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  1. Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Sep 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EST

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    While Mark Teixeira will miss his second straight game with a right knee contusion, Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays. He’ll play third base and bat third against left-hander Ricky Romero. Rodriguez missed the previous six games due to a sprained left thumb. He received a cortisone shot…

  2. The Reds are still looking at Aroldis Chapman as a starting pitcher

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched exclusively in relief this season, but Reds pitching coach Bryan Price told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he still sees him as a starting pitcher in the long-term. “I can’t guarantee anything because it will be an organizational decision,” Price said. “However, I do think at some point he’s going…

  3. The greatness of Ivan Nova is yet to be fully appreciated

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    New York Yankees Ivan Nova pitches to Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    It’s fair to say Ivan Nova is on pretty nice roll right now. He is 11-0 dating back to early June and 7-0 with a 3.45 ERA over seven starts since returning from the minor leagues at the end of July. This includes seven innings of two-run ball in a win over the Blue Jays…

  4. Ike Davis resumes baseball activities

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:19 AM EST

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis isn’t expected to return this season, but he is making progress with his injured left ankle. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Davis resumed baseball activities yesterday at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He played catch, fielded grounders and hit off a tee and took soft tosses. Davis,…

  5. White Sox GM Kenny Williams has “heated exchange” with hitting coach Greg Walker

    Sep 3, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

    Kenny Williams

    All is not well in White Sox land. Amid a report last week that the relationship between Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen is “beyond repair,” Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the White Sox GM recently had a “heated exchange” with hitting coach Greg Walker. Williams told reporters last month that he…

  6. Red Sox reach 700 consecutive sellouts at Fenway Park

    Sep 3, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    Fenway Park Getty

    The Red Sox had another sellout at Fenway Park for last night’s game against the Rangers, extending their MLB record to 700 consecutive regular season games dating back to May 13, 2003. The previous MLB record for sellouts was 455, set by the Indians from 1995-2001. The Red Sox surpassed that mark on September 8,…

  7. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 3, 2011, 8:37 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Don’t count the Giants out just yet. Carlos Beltran went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and Matt Cain allowed two runs over eight innings as the Giants beat the first-place Diamondbacks 6-2 last night. The win snapped the Diamondbacks season-high nine-game winning streak and brought the Giants back to within five games in the National…

  8. Mariners activate Justin Smoak from disabled list

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Reuters Justin Smoak

    The Mariners announced earlier this evening that they have activated Justin Smoak from the disabled list. He’ll serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth tonight against the Athletics. Smoak has been sidelined since suffering a broken nose on a bad hop grounder while playing first base on August 12. He went 0-for-11 with three…

  9. Mike Rizzo not interested in Cubs’ GM job

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Mike Rizzo

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post is hearing that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is “definitely” on the Cubs’ wish list for their vacant general manager position. We’ve heard a ton of names surface as potential candidates since Jim Hendry was fired two weeks ago, so I’m beginning to think the Cubs just love everyone.…

  10. Alex Rodriguez hopes to return to starting lineup Saturday

    Sep 2, 2011, 7:39 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Alex Rodriguez is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game tonight as he continues to rest his sprained right thumb, but believes he could be back as soon as tomorrow. According to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger, Rodriguez felt good after testing his thumb this afternoon by participating in live batting practice…

  11. Former Giants payroll manager facing embezzlement charges

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:15 AM EST

    Giants logo

    According to KGO-TV in San Francisco, Robin O’Connor, a former payroll manager with the Giants, was arrested on federal charges associated with embezzling more than $1.5 million from player accounts. O’Connor, who worked in the Giants’ front office for four years, received an annual salary of $80,000. An FBI affidavit says the 41-year-old mother-of-two embezzled…

  12. Hanley Ramirez leaves rehab game after setback with shoulder

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:02 PM EST

    hanley getty hurt wide

    Marlins manager Jack McKeon told reporters prior to tonight’s game that Hanley Ramirez was on track to return from the disabled list Friday, but those plans are effectively on hold. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins’ TV crew is saying that Ramirez left a minor league rehab game with High-A Jupiter tonight after feeling more…

  13. Alex Rodriguez receives cortisone shot in left thumb, unlikely to return until Friday

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees’ starting lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox, but Alex Rodriguez remains sidelined with a Grade 1 sprain of his left thumb. While an MRI on the thumb came back negative yesterday, he was given a cortisone injection. It’s not uncommon for players to rest for a…

