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  1. Gardenhire: Francisco Liriano likely done for the season

    Sep 4, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire informed the media on Sunday afternoon that left-handed starter Francisco Liriano is not likely to return to a major league mound this season. Liriano was placed on the disabled list in late August with a shoulder strain. A visit…

  2. Colby Rasmus to begin swinging within next couple days

    Sep 4, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

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    The sample size is still quite small, but Colby Rasmus isn’t off to the best start in Toronto. Acquired in an eight-player trade back in July, he batted just .216/.239/.398 over his first 92 plate appearances with the Blue Jays and has now been sidelined for two weeks with a sore right wrist. The 25-year-old…

  3. Padres’ Anthony Rizzo is back in the big leagues

    Sep 4, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

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    The Padres promoted top first base prospect Anthony Rizzo to the major leagues on June 9 after watching the young slugger open the season with a superb .365/.444/.715 batting line and 16 home runs over his first 52 games at Triple-A Tucson. That production quickly flat-lined in San Diego. Rizzo batted just .143/.282/.265 during a…

  4. Mike Stanton day-to-day with right hamstring tightness

    Sep 4, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

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    From Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post comes word that Marlins slugger Mike Stanton is not in Sunday’s starting lineup against Phillies ace Roy Halladay due to tightness in his right hamstring. Stanton was forced from Saturday’s 8-4 victory over Philadelphia after tumbling near first base while attempting to leg out a fifth-inning infield…

  5. Jonathan Sanchez aiming to return later this month

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez hasn’t pitched in a game since August 16 due to a badly sprained left ankle and is still dealing with discomfort here in early September. But he hasn’t given up on returning to action before the end of the 2011 regular season. According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury…

  6. Picture of the Day: Nyjer Morgan is Tony Tombstone

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Here’s Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan dressed up as a cowboy before Sunday’s series finale against the Astros in Houston, Texas. The man who calls himself “Tony Plush” is now going by “Tony Tombstone.”

  7. Mark Teixeira returns to lineup after two-game absence

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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    Mark Teixeira‘s knee is feeling improved. According to Erik Boland of Newsday, the first baseman is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays. Teixeira is batting third, behind Derek Jeter and in front of Alex Rodriguez, as the Bronx Bombers try for a three-game series sweep of Toronto. Teixeira…

  8. Reds prospect Billy Hamilton reaches 100 stolen bases

    Sep 4, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

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    Triple-digit stolen base totals are a thing of the past in the major leagues and are becoming increasingly rare in the minor league ranks. But baseball’s long history is filled with players who have bucked trends, and achieved great success in doing so. Enter Billy Hamilton, the Reds’ top infield prospect. A second-round pick in…

  9. Torii Hunter might retire after the 2012 season

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

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    Here’s Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, chatting Friday with Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: ”I am going to retire an Angel. Next year is my last year, and I’m going to retire an Angel. I’m going to evaluate it this offseason. That’s when I’ll know. It’s 60-40, to the positive, that I’ll keep playing. You…

  10. George Kottaras first to hit for the cycle this season

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    George Kottaras

    Brewers backup catcher George Kottaras wrote his name into baseball’s history books during Saturday’s 8-2 victory over the Astros, becoming the first major leaguer of the 2011 season to hit for the cycle. Kottaras flew out to left field in his first at-bat, then rattled off four consecutive hits. He deposited a solo home run…

  11. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 4, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

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    It’s September 4. On this date in baseball history, Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott threw a no-hitter against the Indians (1993), Robin Ventura became the eighth player to hit two grand slams in one game (1995), and the Red Sox officially retired the number 27 in honor of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk (2000). Your…

  12. Coco Crisp won’t play Sunday due to bruised right foot

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

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    From Jane Lee of MLB.com comes word that A’s outfielder Coco Crisp will sit out of Sunday’s series finale against the Mariners due to a bruised right foot. Crisp fouled a ball off the foot on Saturday evening and was eventually removed from the Oakland lineup after attempting to play through the discomfort for a…

  13. Hanley Ramirez to undergo surgery on ailing left shoulder

    Sep 3, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

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    Bad news for HanRam. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins’ medical staff has recommended surgery for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has been bothered by an unstable shoulder since attempting a diving catch in early August. No exact date has been set for the procedure, but it should take place within a week. The…

