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  1. Shocker: Jeff Loria says success is just around the corner for the Marlins

    Sep 11, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria

    If you could gamble on anything, you could gamble on Jeff Loria, no matter how bad the Marlins’ prospects are, claiming that the team is on the verge of success. And it’s not really optimism. There’s always some note of menace to it, as though he’s sending signals to the people in his organization that,…

  2. Some are dubious of the Red Sox’ innocence in the waiver link thing

    Sep 11, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we learned about the MLB investigation of the leaks of the Red Sox players placed on waivers.  In the initial report, it was said that MLB does not suspect the Red Sox as being responsible for the leaks. Not everyone’s buying that. Like Rich Levine of CSNNE.com: Ha! Looks like Lucky Larry pulled a fast one…

  3. Bryce’s boffo belt-busting bellyflop

    Sep 11, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper Belt

    Sorry. Was just practicing in case I ever get a job writing for a gossip site. I mean a gossip site that isn’t specifically about baseball like HBT. Anyway: Harper made a diving attempt at an Andres Torres liner and tore his belt in two. The rookie casually walked over to the Washington bullpen and…

  4. Brandon Phillips accuses another player of racism

    Sep 11, 2012, 6:35 AM EDT

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    UPDATE:  Peace has apparently been achieved. 6:35 AM: From the Twitter feed of Brandon Phillips after last night’s marathon game against the Pirates: #RealTalk… Not really surprised by what I heard come outta another player’s mouth tonite but DAMN… Still PISSED bout that $h¡+!! #Racism — Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) September 11, 2012 No names attached,…

  5. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 11, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Rios

    White Sox 6, Tigers 1: The offense continues to snooze. And the Tigers are getting so little respect that some clever wags out there are calling them the “Kittens.” That’s just sad, dude. Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham did most of the damage for the Sox. Phillies 3, Marlins 1: Fifth straight for Philly, as…

  6. The Royals remain deluded in their hopes for Luke Hochevar

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    Luke Hochevar has made $3.1 million while going 7-13 with a 5.36 ERA in 28 starts this season. One would think that increasing salary combined with his worst performance since 2009 would finally result in his departure at season’s end. However, GM Dayton Moore said the Royals have no intention of non-tendering Hochevar this winter.…

  7. Kittens come up short again in 6-1 loss to White Sox

    Sep 10, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

    Austin Jackson

    Going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position isn’t a recipe for success. Since sweeping the White Sox from Aug. 31-Sept. 2, the Tigers have been tamed at the plate: Sept. 3: Lost 2-3 vs. Clev Sept. 4: Lost 2-3 vs. Clev Sept. 5: Won 7-1 vs. Clev Sept. 7: Lost 2-3 at LAA Sept. 8:…

  8. Astros release Francisco Cordero and his 19.80 ERA

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    francisco cordero getty

    Francisco Cordero‘s disastrous stint with the Astros is officially over, as he was given his release by the club today. After being acquired from the Blue Jays in July as part of a 10-player deal, Cordero allowed 11 runs on 13 hits and four walks in five innings over six appearances. That’s a 19.80 ERA.…

  9. Roger Clemens says he will not pitch for the Astros this year

    Sep 10, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens AP

    UPDATE: So much for that. Roger Clemens told Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston tonight that he will not pitch for the Astros this season. While Astros owner Jim Crane didn’t rule out the possibility of Clemens making a start this month against a non-contending team, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner said he…

  10. Chris Carpenter nearing return from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

    Sep 10, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    AP Chris Carpenter

    When Chris Carpenter underwent surgery in mid-July to alleviate symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, it was assumed that he would miss the rest of the season. However, it’s now realistic that he could play a critical role for the Cardinals down the stretch. Carpenter threw around 70 pitches in a simulated game this afternoon in…

  11. Jered Weaver to rejoin Angels rotation on Thursday

    Sep 10, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver Getty

    Here’s some good news for the surging Angels. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange-County Register, Jered Weaver will rejoin the Angels’ rotation Thursday for the finale of a critical four-game series against the Athletics. Dan Haren will start the series opener tonight while Jerome Wiliams will make a spot start tomorrow and Ervin Santana…

  12. End of the line? Lance Berkman to undergo season-ending knee surgery Tuesday

    Sep 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    berkman ap

    UPDATE: According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny just announced that Berkman will undergo season-ending surgery on his knee tomorrow. It would be a darn shame to see him go out this way, but he has already hinted at retiring after this season. 10:15 AM: Lance Berkman‘s status for the…

  13. White Sox pick Gavin Floyd over Francisco Liriano versus Tigers

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    The White Sox won’t be easing Gavin Floyd back into the rotation in his return from a sore elbow; he’ll start Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series against the rival Tigers. The change pushes Francisco Liriano back to Friday, when he’ll face the Twins. By making the move, the White Sox…

  14. Juan Pierre in Baltimore would be the bestest thing ever

    Sep 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre Getty

    The Orioles lost Nick Markakis for the year, and that leaves a hole in the outfield. Danny Knobler has a suggestion: With Nick Markakis out with a broken thumb, Juan Pierre could help the Orioles. Markakis was their leadoff hitter. Pierre, who has 34 steals and a .346 on-base percentage for the Phillies, would give manager Buck Showalter another option to replace…

  15. No one watched the Astros on television Sunday

    Sep 10, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    tv test pattern

    This season has been filled with sad tidbits about the Astros, but this might be one of the most depressing. David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros’ win over the Reds was watched by an average of 1,092 households, which is the lowest in recorded history. During no 15-minute period was the…

  16. Mark Teixeira “irritated” his calf, to be out 10-14 days

    Sep 10, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    teixeira getty

    The good news: The Yankees just said that Mark Teixeira will not be out for the remainder of the season! The bad news: They said he’d be out 10-14 games, in a season that has only 22 games left: Yankees announce MRI showed “irritation” of Tex’s calf strain and he’ll be out “10-14 days.” Also,…

  17. Reds reliever Nick Masset undergoes shoulder surgery

    Sep 10, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    masset getty

    Nick Masset‘s season began with a spring training shoulder injury and has been filled with numerous setbacks since, and today the Reds announced that the reliever underwent surgery over the weekend. That means Masset will have gone from throwing 76, 77, and 70 innings (with a combined 3.15 ERA) out of the Reds’ bullpen during…

  18. Today’s hot, fresh drug suspensions, right out of the oven!

    Sep 10, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    On a slow news day, I hit “refresh” on my gmail inbox every ten seconds, waiting for the near-daily MLB drug suspension press release to come in. And today we have a troika: Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Frank Diaz has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for metabolites of…

  19. Braves rookie Andrelton Simmons back from broken finger

    Sep 10, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons AP

    As expected Andrelton Simmons is off the disabled list and in the Braves’ lineup for tonight’s game after the rookie shortstop missed the past two months with a broken pinkie finger. In his absence the Braves traded for Paul Janish from the Reds and turned to him as their primary shortstop. However, Janish hit just…

  20. Rangers rule out serious injury to Roy Oswalt

    Sep 10, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    The good news: Roy Oswalt is not seriously injured. The bad news: it means he’s probably gonna pitch again soon: Oswalt left Sunday’s start with what was described as right flexor muscle soreness near his elbow. After the game, he said he should be fine in two to three days … Oswalt massaged the area just…

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