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  1. Mark Teixeira hits, fields and jogs in first workout

    Sep 23, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira is making slow but steady progress in his recovery from a calf strain. According to Dan Martin of the New York Post, the first baseman took batting practice, fielded grounders and did some light running on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium for the first time since suffering the injury on September…

  2. Coco Crisp out again Sunday with eye infection

    Sep 23, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

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    From beat writer Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that A’s center fielder Coco Crisp is out of the starting lineup again on Sunday due to ongoing complications with conjunctivitis. Yoenis Cespedes will start in center as Oakland wraps up a three-game series with the Yankees. Seth Smith is in left. Josh Reddick is in…

  3. Tim Lincecum misses celebration, scratched from start

    Sep 23, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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    The Giants celebrated their second National League West title in three years on Saturday night at AT&T Park without a certain eccentric right-hander. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Tim Lincecum was sent home early so that he could rest up for his scheduled Sunday start. Once the Giants clinched with an 8-4 victory over…

  4. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 23, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    The Giants are in. The Reds are in. Now we wait for the rest of the postseason picture to fully develop. The Cardinals took a step toward the National League’s second Wild Card spot on Saturday at Wrigley Field, bouncing back from a crushing Friday loss to capture a 5-4 extra-innings victory over the Cubs.…

  5. Giants beat Padres to clinch NL West title

    Sep 23, 2012, 1:11 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    In defeating the Padres 8-4, the Giants won their sixth straight game Saturday to clinch the NL West title with 10 games to play. “I’ll take this one,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “I like a margin of error.” It’s the second time in three years the Giants have won the NL West. Of course, they…

  6. Michael Bourn will be out Sunday due to jammed thumb

    Sep 22, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Braves center fielder Michael Bourn jammed his left thumb during Saturday’s 8-2 defeat of the Phillies and has been ruled out of Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Bourn finished 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored in the victory and made it all nine innings,…

  7. Angels owner says Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto are safe

    Sep 22, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported earlier this week that Angels owner Arte Moreno had been “expressing unhappiness behind the scenes” with the performance of both longtime skipper Mike Scioscia and first-year general manger Jerry Dipoto. But that unhappiness isn’t going to lead to much. Moreno spoke directly with MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez on Saturday afternoon and…

  8. Roy Halladay saw a doctor Friday for shoulder issue

    Sep 22, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

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    Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay did not look right on Saturday afternoon, allowing seven earned runs to the Braves without making it past the second inning. And there’s apparently a good reason for that. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Halladay paid a visit to a doctor on Friday after experiencing mild muscle spasms…

  9. Reds beat Dodgers, clinch National League Central

    Sep 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    The first division crown of 2012 has been claimed. Mat Latos fanned seven batters over eight shutout innings and Jay Bruce hit his 34th home run of the season as the Reds rolled to an easy 6-0 victory on Saturday afternoon over the Dodgers, locking up the National League Central in front of a crowd…

  10. Orioles win in 12, Yankees prevail in 14 versus A’s

    Sep 22, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez, Derek Norris

    With the Orioles already having dispatched the Red Sox in 12, the AL East appeared on the verge of being knotted at the top again. However, the Yankees overcame a 9-5 deficit in the 13th and beat the A’s 10-9 in 14 innings Saturday. Baltimore improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games at Fenway Park this…

  11. No, Jayson Stark, Craig Kimbrel is not the NL Cy Young

    Sep 22, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark built his Cy Young case for Craig Kimbrel in Friday’s column. It’s chock full of some delicious statistics that demonstrate Kimbrel’s unprecedented accomplishments, and it’s well worth reading. It’s actually a really good column. I just totally disagree with the premise. Now, I’m not one to say relievers don’t deserve consideration for…

  12. Yadier Molina hurt trying to avoid pitch, leaves game

    Sep 22, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    4:35 p.m. EDT update: The Cardinals report that Molina departed due to lower back spasms. Consider him day-to-day. /// Yadier Molina was removed from Saturday’s game against the Cubs in the ninth inning after injuring himself while getting out of the way of a Carlos Marmol pitch. It appeared to be either a hip or oblique…

  13. Gio Gonzalez is game’s first to 20 wins this season

    Sep 22, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    The National League’s Cy Young favorites both added to their cases Saturday, with the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez beating the Brewers for win No. 20 of the season and the Mets’ R.A. Dickey going eight strong to defeat Miami for his 19th victory. Gonzalez held the Brewers to two runs — both unearned — over seven…

  14. Ryan Braun is playing through “a couple of groin issues”

    Sep 22, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun has essentially duplicated his MVP-winning numbers from last season and is batting .342 with multiple big hits this month, but he’s doing all that damage at less than full strength physically. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spotted Braun “walking gingerly” in the clubhouse and manager Ron Roenicke admitted that he’s playing…

  15. Dusty Baker remains hospitalized for fourth straight day

    Sep 22, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Despite repeated reports that Dusty Baker was set to return from an irregular heartbeat before now the Reds manager remains hospitalized in Chicago for a fourth straight day. Fill-in manager Chris Speier was asked by reporters if the longer than expected stay for Baker suggested he was dealing with a more serious problem than initially…

  16. Max Scherzer cleared to start Sunday for Tigers

    Sep 22, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

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    Max Scherzer left Tuesday night’s start after two innings with what the Tigers called shoulder fatigue, but he’s been cleared to make his next turn in the rotation. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Scherzer will start Game 1 of tomorrow’s doubleheader against the Twins after an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. Scherzer leads…

  17. Jake Westbrook suffers setback with oblique injury

    Sep 22, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    One day after Chris Carpenter returned from supposed “season-ending” surgery to rejoin their rotation the Cardinals look likely to lose Jake Westbrook for at least the remainder of the regular season. Westbrook hasn’t pitched since September 8 because of an oblique injury and had to cut short today’s bullpen due to pain. Afterward he told…

  18. John Smoltz doesn’t know his Leo Durocher

    Sep 22, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Braves fans are arguing among ourselves a little bit. Not a ton, but a little. The argument: should Kris Medlen start the one-game wild card playoff for which the Braves seem destined or should Tim Hudson.  I say “a little bit,” because almost everyone I talk to thinks it should be Medlen because the dude…

  19. “To be a Mets fan … is to be a gourmand of loss”

    Sep 22, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    Empty Citi Field

    From the New York Times, a pretty stark portrayal of a night at Citi Field during this lost, lamentable September, from the perspective of a Mets fan.  It’s a good article, explaining to the rest of us what Mets fans have long felt and how they approach fandom of a team that disappoints far more than…

  20. NBC SportsTalk: What’s the deal with the Melky Rule?

    Sep 22, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night and spoke with Erik Kuselias about the Melky ruling:

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