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  1. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 12, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rays 9, Red Sox 1: Attention Red Sox Nation: set sphincters to Defcon 1.  The Rays sweep and they are now three and a half out in the wild card. And these two play each other four more times. B.J. Upton was 4 for 4 with a grand slam. Cardinals 6, Braves 3: Attention Braves,…

  2. Major League Baseball denies the Mets the right to wear 9/11 tribute caps

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

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    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Exhibit A, Major League Baseball. The Mets — the team which in many ways served as the focal point of baseball’s return after 9/11 — had petitioned to allow players to wear NYPD and NYFD tribute caps in honor of the 10th anniversary. Just as they…

  3. Stephen Strasburg goes three innings in second start

    Sep 11, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was supposed to go five innings Sunday in his second start since returning to the major leagues. He made it only three, but the outing was far from a disaster. Strasburg yielded just one run on three hits while striking out four Astros hitters. He did not issue a walk and…

  4. Indians activate Travis Hafner from disabled list

    Sep 11, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

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    From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer comes word that the Indians have activated slugger Travis Hafner from the 15-day disabled list. He’s serving as the Tribe’s DH and batting fourth in Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox. Hafner missed a little over two weeks with a strained muscle in his foot. The injury…

  5. Nelson Cruz aiming to return from disabled list Tuesday

    Sep 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

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    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was placed on the disabled list near the end of August with a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring. Team doctors estimated that he would miss at least three weeks, but the 31-year-old slugger is already chomping at the bit. According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cruz…

  6. Pirates extend GM Neal Huntington through 2015

    Sep 11, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have signed GM Neal Huntington to a three-year contract extension with a club option for 2015. As is often the case with front-office deals, no financial details were disclosed. Huntington was hired as the 12th general manager in franchise history on September 25, 2007, and…

  7. Rickie Weeks returns to the Brewers’ starting lineup

    Sep 11, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was activated from the 15-day disabled list last Thursday, but he’s just now making his first start since suffering a severe ankle sprain on July 27. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Weeks is in the Brewers’ starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies but…

  8. UPDATE: Adam Jones scratched from O’s lineup again

    Sep 11, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

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    Orioles outfielder Adam Jones sat out of Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays due to swelling in his left ankle, which was struck by a foul ball on Friday night. That one day of rest apparently did the trick. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Jones is back in the Baltimore starting…

  9. Merry Strasmas, for a second time this year

    Sep 11, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    strasburg getty

    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make his second major league start of the 2011 season on Sunday afternoon against the Astros. The 23-year-old returned from a year-long recovery from Tommy John surgery last Tuesday night and hurled five scoreless innings against the Dodgers, yielding just two hits while striking out four batters. His four-seam fastball…

  10. Marlins hoping to retain infielder Omar Infante

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

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    From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins are hoping to strike a multi-year deal this winter with impending free agent Omar Infante. The Marlins acquired Infante in an offseason trade that sent Dan Uggla to the Braves and have been pleased with the upgrade that the 29-year-old has provided on…

  11. Kyle Farnsworth blows lead, has tender elbow

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

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    Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth was handed the ball in the ninth inning Saturday night with a 5-3 lead over the visiting Red Sox. He retired the first batter he faced, Marco Scutaro, on a weak groundout. But almost nothing went right from there. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury hit back-to-back home runs to the right…

  12. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    ground zero, Sept 11, 9/11

    It is September 11. On this date 10 years ago, I was in freshman-year study hall at Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis, Missouri, fighting for one of the few comfortable chairs in my high school library. I wanted to take a nap. Or read a magazine. Or watch Sportscenter. I don’t quite remember. Upperclassmen…

  13. Rays might promote Matt Moore later this month

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

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    It appears we may get a sneak preview of baseball’s top pitching prospect before the season is through. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Saturday evening that it’s a “possibility” left-handed prospect Matt Moore could be promoted to the major leagues for a spot start…

  14. Buster Posey already playing catch, doing squats

    Sep 10, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

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    Buster Posey‘s rehab remains on track. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the 24-year-old backstop played catch Saturday for the first time since undergoing reconstructive ankle surgery following a late-May collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins. Posey experienced no issues during the short throwing-only workout, and was filled with enthusiasm during…

  15. Josh Beckett feeling better, hoping to return next week

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Things are improving quickly for Josh Beckett. The Red Sox right-hander played long-toss from about 250 feet on Saturday afternoon in Tampa Bay. He had no trouble striding into his throws and did not appear to be bothered at all by his right ankle, which was sprained this past Monday while the Boston ace was…

  16. Alex Rodriguez out 3-4 days with lingering thumb injury

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    a-rod reuters

    From Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger comes word that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is again having issues with his left thumb, which he initially sprained near the end of August. A-Rod won’t play for the next 3-4 days, but he should be ready to rock by the middle of next week. The Yankees,…

  17. Chase Utley passes concussion test, cleared to work out

    Sep 10, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Good news for all you tortured Phillies fans. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, second baseman Chase Utley passed his ImPACT concussion test Saturday with flying colors and has been cleared to resume baseball activities. Utley was diagnosed with a mild concussion Wednesday after he was struck on the top of his batting…

  18. Adam Jones out of O’s lineup due to swollen ankle

    Sep 10, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

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    According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is not in the starting lineup Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays due to swelling in his left ankle. Jones fouled a ball off the ankle on Friday night and had trouble standing after the initial blow. He stayed in the game,…

  19. Jake Peavy shut down for the rest of the year

    Sep 10, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Via Scott Merkin of MLB.com, the White Sox announced Saturday that right-hander Jake Peavy will not throw another pitch this season. Peavy, one year removed from shoulder surgery, acknowledged after an outing late last month that his body felt “run down.” The 30-year-old threw just 101 2/3 innings in 2009 and 107 innings in 2010.…

  20. Johan Santana might not return to the Mets this season

    Sep 10, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Here’s manager Terry Collins, speaking Saturday with beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York: “There are no plans on seeing [Johan Santana] here except to possibly get some work in. If I don’t think he’s ready to pitch, I’m not gonna pitch him. I’m really excited about his progress. I think it’s great that…

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