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  1. Kyle Farnsworth blows lead, has tender elbow

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:08 AM EST

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    Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth was handed the ball in the ninth inning Saturday night with a 5-3 lead over the visiting Red Sox. He retired the first batter he faced, Marco Scutaro, on a weak groundout. But almost nothing went right from there. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury hit back-to-back home runs to the right…

  2. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:16 AM EST

    ground zero, Sept 11, 9/11

    It is September 11. On this date 10 years ago, I was in freshman-year study hall at Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis, Missouri, fighting for one of the few comfortable chairs in my high school library. I wanted to take a nap. Or read a magazine. Or watch Sportscenter. I don’t quite remember. Upperclassmen…

  3. Rays might promote Matt Moore later this month

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:40 PM EST

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    It appears we may get a sneak preview of baseball’s top pitching prospect before the season is through. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Saturday evening that it’s a “possibility” left-handed prospect Matt Moore could be promoted to the major leagues for a spot start…

  4. Buster Posey already playing catch, doing squats

    Sep 10, 2011, 9:24 PM EST

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    Buster Posey‘s rehab remains on track. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the 24-year-old backstop played catch Saturday for the first time since undergoing reconstructive ankle surgery following a late-May collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins. Posey experienced no issues during the short throwing-only workout, and was filled with enthusiasm during…

  5. Josh Beckett feeling better, hoping to return next week

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

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    Things are improving quickly for Josh Beckett. The Red Sox right-hander played long-toss from about 250 feet on Saturday afternoon in Tampa Bay. He had no trouble striding into his throws and did not appear to be bothered at all by his right ankle, which was sprained this past Monday while the Boston ace was…

  6. Alex Rodriguez out 3-4 days with lingering thumb injury

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

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    From Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger comes word that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is again having issues with his left thumb, which he initially sprained near the end of August. A-Rod won’t play for the next 3-4 days, but he should be ready to rock by the middle of next week. The Yankees,…

  7. Chase Utley passes concussion test, cleared to work out

    Sep 10, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Good news for all you tortured Phillies fans. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, second baseman Chase Utley passed his ImPACT concussion test Saturday with flying colors and has been cleared to resume baseball activities. Utley was diagnosed with a mild concussion Wednesday after he was struck on the top of his batting…

  8. Adam Jones out of O’s lineup due to swollen ankle

    Sep 10, 2011, 4:11 PM EST

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    According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is not in the starting lineup Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays due to swelling in his left ankle. Jones fouled a ball off the ankle on Friday night and had trouble standing after the initial blow. He stayed in the game,…

  9. Jake Peavy shut down for the rest of the year

    Sep 10, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

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    Via Scott Merkin of MLB.com, the White Sox announced Saturday that right-hander Jake Peavy will not throw another pitch this season. Peavy, one year removed from shoulder surgery, acknowledged after an outing late last month that his body felt “run down.” The 30-year-old threw just 101 2/3 innings in 2009 and 107 innings in 2010.…

  10. Johan Santana might not return to the Mets this season

    Sep 10, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

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    Here’s manager Terry Collins, speaking Saturday with beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York: “There are no plans on seeing [Johan Santana] here except to possibly get some work in. If I don’t think he’s ready to pitch, I’m not gonna pitch him. I’m really excited about his progress. I think it’s great that…

  11. Yankees promote pitching prospect Dellin Betances

    Sep 10, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

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    Dellin Betances isn’t going to see much action with the Yankees over the final couple weeks of the regular season. And when he is called on to pitch it will likely be in low-pressure relief situations. But he was officially promoted to the major leagues on Saturday and is ecstatic to be wearing pinstripes. The…

  12. Barry Zito to be activated for some reason

    Sep 10, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    With the Giants losing again last night — and the Dbacks winning again — San Francisco is now eight and a half back and the season is effectively over. So there’s no harm, it would seem, in letting Barry Zito pitch a little. Which, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is exactly what is going…

  13. Tigers broadcaster Rod Allen apologizes to the little people

    Sep 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    I don’t get the sense that Tigers’ broadcaster Rod Allen is a bad guy. I think he’s a lot like someone’s father or grandfather who just really isn’t all that plugged in with the sensibilities of modern public discourse. Which, because he’s a broadcaster and not, like someone’s grandfather, simply some guy who talks with…

  14. The Wilpons believe that they can attract investors

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    The Mets had a conference call with their lenders on Thursday and during the call they said that they were optimistic that they can sell multiple $20 million-$30 million stakes in the team between now and the end of the year. Stakes they have to sell, you’ll recall, because their deal to sell one big…

  15. Jeff Francoeur continues to play dazzling defense

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

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    I checked with my parole officer and it seems that I still have several hours of Jeff Francoeur-related restitution and community service before I’m off the hook, so here goes: Francoeur made two astounding plays in last night’s Mariners-Royals game. Both plays came off the bat of Dustin Ackley too, which makes me think that…

  16. In addition to bursitis, Kevin Youkilis has a hernia too

    Sep 10, 2011, 9:29 AM EST

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    In addition to Kevin Youkilis‘ hip bursitis, it turns out that the Red Sox’ third baseman also has a hernia. That according to Pete Abraham and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The hernia will require surgery, but Youkilis is going to wait until the offseason for that. It’s probably not doing wonderful things for…

  17. The Phillies continue to destroy potential playoff opponents

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:41 AM EST

    Roy Halladay

    I’ve said that making playoff predictions is a sucker’s game. Anything can happen and anyone who says that the best team from the regular season is a lock to win the World Series is ignorant of recent history. That said, I’m having a hard time seeing who is going to pose a serious challenge to the…

  18. Kimbrel Unit malfunctions, Cards beat Braves in 10

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Jonny Venters

    Someone had better perform a level 2 diagnostic on the Kimbrel Unit’s positronic net, because the results it achieved last night were well outside normal operating parameters. The Braves were up 3-1 on the Cards heading into the bottom of the ninth last night when Craig Kimbrel, perhaps the most automatic thing in baseball this…

  19. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:30 AM EST

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    It’s gonna be really interesting if the Rays sweep the Red Sox and make a genuine wild card race in the American League. And by “interesting” I mean “totally hilarious for everyone who isn’t a Red Sox fan.”  And no one — but no one — will feel more uncomfortable about it than Carl Crawford.…

  20. UPDATE: Kevin Youkilis has bursitis

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:17 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    UPDATE: After last night’s game, Terry Francona said that Youkilis has bursitis and received a cortisone shot. It has not been determined if Youkilis will rejoin the team Saturday or wait in Boston for the start of a homestand that begins Tuesday. Friday, 4:40 PM: Kevin Youkilis has reportedly left the Red Sox in order to…

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