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  1. Jacoby Ellsbury becomes Red Sox’s first 30/30 man

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Red Sox may have collapsed, but their MVP certainly isn’t to blame. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a pair of solo homers Sunday off the Yankees’ A.J. Burnett to become the first member of the 30 HR/30 SB club in Red Sox history. It’s the 57th 30/30 season in major league history.  Matt Kemp and Ryan…

  2. Jim Thome plays third base for first time since 1996

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:19 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    For one pitch anyway. Jim Thome, perhaps appearing in his final game in Cleveland for the Indians, took to his old position for one pitch in the ninth inning Sunday, playing third base for the first time since Sept. 29, 1996. Thome had entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.  He left to…

  3. Red Sox fall, Rays climb to within a half-game

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    The Red Sox dropped yet another game in the first of two against the Yankees on Sunday, falling 6-2 despite a pair of homers from Jacoby Ellsbury.  Meanwhile, the Rays beat the Blue Jays 5-2 and are now just a half-game out in the wild card chase. If the Red Sox falter again tonight, they’ll…

  4. Colby Rasmus: “I still got a lot of stuff going on through my head from being in St. Louis”

    Sep 25, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

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    The eight-player trade that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto back in late July was supposed to have a liberating effect for the young center fielder. His relationship with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had reached a tipping point, and most assumed that the 25-year-old would begin to flourish in a new, less mentally-taxing environment. So…

  5. Carlos Gonzalez unlikely to play again this season

    Sep 25, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

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    From Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is unlikely to return to the playing field this season. CarGo is still battling soreness in his banged-up right wrist and had a wisdom tooth extracted last week. He could probably push through the discomfort and function as a pinch-hitter or…

  6. Clay Buchholz could return to the Red Sox on Wednesday

    Sep 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

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    It appears Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will indeed return to the major leagues before the end of the regular season. Just before. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Buchholz is scheduled to pitch an inning Monday in the Red Sox’ fall instructional league down in Fort Myers, Florida. If the appearance goes…

  7. Tweet of the Day: Brad Pitt, sabermetrics’ biggest beneficiary

    Sep 25, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

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    “Moneyball” opened in theaters nationwide on Friday and brought in $6.8 million within 24 hours. It’s on pace to gross more than $20 million by the end of the day Sunday, the highest total ever for the opening weekend of a baseball-related drama. Not that any of this was unexpected. Take a best-selling book, make…

  8. Mets likely to tender a contract to starter Mike Pelfrey

    Sep 25, 2011, 12:10 PM EST

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    Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey has registered an underwhelming 4.58 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 190 2/3 innings this season, failing in many ways to build on his breakout 2010 campaign. But the arbitration-eligible starter is likely to be back in New York’s rotation next year anyway. According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark…

  9. Cardinals’ offer to Albert Pujols likely to remain in the range of $22 million per year

    Sep 25, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    The Cardinals tried to lock up first baseman Albert Pujols last offseason with a nine-year offer worth between $22 million and $22.5 million annually. Since the day that proposal was rejected by Pujols and his agent Dan Lozano, talks have not restarted. But they will in early November, when baseball’s best hitter will be just…

  10. Joakim Soria done for season due to hamstring strain

    Sep 25, 2011, 10:23 AM EST

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    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that Royals closer Joakim Soria is unlikely to pitch in the final four games of the season due to a hamstring strain that he suffered last weekend. Soria was able to play catch on flat ground Friday without feeling discomfort, but the Royals’ medical staff…

  11. Bud Selig threatens to terminate Dodgers from MLB if Frank McCourt does not sell

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:18 AM EST

    mccourt reuters

    The only thing that can save current Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is a high-dollar and stable new television contract — one that will bring financial security to a club buried in bankruptcy court. Well aware of that fact and still craving an ownership change, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has made his most aggressive…

  12. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 25, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

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    Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in a 6-2 defeat of the Blue Jays on Saturday evening in Tampa Bay. A few hours earlier, up north at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers put a 9-1 hurting on a Red Sox team that has now played 5-17 ball…

  13. Indians shut down outfielder Trevor Crowe

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

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    From Nick Camino of Newsradio WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that the Indians have put an early end to Trevor Crowe‘s 2011 season. Crowe, who underwent surgery on his right shoulder in March, strained his left shoulder during Saturday’s 8-2 defeat of the Twins. It’s not a major injury, and shouldn’t affect his offseason…

  14. Marlins closer revealed true identity because it was his dying father’s final wish

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

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    Marlins closer Leo Nunez was sent back to the Dominican Republic on Thursday and placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list after it was revealed that he had been pitching under a fake identity since his arrival in the United States. The right-hander’s real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, and he’s one year older than…

  15. Drayton McLane expects sale of Astros to Jim Crane to be finalized in 3-4 weeks

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:24 PM EST

    Drayton McLane, Jim Crane

    Whether it’s based in reality or merely wishful thinking, here’s the note from Stephen Goff, beat writer for Examiner.com: Drayton McLane Jr. told me he expects MLB to approve the final sale of the Astros to Jim Crane’s group sometime over the next 3 to 4 weeks. The two sides reached a $680 million purchase…

  16. Photo of Miami Marlins cap suggests leaked logo is legit

    Sep 24, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

    Remember that mocked-up Miami Marlins logo that leaked onto an internet message board earlier this week? The one that everyone panned? Turns out it’s probably legit. From Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel comes the below photo of a New Era cap bearing the same graphic and rainbow-esque color scheme. The Marlins…

  17. Felix Hernandez suffers bruised right forearm after being hit by comebacker

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Well, this isn’t exactly what Felix Hernandez had in mind for his final start of the season. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Hernandez suffered a bruised right forearm this afternoon against the Rangers when he was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Michael Young. King Felix looked to be considerable pain as he…

  18. Carlos Marmol blows save, gives Cardinals new life in Wild Card race

    Sep 24, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals really need to take Carlos Marmol out for a steak dinner. After being held scoreless over the first eight innings this afternoon, the Cardinals were handed two runs in the bottom of the ninth as part of a dramatic 2-1 win over the Cubs. In another one of his trademark implosions, Marmol walked…

  19. Giants haven’t ruled out eventual position change for Buster Posey

    Sep 24, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

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    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Buster Posey will indeed be the Giants’ everyday catcher next season. But beyond that? It’s hard to say. Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged yesterday that there was some internal debate about whether Posey would be better off at a position like first base, where he…

  20. Terry Francona shakes up lineup for today’s game against Yankees

    Sep 24, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    This won’t be some magic elixir for the troubled Red Sox pitching staff, but Terry Francona has put together a new-look lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Yankees. Here’s the lineup card, courtesy of the Boston Globe‘s Peter Abraham: Ellsbury CF Crawford LF Pedroia 2B Ortiz DH Gonzalez 1B Aviles 3B Scutaro SS Reddick…

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