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  1. Tigers broadcaster Rod Allen apologizes to the little people

    Sep 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Rod Allen

    I don’t get the sense that Tigers’ broadcaster Rod Allen is a bad guy. I think he’s a lot like someone’s father or grandfather who just really isn’t all that plugged in with the sensibilities of modern public discourse. Which, because he’s a broadcaster and not, like someone’s grandfather, simply some guy who talks with…

  2. The Wilpons believe that they can attract investors

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    The Mets had a conference call with their lenders on Thursday and during the call they said that they were optimistic that they can sell multiple $20 million-$30 million stakes in the team between now and the end of the year. Stakes they have to sell, you’ll recall, because their deal to sell one big…

  3. Jeff Francoeur continues to play dazzling defense

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    Francoeur catch.bmp

    I checked with my parole officer and it seems that I still have several hours of Jeff Francoeur-related restitution and community service before I’m off the hook, so here goes: Francoeur made two astounding plays in last night’s Mariners-Royals game. Both plays came off the bat of Dustin Ackley too, which makes me think that…

  4. In addition to bursitis, Kevin Youkilis has a hernia too

    Sep 10, 2011, 9:29 AM EST

    Kevin Youkilis

    In addition to Kevin Youkilis‘ hip bursitis, it turns out that the Red Sox’ third baseman also has a hernia. That according to Pete Abraham and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The hernia will require surgery, but Youkilis is going to wait until the offseason for that. It’s probably not doing wonderful things for…

  5. The Phillies continue to destroy potential playoff opponents

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:41 AM EST

    Roy Halladay

    I’ve said that making playoff predictions is a sucker’s game. Anything can happen and anyone who says that the best team from the regular season is a lock to win the World Series is ignorant of recent history. That said, I’m having a hard time seeing who is going to pose a serious challenge to the…

  6. Kimbrel Unit malfunctions, Cards beat Braves in 10

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Jonny Venters

    Someone had better perform a level 2 diagnostic on the Kimbrel Unit’s positronic net, because the results it achieved last night were well outside normal operating parameters. The Braves were up 3-1 on the Cards heading into the bottom of the ninth last night when Craig Kimbrel, perhaps the most automatic thing in baseball this…

  7. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:30 AM EST

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    It’s gonna be really interesting if the Rays sweep the Red Sox and make a genuine wild card race in the American League. And by “interesting” I mean “totally hilarious for everyone who isn’t a Red Sox fan.”  And no one — but no one — will feel more uncomfortable about it than Carl Crawford.…

  8. UPDATE: Kevin Youkilis has bursitis

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:17 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    UPDATE: After last night’s game, Terry Francona said that Youkilis has bursitis and received a cortisone shot. It has not been determined if Youkilis will rejoin the team Saturday or wait in Boston for the start of a homestand that begins Tuesday. Friday, 4:40 PM: Kevin Youkilis has reportedly left the Red Sox in order to…

  9. Revenge of the meats: Pete Orr gets pummeled by a polish sausage

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:05 PM EST

    Pete Orr

    24 hours after Jeremy Affeldt tangled with a frozen hamburger party and lost, Phillies reserve Pete Orr was nearly decapitated by The Polish Sausage in Friday’s sausage race at Miller Park. Delcotimes.com has the video: Apparently, he had money on the hot dog tonight.

  10. Alex Presley gets an assist on Omar Infante’s home run

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:24 PM EST

    Alex Presley

    Marlins second baseman Omar Infante entered the night with just three homers all season.  Now he has two in one game, with more than a little help from Pirates left fielder Alex Presley. The homer was part of a nine-run third inning for the Marlins. As of this writing in the sixth, they have 20…

  11. John Lackey can’t be Boston’s Game 4 starter

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:36 PM EST

    John Lackey

    With the Red Sox trying to put the Rays away in a three-game series beginning Friday, John Lackey has given all three Rays fans reasons to hope: he just left with the Red Sox down 5-0 after three innings. It’s the first early exit for Lackey during the second half, but it’s the sixth straight outing in…

  12. Frozen hamburger patties 1, Jeremy Affeldt 0

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Jeremy Affeldt

    Jeremy Affeldt is out for the season after surgery Friday to repair nerve damage in his right hand sustained when he suffered a cut while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties during a Thursday evening BBQ. Yes, frozen hamburger patties. First, you’re making $4.5 million per year based on your ability to grip and throw…

  13. Indians manager looking to improve at first and third next year

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:47 PM EST

    Matt LaPorta

    The Indians recalled Matt LaPorta from Triple-A Columbus today, but it sounds like this could be his last chance to impress the brass in Cleveland. Talking to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Manny Acta said he needs better production from the infield corners next season: “First and third base are positions where we should be looking into…

  14. Buster Olney asks an odd question

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

    question mark

    I’m guessing this is Buster Olney trying to add to the whole pitching to the score/pitcher wins/Cy Young/Jack Morris debate.  But since it’s Buster Olney, it doesn’t make all that much sense. The tweet: A question for anyone who thinks pitchers don’t make decisions according to the score: please explain timing of intentional walks. OK. 1. Pitchers don’t call…

  15. Rockies going young with Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Wilin Rosario

    Rockies manager Jim Tracy indicated that both Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco would be in the lineup most of the time the rest of the season, sending veterans Chris Iannetta and Kevin Kouzmanoff to the bench. Iannetta has a right to be upset by the arrangement.  Among regular catchers, only Alex Avila (.391) and Carlos…

  16. Nationals will continue to start Stephen Strasburg at home

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    They’ll say it’s not about the money.  But it’s very much about the money. The Nationals have mapped out Stephen Strasburg’s September schedule, and in what should come as a surprise to no one, the plan is for him to keep pitching at Nationals Ballpark. Strasburg, who made his season debut Tuesday against the Dodgers,…

  17. Jim Leyland tells Brad Penny to pick up the pace

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

    Brad Penny

    Well, it was more a suggestion than an order, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland thinks Brad Penny should start working more quickly on the mound, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports. “I talked to him in Cleveland about maybe picking up the pace a little bit to see if it helps,” Leyland said. “If it doesn’t work, it’ll…

  18. Report: Cubs to drop bleacher seat prices for next season

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

    wrigley-field-cubs

    Despite their 62-81 record the Cubs have already drawn 2.8 million fans and will surpass the 3 million mark for the eighth straight season, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that they plan to lower the price of bleacher seats for 2012. Overall attendance is down just 500 fans per game, but according to…

  19. Marlins get Mike Stanton back from hamstring injury

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    stanton with trainer getty

    Mike Stanton is back in the Marlins’ lineup tonight, playing for the first time since injuring his hamstring Saturday. Prior to the injury Stanton had played in 234 of the Marlins’ 245 games since being called up from the minors in the middle of last season, hitting .260 with 54 homers and a .869 OPS.…

  20. Jim Crane tells his side of the story

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane, the owner-in-waiting of the Houston Astros is fed up. He’s fed up with waiting for MLB approval and he’s really fed up with the talk about why that approval is being held up.  You would too if it reminded people of past allegations of war profiteering, discrimination claims and details about a custody…

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