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  1. 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,…

  2. Red Sox rout Orioles in second game of doubleheader, wild card lead back at two games

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

    Jacboy Ellsbury, Marco Scutaro

    After all that, we’re right back where we were when we began the day. The Red Sox dropped the first game of today’s doubleheader against the last-place Orioles, but they brought their bats for the nightcap. On the strength of 20 hits, they pushed their Wild Card lead back to two games with an 18-9…

  3. Omar Infante stuns Braves with walkoff blast, wild card lead down to 2 1/2 games

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla, Craig Kimbrel

    The National League Wild Card race just got, well, pretty wild. Craig Kimbrel had the Marlins down to their final strike in the bottom of the ninth inning tonight, but the rookie closer served up a walkoff two-run home run to former Brave Omar Infante en route to a stunning 6-5 loss. The home run…

  4. Report: Matt Holliday “doubtful” to return this season

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Bad news for the surging Cardinals. A team source tells Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matt Holliday‘s availability for the rest of the season is “doubtful.” Holliday left last Tuesday’s game with tendon damage to the base of his right middle finger. Strauss hears that it’s a matter of pain tolerance right…

  5. Tommy Hanson could start the Braves’ regular season finale

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Maybe we shouldn’t look too far ahead since the Braves are still fighting to hang on in the Wild Card race, but the odds of Tommy Hanson being ready in time for the postseason are at least looking better. From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Hanson threw two simulated innings earlier…

  6. It doesn’t sound like Domonic Brown will make the Phillies’ postseason roster

    Sep 19, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies called Domonic Brown up from the minors on Friday night, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be postseason-bound. To the contrary, a team source tells Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Phillies plan to send Brown to the instructional league following the regular season. Brown could still qualify for the postseason…

  7. Nelson Cruz returns to Rangers’ starting lineup tonight

    Sep 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    cruz wide ap

    Nelson Cruz is back in the Rangers’ starting lineup tonight against the Mariners as the designated hitter. He struck out in a pinch-hit appearance on Wednesday, but this will be his first start since straining his left hamstring on August 28. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers hope Cruz will…

  8. Mariano Rivera ties Trevor Hoffman for all-time saves record

    Sep 17, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera doesn’t need the all-time saves record to tell us that he’s the greatest relief pitcher of all-time, but he’ll soon be sitting on top of the mountain. Rivera earned his 601st save this afternoon in a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays, tying him with Trevor Hoffman for the all-time saves record. The 41-year-old…

  9. Kyle Farnsworth aims to return next week

    Sep 17, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    Kyle Farnsworth won’t pitch this weekend against the Red Sox, but he hopes to return next week during a series against the Yankees. Farnsworth hasn’t pitched since last Saturday due to lingering tenderness in his throwing elbow. However, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, he was able to make 25 throws with a…

  10. Brian Wilson bought two pairs of “Back to the Future” shoes

    Sep 17, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Nike Back to the future

    And now for the least surprising story of the day. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brian Wilson bought two pairs of the recently released Nike MAG shoes, as worn by Michael J. Fox in “Back the Future II.” Of course he did. In fact, Wilson was seen wearing a pair in the…

  11. Clay Buchholz throws bullpen session

    Sep 17, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Clay Buchholz continues to make progress from a stress fracture in his lower back. According to Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal, Buchholz threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session this afternoon. He could advance to a simulated game as soon as Monday, though the Red Sox could decide to push him back a day…

  12. Adam Jones to see hand specialist about injured thumb

    Sep 17, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    The Orioles had Adam Jones on the original lineup card for last night’s game against the Angels, but he was scratched after feeling consistent pain in his ailing right thumb after taking his first swing during batting practice. Jones hasn’t started a game since last Friday due to the injury. While it has bothered him…

  13. Phillies recall Domonic Brown from minors

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies announced a host of roster moves after Triple-A Lehigh Valley lost to the Columbus Clippers in the Governors’ Cup Finals last night. Among them, Domonic Brown has returned to the major league roster. Brown is batting .246/.335/.393 with five home runs, 19 RBI, three stolen bases and a .728 OPS over 209 plate…

  14. Alex Rodriguez back in Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays, batting fifth and playing third base. Rodriguez hasn’t played since September 9 due to a Grade 1 sprain of his left thumb. The injury is expected to linger for the…

  15. Javier Vazquez continues dramatic turnaround, hurls first shutout since 2005

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    The resurgence of Javier Vazquez marches on. Vazquez allowed five hits and struck out seven in a complete game shutout against the Nationals last night. It was his first complete game since September 25, 2009 as a member of the Braves and his first shutout since May 22, 2005 with the Diamondbacks. After last night’s shutout,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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