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  1. Dante Bichette won’t be back as Rockies hitting coach

    Sep 24, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post shares the news: Dante Bichette will resign after one season as the Rockies hitting instructor, citing family reasons, according to major-league sources. Bichette played for the Rockies for seven years (1993-1999) and was excited to take the job when he was hired in mid-November, but Renck says the 49-year-old…

  2. Manny Machado has no ACL or MCL damage in his left knee, could begin running in 6-8 weeks

    Sep 24, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Buck Showalter’s optimism about the status of Manny Machado‘s left knee was not unfounded. According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles announced at a press conference on Tuesday evening at Camden Yards that Machado did not suffer any ACL or MCL damage when he tweaked his knee at first base on Monday…

  3. Matt Holliday out third straight game with stiff back

    Sep 24, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

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    Matt Holliday is out of the Cardinals’ starting lineup for a third consecutive game on Tuesday night versus the Nationals. Shane Robinson will start in left field in his place and bat second against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez. The Cardinals have a two-game buffer over the Pirates and Reds in the National League Central standings,…

  4. Nationals lose, so Braves clinch the NL East

    Sep 22, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Nationals starter Dan Haren surrendered eight hits and three earned runs over six innings in a 4-2 loss Sunday in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader against the Marlins. Game 2 is scheduled to get underway at 7:05 p.m. ET, but it won’t matter much. The Braves — by virtue of the Nats’ defeat — have…

  5. Joe Mauer had a good day of workouts at Target Field

    Sep 22, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

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    Twins catcher Joe Mauer hasn’t played in over a month due to a concussion and might not return for the final week of the regular season, but there is positive news to report on his overall well-being. According to beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mauer had a “good day of…

  6. No. 42 retired forever in a touching Mariano Rivera pregame tribute Sunday at Yankee Stadium

    Sep 22, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    It’s Mariano Rivera Day at Yankee Stadium and the pregame tribute to the retiring Hall of Fame-bound closer could not have been cooler. Where to start? Rivera got a big batch of gifts from the Yankees and the visiting San Francisco Giants, including another rocking chair made of bats, a crystal replica of his glove, a…

  7. Jesse Crain could finally make his Rays debut this week

    Sep 22, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Jesse Crain was on the disabled list with a shoulder strain when the Rays acquired him in late July from the White Sox and he remains on the disabled list to this date. But things are suddenly looking good. According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays “expect Crain to…

  8. Evan Longoria scratched Sunday with flu-like symptoms

    Sep 22, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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    Untimely development here for the Rays, who have a half-game hold on the top spot in the crowded and ever-changing American League Wild Card race. Evan Longoria has been scratched from the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Orioles due to flu-like symptoms, as first reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin…

  9. Shin-Soo Choo aiming to play Monday night

    Sep 22, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

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    Shin-Soo Choo was held out of the Reds’ lineup on Saturday and is not playing Sunday due to a jammed left thumb that he suffered Friday night in Pittsburgh when he tried to beat out an infield single by diving into first base. But the situation is rapidly improving. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer…

  10. Jacoby Ellsbury expected to return Wednesday

    Sep 22, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

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    More good news here for the Red Sox, who clinched the American League East crown on Friday night. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, manager John Farrell told the media Sunday morning at Fenway Park that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury “might be in the lineup Wednesday” at Colorado’s Coors Field after sitting out…

  11. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has interim tag removed

    Sep 22, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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    From beat reporter Jim Salisbury: Multiple baseball sources have told Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury that the Phillies will remove the “interim” label from Ryne Sandberg’s job title on Sunday and name the Hall of Fame second baseman the club’s full-time manager. Since replacing Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16, Sandberg has managed the Phillies…

  12. Busch Stadium outfield grass got thorough beating Saturday during FCS college football game

    Sep 22, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

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    For whatever reason — money? — the Cardinals decided to let Football Championship Series (FCS) schools Southern Illinois University and Southeast Missouri State University play a college football game Saturday afternoon on the outfield grass at Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. The game was attended by only 14,618 and it left the field at…

