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  1. A.J. Hinch lands in Padres front office

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    A.J. Hinch, fired as the Diamondbacks’ manager earlier this season, has taken a job as San Diego’s vice president of professional scouting, according to the team’s media notes. Hinch, 36, may have flopped as a manager, but he was very well regarded in Arizona’s front office before former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes took a chance…

  2. Francisco Rodriguez to be arraigned Wednesday

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The New York Post is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has decided to surrender two weeks early for arraignment on charges of violating an order of protection. Rodriguez was supposed to court Oct. 7, but will instead be arrested and charged with contempt of court on Wednesday. K-Rod sent his former girlfriend and mother of his…

  3. Joe Mauer's MRI shows inflammation

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that Joe Mauer could be out another four or five days after an MRI showed inflammation in his ailing left knee. Gardenhire expects that Mauer will receive a cortisone shot for the knee, potentially sidelining him until the weekend. No serious problems were detected, but with the Twins in position…

  4. Jair Jurrjens likely to start Sunday for Braves

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens, who missed his start Monday with a knee injury, will likely pitch Sunday, manager Bobby Cox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jurrjens was diagnosed Tuesday with a slight horizontal meniscus tear in his right knee. It sounds like something he can pitch through for the rest of the year and get taken care of…

  5. Joey Votto scratched with sinus infection

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    National League MVP candidate Joey Votto was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to a sinus infection, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Chris Heisey replaced him in the lineup, with Jim Edmonds moving to first base. Votto hit his 35th homer as part of the Reds’ 5-2 win over the Brewers on Monday. He’s…

  6. Report: White out as Diamondbacks narrow GM search

    Sep 20, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    According to AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price, the Diamondbacks have ruled out Dodgers assistant GM Logan White in their hunt for a new general manager, leaving former Padres GM Kevin Towers and current interim GM Jerry DiPoto as the candidates for the job. White is very well regarded in large part for his work heading the…

  7. Lester, Kershaw and Sanchez on pace to join exclusive club

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    In the 50 years since the expansion era began in 1961, just 17 different left-handers have struck out over a batter an inning while qualifying for the ERA title. This year, three of them are on pace to do it for a second year in a row. If things hold up, Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester…

  8. Yankees to unveil Steinbrenner memorial Monday

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Prior to Monday’s game against the Rays, the Yankees will unveil a seventh permanent monument in Monument Park to honor George Steinbrenner, who passed away in July at age 80. Steinbrenner’s memorial will join those honoring Miller Huggins, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and one that commemorates the events of Sept. 11,…

  9. Jose Bautista ties Blue Jays record with 47th homer

    Sep 15, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista delivered a solo shot off the Orioles’ Brad Bergesen in the first inning Wednesday night to tie the Blue Jays franchise record with his 47th homer. The 29-year-old Bautista matched George Bell’s team record from the rabbit-ball 1987 season. He had been tied with Jose Canseco’s 1998 season for second place on the…

  10. Troy Tulowitzki outslugs Adrian Gonzalez in Rockies' victory

    Sep 15, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    For the fourth time since 2000, opposing players had at least two homers and five RBI in the same game as the Rockies topped the Padres 9-6 on Wednesday. And both happened to be occupying the cleanup spot. Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with two three-run homers and seven RBI to lead the Rockies, while Adrian…

  11. Brandon Wood, meet Tony Pena Jr.

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    With his 0-for-3 on Sunday, Brandon Wood went over 200 plate appearances for the season and his average dwindled to .160. If he doesn’t get another at-bat all year, he’d finish with a .397 OPS that’d rank as the lowest for any player in the expansion era. Here’s the bottom 10 with a minimum of…

  12. Mark Teixeira playing through broken toe

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira revealed to the New York Post that he’s been playing with a broken pinkie toe on his right foot, the result of a HBP from Oakland’s Vin Mazzaro on Aug. 31. “Every step I take it stings,” Teixeira told the paper. “It’s worse on defense because I have to move side to side…

  13. Josh Hamilton suffers setback while swinging

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton resumed swinging Tuesday, only to shut himself down after experiencing a spasm in his rib-cage area. It was the first time Hamilton had picked up a bat since suffering three bruised ribs in a collision with the outfield wall at Target Field on Sept. 5. He made it through about 25 swings before…

