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  1. Dustin McGowan returns to the majors after a three-year absence

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

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    The last time Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan threw a pitch in a major league baseball game was in 2008.  In between then and now he has had multiple shoulder surgeries and a knee injury. But for the past month or so he has been throwing rehab games and they’ve been pretty good. In twelve rehab…

  2. Carlos Beltran out of Giants lineup with stomach illness

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    beltran scores getty

    Carlos Beltran was finally starting to produce for the Giants, collecting eight hits in his last three games, so naturally he’s been scratched from today’s lineup with what Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News describes as “food poisoning/stomach ailment.” Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle called it “a gastric illness,” so I…

  3. The Mets may not even pretend to contend next year

    Sep 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    alderson at podium

    While all teams are constantly making changes and are trying to build a winner, the Mets haven’t declared a full-fledged rebuild — the kind where everyone of value is sold off and the process begins anew — for many, many years.  But according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, that’s on the table…

  4. Errors pushing Mark Reynolds across the diamond in 2012

    Sep 5, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Mark Reynolds committed two errors yesterday to increase his season total to a franchise-record 26 errors at third base and he’s only started 111 games there, which has Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun expecting the Orioles to move him across the diamond to first base next season. Reynolds had been playing mostly first base…

  5. Why doesn’t Major League Baseball commemorate Labor Day?

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Labor

    Will McDonald of Royals Review has an excellent post today. In it he wonders why Major League Baseball can see fit to honor Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Earth Day and cancer awareness with special hats or some other on-the-field shoutout, but not see fit to give Labor Day similar due. He admits that special…

  6. Jerome Williams let the Giants call him “Jeremy” for two years

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    Jerome Williams

    Jerome Williams returning to the majors with the Angels for the first time since 2007 is a pretty interesting story, but Sam Miller of the Orange County Register investigated something about the one-time Giants prospect that’s even more interesting. Apparently when Williams first arrived in the big leagues as a 21-year-old rookie in 2003 the…

  7. The Yankees are going to stick with six starters for a while

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    Joe Girardi

    The Yankees six starters thing is kind of interesting to me simply because it’s not common, it’s less common on good teams than it is on bad teams and it’s really not that often that such arrangements last longer than a couple of weeks or so.  But the Yankees are still going with it for…

  8. Bobby Jenks done for the season, Erik Bedard skipping start

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    Bobby Jenks

    Bobby Jenks hasn’t pitched since July 7 because of a back injury and manager Terry Francona told reporters this morning that the big right-hander is unlikely to return this season. This is Jenks’ third disabled list stint of the season and he allowed 12 runs in 16 innings in between the injuries, so the Red…

  9. Chipper Jones on the Phillies: “we’re not scared of them”

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones has no illusions that the Braves are going to catch the Phillies in the NL East — he rules that possibility out — but he thinks the Braves stack up pretty well with them overall and is hoping the teams meet in the playoffs: “The only team that can really put any pressure…

  10. Grady Sizemore batting leadoff in return from disabled list

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Grady Sizemore is back from the disabled list following a brief minor-league rehab assignment and in the Indians’ lineup today for the first time since July 17, leading off against the Tigers. Sizemore was initially placed on the DL with a right knee contusion and then underwent sports hernia surgery while sidelined, missing a total…

  11. Photo of the Day: The Milwaukee Cowboys

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

    Yesterday we saw Nyjer Morgan as “Tony Tombstone.”  But he wasn’t the only Milwaukee Brewer who dressed up like a cowboy. They all did. Click here for full size. I gotta say, Prince Fielder looks fairly awesome. The belt buckle clearly sets him apart.  I also love the sombrero in the back row at the…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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. …

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Colby Rasmus to begin swinging within next couple days

    Sep 4, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

    rasmus blue jays getty

    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…

  20. 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…

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