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  1. Major League Baseball should act in the Jeff Wilpon matter. Not later. Now.

    Sep 11, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon

    Baseball has the power to investigate Jeff Wilpon’s alleged acts. It has the power to suspend him or ban him. It has done so to owners before. It needs to exercise its power now.

  2. Owner says Rays’ payroll “is clearly going to be lower”

    Sep 11, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT

    stuart sternberg

    This season the Rays spent $78 million, to rank 26th among 30 teams.

  3. HBT Daily: What can Major League Baseball learn from the Ray Rice scandal?

    Sep 11, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

    Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, speaks at a news conference announcing the Head Health Initiative, a collaboration between GE and the NFL, in New York

    The most important thing: be proactive, not reactive.

  4. Indians clear Mike Aviles to return from concussion

    Sep 11, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Indians AP celebration

    Aviles experienced nausea and dizziness following a diving catch in the outfield, but passed MLB’s concussion protocol this morning.

  5. Jason Kipnis thinks pressure of contract extension led to poor season

    Sep 11, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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    After a breakout, All-Star season last year Jason Kipnis has struggled this year, hitting just .248 with six homers and a .664 OPS that represents a 150-point drop.

  6. Phillies expect Cliff Lee to avoid surgery, be ready for Opening Day

    Sep 11, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Lee is under contract for $25 million next season, plus $27.5 million or a $12.5 million buyout for 2016.

  7. Healed or not, Paul Konerko plans to return from hand injury

    Sep 11, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    “It’s not like I have to go through a program of building it back up.”

  8. John Jaso not cleared to return from concussion

    Sep 11, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    John Jaso AP

    Earlier this week A’s catcher/designated hitter John Jaso was believed to be on the verge of returning from an August concussion, albeit in a limited bench role, but now those plans have been scrapped.

  9. Video: Mike Piazza’s home run from September 21, 2001 will make things better

    Sep 11, 2014, 9:39 AM EDT

    Piazza

    The world sucks in a lot of ways right now. Let’s remember that it doesn’t always have to.

  10. Yasiel Puig’s struggles continue, and the call to bench him grows louder

    Sep 11, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

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    Don Mattingly says he has no better options. The press is not so sure.

  11. Video: Kids giving away foul balls is the new thing

    Sep 11, 2014, 8:31 AM EDT

    Random

    I hope this angers some middle-aged memorabilia dealers.

  12. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 11, 2014, 7:02 AM EDT

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    Big Game James Shields shows up big in a big game . . . James . . . etc. etc. infinity

  13. Royals beat Tigers, reclaim American League Central lead

    Sep 10, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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    James Shields struck out eight batters and yielded just two hits over seven scoreless innings and the Kansas City bullpen kept the shutout intact as the Royals beat the Tigers 3-0 on Wednesday night at Detroit’s Comerica Park to reclaim a one-game lead in the American League Central standings.

  14. Masahiro Tanaka scheduled to start instructional league game in Tampa on Monday

    Sep 10, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

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    Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka threw around 44 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday and came out of it feeling fine, so he’s been given clearance to take the next step in his rehabilitation from a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

  15. Video: Andrew McCutchen hits inside-the-park home run

    Sep 10, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Watch as Pirates star Andrew McCutchen races around the bases for a game-tying stand-up inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning Wednesday night at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park …

  16. Yasiel Puig was late on Wednesday … because he had to take his mother to the hospital

    Sep 10, 2014, 8:53 PM EDT

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    Yasiel Puig’s issues with tardiness are well-chronicled on this website and he showed up late to Dodger Stadium again on Wednesday. But there was a good reason for that …

  17. Jose Iglesias cleared for lower-body workouts

    Sep 10, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

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    Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was given the go-ahead to begin lower-body workouts on Wednesday, six months after being diagnosed with stress fractures in both of his shins. He should be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

  18. Sean Doolittle due back from disabled list Friday

    Sep 10, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Oakland manager Bob Melvin told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that closer Sean Doolittle, who has been sidelined since August 24 with a strained intercostal muscle, is on track to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

  19. Josh Hamilton gets two more cortisone shots in shoulder, out for sixth consecutive game

    Sep 10, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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    Angels manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged to reporters on Tuesday evening that there is growing concern about the status of Josh Hamilton’s injured right shoulder, noting that the recovery process “doesn’t look like it’s going in the right direction.” The hope is that another round of cortisone injections will help the cause.

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