  14. Report: Andy MacPhail plans to walk away from Orioles

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:56 PM EST

    Andy MacPhail AP

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today was told by two “high-ranking Orioles officials” that Andy MacPhail plans to walk away from the Orioles at the end of the season. MacPhail, who was hired as president of baseball operations in June of 2007, is currently in the final year of his contract. Nightengale hears that several replacements…

  15. Tommy Hanson told he’s dealing with normal wear and tear in shoulder

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:13 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Tommy Hanson was diagnosed with a small “undersurface” rotator tear of his rotator cuff last Friday, but the news was more slightly more encouraging following a visit to Dr. James Andrews yesterday. Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Hanson was told by Andrews that he is dealing with regular wear and tear in…

  16. Ozzie Guillen wants a contract extension from the White Sox

    Aug 30, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    Ozzie Guillen

    We have been through this song and dance before, but it sounds like the wheels are in motion for some big changes with the White Sox this winter. According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters this afternoon that he wants a contract extension. Guillen, who has the South Siders…

  17. Cole Hamels excellent in return from disabled list

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:29 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    It’s safe to say that a little bit of rest was just what the doctor ordered for Cole Hamels. Hamels, who placed on the disabled list earlier this month with left shoulder inflammation, allowed one run on two hits over six innings tonight against the Reds. It was his first start since August 12. The…

  18. Pedro Feliciano shut down with more shoulder soreness

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

    Yankees Spring Training

    Pedro Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Yankees over the winter, but it’s increasingly likely that he’ll never throw a pitch for the club. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said earlier today that Feliciano has been shut down indefinitely after feeling more soreness in his shoulder. The…

  19. Rangers expected to call up prospect outfielder Leonys Martin

    Aug 29, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

    leonys-martin-rangers

    The Rangers may step up their pursuit of Lance Berkman now that Nelson Cruz will be sidelined for three weeks following yet another hamstring injury, but an intriguing in-house replacement is on his way from the minor leagues. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, prospect outfielder Leonys Martin will take Cruz’s place…

  20. White Sox place Carlos Quentin on disabled list, call up Dayan Viciedo

    Aug 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Carlos Quentin, Ozzie Guillen

    According to our friends at CSNChicago.com, the White Sox just made it official, placing Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and recalling top prospect Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte. Quentin hasn’t played since August 20, so he’ll be eligible to return as soon as September…

  21. Jim Leyland clarifies comments on Justin Verlander for MVP

    Aug 27, 2011, 4:43 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Colorado Rockies

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland made some waves earlier this week when he said that pitchers shouldn’t win the MVP award. This was a very bold statement considering that one of his own starters, Justin Verlander, is quickly gaining momentum for MVP consideration in the American League. Despite his opinion on the topic, Leyland told Chris…

  22. Michael Morse moved back to left field following the promotion of Chris Marrero

    Aug 27, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals announced earlier this afternoon that they have recalled prospect Chris Marrero from Triple-A Syracuse. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Marrero will start at first base and bat seventh today against the Reds while Michael Morse plays left field. By the way, this lineup also features Jayson Werth in center field…

  23. Rafael Betancourt to remain Rockies’ closer over Huston Street

    Aug 27, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Huston Street was activated from the disabled list prior to last night’s game against the Dodgers, but he’s not getting his old job back. At least not right away. Troy Renck of the Denver Post was told by Rockies manager Jim Tracy that Rafael Betancourt will remain in the the closer role for the time…

  24. Today’s Marlins-Phillies game rained out

    Aug 27, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Who saw this one coming? According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, today’s game between the Marlins and Phillies was rained out. The Phillies moved this game from Sunday in an effort to get out in front of Hurricane Irene, but rain was already pouring down on the sparsely attended crowd at Citizens Bank…

  25. A.J. Pierzynski set to begin rehab assignment next week

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Chicago White Sox

    A.J. Pierzynski won’t return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible tomorrow, but there’s a good chance he’ll be back with the White Sox as soon as next weekend. According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, Pierzynski tested his fractured right wrist yesterday by catching Gavin Floyd‘s bullpen session and participating in batting practice. “All good.…

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