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  1. Tsuyoshi Nishioka shut down for season with oblique injury

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    nishioka getty throws

    According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, the Twins have shut down Tsuyoshi Nishioka for the rest of the season due to an oblique injury. Nishioka hasn’t played since September 9, but the injury has lingered for a few weeks now. “The last time he tried to play, he was hurting pretty bad,” Gardenhire said. “I…

  2. The National League Wild Card race is getting interesting

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Fernando Salas, Yadier Molina

    Much of the focus has been on the American League Wild Card, and understandably so given that the Red Sox are involved, but the Wild Card race in the National League is becoming more intriguing by the day. The Cardinals won again last night, 4-2 over the Phillies in 11 innings, giving them their third…

  3. Tigers beat Athletics, clinch American League Central crown

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    The Phillies may have been the first team to punch their ticket to the postseason earlier this week, but the Tigers became the first team to wrap up their division late last night. Behind yet another strong performance by Doug Fister, the Tigers defeated the Athletics 3-1 to clinch the American League Central. Detroit is…

  4. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett reacts after striking out Tampa Bay Rays John Jaso to end the top of sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox fans can breathe a little bit easier this morning. Josh Beckett was solid in his return from a sprained ankle last night, allowing three runs (two earned) over six innings as the Red Sox defeated the Rays 4-3 to extend their lead in the AL Wild Card race to four games with 12…

  5. Jose Tabata done for season with fractured hand

    Sep 16, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates were hopeful that Jose Tabata would be able to play again this season after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his right hand earlier this month, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports they have decided to shut him down. Tabata originally felt pain in his wrist back on August 24.…

  6. Twins activate Francisco Liriano from disabled list

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    According to Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North, the Twins have activated Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list. He will be available out of the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Indians. Liriano hasn’t pitched since August 25 due to a left posterior shoulder strain. It wasn’t too long ago that he appeared unlikely…

  7. Alex Rodriguez misses sixth straight game with sprained thumb

    Sep 16, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Yankees third baseman Rodriguez takes a drink during a break prior to playing against the Angels in their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Alex Rodriguez is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game tonight due to a sprained left thumb. But it isn’t all bad news. According to the Associated Press, Rodriguez was encouraged after taking batting practice this afternoon. The difference? Following the advice of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long, A-Rod put a strip…

  8. Carlos Gonzalez aggravates right wrist injury

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Pablo Sandoval hit a triple to complete the cycle last night against the Rockies, but it was due in part to Carlos Gonzalez, who aggravated his right wrist when he collided into the right field wall while attempting to track down the fly ball. Gonzalez originally injured the wrist when he crashed into the center…

  9. Brian Wilson could return from the disabled list today

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    brian wilson in dugout

    The Giants would need a minor miracle to make the playoffs at this point, but Brian Wilson may at least be able to go into the offseason with some peace of mind. Wilson, who has been sidelined since August 15 due to right elbow inflammation, threw around 30 pitches in a successful simulated game yesterday.…

  10. Kevin Youkilis won’t play tonight against the Rays

    Sep 16, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Kevin Youkilis still intends to play through a sports hernia which will require offseason surgery, but it’s clear the Red Sox won’t be able to rely on him down the stretch. Youkilis was pulled from last night’s loss to the Rays after six innings and Red Sox manager Terry Francona told Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com…

  11. Matt Holliday leaves game with hand injury

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    The Cardinals beat the Pirates 6-4 tonight to stay within 4 1/2 games of the Braves in the Wild Card race, but they may have lost one of their big bats in the process. According to Matthew Leach of MLB.com, Matt Holliday left tonight’s game with an injury to his right hand. Holliday went 0-for-4…

  12. On his eighth try, Tim Wakefield finally gets his 200th win

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    After coming up empty-handed in his previous seven attempts, Tim Wakefield finally notched his 200th career victory in tonight’s 18-6 win over the Blue Jays. Wakefield, who won his first game in 1992 as a member of the Pirates, is the 111th pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone. Wakefield wasn’t exactly at…

