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  1. Rangers to skip struggling Alexi Ogando in starting rotation

    Sep 3, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando is about to get a bit of a breather. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Rangers manager Ron Washington announced this afternoon that Scott Feldman will start in place of Ogando on Monday against the Rays. The struggling right-hander won’t make his next start until September 10 against the Athletics. Ogando was pulled…

  2. Pirates activate Derrek Lee from disabled list

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Be honest, you forgot Derrek Lee was on the Pirates. It’s a forgivable offense, as he only appeared in five games with his new team before being placed on the disabled list last month with a fractured left wrist. Anyway, Lee is back in the lineup for the Pirates this afternoon gainst the Cubs and…

  3. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos scouted Yu Darvish in Japan this week

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    We don’t know if the Nippon-Ham Fighters will post Yu Darvish this offseason, but many MLB teams are getting prepared for the possibility. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels scouted Darvish earlier this summer and Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he went to see the 24-year-old right-hander in person earlier…

  4. Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Sep 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    While Mark Teixeira will miss his second straight game with a right knee contusion, Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays. He’ll play third base and bat third against left-hander Ricky Romero. Rodriguez missed the previous six games due to a sprained left thumb. He received a cortisone shot…

  5. The Reds are still looking at Aroldis Chapman as a starting pitcher

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched exclusively in relief this season, but Reds pitching coach Bryan Price told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he still sees him as a starting pitcher in the long-term. “I can’t guarantee anything because it will be an organizational decision,” Price said. “However, I do think at some point he’s going…

  6. The greatness of Ivan Nova is yet to be fully appreciated

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Ivan Nova pitches to Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    It’s fair to say Ivan Nova is on pretty nice roll right now. He is 11-0 dating back to early June and 7-0 with a 3.45 ERA over seven starts since returning from the minor leagues at the end of July. This includes seven innings of two-run ball in a win over the Blue Jays…

  7. Ike Davis resumes baseball activities

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis isn’t expected to return this season, but he is making progress with his injured left ankle. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Davis resumed baseball activities yesterday at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He played catch, fielded grounders and hit off a tee and took soft tosses. Davis,…

  8. White Sox GM Kenny Williams has “heated exchange” with hitting coach Greg Walker

    Sep 3, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Kenny Williams

    All is not well in White Sox land. Amid a report last week that the relationship between Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen is “beyond repair,” Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the White Sox GM recently had a “heated exchange” with hitting coach Greg Walker. Williams told reporters last month that he…

  9. Red Sox reach 700 consecutive sellouts at Fenway Park

    Sep 3, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Fenway Park Getty

    The Red Sox had another sellout at Fenway Park for last night’s game against the Rangers, extending their MLB record to 700 consecutive regular season games dating back to May 13, 2003. The previous MLB record for sellouts was 455, set by the Indians from 1995-2001. The Red Sox surpassed that mark on September 8,…

  10. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 3, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Don’t count the Giants out just yet. Carlos Beltran went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and Matt Cain allowed two runs over eight innings as the Giants beat the first-place Diamondbacks 6-2 last night. The win snapped the Diamondbacks season-high nine-game winning streak and brought the Giants back to within five games in the National…

  11. Mariners activate Justin Smoak from disabled list

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Reuters Justin Smoak

    The Mariners announced earlier this evening that they have activated Justin Smoak from the disabled list. He’ll serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth tonight against the Athletics. Smoak has been sidelined since suffering a broken nose on a bad hop grounder while playing first base on August 12. He went 0-for-11 with three…

  12. Mike Rizzo not interested in Cubs’ GM job

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post is hearing that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is “definitely” on the Cubs’ wish list for their vacant general manager position. We’ve heard a ton of names surface as potential candidates since Jim Hendry was fired two weeks ago, so I’m beginning to think the Cubs just love everyone.…

  13. Alex Rodriguez hopes to return to starting lineup Saturday

    Sep 2, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Alex Rodriguez is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game tonight as he continues to rest his sprained right thumb, but believes he could be back as soon as tomorrow. According to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger, Rodriguez felt good after testing his thumb this afternoon by participating in live batting practice…

  14. Johan Santana to begin rehab assignment Saturday

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Five weeks after being shut down because of shoulder discomfort, Johan Santana will begin another rehab assignment Saturday with high-A St. Lucie. ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin reports that Santana will throw two innings or40 pitches in his first appearance back.  If things proceed well, then the chance exists that he’ll come off the DL and make…

  15. Livan Hernandez to spend September as coach/pinch-hitter

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Preferring to look at the team’s younger pitchers down the stretch, the Nationals informed Livan Hernandez today that he’d be removed from the rotation following his start Sunday against the Mets. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, manager Davey Johnson indicated that Hernandez would become a mentor/coach the rest of the way.  He won’t pitch out of…

  16. Note to Pirates management: your team’s fans deserve better

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Willie Stargell

    It’s September 2nd, yet the Pirates are playing with a 26-man roster.  Because they subtracted Matt Diaz on Wednesday and added only one hitter — and a lousy one at that in third catcher Jason Jaramillo — they’re still going with their usual 13 position players, even though they could have added several more yesterday if…

  17. Andrew McCutchen likely out several games with hand injury

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    mccutchen swinging getty

    Andrew McCutchen exited today’s game against the Cubs after being plunked on the left hand by a Ryan Dempster pitch. The good news is that doctors examined the injury and found no fractures, so he’s been diagnosed with a bone bruise. The bad news is that he’s all but ruled out for tomorrow’s game and…

  18. “Greatness of Jeter yet to be fully appreciated”

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    That’s the actual headline of Terrence Moore’s latest column over at MLB.com.  And it’s so timely too, because I was just telling some people how underrated and underappreciated Derek Jeter really is.  It’s high time someone pointed out that: He’s good at a lot of different things; He’s good in October; He’s a consummate professional…

  19. Al Alburquerque cleared to resume pitching after concussion

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    Al Alburquerque has been cleared to resume pitching and is expected to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment nearly a month after the Tigers reliever suffered a concussion when he was struck by a ball during batting practice. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Alburquerque will pitch Saturday at Triple-A and possibly again Monday, which…

  20. The Braves release Julio Lugo

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Julio Lugo

    This is the end. Beautiful friend. This is the end. My only friend, the end. Of Julio Lugo‘s elaborate plans, the end …. we’ll never look into his eyes again … At least I seriously doubt we will.  The Braves’ signing of Julio Lugo was weird and pointless enough and his performance during his time…

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