  14. Peter Moylan set to return to Braves’ bullpen Sunday

    Sep 3, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Peter Moylan underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in mid-April and hasn’t pitched in a major league game since. That should change tomorrow. Or at some point early next week. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Moylan will be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday…

  15. Jose Contreras undergoes season-ending elbow surgery

    Sep 3, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

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    As expected, Phillies right-hander Jose Contreras underwent surgery on Saturday afternoon to clean and repair the flexor tendon in his right elbow. This according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Contreras posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 17 relief appearances this season before elbow troubles sent him to the disabled list for…

  16. Johan Santana goes two innings in rehab outing

    Sep 3, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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    Mets left-hander Johan Santana tried to complete a minor league rehab assignment back in July, but he quickly felt lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder and was shut down for a big chunk of August. Now he’s back at it. According to David Lennon of New York’s Newsday, Santana took a big step in…

  17. Adam Wainwright to throw first bullpen session soon

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Matthew Leach comes word that Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright is aiming to throw a bullpen session within the next two weeks. Wainwright, who underwent Tommy John surgery last February, has been limited primarily to flat-ground workouts since beginning a throwing program in late June. The few times he’s been allowed to step atop…

  18. Stephen Strasburg brilliant again in latest rehab outing

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was dominant in his sixth minor league rehab start Thursday evening at Double-A Harrisburg. According to Nathan Fenno of the Washington Times, the 23-year-old phenom surrendered just one hit over six scoreless innings while reaching 99 mph with his fastball. Strasburg threw 55 of his 71 pitches for strikes, fanning four…

  19. Bryce Harper runs and throws in first rehab workout

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper hasn’t played in a game at Double-A Harrisburg since straining his right hamstring on August 18. Harper won’t return to action before Harrisburg’s regular season schedule is through, but he could be ready in time for the Eastern League playoffs, which begin on Wednesday of next week. According to Pete…

  20. Jair Jurrjens to visit knee specialist this weekend

    Sep 1, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT

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    MLB.com beat writer Mark Bowman suggested Thursday morning that Jair Jurrjens‘ recent struggles might be attributed to lingering discomfort in the young starter’s troublesome right knee. It turns out Bowman was right. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported about one hour ago that Jurrjens is scheduled to visit knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman…

  21. Red Sox land Conor Jackson in last minute waiver trade

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

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    This one went down right at the midnight deadline. Or maybe even after. But we’re not ones to tattle. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the Red Sox have sent right-handed relief prospect Jason Rice to the A’s for outfield-first baseman Conor Jackson. Jackson, 29, has batted just .249/.315/.342 with four home runs and 38…

  22. Craig Kimbrel notches 41st save, sets MLB rookie record

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Congratulations are in order for Craig Kimbrel. According to beat writer Chris Cox of MLB.com, the hard-throwing rookie closer recorded his 41st save of the season in Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the Nationals, setting a major league rookie record. Rangers closer Neftali Feliz tallied 40 saves in 2010 as a rookie. Kazuhiro Sasaki, who…

  23. Braves acquire Jack Wilson from Mariners for PTBNL

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

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    In case you haven’t noticed, waiver trades aren’t nearly as interesting or exciting as their counterparts that take place in mid-to-late July. Exhibit A: According to the Mariners’ official Twitter feed, veteran infielder Jack Wilson was dealt to the Braves late Thursday for a player to be named later. Wilson has hit just .249/.283/.295 in…

  24. Grady Sizemore goes 0-for-3 in rehab debut at Double-A

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout and two groundouts Wednesday in his first minor league rehab game since undergoing surgery in late July to repair a sports hernia. This according to Zack Meisel, associate reporter with MLB.com. Sizemore batted leadoff and served as Double-A Akron’s designated hitter. He will begin seeing…

  25. Reds promoting top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Reds are planning to add several fresh faces Thursday when major league rosters expand, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Chief among those September callups will be catching prospect Devin Mesoraco. A 23-year-old from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (yes, home of the famous groundhog), Mesoraco has posted an impressive .289/.371/.484 batting line with 36 doubles, 15 home…

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