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  1. Brandon McCarthy could pitch in the postseason

    Oct 3, 2012, 9:38 PM EST

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    The A’s capturing the American League West this afternoon ensures that they’ll have a decently long postseason run. Which is great news for Brandon McCarthy, who had emergency brain surgery four weeks ago after taking a line drive off his head. According to beat writer Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News, the righty…

  2. Jered Weaver makes early exit from finale with fatigue

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:41 PM EST

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    Jered Weaver‘s 2012 ends on a slightly sour note. The right-hander was pulled after the first inning of the Angels’ season finale Wednesday against the Mariners due to what’s being labeled “fatigue.” Not necessarily arm fatigue — just general exhaustion. He allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks before making his premature…

  3. Matt Kemp set to undergo left shoulder surgery on Friday

    Oct 3, 2012, 7:37 PM EST

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    The Dodgers were eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday evening when they lost at home to the Giants. Now comes more bad news. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, outfielder Matt Kemp has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and might require surgery this offseason to repair it.…

  4. Orioles blank Rays, but Yankees come back against Red Sox to maintain lead in AL East

    Oct 2, 2012, 11:23 PM EST

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    Rays righty James Shields racked up a franchise-high 15 strikeouts in a complete-game effort Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, but the Orioles were able to squeeze out a 1-0 victory thanks to a fourth-inning Chris Davis home run. It was one of only two hits that the Baltimore offense was able to muster in the…

  5. Adam Greenberg strikes out in first official MLB at-bat

    Oct 2, 2012, 9:22 PM EST

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    Craig already explained why this whole stunt is rather silly, so we’ll go negativity-free in this post. Adam Greenberg — who was plunked in the helmet by a pitch in his only previous major league plate appearance — finally registered an official MLB at-bat on Tuesday night against the Mets, striking out on three straight…

  6. Nationals and Reds set their NLDS rotations

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

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    They don’t yet know who they’ll be facing, but the Nationals and Reds have set their NLDS rotations. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, the Nats will go with Gio Gonzalez in Game 1, Jordan Zimmermann in Game 2, then either Edwin Jackson or Ross Detwiler in Game 3. Gonzalez, a candidate for the…

  7. Joakim Soria throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Oct 2, 2012, 7:27 PM EST

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    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that Royals right-hander Joakim Soria played catch on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in April. Soria made 25 throws from a distance of 45 feet and reported no issues during or after the short workout. He is hoping…

  8. Paul Konerko needs offseason surgery on his hand

    Sep 30, 2012, 10:27 PM EST

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    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko told Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago on Sunday that he will undergo surgery in the offseason to remove a “floating bone fragment” from his left hand. “It is something I need to take care of,” said the veteran. “I don’t feel it has impacted anything I’ve done this year.…

  9. Lance Berkman admits he’s unlikely to return this year

    Sep 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is taking regular batting practice and performing upper body workouts, but he hasn’t been able to do very much running and acknowledged to reporters on Saturday night that he is unlikely to make it back this season. “It’s probably a long shot that I will be playing in the playoffs,”…

  10. Confirmed: Dusty Baker will return to Reds on Monday

    Sep 30, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

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    John Fay reported this on Friday morning and now’s Mark Sheldon provides confirmation: If everything goes as planned, Sunday will be bench coach Chris Speier’s final day as acting manager. Dusty Baker will be in St. Louis tonight and back on the bench managing on Monday for the final three-game series. Baker missed his…

  11. Michael Bourn back in Braves’ starting lineup after missing a week with sprained thumb

    Sep 30, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

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    From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that outfielder Michael Bourn is back in the Braves’ starting lineup, as anticipated, Sunday afternoon against the Mets. Bourn has been sidelined since September 22 due to a mildly sprained ligament in his left thumb. He is batting leadoff and starting in center field. The 29-year-old…

  12. Mike Adams diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome

    Sep 30, 2012, 12:39 PM EST

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    Rangers setup man Mike Adams has struggled in September, allowing seven earned runs on 14 hits over just 8 1/3 innings. And now there’s a valid reason for those uncharacteristically poor results. According to beat writer Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, the right-hander was diagnosed this weekend with thoracic outlet syndrome — a condition that…

  13. David Freese back in Cardinals’ lineup on Sunday

    Sep 30, 2012, 11:50 AM EST

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    Good news here for the Cardinals, who are clinging to the National League’s second Wild Card spot. Brian Stull of 101 ESPN reports that third baseman David Freese is back in the starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals. Freese drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in Saturday night’s extra-innings loss but hasn’t…

