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

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:03 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:12 PM EST

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    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…

  3. MRI shows only inflammation in Phil Hughes’ back

    Sep 21, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

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    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…

  4. Todd Helton unlikely to return this season

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 7:14 PM EST

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    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…

  7. Indians shut down right-hander Josh Tomlin

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

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    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…

  9. Debunking the “blame Theo” movement

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

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    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,…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

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    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)…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

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    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…

  12. Hunter Pence diagnosed with patella tendon strain, may play this weekend

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

    UPDATE: Pence may feel great, but an MRI exam revealed a strained patella tendon and he’s not in the lineup today.  According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com the team is hoping he can play at some point over the weekend. ========== Hunter Pence missed Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader after limping around with knee soreness…

  13. Chipper Jones to miss tonight’s game

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Atlanta Braves

    His belief that the Baseball Gods have forsaken the Braves and his losing a grounder in the lights on Monday notwithstanding, Chipper Jones has been really damn useful lately. In September he’s hitting .309/.372/.529 and has been one of the few bright spots for a skidding Braves team. This kid may make something of himself in…

  14. Royals designate Kila Ka’aihue for assignment

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    For years the Royals were unwilling to give Kila Ka’aihue an extended chance in the majors despite his strong minor-league production and then when they finally stuck him in the lineup he hit .216 in 52 games last season and .195 in 23 games this year. That’s hardly enough playing time to prove Ka’aihue can’t…

  15. What “Moneyball” really means

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

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    We’ve talked the “Moneyball” movie up to death. It’s a movie. It will bear some tangential resemblance to real events, but it’s there to entertain. Or not. It means very little to baseball other than for gossip purposes. But we still talk about the concept of “Moneyball” all the time.  And the thing is, most…

  16. Pirates get minor leaguer Eliecer Cardenas from Braves to complete Matt Diaz trade

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Pirates Braves Trade

    Three weeks ago the Braves re-acquired outfielder Matt Diaz from the Pirates for a player to be named later and today Pittsburgh chose minor-league reliever Eliecer Cardenas to complete the deal. Cardenas was in the Twins’ farm system until this year, when the Braves picked him in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft.…

  17. HBT Extra: The NL Wild Card and the Baseball Gods

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    We probably skip too many days to really call it HBT Daily. So let’s call it extra today. Anyway, Tiffany and I talk NL Wild Card

  18. Ozzie Guillen said some Ozzie Guillen-type things in Esquire

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Esquire magazine has a regular feature called “What I’ve Learned” in which they ask people for words of wisdom and their latest subject is White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who predictably provided plenty of amusing quotes. For instance, about his wife: What attracted me to my wife is she’s hot. She’s also nice, she’s a…

  19. The Columbus Clippers won the triple-A championship last night

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

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    We set it up here yesterday. The game went down last night. Columbus beat Omaha 8-3 for the triple-A championship. Joe Martinez was the MVP after pitching seven strong innings. He’s 28 and has 49.2 major league innings under his belt. He has 820 in the minors while playing in three organizations, mostly the Giants.…

  20. A’s announce three-year extension with manager Bob Melvin

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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    Confirming a move that was reported yesterday, the A’s have officially announced a three-year contract extension with Bob Melvin, who took over as interim manager when Bob Geren was fired in early June. Oakland has gone 42-49 (.462) under Melvin, who previously managed the Mariners and Diamondbacks to losing records. Geren had a 334-376 (.470)…

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