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  1. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 2, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

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    In a preview of a potential postseason matchup, the Cardinals topped the Nationals 10-9 on Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C., snapping a four-game losing streak while moving 1 1/2 games ahead of the Pirates (who lost) and the Dodgers (who won) in the National League Wild Card standings. David Freese, the big hero from last…

  2. Jason Hammel goes five scoreless in rehab start

    Sep 1, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

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    The Orioles currently have a claim on one of the two Wild Card spots in the American League. And their active 25-man roster is about to get a nice boost. According to beat writer Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, right-handed starter Jason Hammel threw five scoreless innings Saturday in his rehab debut with…

  3. Asdrubal Cabrera scratched Saturday with sore wrist

    Sep 1, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

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    From Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera had to be scratched from Saturday’s starting lineup against the Rangers because of soreness in his right wrist. Cabrera is listed as day-to-day, though wrist injuries are often unpredictable. Jason Donald got the start in his place and seems likely…

  4. Jason Giambi hoping to return for 19th MLB season

    Sep 1, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

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    Jason Giambi is batting .241/.380/.329 with one home run in 100 plate appearances this season for the Rockies and just spent over a month on the disabled list with a viral infection. But he apparently hasn’t been discouraged. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the 41-year-old impending free agent told reporters on Saturday…

  5. Rafael Furcal probably has a torn UCL in his right elbow

    Aug 31, 2012, 12:34 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals lost their third straight game on Thursday night in the nation’s capital. And they might have also lost their starting shortstop. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rafael Furcal is headed back to St. Louis to undergo an MRI for “confirmation” of an ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) elbow.…

  6. Lance Berkman to be activated from disabled list Saturday

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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    From’s Jen Langosch comes word that Cardinals slugger Lance Berkman is on track to return from the DL on Saturday after going 1-for-1 in his final rehab game Thursday at Triple-A Memphis. Berkman was scheduled to play longer on Thursday night, but there were rainy conditions in southwest Tennessee and the Cards didn’t want to take…

  7. David Aardsma cleared to pitch in rehab games

    Aug 30, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

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    It’s easily forgotten by now, but the Yankees signed right-handed reliever David Aardsma to a one-year, $500,000 free agent contract back in late February. And they might actually get something out of the deal before the regular season schedule ends. Erik Boland of Newsday in New York reports that Aardsma is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab…

  8. Yadier Molina back in Cardinals’ lineup Thursday

    Aug 30, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals were given a scare on Tuesday when catcher Yadier Molina was forced to make an early exit after a nasty collision at home plate with the Pirates’ Josh Harrison. But all is back to normal. According to Jen Langosch of, Molina is back in the St. Louis starting lineup on Thursday night against the…

  9. Huston Street on track to return from disabled list Sunday

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    From’s Chelsea Janes comes word that Padres closer Huston Street will make his rehab debut on Friday night at High-A Lake Elsinore and could be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday afternoon if the outing goes smoothly. Street has been on the disabled list since August 11 because of a left calf…

  10. Roger Clemens to make second start for the Sugar Land Skeeters on September 7

    Aug 29, 2012, 9:16 PM EDT

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    Roger Clemens told the Houston Chronicle earlier this week that he had no immediate plans to pitch again after completing 3 1/3 scoreless innings last Saturday evening for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. But the itch has suddenly returned. Or something along those lines. Mark Berman of FOX 26 (KRIV) in Houston received a text message from…

  11. Kenley Jansen sidelined with more heart problems

    Aug 29, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT

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    Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen missed nearly a month of the 2011 season because of a cardiac arrhythmia. And now his heart issues are back. According to beat reporter Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the right-hander was unavailable for Wednesday’s afternoon tilt against the Rockies “because of something to do with his heart.” Ronald Belisario…

  12. Orioles not expected to call up Dylan Bundy this season

    Aug 29, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    There were rumblings last week that the Orioles might make pitching prospect Dylan Bundy part of their September callups. But it’s not going to happen. Here’s the info, from’s Britt Ghiroli: Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will head to instructional league when his season for Double-A Bowie ends, manager Buck Showalter announced prior…

