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  1. Lance Berkman hasn’t ruled out playing again this season

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    When it comes to the Cardinals and season-ending surgeries apparently “season-ending” doesn’t actually mean much of anything. Chris Carpenter is set to return tomorrow from what was supposed to be “season-ending” surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and now Lance Berkman is thinking about possibly returning from “season-ending” knee surgery. And in Berkman’s case he went…

  2. Elliot Johnson played catch with fans in the parking lot

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Yankees Rays Baseball

    Just got an email from reader Chris Bell, relating a cool story about Rays infielder Elliot Johnson, bro: Prior to the Rays game last night, I was with a few buddies tailgating in the parking lot.  Out of the blue I posted a tweet to Elliot Johnson that I was in the lot, and to…

  3. Jeff Kent plays through pain on “Survivor” season premiere

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Survivor Smacked Me In The Chops

    OK, so I watched former MVP and longtime MLB second baseman Jeff Kent on the season premiere of “Survivor” last night and now I’m going to share a few details with you so I don’t feel completely silly about those 90 minutes of my life. • Kent injured his knee before the first commercial break,…

  4. Blue Jays president: “I’m pissed off”

    Sep 20, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

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    The Blue Jays and their fans have, for years, lamented the fact that in the stacked and moneyed AL East, no team besides Boston and New York stood a chance. Well, first Tampa Bay put lie to that notion and this year the Orioles and the second wild card are doing that same. So tell us,…

  5. You’ll be shocked to hear that Jim Leyland prefers Miguel Cabrera in the MVP race

    Sep 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    File this under: “Well, duh, of course he’s going to say that, and in his place you’d say the same thing,” but Jim Leyland’s rationale for thinking Miguel Cabrera is the MVP over Mike Trout is interesting. And yes, that “player you’re talking about” is Trout: “Well, I’m gonna answer that this way,” Leyland said.…

  6. Dusty Baker hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker went to the hospital before yesterday’s Cubs-Reds game, thinking he may have had pneumonia or something. Turned out to be something else: an irregular heartbeat.  Baker was hospitalized overnight and will have precautionary tests. After the game Brandon Phillips had this to say about Baker’s absence: “I had to worry about my daddy,” Phillips said.…

  7. MLB nearing a deal to extend TV deals with Fox, TBS through 2021

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    ESPN has already singed an extension on its TV deal and now Fox and TBS are lining up to do the same: Under the deals, which are likely to be announced before the postseason, Fox will retain rights to the World Series and to a league championship series every year, the person said, speaking on…

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

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    Braves 3, Marlins 0:  Kris Medlen continues his astounding second half, shutting out the Marlins for eight innings. The Braves have won his last 21 starts, which is the most any team has won any one pitcher’s starts since the Yankees and Whitey Ford from 1950-53. Is there any doubt who will be starting the…

  9. Andrew Cashner shut down for the season

    Sep 19, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

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    Padres starter Andrew Cashner was shelled for six earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings last week against a weak Rockies lineup. He did not look right. And he apparently wasn’t feeling right either. From the San Diego Union-Tribune comes word that Cashner has experienced more problems with his troublesome right lat muscle and is…

  10. Brett Anderson pulled from start with right oblique strain

    Sep 19, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT

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    Unfortunate bit of news here for the Athletics. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, left-hander Brett Anderson was lifted in the third inning of his start Wednesday night against the Tigers after straining his right oblique while delivering a pitch. Oblique injuries often take more than two weeks to recover from and they’re typically prone…

  11. Aroldis Chapman throws successful bullpen session

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was shut down last Tuesday after complaining of shoulder fatigue and hasn’t pitched since. But his return is imminent. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the hard-throwing lefty tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field without experiencing any problems with his shoulder. “It went real…

  12. Terry Francona a possibility for Tigers? Indians?

    Sep 19, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    That’s the speculation from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. While Terry Francona likes his ESPN gig, he’s expected to consider returning to the dugout as some team’s manager next year. The problem right now is that there don’t project to be many openings. Houston, obviously, but Francona probably isn’t a fit for what will surely…

  13. Drug pioneer Mike Jacobs returns to majors with Arizona

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

    Mike Jacobs

    Mike Jacobs, the first athlete in North American pro sports to be suspended for failing an hGH test, is back in the majors for the first time since 2010 after being called up by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Jacobs, 31, served a 50-game suspension last year after testing positive for human growth hormone while playing…

  14. David Robertson’s woes a worry for Yankees

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    David Robertson

    With Rafael Soriano and left fielder Ichiro Suzuki combining to bail him out of an eighth-inning jam, David Robertson didn’t take his fourth loss in his last 10 appearances today in the first game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays.  He came pretty close, though. Robertson gave up hits to four of the six…

  15. Game Over: Eric Gagne is France’s pitching coach in World Baseball Classic

    Sep 19, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Barry Larkin has signed on to be Brazil’s manager for the World Baseball Classic and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has news of another big name taking a WBC gig: Eric Gagne will be France’s pitching coach (he’s a French-Canadian from Montreal). My first reaction was to be amused, but that only lasted…

  16. Sorry folks, Melky Cabrera is still likely to be the NL batting champ

    Sep 19, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Bud Selig spoke to the press today and he dashed any hope that he’d cave in to the oh-my-stars-and-garters crowd when it comes to Melky Cabrera and the batting title.  If he wins it, he’s gonna be the batting champ and those who find this scandalous will just have to make sure their fainting couches…

  17. Being a San Francisco Giants fan could be costly for 49ers quarterback Alex Smith

    Sep 19, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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    49ers quarterback Alex Smith often wears a Giants hat to his post-game press conferences, showing support for another San Francisco team, but Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the NFL has threatened to fine him $15,000 if he keeps doing it: The reason: A Giants cap constitutes non-sponsored gear, and players must…

  18. Quote of the Day: Brandon Phillips “Honestly, I’ve been too busy winning”

    Sep 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips about the NL Gold Glove award.  Which Phillips has won for two straight seasons and for three of the past four.  Mr. Phillips, Mooney asks, what say you about Darwin Barney‘s errorless streak? Does he pose a threat to you? “Honestly, I don’t even…

  19. Travis Hafner returns from DL, rejoins Indians lineup

    Sep 19, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Acta wasn’t kidding about Hafner returning this week. He’s in tonight’s lineup, batting sixth for the Indians. ========== Travis Hafner has been out since August 5 with a back injury and has been limited to just 60 games this year, but manager Manny Acta said yesterday that he’s “optimistic” the 35-year-old designated hitter will…

  20. Andy Pettitte tosses five shutout innings in return from broken ankle

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Making his first start since suffering a broken ankle on June 27, Andy Pettitte returned to the Yankees’ rotation this afternoon with five shutout innings against the Blue Jays. Pettitte cruised through Toronto’s lineup, allowing just four singles and two walks while needing 75 pitches to record 15 outs. He struck out three. And with…

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