  14. Albert Pujols out of the lineup with sore elbow

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, troubled by a sore left elbow the past three weeks, will get Tuesday off after receiving a cortisone shot Monday night. Felipe Lopez is making his first career start at first base in his place. Pujols originally injured his non-throwing elbow making a play on defense against the Pirates last month. A couple…

  15. Jon Lester records fourth straight 10-K game

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:17 AM EDT

    With 12 strikeouts in a gem against the Mariners on Monday, Jon Lester became the first pitcher since Jake Peavy in 2007 to fan 10 batters in four straight starts. He’s the sixth different pitcher to have such a streak since 2000: 1. Randy Johnson – 7 starts in 2001 2. Randy Johnson – 6…

  16. Prince Fielder out with flu symptoms

    Sep 13, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Baseball’s longest active consecutive games streak could come to an end Monday, as Prince Fielder was scratched from Milwaukee’s lineup with flu symptoms, according to the Journel-Sentinel. Unless Fielder makes an appearance off the bench, he’d miss his first game since Sept. 3, 2008. Since that day, he’d started all 327 of Milwaukee’s games: 326…

  17. This Buck stops in Sacramento

    Sep 13, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    With the Triple-A season over, the A’s are set to make their final round of callups on Tuesday, but barring some late-season outfield injuries, Travis Buck won’t be rejoining the team. The then 23-year-old Buck was shaping up as one of the AL’s most promising rookies in 2007. Debuting not even two years after the…

  18. Chris Nelson's steal of home wins game for Rockies

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    Chris Nelson will always remember his first career stolen base. In the eighth inning of a 5-5 game versus the Reds on Thursday, the Rockies’ utilityman took off from third base against right-hander Nick Masset, who had looked towards second base, and swiped home without a play at the plate, giving the Rockies a 6-5…

  19. Singles scene not kind to Gavin Floyd

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    In losing to the Tigers on Thursday, Gavin Floyd became the first pitcher since James Baldwin in 2001 to allow 13 singles and no extra-base hits in a game. Floyd pitched six-plus innings versus the Tigers, giving up six runs, five of them earned. He walked Austin Jackson to open the bottom of the first,…

  20. Davidson ejected Brewers fan for homophobic slur

    Sep 8, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Umpire Bob Davidson says he ejected a fan at Milwaukee’s Miller Park during Tuesday’s game after the use of a homophobic slur aimed at Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Davidson ejected 44-year-old Sean A. Ottow in the seventh inning last night because, according to the Associated Press, he wanted to make sure Molina wouldn’t do something…

  21. Josh Johnson could miss start with sore back

    Sep 7, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    According to manager Edwin Rodriguez, Josh Johnson is “50-50″ to make his scheduled start Friday against the Nationals because of lingering back soreness. Johnson, who is third in the NL with a 2.30 ERA and fourth with 186 strikeouts, has been dealing with the problem for weeks. While he’s remained solid, he’s missed out on…

  22. Where might Colby Rasmus play next year?

    Sep 7, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    If the rift between Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus forces the Cardinals to part with their 24-year-old center fielder, there will surely a be a ton of interest. Rasmus is hitting .266/.352/.496 in his second big-league season, and he’s not close to reaching his ceiling. He’s also a Gold Glove-caliber defender. He should be…

  23. Manny Ramirez apologizes for behavior in Boston

    Sep 3, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Returning to Boston for the second time since being traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers during the 2008 season, Manny Ramirez said Friday that he was to blame for the turn of events that led to his departure from the team he helped lead to two World Series titles. As he told ESPNBoston.com:…

  24. Brian Cole's family awarded $131 million in lawsuit

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    The family of former Mets prospect Brian Cole, who was killed in a one-car accident in 2001, was awarded a $131 million judgment against Ford Motor Company on Monday, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports. Cole died from injuries sustained in a March 31, 2001 accident when his Ford Explorer veered off a Florida highway and…

  25. Jason Kendall set for shoulder surgery

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Workaholic Jason Kendall is going to have to learn to deal with some time off. He’s slated for rotator cuff surgery Friday that could sideline him into the 2011 season. Kendall has a tear in his throwing shoulder that manager Ned Yost said he’d need 8-10 months to recover from. Kendall, though, is hoping to…

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