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  1. Stephen Strasburg brilliant again in latest rehab outing

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:49 PM EST

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    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was dominant in his sixth minor league rehab start Thursday evening at Double-A Harrisburg. According to Nathan Fenno of the Washington Times, the 23-year-old phenom surrendered just one hit over six scoreless innings while reaching 99 mph with his fastball. Strasburg threw 55 of his 71 pitches for strikes, fanning four…

  2. Bryce Harper runs and throws in first rehab workout

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:33 PM EST

    harper futures getty

    Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper hasn’t played in a game at Double-A Harrisburg since straining his right hamstring on August 18. Harper won’t return to action before Harrisburg’s regular season schedule is through, but he could be ready in time for the Eastern League playoffs, which begin on Wednesday of next week. According to Pete…

  3. Jair Jurrjens to visit knee specialist this weekend

    Sep 1, 2011, 7:56 PM EST

    jurrjens throws getty

    MLB.com beat writer Mark Bowman suggested Thursday morning that Jair Jurrjens‘ recent struggles might be attributed to lingering discomfort in the young starter’s troublesome right knee. It turns out Bowman was right. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported about one hour ago that Jurrjens is scheduled to visit knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman…

  4. Josh Johnson finally ruled out for rest of season

    Sep 1, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    Josh Johnson

    It’s been pretty clear for a long time that Josh Johnson wouldn’t throw another meaningful pitch this season, but it took until Thursday for the Marlins to make it official. “You rewind this whole thing we thought it was gonna be a two-week thing and that was four months ago,” Marlins baseball operations president Larry…

  5. Brett Lawrie in record territory since August callup

    Sep 1, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie broke a tie with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth as the Blue Jays bested the Orioles 8-6 on Thursday. It was Lawrie’s fourth homer during his current nine-game hitting streak and seventh in 26 games since his callup.  He’s also knocked in 21 runs, but perhaps his most impressive…

  6. Hanley Ramirez to see doctor for “left shoulder instability”

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:52 PM EST

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    Yesterday’s speculation that Hanley Ramirez might need shoulder surgery remains just that, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins shortstop will be examined by a doctor after an MRI exam revealed “left shoulder instability.” Ramirez initially sprained his shoulder on August 2 and his recent rehab attempts have been derailed by the shoulder…

  7. Great Moments in Labor Relations: Keith Hernandez crosses picket line; gets taunted

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

    Keith Hernandez

    In the places I grew up the unions were strong but the strikes, when they happened, were somewhat out of sight of our day-to-day lives. I mean, regular folks don’t have to worry about crossing a picket line at a Chevy truck plant or a coal mine when they’re just trying to go about their…

  8. Padres close to new television contract with FOX Sports

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:16 PM EST

    television money

    Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad has said repeatedly that the team’s next television deal would lead to a significant increase in revenue and payroll, and it looks like that deal will be with FOX Sports. Jay Posner of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that “the Padres and Fox Sports Regional Networks are very…

  9. Albert Pujols tells the Brewers: “no champagne for you just yet”

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    pujols grimace

    A ten game lead is a big freakin’ lead this time of the year. Even if the Cardinals were to sweep the Brewers in the present series and do so again when they meet in St. Louis next week, Milwaukee would still have a pretty good lead in the division. But ya gotta start somewhere,…

  10. Jake Peavy feeling “run down” a year after shoulder surgery

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy bounced back from a six-run first inning yesterday to throw four scoreless frames, but his ERA ballooned to 5.17 and afterward he talked about feeling “run down” about 13 months removed from shoulder surgery. Peavy, who has a 4.61 ERA in 232 innings since the White Sox acquired him from the Padres in…

  11. Hey, look at the relief pitcher with the girly backpack!

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    My Little Pony

    The New York Times has a story today about the trend of making the low-man on the bullpen totem pole carry the bullpen supplies in some children’s backpack.  Usually a girl’s backpack with My Little Pony or something on it.  It’s a hazing thing, of course.  Two observations: First, I hate that the alpha and…

  12. Casey Blake to undergo season-ending neck surgery

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake, who spoke recently about possibly retiring if his neck injury doesn’t improve, will undergo season-ending surgery next week. Blake had been playing regularly since returning from his third disabled list stint of the season on July 30, hitting .274 with four doubles in 19 games, but called the pinched nerve in his neck…

  13. Frank McCourt offered $1.2 billion to sell the Dodgers

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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    Well, we weren’t expecting this. From out of the blue comes an offer — all cash — to Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers. It’s for $1.2 billion, and it comes from a man named Bill Burke. Burke, who is the founder of the Los Angeles Marathon, is backed by “certain state-owned investment institutions of…

  14. Mets get pair of minor leaguers from Brewers to complete Francisco Rodriguez trade

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Today was the deadline for the Mets to choose the two players to be named later coming their way in the Francisco Rodriguez trade and they picked right-hander Adrian Rosario and left-hander Daniel Ray Herrera. Herrera is 26 years old and pitched in the majors for the Reds and Brewers, throwing 94 total innings with…

  15. The McCourts sold one of their many, many homes

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    You know you’re in for some good McCourt extravagance porn when a sentence like “The smaller of the two homes — at 8,385 square feet -…” is involved.  That’s all followed by a ton of details about how the McCourts spend more money on housing and lawyers than your city spends on public schools in…

  16. Picture of the Day: Ryan Braun’s wipeout crime scene

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    As you’d expect, Ryan Braun‘s teammates are having a lot of fun goofing on his wipeout rounding third base on a would-be inside-the-park homer yesterday. Jordan Schelling of MLB.com snapped a picture of their attempt to reenact the scene of the crime:

  17. Comment of the Day: Why are there so many Phillies fans around here?

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Phillies fans AP

    Obviously the Phillies content around here has been nuts lately. It’s been driven, of course, by the fact that so many Phillies fans have migrated here in the past few months.  They’re active. They shoot me links or give me ideas for posts in their comments. And of course, knowing who’s reading, I’m more likely…

  18. Twins top prospect Kyle Gibson needs Tommy John surgery

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Kyle Gibson was supposed to be in Minnesota’s rotation by now, but instead the Twins’ top prospect and 2009 first-round pick won’t see the majors before 2013. Last month Gibson was shut down at Triple-A following a brutal six-week stretch and the Twins diagnosed with him a partially torn elbow ligament. They advised him to…

  19. Jays-Orioles crowd inconvenienced by car racing-related hubbub

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

    Camden Yards

    This is kind of a mess. Apparently the Baltimore Grand Prix is being run this weekend and this afternoon they’re closing streets and creating havoc to prepare for it.  Only problem: the Blue Jays-Orioles game that just got underway.  Someone I know is at the game and she tweeted about the sparse crowd. I’m guessing…

  20. Phillies on pace for most shutouts since Braves in 1992

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night Cliff Lee threw 8.2 scoreless innings and Ryan Madson came in to get the final out as the Phillies shut out the Reds. It was the 19th time this season the Phillies have held their opponent scoreless, which is the most in baseball this year: Phillies 19 Rangers 16 Dodgers 15 Braves 14…

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