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  1. The Mets are making Ike Davis a platoon player

    Sep 17, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis turned his season around in a big way after a horrible first two months — he’s hitting .261/.339/.549 with 22 homers and 59 RBI in 284 at-bats since June 12 — but the Mets have decided to close out the season with him on the bench and Lucas Duda at first base against…

  2. White Sox clip Tigers to open up three-game lead

    Sep 17, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Addison Reed

    It wasn’t exactly a classic duel, but the White Sox put themselves another game up in the AL Central by beating the Tigers 5-4 in Monday’s makeup game. The game’s decisive play took place in the fifth, when Dayan Viciedo hit a grounder to short with the bases loaded and one out. Jhonny Peralta decided…

  3. Yunel Escobar and the homophobic eye black

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    Because he’s bad at baseball,* Yunel Escobar has long been widely derided by fans of any team he’s played for.  But now there is a reason for the rest of us to loathe him. He’s quite possibly a homophobic jackass. Caught by Jays fan @james_in_to and featured over at the Drunk Jays Fan blog, pictures taken…

  4. Giancarlo Stanton out of Marlins lineup with sore right side

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton Getty

    Giancarlo Stanton was able to play Sunday after tweaking his right side during an at-bat Saturday, going 1-for-3 with two walks, but the Marlins right fielder is still sore enough that he’s out of the lineup tonight. Stanton told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he expects to be back in the lineup tomorrow, but Frisaro…

  5. The Tigers in a nutshell

    Sep 17, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    Infante Fielder Error

    The game is still going on — as I write this the White Sox are leading the Tigers 5-4 in the eighth — but a play that happened in the bottom of the fifth sums up the frustration of the Tigers season. Bases loaded, one out and Dayan Viciedo at the plate. Doug Fister, a…

  6. One-game play-in? How about starting with your closer?

    Sep 17, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    In a day and age in which managers dare not even use their best relief pitchers in relief situations while on the road because, oh heavens, that would be INSANE, it’s not likely anyone is going to go super radical with the staff to start a game. But Dave Cameron has a pretty wild suggestion…

  7. Evan Meek goes unclaimed on waivers, sent to Triple-A

    Sep 17, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Not only was Evan Meek designated for assignment last week by the Pirates just two years after being an All-Star, the 29-year-old reliever passed through waivers unclaimed. And it wasn’t because he has some kind of huge contract, because a) he’s only making $875,000 this year, and b) any team claiming him would only be…

  8. Sounds like Bud Selig will try to force some compromise on the A’s and Giants over San Jose

    Sep 17, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    Bill Shaikin has a story up from over the weekend about the State of the A’s.  The baseball state: good, obviously. The business state: nothing new, but we’re given the added color that some of the playoff tickets now on sale are going for $10.  Ten bucks for the playoffs. Mercy. Of course at the…

  9. Royals call up pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi for debut

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

    With their Triple-A team eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs the Royals have called up pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi for his first taste of the big leagues. Odorizzi was the Brewers’ first-round pick in 2007 and was traded to the Royals as part of the haul for Zack Greinke. He rated among Baseball America‘s…

  10. The Rangers signed Colby Lewis to a contract extension

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    colby lewis ap

    A few minutes ago the Texas Rangers announced that they signed Colby Lewis to a one-year extension. It has a $2 million base salary with incentives that could make it up to $6 million.  He made $3.25 million in 2012. Sounds like a win-win, inasmuch as Lewis was facing free agency apocalypse, what with his…

  11. Brian McCann won’t start “for at least a couple more days”

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Brian McCann has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since tweaking his right hamstring on September 12 and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves catcher won’t return to the starting lineup “for at least a couple of more days.” The good news is that he’s feeling better. The bad news is that McCann explained…

  12. Men predict free agent destinations, God says “hah!”

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Today Buster Olney speculates about where Josh Hamilton may wind up.  He runs through any number of teams, notes that there are either fit or payroll problems, and ultimately lands on the Tigers, noting that (a) they have a spot in left field for Hamilton: and (b) they have recently been something of a free…

  13. Anthony Rizzo has lived up to the hype for the Cubs

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    rizzo getty

    Anthony Rizzo hit .342 with a 1.101 OPS in 74 games at Triple-A this season after hitting .331 with a 1.056 OPS in 93 games at Triple-A last year, yet the Cubs took their sweet time calling him up. Rizzo finally arrived on June 26 and has hit .300 with 14 homers, 11 doubles, and…

  14. Alex Avila is out of today’s lineup

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Alex Avila

    The Tigers will be without their starting catcher today as Alex Avila is still apparently feeling the effects of his collision with Prince Fielder today — who wouldn’t be? — and is being held out of the Tigers-White Sox game. The good news: it appears to only be a sore jaw, not a concussion, meaning…

  15. Omar Vizquel, Babe Ruth, and the all-time hits list

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    billboard hits

    I’m sure Omar Vizquel fans will be angry about this comparison, but it’s not so much about him as it is me trying to point out the silliness behind acting as if “hits” are a good way to gauge someone’s overall ability as a hitter. Anyway, yesterday Vizquel notched his 2,871st and 2,872nd career hits,…

  16. Once again, we see baseball’s incessant Midwest bias

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    up_in_the_air_movie_poster_US_george_clooney_jason_reitman_01.jpg

    It is so typical of Major League Baseball. Favoring one group of teams over another. Over totally petty stuff. Like, you know, geography, when it comes to the 2013 schedule: None of the teams in the Central will travel more than 30,000 next season, while every other team in the league — save for the…

  17. Clayton Kershaw could miss the start of next season if he needs hip surgery

    Sep 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Clayton Kershaw was scratched from yesterday’s scheduled start with a hip injury and will be examined by a specialist tomorrow to determine if he needs surgery, leading Dodgers fans to worry that the reigning Cy Young winner might be lost for the remainder of the season. At this point, however, that might be the least…

  18. Rangers dump Scott Feldman from rotation for Martin Perez

    Sep 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Martin Perez

    Scott Feldman has been in and out of the Rangers’ rotation all season, but it looks like he’ll finish the year in the bullpen after a demotion there yesterday. Ron Washington decided to make a change after Feldman coughed up six runs in just 2.2 innings against the Mariners on Saturday, so the Rangers will…

  19. Busting the narratives: reverse pennant races

    Sep 17, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    backwards clock

    As Kierkegaard once said: “The baseball season can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”  Which is why narratives are created as the season goes on, assigning epic collapses to teams who play poorly late and inspirational surges to teams who play poorly early. Even if said teams — over the long haul…

  20. Police go undercover to stop underage binge drinking at Royals games

    Sep 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    royals beer mug

    Christine Vendel of the Kansas City Star writes that there was a whole lot of underage drinking going on in the parking lot before Royals games at Kauffman Stadium, so police decided to go undercover and crack down on it: Stadium security officers saw increasing groups of minors clutching alcohol in the parking lots. And…

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