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  1. Tweet of the Day: Hunter Pence pimps out John Mayberry Jr.

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence apparently read today’s New York Post story about John Mayberry Jr.’s agents trying to get him a date with model/actress Antoinette Nikprelaj. That probably isn’t going to work out because she’s married with a kid and the e-mail Mayberry’s agents sent out was cringe-inducing, so Pence is trying to help him move on:

  2. Victor Martinez has a chance to do something rare

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez‘s seventh-inning grand slam Wednesday gave him 89 RBI with just 10 homers this year.  He’s suddenly picked up the homer pace with two in his last three games, but he still has a good chance to become the first player since Jeff Cirillo in 2000 to drive in 100 runs with 12 or…

  3. Stephen Strasburg’s fastball averaged 96 mph last night

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg was dominant last night in his first start since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery almost exactly 12 months ago, shutting out the Dodgers for five innings. Strasburg averaged 96.7 miles per hour on his four-seam fastball and 95.1 mph on his two-seam fastball, which is pretty amazing considering that Justin Verlander leads all…

  4. Angels outfielder Mike Trout named Baseball America’s minor league player of the year

    Sep 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout appears to be in the majors to stay, but today Baseball America named the 20-year-old Angels outfielder their minor league player of the year. Trout ranked second to Bryce Harper’s on Baseball America‘s preseason prospect ranking and had a spectacular year at Double-A, batting .326 with 11 homers, 42 total extra-base hits, 45…

  5. Juan Uribe to undergo season-ending sports hernia surgery

    Sep 7, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    uribe batting

    As expected, the Dodgers announced that Juan Uribe will undergo season-ending sports hernia surgery, bringing a premature end to his disastrous first season in Los Angeles. Uribe parlayed a productive 2010 and the Giants’ championship run into a three-year, $21 million deal from the Dodgers and then hit just .204 with a .557 OPS in…

  6. John Mayberry Jr.’s agents are trying to get him a date

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Antoinette Nikprelaj

    According to the New York Post the agents for Phillies rookie outfielder John Mayberry Jr. have been trying to get him a date with Antoinette Nikprelaj, an actress and model who played a mermaid in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Here’s the e-mail that Mayberry’s representatives at CAA apparently sent out to Nikprelaj’s agent on his…

  7. Ryan Spilborghs aggravates foot injury, out for the season

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    Ryan Spilborghs spent nearly all of August on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis and then aggravated the foot injury in his third game back Monday, with the Rockies announcing the outfielder will miss the remainder of the season. Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Spilborghs has been playing through the injury since…

  8. Jose Tabata out at least 10 days with fractured hand

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Jose Tabata‘s wrist had been bothering him since August 24, so the Pirates put him through some tests yesterday and discovered that the 22-year-old outfielder has “a small avulsion fracture on the dorsal side of the fourth metacarpal of his left hand.” George Von Benko of MLB.com reports that Tabata will miss at least 10…

  9. The Yankees lineup is … interesting

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Do not disturb

    Pop quiz, hotshot! You played a game until 2:15 this morning and you have a 1PM start this afternoon.  What do you do? What do you do!!? Well, if you’re Joe Girardi, you trot out this lineup: 1. Eduardo Nunez SS 2. Russell Martin C 3. Nick Swisher RF 4. Alex Rodriguez 3B 5. Andruw…

  10. Clay Buchholz is on the comeback trail

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    buchholz getty wide

    Clay Buchholz was initially expected to miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back, but said last week that he still hopes to return for the playoffs and was able to complete a problem-free throwing session yesterday. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that Buchholz made 50 throws…

  11. Phillies assistant GM Chuck LaMar resigns

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phillies Logo

    Clearly this is a move borne of his personal disgrace over helping to assemble such a horrible te — oh, wait. It’s the Phillies. I still automatically think “Devil Rays” when I hear his name.  But boy, this one is strange.  “Shocking” according to Bob Brookover of the Inquirer: LaMar did not return phone calls…

  12. Giants “have to sit down and talk about” Barry Zito’s future

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    San Francisco still owes Barry Zito $19 million next season, $20 million in 2013, and a $7 million buyout in 2014, but when asked yesterday about the left-hander’s future role with the Giants manager Bruce Bochy replied: “We’ll have to sit down and talk about it … I can’t answer that.” Zito has been one…

  13. Everyone complains about the weather, but …

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    Actually, I could understand it better if it was the weather that was being complained about.  In Mike Vaccaro’s column, however, there is this vague sense that all of the rain on the east coast — or at least the inconvenience it caused — was somehow Major League Baseball’s fault.  That’s underscored by the headline…

  14. Orioles remove struggling Brian Matusz from rotation because “he can’t defend himself properly”

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    matusz wide getty

    As of yesterday afternoon the Orioles weren’t sure what to do with Brian Matusz, but they’ve now decided to bump the struggling left-hander from the rotation and have him work exclusively out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season. Matusz has followed up an impressive rookie season by going 1-7 with a 9.84…

  15. Rethinking the rotation: Four-and-swing?

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan is always good for a big idea column or two each month, and his latest is one that I’ve long been arguing half-drunkenly to anyone who will listen (i.e. no one):  chucking the straight five-man rotation and going to a modified four-man thing. The idea would be to keep your four best…

  16. Bobby Parnell may be out as Mets closer

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Parnell_Bobby

    Question: do you really need a closer when you’re playing out the last three weeks of a lost season?  Eh, probably so. If not, who would we yell at when games go south?  If not, what would the guys who are somehow — against all odds — still paying close attention to their fantasy rosters…

  17. The Marlins shuffle their front office

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Marlins logo

    These aren’t major moves, but they’re the kind of day-to-day things that keep baseball teams up and running: the Marlins have named a new Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, a new Vice President of Scouting and a new Vice President of Player Development. They are, respectively, Jim Fleming, Stan Meek and Marty Scott.…

  18. The State of the Races

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox win, the New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: All of the rain + the lack of remaining days off + the financial imperative to play all 162 games despite the fact that most of them are fairly meaningless…

  19. Was Francisco Cervelli’s home run really a home run?

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Cervelli Homer.bmp

    Another home run/fan interference replay call.Though this one wasn’t nearly as nutso.

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

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:06 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

    Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0: Just when you thought it was safe to panic, Red Sox Nation, Josh Beckett‘s ankle ends up being only sprained, Jon Lester dominates the opposition and the offense goes off for 14 runs on 20 hits. Yankees 5, Orioles 3: After a four hour rain delay, the game got…

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