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  1. Dustin Pedroia undergoing minor foot surgery Friday

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal comes word that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is scheduled to undergo minor surgery Friday on his left foot. The procedure, which has been scheduled since the start of spring training, will involve the removal of a stabilizing screw that was inserted into Pedroia’s foot…

  2. Matt Holliday unavailable for Game 1 of NLDS

    Sep 29, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

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    Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday hasn’t played since aggravating his injured right middle finger during Tuesday’s game against the Astros. And he’ll remain sidelined even as the postseason is set to begin. According to beat writer Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday has been ruled out for Game 1 of the Cardinals’ NLDS matchup…

  3. “Baseball is a sport for red-blooded men, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest”

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:26 AM EDT

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    “Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.” Ty Cobb said that, more than 80 years ago.

  4. Chris Carpenter hurls shutout and Braves continue collapse as St. Louis captures Wild Card

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

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    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter defined the term “ace” Wednesday night in Houston, limiting the Astros to just two hits over nine scoreless innings. He issued only one walk and struck out 11 batters, throwing 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes. Every member of the St. Louis starting lineup netted a hit as the Redbirds…

  5. Chris Carpenter working on a gem, Cards stomping ‘Stros

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Thanks to a massive opening frame and a sprinkling of hits and runs in between, the Cardinals are leading the Astros 7-0 after six full innings. And it’s not just about the awoken offense. Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has surrendered just two hits over six scoreless innings. He has eight strikeouts and has issued just…

  6. Hanley Ramirez: I’ll “definitely” be ready for Opening Day

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    New Miami Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen said during his introductory press conference Wednesday in south Florida that one of his primary goals is revilatizing the career of talented 27-year-old shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez, a .306/.380/.506 career hitter, batted just .243/.333/.379 in 385 plate appearances this season. He’s averaged 25 homers since arriving in the major…

  7. Cardinals mashing early, jump out to big lead on Astros

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals went right to work in the top of the first inning against Astros starter Brett Myers, providing an early 5-0 cushion for Chris Carpenter. Jon Jay singled through the left side of the infield, Allen Craig did the same, then Albert Pujols rocketed a ball off Minute Maid Park’s Crawford Boxes to tally…

  8. Chris Davis will undergo offseason hernia surgery

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

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    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that Orioles infielder Chris Davis will have sports hernia surgery soon after the end of the regular season. Davis is playing third base in Wednesday night’s season finale against the Red Sox, just as he’s done for the majority of this month, but he’ll go under the knife within…

  9. Dave Duncan rejoins Cardinals for regular season finale

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

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    If you’re into plots and storylines, you’ll love this. According to the Cardinals’ official Twitter feed, pitching coach Dave Duncan will return to the dugout for Wednesday night’s regular season finale against the Astros after missing nearly all of September to be with his wife, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. There’s no way…

  10. Colby Rasmus: “I still got a lot of stuff going on through my head from being in St. Louis”

    Sep 25, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

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    The eight-player trade that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto back in late July was supposed to have a liberating effect for the young center fielder. His relationship with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had reached a tipping point, and most assumed that the 25-year-old would begin to flourish in a new, less mentally-taxing environment. So…

  11. Carlos Gonzalez unlikely to play again this season

    Sep 25, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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    From Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is unlikely to return to the playing field this season. CarGo is still battling soreness in his banged-up right wrist and had a wisdom tooth extracted last week. He could probably push through the discomfort and function as a pinch-hitter or…

  12. Clay Buchholz could return to the Red Sox on Wednesday

    Sep 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

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    It appears Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will indeed return to the major leagues before the end of the regular season. Just before. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Buchholz is scheduled to pitch an inning Monday in the Red Sox’ fall instructional league down in Fort Myers, Florida. If the appearance goes…

  13. Tweet of the Day: Brad Pitt, sabermetrics’ biggest beneficiary

    Sep 25, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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    “Moneyball” opened in theaters nationwide on Friday and brought in $6.8 million within 24 hours. It’s on pace to gross more than $20 million by the end of the day Sunday, the highest total ever for the opening weekend of a baseball-related drama. Not that any of this was unexpected. Take a best-selling book, make…

