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  1. John Lackey faces live hitters for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery

    Sep 9, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

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    Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters late last month that he was “very impressed” after watching John Lackey throw batting practice. And now the right-hander has taken another major stride. According to Danny Picard of CSN New England, Lackey tossed 15 pitches to live hitters Saturday at Fenway Park without experiencing any sort of…

  2. Jeff Samardzija ends his season on a high note

    Sep 9, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Jeff Samardzija entered Saturday’s start against the Pirates with full knowledge that it would be his last. Over the next couple of hours, he pitched like a man wanting to make a grand final statement. The former Notre Dame wideout struck out nine batters in a complete-game victory at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, allowing just four…

  3. Joe Girardi had a heated exchange with a reporter after Saturday night’s loss to the O’s

    Sep 9, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

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    Here’s the basic summary, courtesy of MLB.com: Manager Joe Girardi engaged in a brief shouting match with columnist Joel Sherman of the New York Post in the visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards, and the pair were separated by team personnel. Girardi conducted his postgame press conference with reporters in a noisy hallway outside the clubhouse…

  4. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 9, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

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    The Nationals keep winning in all sorts of ways. On Saturday evening in D.C. it was Jayson Werth playing the role of hero with a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning following a rain delay of nearly three hours. Corey Brown then iced the victory in the 10th inning on…

  5. Nick Markakis suffers broken thumb, out six weeks

    Sep 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Horrible news here for the first-place Orioles. According to Richard Justice of MLB.com, outfielder Nick Markakis has been diagnosed with a broken bone in the middle of his left thumb and is expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks. Markakis suffered the injury in the sixth inning Saturday after getting struck with a…

  6. Stephen Strasburg is upset about being shut down

    Sep 8, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post provides the quote: “I don’t know if I’m ever going to accept it, to be honest,” Strasburg said Saturday. “It’s something that I’m not happy about at all. That’s not why I play the game. I play the game to be a good teammate and win. You don’t grow…

  7. Troy Tulowitzki expected to rejoin Rockies on Monday

    Sep 8, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hasn’t appeared in a major league game since May 30 because of a left groin injury that eventually required surgery. But that will change early next week. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki is expected to return to the Rockies’ starting lineup on Monday night against the Giants.…

  8. Zack Cozart has a slightly strained oblique

    Sep 8, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer comes word that Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was diagnosed on Saturday afternoon with a “slight oblique strain” and has already been ruled out of the team’s entire weekend series with the Astros. Cozart’s injury should be healed by early next week, but the Reds currently boast an 8 1/2-game…

  9. Brandon McCarthy is “conscious and doing well”

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

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    There’s finally an update on the status of A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who departed his start Wednesday against the Angels after taking a well-struck Erick Aybar line drive off the side of his head. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that McCarthy is still conscious and “doing well” at Summit Hospital in Oakland. He’s going to stay…

  10. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington had a talk with Bobby Valentine about his WEEI interview

    Sep 5, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine’s combative comments Wednesday afternoon on Boston sports radio station WEEI did not go unnoticed in the Red Sox front office. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington had a “brief discussion” with Valentine before Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners. Cherington didn’t describe to Cafardo what was said…

  11. Padres sign Chris Denorfia to two-year extension

    Sep 5, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres reached agreement Wednesday on a two-year extension with outfielder Chris Denorfia. He’ll get $2 million in 2013 and $2.25 million in ’14. Denorfia has posted a respectable .290/.346/.445 batting line with six home runs, 16 doubles and 30 RBI across 314 plate appearances this season for…

  12. Jeff Niemann given good news by Dr. James Andrews

    Sep 5, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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    Things might be looking up for Jeff Niemann. According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the right-hander received “good news” about his ailing throwing shoulder on Wednesday after paying a visit to joint specialist Dr. James Andrews. He should be allowed to resume throwing in a couple of weeks and could return before the end of the regular…

  13. Jose Bautista undergoes left wrist surgery

    Sep 4, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

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    The deed is done. Or something like that. According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista underwent surgery in Cleveland this afternoon to repair his troublesome left wrist. The procedure was deemed an initial success, though pretty much all procedures are. Bautista will now begin a recovery period that is expected…

