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  1. Charlie Manuel will be back, but Ryne Sandberg waits in the wings

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Jr Ryne Sandberg

    Jon Heyman has a news nugget in his latest column — Charlie Manuel will, in fact, be back at the helm in Philly next year — but I don’t think anyone ever doubted that.  If they did, the recent run has put any such thoughts to rest, or should have.  Say what you want about…

  2. Can collapsing Pirates avoid 20th straight losing season?

    Sep 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Last year the Pirates were tied for the NL Central lead with a 53-47 record on July 25 and then went 19-43 down the stretch, finishing in fourth place at 72-90 for their 19th consecutive losing season. This year Pittsburgh got off to an even better start with a 63-47 record through August 8, at…

  3. The Cardinals may alter their rotation to give Jaime Garcia more home starts

    Sep 11, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Jaime Garcia, Cameron Maybin

    Jaime Garcia has stunk on ice away from Busch Stadium this year — he’s 2-5 with a 6.19 ERA away from home and a 2-2 with a 2.63 in St. Louis — so Mike Matheny is thinking of doing something about it: Matheny said he would always “consider” changes to the rotation that could involve shifting Garcia…

  4. Ryan Vogelsong is falling apart, “not really happy about it”

    Sep 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Ryan Vogelsong was one of the most consistently excellent pitchers in baseball through the first four months of the season, throwing 143 innings with a league-leading 2.27 ERA through August 8 while allowing more than four runs zero times in 21 starts. Since then he’s been a mess and after another poor outing against the…

  5. Astros have started interviewing manager candidates

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tony DeFrancesco AP

    Astros owner Jim Crane took a break from answering Roger Clemens-related questions long enough to say that the team has narrowed down its list of managerial candidates and will interview 6-8 of them this week. So far interim manager Tony DeFrancesco is the only known candidate, as both Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow declined…

  6. Mike Trout is no MVP, Alfonso Soriano is — baseball columnists

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I know these are just two opinions from a couple of random dudes, but wowzers. First, Gary Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, who has a slide show — annoying, by the way — with his thoughts on MVP candidates. His comment on Mike Trout: The Angels are charging, but Trout is showing signs of…

  7. Reds worried about Aroldis Chapman’s diminished velocity, “fatigued” shoulder

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman was a mess last night, walking three of the five batters he faced after coming into a tie game in extra innings and being removed mid-inning for the first time all season. Within that ugly performance he threw 22 pitches and none of them topped 97 miles per hour while many of Chapman’s…

  8. A man attacked another fan in the bathroom at AT&T Park Sunday night

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    ATT Park

    Violence at the Giants-Dodgers game Sunday night: Christopher Torii Smith, 26, was arrested in connection with the attack, which was reported at 6:42 p.m. Sunday at the ballpark where the Giants were playing a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said. He allegedly approached the 21-year-old victim on Sunday…

  9. Shocker: Jeff Loria says success is just around the corner for the Marlins

    Sep 11, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria

    If you could gamble on anything, you could gamble on Jeff Loria, no matter how bad the Marlins’ prospects are, claiming that the team is on the verge of success. And it’s not really optimism. There’s always some note of menace to it, as though he’s sending signals to the people in his organization that,…

  10. Some are dubious of the Red Sox’ innocence in the waiver link thing

    Sep 11, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we learned about the MLB investigation of the leaks of the Red Sox players placed on waivers.  In the initial report, it was said that MLB does not suspect the Red Sox as being responsible for the leaks. Not everyone’s buying that. Like Rich Levine of CSNNE.com: Ha! Looks like Lucky Larry pulled a fast one…

  11. Bryce’s boffo belt-busting bellyflop

    Sep 11, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper Belt

    Sorry. Was just practicing in case I ever get a job writing for a gossip site. I mean a gossip site that isn’t specifically about baseball like HBT. Anyway: Harper made a diving attempt at an Andres Torres liner and tore his belt in two. The rookie casually walked over to the Washington bullpen and…

  12. Brandon Phillips accuses another player of racism

    Sep 11, 2012, 6:35 AM EDT

    brandon phillips getty

    UPDATE:  Peace has apparently been achieved. 6:35 AM: From the Twitter feed of Brandon Phillips after last night’s marathon game against the Pirates: #RealTalk… Not really surprised by what I heard come outta another player’s mouth tonite but DAMN… Still PISSED bout that $h¡+!! #Racism — Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) September 11, 2012 No names attached,…

  13. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 11, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Rios

    White Sox 6, Tigers 1: The offense continues to snooze. And the Tigers are getting so little respect that some clever wags out there are calling them the “Kittens.” That’s just sad, dude. Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham did most of the damage for the Sox. Phillies 3, Marlins 1: Fifth straight for Philly, as…

  14. The Royals remain deluded in their hopes for Luke Hochevar

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    Luke Hochevar has made $3.1 million while going 7-13 with a 5.36 ERA in 28 starts this season. One would think that increasing salary combined with his worst performance since 2009 would finally result in his departure at season’s end. However, GM Dayton Moore said the Royals have no intention of non-tendering Hochevar this winter.…

  15. Kittens come up short again in 6-1 loss to White Sox

    Sep 10, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

    Austin Jackson

    Going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position isn’t a recipe for success. Since sweeping the White Sox from Aug. 31-Sept. 2, the Tigers have been tamed at the plate: Sept. 3: Lost 2-3 vs. Clev Sept. 4: Lost 2-3 vs. Clev Sept. 5: Won 7-1 vs. Clev Sept. 7: Lost 2-3 at LAA Sept. 8:…

  16. Astros release Francisco Cordero and his 19.80 ERA

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    francisco cordero getty

    Francisco Cordero‘s disastrous stint with the Astros is officially over, as he was given his release by the club today. After being acquired from the Blue Jays in July as part of a 10-player deal, Cordero allowed 11 runs on 13 hits and four walks in five innings over six appearances. That’s a 19.80 ERA.…

  17. Roger Clemens says he will not pitch for the Astros this year

    Sep 10, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens AP

    UPDATE: So much for that. Roger Clemens told Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston tonight that he will not pitch for the Astros this season. While Astros owner Jim Crane didn’t rule out the possibility of Clemens making a start this month against a non-contending team, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner said he…

  18. Chris Carpenter nearing return from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

    Sep 10, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    AP Chris Carpenter

    When Chris Carpenter underwent surgery in mid-July to alleviate symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, it was assumed that he would miss the rest of the season. However, it’s now realistic that he could play a critical role for the Cardinals down the stretch. Carpenter threw around 70 pitches in a simulated game this afternoon in…

  19. Jered Weaver to rejoin Angels rotation on Thursday

    Sep 10, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver Getty

    Here’s some good news for the surging Angels. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange-County Register, Jered Weaver will rejoin the Angels’ rotation Thursday for the finale of a critical four-game series against the Athletics. Dan Haren will start the series opener tonight while Jerome Wiliams will make a spot start tomorrow and Ervin Santana…

  20. End of the line? Lance Berkman to undergo season-ending knee surgery Tuesday

    Sep 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    berkman ap

    UPDATE: According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny just announced that Berkman will undergo season-ending surgery on his knee tomorrow. It would be a darn shame to see him go out this way, but he has already hinted at retiring after this season. 10:15 AM: Lance Berkman‘s status for the…

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