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  1. Nick Swisher returns to Yanks' starting lineup tonight

    Sep 18, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Nick Swisher is back in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for tonight’s game against the Orioles. Swisher has made two appearances as a pinch-hitter this week, including last night, however he hasn’t started a game since last Saturday due to recurring soreness in his left…

  2. Rockies acquire Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the teams will split the difference on Dotel’s remaining salary and the buyout of his option for next season, so the Rockies will responsible for approximately $250,000. 3:33 PM: Here’s an odd one. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Rockies have acquired Octavio Dotel from…

  3. Drew Storen has some important offseason plans

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    In a must-read story from the Washington Post, Adam Kilgore tells us about Drew Storen’s plans to return to Stanford University this fall in order to pursue his degree in product design.  Storen was selected with the No. 10 overall pick after completing his sophomore season last June. The 23-year-old is currently six quarters away…

  4. UPDATE: Takashi Saito to have shoulder examined Monday

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Bad news for the Bravos. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Takashi Saito will fly back to Atlanta tomorrow in order to have his ailing shoulder examined on Monday. Rosenthal speculates that more will be asked of rookie right-hander Craig Kimbrel in his absence. Kimbrel, a 22-year-old flamethrower, had a 1.62 ERA and 83…

  5. David DeJesus awaiting word on his status for next season

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star tells us that David DeJesus is currently waiting to hear if the Royals plan to exercise his $6 million option for next season. “I would like to know,” he admitted, “but I haven’t heard anything yet. I want to be around a little longer, … Hey, let’s do…

  6. Carlos Guillen needed microfracture surgery on his left knee

    Sep 18, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, the Tigers announced that Carlos Guillen required “a surgical clean-up of the degenerative changes” and microfracture surgery on his left knee yesterday.  Guillen was placed on the disabled list with what was termed as a “left knee contusion” after Brett Gardner wiped him out with a takeout…

  7. What was up with A.J. Burnett's eye last night?

    Sep 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    First, the important stuff. The Yankees climbed back into first place in the American League East with a 4-3 win over the Orioles last night. Alex Rodriguez played the hero, slamming two home runs, including a go-ahead three-run shot off O’s closer Koji Uehara with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Last…

  8. Report: Joe Torre would listen if Mets came calling

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    You just knew this was coming. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, “a person close to” Joe Torre says the Mets might be the “only team” that could lure the 70-year-old away from retirement. “The Mets are certainly an inviting situation because they have a lot better personnel than their record shows,”…

  9. Felix Hernandez commits a no-no in near no-no

    Sep 18, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    First, let’s focus on the good stuff. As you know, Felix Hernandez has dominated pretty much everyone he has faced this season, but entering last night’s action, he was 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in four starts against the first-place Rangers. No longer. King Felix carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in last night’s…

  10. Andy Pettitte on track for Sunday return after rehab start

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte allowed two runs over five innings with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday night in what is expected to be his final rehab start, according to the Associated Press. Pettitte threw 49 out of 67 pitches for strikes and added a few more in the bullpen to get him closer to his expected count of…

  11. Jimmy Rollins doesn't sound close to returning

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins has already missed the last four games with a strained right hamstring and though the Phillies continue to call him day-to-day, his return to the starting lineup doesn’t sound imminent. Here’s what Rollins told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News when asked if he’ll return to the starting lineup before the end…

  12. Padilla scratched from next start with bulging disk in neck

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    That didn’t take long. Just one start after returning from the disabled list due to a bulging disk in his neck, the Dodgers have scratched Vicente Padilla from Sunday’s start against the Astros with a recurrence of the same injury. According to the team’s official Twitter feed, rookie right-hander Carlos Monasterios will start in his…

  13. Andy Pettitte expects to return vs. O's next Sunday

    Sep 11, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is scheduled to make his final rehab start with Double-A Scranton on Tuesday, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. If all goes well, he will return from the disabled list next Sunday against the Orioles. “I feel like I’m a healthy player and I’m good to go.” Pettitte tossed four scoreless…

