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  1. The Cubs say Carlos Zambrano will not rejoin the team this season

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The Cubs have announced that Carlos Zambrano won’t rejoin the team for the rest of the season They will, however, start paying him again on September 11th, which is when his time on the restricted list is up.  His grievance remains unresolved. So that’s this year. Whether he’ll ever rejoin the team is unclear.  Given…

  2. Jered Weaver pushes back next start to attend funeral

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver was scheduled to start tonight against the Twins, but instead the Cy Young contender will delay his next turn in the rotation to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Oregon. No official replacement has been named yet, but Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that rookie Tyler Chatwood is expected to make…

  3. Must-click link: Yankee Stadium as Middle Earth

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Most of our “Must-click links” are to longish feature stories or studies.  Not this one. It’s just to a picture.  But it’s worth your click. Genius. Pure genius.

  4. Yankees fans don’t mind watching four hour games at all, thank you very much

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    I didn’t watch the Yankees-Red Sox game for a number of reasons, but I can gather from the box score and what people are saying today that it was pretty thrilling.  And no matter what I think of the length of these affairs, I should probably just put a sock in my complaints.  Why? This tweet…

  5. Plan B for the Mets: multiple, smaller investors

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    With their $200 million cash infusion from David Einhorn scuttled, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are taking a different tack.  Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson report that they’re looking into selling smaller stakes “to people willing to invest perhaps $20 million each.” Hurm. Being a minority investor in a closely-held corporation is not great to begin…

  6. Jesus Montero makes an inauspicious debut

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    I was half-tempted to headline this “Is Jesus Montero a bust?” but even I have limits to how much I can troll people.  Fact is, though, that I bet there are people sitting in their apartments right now thinking that. Some folks get crazy when it comes to prospects. Especially Yankees prospects. But of course it…

  7. $1.2B bid for the Dodgers: “There are questions within the sports industry about whether this is a genuine offer”

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    My first reaction to yesterday’s news that Bill Burke and Chinese investors were offering Frank McCourt $1.2 billion for the Dodgers was that Major League Baseball would be jumping for joy.  It’s probably a good rule, however, to never be content to settle on your first reaction, because stuff that involves billions of dollars is…

  8. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:46 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    Cardinals 8, Brewers 4: Albert Pujols came up big — two homers including a grand slam — and the Cards swept the division-leading Brewers. Yes, that’s cool, but some perspective: Even if the Brewers go .500 in their remaining games the Cardinals would have to go 20-5 to tie them. Ten-game deficits are a lulu. Dodgers…

  9. Adam Wainwright to throw first bullpen session soon

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Matthew Leach comes word that Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright is aiming to throw a bullpen session within the next two weeks. Wainwright, who underwent Tommy John surgery last February, has been limited primarily to flat-ground workouts since beginning a throwing program in late June. The few times he’s been allowed to step atop…

  10. Stephen Strasburg brilliant again in latest rehab outing

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was dominant in his sixth minor league rehab start Thursday evening at Double-A Harrisburg. According to Nathan Fenno of the Washington Times, the 23-year-old phenom surrendered just one hit over six scoreless innings while reaching 99 mph with his fastball. Strasburg threw 55 of his 71 pitches for strikes, fanning four…

  11. Bryce Harper runs and throws in first rehab workout

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper hasn’t played in a game at Double-A Harrisburg since straining his right hamstring on August 18. Harper won’t return to action before Harrisburg’s regular season schedule is through, but he could be ready in time for the Eastern League playoffs, which begin on Wednesday of next week. According to Pete…

  12. Jair Jurrjens to visit knee specialist this weekend

    Sep 1, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT

    jurrjens throws getty

    MLB.com beat writer Mark Bowman suggested Thursday morning that Jair Jurrjens‘ recent struggles might be attributed to lingering discomfort in the young starter’s troublesome right knee. It turns out Bowman was right. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported about one hour ago that Jurrjens is scheduled to visit knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman…

  13. Josh Johnson finally ruled out for rest of season

    Sep 1, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    It’s been pretty clear for a long time that Josh Johnson wouldn’t throw another meaningful pitch this season, but it took until Thursday for the Marlins to make it official. “You rewind this whole thing we thought it was gonna be a two-week thing and that was four months ago,” Marlins baseball operations president Larry…

  14. Brett Lawrie in record territory since August callup

    Sep 1, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie broke a tie with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth as the Blue Jays bested the Orioles 8-6 on Thursday. It was Lawrie’s fourth homer during his current nine-game hitting streak and seventh in 26 games since his callup.  He’s also knocked in 21 runs, but perhaps his most impressive…

  15. Hanley Ramirez to see doctor for “left shoulder instability”

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

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    Yesterday’s speculation that Hanley Ramirez might need shoulder surgery remains just that, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins shortstop will be examined by a doctor after an MRI exam revealed “left shoulder instability.” Ramirez initially sprained his shoulder on August 2 and his recent rehab attempts have been derailed by the shoulder…

  16. Great Moments in Labor Relations: Keith Hernandez crosses picket line; gets taunted

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Keith Hernandez

    In the places I grew up the unions were strong but the strikes, when they happened, were somewhat out of sight of our day-to-day lives. I mean, regular folks don’t have to worry about crossing a picket line at a Chevy truck plant or a coal mine when they’re just trying to go about their…

  17. Padres close to new television contract with FOX Sports

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad has said repeatedly that the team’s next television deal would lead to a significant increase in revenue and payroll, and it looks like that deal will be with FOX Sports. Jay Posner of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that “the Padres and Fox Sports Regional Networks are very…

  18. Albert Pujols tells the Brewers: “no champagne for you just yet”

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

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    A ten game lead is a big freakin’ lead this time of the year. Even if the Cardinals were to sweep the Brewers in the present series and do so again when they meet in St. Louis next week, Milwaukee would still have a pretty good lead in the division. But ya gotta start somewhere,…

  19. Jake Peavy feeling “run down” a year after shoulder surgery

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy bounced back from a six-run first inning yesterday to throw four scoreless frames, but his ERA ballooned to 5.17 and afterward he talked about feeling “run down” about 13 months removed from shoulder surgery. Peavy, who has a 4.61 ERA in 232 innings since the White Sox acquired him from the Padres in…

  20. Hey, look at the relief pitcher with the girly backpack!

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    My Little Pony

    The New York Times has a story today about the trend of making the low-man on the bullpen totem pole carry the bullpen supplies in some children’s backpack.  Usually a girl’s backpack with My Little Pony or something on it.  It’s a hazing thing, of course.  Two observations: First, I hate that the alpha and…

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