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  1. Rays shut down Drew Smyly at 153 innings

    Sep 9, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

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    Drew Smyly has been ace-like for the Rays since they acquired him from the Tigers in the three-team David Price trade, boasting a 1.70 ERA and 0.755 WHIP in 47 2/3 frames. But this is Smyly’s first year as a full-time starter and he had already logged 105 1/3 innings for Detroit at the time of the July 31 swap, so Tampa Bay will shut him down early.

  2. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says Ryan Braun’s thumb issue is now a full hand issue

    Sep 9, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

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    As if the free-falling Brewers needed any more bad news …

  3. Josh Harrison back in Pirates’ lineup after ankle injury

    Sep 9, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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    Pirates super-utilityman Josh Harrison rolled his left ankle Saturday at Wrigley Field after pivoting awkwardly to make a throw following an impressive over-the-shoulder catch. But all is well now …

  4. Ryan Zimmerman takes batting practice

    Sep 9, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    And I somehow get emotional about this.

  5. Red Sox may shut down Dustin Pedroia for the season

    Sep 9, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    Pedroia has hit a career-low .278 with seven homers and a career-worst .712 OPS in 135 games after posting an OPS above .780 in each of his first seven full seasons.

  6. More shoulder problems for David Wright

    Sep 9, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Just last week David Wright was saying his season-long shoulder problems finally felt improved and he had a few good games in a row, but now the Mets third baseman is again out of the lineup for tonight’s game.

  7. Brett Gardner diagnosed with an abdominal strain

    Sep 9, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Gardner is having arguably the best season of his career, hitting .269 with a career-high 16 homers and a career-high .784 OPS in 133 games.

  8. Masahiro Tanaka throws another simulated game

    Sep 9, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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    He’s not yet up to the same number of simulated games as real games this year, but it’s getting close.

  9. Presented without comment: A Chief Wahoo kippah

    Sep 9, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    WTF face

    On the bright side, they may be running out of things to put a logo on at the MLB offices.

  10. Jeff Samardzija is open to re-signing with the Cubs in 2016

    Sep 9, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    “That is absolutely something that is on my list.”

  11. 1,750 fans are hurt by foul balls each year

    Sep 9, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

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    That’s way more than I expected.

  12. A’s activate Nick Punto from the disabled list

    Sep 9, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

    Nick Punto

    Surely this will turn things around for the free-falling A’s.

  13. HBT Daily: The A’s are in free fall

    Sep 9, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

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    It’s not one thing with the Oakland Athletics’ ongoing collapse: it’s everything.

  14. This is not a repeat: don’t expect the Mets to spend big this offseason

    Sep 9, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Sandy Alderson preaches prudence and patience. A lot of Mets fans are probably getting tired of this.

  15. Baseball America names Kris Bryant minor league player of the year

    Sep 9, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Bryant, who was selected second overall in last year’s draft out of the University of San Diego, hit .325 with a 1.098 OPS and minor league-leading 43 homers in 138 games between Double-A and Triple-A at age 22.

  16. The Atlantic League is engaging in an interesting experiment to pick up the pace of games

    Sep 9, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Alarm Clock

    The independent leagues can be gimmicky. But they also can be laboratories.

  17. Henderson Alvarez set to return quickly from oblique injury

    Sep 9, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez exited his September 1 start with a strained oblique muscle, which seemed likely to knock him out for most and perhaps all of the season’s final month, but he’s already been cleared to return.

  18. Curt Schilling will return to TV on Thursday

    Sep 9, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Curt Schilling

    Good to see the future Hall-of-Famer on the mend.

  19. Tyler Flowers’ walk-off homer deflates the free-falling A’s

    Sep 9, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tyler Flowers

    A’s reliever Jesse Chavez literally walked off the field as soon as the pitch was hit.

  20. Japanese player does something no one has done since Babe Ruth

    Sep 9, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

    otani getty

    There aren’t many two-way players anymore. There’s a pretty good one in Japan.

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