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  1. Cardinals announce two-year, $21 million contract extension with Chris Carpenter

    Sep 13, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported late Sunday night that Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals had agreed to a two-year, $21 million contract extension and now it’s official. General manager John Mozeliak has called a press conference to announce the deal, which takes the place of Carpenter’s $15 million team option or…

  2. Jered Weaver likely to start on short rest this weekend

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver struggled working on short rest two weeks ago, giving up seven runs to the Rangers on August 28, but the Angels ace is going to give it another try. Weaver is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against the A’s and manager Mike Scioscia indicated to reporters that his next start will probably be Sunday…

  3. Stephen Strasburg drops some wisdom

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with Stephen Strasburg recently, and Strasburg said something that — though no one has really mentioned it — seems super obvious the minute Strasburg says it: I just need to keep working to get into a routine to where it’s just auto-pilot. Answer the bell every fifth day.…

  4. A Negro Leagues database? Yes please!

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Bingo DeMoss

    This is cool:  Seamheads.com has launched an effort to create the first comprehensive statistical encyclopedia of Negro Leagues baseball statistics.  It’s called the Negro Leagues Database, and it has just launched with the first three Negro Leagues seasons (1920-23) and some assorted Cuban winter league results of that era.  The site has biographical information as…

  5. Jair Jurrjens unlikely to pitch for Braves again this season

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens is still trying to come back from a bone bruise in his right knee, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that “the odds are long and he knows it.” Jurrjens is able to play catch while wearing a brace on the knee, but hasn’t been cleared to throw off a…

  6. Great Moments in Fan Fiction

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Misery

    Those of you who hang out in the comments are aware of poster FC and his recent foray into fan fiction. Basically, he imagines me in an underground lair, wearing a Braves bathrobe, smoking a bubble pipe, sitting before large TV monitors and basically treating baseball like a Bond villain treats the world. He has…

  7. Reds GM Walt Jocketty declines to discuss expiring contract

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

    Walt Jocketty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty’s four-year contract is up after this season, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com writes that he “bristled” when asked about his future with the team and declined to discuss the topic: I don’t want to talk about my situation. It’s like any other contract. I don’t like talking about it. It’s…

  8. The ball that Juan Francisco hit last night: R.I.P.

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    You never know when it’s gonna be your time. You just hope that you’ve made the most of your life that you could and that you left your family well provided-for.  As this ball came sailing in to Juan Francisco, I just hope it didn’t have any regrets. That it lived its last day on…

  9. Aaron at the movies: “Moneyball” review

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    moneyball poster

    Last night I attended an advance screening of the “Moneyball” movie, which is set for a wide release on September 23. I’ve read Michael Lewis’ book twice and consider it some of the best, most important baseball writing of all time, but I was never quite sure how exactly it could be turned into a…

  10. Tony La Russa with expanded rosters: “like handing him a blank check and the run of Home Depot”

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I didn’t watch the Cardinals-Pirates game last night, but my Twitter feed was full of references to Tony La Russa overmanaging the game. Which the Cardinals eventually lost.  Shocker, I know. I nearly dropped my bubble pipe I was so gobsmacked. Anyway, David Schoenfield has a great breakdown of the game over at ESPN’s Sweet…

  11. Impending free agent Aramis Ramirez wants multi-year deal

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    aramis-ramirez-cubs-swing

    Aramis Ramirez is all but certain to become a free agent once the Cubs decline his $16 million option for 2012 and the 33-year-old third baseman told Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago that he’ll be seeking a multi-year deal: If I hit the marketplace I should end up with a two- or three-year deal. The…

  12. Pablo Sandoval appears to have regained most of the weight he dropped last winter

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Kung Fu Panda’s gut is making a comeback. Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged to Chris Haft of MLB.com Monday that third baseman Pablo Sandoval has regained at least some of the 40 pounds that he dropped last winter in a hardcore conditioning and dieting program. Bochy didn’t seem bothered by the gain, telling Haft and…

  13. Chase Utley cleared to return from concussion Thursday

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chase Utley has passed all the necessary tests following his concussion last week and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the second baseman has been cleared to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup Thursday. That means Utley will have missed seven days with the “mild” concussion, which is pretty fortunate considering the multiple-month absences for other concussed…

  14. Francisco Cervelli has a concussion

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Cervelli_Francisco

    We’ve known that Yankees backup catcher Francisco Cervelli has had some concussion-like symptoms since he was leveled at home plate by Nick Markakis in last Thursday’s game against the Orioles. But yesterday it was confirmed: dude has a concussion and he’s on the shelf indefinitely.  Given that he has suffered at least two and possibly…

  15. So were the Mets threatened with fines over the first responder hats or not?

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    Reyes cap

    There’s not much left to say about MLB’s strange and regrettable decision to prevent the Mets from wearing FDNY and NYPD hats on Sunday night. It’s over and likely will be until next 9/11, depending on what the marketers and money men decide. But there is an open question, highlighted in the New York Daily…

  16. The State of the Races

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    Jason Jaramillo, Corey Patterson

    AL EAST The spread: The Yankees beat Seattle, Boston is idle. It’s a four game lead for New York.  The Rays, meanwhile, won again, so they are only three back in the wild card. The skinny: The Red Sox now have Joey Gathright. So they totally got this, right? AL CENTRAL The spread: The Tigers…

  17. The Marlins release Mike Cameron

    Sep 13, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Mike Cameron

    Mike Cameron was designated for assignment by the Red Sox earlier this summer and subsequently traded to the Marlins for a player to be named later.  It was not a bad gamble on the Marlins’ part given that, until quite recently, Cameron was still a productive player with two tools — speed and defense —…

  18. Police report: Manny Ramirez slapped his wife, causing her to hit her head and fear for her safety

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:28 AM EST

    Manny Ramirez mugshot

    According to the arrest report arising from Manny Ramirez’s arrest for domestic violence last night, Ramirez and his wife were arguing. Ramirez slapped her face, causing her to hit her head on their bed’s headboard. Ramirez’s wife was afraid that the violence would escalate so she called police. She declined medical treatment but did have marks…

  19. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:04 AM EST

    Pedro Ciriaco

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 5:  Pedro Ciriaco — not Pedro Ceranno — hit an RBI double as part of a late rally to lift Pittsburgh over St. Louis. The late-inning losses for the Cardinals this year have been legion. This one coming on a night when the Braves lost was particularly ill-timed. Marlins 5, Braves 4: Atlanta continues…

  20. Bryan Stow’s lawyers estimate his damages to be $50 million

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:41 PM EST

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    You always have to take a damage claim in a lawsuit with a grain of salt. Either they’re small because the plaintiff is simply alleging enough to meet a jurisdictional threshold for the particular court they’re in — claiming, say, “no less than $15,000″ to make it clear the suit doesn’t belong in small claims court…

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