  13. Tigers manager Jim Leyland on Miguel Cabrera’s latest groin injury: “I don’t think it’s too good”

    Sep 22, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Chris Iott, beat writer for, has the story: Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland seemed concerned about the defending American League Most Valuable Player after a sore groin forced him to leave the game Saturday night at the start of the 10th inning of his team’s 7-6 victory in 12 innings over the Chicago White Sox. “I’m not…

  14. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 22, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Let’s check in on those AL Wild Card standings. The Rays got a 12-strikeout gem from right-hander Alex Cobb in a 5-1 victory Saturday over the Orioles to remain at the top of the leaderboard. That loss for the Orioles pushed them to 3 1/2 games back with only 8 games to play. The Indians…

  15. Ruben Tejada diagnosed with broken right fibula

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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    A tough ending to a tough season for the Mets. As first reported by Marc Carig of Newsday, shortstop Ruben Tejada suffered a broken fibula Wednesday when he got tangled up with teammate Andrew Brown while trying to chase down a fly ball in the outfield. Brown slid in an attempt to avoid a collision but…

  16. Jose Dariel Abreu establishes residency in Haiti and files petition for MLB free agency

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    Jose Dariel Abreu defected from his native Cuba in early August with the intention of signing a big contract with a Major League Baseball team. That whole process is now well underway. According to Jesse Sanchez of, the powerful 26-year-old first base prospect has officially established residency in Haiti and has been cleared by…

  17. Jason Heyward might be able to return early next week

    Sep 18, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

    jason heyward getty’s Mark Bowman has a big update on Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who faced live pitching on Wednesday for the first time since having his jaw fractured in two places by a Jon Niese fastball August 21: The Braves are still not providing a definitive timetable for Heyward. But there seems to be reason to…

  18. Ryan Braun was back at Miller Park on Wednesday

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has the story: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday afternoon that suspended slugger Ryan Braun‘s visit to Miller Park was merely to say hello to teammates and staff. Braun had not been at the ballpark since July 22, when he accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension for evidence found that he purchased performance-enhancing…

  19. Jeremy Affeldt is done for the season

    Sep 18, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

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    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt has been shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season due to renewed left groin discomfort. Affeldt missed 50 games between July 21 and September 12 with a severe left groin strain and aggravated that injury in his first appearance back.…

  20. Rays call up shortstop prospect Tim Beckham

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have officially promoted shortstop prospect Tim Beckham from Triple-A Durham. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, injured outfielder Brandon Guyer was put on the 60-day disabled list. Beckham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, could…

  21. Rangers manager Ron Washington is not on the hot seat

    Sep 17, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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    Via’s Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan: Manager Ron Washington said he has no fears about his job. General manager Jon Daniels said Washington should have no concerns about his job. Daniels said he “fully expects” Washington to be back as manager next season. Sullivan’s story was published before Texas routed the Rays 7-1 on…

  22. Chris Davis breaks O’s single-season home run record

    Sep 17, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Orioles slugger Chris Davis launched his 51st home run of the season Tuesday night at Fenway Park. It was a bomb over the center field wall and it pushed Davis past Brady Anderson for the O’s single-season home run record. Anderson hit 50 in 1996. Here’s the replay from, with Gary Thorne on the call:…

  23. Marco Scutaro might be done for the year

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

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    Andrew Baggarly of has a Marco Scutaro update: Scutaro had an MRI exam on his injured left pinkie finger, which sustained tendon damage when he was hit by a pitch June 11 in Pittsburgh. The finger began bothering Scutaro again over the weekend in Los Angeles; he exited Sunday’s game after two innings and…

  24. David Wright not cleared for activation

    Sep 17, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

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    There was some hope that David Wright would be ready to return from the disabled list Tuesday night for the start of a three-game series at Citi Field vs. the visiting Giants. But that is not going to happen. According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that…

  25. Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez back in Dodgers’ lineup

    Sep 17, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    From’s Ken Gurnick comes word that center fielder Matt Kemp and shortstop Hanley Ramirez are back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. This will be Kemp’s first start since he suffered a severe left ankle sprain on July 21. He has appeared in only 63 games this season and…

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