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  1. Pablo Sandoval not in tonight’s lineup due to lingering shoulder injury

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: According to Baggarly, Giants manager Bruce Bochy just said that Sandoval could require surgery on his left shoulder following the season. 8:01 PM: The Giants have won eight straight games to move to within 3 1/2 games of the Braves in the Wild Card race, but they’ll be without their hottest hitter tonight. Andrew…

  2. Matt Holliday cleared to swing a bat, Cardinals “optimistic” about his status

    Sep 20, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    Remember how we heard yesterday that Matt Holliday was considered “doubtful” to return this season? Well, don’t count him out yet. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed that Matt Holliday was cleared to swing a bat off a tee this afternoon. “Over the last 48 hours,…

  3. Missing Giants fan Billy Chamberlain turns up in Los Angeles

    Sep 20, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

    Billy Chamberlain

    Giants fan Billy Chamberlain turned up for the team’s game in Los Angeles on Tuesday.  The homeless 49-year-old, previously a fixture outside the Giants clubhouse in San Francisco for five years, said he’d been living in Southern California for awhile and that he had no idea the Giants had started a campaign to find him. Chamberlain…

  4. Manny Ramirez slated to report for winter ball on Monday

    Sep 20, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    With one week to go before training camp, it looks like Manny Ramirez is actually going to follow through with those plans to play in the Dominican Republic this winter.  He’s set to arrive this weekend and join Aguilas Cibaenas on Monday. Ramirez retired from MLB in April after learning that he’d be suspended for…

  5. Asdrubal Cabrera breaks a home run record

    Sep 20, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Not the home run record, because that probably would have gotten some more hype.  But it is a record nonetheless.  By hitting No. 24 today, Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera broke the single-season record for homers by a Venezuelan shortstop. OK, yeah, Babe Ruth wasn’t eligible for this one. Alex Gonzalez had held the record, hitting 23 in 2004…

  6. Eric Hinske is not helping

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    As the Braves continue to gag their way out of the wild card race, there are constant stories from the clubhouse about how no one is stressed, it’s all light, and the mood remains good.  Maybe that’s true. It’s also possible that they’re just all laughing at Eric Hinske‘s new haircut, as captured by Mark…

  7. Someone stole the glasses off Ernie Harwell’s statue in Detroit

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Harwell Statue Vandalized Baseball

    If they ever find this person, I vote for multiple death penalties: Someone has stolen a pair of glasses off a statue of late Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell that stands at Comerica Park in Detroit. Columnist Neal Rubin with The Detroit News reports that the team noticed the vandalism in July and a new pair…

  8. It’s official: the Red Sox will win the wild card

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Ric Flair

    Two reasons why I think the Red Sox have locked up the wild card. First: because Curt Schilling said today that he didn’t think they’d do it, and he’s wrong about everything. Second, because Gordon Edes just tweeted the following from the Red Sox clubhouse: Wrestler Ric Flair visited Sox clubhouse posed for pictures with…

  9. Cubs will keep scouting director Tim Wilken for 2012

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    tim wilken cubs

    They haven’t hired a new general manager to replace Jim Hendry yet, but the Cubs informed scouting director Tim Wilken that he’ll be retained for next season, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Wilken sat down recently with owner Tom Ricketts and told Sullivan that “he was very supportive” and “he’s a good…

  10. Blame Theo Watch: Jon Morosi piles on

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Once was interesting. Twice was eyebrow raising. But the third “Blame Theo” article in a little over 24 hours means we have a full-fledged phenomenon on our hands.  The lastest: Jon Paul Morosi from Fox, who says “Epstein, for all his skills as a general manager, failed to accumulate the pitching depth required to win…

  11. Adam Dunn’s back-to-back two-hit games a first for 2011

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Lance Berkman, Adrian Gonzalez, Vladimir Guerrero and David Wright have all done it seven games in a row.  Kyle Blanks, Brett Wallace and Mike Moustakas are some of the lesser lights to do it at least five games in a row.  Now Adam Dunn has at least done it twice in a row.  With two…

  12. Once upon a time “baseball wise men” really liked the John Lackey signing

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    hindsight award

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors dug up an interesting article from February of 2010 in which ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark polled “20 baseball wise men” about which of that offseason’s free agent signings were the best. Their answer? 1. John Lackey (5 years, $82.5 million) 2. Chone Figgins (4 years, $36 million) 3. Matt Holliday…

  13. Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall has cancer

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Hall

    Well this is a perfectly sucky bit of news. Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to the news release it was caught in early stages and everyone is waxing optimistic. There really aren’t many things one can say about this sort of thing apart from best wishes to Hall for…

  14. Ozzie Guillen wants to know job status before taking vacation

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    ozzie guillen wine

    Ozzie Guillen is going on a vacation to Spain with his wife two days after the regular season is over–presumably he planned it after Chicago fell out of contention–and he wants to know where he stands with the White Sox before he leaves. Guillen is under contract for next season, but has made it very…

  15. 190,000 want to attend Brewers postseason games

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

    It looks like they’re going to have to start installing seats on the slide. The Brewers have received more than 190,000 entries from fans looking to buy single-game tickets for the NLDS. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers will hold a lottery later this week and email the winners then. The lucky fans will…

  16. Red Sox fans have to root for the Yankees, right?

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Red Sox fans

    We’ve talked about the strange rooting interests that crop up late in the season. The unbalanced schedule means that the odds are great that fans of one team will have to root for fans of a division rival. But not everyone feels that way. This AP report set out to find some Boston fans and…

  17. Dodgers make Tommy Lasorda honorary coach on birthday

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Tommy Lasorda’s 84th birthday is Thursday and the Hall of Famer will celebrate by serving as an honorary Dodgers coach against the rival Giants. Lasorda, who managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he was thrilled to get the invite from current manager Don Mattingly: I am so deeply…

  18. Could Albert Pujols be the National League MVP?

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Gerald Laird

    The quiet NL MVP race looks like a two-man competition on the surface: Matt Kemp has been the league’s best player, while Ryan Braun has a good case for second best and has put up his numbers for a first-place team.  Still, I can’t help but wonder if a third candidate is lurking. Albert Pujols may yet…

  19. Joe Maddon on the weight of a late-season collapse

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon was on the Dan Patrick show yesterday and he said something that just reinforces my belief that he’s one of the brighter bulbs in the game. Not in a “Maddon is a baseball genius” way, but just in terms of a guy who is able to move beyond the tired cliches and actually…

  20. Brian McCann hasn’t been his usual self since coming off DL

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    His overall numbers look as strong as always, but Braves catcher Brian McCann has struggled mightily since returning from the disabled list in mid-August. McCann was hitting .303 with an .879 OPS when he was placed on the DL with an oblique strain, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes he’s hitting…

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