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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Travis Hafner could return to Tribe in late September

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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    “Pronk” has not been shut down. Yet. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner got encouraging news about his strained right foot Wednesday after paying a visit to an “out-of-state” specialist who usually treats NFL players. Hafner is still required to wear a protective walking boot, but recent…

  17. Cards approached Lance Berkman in July about extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals drew phone calls from at least one contending team earlier this week when right fielder Lance Berkman passed through waivers unclaimed and became eligible to be traded to any major league club. But Berkman hasn’t been dealt, and won’t be dealt, because the Redbirds are hoping to make him part of their plans…

  18. Mariners sign GM Jack Zduriencik to multi-year extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

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    According to Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle, the Mariners have signed general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year contract extension. The Mariners finished 40 games under .500 last season and sit 20 games under .500 here in 2011, but Zduriencik is widely regarded as one of baseball’s most forward-thinking executives and Seattle’s…

  19. Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann ends season with 3.18 ERA

    Aug 28, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann spent most of the 2010 season recovering from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, so he tallied only 70 2/3 innings between the minor and major leagues. Because of that low innings total, the talented 25-year-old right-hander entered the 2011 campaign with a loosely-defined innings limit. And he reached it on Sunday…

  20. Dayan Viciedo making 2011 MLB debut Sunday vs. Mariners

    Aug 28, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Dayan Viciedo was officially promoted to the major leagues on Saturday, but he didn’t play in last night’s game because of the grueling cross-country flight from Triple-A Charlotte to big-league Seattle. Rested and ready, he’s in the White Sox starting lineup on Sunday afternoon, batting sixth and playing right field against the Mariners in what…

  21. Hanley Ramirez on track to return to Marlins Wednesday

    Aug 28, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 3-for-7 with a triple since beginning a minor league rehab assignment Friday night with Single-A Jupiter. If the production continues and he’s able to avoid setbacks, the 27-year-old will return to the major league lineup Wednesday against the Mets. This according to MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola, who spoke directly with…

  22. Showalter fires back at Yankees’ scheduling complaints

    Aug 28, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    As D.J. Short noted yesterday, the Yankees were quite upset about the way the Orioles handled the rescheduling of games this weekend in the days before and after the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Instead of trying to fit in a split-doubleheader on Friday, when Baltimore was dry and Irene was still a few hundred miles…

  23. Shin-Soo Choo out a few days due to sore left side

    Aug 28, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo missed a bit of time last week due to general discomfort on the left side of his body. That discomfort has now reemerged. According to Zack Meisel of MLB.com, Choo was pulled in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 8-7 victory over the Royals and is likely to sit out a few…

  24. Marlins still hoping Josh Johnson ready by late September

    Aug 28, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins are still optimistic that ace right-hander Josh Johnson will be able to return for one or two starts in late September. Johnson has been on the disabled list since the middle of May with inflammation in his shoulder. Tests have ruled out structural…

  25. Michael Brantley won’t return this season

    Aug 28, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Michael Brantley landed on the 15-day disabled list last week with inflammation in his right wrist. It seemed like a fairly minor situation at the time, but only because we didn’t have all the information. According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, Brantley was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday morning following further…

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