  13. Russell Martin returns to Yankees’ lineup after thumb injury

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Russell Martin hits a single to center in game against the Twins in Minneapolis

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Russell Martin is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Mariners. Martin hasn’t played since taking a foul tip of his right thumb during Saturday’s game. X-rays came back negative, but because of Francisco Cervelli‘s concussion, the Yankees were forced to…

  14. MRI on Coco Crisp’s foot comes back negative

    Sep 13, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    Coco Crisp is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game tonight due to lingering soreness in his right foot and ankle. The speedy outfielder has appeared in just two games since fouling a ball off his foot on September 3. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle at least brings some positive news,…

  15. David Ortiz exits game with back spasms

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    Here’s some potentially bad news for the reeling Red Sox. Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal reports that David Ortiz left tonight’s game against the Blue Jays due to back spasms. Ortiz was in the original starting lineup as the designated hitter, but Jed Lowrie pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the first inning.…

  16. The Rangers are considering moving Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are considering moving Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen for the rest of the regular season and a potential playoff run. The recent struggles of relievers Yoshinori Tateyama and Koji Uehara are forcing the Rangers’ hand, but Ogando has seemingly hit the wall as…

  17. The Yankees and Orioles are playing a baseball game right now

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:12 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    After a rain delay of four hours and three minutes, the Yankees and Orioles finally began play right around 11 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. It would be one thing if it the rain had stopped, but it hasn’t. In fact, it’s still pouring pretty consistently. Yankee Stadium looks a lot like the crowd you’d…

  18. Report: Padres, Cameron Maybin have mutual interest in contract extension

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports is hearing that there is “two-way sentiment” for a multi-year contract extension between the Padres and Cameron Maybin. Maybin was acquired from the Marlins last November in exchange for relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica. The 24-year-old has battled through some bumps and bruises this season, but has emerged as…

  19. Stephen Strasburg dominant in first MLB start back from Tommy John surgery

    Sep 6, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg just completed his first MLB start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. And it was fantastic. Strasburg held the Dodgers to just two hits over five scoreless innings. He threw 40 out of 56 pitches for strikes while striking out four and walking none. According to Brooks Baseball, Strasburg averaged 96.68 mph…

  20. Hanley Ramirez to undergo shoulder surgery next Thursday

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    hanley getty hurt wide

    We already knew that Hanley Ramirez was going to require surgery on his ailing left shoulder, but now we have the date. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery next Thursday. The Marlins hope Ramirez will be ready for spring training, but we won’t get an…

  21. Josh Beckett diagnosed with sprained right ankle

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Good news for the Red Sox. While we heard this morning that Josh Beckett wasn’t dealing with a sprained right ankle as originally diagnosed yesterday, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that he underwent an examination earlier today which was consistent with an ankle sprain. According to a release from the team, an MRI confirmed no…

  22. Rickie Weeks could be activated from the disabled list this weekend

    Sep 6, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    weeks ankle injury getty

    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said this afternoon that Rickie Weeks might be activated from the disabled list during a series against the Phillies this weekend. But he won’t return to the starting lineup right away. The plan is for Weeks to be eased back into action via pinch-hit…

  23. UPDATE: Zach Stewart loses perfect game in eighth inning

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: And so much for that. Danny Valencia led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a double to right field, ending Zach Stewart‘s bid for a perfect game and no-hitter. 10:04 PM: Zach Stewart is now perfect through seven innings. Ben Revere flied out to shallow left-center field, Trevor Plouffe skied out to right…

  24. Ike Davis confident he can avoid ankle surgery

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    We may finally have some resolution in the great Ike Davis ankle saga of 2011. Davis, who hasn’t played since May 11 due to a bone bruise in his left ankle, told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com today that he is confident he will be able to avoid surgery. The 24-year-old first baseman has been pain-free for…

  25. Braves still hopeful Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson will return this season

    Sep 5, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

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    The composition of the Braves’ postseason rotation could go a variety of ways depending upon how much progress Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens make over the next three weeks. While Hanson is currently sidelined with a small undersurface rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder, it sounds like he’s a lot closer to returning than…

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