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  1. Hanley Ramirez undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    hanley behind getty

    As expected, Hanley Ramirez underwent season-ending surgery Thursday on his right shoulder. The operation, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida, was termed an “open repair” and deemed an initial success. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Ramirez is expected to be fully recovered by the start of the 2012 season.…

  2. Nelson Cruz aiming to return to lineup this weekend

    Sep 15, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    cruz wide ap

    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was activated from the 15-day disabled list back on Tuesday, but he hasn’t started a game for Texas since and that isn’t expected to change until Saturday or Sunday. This according to Randy Jennings of ESPN Dallas. Cruz was on the disabled list for just over two weeks with a hamstring…

  3. Can we not do this whole Logan Morrison-for-Ozzie Guillen thing, please?

    Sep 15, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Here we go again… SI.com’s Jon Heyman: if im reinsdorf im offering ozzie for logan morrison. over-rated, contract-obsessed manager for promising OF. good deal ESPN Radio clown Jim Bowden: Logan Morrison files a grievance against the Marlins…does this help set the path for a Morrison for Ozzie Guillen trade? The funny thing is that if the Marlins…

  4. The Royals have decided to baby Luke Hochevar

    Sep 15, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    Luke Hochevar is far from the kind of 22-year-old hotshot starting pitcher teams typically shut down in September.  He actually turned 28 today, and he’s currently sporting a 5.29 ERA in 96 big-league starts (and four relief appearances).  Nevertheless, the Royals have decided to have him hang it up for the season because of concerns…

  5. Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz in lineup as Rays-Red Sox showdown begins

    Sep 15, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz

    Adrian Gonzalez, who exited Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays with a calf injury after homering, is starting at first base and batting third as the Rays and Red Sox begin a crucial four-game series at Fenway Park on Thursday night. The Red Sox lead the Rays by four games in the wild card race.…

  6. City of Detroit says no to people who want to do cool thing for kids

    Sep 15, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    tiger stadium

    Manipulative headline? Involving something to which I have an emotional connection? Moi?  Why, I never.  But decide for yourself: Chevrolet employees have volunteered to maintain the old Tiger Stadium playing field for use by youth baseball teams, but the offer was spurned by the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., where officials want to keep the property open for a future big-box…

  7. Lloyd McClendon won’t change his underwear until the Tigers stop winning

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Photo Day

    Detroit hitting coach Lloyd McClendon has vowed not to change his underwear until the Tigers lose again and they’re riding a 12-game winning streak that dates back to September 2. “Guys are getting a little uncomfortable standing next to me now,” McClendon told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “They believe they can’t be beat. So…

  8. Johnny Cueto is done for the year

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    A player being “out for the rest of the year” is not too terribly important anymore given that there are less than two weeks left in the season. Still, let’s pretend like we give a crap, OK? Today’s player is Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds. He strained his right lat muscle during last night’s game…

  9. Bill Neukom out as Giants CEO; new guy says payroll, priorities staying the same

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom speaks to the fans at a rally after his team's World Series victory parade in San Francisco

    As was reported last night, Bill Neukom was forced out as the Giants CEO and he was replaced today by Larry Baer.  There was a press conference about all of this earlier this afternoon and Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com was there to cover it.  The highlights: Although the original reports of the ownership group’s displeasure…

  10. Alex Rodriguez’s thumb injury likely to linger into playoffs

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Alex Rodriguez may be back in the Yankees’ lineup as soon as tomorrow night after not playing since September 9, but general manager Brian Cashman revealed that the team expects his thumb injury to linger for the rest of the season and into the playoffs. Here’s what Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:…

  11. Must-click link: Prince Fielder as Andy Warhol muse

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    This is just a link to a picture, but it’s a pretty fantastic picture.  A graphic artist for Metronews.ca created a graphic for an article about Prince Fielder‘s potential destinations.  Sure, we’ve seen the “player in another team’s uniform” Photoshop job before, but this one is truly well done. In the future, Prince Fielder will…

  12. Shocker: it’s alleged that McCourt’s law firm charged him too much

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The federal bankruptcy trustee assigned to the Dodgers case told the judge today that the law firms representing the Dodgers — who have billed Frank McCourt some $1.66 million thus far — have overcharged, billing for services that were neither necessary nor required.  He is requesting that the bill be reduced by 21%. You know,…

  13. Yankees picked “Enter Sandman” for Mariano Rivera because they were copying Trevor Hoffman

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    enter sandman

    Mariano Rivera would be plenty intimidating coming into a game in complete silence, but playing “Enter Sandman” by Metallica as his entrance music definitely adds to the hitters’ sense of dread. Yet as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes, Rivera isn’t even a fan of the song and the Yankees only stumbled into using it for…

  14. Logan Morrison files a grievance against the Marlins

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    We knew this was coming because there had been rumbles about it back when Logan Morrison was sent down to AAA back on August 13th, but now it’s official: Morrison has filed a grievance against the Marlins. The basis, as reported by Amy K. Nelson of ESPN: that the demotion was a form of discipline without just…

  15. White Sox ready to part ways with manager Ozzie Guillen?

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen’s future in Chicago has been speculated about constantly for years now, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com thinks the White Sox may actually be ready to fire him after eight seasons as manager. Rosenthal quotes an unnamed source as saying that the chances of Guillen returning to the White Sox in 2012 have dropped…

  16. OK, it is possible to overhype Mariano Rivera

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    OK, I lied. It is possible to overstate the Mariano Rivera love. Here’s Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, filling out his Top Five Yankees of All Time ballot.  Note that he’s also filling out his column inches by needlessly including nicknames and descriptors of the most famous baseball players in history as if…

  17. Rockies to install Coors Field-like humidor at Triple-A

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Humidor balls

    Coors Field has become somewhat less of a hitter’s paradise since the Rockies began storing baseballs in a humidor and Dave Krieger of the Denver Post reports that they hope to deflate the ridiculous offensive numbers being posted at Triple-A by doing the same in Colorado Springs. In general the Pacific Coast League is very…

  18. NBC SportsTalk: When can a pitcher win the MVP

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    One more of these because, hey, why not?  In this one I talk about when I think it’s appropriate to consider a pitcher for the MVP award:

  19. Daniel Bard on recent struggles: “It’s something I’ve fixed before and I’ll fix it again”

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Plenty of pitchers go through stretches of struggling to throw strikes, but Daniel Bard’s recent wildness is particularly worrisome because his career was nearly derailed by extreme control problems in the minors. Bard walked 78 batters in 78 innings as a starter at Single-A in 2007, but moved to the bullpen the next season and…

  20. Comment of the Day: How many people really watch MLB games?

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    In an earlier post I wondered about how many people actually watch MLB games overall, not just on the national broadcasts.  Reader tjwilliams did some calculations: Okay, so I just did some quick back-of-the-napkin math and came up with 1.65 billion viewers for NFL (live and TV) and 1.01 billion viewers for MLB (live and…

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