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  1. Is career-high workload catching up to Jered Weaver?

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    Jered Weaver has turned in back-to-back ugly starts, allowing 13 runs in 11 innings while his ERA rose from 2.03 to 2.49, but manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “his arm feels good” and there are no physical issues to blame. Weaver is on pace for a career-high 238…

  2. The Cardinals would like to bring Rafael Furcal back next year

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Rafael Furcal

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are very interested in retaining Rafael Furcal after the season ends. Furcal, a free agent-to-be, hasn’t hit for average since coming over from the Dodgers, but he has played slick defense and has flashed nice power in his short time in St. Louis.  Given…

  3. Joe West’s maverick replay review: a wrong that was ultimately right

    Sep 5, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

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    By now you’ve probably heard about the big Joe West/replay/fan interference call that took place in the sixth inning of the Phillies-Marlins game yesterday. This was a wonderful set of occurrences because it marries at least three of my personal hobby horses: Joe West bashing, instant replay and Phillies fans. If steroids were involved somehow I…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:44 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Diamondbacks 4, Giants 1: Bye-bye Giants? They drop two of three to the Dbacks and now find themselves down by seven with 22 to play. Sure, Arizona could collapse — anyone can — but the dirty little secret about history’s big collapses is that they were always accompanied by another team surging. Is there anything…

  5. Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez likely done for season

    Sep 4, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Franklin Gutierrez

    Franklin Gutierrez suffered an oblique strain during Sunday’s game and is expected to miss the rest of the year, says the Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker. Gutierrez ends a disastrous season with a .224/.262/.273 line in 322 at-bats.  He missed the first seven weeks with a stomach condition that was eventually diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. …

  6. Brennan Boesch to undergo thumb surgery

    Sep 4, 2011, 6:24 PM EST

    Brennan Boesch

    Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch was hoping to put off thumb surgery until after the season, but the pain from his torn ligament has prevented him from swinging a bat and he made the decision Sunday to have the procedure now. Boesch was one of the AL’s better corner outfielders during the first half of the…

  7. Gardenhire: Francisco Liriano likely done for the season

    Sep 4, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

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    According to beat writer John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire informed the media on Sunday afternoon that left-handed starter Francisco Liriano is not likely to return to a major league mound this season. Liriano was placed on the disabled list in late August with a shoulder strain. A visit…

  8. Colby Rasmus to begin swinging within next couple days

    Sep 4, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

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    The sample size is still quite small, but Colby Rasmus isn’t off to the best start in Toronto. Acquired in an eight-player trade back in July, he batted just .216/.239/.398 over his first 92 plate appearances with the Blue Jays and has now been sidelined for two weeks with a sore right wrist. The 25-year-old…

  9. Padres’ Anthony Rizzo is back in the big leagues

    Sep 4, 2011, 2:38 PM EST

    Anthony Rizzo

    The Padres promoted top first base prospect Anthony Rizzo to the major leagues on June 9 after watching the young slugger open the season with a superb .365/.444/.715 batting line and 16 home runs over his first 52 games at Triple-A Tucson. That production quickly flat-lined in San Diego. Rizzo batted just .143/.282/.265 during a…

  10. Mike Stanton day-to-day with right hamstring tightness

    Sep 4, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

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    From Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post comes word that Marlins slugger Mike Stanton is not in Sunday’s starting lineup against Phillies ace Roy Halladay due to tightness in his right hamstring. Stanton was forced from Saturday’s 8-4 victory over Philadelphia after tumbling near first base while attempting to leg out a fifth-inning infield…

  11. Jonathan Sanchez aiming to return later this month

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

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    Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez hasn’t pitched in a game since August 16 due to a badly sprained left ankle and is still dealing with discomfort here in early September. But he hasn’t given up on returning to action before the end of the 2011 regular season. According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury…

  12. Picture of the Day: Nyjer Morgan is Tony Tombstone

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Here’s Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan dressed up as a cowboy before Sunday’s series finale against the Astros in Houston, Texas. The man who calls himself “Tony Plush” is now going by “Tony Tombstone.”

  13. Mark Teixeira returns to lineup after two-game absence

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

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    Mark Teixeira‘s knee is feeling improved. According to Erik Boland of Newsday, the first baseman is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays. Teixeira is batting third, behind Derek Jeter and in front of Alex Rodriguez, as the Bronx Bombers try for a three-game series sweep of Toronto. Teixeira…

  14. Reds prospect Billy Hamilton reaches 100 stolen bases

    Sep 4, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    billy hamilton reds

    Triple-digit stolen base totals are a thing of the past in the major leagues and are becoming increasingly rare in the minor league ranks. But baseball’s long history is filled with players who have bucked trends, and achieved great success in doing so. Enter Billy Hamilton, the Reds’ top infield prospect. A second-round pick in…

  15. Torii Hunter might retire after the 2012 season

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:49 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Here’s Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, chatting Friday with Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: ”I am going to retire an Angel. Next year is my last year, and I’m going to retire an Angel. I’m going to evaluate it this offseason. That’s when I’ll know. It’s 60-40, to the positive, that I’ll keep playing. You…

  16. George Kottaras first to hit for the cycle this season

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    George Kottaras

    Brewers backup catcher George Kottaras wrote his name into baseball’s history books during Saturday’s 8-2 victory over the Astros, becoming the first major leaguer of the 2011 season to hit for the cycle. Kottaras flew out to left field in his first at-bat, then rattled off four consecutive hits. He deposited a solo home run…

  17. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 4, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    miguel cabrera walkoff

    It’s September 4. On this date in baseball history, Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott threw a no-hitter against the Indians (1993), Robin Ventura became the eighth player to hit two grand slams in one game (1995), and the Red Sox officially retired the number 27 in honor of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk (2000). Your…

  18. Coco Crisp won’t play Sunday due to bruised right foot

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:29 PM EST

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    From Jane Lee of MLB.com comes word that A’s outfielder Coco Crisp will sit out of Sunday’s series finale against the Mariners due to a bruised right foot. Crisp fouled a ball off the foot on Saturday evening and was eventually removed from the Oakland lineup after attempting to play through the discomfort for a…

  19. Hanley Ramirez to undergo surgery on ailing left shoulder

    Sep 3, 2011, 9:13 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Bad news for HanRam. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins’ medical staff has recommended surgery for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has been bothered by an unstable shoulder since attempting a diving catch in early August. No exact date has been set for the procedure, but it should take place within a week. The…

  20. Peter Moylan set to return to Braves’ bullpen Sunday

    Sep 3, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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    Braves right-hander Peter Moylan underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in mid-April and hasn’t pitched in a major league game since. That should change tomorrow. Or at some point early next week. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Moylan will be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday…

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