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  1. Dodgers can’t get it together in the NL wild card mess

    Sep 13, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Braves just lost three straight to the Brewers, yet hardly missed a beat in what’s been an ugly week in the NL wild card race. With the Dodgers getting swept in their brief two-game series against the Diamondbacks, the National League division winners appear set in stone. Nationals: 89-64 – 8 1/2-game lead Reds…

  2. Albert Pujols hits milestone homer; Angels lose again

    Sep 13, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Don’t blame Albert Pujols; baseball’s best player over the last decade went 2-for-4 and hit his 30th homer Wednesday, yet the Angels lost their third straight to the A’s by a 4-1 score. Pujols’ homer was his 30th of the season. He’s reached that mark all 12 seasons of his career, tying him with Jimmie…

  3. Derek Jeter exits Red Sox game with bone bruise in ankle

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter injured

    Busting it down the line trying to beat out a double-play ball, Derek Jeter suffered a bone bruise in his left ankle when he hit the bag awkwardly in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox. Jeter was clearly in some pain and he was attended to after initially trying to make…

  4. Yankees, Orioles eek out one-run wins to preserve AL East tie

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    The Orioles got a walkoff win over the Rays in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday, and the Yankees held on against the Red Sox to keep pace in the AL East. Baltimore won 3-2 on a Nate McLouth “single” off the right field wall that scored Manny Machado with one out in the ninth,…

  5. Astros reliever Mickey Storey leaves after taking liner to face

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:56 PM EDT

    Mickey Storey

    11:15 p.m. EDT update: The Astros are reporting that Storey suffered contusions to the right jaw and right hand. If that’s the extent of the damage, then it’s great news. /// There was a scary incident in Houston tonight, as Astros right-hander Mickey Storey took a liner to the side of his face and left…

  6. John Lannan replaces Strasburg, combines on shutout

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

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    John Lannan’s return to Washington’s rotation was a very good one, as he pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday and combined with five relievers on a 2-0 shutout of the Mets. Tonight was supposed to be Stephen Strasburg‘s final start of the season, but he was shut down five days early after struggling against the…

  7. Adrian Beltre departs game vs. Indians with strained left shoulder, will undergo MRI

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Some potentially awful news here for the Rangers. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, third baseman Adrian Beltre was lifted in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Indians after feeling ¬†discomfort in his left shoulder following a stellar defensive play at the hot corner in the second. Beltre dove hard to his…

  8. Cardinals fall again as Padres complete sweep in San Diego

    Sep 12, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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    Kyle Lohse tallied a season-high eight strikeouts over six strong innings, but the Redbirds’ offense continued its prolonged slump on Wednesday in San Diego as the Padres completed a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions. Matt Holliday finished 0-for-4 and is now batting just .204 over his past 14 games. Yadier Molina went…

  9. Adam Dunn’s right oblique is not making much progress

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

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    White Sox manager Robin Ventura suggested to reporters after Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Tigers that designated hitter Adam Dunn might be ready to return to the starting lineup Wednesday evening. But Dunn failed to make it through batting practice on Wednesday afternoon, according to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, and has experienced little to…

  10. Andy Pettitte thinks he’s ready to rejoin the Yankees rotation

    Sep 12, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    After throwing 55 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, Andy Pettitte, who has missed 2 1/2 months with a fractured ankle, said he’s ready to start for the Yankees next week. “I did everything I needed to do. I felt good. It’s another step,” he said. “They felt like my stuff was great. I just…

  11. Marlins play dead as Phillies complete three-game sweep

    Sep 12, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Is anyone involved with the Marlins even trying anymore? Ownership isn’t. The team played with just 12 position players today, even though the it’s September and rosters can be expanded to 40. Ozzie Guillen isn’t. Perhaps in protest of the limited roster he’s getting to work with, he just went three straight games without pinch-hitting…

  12. Blue Jays GM says three spots open in 2013 lineup

    Sep 12, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Alex Anthopoulos is looking ahead to 2013 and says six spots in his lineup are already spoken for

  13. Ivan Nova in, Freddy Garcia out of Yankee rotation

    Sep 12, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    It’s back to mop-up duty for Freddy Garcia. The Yankees’ 35-year-old right-hander, who was initially bounced from the rotation at the end of April, is returning to the pen now to make room for Ivan Nova. Nova, who is recovering from rotator cuff inflammation, will face the Rays on Saturday. He last pitched on Aug.…

  14. Must-click link: Rany Jazayerli on the last 20 years of pitcher abuse

    Sep 12, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Well, OK, the Grantland article is actually titled “A National Mistake” and the beginning and end discusses how the Nats were wrong to shut down Stephen Strasburg this month. Personally, I found the middle more interesting, as Rany Jazayerli, who invented Pitcher Abuse Points for Baseball Prospectus back in 1998, presents a lengthy rundown of…

  15. Denard Span returns from disabled list, leads off for Twins

    Sep 12, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins’ lineup for the second straight game with back spasms, but Denard Span is off the disabled list and back in Minnesota’s leadoff spot for the first time since August 27. Span has played just four of the Twins’ last 28 games due to a shoulder injury suffered on…

  16. Francisco Liriano is out of the White Sox rotation for now

    Sep 12, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    When the White Sox bumped Francisco Liriano from his start tonight in favor of Gavin Floyd, it was supposed to be a two-day move, with Liriano possibly pitching out of the pen against the Tigers and then starting Friday against the Twins. That plan is out the window now. The White Sox announced that they’d…

  17. Bobby Valentine brings boxing gloves to radio show, plans to manage Red Sox in 2013 “and beyond”

    Sep 12, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Last week Bobby Valentine made headlines for saying he wanted to punch WEEI radio host Glenn Ordway following what the Red Sox manager thought was an obnoxious question. Valentine was back on WEEI and Ordway’s show this afternoon and jokingly brought boxing gloves to the studio. In addition to proving (or at least attempting to…

  18. Dee Gordon back with Dodgers, but mostly as pinch-runner

    Sep 12, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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    Dee Gordon was the Dodgers’ starting shortstop from Opening Day through early July, when a torn thumb ligament sent him to the disabled list. While he was out Los Angeles traded for Hanley Ramirez, leaving Gordon without a job now that he’s finally healthy. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list yesterday, but manager…

  19. Manny Ramirez now more about God than baseball

    Sep 12, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    It’s been all quiet on the Manny front since the slugger asked for his release from a minor league contract with the A’s in June. Rather than trying to find another job, he took his bat and went home to Florida, and he’s been pretty much unheard from since. USA TODAY’s Jorge L. Ortiz managed…

  20. Highlights from the 2013 MLB schedule

    Sep 12, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

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    MLB released its 2013 schedule with a couple of surprises today. One nice one: a scheduled doubleheader between the Rangers and Diamondbacks on Memorial Day (May 27). As expected, Opening Day will revert back to Monday next year after midweek openers the last two seasons. There are currently 12 games slated for April 1, including…

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