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  1. Phillies recall Domonic Brown from minors

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies announced a host of roster moves after Triple-A Lehigh Valley lost to the Columbus Clippers in the Governors’ Cup Finals last night. Among them, Domonic Brown has returned to the major league roster. Brown is batting .246/.335/.393 with five home runs, 19 RBI, three stolen bases and a .728 OPS over 209 plate…

  2. Alex Rodriguez back in Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays, batting fifth and playing third base. Rodriguez hasn’t played since September 9 due to a Grade 1 sprain of his left thumb. The injury is expected to linger for the…

  3. Javier Vazquez continues dramatic turnaround, hurls first shutout since 2005

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    The resurgence of Javier Vazquez marches on. Vazquez allowed five hits and struck out seven in a complete game shutout against the Nationals last night. It was his first complete game since September 25, 2009 as a member of the Braves and his first shutout since May 22, 2005 with the Diamondbacks. After last night’s shutout,…

  4. Tsuyoshi Nishioka shut down for season with oblique injury

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

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    According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, the Twins have shut down Tsuyoshi Nishioka for the rest of the season due to an oblique injury. Nishioka hasn’t played since September 9, but the injury has lingered for a few weeks now. “The last time he tried to play, he was hurting pretty bad,” Gardenhire said. “I…

  5. The National League Wild Card race is getting interesting

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Fernando Salas, Yadier Molina

    Much of the focus has been on the American League Wild Card, and understandably so given that the Red Sox are involved, but the Wild Card race in the National League is becoming more intriguing by the day. The Cardinals won again last night, 4-2 over the Phillies in 11 innings, giving them their third…

  6. Tigers beat Athletics, clinch American League Central crown

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    The Phillies may have been the first team to punch their ticket to the postseason earlier this week, but the Tigers became the first team to wrap up their division late last night. Behind yet another strong performance by Doug Fister, the Tigers defeated the Athletics 3-1 to clinch the American League Central. Detroit is…

  7. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett reacts after striking out Tampa Bay Rays John Jaso to end the top of sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox fans can breathe a little bit easier this morning. Josh Beckett was solid in his return from a sprained ankle last night, allowing three runs (two earned) over six innings as the Red Sox defeated the Rays 4-3 to extend their lead in the AL Wild Card race to four games with 12…

  8. Papi feels bad for troubled Manny, says he’s ‘a good dude’

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

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    David Ortiz hasn’t seen his friend and former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez since the spring, when Boston played Tampa Bay in a Grapefruit League contest. But he is well aware of all that has been going on with Ramirez this season, and feels bad for the disgraced former star. Ramirez, who retired abruptly in…

  9. Jose Tabata done for season with fractured hand

    Sep 16, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates were hopeful that Jose Tabata would be able to play again this season after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his right hand earlier this month, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports they have decided to shut him down. Tabata originally felt pain in his wrist back on August 24.…

  10. Twins activate Francisco Liriano from disabled list

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    According to Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North, the Twins have activated Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list. He will be available out of the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Indians. Liriano hasn’t pitched since August 25 due to a left posterior shoulder strain. It wasn’t too long ago that he appeared unlikely…

  11. It’s bombs away off Bronson Arroyo

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    The Brewers have already hit three homers in three innings off Bronson Arroyo, with Prince Fielder going deep in the second and Mark Kotsay and Ryan Braun delivering back-to-back shots in the third.  That makes 43 homers allowed by Arroyo this season. Arroyo is now tied for sixth on the all-time single-season homers allowed list:…

  12. UPDATE: Jonathan Broxton to undergo minor elbow surgery Monday

    Sep 16, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

    broxton ap

    UPDATE: According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Broxton will indeed undergo surgery on Monday. 4:40 PM: Jonathan Broxton hasn’t pitched early May because of elbow problems and earlier this week the Dodgers officially ruled him out for the season, but now Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’s…

  13. Alex Rodriguez misses sixth straight game with sprained thumb

    Sep 16, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Yankees third baseman Rodriguez takes a drink during a break prior to playing against the Angels in their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Alex Rodriguez is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game tonight due to a sprained left thumb. But it isn’t all bad news. According to the Associated Press, Rodriguez was encouraged after taking batting practice this afternoon. The difference? Following the advice of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long, A-Rod put a strip…

  14. Wrong call gives Cubs a 12-inning win over Astros

    Sep 16, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Chris Johnson

    I’m not going to call it a blown call, since it wasn’t at all obvious live.  Nevertheless, Friday’s game at Wrigley ended on a wrong call that gave the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Astros in 12 innings. The bases were loaded with one out in the bottom of the 12th at the time of the play.  David Carpenter was…

  15. Joe Mauer diagnosed with pneumonia, done for season

    Sep 16, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer‘s mess of a season is now over prematurely, as he’s been diagnosed with pneumonia and the Twins have shut him down for the final two weeks. Mauer missed a handful of games late last month with what the Twins called an upper respiratory infection and previously sat out two months with complications following…

  16. Ryan Howard could get a cortisone shot for sore ankle

    Sep 16, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard, who was in an 0-for-15 slump before coming off the bench and delivering a game-winning double in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader, says his sore left ankle continues to bother him and he might get a cortisone shot. It sounds as though Howard would prefer to just have the one cortisone shot,…

  17. Brett Cecil scratched after blender accident

    Sep 16, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Brett Cecil;

    Perhaps it’s not quite as embarrassing as Jeremy Affeldt losing to some frozen hamburgers, but what it is with left-handers and kitchen accidents lately? Brett Cecil was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night after suffering a cut on his left index finger while cleaning his blender.  Dustin McGowan will take his spot against the…

  18. Report: Mets want quick free agent decision from Jose Reyes

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Jose Rayes

    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com passes along some “buzz” from “one source who’s tight with the Mets brass” who says they’ll want a yes or no from Jose Reyes quickly once he becomes a free agent. According to Stark “if Reyes’ preference is to test the market, collect offers and then ask the Mets to counter,…

  19. Marlins relievers lock rookie Jose Ceda in bullpen bathroom

    Sep 16, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Rookies better hope this doesn’t become a standard hazing practice. Last night Marlins rookie right-hander Jose Ceda decided to use the bathroom in the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and the rest of the relievers blocked him in there using a broom and sandbags. Here’s the video from MLB.com: On a related note:…

  20. Blue Jays activate Colby Rasmus from disabled list

    Sep 16, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    After three weeks off due to a right wrist injury, Colby Rasmus was activated from the disabled list by the Blue Jays prior to Friday’s game. Rasmus is hitting just .216/.239/.398 with three homers and 12 RBI in 23 games since arriving from the Cardinals prior to the deadline.  He appeared to find his stroke…

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