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  1. Jacoby Ellsbury is ridiculous

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Red Sox were supposed to have three MVP candidates, but it’s down to one now: Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-5 with his third homer in six games and four runs scored in Tuesday night’s takedown of the Blue Jays, raising his average to .321. The 28-year-old Ellsbury is up to fifth in the AL in…

  2. Tommy Hanson feels good after 44-pitch bullpen session

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson threw 44 pitches in a bullpen session this morning and afterward told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his injured shoulder felt good. Hanson replied “I hope so” and “I think there’s a chance” when asked about potentially starting again before the regular season is over, but the Braves will wait…

  3. Josh Beckett rejoining Red Sox’s rotation Friday versus Rays

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett was given the choice between returning to the Red Sox’s rotation Thursday or Friday and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that he’s settled on Friday against the Rays. Beckett missed one turn in the rotation with a sprained ankle suffered on September 5, but reported no problems following a bullpen session Monday. Boston…

  4. Fernando Rodney unhappy with how Mike Scioscia uses him

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney began this year as the Angels’ closer, but was quickly stripped of ninth-inning duties and has spent most of the season pitching in low-leverage situations while rookie Jordan Walden racks up saves. Rodney vented his frustration yesterday, telling Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he’s unhappy with the quick hook and how…

  5. I’ll be on NBC SportsTalk tonight at 6

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    old TV

    Because you guys simply don’t have enough access to my opinions, I feel obligated to let you know that tonight I will be making my debut on NBC SportsTalk, our new studio show on the Versus Network.  The show comes on at 6PM Eastern. I’ll be the bald gent with the horn-rimmed glasses offering my…

  6. Chris Carpenter’s loyalty to Cardinals led to extension

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Yesterday the Cardinals and Chris Carpenter announced a two-year, $21 million contract extension that takes the place of a $15 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2012. Even at age 35 he remains one of the best starters in the league and either through the $15 million option or free agency Carpenter likely…

  7. Charlie Manuel chewed out the Phillies last night

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    It probably doesn’t matter. Late season road trip against the worst team in baseball.  Nothing to truly play for at the moment other than good health. The Phillies can be forgiven for dropping a couple of games against the Astros.  Charlie Manuel isn’t all that willing to let it slide, however. Here’s Jim Salisbury of…

  8. Francisco Rodriguez on lack of save chances: “I’m not fine”

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez knew he’d be used as a setup man when the Brewers traded for him, but the longtime closer apparently expected to get at least the occasional save chance. Instead the Brewers have yet to give him a ninth-inning save opportunity, sticking with John Axford at all times, and Rodriguez told Scott Miller of…

  9. MLB releases the 2012 schedule

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Schedule

    Major League Baseball has announced the 2012 schedule this morning. The season begins on Wednesday, April 4.  It ends on Wednesday, October 3. In between: lots of baseball games. There will be a single game at the Marlins new stadium — make that the Miami Marlins new stadium —  on the 4th, with the Cardinals…

  10. Astros outfielder Jason Michaels breaks hand on diving catch

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Michaels, Dioner Navarro

    Astros outfielder Jason Michaels is done for the season after breaking his left hand making a diving catch last night. Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle reports that Michaels “is scheduled for surgery today to repair a displaced fracture of the fourth left metacarpal bone.” Michaels has spent a decade in the majors despite logging…

  11. Keith Law did NOT like “Moneyball”

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    Aaron had his review of “Moneyball” yesterday, and if you didn’t read it, you should. Today I link a counterpoint review: Keith Law’s.  It’s on his own site, not ESPN, so it’s free. I won’t give it away, but Law didn’t like it. At all.  And it’s not just some insider baseball geek takedown. He reviews…

  12. Matt Holliday could be gone for the season

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    We noted last night that Matt Holliday left the Cardinals-Pirates game with an injury to his right hand.  At the time it was unclear how serious the injury was, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that  Holliday “could be out most, if not all, the final two weeks of the season. Holliday…

  13. Photo of the Day: TK-421, why aren’t you at your post? TK-421, do you copy?

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Ever notice in the “Star Wars” movies that the Stormtroopers never can actually hit anything? Really, they fire and fire, but they rarely if ever actually hit the target. No reason.

  14. Johnny Damon steals his 400th base

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Wakefield, Rivera, Damon … anyone on the Orioles or Jays hit a round number? Any other milestones to report in the AL East? Johnny Damon stole his 400th base in last night’s O’s-Rays game. That, combined with his 229 career homers, made him the ninth player in Major League history to reach the 200/400 club.  He…

  15. Mariano Rivera gets his 600th save

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    On the same night Tim Wakefield got his 200th win, Mariano Rivera got his 600th save.  As Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe observed last night, I guess that’s evidence that having a second pitch is overrated. It was a usual night’s work for Rivera. A one run lead, an overmatched offense, and — while…

  16. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 4, Rays 2; Red Sox 18, Blue Jays 6:  Tampa Bay, you’re not adhering to the narrative. We all decided that you’d put the pressure on the Red Sox until Boston was literally burning and being looted with panic.  And you, Boston: you’re supposed to lose these games to Toronto due to trotting out…

  17. Matt Holliday leaves game with hand injury

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    The Cardinals beat the Pirates 6-4 tonight to stay within 4 1/2 games of the Braves in the Wild Card race, but they may have lost one of their big bats in the process. According to Matthew Leach of MLB.com, Matt Holliday left tonight’s game with an injury to his right hand. Holliday went 0-for-4…

  18. On his eighth try, Tim Wakefield finally gets his 200th win

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    After coming up empty-handed in his previous seven attempts, Tim Wakefield finally notched his 200th career victory in tonight’s 18-6 win over the Blue Jays. Wakefield, who won his first game in 1992 as a member of the Pirates, is the 111th pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone. Wakefield wasn’t exactly at…

  19. Russell Martin returns to Yankees’ lineup after thumb injury

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Russell Martin hits a single to center in game against the Twins in Minneapolis

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Russell Martin is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Mariners. Martin hasn’t played since taking a foul tip of his right thumb during Saturday’s game. X-rays came back negative, but because of Francisco Cervelli‘s concussion, the Yankees were forced to…

  20. MRI on Coco Crisp’s foot comes back negative

    Sep 13, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    Coco Crisp is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game tonight due to lingering soreness in his right foot and ankle. The speedy outfielder has appeared in just two games since fouling a ball off his foot on September 3. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle at least brings some positive news,…

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