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  1. Chuck Knoblauch: “a man both buoyed and wounded by the game of baseball”

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Knoblauch

    We haven’t heard much about Chuck Knoblauch in the nine years since he retired from baseball.  He was named in the Mitchell Report and had to testify in front of a grand jury about it, but otherwise, he’s been an invisible man. Today there’s a feature story on him in the Star-Tribune.  It’s not the…

  2. Impending free agent Mark Buehrle unsure about future with White Sox

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle made his second-to-last start of the season last night, picking up the victory with six innings of two-run ball against the Indians, but before taking the mound the impending free agent talked about his uncertain future. Buehrle is coming to the end of a four-year, $52 million contract and the 32-year-old southpaw is…

  3. Lawyer says that Jim Crane is no war profiteer. Not that it really helps.

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    Look, I have no idea why Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on approving Jim Crane as the next owner of the Astros. Maybe it’s that “I don’t want to move to the American League” thing. Maybe it’s because of the long and rich history between Crane’s company and the EEOC. Maybe it’s because…

  4. Tweet of the Day: Braves-Red Sox edition

    Sep 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Fredi Gonzalez, Derek Lowe

    In the past 12 hours I have received approximately 50 tweets from people about just how bad the Braves suck.  Thankfully, most of them have been funny. I mean, sure, this skid has been miserable and there’s a great chance that the worst is yet to come (elimination!) but you can’t help but laugh or…

  5. Hello, Halos!

    Sep 22, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Angels batter Vernon Wells hits a two-run home run during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Gentlemen, change your narratives:  the Red Sox collapse/Rays surge story is kinda stale, what with the Rays’ surge being arrested of late.  Now you gotta figure in the Angels who are tied with Tampa Bay, a mere two and a half back of Boston. On September 2nd, Boston was nine games ahead of Tampa Bay and…

  6. Jorge Posada plays the hero

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees - Game Two

    It’s been a crappy year for Jorge Posada. He was demoted, sulked, and mostly just sucked.  But he at least now has one nice thing to take away from what may very well be his final season in pinstripes: a little hero moment: Posada came off the bench last night to hit a two-run single, breaking…

  7. The State of the Races

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Rage Face

    I think the photo just about sums it up.  Anyway, because I want there to be a record of all of this after my death (which should occur sometime on Monday or Tuesday at this rate), here’s where we stand: AL Wild Card: Boston is like that kindly uncle holding out a dollar bill for…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:02 AM EST

    New York Mets v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 6, Mets 5: And now St. Louis is a mere one and a half back. With games against the Mets, Cubs and Astros left. And when guys like David Freese drive in five runs, you’re entering team of destiny territory. Marlins 4, Braves 0: Javy Vazquez is going to retire, he implies. If so,…

  9. Report: No winter ball for Manny Ramirez after all

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:22 AM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    Earlier today, we found out that Manny Ramirez intends to follow through with his plans to play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. Now we find out it’s probably not going to happen after all. According to ESPN.com, Ramirez will have to drop his plans because of his suspension for failing a drug test…

  10. Matt Moore to make first MLB start Thursday vs. Yankees

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:03 AM EST

    matt moore ap

    The Rays suffered 4-2 defeats in both halves of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Yankees, dropping a half-game in the AL Wild Card standings despite the Red Sox’ 6-4 loss to the Orioles. Well aware that another loss could sink the Rays’ chances of overtaking Boston by the end of the regular season, Rays manager Joe…

  11. Cardinals win, Braves lose as Wild Card gap shrinks again

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:12 PM EST

    freese homer ap

    Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez continued his recent run of domination on Wednesday night in south Florida, allowing only two hits over seven scoreless innings to capture a 4-0 victory against a Braves team that continues to scuffle mightily. A couple thousand miles northwest, Cardinals third baseman David Freese drove in five runs, Albert Pujols went…

  12. MRI shows only inflammation in Phil Hughes’ back

    Sep 21, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

    hughes in rain getty

    Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has already been scratched from two different outings this week, but all signs point to him returning to action sometime soon. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, an MRI taken Wednesday afternoon on Hughes’ ailing back showed inflammation related to a herniated disc that he suffered back…

  13. Todd Helton unlikely to return this season

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

    helton getty wide

    From beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is unlikely to return to action this season due to ongoing discomfort in his lower back. Helton hasn’t played since last Tuesday. He was given a cortisone shot this week in an effort to expedite his recovery and…

  14. Brandon Phillips on free agency: “no homeboy hookup”

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    phillips getty square

    Reds GM Walt Jocketty announced Wednesday morning that he plans to exercise Brandon Phillips‘ $12 million club option for the 2012 season. But what happens after that? Will the All-Star second baseman be allowed to hit the free agent market? Our guess, based off Phillips’ comments Wednesday afternoon to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, is yes. “This…

  15. Brett Lawrie suffers broken middle finger, done for year

    Sep 21, 2011, 7:14 PM EST

    lawrie reuters

    Unfortunate news this evening out of Toronto. According to John Lott of Canada’s National Post, Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie suffered a broken right middle finger Wednesday while taking pregame infield practice and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2011 season. There are only a handful of games left on…

  16. Indians shut down right-hander Josh Tomlin

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

    tomlin wide ap

    From Nick Camino of Newsradio WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that the Indians have shut starter Josh Tomlin down for the rest of the year. Tomlin was placed on the disabled list near the end of August with a strained throwing elbow. The right-hander has made significant progress since, and even threw a successful…

  17. Ron Washington didn’t read “Moneyball” book, but “thought the movie was very good”

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

    Ron Washington press conference

    Ron Washington was the A’s third base coach during the Moneyball days, but told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he stopped reading the book after the first chapter. However, the Rangers manager attended the movie’s premiere Monday night in Oakland and had a glowing review: “I thought the movie was very good. It brought…

  18. Debunking the “blame Theo” movement

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Theo Epstein

    I suppose that if the Rays keep losing and the Red Sox right the ship that everyone will quickly forget that we were all supposed to blame Theo Epstein for the Red Sox’ woes.  Hard to forget such a blitzkrieg of a meme, however, with so many people hitting on it all at once.  No,…

  19. Denard Span leading off for Twins in return from concussion

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Denard Span

    Denard Span is surprisingly leading off and playing center field for the Twins tonight in his first game action since August 13. Span suffered a concussion in a collision at the plate on June 3 and pushed himself to return two months later despite continuing to experience dizziness and other symptoms. He went 2-for-35 (.057)…

  20. The Yankees beat the Rays, clinch a playoff spot

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees - Game One

    For the Yankees, it’s 16 playoff appearances in 17 years. For the Rays: missed opportunities. For the Red Sox: some breathing room, at least for a bit.  The Yankees beat the Rays 4-2 in the front end of a double header today. The game was decided in the eighth when James Shields allowed a homer…

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