  14. Mets likely to tender a contract to starter Mike Pelfrey

    Sep 25, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey has registered an underwhelming 4.58 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 190 2/3 innings this season, failing in many ways to build on his breakout 2010 campaign. But the arbitration-eligible starter is likely to be back in New York’s rotation next year anyway. According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark…

  15. Cardinals’ offer to Albert Pujols likely to remain in the range of $22 million per year

    Sep 25, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals tried to lock up first baseman Albert Pujols last offseason with a nine-year offer worth between $22 million and $22.5 million annually. Since the day that proposal was rejected by Pujols and his agent Dan Lozano, talks have not restarted. But they will in early November, when baseball’s best hitter will be just…

  16. Joakim Soria done for season due to hamstring strain

    Sep 25, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

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    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that Royals closer Joakim Soria is unlikely to pitch in the final four games of the season due to a hamstring strain that he suffered last weekend. Soria was able to play catch on flat ground Friday without feeling discomfort, but the Royals’ medical staff…

  17. Bud Selig threatens to terminate Dodgers from MLB if Frank McCourt does not sell

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

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    The only thing that can save current Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is a high-dollar and stable new television contract — one that will bring financial security to a club buried in bankruptcy court. Well aware of that fact and still craving an ownership change, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has made his most aggressive…

  18. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 25, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in a 6-2 defeat of the Blue Jays on Saturday evening in Tampa Bay. A few hours earlier, up north at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers put a 9-1 hurting on a Red Sox team that has now played 5-17 ball…

  19. Indians shut down outfielder Trevor Crowe

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

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    From Nick Camino of Newsradio WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that the Indians have put an early end to Trevor Crowe‘s 2011 season. Crowe, who underwent surgery on his right shoulder in March, strained his left shoulder during Saturday’s 8-2 defeat of the Twins. It’s not a major injury, and shouldn’t affect his offseason…

  20. Marlins closer revealed true identity because it was his dying father’s final wish

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Marlins closer Leo Nunez was sent back to the Dominican Republic on Thursday and placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list after it was revealed that he had been pitching under a fake identity since his arrival in the United States. The right-hander’s real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, and he’s one year older than…

  21. Drayton McLane expects sale of Astros to Jim Crane to be finalized in 3-4 weeks

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

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    Whether it’s based in reality or merely wishful thinking, here’s the note from Stephen Goff, beat writer for Examiner.com: Drayton McLane Jr. told me he expects MLB to approve the final sale of the Astros to Jim Crane’s group sometime over the next 3 to 4 weeks. The two sides reached a $680 million purchase…

  22. Photo of Miami Marlins cap suggests leaked logo is legit

    Sep 24, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

    Remember that mocked-up Miami Marlins logo that leaked onto an internet message board earlier this week? The one that everyone panned? Turns out it’s probably legit. From Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel comes the below photo of a New Era cap bearing the same graphic and rainbow-esque color scheme. The Marlins…

  23. Matt Moore dominates Yankees in first MLB start

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

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    Rays left-hander Matt Moore took the mound Thursday night at Yankee Stadium for the first start of his major league career. And it went about as well as any prospect evaluator could have imagined. The 22-year-old southpaw fanned 11 batters over five scoreless innings, yielding only four hits and issuing just one walk as the…

  24. Stephen Strasburg will start the Nationals’ season finale

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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    It looks like Davey Johnson will get his wish. From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post comes word that the Nationals have decided to give right-hander Stephen Strasburg two more starts before the end of the 2011 season. The first will come this Friday night against the Wild Card-leading Braves. The second will be in…

  25. Report: Leo Nunez has been playing under fake identity

    Sep 22, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

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    Marlins closer Leo Nunez was suddenly placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list Thursday and sent back to his native Dominican Republic. And now we know why. According to the Associated Press, the right-hander has been pitching under a fake name and a fake birth date since arriving in the United States back in 2001.…

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