  14. Justin Masterson sent to bullpen due to innings limit

    Sep 11, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson will pitch as a reliever for the remainder of the season in an effort to limit his workload, according to the Indians’ official Twitter feed. He will be available out of the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Twins. Masterson is at 166 innings this season after throwing 129 1/3 innings between the…

  15. Josh Johnson fails to throw Saturday, status in doubt

    Sep 11, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson, currently sidelined with right shoulder inflammation and a mid-back strain, didn’t throw as scheduled before this afternoon’s game against the Nationals, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez wasn’t quite ready to say it this morning, but if Johnson is unable to throw Sunday, he’ll be…

  16. Carlos Beltran scratched with tendinitis in his "other" knee

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Carlos Beltran was scratched from Saturday’s lineup against the Phillies due to tendinitis in his left knee. The good news? This isn’t the knee that required surgery in January. That was the right one. The bad news? Mets manager Jerry Manuel thinks that Beltran has…

  17. Ho-hum: Mark Buehrle was called for two balks last night

    Sep 11, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    And you’ll never guess who the umpiring crew was. That’s right. Joe West’s crew. As you probably remember, West ejected Buehrle and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen after he called the left-hander for two balks in May. He was later fined for his actions. While West didn’t call any of the balks himself this time…

  18. Report: A.J. Hinch to join Padres' scouting department

    Sep 11, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    According to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, the Padres are close to hiring former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch to be their director of scouting. This confirms a report by Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse earlier this week. Padres general manager Jed Hoyer wouldn’t call the hiring official, but Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall confirmed to Bloom…

  19. Jason Bay still holding out hope to return this season

    Sep 11, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    It’s not all bad news for the Mets. According to Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger, Jason Bay told reporters on Friday that he is still hoping to return this season. “I haven’t had a headache in about a week — four or five days,” the Mets left fielder said prior to Friday night’s game…

  20. Nyjer Morgan is punching his ticket out of Washington

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Shocking, I know. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com alluded to the inevitable earlier this week, when two scouts told him that the chances the Nationals will keep Morgan are “nonexistent.” Let’s just say that Morgan isn’t doing anything to change their minds. Take last night’s game against the Marlins, for instance. Batting eighth, Morgan reached on…

  21. Peter Gammons speaks the truth

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    I’d love to say the Rangers’ 6-5 extra-inning win over the Yankees last night (or this morning) was exciting and dramatic — and it certainly had its moments — but unfortunately the five-hour, 12-minute marathon was completely dominated by pitching changes. The two teams combined to set an American League record by using 19 pitchers.…

  22. Scott Boras isn't pleased with the Mets right now

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    We’ve discussed the Walter Reed situation ad nauseam in this space this week, so I don’t want to give it too much time. Besides, the Mets have already found a new disaster with the pending shoulder surgery for Johan Santana. Still, it was hard to ignore this one. Scott Boras, who represents both Carlos Beltran…

  23. We're all tied up: Giants grab share of NL West lead

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    We’re back at zero. That’s where we stand after Friday night, as the Giants defeated the Padres 1-0 to move into a virtual tie for first place in the National League West. This is the first time that the Padres haven’t had sole possession of first place since they were a half-game out on June…

  24. Cubs GM Jim Hendry is releasing a book!

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    OK, maybe not, but someone wants you to think he is. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, somebody circulated a fake press release promoting a book claimed to be written by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. The title? “How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League.” It gets…

  25. Reds activate Jim Edmonds and Mike Leake from the disabled list. Sort of.

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Reds activated both Jim Edmonds and Mike Leake from the disabled list today. Just don’t look for them to play prominent roles down the stretch. Earlier this week, we thought that Edmonds’ career could be over after he revealed that he has a torn oblique muscle. That hasn’t…

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