count him out yet. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed that Matt Holliday was cleared to swing a bat off a tee this afternoon. “Over the last 48 hours,…

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