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  1. Mat Gamel won’t play in the Arizona Fall League after all

    Sep 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    mat gamel brewers

    Mat Gamel has missed nearly the entire season with a torn ACL, so there was some thought that the Brewers would send him to the Arizona Fall League to make up for the lost at-bats. Assistant general manager Gord Ash squashed those plans yesterday, telling Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that Gamel “has not made enough…

  2. Don’t read the Cardinals last rites just yet

    Sep 13, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    Cardinals logo

    I know the Cardinals are crumbling like a cookie right now, but there is hope in store. The upcoming schedule: Four games against the equally crumbling Dodgers; Three games against the Houston LoLStros; Three games against the Chicago Cubs; and Three more games against the LoLStros again. Yes, they end against the Nationals and the…

  3. Derek Jeter’s ankle is a chronic thing, he’s likely to play tonight

    Sep 13, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    The loss of Derek Jeter would be a bad, bad thing for the Yankees right now, but it sounds as though that bone bruise he suffered last night isn’t going to keep him out of the lineup. Seems it’s a chronic thing that was merely aggravated, not some totally new injury: Turns out, though, the…

  4. NBC SportsTalk: The wild, wild NL wild card

    Sep 13, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    NBC SportsTalk

    Joe Sheehan and I were on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking about those crazy Brewers and Phillies. Of the two teams who may shock the baseball world, Joe likes the Phillies. I said that I still think the Cards will turn it around, but that between the hard-chargers, I liked the Brewers. Of course I’ve…

  5. Chipper Jones gets his best retirement gift yet

    Sep 13, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Teams keep giving Chipper Jones gifts when he makes his last appearance in their ballpark. The gift in Milwaukee last night may have been the best one yet.  As Carroll Rogers points out in the AJC, when asked at the All-Star break, Jones said he wanted bratwurst from the Brewers.  They obliged: Tom Haudricourt relayed…

  6. Stephen Strasburg: shagging fly balls, possibly batting

    Sep 13, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg AP

    Stephen Strasburg may not be pitching anymore, but it’s not like he’s dead. Indeed, Davey Johnson has an idea for him: “I check on him,” Johnson said. “I told him yesterday, to give him something to think about, I said, ‘Keep taking batting practice. I might need your bat. If I can’t use your arm,…

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

    Sep 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v San Diego Padres

    Brewers 8, Braves 2; Phillies 3, Marlins 1; Padres 3, Cardinals 2: Um, yeah, this keeps happening. The Cardinals, beneficiaries of an epic collapse by the Braves last year are themselves collapsing. And Philly and Milwaukee look like they’ll never lose again.  Just insanity in the NL wild card race these days. It’s kinda great.…

  8. Yadier Molina commits the choke job of 2012

    Sep 13, 2012, 2:15 AM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    “You need to trust your teammates,” Yadier Molina said afterwards. Because he obviously didn’t trust himself. The Cardinals were down 3-2 in the top of the ninth Wednesday against the Padres. Allen Craig opened the frame with a double off Luke Gregerson, putting the tying run in what most of us consider scoring position. The…

  9. Dodgers can’t get it together in the NL wild card mess

    Sep 13, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Braves just lost three straight to the Brewers, yet hardly missed a beat in what’s been an ugly week in the NL wild card race. With the Dodgers getting swept in their brief two-game series against the Diamondbacks, the National League division winners appear set in stone. Nationals: 89-64 – 8 1/2-game lead Reds…

  10. Albert Pujols hits milestone homer; Angels lose again

    Sep 13, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Don’t blame Albert Pujols; baseball’s best player over the last decade went 2-for-4 and hit his 30th homer Wednesday, yet the Angels lost their third straight to the A’s by a 4-1 score. Pujols’ homer was his 30th of the season. He’s reached that mark all 12 seasons of his career, tying him with Jimmie…

  11. Derek Jeter exits Red Sox game with bone bruise in ankle

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter injured

    Busting it down the line trying to beat out a double-play ball, Derek Jeter suffered a bone bruise in his left ankle when he hit the bag awkwardly in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox. Jeter was clearly in some pain and he was attended to after initially trying to make…

  12. Yankees, Orioles eek out one-run wins to preserve AL East tie

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    The Orioles got a walkoff win over the Rays in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday, and the Yankees held on against the Red Sox to keep pace in the AL East. Baltimore won 3-2 on a Nate McLouth “single” off the right field wall that scored Manny Machado with one out in the ninth,…

  13. Astros reliever Mickey Storey leaves after taking liner to face

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:56 PM EDT

    Mickey Storey

    11:15 p.m. EDT update: The Astros are reporting that Storey suffered contusions to the right jaw and right hand. If that’s the extent of the damage, then it’s great news. /// There was a scary incident in Houston tonight, as Astros right-hander Mickey Storey took a liner to the side of his face and left…

  14. John Lannan replaces Strasburg, combines on shutout

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Lannan pitches to New York Mets in MLB game in New York

    John Lannan’s return to Washington’s rotation was a very good one, as he pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday and combined with five relievers on a 2-0 shutout of the Mets. Tonight was supposed to be Stephen Strasburg‘s final start of the season, but he was shut down five days early after struggling against the…

  15. Adrian Beltre departs game vs. Indians with strained left shoulder, will undergo MRI

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    adrian beltre getty

    Some potentially awful news here for the Rangers. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, third baseman Adrian Beltre was lifted in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Indians after feeling  discomfort in his left shoulder following a stellar defensive play at the hot corner in the second. Beltre dove hard to his…

  16. Cardinals fall again as Padres complete sweep in San Diego

    Sep 12, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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    Kyle Lohse tallied a season-high eight strikeouts over six strong innings, but the Redbirds’ offense continued its prolonged slump on Wednesday in San Diego as the Padres completed a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions. Matt Holliday finished 0-for-4 and is now batting just .204 over his past 14 games. Yadier Molina went…

  17. Adam Dunn’s right oblique is not making much progress

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    dunn getty

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura suggested to reporters after Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Tigers that designated hitter Adam Dunn might be ready to return to the starting lineup Wednesday evening. But Dunn failed to make it through batting practice on Wednesday afternoon, according to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, and has experienced little to…

  18. Andy Pettitte thinks he’s ready to rejoin the Yankees rotation

    Sep 12, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    After throwing 55 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, Andy Pettitte, who has missed 2 1/2 months with a fractured ankle, said he’s ready to start for the Yankees next week. “I did everything I needed to do. I felt good. It’s another step,” he said. “They felt like my stuff was great. I just…

  19. Marlins play dead as Phillies complete three-game sweep

    Sep 12, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Is anyone involved with the Marlins even trying anymore? Ownership isn’t. The team played with just 12 position players today, even though the it’s September and rosters can be expanded to 40. Ozzie Guillen isn’t. Perhaps in protest of the limited roster he’s getting to work with, he just went three straight games without pinch-hitting…

  20. Blue Jays GM says three spots open in 2013 lineup

    Sep 12, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Alex Anthopoulos is looking ahead to 2013 and says six spots in his lineup are already spoken for

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