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  1. The Indians are getting the band back together tonight

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    Jim Thome

    I mentioned earlier that I’m going up to the Cleveland-Minnesota game tonight.  Some people asked me why on Earth I would do that. Well (a) it’s baseball and baseball is wonderful; and (b) there’s some to-do afoot tonight regarding Jim Thome. Specifically, the Indians will honor Thome with a special ceremony, complete with a presentation…

  2. Start up the Cardinals speculation: Mark Buehrle likes the idea of pitching in the NL

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Earlier this week impending free agent Mark Buehrle talked about his uncertain future with the White Sox and how he might even consider retiring at age 32, but yesterday he explained that moving to the National League intrigues him. Buehrle is from Missouri and for years now there’s been speculation about him eventually ending up…

  3. Tim Lincecum does not want a long term deal

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Lincecum cap

    It seems like he’s been playing forever, but Tim Lincecum still has two more go-arounds in arbitration. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, however, that unlike most pitchers, Lincecum doesn’t want a long term deal: “It’s just easier for me mentally not to have to put that kind of pressure on yourself,” he said. “Not that…

  4. Agent: Roy Oswalt “is definitely not retiring”

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    oswalt wide getty

    Roy Oswalt has talked about an early retirement in the past, but yesterday agent Bob Garber told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that the 34-year-old right-hander is no longer thinking about calling it quits: There’s been a rebirth. There’s been talk in the past about retiring, but that’s not even in the cards at this point.…

  5. Miguel Cabrera will play third base if the Tigers make the World Series

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    And these visions .. of Mickey Stanley … still conquer my mind … Miguel Caberea hasn’t played third base since 2008 and hasn’t played it regularly since 2007, but if the Tigers make the World Series this year, that’s where he’ll be playing when Detroit travels to Atlanta, er, I mean the National League park. Why?…

  6. Hamstring injury likely to sideline Mark Lowe in playoffs

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    mark-lowe-rangers

    Texas’ bullpen will likely be short-handed for the beginning of the playoffs, as middle reliever Mark Lowe has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Lowe suffered the injury during pregame warmups Wednesday and general manager Jon Daniels called it “a freak thing” that “definitely puts his availability in doubt.” Lowe has pitched well…

  7. The AL wild card tiebreaker could be bananas

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

    bananas

    Whenever there is an outrageously wild game going on — usually college basketball, but sometimes baseball too — my friend Amanda Rykoff of espnW tweets that it’s “bananas.”  I wouldn’t dare speak for her, but I think she would agree that the AL wild card tiebreaker has some serious bananas potential. If two teams are…

  8. Moneyball and Rob

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    Rob Neyer

    Rob Neyer has a good post up this morning. It’s his impressions of “Moneyball.” Not a review — he doesn’t presume he can tell us what to think about a movie — but his reflections.  And they’re well worth your time. Why? Because, as Rob notes, he provided a bit of assistance to Michael Lewis…

  9. Justin Verlander IS NOT single-handedly carrying the Tigers into the playoffs

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez

    Before I say what I’m gonna say, please understand: I do not think an MVP vote for Justin Verlander is silly. It is not an outrage. This is one of those years where there are multiple defensible choices and the arguments for some candidates I wouldn’t personally support are nonetheless totally valid.  Verlander may win…

  10. Matt Kemp has a shot at the triple crown

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    At the outset, I’d like to remind people that I saw Matt Kemp play in a spring training game back in February, observed that he was in great shape and hustled his ass off even though he was with a decidedly B-squad Dodgers team that day and that he looked primed for a big season.…

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

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:49 AM EST

    New York Mets v St Louis Cardinals

    Mets 8, Cardinals 6:  Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, the Mets saved the Braves’ bacon, at least for another day. The Cards had a 6-1 lead after seven, but the bullpen — obviously channeling April — blew it. Or La Russa blew it with the parade of relievers and intentional walks to load the…

  12. Matt Moore dominates Yankees in first MLB start

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:59 PM EST

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    Rays left-hander Matt Moore took the mound Thursday night at Yankee Stadium for the first start of his major league career. And it went about as well as any prospect evaluator could have imagined. The 22-year-old southpaw fanned 11 batters over five scoreless innings, yielding only four hits and issuing just one walk as the…

  13. Stephen Strasburg will start the Nationals’ season finale

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

    strasburg wide getty

    It looks like Davey Johnson will get his wish. From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post comes word that the Nationals have decided to give right-hander Stephen Strasburg two more starts before the end of the 2011 season. The first will come this Friday night against the Wild Card-leading Braves. The second will be in…

  14. Report: Leo Nunez has been playing under fake identity

    Sep 22, 2011, 9:10 PM EST

    leo nunez getty

    Marlins closer Leo Nunez was suddenly placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list Thursday and sent back to his native Dominican Republic. And now we know why. According to the Associated Press, the right-hander has been pitching under a fake name and a fake birth date since arriving in the United States back in 2001.…

  15. Adam Wainwright throws two-inning bullpen session

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

    wainwright getty

    The Cardinals suffered their worst loss of the season Thursday afternoon to the Mets, but the organization did get some positive news earlier in the day. According to MLB.com’s Matthew Leach, righty Adam Wainwright threw a two-inning bullpen session on Thursday morning at Busch Stadium and reported no issues with his surgically-repaired elbow. Wainwright, who…

  16. Russell Martin hates the Red Sox

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:12 PM EST

    Russell Martin

    The funny thing is that if Boston had offered him an extra $1 million, he’d likely be playing for the Red Sox right now. Martin, who chose instead to try to resurrect his career with the Yankees last winter, told ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand, “I hate the Red Sox.” “Anything to get the Red…

  17. Mariners shut down Casper Wells due to head issue

    Sep 22, 2011, 7:52 PM EST

    casper wells getty

    From beat writer Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune comes word that the Mariners have put an early end to Casper Wells‘ 2011 season due to ongoing complications with his head. The mysterious ailment, which is affecting Wells’ equilibrium, was originally diagnosed as a “severe sinus issue.” But that was ruled out this week…

  18. Cardinals fall apart in ninth, lose to Mets 8-6

    Sep 22, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Lance Berkman

    New Cardinals closer Jason Motte picked a bad time to suddenly lose it. Up 6-1 after seven against the Mets, the Cards allowed one in the eighth and six in the ninth to lose 8-6 on Thursday. A win would have left the Cardinals one game back of the idle Braves with both teams having…

  19. Should MLB credit Manny Ramirez with time served?

    Sep 22, 2011, 7:13 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    If Manny Ramirez hadn’t been stupid enough to file retirement papers when he learned he was getting slapped with a 100-game PED suspension back in April, he would have been eligible to resume playing in the majors last month.  That’s not to say anyone would have taken him — the Rays almost certainly would have…

  20. Leyland: Justin Verlander won’t go on short rest in ALDS

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland has already decided his ALDS rotation and won’t consider bringing Justin Verlander back on short rest, even if the Tigers are behind after three games. “Verlander will pitch Game 1 and Game 5,” Leyland said. “All the second-guessers can come out and say I should pitch him in the fourth game…

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