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

    Sep 25, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 25, 2011, 12:10 PM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 25, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

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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…

  4. Joakim Soria done for season due to hamstring strain

    Sep 25, 2011, 10:23 AM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:18 AM EST

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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…

  6. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 25, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

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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…

  7. Indians shut down outfielder Trevor Crowe

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

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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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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 MLB.com’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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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 MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, is yes. “This…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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 MLB.com 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…

  25. 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…

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