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  1. UPDATE: Cliff Lee doubtful to make next start

    Sep 4, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers called off Cliff Lee’s bullpen session after he felt some discomfort in his back while throwing off flat ground. He’ll play catch again Sunday with the intention of throwing a bullpen session. There’s still a chance he’ll pitch Tuesday, but it doesn’t sound…

  2. Mike Lowell has a non-displaced rib fracture

    Sep 4, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Mike Lowell was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in one of his ribs after undergoing an MRI and CT scan Friday. “I’m medically cleared to play and as long as it doesn’t bother me it should be fine,” said Lowell, who…

  3. Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte getting close to returning

    Sep 4, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte participated in a simulated game this morning, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. With Reggie Jackson calling balls and strikes and Yankees manager Joe Girardi observing, Pettitte threw 50 pitches over three simulated innings against A-Rod, Greg Golson and Ramiro Pena. He reported no problems with left groin.…

  4. Jaime Garcia snaps Cards' losing streak, bolsters case for NL ROY

    Sep 4, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Hard to figure those Cardinals out. They continued their dominance over the first-place Reds with a 3-2 win last night, putting an end to their five-game losing streak. They are now 11-5 against Cincinnati this season, however they have just five wins against teams not named the Reds since August 6. Alas, they are currently…

  5. Jeremy Hermida signs with the Athletics

    Sep 4, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Just days after being released by the Red Sox, Jeremy Hermida has signed a minor league contract with the Athletics. Hermida debuted with Triple-A Sacramento last night and helped the RiverCats clinch the Pacific Coast League Pacific South division title by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI, according…

  6. Brandon Webb disappointed with latest simulated game

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb threw his second simulated game Friday, but according to what he told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, it didn’t go quite as smoothly as his first session against live hitters last Saturday. “It wasn’t as good as it was the last time,” Webb said. “I was as wild as I’ve ever been.…

  7. The Padres have dropped eight straight games

    Sep 4, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    25-year-old Cory Luebke didn’t have the easiest of assignments Friday night against the Rockies. Not only was he making his major league debut, he was being asked to stop the bleeding of a seven-game losing streak. No pressure or anything. Luebke was predictably a little shaky, giving up a pair of two-run homers over five…

  8. Josh Hamilton says back stiffness won't keep him out of lineup

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton, who missed Wednesday’s game after receiving an injection for his sore right knee, was back in the lineup against the Twins on Friday. That’s the good news. The not-so-good? Hamilton left the game with lower back stiffness after connecting for a one-out single in the eighth inning, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. “I…

  9. Joe Maddon improves to .500 as Rays manager

    Sep 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    The Rays defeated the Orioles 4-1 on Friday night and remain 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East and seven games up on the Red Sox in the American League Wild Card. While the playoffs look like a virtual-lock, there was some extra significance to Friday’s win. As Marc Topkin of…

  10. Aroldis Chapman's vanity plates need an update

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    In case you haven’t had enough of baseball’s new sensation, here’s an interesting tidbit from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Apparently, Chapman has vanity plates on his vehicles. Specifically, “102MPH” on his Lamborghini and “101MPH” on his Mercedes. Now that the Cuban fireballer has reached 102.7 MPH and 103.9 MPH in his first two…

  11. Stephen Strasburg undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg underwent successful Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “He came through it with flying colors,” Rizzo said. “It went smooth and uneventful.” Not that I would wish this on anyone, but have we ever seen a surgery described as unsuccessful? Just saying. Anyway, Dr.…

  12. Mets trade Jeff Francoeur to Rangers

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

    Most of us, including Craig, had a hard time believing that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels actually wanted Jeff Francoeur when reports first surfaced earlier today. Well, the deal just went down. The Mets traded Francoeur to the Rangers in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias, according to a team press release. The Rangers are also…

