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  1. Alexi Ogando wants starting rotation spot in 2013

    Oct 7, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

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    Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando spent nearly the entire 2012 campaign in the bullpen and had a great deal of success, finishing with a 3.27 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 66/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings. But he is not satisfied with that setup role. According to beat writer Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Ogando…

  2. ALDS Game 2 lineups: Athletics vs. Tigers

    Oct 7, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the A’s and Tigers, set to get underway at 12 p.m. ET: OAKLAND ATHLETICS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Coco Crisp, CF 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Stephen Drew, SS 2. Omar Infante, 2B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B…

  3. Royals hoping to re-sign right-hander Jeremy Guthrie

    Oct 7, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

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    Veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie found new life when he was traded from the Rockies to the Royals on July 20, posting a 3.16 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in his final 14 starts. He’s set to hit the open market five days after the conclusion of the 2012 World Series, so the Kansas City front…

  4. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 7, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Nationals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) vs. Washington Nationals (98-64) The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in St. Louis: Gio Gonzalez vs.…

  5. Buster Posey gets Giants on the board with solo shot

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:51 PM EDT

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    The Giants’ offense was dormant through the first five innings of this NLDS Game 1 despite the early exit of one Johnny Cueto. But it woke up in the sixth. MVP candidate Buster Posey hit a leadoff homer over the left field wall, then Hunter Pence smoked a Mat Latos pitch that was caught by…

  6. Brandon Phillips launches two-run homer as Reds strike first in NLDS Game 1 vs. Giants

    Oct 6, 2012, 10:46 PM EDT

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    The Reds lost their ace in the bottom of the first inning to a back injury, but they have an early lead in this NLDS Game 1 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Drew Stubbs hit a leadoff single in the top of the third inning, then Brandon Phillips waited on a hanging curveball from Giants…

  7. Johnny Cueto departs Game 1 of NLDS due to back spasms

    Oct 6, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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    Brutal development for the Reds out in San Fran. Staff ace Johnny Cueto was lifted from Saturday night’s NLDS Game 1 against the Giants just eight pitches in after appearing to tweak his side or back on a delivery to No. 2 hitter Marco Scutaro. Cueto immediately hunched over after the toss and walked off…

  8. Justin Verlander does Justin Verlander things as Tigers defeat A’s in Game 1 of ALDS

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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    It didn’t look good for the Tigers when A’s speedster Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning of Saturday night’s ALDS Game 1 in Detroit. But that feeling changed pretty quickly. Verlander settled in after Crisp’s shot to right field, yielding just two hits over the rest of…

  9. Pat Neshek pitches A’s out of jam in first appearance since the death of his infant son

    Oct 6, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

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    A’s right-hander Pat Neshek undoubtedly took the mound with a heavy heart when he was called from the bullpen in the seventh inning of tonight’s ALDS Game 1 against the Tigers — only three days after losing his infant son just 23 hours after childbirth. But the side-armer looked plenty composed. Neshek induced a fielder’s…

  10. Alex Avila’s fifth-inning shot gives Tigers two-run cushion

    Oct 6, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

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    Tigers catcher Alex Avila played through an injured knee last postseason and wound up batting just .073/.116/.146 in 44 plate appearances. It appears he’ll be much more of a contributor this time around. The 25-year-old launched a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning of tonight’s ALDS Game 1 against the Athletics,…

  11. Jarrod Parker fumbles, Tigers take third-inning lead

    Oct 6, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

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    A’s starter Jarrod Parker nearly pitched his way around a one-out double from the Tigers’ Omar Infante in the bottom of the third inning of this ALDS Game 1, but the Oakland right-hander misplayed a Quintin Berry slow-roller near the first base bag and the potential third out turned into Detroit’s go-ahead score when Infante…

  12. Coco Crisp homers, Austin Jackson doubles as ALDS Game 1 gets underway in Detroit

    Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

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    The leadoff men are the stars so far in Game 1. Tigers ace Justin Verlander allowed a solo homer to Coco Crisp in the very top of the first inning, then issued a one-out walk to Yoenis Cespedes before escaping the frame with back-to-back strikeouts of Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick. Verlander is no stranger…

  13. Miguel Cabrera wins first Triple Crown since 1967

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera entered tonight’s season finale against the Royals ranking first in the American League in batting average, homers and runs batted in. And that’s right where he’ll finish. Cabrera went 0-for-2 with a strikeout on Wednesday night in Kansas City, but he walked off the field to a standing ovation from the Kauffman…

  14. Brandon McCarthy could pitch in the postseason

    Oct 3, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

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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…

  15. Jered Weaver makes early exit from finale with fatigue

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 3, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

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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.…

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

    Oct 2, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 2, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

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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…

  19. Nationals and Reds set their NLDS rotations

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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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…

  20. Joakim Soria throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Oct 2, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

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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…

  21. Paul Konerko needs offseason surgery on his hand

    Sep 30, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

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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.…

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

    Sep 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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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,”…

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

    Sep 30, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

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    John Fay reported this on Friday morning and now MLB.com’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…

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

    Sep 30, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

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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…

  25. Mike Adams diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome

    Sep 30, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

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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…

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