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

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:24 PM EST

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    Whether it’s based in reality or merely wishful thinking, here’s the note from Stephen Goff, beat writer for 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…

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

    Sep 24, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

    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…

  4. Matt Moore dominates Yankees in first MLB start

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:59 PM EST

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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…

  5. Stephen Strasburg will start the Nationals’ season finale

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 22, 2011, 9:10 PM EST

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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.…

  7. Adam Wainwright throws two-inning bullpen session

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

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    The Cardinals suffered their worst loss of the season Thursday afternoon to the Mets, but the organization did get some positive news earlier in the day. According to’s Matthew Leach, righty Adam Wainwright threw a two-inning bullpen session on Thursday morning at Busch Stadium and reported no issues with his surgically-repaired elbow. Wainwright, who…

  8. Mariners shut down Casper Wells due to head issue

    Sep 22, 2011, 7:52 PM EST

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    From beat writer Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune comes word that the Mariners have put an early end to Casper Wells‘ 2011 season due to ongoing complications with his head. The mysterious ailment, which is affecting Wells’ equilibrium, was originally diagnosed as a “severe sinus issue.” But that was ruled out this week…

  9. Matt Moore to make first MLB start Thursday vs. Yankees

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:03 AM EST

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    The Rays suffered 4-2 defeats in both halves of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Yankees, dropping a half-game in the AL Wild Card standings despite the Red Sox’ 6-4 loss to the Orioles. Well aware that another loss could sink the Rays’ chances of overtaking Boston by the end of the regular season, Rays manager Joe…

  10. Cardinals win, Braves lose as Wild Card gap shrinks again

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:12 PM EST

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    Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez continued his recent run of domination on Wednesday night in south Florida, allowing only two hits over seven scoreless innings to capture a 4-0 victory against a Braves team that continues to scuffle mightily. A couple thousand miles northwest, Cardinals third baseman David Freese drove in five runs, Albert Pujols went…

  11. MRI shows only inflammation in Phil Hughes’ back

    Sep 21, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

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    Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has already been scratched from two different outings this week, but all signs point to him returning to action sometime soon. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, an MRI taken Wednesday afternoon on Hughes’ ailing back showed inflammation related to a herniated disc that he suffered back…

  12. Todd Helton unlikely to return this season

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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    From beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is unlikely to return to action this season due to ongoing discomfort in his lower back. Helton hasn’t played since last Tuesday. He was given a cortisone shot this week in an effort to expedite his recovery and…

  13. Brandon Phillips on free agency: “no homeboy hookup”

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

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    Reds GM Walt Jocketty announced Wednesday morning that he plans to exercise Brandon Phillips‘ $12 million club option for the 2012 season. But what happens after that? Will the All-Star second baseman be allowed to hit the free agent market? Our guess, based off Phillips’ comments Wednesday afternoon to’s Mark Sheldon, is yes. “This…

  14. Brett Lawrie suffers broken middle finger, done for year

    Sep 21, 2011, 7:14 PM EST

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    Unfortunate news this evening out of Toronto. According to John Lott of Canada’s National Post, Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie suffered a broken right middle finger Wednesday while taking pregame infield practice and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2011 season. There are only a handful of games left on…

  15. Indians shut down right-hander Josh Tomlin

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

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    From Nick Camino of Newsradio WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that the Indians have shut starter Josh Tomlin down for the rest of the year. Tomlin was placed on the disabled list near the end of August with a strained throwing elbow. The right-hander has made significant progress since, and even threw a successful…

  16. Jorge De La Rosa to begin throwing program Friday

    Sep 18, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

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    Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery back in early June. He’s made good progress thus far and has managed to avoid setbacks, so the Rockies’ medical staff has cleared him to take a major step. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, De La Rosa will begin a…

  17. Chone Figgins done for the year because of hip injury

    Sep 18, 2011, 3:26 PM EST

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    Shocking news out of Seattle. OK, not really. From beat writer Greg Johns of comes word that the Mariners have shut infielder Chone Figgins down for the remainder of the 2011 season due to ongoing discomfort in his right hip. Figgins suffered a right hip flexor strain back in late July and was placed…

  18. Giants activate closer Brian Wilson from disabled list

    Sep 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    As expected, the Giants activated closer Brian Wilson from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Rockies. This according to the club’s official Twitter feed. Wilson has been sidelined since the middle of August due to inflammation in his throwing elbow. The Giants were considering shutting him down at one point…

  19. Dontrelle Willis scratched from Sunday start vs. Brewers

    Sep 18, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

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    Mark Sheldon of reports that the Reds have scratched left-hander Dontrelle Willis from his scheduled Sunday afternoon outing against the Brewers due to a recurrence of lower back spasms. The announcement was made around 90 minutes before first pitch. Matt Maloney, who has a rough 6.88 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 17 innings this…

  20. Justin Morneau will not return this season

    Sep 18, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

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    The Twins put an end to catcher Joe Mauer‘s season on Friday due to a case of pneumonia. Now it’s Justin Morneau‘s turn. According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire acknowledged on a radio program Sunday that his first baseman is unlikely to return this year due to ongoing complications related to…

  21. Carlos Santana has four homers in past five games

    Sep 18, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

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    Indians catcher Carlos Santana offered the world a glimpse of his immense power potential last season when he slugged six home runs in 150 at-bats before straining a ligament in his left knee during an ugly early-August collision at home plate. Now healthy and a full-time major leaguer, the 25-year-old Dominican continues to impress. Santana…

  22. Picture of the Day: Pence, Phillies celebrate NL East title

    Sep 18, 2011, 10:38 AM EST

    Hunter Pence was part of only one team with a winning record during his five-year stint with the Astros. Now he’s in a far different situation, and looks to be loving every minute of it. (Courtesy of Reuters).

  23. Phil Hughes pushed back due to back spasms

    Sep 18, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

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    From Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News comes word that Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start against the Twins due to back spams. Hughes’ back locked up on him Friday after he threw a routine bullpen session in Toronto. He rested all day Saturday and will try…

  24. Drew Pomeranz impressive through two big league starts

    Sep 18, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

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    The Rockies fell to the Giants on Saturday night in Colorado by a score of 6-5, but young left-hander Drew Pomeranz looked sharp and effective for the second time in two career major league starts. Pomeranz allowed just four hits and two runs over 5 2/3 innings, striking out five San Francisco hitters while inducing…

  25. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 18, 2011, 8:29 AM EST

    Raul Ibanez, Yadier Molina

    It is September 18. On this date in baseball history, the final game was played at New York’s Polo Grounds (1963), Indians player-manager Frank Robinson hit a single in his final major league at-bat (1976), the Braves became the first franchise to clinch six consecutive postseason berths (1997), and Sammy Sosa became the first player…

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