  13. Yu Darvish cleared to return to Rangers’ rotation after bout with right quadriceps tightness

    Aug 26, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

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    From Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News: Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish passed the final tests on Sunday and will return to the rotation for this week’s series against Tampa Bay. Darvish threw 40 pitches in the bullpen and went through a series of agility drills without difficulty. The 26-year-old native of Japan was…

  14. Casey Kelly set to make his major league debut on Monday

    Aug 26, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

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    It was hinted at on Saturday but is now official. According to’s Jesse Sanchez, the Padres announced Sunday that top pitching prospect Casey Kelly will make his major league debut on Monday night at Petco Park against the Braves. Kelly was acquired by the Padres back in December of 2010 as part of a four-player…

  15. Nick Masset experiences yet another setback

    Aug 26, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Nick Masset‘s nightmarish 2012 season rolls on. Mark Sheldon of reports that the right-handed reliever felt renewed discomfort in his shoulder last week during a rehab appearance at Triple-A Louisville. He had an MRI and is waiting for the results to be reviewed by Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek, with the possibility looming…

  16. Astros were impressed by Roger Clemens’ start Saturday night in independent ball

    Aug 26, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

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    Astros owner Jim Crane told the FOX affiliate in Houston late last week that he would be “open” to discussing a contract with Roger Clemens if the veteran right-hander proved capable of getting outs. Which is why it should come as no surprise that the Astros were watching closely as Clemens tossed 3 1/3 scoreless…

  17. Red Sox may be nearing an extension with Cody Ross

    Aug 26, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last Sunday that the Red Sox were “very interested” in re-signing impending free agent outfielder Cody Ross. And now it seems that progress has been made. According to beat writer Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, the Red Sox have informed Ross directly that they want him back and…

  18. O’s acquire left-hander Joe Saunders from the Diamondbacks for Matt Lindstrom and a PTBNL

    Aug 26, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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    As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles have acquired lefty starter Joe Saunders in a waiver trade from Arizona. Matt Lindstrom, a right-handed reliever, is headed to the Diamondbacks in return along with a player to be named later. Saunders passed through waivers on Friday and was at that point eligible to…

  19. Joey Votto expected to begin rehab assignment this week

    Aug 26, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Great news this morning out of Cincinnati. Mark Sheldon of was informed by club sources that Reds first baseman Joey Votto is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment this week with the Low-A Dayton Dragons and could be cleared to rejoin the active 25-man roster by next weekend if all goes smoothly over the…

  20. Albert Pujols sidelined until at least Tuesday

    Aug 26, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

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    Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hasn’t appeared in a game since tweaking his right calf while running the bases Wednesday night in Boston. And his idle status won’t change for at least another couple days. According to’s Anthony Odoardi, manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Pujols “will not be starting for the rest of…

  21. Alfredo Aceves “tore off his jersey” on Friday night

    Aug 26, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox gave closer Alfredo Aceves a three-game suspension on Saturday for what was described as “conduct detrimental to the team.” Thanks to Mike Petraglia of, we now have more details about what exactly took place: According to three sources inside Fenway Park, Alfredo Aceves tore off his jersey while making his way…

  22. Vin Scully will call Dodgers games next season

    Aug 26, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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    Dodgers fans are having one heck of a weekend. First there was the nine-player trade that brought over Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto from Boston. And now … well … this is probably the best news item of all. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that television broadcaster Vin…

  23. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 26, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

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    When Boston took a 9-3 lead over the Royals in the fourth inning on Saturday evening at Fenway Park, a number of baseball writers began suggesting that the Red Sox looked like they were finally having fun — or something to that effect — in the wake of that recent nine-player blockbuster trade that jettisoned…

  24. Roger Clemens goes three-plus scoreless for Sugar Land

    Aug 25, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

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    Roger Clemens’ return to professional baseball Saturday night in suburban Houston went about as smoothly as such a thing can go. The 50-year-old right-hander tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out two as the independent Sugar Land Skeeters played host to the Bridgeport Bluefish. Clemens topped out…

  25. Adrian Gonzalez homers in his first at-bat with the Dodgers

    Aug 25, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT

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    The party is most definitely on in Chavez Ravine. New Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez strutted to the plate to a rousing standing ovation in his first at-bat Saturday night at Dodger Stadium and connected for a three-run homer on the second pitch he saw from Marlins starter Josh Johnson. The Dodgers lead 4-1 at…

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