  14. Mike Napoli is not close to returning to the Rangers

    Sep 4, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan has the update from Mike Napoli‘s brief workout Tuesday in Kansas City: Napoli limited his running from home to first base. He was not running full speed. He did not try running around the bases and he did not go through any tests as far as cutting, stopping or starting. No word…

  15. Curtis Granderson back in Yankees’ lineup Tuesday

    Sep 4, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    From Newsday‘s Erik Boland comes word that center fielder Curtis Granderson is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup on Tuesday evening against the Rays. Granderson did not play Sunday or Monday after making an early exit from Saturday’s game because of tendinitis in his right hamstring. An MRI taken over the weekend ruled out any…

  16. Jorge De La Rosa cleared for rehab assignment

    Sep 2, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

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    Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd told season ticket holders back in June that Jorge De La Rosa was unlikely to pitch this summer. But things are suddenly looking up for the left-handed starter. According to beat writer Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, De La Rosa is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment…

  17. Cards will indeed promote pitching prospect Shelby Miller

    Sep 2, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    It has been rumored since early last week, and now we can pretty much make the transaction official. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will call up top pitching prospect Shelby Miller this week from Triple-A Memphis, where he went 5-1 with a dazzling 53/4 K/BB ratio and 2.89 ERA…

  18. Andy Pettitte almost ready to face live hitters

    Sep 2, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York has the update: Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte threw a 35-pitch bullpen session off the mound on Sunday, and says he feels like he’s “over the hump.” Pettitte, on the disabled list since June 27 with a fractured left ankle, came out of the session “feeling good” and said his command…

  19. Jurickson Profar homers in his first major league at-bat and doubles in his second

    Sep 2, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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    Sometimes it feels like this stuff has to be scripted. Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar crushed a pitch into the right field stands in his first major league plate appearance Sunday at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, becoming the youngest player to homer in a major league game since Adrian Beltre in 1998. MLB.com already has the video highlight. Profar,…

  20. White Sox activate Alejandro De Aza from the disabled list

    Sep 2, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Mark D. Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune comes word that White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza has been activated off the 15-day disabled list. MLB rosters expanded on September 1, so no corresponding move was necessary. De Aza wound up missing a little more than two weeks with a bruised left…

  21. Ian Kinsler is out with a stiff back, so Jurickson Profar will make his major league debut

    Sep 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

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    One of the best position prospects in baseball will begin his major league career on Sunday afternoon. Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that second baseman Ian Kinsler has been scratched from the Rangers’ series finale against the Indians because of stiffness in his back and that 19-year-old Jurickson Profar has been asked…

  22. Curtis Granderson out a “day or two” with sore hamstring

    Sep 2, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

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    An MRI taken Saturday on Curtis Granderson‘s sore right hamstring ruled out any sort of structural damage, but he does have mild tendinitis and isn’t quite ready to return to the Yankees’ starting lineup. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, manager Joe Girardi said this morning that his center fielder will be sidelined…

  23. Joey Votto goes deep in fourth rehab game

    Sep 2, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Joey Votto is just about ready for active duty. The 28-year-old first baseman hit a solo home run Saturday in his rehab debut with Triple-A Louisville, finishing 1-for-3 with two strikeouts while feeling no lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired knee. Votto went 1-for-5 with with an RBI and three walks in his first three rehab…

  24. Alfredo Aceves and Dustin Pedroia had an argument Saturday night in the Red Sox dugout

    Sep 2, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Drama continues to surround this Red Sox team. According to Sean McAdam of CSN New England, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and right-hander Alfredo Aceves got into a “heated argument” on Saturday in the visitors dugout at Oakland’s O.Co Coliseum. It was all verbal, but they eventually had to be separated by third base coach Jerry Royster.…

  25. Brandon Inge needs shoulder surgery

    Sep 2, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Brandon Inge is done for the 2012 season. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the veteran third baseman re-injured his right shoulder on Saturday night in the A’s 7-1 victory over the Red Sox and will undergo surgery in a week that will require six months of recovery time. “My damn shoulder…

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