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  1. Matt Holliday back in Cardinals’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    The Cardinals’ playoff chances are quickly fading, but Matt Holliday is back in the starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs. However, while Holliday has primarily batted fourth this season, he’ll bat fifth today against right-hander Rodrigo Lopez. Lance Berkman, who is batting .389 this month and holds an 11-game hitting streak, will stay in…

  2. Lucas Duda likely to miss rest of season with possible concussion

    Sep 24, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Lucas Duda

    Bad news for one of the most productive rookies in the National League. Lucas Duda crashed into the right field wall while trying to track down a fly ball hit by Albert Pujols during Wednesday’s game. While it looked like a fairly innocuous play at the time, the rookie outfielder left the game with dizziness…

  3. Report: Ruling close on $1 billion lawsuit against the Wilpons and Saul Katz

    Sep 24, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff is expected to issue a ruling as soon as Monday on whether to toss all or part of a $1 billion lawsuit against the owners of the Mets. Trustee Irving Picard is suing the Wilpons and Saul Katz in an attempt…

  4. Report: MLB likely to add Wild Card, implement one-game playoff

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    The MLB playoff system is about to get an overhaul. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that with negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement moving at a fast pace, the two sides have “all but agreed” to add one Wild Card team in each league. Under this scenario, one-game playoffs will be held…

  5. Braves top Nationals, extend Wild Card lead to three games

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    The Braves aren’t out of the woods yet, but they are inching closer to winning the NL Wild Card. Behind a three-run first inning against Stephen Strasburg, the Braves topped the Nationals 7-4 last night. The Cardinals lost to the Cubs 5-1, so the Braves now lead the National League Wild Card by three games…

  6. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Ryan Braun had himself a pretty good night last night, but Matt Kemp is still going strong. Bolstering his case for National League MVP, Kemp went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in last night’s 2-0 win over the Padres. The home run was his 37th of the season, tying him with Albert Pujols for…

  7. Rangers repeat as American League West champs

    Sep 24, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre

    Three teams clinch their divisions in the very same night? Now this is fun. Thanks to a win over the Mariners and a little help from the Athletics, the Rangers are American League West champions for the second straight season. They defeated the Mariners 5-3 earlier in the evening, but the ginger ale didn’t flow…

  8. Diamondbacks beat Giants, clinch National League West

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:43 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I hope you’re enjoying clinch night, everyone. The Diamondbacks were already assured of at least a tie for the division crown entering tonight’s action, but they just clinched the National League West with a 3-1 win over the Giants. This is the fifth division title in their 14-year history and their first since 2007. The…

  9. Brewers clinch first division title since 1982

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT

    Ryan Braunm, Prince Fielder

    The National League Central is all wrapped up, folks. In a pretty cool scene at Miller Park, the Brewers and their fans just watched the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-1. Combined with a 4-1 win over the Marlins only moments earlier, the Brewers have clinched their first division title since they won the American League…

  10. Rays lose to Blue Jays, fall 2 1/2 back in AL Wild Card

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    David Price AP

    The clock is ticking on the Rays. Unable to solve Brandon Morrow, the Rays lost 5-1 to the Blue Jays tonight to fall 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race. Morrow was completely dominant, allowing just two hits over seven shutout innings while walking four and striking out…

  11. Indians to honor Jim Thome with statue

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    There was some bitterness when Jim Thome bolted for Philadelphia following the 2002 season, but it hasn’t taken long for him to be embraced in his second act with Cleveland. According to the Associated Press, the Indians announced plans before tonight’s game to honor Thome by erecting a bronze statue of his likeness in Heritage Park…

  12. Matt Holliday expects to return to lineup Saturday

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals’ playoff chances took a serious hit with a heartbreaking loss to the Mets yesterday, but they are about to get a much-needed boost for the home stretch. After taking batting practice prior to tonight’s game against the Cubs, Matt Holliday told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest that he expects to return to…

  13. Red Sox-Yankees rained out, to play split-doubleheader Sunday

    Sep 23, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    Well, at least the Red Sox won’t lose tonight. According to the Associated Press, tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Yankees has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make it up as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday. The regularly scheduled game will start at 1 p.m. ET while the nightcap…

  14. Theo Epstein says he and Terry Francona are on the same page

    Sep 23, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Terry Francona

    Peter Gammons begs to differ, based on some comments he made Thursday, but Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said Friday that all is well between him and manager Terry Francona. “There is no disconnect between me and Tito,” Epstein was quoted as saying by the Boston Herald. “I think anyone who’s been around the club…

  15. Braves get bad news on Tommy Hanson, Peter Moylan

    Sep 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    It looks like Tommy Hanson and Peter Moylan will join Jair Jurrjens on the sidelines if the Braves are able to hold on to their wild card lead and advance to the NLDS. Hanson, out since early August with a small tear in his rotator cuff, felt pain in his shoulder blade while working in…

  16. MLB asks bankruptcy court to order sale of Dodgers

    Sep 23, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    According to the Los Angeles Times, MLB on Friday asked a federal bankruptcy judge to order the sale of the Dodgers. Bill Shaikin has the entire rundown. The Dodgers have been trying to get the court to approve an auction of its television rights, which would presumably provide Frank McCourt with the money necessary to…

  17. Walt Jocketty stays, but it’s time for Dusty Baker to go

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Sure, they’ve dealt with some injuries, but the 2011 Reds have most certainly underachieved.  Playing in what’s arguably baseball’s weakest division, Cincinnati is likely to finish with a sub-.500 record for the third time in four years under Dusty Baker.  Baker is currently 319-323 at the helm of the Reds.  It gives him the same…

  18. Diamondbacks get Mike Zagurski from Phillies for PTBNL

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Zagurski_Mike

    Mike Zagurski has posted some excellent numbers in the minors, but the Phillies have been hesitant to give the 28-year-old reliever an extended opportunity and have now traded him to the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash. Zagurski has appeared in just 12 games for the Phillies during the past two…

  19. Denard Span rear-ends teammate driving to airport, re-triggers concussion symptoms

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    stop tailgaiting

    Denard Span rejoined the Twins’ lineup Wednesday after missing most of the past four months with a concussion, but he didn’t play in yesterday’s game and Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he re-triggered some of the post-concussion symptoms by rear-ending teammate Danny Valencia while driving to the airport. Seriously: Span was following Valencia from…

  20. Red Sox go with John Lackey for Sunday start in New York

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    lackey face

    The thought of starting John Lackey on Sunday against the Yankees scared the Red Sox so much that they reportedly tried to get Chris Capuano from the Mets for some cash, but that didn’t work out and now they’re turning back to Lackey. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Lackey will indeed face…

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