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  1. Jose Tabata out at least 10 days with fractured hand

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Jose Tabata‘s wrist had been bothering him since August 24, so the Pirates put him through some tests yesterday and discovered that the 22-year-old outfielder has “a small avulsion fracture on the dorsal side of the fourth metacarpal of his left hand.” George Von Benko of MLB.com reports that Tabata will miss at least 10…

  2. The Yankees lineup is … interesting

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    Pop quiz, hotshot! You played a game until 2:15 this morning and you have a 1PM start this afternoon.  What do you do? What do you do!!? Well, if you’re Joe Girardi, you trot out this lineup: 1. Eduardo Nunez SS 2. Russell Martin C 3. Nick Swisher RF 4. Alex Rodriguez 3B 5. Andruw…

  3. Clay Buchholz is on the comeback trail

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Clay Buchholz was initially expected to miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back, but said last week that he still hopes to return for the playoffs and was able to complete a problem-free throwing session yesterday. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that Buchholz made 50 throws…

  4. Phillies assistant GM Chuck LaMar resigns

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Phillies Logo

    Clearly this is a move borne of his personal disgrace over helping to assemble such a horrible te — oh, wait. It’s the Phillies. I still automatically think “Devil Rays” when I hear his name.  But boy, this one is strange.  “Shocking” according to Bob Brookover of the Inquirer: LaMar did not return phone calls…

  5. Giants “have to sit down and talk about” Barry Zito’s future

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    San Francisco still owes Barry Zito $19 million next season, $20 million in 2013, and a $7 million buyout in 2014, but when asked yesterday about the left-hander’s future role with the Giants manager Bruce Bochy replied: “We’ll have to sit down and talk about it … I can’t answer that.” Zito has been one…

  6. Everyone complains about the weather, but …

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    Actually, I could understand it better if it was the weather that was being complained about.  In Mike Vaccaro’s column, however, there is this vague sense that all of the rain on the east coast — or at least the inconvenience it caused — was somehow Major League Baseball’s fault.  That’s underscored by the headline…

  7. Orioles remove struggling Brian Matusz from rotation because “he can’t defend himself properly”

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    As of yesterday afternoon the Orioles weren’t sure what to do with Brian Matusz, but they’ve now decided to bump the struggling left-hander from the rotation and have him work exclusively out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season. Matusz has followed up an impressive rookie season by going 1-7 with a 9.84…

  8. Rethinking the rotation: Four-and-swing?

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan is always good for a big idea column or two each month, and his latest is one that I’ve long been arguing half-drunkenly to anyone who will listen (i.e. no one):  chucking the straight five-man rotation and going to a modified four-man thing. The idea would be to keep your four best…

  9. Bobby Parnell may be out as Mets closer

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

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    Question: do you really need a closer when you’re playing out the last three weeks of a lost season?  Eh, probably so. If not, who would we yell at when games go south?  If not, what would the guys who are somehow — against all odds — still paying close attention to their fantasy rosters…

  10. The Marlins shuffle their front office

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

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    These aren’t major moves, but they’re the kind of day-to-day things that keep baseball teams up and running: the Marlins have named a new Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, a new Vice President of Scouting and a new Vice President of Player Development. They are, respectively, Jim Fleming, Stan Meek and Marty Scott.…

  11. The State of the Races

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Francisco Cervelli

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox win, the New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: All of the rain + the lack of remaining days off + the financial imperative to play all 162 games despite the fact that most of them are fairly meaningless…

  12. Was Francisco Cervelli’s home run really a home run?

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

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    Another home run/fan interference replay call.Though this one wasn’t nearly as nutso.

  13. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:06 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

    Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0: Just when you thought it was safe to panic, Red Sox Nation, Josh Beckett‘s ankle ends up being only sprained, Jon Lester dominates the opposition and the offense goes off for 14 runs on 20 hits. Yankees 5, Orioles 3: After a four hour rain delay, the game got…

  14. The Yankees and Orioles are playing a baseball game right now

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:12 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    After a rain delay of four hours and three minutes, the Yankees and Orioles finally began play right around 11 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. It would be one thing if it the rain had stopped, but it hasn’t. In fact, it’s still pouring pretty consistently. Yankee Stadium looks a lot like the crowd you’d…

  15. Report: Padres, Cameron Maybin have mutual interest in contract extension

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:25 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports is hearing that there is “two-way sentiment” for a multi-year contract extension between the Padres and Cameron Maybin. Maybin was acquired from the Marlins last November in exchange for relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica. The 24-year-old has battled through some bumps and bruises this season, but has emerged as…

  16. Stephen Strasburg dominant in first MLB start back from Tommy John surgery

    Sep 6, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg just completed his first MLB start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. And it was fantastic. Strasburg held the Dodgers to just two hits over five scoreless innings. He threw 40 out of 56 pitches for strikes while striking out four and walking none. According to Brooks Baseball, Strasburg averaged 96.68 mph…

  17. Hanley Ramirez to undergo shoulder surgery next Thursday

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:47 PM EST

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    We already knew that Hanley Ramirez was going to require surgery on his ailing left shoulder, but now we have the date. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery next Thursday. The Marlins hope Ramirez will be ready for spring training, but we won’t get an…

  18. Josh Beckett diagnosed with sprained right ankle

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    Good news for the Red Sox. While we heard this morning that Josh Beckett wasn’t dealing with a sprained right ankle as originally diagnosed yesterday, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that he underwent an examination earlier today which was consistent with an ankle sprain. According to a release from the team, an MRI confirmed no…

  19. Rickie Weeks could be activated from the disabled list this weekend

    Sep 6, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

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    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said this afternoon that Rickie Weeks might be activated from the disabled list during a series against the Phillies this weekend. But he won’t return to the starting lineup right away. The plan is for Weeks to be eased back into action via pinch-hit…

  20. Ex-pitcher Adam Loewen makes it back to majors as outfielder

    Sep 6, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Adam Loewen

    Former Orioles first-round pick Adam Loewen is back in the majors three years and a couple of months after giving up on pitching due to a series of arm problems.  The Blue Jays called him up and will use him as a reserve outfielder for the rest of the season. The 27-year-old Loewen has been…

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