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  1. Phil Hughes scratched from today’s start with back spasms

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the Yankees’ doubleheader against the Rays today, but he’s unavailable because of back spasms that have bothered him since last week. Hector Noesi will get the Game 1 start instead, but he’s been used strictly as a reliever this season and is expected to throw just…

  2. Javy Vazquez may retire after this year

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Javier Vazquez has had a fantastic second half for the Marlins. So fantastic that I’ve used the “who is going to get suckered into signing him to a big contract” joke at least twice in the past two weeks. Three if you count that one.  But Vazquez himself may very well have different ideas.  According…

  3. Aramis Ramirez “ready to move on” from Cubs

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Aramis Ramirez has been making quite a few headlines as he nears free agency. Last week he told reporters he’ll be seeking a two- or three-year deal on the open market, earlier this week reports pegged the Marlins as one of his likely suitors, and last night the 34-year-old third baseman told Patrick Mooney of…

  4. Must-click link: catchers framing pitches have a huge impact on ball/strike calls

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jose Molina

    This is something that we’ve always suspected intuitively, but Mike Fast has a major piece up over at Baseball Prospectus today exploring (a) how much of an influence a catcher has on ball/strike calls for borderline pitches; (b) the techniques they use to do this; and (c) who, among active catchers is the best at…

  5. Line drive to chest won’t keep David Price from Friday start

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Price

    David Price exited Sunday’s start against the Red Sox after just four innings when he was hit in the chest by a line drive, sending him to the hospital and leaving the left-hander with an imprint of the baseball on his skin. Three days later the bruising is almost gone and Price feels good enough…

  6. Jinx Alert! MLB to premiere its Braves-based “Legends are born in October” commercial tonight

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    I’m not a superstitious man, but at some point Fate just doesn’t like to be tempted. This, it seems to me, is not just tempting fate, but taunting it: The Braves won last night, but they’re by no means a lock to win this thing. Especially considering their final six games come against a Nats…

  7. Nationals scouting impending free agent C.J. Wilson

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    C.J. Wilson may be the most desirable starting pitcher on the free agent market this offseason and the Nationals will apparently be among the teams interested in the Rangers left-hander. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that “the Nationals have sent a scout to Oakland to watch” Wilson tonight against the A’s and “it’s not a…

  8. Erik Bedard may have been rattled last night

    Sep 21, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard, Terry Francona

    Ever been served with legal papers? It’s not fun. Kind of throws you off your game for a while. Erik Bedard didn’t have a great game last night against the Orioles.  I wonder if this had anything to do with it: Hours before taking the mound for the reeling Red Sox against the Orioles Tuesday…

  9. Clayton Kershaw simply owns the Giants

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Clayton Kershaw has 20 wins this year. Five of them have come against the arch-rival Giants. Four of them have come when Tim Lincecum was going for San Francisco. In short, he has crushed his enemies, has seen them driven before him, and has heard the lamentation of their women. Last night was no different.…

  10. The Marlins’ new logo is leaked. We think.

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Maury Brown found this on a message board yesterday. It purports to be the new Marlins logo, though some have suggested it’s a fake. Others have suggested that it’s a temporary thing just being floated for public feedback, and if it’s mocked it will be disowned by the team. Either way, I assume someone will…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 5: Guess that visit from Ric Flair didn’t pay off, eh?  It’s possible, I suppose, that the visit wasn’t from the man in his awesome Nature Boy persona, but rather, was the real life Ric Flair, who is pretty damn pathetic. Anyway, sure, Tampa Bay lost too and if these teams…

  12. Hunter Pence to undergo precautionary MRI for patellar tendinitis

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

    The Phillies have dropped four games in a row, including a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Nationals today. Big deal. Now here’s something to potentially worry about. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Hunter Pence has patellar tendinitis in his left knee and will undergo a precautionary MRI tomorrow. Pence left the first game…

  13. Report: Athletics agree to three-year contract extension with manager Bob Melvin

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Athletics and manager Bob Melvin have reached agreement on a three-year contract extension, effectively removing the interim tag. Nothing official from the team yet, but they are expected to make an announcement the coming days. Melvin, 49, took over as interim manager after Bob Geren was…

  14. Bud Norris leaves start with shoulder discomfort

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Washington Nationals

    Some potentially bad news for one of the few bright spots for the last-place Astros this season. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Bud Norris left tonight’s start against the Reds in the third inning with right shoulder discomfort. Norris gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings before…

  15. Johnny Cueto officially ruled out for rest of season

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    While Johnny Cueto didn’t rule out the possibility of returning last week, he confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com today that he will indeed miss the rest of the season with a strained right lat muscle. Cueto was removed from his start last Wednesday against the Cubs due to the injury. “I’m not throwing. I think I’m…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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