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  1. Everyone complains about the weather, but …

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    Actually, I could understand it better if it was the weather that was being complained about.  In Mike Vaccaro’s column, however, there is this vague sense that all of the rain on the east coast — or at least the inconvenience it caused — was somehow Major League Baseball’s fault.  That’s underscored by the headline…

  2. Orioles remove struggling Brian Matusz from rotation because “he can’t defend himself properly”

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    matusz wide getty

    As of yesterday afternoon the Orioles weren’t sure what to do with Brian Matusz, but they’ve now decided to bump the struggling left-hander from the rotation and have him work exclusively out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season. Matusz has followed up an impressive rookie season by going 1-7 with a 9.84…

  3. Rethinking the rotation: Four-and-swing?

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan is always good for a big idea column or two each month, and his latest is one that I’ve long been arguing half-drunkenly to anyone who will listen (i.e. no one):  chucking the straight five-man rotation and going to a modified four-man thing. The idea would be to keep your four best…

  4. Bobby Parnell may be out as Mets closer

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Parnell_Bobby

    Question: do you really need a closer when you’re playing out the last three weeks of a lost season?  Eh, probably so. If not, who would we yell at when games go south?  If not, what would the guys who are somehow — against all odds — still paying close attention to their fantasy rosters…

  5. The Marlins shuffle their front office

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Marlins logo

    These aren’t major moves, but they’re the kind of day-to-day things that keep baseball teams up and running: the Marlins have named a new Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, a new Vice President of Scouting and a new Vice President of Player Development. They are, respectively, Jim Fleming, Stan Meek and Marty Scott.…

  6. The State of the Races

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Francisco Cervelli

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox win, the New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: All of the rain + the lack of remaining days off + the financial imperative to play all 162 games despite the fact that most of them are fairly meaningless…

  7. Was Francisco Cervelli’s home run really a home run?

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Cervelli Homer.bmp

    Another home run/fan interference replay call.Though this one wasn’t nearly as nutso.

  8. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:06 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

    Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0: Just when you thought it was safe to panic, Red Sox Nation, Josh Beckett‘s ankle ends up being only sprained, Jon Lester dominates the opposition and the offense goes off for 14 runs on 20 hits. Yankees 5, Orioles 3: After a four hour rain delay, the game got…

  9. The Yankees and Orioles are playing a baseball game right now

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:12 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    After a rain delay of four hours and three minutes, the Yankees and Orioles finally began play right around 11 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. It would be one thing if it the rain had stopped, but it hasn’t. In fact, it’s still pouring pretty consistently. Yankee Stadium looks a lot like the crowd you’d…

  10. Report: Padres, Cameron Maybin have mutual interest in contract extension

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:25 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports is hearing that there is “two-way sentiment” for a multi-year contract extension between the Padres and Cameron Maybin. Maybin was acquired from the Marlins last November in exchange for relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica. The 24-year-old has battled through some bumps and bruises this season, but has emerged as…

  11. Stephen Strasburg dominant in first MLB start back from Tommy John surgery

    Sep 6, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg just completed his first MLB start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. And it was fantastic. Strasburg held the Dodgers to just two hits over five scoreless innings. He threw 40 out of 56 pitches for strikes while striking out four and walking none. According to Brooks Baseball, Strasburg averaged 96.68 mph…

  12. Hanley Ramirez to undergo shoulder surgery next Thursday

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:47 PM EST

    hanley getty hurt wide

    We already knew that Hanley Ramirez was going to require surgery on his ailing left shoulder, but now we have the date. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery next Thursday. The Marlins hope Ramirez will be ready for spring training, but we won’t get an…

  13. Josh Beckett diagnosed with sprained right ankle

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    Good news for the Red Sox. While we heard this morning that Josh Beckett wasn’t dealing with a sprained right ankle as originally diagnosed yesterday, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that he underwent an examination earlier today which was consistent with an ankle sprain. According to a release from the team, an MRI confirmed no…

  14. Rickie Weeks could be activated from the disabled list this weekend

    Sep 6, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

    weeks ankle injury getty

    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said this afternoon that Rickie Weeks might be activated from the disabled list during a series against the Phillies this weekend. But he won’t return to the starting lineup right away. The plan is for Weeks to be eased back into action via pinch-hit…

  15. Ex-pitcher Adam Loewen makes it back to majors as outfielder

    Sep 6, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Adam Loewen

    Former Orioles first-round pick Adam Loewen is back in the majors three years and a couple of months after giving up on pitching due to a series of arm problems.  The Blue Jays called him up and will use him as a reserve outfielder for the rest of the season. The 27-year-old Loewen has been…

  16. Pirates rule out Paul Maholm, Kevin Correia for rest of season

    Sep 6, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    Paul Maholm

    The Pirates shifted rotation mainstays Paul Maholm and Kevin Correia to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, officially bringing their seasons to an end. Maholm went on the DL on Aug. 20 with a left shoulder strain after going 6-14 with a 3.66 ERA in 26 starts, leaving the Pirates with a tough decision to…

  17. The Yankees give wild righty Andrew Brackman a callup

    Sep 6, 2011, 6:16 PM EST

    Andrew Brackman

    Despite 75 walks and 14 hit batters in 96 innings in Triple-A this year, Andrew Brackman was promoted to the majors by the Yankees on Tuesday. Brackman, a 2007 first-round pick rated by Baseball America as the game’s No. 78 prospect entering this season, did manage to turn his season around late.  He had a…

  18. Drew Pomeranz to make his major league debut on Sunday

    Sep 6, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Rockies prospect Drew Pomeranz — who came to Colorado in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal — will make his major league debut against the Reds on Sunday.  Not bad for a guy who had an emergency appendectomy a couple of weeks ago and was thought to be done for the year.  It takes me three weeks to…

  19. Rajai Davis shut down for year after hamstring injury setback

    Sep 6, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Blue Jays batter Rajai Davis watches his two run double during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have shut down outfielder Rajai Davis for the remainder of the season after experiencing a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury. Toronto acquired Davis from the A’s in November and then signed him to a two-year, $5.75 million contract hoping that he’d get on…

  20. A’s lose Jason Rice on waivers to Indians five days after trading Conor Jackson for him

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Jason Rice

    Last week the A’s traded Conor Jackson to the Red Sox for Triple-A reliever Jason Rice and now five days later they lost Rice on waivers to the Indians for nothing. He’s hardly an impact prospect, but it still seems odd to trade for someone and then immediately waive them. Obviously the A’s were hoping…

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