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

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:01 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 7, Royals 0:  Guillermo Moscoso took a no-hitter into the eighth inning . He allowed only two hits in all in eight and two-thirds and, between his last start against the Mariners and this one against the Royals, retired 30 batters in a row. Heck, if a hitting streak can stretch between two seasons, I’d…

  2. Nyjer Morgan calls Albert Pujols a “she” in postgame tweets

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:23 AM EDT

    morgan ap

    We had a benches-clearing incident Wednesday in St. Louis between the Brewers and Cardinals. The way Nyjer Morgan tells it, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter incited the whole thing when he screamed “f@&k you” following a ninth-inning strikeout. The Brewers center fielder responded in kind, hurling a number of his own choice words out to the…

  3. Bill Buckner earns redemption, and some laughs along the way

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

    Bill Buckner will always be remembered for that one moment in the 1986 World Series. You know the one. He’s been tormented by the play for years, and for the most part has avoided talking about it. Who would have thought that Larry David, a New York Yankees fan, would come and make everything right?…

  4. Astros’ potential move to American League playing a role in Jim Crane’s approval status

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Drayton McLane, Jim Crane

    We’ve heard multiple theories as to why exactly Houston businessman Jim Crane has not been approved as the new owner of the Astros. Forbes magazine called him “controversial,” he had an ugly divorce back in 2000, his businesses have been taken to court 130 times over the past 15 years. Maury Brown of The Biz…

  5. Cardinals setup man Eduardo Sanchez nearing return

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    eduardo sanchez getty pose

    It’s been a few months since we’ve checked in on Eduardo Sanchez, the hard-throwing St. Louis setup man who posted a 1.88 ERA and struck out 33 batters over his first 28 2/3 major league innings. Sanchez has been sidelined since mid-June with an injured right shoulder, but he should be back in the Cards’…

  6. Brian Wilson “airs it out” in 22-pitch bullpen session

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    brian wilson in dugout

    From beat writer Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News comes word that Giants closer Brian Wilson “aired it out” during a 22-pitch bullpen session Wednesday afternoon in San Diego. Wilson, on the disabled list since mid-August due to right elbow inflammation, reported no lingering pain or discomfort in any part of his pitching…

  7. Mike Stanton remains sidelined due to hamstring tightness

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    stanton with trainer getty

    Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton tweaked his right hamstring Saturday when he tumbled near the first base bag while trying to leg out an infield single. He has made just one pinch-hit appearance since, and is not in Florida’s starting lineup for Wednesday night’s series finale against the Mets. But the young slugger should be…

  8. Tommy Hanson could throw first bullpen session Friday

    Sep 7, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    hanson delivery

    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the first week of August due to a fatigued throwing shoulder. But he is making steady progress and could be ready for the final week or two of the regular season. According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the 25-year-old ace felt “really good” after…

  9. Phillies’ protest of Sunday’s loss to the Marlins denied

    Sep 7, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel, Joe West

    As expected. The Phillies’ protest of Sunday’s 14-inning loss to the Marlins over what appeared to be the improper use of replay on a fan interference call has been denied. Major League Baseball made the announcement after the play was reviewed by Joe Torre, the executive vice president for baseball operations. The Phillies protested after Hunter Pence was ruled out…

  10. Nightengale details the Albert Pujols negotiations

    Sep 7, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale has an excellent article on what’s happened to date and what’s still to come in Albert Pujols‘ contract negotiations with the Cardinals.  A couple of the highlights: – Two sources told Nightengale that the Cards’ offer to Pujols last winter was for $195 million over nine years, not the $220 million-$230 million originally…

  11. UPDATE: Nationals get their rainout anyway

    Sep 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals

    6:00 p.m. EDT update: Mother nature overruled MLB. Tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Nationals in D.C. is again off, the Nationals announced.  A split doubleheader will be played Thursday. Both teams had agreed to call it off hours ago, but MLB intervened and insisted that the Nationals wait before calling it.  With the forecast…

  12. Oakland’s Guillermo Moscoso loses no-hitter in eighth

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Guillermo Moscoso

    5:53 p.m. EDT update: No no-no this afternoon.  Moscoso got Jeff Francoeur to line out and struck out Mitch Maier to begin the eighth, but Royals catcher Salvador Perez battled back after an 0-2 count and singled with two outs to break up the bid. Moscoso retired Mike Moustakas afterwards, and he may still get a…

  13. Platinum Sombrero! Chris Davis is first player to strike out five times this season

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    If you had to pick which player would be the first to strike out five times in a game this season “someone on the Orioles” would be a pretty good guess. Mark Reynolds led the league with more than 200 strikeouts in each of the past three seasons and leads the AL with 170 this…

  14. Rays get 1,000th victory on Desmond Jennings’ walkoff homer

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings

    Rookie outfielder Desmond Jennings entered his at-bat in the 10th inning Wednesday in a 4-for-38 slump that dropped his average from .354 to .298.  He promptly pounded the very first pitch he saw over the wall in left to give the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Rangers. The Rays managed to take two out…

  15. Terry Francona on J.D. Drew’s return date: “We don’t know”

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    J.D. Drew was supposed to come off the disabled list when rosters expanded on September 1, but instead he sprained his finger while on a minor-league rehab assignment for a shoulder injury. While doing a radio interview on WEEI this afternoon Terry Francona was asked about Drew’s return timetable and replied: We don’t know. He…

  16. Justin Verlander wins 10th straight start, 22nd overall

    Sep 7, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez

    Despite giving up a pair of two-run homers to Shelley Duncan in his six innings of work, Justin Verlander improved to 22-5 by beating the Indians in Detroit’s 8-6 victory on Wednesday. The win was Verlander’s 10th in 10 starts.  It’s the longest such streak with no losses or no decisions since Arizona’s Brandon Webb…

  17. Tweet of the Day: Hunter Pence pimps out John Mayberry Jr.

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence apparently read today’s New York Post story about John Mayberry Jr.’s agents trying to get him a date with model/actress Antoinette Nikprelaj. That probably isn’t going to work out because she’s married with a kid and the e-mail Mayberry’s agents sent out was cringe-inducing, so Pence is trying to help him move on:

  18. Victor Martinez has a chance to do something rare

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez‘s seventh-inning grand slam Wednesday gave him 89 RBI with just 10 homers this year.  He’s suddenly picked up the homer pace with two in his last three games, but he still has a good chance to become the first player since Jeff Cirillo in 2000 to drive in 100 runs with 12 or…

  19. Stephen Strasburg’s fastball averaged 96 mph last night

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg was dominant last night in his first start since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery almost exactly 12 months ago, shutting out the Dodgers for five innings. Strasburg averaged 96.7 miles per hour on his four-seam fastball and 95.1 mph on his two-seam fastball, which is pretty amazing considering that Justin Verlander leads all…

  20. Angels outfielder Mike Trout named Baseball America’s minor league player of the year

    Sep 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout appears to be in the majors to stay, but today Baseball America named the 20-year-old Angels outfielder their minor league player of the year. Trout ranked second to Bryce Harper’s on Baseball America‘s preseason prospect ranking and had a spectacular year at Double-A, batting .326 with 11 homers, 42 total extra-base hits, 45…

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