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  1. Matt Moore makes an inauspicious debut

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Rays pitching prospect Matt Moore made his major-league debut in last night’s 6-2 loss to the O’s.  It wasn’t fantastic: he allowed two runs on three hits in one and a third in relief. It was a weird first appearance too.  He and the bullpen coaches thought he was supposed to start the seventh inning,…

  2. Programming Note: Announcing the Story Explorer

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Power House

    Sometime later today you’re going to notice a minor change to HBT and the other NBC SportsTalk blogs.  At the bottom of each story there will be a little navigation bar we call the Story Explorer. The idea is that once you’ve finished reading a post you will be able to browse and then —…

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Tigers 6, White Sox 5: Detroit continues to be ridiculous. Alex Avila was a hero, tying it up at five with a big fly. Carlos Guillen won it with an RBI single in extras. I know there are people who want to pretend that Justin Verlander is single-handedly carrying the Tigers into the playoffs, but…

  4. Fielder states the obvious, calls it his ‘last year’ with Brewers

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Quick everyone, raise your hand if you expect Prince Fielder to sign a huge free-agent deal this offseason to return to the Milwaukee Brewers. (… waits …) Nobody? Well I can’t say that I’m surprised. Neither apparently, does Prince Fielder, who told TBS on Wednesday that this would likely be his last season in Milwaukee.…

  5. Sorry Cubs, the Reds plan to keep Jocketty

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty has an expiring contract, leading to speculation that he would leave the Reds for the Cubs, who let Jim Hendry go in July. One report said that the Cubs had even discussed the possibility. But Reds owner Bob Castellini tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that Jocketty isn’t going anywhere. He also…

  6. Clayton Kershaw ejected in the middle of a one-hitter

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:24 AM EDT

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    Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was ejected from Wednesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks for hitting Arizona outfielder Gerardo Parra with a pitch in the top of the sixth inning. Some backstory to this one: The plunking came nearly 24 hours after Parra struck a pose and exchanged words with Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis following a…

  7. Johnny Cueto leaves game with strained right lat

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

    cueto price getty

    Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto has enjoyed great success this season with his reworked delivery, registering a superb 2.31 ERA across 156 innings. But that might be where his numbers finish up. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the 25-year-old right-hander had to be removed from Wednesday’s game against the Cubs after suffering a…

  8. Pedro Feliciano underwent rotator cuff surgery last week

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    Yankees Spring Training

    The Yankees’ two-year, $8 million offseason investment into longtime Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano continues to look bleaker and bleaker. According to Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, the Yankees announced Wednesday that Feliciano underwent rotator cuff surgery late last week. No recovery timetable has been issued, but the procedure was far from minor and…

  9. Report: Giants preparing to demote CEO Bill Neukom

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom speaks to the fans at a rally after his team's World Series victory parade in San Francisco

    The defending World Series champion Giants will be left out of the postseason picture this October. As you might expect, that’s not sitting well with some members of the organization. Members who have the power to make changes at the very top. According to Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants’ executive…

  10. Carlos Carrasco had Tommy John surgery this afternoon

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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    From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer comes word that Indians starter Carlos Carrasco underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday afternoon in New York City. The operation was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery. It was deemed an initial success, but nearly all surgeries are. Carrasco, 24, registered…

  11. Andre Ethier undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

    Sep 14, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    ethier getty wide

    As expected, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his right knee. The procedure, which took 35 minutes, was designed to clean out wear and tear from behind the right fielder’s kneecap. And it did that successfully, at least according to the Dodgers’ official Twitter account. Ethier won’t return this season, but the…

  12. Red Sox rookie Josh Reddick is way into wrestling

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Josh Reddick

    Josh Reddick doesn’t only sit on a Triple H-themed folding chair in the middle of the Red Sox clubhouse and he didn’t only buy Dustin Pedroia an autographed Ric Flair robe off eBay earlier this season.  Nope, he also apparently spends time thinking about his own wrestling costume, just in case a career change comes…

  13. Marlins, Omar Infante working on contract extension

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Omar Infante

    Reinstalled as a regular for the first time since 2005, Omar Infante has spent most of the season as a pretty big disappointment for the Marlins.  Like Dan Uggla, the second baseman he was traded for over the winter, Infante got off to a horrible start, as the 2010 All-Star for the Braves hit just .251/.293/.309 during the…

  14. Tigers come back from three down in ninth to make it 12 in a row

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    As Hawk Harrelson would say if he weren’t limited to moans and groans at the moment, the Tigers have owned the White Sox this year.  They rallied from three runs down in the ninth and prevailed 6-5 in the 10th today, giving them a 12th straight victory. It’s the longest winning streak by a team…

  15. The Red Sox lose again

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    The Red Sox are intent on making this interesting, aren’t they? Boston had a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning when all hell broke loose. Daniel Bard came in to start things off and walked the first two batters. Then he threw the ball away on a sacrifice attempt, loading the bases. Then Edwin Encarnacion…

  16. Matt Holliday shut down until next week with inflamed tendon in middle finger

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday has been diagnosed with an inflamed tendon in his right middle finger and will be shut down for at least the next 4-5 days, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com. Holliday exited yesterday’s game in the ninth inning after feeling pain in his finger following a practice swing and traveled from Pittsburgh to…

  17. The Phillies clinch a playoff spot

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    And now for the most inevitable thing since Newton’s Laws: the Phillies have clinched a playoff spot. Philadelphia beat the Astros 1-0 today behind Roy Halladay‘s first shutout of the season. Indeed, it was the first shutout for any Phillies pitcher this season not named Cliff Lee. Lee has six.  Halladay scattered six hits and…

  18. Johan Santana switches rehab plans, won’t pitch in majors

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Johan Santana was scheduled to make a rehab start tomorrow at Single-A, but those plans have been canceled because he apparently didn’t feel comfortable pitching as a ringer in the South Atlantic League championship series. Instead he’ll throw a simulated game this weekend and manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that…

  19. Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo suspended for 100 games for PEDs

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres

    Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo has received a 100-game suspension after a second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.  The suspension takes effect immediately.  His first suspension came back in 2008 when he was with the Giants. Alfonso played 25 games for the Rockies this year and notched a .267/.304/.320 line in 79 plate appearances.…

  20. Must-click link: Matt Dominguez’s dad wrote about his debut

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Last week the Marlins called up 21-year-old third base prospect Matt Dominguez and it turns out his dad, Fernando Dominguez, is a copy editor for the Los Angeles Times. And after attending his son’s first game in the majors he wrote an excellent article about the experience: Matt Dominguez is living the dream … and…

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