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  1. Your Monday afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Young Elvis

    Once again, we’ve pretty much said all that can be said about these teams. So let’s force them into arbitrary categories!  I sort of feel like I’m stealing Peter Gammons’ bit here, but what the heck. NOTE: the bands/artists are only for description purposes, They themselves are not being ranked. Because there’s no way I’d…

  2. Phillies’ stacked rotation means rookie Vance Worley may be in playoff bullpen

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Everyone expected Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels to be amazing this season, but injuries to the rest of Philadelphia’s rotation opened the door for Vance Worley to claim a full-time spot and the 23-year-old rookie has responded by going 11-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 117 innings. On many teams that would put…

  3. The Cubs are thinking about putting Jeff Samardzija in the 2012 rotation

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    For the past several years, the name Jeff Samardzija has been synonymous with “Oh my god, what a disaster! Really, avert your eyes, everyone avert your eyes!”  No, it’s not a synonym that comes in handy for writers all that often, but any shorthand can be useful. Useful has not been something Samardzija has been, putting…

  4. Reds interested in extending Francisco Cordero’s contract

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Francisco Cordero‘s contract has a $12 million team option or $1 million buyout for next season and general manager Walt Jocketty admitted yesterday that the Reds “are trying to determine” what their best course of action will be. Cordero has said he’d be open to renegotiating the deal and Jocketty told John Fay of the…

  5. Jorge Posada actually caught a game

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    I missed this yesterday, but something happened on Saturday night that hadn’t happened in nearly a year: Jorge Posada donned the tools of ignorance and caught a baseball game.  This season he has been a DH, with a couple of spells at first base and one gimmicky one at second. The reason he caught: emergency.…

  6. Theo Epstein reveals that J.D. Drew has broken middle finger

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    Last week Terry Francona replied “we don’t know” when asked about J.D. Drew‘s return timetable and now we know why, as general manager Theo Epstein revealed during a radio interview today that Drew has a broken middle finger. Drew was on the verge of returning from a shoulder injury and possibly taking back significant playing…

  7. Quote of the Day: Vin Scully on the 9/11 anniversary

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dodger Stadium 9 11

    Apart from some random aside kind of things I have refrained from doing a big 9/11 remembrance post. Mostly because — despite our being implored to “never forget” — I find it pretty unpleasant to think about. And it’s not like there’s any chance those of us who were adults when that went down are going to…

  8. No. 1 pitching prospect Matt Moore joining Rays as reliever

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    matt moore getty

    Matt Moore, the 23-year-old stud pitching prospect who last week finished runner-up to Mike Trout for Baseball America‘s minor league player of the year award, is on his way to Tampa Bay. With their Wild Card deficit down to 3.5 games the Rays have decided the time is right for Moore to make his big-league…

  9. The State of the Races

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    AL EAST The spread: The Yankees had a less-than-fabulous weekend in Anaheim yet they extend their lead over Boston to three and a half. Which tells you everything you need to known about Boston’s weekend in St. Petersburg.  The Red Sox now lead the Rays by a mere three and a half in the wild…

  10. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    The NFL started over the weekend, so that means that no one is paying attention to baseball anymore apart from us obsessives. Here’s the stuff the obsessives obsessed about: Jeremy Affeldt made $4.5 million this year and yet he can’t buy fresh beef? And really, Pete Orr should stay away from sausage. John Lackey is…

  11. The Cardinals give Chris Carpenter a two-year extension

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    carpenter_chris

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with starter Chris Carpenter.  The amount: $21 million.  There are still some details to be worked out, but the money and other important parts of the deal are in place.  It should be formally announced later this week. This…

  12. Is it 1978 all over again for the Red Sox?

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    No, what’s happening now is nowhere near as catastrophic as the Red Sox’ 1978 collapse. And since there are still 16 baseball games to be played, it may not even be a collapse at all. But that can’t make anyone in Red Sox Nation feel all that good this morning. The impulse to panic seems…

  13. Major League Baseball allowed Virginia Tech tribute hats in 2007

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    I’m still shocked at Major League Baseball’s refusal to allow the Mets to wear NYPD and FDNY caps in last night’s game against the Cubs.  I’m still curious to hear some rationale from Joe Torre apart from some regurgitation of baseball’s rule against allowing teams to wear unofficial caps.  And there needs to be another…

  14. 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,…

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

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Reyes cap

    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…

  16. Stephen Strasburg goes three innings in second start

    Sep 11, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    strasburg ap

    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…

  17. Indians activate Travis Hafner from disabled list

    Sep 11, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    hafner getty wide

    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…

  18. Nelson Cruz aiming to return from disabled list Tuesday

    Sep 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    nelson cruz reuters wide

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. Rickie Weeks returns to the Brewers’ starting lineup

    Sep 11, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    rickie weeks ap

    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…

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