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  1. Yankees prospect Dante Bichette Jr. is the Gulf Coast League MVP

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Dante Bichette Jr.

    Many thought Dante Bichette Jr. was an overdraft when the Yankees made him the 51st overall selection this year, but he was a big early success for the Bombers and he was rewarded Tuesday by being named the Gulf Coast League MVP. Bichette, an 18-year-old third baseman, hit .342/.446/.505 with three homers and 47 RBI in…

  2. Ozzie Guillen gives himself a ‘Z’

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Asked by CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien what kind of grade he deserves for the season, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen responded, “Z for Zorro. I don’t think I did a good job.” That’s probably overly harsh, given that he’s pretty much had his hands tied with having to play three of the game’s worst regulars…

  3. Marlins released Mike Cameron for conduct detrimental

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    The Marlins’ decision to release Mike Cameron with 2 1/2 weeks left in the season seemed awfully odd, particularly with Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison banged up.  But they obviously had their reasons.  Juan C. Rodriguez of The Sun Sentinel reports that the center fielder was let go for conduct detrimental to the team. No…

  4. Rangers activate Nelson Cruz but hold him out of lineup

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    The Rangers activated Nelson Cruz after a minimum 15-day stay on the disabled list Tuesday, but it’s safe to say they wouldn’t have done so if not for the September 40-man rosters. Manager Ron Washington made it clear to the Dallas Morning News that Cruz’s hamstring isn’t yet 100 percent, and he’s expected to be limited…

  5. Manny Ramirez released on bail after battery charge

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    After spending Monday night in the Broward County Jail, Manny Ramirez was released on $2,500 bail Tuesday. He declined to speak about the incident that left wife Juliana with a swollen face and a bruise on the back of her head as he left the jail alone. “No thanks,” Ramirez said when asked for comment. “Let me…

  6. So when will all of the European baseball players arrive?

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    European Flag

    This is essentially a must-click link, though I offer it with the caveat that it is an ESPN Insider piece, so many of you won’t be able to click it.  My antipathy toward paywalls aside — and notwithstanding the fact that ESPN’s fortunes do not benefit me whatsoever — I believe that Insider subscription is…

  7. Josh Beckett will start for the Red Sox on Thursday or Friday

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett missed his last turn in the Red Sox’s rotation with a sprained ankle suffered on September 5, but manager Terry Francona announced this afternoon that he’s slated to start Thursday or Friday. Beckett threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems, but Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that whether he returns Thursday…

  8. Bobby Jenks diagnosed with pulmonary embolism

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    In the midst of having his injured back reexamined, right-hander Bobby Jenks was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (an arterial blockage in the lung), the Red Sox announced Tuesday. Jenks was already expected to have season-ending back surgery.  That figures to be delayed because of the embolism treatment, which will probably involve blood thinners.  Manager Terry Francona…

  9. Dusty Baker doesn’t expect Scott Rolen to play again this year

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Scott Rolen has been out since mid-July following shoulder surgery and manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t expect the veteran third baseman to play again this season. Rolen was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable and as recently as August 29 expressed optimism about being close to…

  10. The Pirates pull out of Venezuela

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Venezuela flag

    I wonder if this is something that extends beyond the Pirates and will have implications for other teams as well: The Pirates have notified their Venezuelan academy that the organization will be terminating its lease and no longer participating in the six-team Venezuelan Summer League. Though the Pirates have not commented publicly on the situation, the…

  11. Kevin Youkilis returns to Red Sox’s lineup

    Sep 13, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    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

    Kevin Youkilis is back in the Red Sox’s lineup tonight after missing four games with a sports hernia that will eventually require surgery. Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles played third base in Youkilis’ absence, but he’s back at the hot corner tonight and batting fifth against the Blue Jays. Youkilis previously spent two weeks on…

  12. Baseball announces Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 13, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”  Tim Wakefield won it last year.  The 2011 nominees — one per team — were just announced. They are as follows: Arizona Diamondbacks – Joe Saunders Atlanta Braves – Tim Hudson…

  13. Phillies fans care more than fans of any other team

    Sep 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    As a Braves fan, I often have the lack of enthusiasm of Braves fans thrown back in my face by Philly fans. “Why don’t they sell out their ballpark, even for playoff games?” I’m asked. “We may be overly enthusiastic,” they say, “but it’s just because we’re passionate.” And I can’t argue those points. Really,…

  14. Cardinals announce two-year, $21 million contract extension with Chris Carpenter

    Sep 13, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported late Sunday night that Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals had agreed to a two-year, $21 million contract extension and now it’s official. General manager John Mozeliak has called a press conference to announce the deal, which takes the place of Carpenter’s $15 million team option or…

  15. Jered Weaver likely to start on short rest this weekend

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver struggled working on short rest two weeks ago, giving up seven runs to the Rangers on August 28, but the Angels ace is going to give it another try. Weaver is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against the A’s and manager Mike Scioscia indicated to reporters that his next start will probably be Sunday…

  16. Stephen Strasburg drops some wisdom

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with Stephen Strasburg recently, and Strasburg said something that — though no one has really mentioned it — seems super obvious the minute Strasburg says it: I just need to keep working to get into a routine to where it’s just auto-pilot. Answer the bell every fifth day.…

  17. A Negro Leagues database? Yes please!

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Bingo DeMoss

    This is cool:  Seamheads.com has launched an effort to create the first comprehensive statistical encyclopedia of Negro Leagues baseball statistics.  It’s called the Negro Leagues Database, and it has just launched with the first three Negro Leagues seasons (1920-23) and some assorted Cuban winter league results of that era.  The site has biographical information as…

  18. Jair Jurrjens unlikely to pitch for Braves again this season

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens is still trying to come back from a bone bruise in his right knee, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that “the odds are long and he knows it.” Jurrjens is able to play catch while wearing a brace on the knee, but hasn’t been cleared to throw off a…

  19. Great Moments in Fan Fiction

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Misery

    Those of you who hang out in the comments are aware of poster FC and his recent foray into fan fiction. Basically, he imagines me in an underground lair, wearing a Braves bathrobe, smoking a bubble pipe, sitting before large TV monitors and basically treating baseball like a Bond villain treats the world. He has…

  20. Reds GM Walt Jocketty declines to discuss expiring contract

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty’s four-year contract is up after this season, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com writes that he “bristled” when asked about his future with the team and declined to discuss the topic: I don’t want to talk about my situation. It’s like any other contract. I don’t like talking about it. It’s…

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