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  1. Jonathan Broxton is done for the season

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

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    Dodgers’ reliever Jonathan Broxton hasn’t pitched since early May due to a bum elbow, but until now there had always been some lingering hope that he’d be back this season.  Hope to what end I have no idea because there hasn’t been a truly meaningful Dodgers game for months, but trainers don’t really concern themselves…

  2. The Braves aren’t panicking

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    I don’t really link this article for the standard-issue “team that is skidding is not panicking” quotes. They themselves aren’t interesting. If the Braves hold on, they’ll be forgotten. If they get passed up by the Cardinals and are home for the playoffs they’ll be humiliating and remembered with pain by anyone who cares.  In…

  3. Manny Ramirez arrested, charged with battery after domestic disturbance

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    TMZ reports that Manny Ramirez has been arrested in Florida following a domestic disturbance, and The Associated Press has confirmed that he’s been charged with battery after an altercation with his wife, Juliana. Witnesses told TMZ that Ramirez was involved in an altercation with his wife and taken out of his Weston home in handcuffs around 7 p.m.…

  4. The Mets want to wear special caps next 9/11 and every 9/11 after that

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    FDNY Hat

    Absolutely no one is happy with Major League Baseball’s decision to disallow the Mets’ first responder caps on yesterday’s 10th anniversary of 9/11. And the Mets are chief among those who are displeased. But they’re not just sitting and stewing. They’re pushing Major League Baseball on the issue. But the last sentence makes me feel…

  5. Time to panic is over, Red Sox Nation: Joey Gathright is on the way

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Joey Gathright

    I guess that’s a cheap shot at Gathright. Didn’t really mean it that way. I’m really just trying to mess with that slice of Red Sox fans who won’t calm down unless or until zombie Ted Williams is signed to play left field and, just to be safe, the Rays decide to forfeit the rest…

  6. Billy Hamilton’s 100-steal season may not be a great omen

    Sep 12, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton - Bowman

    After hitting .318/.383/.456 with 48 steals in 69 games in the Pioneer League in 2010, the Reds’ Billy Hamilton was rated as one of the game’s best shortstop prospects entering the year.  Playing in a full-season league for the first time, his bat didn’t quite live up to the hype, as he hit a modest…

  7. Joe Maddon wants Matt Moore to be the new David Price

    Sep 12, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Here’s the tweet from the Rays manager: Like to use Matt Moore kinda like we did with Price in 08. Let’s see if history can repeat itself. The games will dictate how we use him. David Price was probably baseball’s top pitching prospect when he came up in mid-September 2008 and posted a 1.93 ERA in…

  8. Jon Rauch done for season, may need surgery for knee injury

    Sep 12, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Jon Rauch made his way back from an emergency appendectomy, but now the Blue Jays reliever has been shut down for the season with a knee injury. Rauch was placed on the disabled list with torn cartilage in his right knee and is expected to eventually undergo surgery. Rauch had an up-and-down season in Toronto,…

  9. Logan Morrison leaves Marlins to have knee injury examined

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Logan Morrison, who injured his knee while making a sliding catch Friday, has left the Marlins in Atlanta and traveled back to Florida to be examined by team doctors. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Morrison will miss at least the three-game series against the Braves and being shut down for the season is always…

  10. When the rooting interests get nutty

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Go team

    This happens every year when the playoff races tighten, but it’s been fun to think about this today: Braves fans probably have to root pretty hard for the Phillies as they play the Cardinals this weekend. Red Sox fans probably have to root pretty hard for the Yankees, as they play the Rays seven times…

  11. Carlos Quentin returns from DL, but how much will he play?

    Sep 12, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

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    Carlos Quentin is back from the disabled list after missing the past three weeks with a shoulder injury, but he returns to a much more crowded White Sox lineup. Quentin’s injury opened the door for 22-year-old rookie Dayan Viciedo, who’s hit .354 in 14 games since being called up. With the White Sox all but…

  12. Another Yankees pitcher shoots for history

    Sep 12, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    burnett getty wide

    Mariano Rivera‘s saves record is a forgone conclusion. A.J. Burnett probably won’t break a record this year, but he will come pretty close: Burnett already has 23 wild pitches this year, which puts him on a historic pace. Since 1901, only five pitchers have finished a season with more than 23 wild pitches, led by…

  13. Johan Santana’s next rehab start will be Thursday at Single-A

    Sep 12, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    johan santana face getty

    Johan Santana is still trying to get some more rehab work in before the minor-league season is over, so his next start is scheduled for Thursday at Single-A in the South Atlantic League championship series. Santana tossed three shutout innings in the SAL semi-finals last week and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that he’s slated to…

  14. Rays call up Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    russ canzler rays

    Tampa Bay calling up stud pitching prospect Matt Moore is getting all the attention–and rightfully so–but the Rays have also promoted Russ Canzler to the majors after the 25-year-old took home International League MVP honors by hitting .314 with 18 homers, 40 doubles, and a .930 OPS in Durham. Canzler signed with the Rays as…

  15. Roy Oswalt is probably not endearing himself to his old fans in Houston

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Brian McTaggart — who has a story up today about Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence‘s return to Houston for this weeks’ Phillies-Astros series —  just tweeted a quote from Roy Oswalt, apparently said in response to a question about how he’ll be received by his former hometown fans: “… probably be just as many Phillies…

  16. Mariano Rivera is close to the all-time saves record

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    The point to this David Waldstein article in the New York Times is that Mariano Rivera‘s imminent surpassing of Trevor Hoffman on the all-time saves list is getting surprisingly little hype.  Given that, until I read this David Waldstein article in the New York Times I wasn’t aware that Mariano Rivera was about to surpass Trevor…

  17. James Shields has the most pickoffs by a right-handed pitcher since 1988

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Last week James Shields became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1999 to complete 11 games in a season and yesterday he became the first right-handed pitcher with 12 pickoffs in a season since Charlie Hough in 1988. In MLB history there have only been 14 instances of a right-hander recording double-digit pickoffs in…

  18. “Exotic math” is going to cost Justin Verlander the MVP award

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    A friend asked me if there was a point to the “Moneyball” movie coming out now, several years after the book.  All of the lessons its insights have long since been coopted and mainstreamed, my friend said. It’s kind of old news. I considered the argument for a minute and, as I often do, I…

  19. Hiroki Kuroda’s past neck problems “have resurfaced”

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    Hiroki Kuroda failed to make it out of the fifth inning yesterday and afterward admitted that the neck problems he’s struggled with in previous seasons are once again an issue. Kuroda downplayed the severity, telling Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that “compared to what it’s been in the past it’s very mild.” However,…

  20. Tom Ricketts wants Theo Epstein

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune has another in what will certainly be a looooong line of stories trying to put Theo Epstein in Chicago as the Cubs next GM.  We saw some of those a couple of weeks ago, and Epstein made it clear that he’s not going to fan those flames while the…

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