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  1. Indians place Shin-Soo Choo on DL with oblique injury

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    For the most part it’s no longer necessary for teams to place injured players on the disabled list now that rosters have expanded for 25 to 40, as they’re free to call up extra players anyway. However, the Indians have put Shin-Soo Choo on the shelf with an oblique strain because a DL move allows…

  2. Theo Epstein says the only possible thing he can say about those Cubs rumors

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    If you’re Theo Epstein, there is absolutely no winning when it comes to answering questions about his job right now. Sure, the Cubs would love to have him. Anyone would.  But Epstein is running the Red Sox right now so if he even hints that he’s interested in the job, it’s going to be a…

  3. Dodgers decide not to trade 37-year-old impending free agent Jamey Carroll

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jamey Carroll is a 37-year-old impending free agent who won’t qualify for draft pick compensation and the Dodgers are 65-70, so it seemed like a no-brainer for them to trade him prior to last night’s deadline. And they tried, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, but ultimately failed to come to an…

  4. The Mets-David Einhorn deal is dead

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    We don’t have the details or the back story yet, but Richard Sandomir of the New York Times just tweeted that the deal in which David Einhorn was to purchase a minority share in the Mets is dead. This could cut a couple of different ways, really, but one distinct possibility is that Fred Wilpon…

  5. Man down! Ryan Braun wipes out going for inside-the-parker

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun crushed a ball into left-center field last night and Cardinals center fielder Allen Craig made an unsuccessful diving attempt on it, at which point Braun was off to the races. He turned on the jets after rounding first base and looked headed for a stand-up inside-the-park homer, but then lost his footing rounding…

  6. Ruh-roh: Jair Jurrjens is turning into a problem

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens was fantastic for the Braves in the first half, but since the All-Star break he has posted a 5.86 ERA in seven starts. His latest: getting knocked around by the Nats on Tuesday night. Mark Bowman of MLB.com takes a long look at Jurrjens in this article and observes that his velocity is…

  7. John Lackey fined for plunking Cervelli

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Appropos of that earlier post, Rob Bradford of WEEI is reporting that Red Sox pitcher John Lackey was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli on Tuesday night. I for one am shocked — shocked! — that Major League Baseball did not accept Lackey’s word that he wasn’t really trying to hit Cervelli.…

  8. Jack Hannahan had a big night

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jack Hannahan

    For those of you who missed it — which is probably all of you who aren’t (a) in the Greater Cleveland or Oakland areas; and (b) unemployed or an insomniac — Jack Hannahan had a big night in the Indians’ 16-inning win over the A’s. Hannahan went 3 for 7 with two solo home runs and…

  9. Josh Beckett: slow as molasses and no one seems to care

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    In addition to the maddening Curt Schilling-Nomar Garciaparra back-and-forth, another thing that made the Yankees-Red Sox game so damn hard to watch last night was its pace. Yes, I realize that’s an old complaint, but it’s still a valid one. These games are interminable and it really drives me nuts. It’s especially bad when Josh Beckett…

  10. Home run celebrating 101

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    My comment about the Yankees-Red Sox game in the recaps was a little grumpy this morning. But I should admit that I did at least learn something valuable watching the game.  I learned what is and what is not an acceptable form of celebration following a home run. Remember from Tuesday night’s game that this…

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

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:41 AM EDT

    Red Sox' Ortiz watches his two-run home run with Yankees' Cervelli during their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 9, Yankees 5: I was watching this game until Curt Schilling and Nomar Garciaparra started talking about intangibles and how so-and-so has them “off the charts.” Which, given that they’re INTANGIBLE, what freaking chart could possibly measure them?  And another thing: Schilling talked about the game changing, saying that Dustin Pedroia never would…

  12. Is this the end of the line for a true baseball character?

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:31 AM EDT

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    At the start of the season, I wrote a series of stories on the difficulties of making it to – and staying in – the major leagues. One of those players was 35-year-old catcher Corky Miller, a classic baseball vagabond currently in the Cincinnati Reds system who has played for 14 teams, including five major…

  13. Red Sox land Conor Jackson in last minute waiver trade

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

    conor jackson getty wide

    This one went down right at the midnight deadline. Or maybe even after. But we’re not ones to tattle. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the Red Sox have sent right-handed relief prospect Jason Rice to the A’s for outfield-first baseman Conor Jackson. Jackson, 29, has batted just .249/.315/.342 with four home runs and 38…

  14. Craig Kimbrel notches 41st save, sets MLB rookie record

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Congratulations are in order for Craig Kimbrel. According to beat writer Chris Cox of MLB.com, the hard-throwing rookie closer recorded his 41st save of the season in Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the Nationals, setting a major league rookie record. Rangers closer Neftali Feliz tallied 40 saves in 2010 as a rookie. Kazuhiro Sasaki, who…

  15. Braves acquire Jack Wilson from Mariners for PTBNL

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    jack wilson fields getty

    In case you haven’t noticed, waiver trades aren’t nearly as interesting or exciting as their counterparts that take place in mid-to-late July. Exhibit A: According to the Mariners’ official Twitter feed, veteran infielder Jack Wilson was dealt to the Braves late Thursday for a player to be named later. Wilson has hit just .249/.283/.295 in…

  16. Grady Sizemore goes 0-for-3 in rehab debut at Double-A

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout and two groundouts Wednesday in his first minor league rehab game since undergoing surgery in late July to repair a sports hernia. This according to Zack Meisel, associate reporter with MLB.com. Sizemore batted leadoff and served as Double-A Akron’s designated hitter. He will begin seeing…

  17. Reds promoting top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Reds are planning to add several fresh faces Thursday when major league rosters expand, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Chief among those September callups will be catching prospect Devin Mesoraco. A 23-year-old from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (yes, home of the famous groundhog), Mesoraco has posted an impressive .289/.371/.484 batting line with 36 doubles, 15 home…

  18. Travis Hafner could return to Tribe in late September

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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    “Pronk” has not been shut down. Yet. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner got encouraging news about his strained right foot Wednesday after paying a visit to an “out-of-state” specialist who usually treats NFL players. Hafner is still required to wear a protective walking boot, but recent…

  19. Cards approached Lance Berkman in July about extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals drew phone calls from at least one contending team earlier this week when right fielder Lance Berkman passed through waivers unclaimed and became eligible to be traded to any major league club. But Berkman hasn’t been dealt, and won’t be dealt, because the Redbirds are hoping to make him part of their plans…

  20. Mariners sign GM Jack Zduriencik to multi-year extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Jack Zduriencik

    According to Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle, the Mariners have signed general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year contract extension. The Mariners finished 40 games under .500 last season and sit 20 games under .500 here in 2011, but Zduriencik is widely regarded as one of baseball’s most forward-thinking executives and Seattle’s…

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