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  1. Is Neal Huntington a dead man walking in Pittsburgh?

    Sep 24, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates are disintegrating as the season ends. Generically speaking that sort of thing is not necessarily on the GM. Usually that sort of thing gets a manager fired, whereas long-term ineptitude and a crappy roster get the GM fired.  But two data points suggest that Pirates GM Neal Huntington is on the outs. First:…

  2. Pick a side, everyone: Jeff Loria calls Fredi Gonzalez “classless”

    Sep 24, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria

    The claws are out between Marlins owner Jeff Loria and Braves manager — and former Marlins manager — Fredi Gonzalez: Jeffrey Loria is outraged with Fredi Gonzalez’s published comments in which the former Marlins manager said that no manager ever seems to please the owner. Gonzalez, who manages the Atlanta Braves, was quoted in Sunday’s Miami…

  3. “The Triple Crown is nonsense”

    Sep 24, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Brian Kenny (or his headline writer) says it, and he’s absolutely right.  Not absolute nonsense, of course — it’s really cool and rare to win the Triple Crown and if Miguel Cabrera does it he deserves tons of huzzahs and kudos — but nonsense in terms of naming an MVP: I like the Triple Crown.…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 4, White Sox 1: Did you know that if you win the AL Central that you contract a horrible disease? If you answered yes, you must be either the Tigers or the White Sox. That’s five straight losses for Chicago. Jered Weaver wins his 19th, allowing one run over six and a third. Kendrys…

  5. No one wants to win the AL Central

    Sep 23, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    The White Sox lost their fifth in a row Sunday to the Angels, giving the Tigers a chance to move into a tie for first place in the AL Central even after they were routed by the Twins in the first game of a doubleheader. How did they respond? By losing the nightcap 2-1 in…

  6. Angels send slumping White Sox to fifth straight loss

    Sep 23, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver picked up his 19th win of the season Sunday as the Angels completed a three-game sweep of the reeling White Sox. Weaver allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings in the 4-1 victory. The game was scoreless until the sixth, when Albert Pujols delivered a two-run double and Kendrys Morales hit a two-run…

  7. Maybe the NL East race isn’t over just yet

    Sep 23, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper

    The Braves beat the Phillies 2-1 on Sunday to pull within 4 1/2 games of the Nationals in the NL East. With Chien-Ming Wang getting a spot start, the Nationals lost to the Brewers 6-2. Now, with a five-game lead in the loss column and just 10 left to play, the Nationals are still sitting…

  8. Orioles, Yankees drop one-run games

    Sep 23, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters

    A pair of lengthy winning streaks came to an end Sunday, as both the Yankees and Orioles lost one-run games to keep the status quo atop the AL East. The Orioles saw their six-game streak conclude in losing 2-1 to Boston. Baltimore caught a very bad break in the top of the ninth, when Jim…

  9. Phillies, Yankees eyeing impending free agent Cody Ross

    Sep 23, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that a market is already beginning to develop for corner outfielder Cody Ross, who will hit the free agent market in early November: He has three major-market teams — the Phillies, Yankees, and Red Sox — very interested in him. Ross has made it clear he’d negotiate with the…

  10. Clayton Kershaw cleared for Sunday night start

    Sep 23, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw made it through an easy 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday afternoon without experiencing any lingering pain or discomfort in his troublesome right hip. He was not sore when he woke up Saturday morning and felt strong Sunday when he met with team doctors. So, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, he has…

  11. Frank Francisco still out with right elbow injury, could be shut down for rest of season

    Sep 23, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    frank francisco getty

    From Andy Martino of the New York Daily News comes word that Mets closer Frank Francisco will be “unavailable for at least several more days” and could be shut down for the remainder of the year due to ongoing concerns about his throwing elbow. Francisco hasn’t made an appearance since last Sunday and hasn’t converted a…

  12. Yadier Molina’s back is already feeling “way better”

    Sep 23, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    molina getty

    The news is surprisingly good for Yadier Molina. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the All-Star catcher woke up with no stiffness on Sunday morning after making an early exit from Saturday’s 5-4 victory over the Cubs. “I feel a lot better, way better,” Molina told Goold. “It’s spasms still a little bit,…

  13. Jacoby Ellsbury sitting for third straight game Sunday

    Sep 23, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

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    Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched from the Red Sox lineup Sunday against the Orioles after failing to make it through a pregame throwing session. This according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Ellsbury has now been sidelined for three consecutive games and the only thing Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has said about that injury…

  14. Roger Clemens won’t rule out comeback in 2013

    Sep 23, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    clemens getty

    Roger Clemens has shut himself down for the rest of 2012, but he hasn’t completely given up on the dream of one day returning to the major leagues. The 50-year-old right-hander will be in Kissimmee, Florida with the Astros next spring to fulfill his personal services contract and may be more than just a special instructor…

  15. 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…

  16. Coco Crisp out again Sunday with eye infection

    Sep 23, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    coco crisp getty

    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…

  17. 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…

  18. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 23, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    beltran getty

    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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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