  13. Breaking news: Aroldis Chapman tosses scoreless inning in MLB debut

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman just tossed a scoreless eighth inning in his major league debut against the Brewers before a raucous crowd at Great American Ballpark. The Cuban fireballer needed just eight pitches to make it through his first major league inning. Chapman struck out Jonathan Lucroy with a nasty slider for the first out, then got…

  14. Stephen Strasburg to have Tommy John surgery Friday

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced earlier this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Strasburg underwent a second MRI arthogram during a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday, which confirmed last week’s diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his…

  15. Breaking news: Hiroki Kuroda's no-hit bid broken up in eighth inning

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:12 AM EDT

    12:08 AM: So it goes. Shane Victorino broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out single in the eighth inning. 11:54 PM: This isn’t related to the no-hitter, but here’s a sign that Kuroda is have a once-in-a-lifetime night. In the bottom of the seventh inning, he just got his first hit of the season.…

  16. UPDATE: Oliver Perez appears in game for first time since August 1

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Perez allowed just the one run, but he threw just 14 out of 29 pitches for strikes and walked two. By my count, he only had one swinging-strike. If his past usage is any indication, this means we won’t see him again until September 27. 9:43 PM: All good things must come to an…

  17. Manny Ramirez told Dodgers he wanted to play in American League

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    OK, back to the Manny talk. Just for a second anyway. As you may recall, I wondered out loud Saturday if Dodgers manager Joe Torre actually believed any of his silly excuses for keeping Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for four straight games. We can probably safely say that he didn’t. Torre confirmed to…

  18. Andruw Jones aims to play five more years

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Everybody is understandably talking about Manny right now, but there was another piece of interesting news to come out of Chicago on Monday. Andruw Jones told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he would like to play five more seasons. “Everybody says he’s getting old or he’s losing it,” said the 33-year-old Jones. “There are things…

  19. Brian Wilson OK after being hit in throat during batting practice

    Aug 28, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    According to Henry Schulman of San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Wilson had to be helped off the field after being hit in the throat by a ball during batting practice. Giants head trainer Dave Groeschner confirmed to Schulman that Wilson was hit after missing a throw while playing catch with fellow reliever Santiago Casilla. I’m sure…

  20. Carlos Silva makes first rehab start since minor heart procedure

    Aug 28, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva made a minor league rehab start with Single-A Peoria on Friday night, his first appearance since undergoing a minor cardiac procedure to remedy an abnormal heart beat earlier this month. Silva allowed just two hits — both of them singles — over 2 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out one and walking none.…

  21. UPDATE: Manny Ramirez not in the lineup for the third straight day

    Aug 28, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s confirmed. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Manny Ramirez is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Saturday. Joe Torre can say what he wants about superstitions and not wanting to mess with chemistry of the ballclub, but we all know better. 11:31 AM: Seriously. I’m hoping the Dodgers told…

  22. Edinson Volquez scratched from Sunday start; bullpen bound?

    Aug 28, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    After Reds manager Dusty Baker hinted earlier this week that Edinson Volquez could be removed from the starting rotation earlier this week, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reported this afternoon that he was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday. According to the team’s Twitter feed, Travis Wood will start against the Cubs on Sunday while…

  23. Adam Dunn expects to become a free agent

    Aug 28, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    We’ve heard a lot of to-and-fro on this subject this season, but with September just around the corner, Adam Dunn tells Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he is “assuming” he will end the season without a contract extension from the Nationals. Dunn, who turns 31 in November, is batting .258/.350/.537 with 31 home…

  24. A.J. Burnett might get bumped out of the rotation

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett was hammered for nine runs (eight earned) over 3 1/3 innings in a 9-4 loss to the White Sox last night. When Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked if Burnett would remain in the starting rotation, he hinted that he could make some changes, reports Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’ll evaluate…

  25. Video: Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols speak at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa introduced Albert Pujols at this afternoon’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington. The event was organized by Glenn Beck and featured former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Pujols was presented with the “Hope” award for his off-field charitable work. As Aaron noted yesterday, Pujols and La Russa only agreed to…

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