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  1. Staying in the Nationals’ rotation would be worth $800,000 to Chien-Ming Wang

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    Chien-Ming Wang‘s comeback has been a mixed bag, as his decent-looking 4.43 ERA in eight starts comes with more walks (13) than strikeouts (12) in 45 innings. Livan Hernandez has already been removed from the Nationals’ rotation so they could go with younger starters down the stretch and it’ll be interesting to see if Washington…

  2. Pat Burrell may be forced to retire

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    Sure, his performance is going to make it difficult for Pat Burrell to get any more major league work, but underlying that performance is that chronic foot injury from which he’s been suffering all summer.  I wasn’t really clear on the nature of it until I read Hank Schulman’s piece in the Chronicle this morning:…

  3. Juan Pierre is eighth player to join 2,000-hit club this season

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Last month I angered a bunch of Rangers fans by using Michael Young reaching 2,000 hits to point out that the 2,000-hit club has a relatively big membership compared to similar statistical milestones that receive much less attention. Some people–including A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy–took that as a knock on Young, whereas my intention was merely…

  4. Nyjer Morgan is now “Tony Hush”

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    Nyjer Morgan‘s alter ego — Tony Plush — got him in some trouble on Twitter the other night. So now he’s going with a new moniker: Also, for those interested in the blowback from the Nyjer Morgan-Cardinals dust-up from last night, there isn’t a whole lot to report. He referred to himself in the clubhouse earlier…

  5. Chase Utley could miss all of next week with mild concussion

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chase Utley has already been ruled out for the entire weekend with a mild concussion suffered Wednesday and now general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated that the Phillies second baseman probably won’t be back before late next week. Amaro told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that “I don’t expect him to play the next two series…

  6. Frank McCourt’s lawyer: the $1.2B bid for the Dodgers is “a publicity stunt”

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

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    As soon as that from-out-of-nowhere $1.2 billion offer for the Dodgers was reported, folks were skeptical about the motive and veracity of the bid. Add Frank McCourt to the skeptics. As Bill Shaikin reports, a recent court filing has his lawyers referring to the offer as a “publicity stunt,” saying that it was unsolicited and…

  7. Dustin McGowan to make first start since July 8, 2008

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Dustin McGowan‘s three-year journey back to the big leagues was completed Tuesday with a four-inning relief appearance and now the Blue Jays have decided to give him a start for the first time since July 8, 2008. McGowan didn’t exactly dominate in his return outing, allowing eight baserunners and three runs in four innings against…

  8. Jose Rijo is not having a great retirement

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jose Rijo

    Remember Jose Rijo? His nasty, nasty stuff? Those great years with the Reds?  Yeah, that was a long time ago. In recent years we’ve heard about him mostly in infamy. He was neck-deep in the international prospect shenanigans that brought down Jim Bowden in Washington. And now we have this: The Justice Ministry’s Anti-laundering Unit…

  9. Conor Jackson still out after running into Fenway Park wall

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Last week’s Red Sox-A’s swap may end up being the least impactful in baseball history. Jason Rice, who the A’s acquired, was waived and claimed by the Indians just days after the trade, so Oakland lost him for nothing. Conor Jackson, who the Red Sox acquired, injured his knee running into the right-field wall in…

  10. The “Moneyball” movie may be good

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    Moneyball

    I’ve been a bit skeptical of the “Moneyball” movie for a long time. I worry that it will be too impenetrable for mainstream audiences and too simplified and Hollywood-ized for baseball freaks, thus leaving everyone disappointed. I’d like to be pleasantly surprised, but I’m not holding out super strong hope. Our own Aaron Gleeman is…

  11. Your latest “Baseball is dying” column

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

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    The first professional baseball team was established in 1869.  Two weeks later someone probably wrote a column about how baseball was dying, on its way out and utterly utterly doomed. From then until the present day, scribes have proclaimed baseball to be a dead sport walking. Here’s the latest, from the pages of the Kansas…

  12. Report: Chuck LaMar quit because he questioned the Phillies’ commitment to player development

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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    Bill Conlin prefaces all of this by saying that it’s just what he’s hearing, not necessarily the God’s Honest Truth, but he tells a story in the Philadelphia Daily News today about why Chuck LaMar resigned as the Phillies’ assistant general manager. A story — with “quotes” that appear to be paraphrasing, not things actually said…

  13. The State of the Races

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

    AL EAST The spread: Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but both the Yankees and Red Sox lose. New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: It’s gonna be funny when the prognosticators look at the stumbling finish each of these teams seems to be embarking upon and uses it to…

  14. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:18 AM EST

    Ronny Paulino, Chipper Jones

    Braves 6, Mets 5; Braves 5, Mets 1: A makeup doubleheader. Chipper Jones made like it was 1999 and that dismantling the Mets was still his primary purpose on the Earth. Those were the days. He hit a homer doubled and scored twice in game 1 He drove in two more in the nightcap. Something…

  15. Brent Lillibridge done for season due to broken hand

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:09 AM EST

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    Another one bites the dust. Via our friends at CSNChicago.com, the White Sox announced late Thursday evening that utilityman Brent Lillibridge has been diagnosed with a broken bone in his right hand and will not appear in a game for the remainder of the 2011 season. The fracture happened in the seventh inning of Thursday’s…

  16. Carl Everett arrested on domestic violence charges

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:36 PM EST

    carl everett red sox

    Another sad turn in the life of Carl Everett. According to Kevin Boie of KDFW in Dallas, with a hat tip to Deadspin, the former big league outfielder was arrested in Colleyville, Texas earlier this month after an emergency 911 call was made at 5:30 a.m. from his 5,800 square-foot family home. Not many details…

  17. Chase Utley out this weekend due to mild concussion

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:13 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Florida Marlins

    From Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer comes word that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been ruled out of this weekend’s series against the Brewers due to a mild concussion. Utley suffered the slight head injury on Wednesday night when he was struck in the batting helmet by an Eric O’Flaherty pitch. He’s not…

  18. Brewers activate Rickie Weeks from the disabled list

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EST

    rickie weeks getty

    He’s back. Well, kind of. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers have officially activated second baseman Rickie Weeks from the 15-day disabled list in time for Thursday night’s game against the Phillies. Weeks has not been cleared to return to starting duties, however, and is not expected to rejoin the Brewers’ regular batting…

  19. Picture of the Day: Harrisburg’s stadium under water

    Sep 8, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    A sudden drenching from Tropical Storm Lee (and lingering rainwater from Hurricane Irene) has produced an enormous amount of flooding this week in parts of the northeast United States. The nasty weather has only affected major league teams in the form of postponements and cancellations. But it’s wreaking havoc on one of the Nationals’ minor…

  20. Chipper Jones finding Citi Field more to his liking

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones named his son Shea after breaking the hearts of many a Mets fan through the years.  He hasn’t been quite so successful in Citi Field since the Mets switched parks — he entered today with a .200 average and two homers in 18 games there — but he’s homered and doubled in the first…

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