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  1. The Nationals are dinger crazy

    Sep 6, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche

    The Nationals hit six home runs last night.  They also did it on Tuesday night.  That’s only the third time a team has hit six homers on consecutive nights ever. The previous two: the Angels did it against the Expos in 2003 and the Dodgers in Colorado in 1996. Caveat: the former did it in…

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

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    In addition to the box scores, I also watched Bill Clinton last night. No matter what your politics, I hope we can agree that Clinton makes everyone want to listen to their “Siamese Dream” cassette and drive around in their Chevy Cavalier, waiting for their pager to blow up.  Anyway: Nationals 9, Cubs 1: Gio…

  3. Brandon McCarthy is “conscious and doing well”

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

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    There’s finally an update on the status of A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who departed his start Wednesday against the Angels after taking a well-struck Erick Aybar line drive off the side of his head. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that McCarthy is still conscious and “doing well” at Summit Hospital in Oakland. He’s going to stay…

  4. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington had a talk with Bobby Valentine about his WEEI interview

    Sep 5, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine’s combative comments Wednesday afternoon on Boston sports radio station WEEI did not go unnoticed in the Red Sox front office. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington had a “brief discussion” with Valentine before Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners. Cherington didn’t describe to Cafardo what was said…

  5. Padres sign Chris Denorfia to two-year extension

    Sep 5, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres reached agreement Wednesday on a two-year extension with outfielder Chris Denorfia. He’ll get $2 million in 2013 and $2.25 million in ’14. Denorfia has posted a respectable .290/.346/.445 batting line with six home runs, 16 doubles and 30 RBI across 314 plate appearances this season for…

  6. Jeff Niemann given good news by Dr. James Andrews

    Sep 5, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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    Things might be looking up for Jeff Niemann. According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the right-hander received “good news” about his ailing throwing shoulder on Wednesday after paying a visit to joint specialist Dr. James Andrews. He should be allowed to resume throwing in a couple of weeks and could return before the end of the regular…

  7. Sore elbow puts Chad Billingsley on 60-day disabled list

    Sep 5, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley

    As of a couple of days ago, the Dodgers were holding out hope that Chad Billingsley might be able to contribute as a reliever later this month. That dream is now dead, as he was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday. Left-hander Steven Rodriguez, a 2012 second-round pick who was…

  8. R.A. Dickey defeats Cardinals, is first to 18 wins

    Sep 5, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    If R.A. Dickey had fallen back a bit in the NL Cy Young race with his little rough patch after the All-Star break, he’s pretty clearly the favorite again now. Dickey allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday to become the first major leaguer to reach 18 wins this season.…

  9. Joe Maddon pokes Bobby Valentine. And it’s kind of a cheap shot.

    Sep 5, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon Getty

    One of the subjects that came up in the instantly infamous Bobby Valentine interview today was the allegation that he was late to a game in Oakland last weekend, when he apparently showed up just after 4pm for a 7PM game. This led to Valentine defending himself over the charge, noting that he was picking…

  10. Brandon McCarthy hit in head by line drive, taken to hospital

    Sep 5, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Scary moment in the A’s-Angels game, as Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy was hit on the right side of his head by an Erick Aybar line drive. McCarthy immediately went down and his arms and legs seemed to go limp, but he remained conscious and sat up while talking to the training staff for several minutes…

  11. Roger Clemens to pitch to his son on Friday

    Sep 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    The Roger Clemens vanity tour continues: Roger Clemens confirms to FOX 26 Sports that when he pitches for the Skeeters on Friday in Sugar Land, his son Koby will be his catcher. Koby was released earlier this week by the Toronto Blue Jays organization so he could take part in this remarkable moment with his father. Since everyone’s…

  12. Jered Weaver’s sore shoulder examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum

    Sep 5, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver Getty

    Not only is Jered Weaver is expected to miss his scheduled Friday start with shoulder soreness, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels ace was examined this morning by Dr. Lewis Yocum. Normally “examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum” is enough to cause a panic, but in this case Weaver’s sore shoulder came from being…

  13. Andy Pettitte threw to live hitters and it was good

    Sep 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Sweeney Murti of WFAN reports that Andy Pettitte threw 15 pitches to hitters, today. His first action against live hitters in his comeback.  Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he was “excellent” and that Pettitte’s arm strength was where he expected it to be. Petttitte is on track to return to the Yankees’ rotation by…

  14. Tweet of the Day: Brent Lillibridge, underwear sage

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Indians utility man Brent Lillibridge dropped some deep thoughts via Twitter just now: Shout out to people who wear white underwear, you have some serious marbles walking that tight rope and wearing that beautiful blank canvas. — Brent Lillibridge (@BSLillibridge) September 5, 2012

  15. Bobby Valentine had a meltdown on the radio today

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Bobby Valentine was a guest on WEEI in Boston a few minutes ago and it is being described by some — not unfairly, I don’t think — as a “meltdown.” You can listen to the whole thing here or, alternatively, read the summary of it written up by Alex Speier: Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine,…

  16. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  17. Stat of the Day: Scoring double-digit runs in a game

    Sep 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    stat of the day

    I watched my beloved Twins bludgeon the White Sox for 18 runs last night and it got me thinking about teams scoring double-digit runs. For instance, this season the Twins rank fourth among all MLB teams in games with double-digit runs scored with 13, yet they rank just 13th in overall runs per game. Minnesota…

  18. San Jose is trying to sniff out Giants infiltration of an anti-A’s group

    Sep 5, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    Confused? You won’t be, after the next episode of Soap! While San Jose’s hopes for bringing the A’s baseball team to a downtown ballpark remain in limbo, the city is toughening its stance toward opponents of the move from Oakland … Last week the city filed for a court order allowing it to examine the organizational…

  19. Astros decide to use six-man rotation for remainder of year

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Following in the Marlins’ footsteps, the Astros have decided to go to a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season. Houston made the change in order to get rookie Dallas Keuchel regular starts down the stretch alongside Jordan Lyles, Fernando Abad, Lucas Harrell, Bud Norris, and Edgar Gonzalez. Interim manager Tony DeFrancesco told Zachary…

  20. How insurance plays a part in the Stephen Strasburg shutdown decision

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

    The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore is one of the best baseball writers around because, in addition to simply being a good writer and reporter, he’s smart and curious about the game and all that surrounds it. One of the reasons you don’t read a lot of cut-and-paste stories from him is that he thinks a…

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