  14. Brett Anderson progressing from strained right oblique

    Sep 30, 2012, 11:17 AM EST

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    A’s left-hander Brett Anderson has already been ruled out for the rest of the regular season with a strained right oblique. But it’s looking like he could be available if Oakland advances to the playoffs. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Anderson played catch from a distance of 120 feet Saturday afternoon…

  15. Rockies hit 96 losses for first time in franchise history

    Sep 30, 2012, 10:34 AM EST

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    With a punchless lineup that featured Jordan Pacheco hitting third and rookie catcher Wilin Rosario batting cleanup, the Rockies fell 3-0 to the Dodgers on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood yielded only two earned runs but was pulled after needing 76 pitches to get through four innings. The bullpen fared better…

  16. Miguel Cabrera is currently in Triple Crown position

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:21 AM EST

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    Baseball’s Triple Crown is sort of cool because it’s been celebrated for close to a century and because 12 of the 13 players to accomplish the feat went on to join the Hall of Fame. It’s also outdated, as new stats have emerged that do a better job of evaluating offensive production. But enough of…

  17. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 30, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

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    There was significant movement Saturday in Major League Baseball’s divisional and Wild Card races. The Yankees failed to capitalize on several scoring chances, falling 3-2 to the Blue Jays. The Orioles, meanwhile, bested the Red Sox by a score 4-3. There’s now a tie atop the American League East. The Tigers rode another fine outing…

  18. Michael Morse does a bit of mime work

    Sep 29, 2012, 10:08 PM EST

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    Nationals slugger Michael Morse hit a grand slam in the top of the first inning Saturday against the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse. But the ball barely cleared the right field wall at Busch Stadium and was initially ruled a base hit, which caused some confusion on the basepaths. Thus, we get probably the best highlight since replay…

  19. Michael Bourn could return to Braves’ lineup on Sunday

    Sep 29, 2012, 8:53 PM EST

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    Braves center fielder Michael Bourn hasn’t played since September 22 because of a mild sprain in his left thumb. But things are suddenly looking up. David O’Brien of the Altanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bourn has a “good chance” of returning to the starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Mets and that he’s…

  20. A’s win in walkoff fashion, pad AL Wild Card buffer

    Sep 29, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

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    The A’s went down 4-0 when the Mariners’ Michael Saunders launched a two-run homer to right field in the fourth inning on Saturday at Coliseum. But the rest of the afternoon belonged to Oakland. Brandon Moss hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, an RBI double in the bottom of the…

  21. Eric Hosmer has slight tear in rotator cuff

    Sep 29, 2012, 6:57 PM EST

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    Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has not met expecations this season, batting just .232/.304/.359 with 14 homers and 60 RBI in 152 games. And now he’s been diagnosed with a potentially serious injury. According to beat writer Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, an MRI taken Saturday on Hosmer’s sore right shoulder revealed a…

  22. Neil Walker might be shut down early

    Sep 26, 2012, 10:23 PM EST

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    Neil Walker has been in and out of the Pirates’ starting lineup for the past four weeks because of lingering lower back tightness and muscle spasms. And his return to full-time duty is not imminent. According to Tom Singer of, the second baseman could be shut down for the final week of the regular…

  23. David Wright becomes the Mets’ all-time hits leader

    Sep 26, 2012, 9:18 PM EST

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    David Wright smacked an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday’s game against the Pirates, pushing the Mets to an early 2-0 lead and becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in hits. Ed Kranepool held the high-mark previously, having netted 1,418 total hits between the 1962 and 1979 seasons. He was a…

  24. Justin Ruggiano shut down with shoulder sprain

    Sep 26, 2012, 8:11 PM EST

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    From beat writer Joe Frisaro comes word that the Marlins have shut down outfeilder Justin Ruggiano for the remainder of the 2012 season because of a sprained right shoulder that he suffered last Friday night while trying to make a diving catch. Ruggiano does not need shoulder surgery and should be back near full…

  25. Giants not expected to welcome Melky Cabrera back for a potential NLCS, World Series run

    Sep 25, 2012, 10:03 PM EST

    melky cabrera getty’s Andrew Baggarly had this two weeks ago, and now it’s close to being made official. Here is Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle: Manager Bruce Bochy said the Melky Cabrera decision will be announced “before the end of the homestand,” but not today. I can see why they’d wait. The Giants, Major League…

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