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  1. Dontrelle Willis scratched from Sunday start vs. Brewers

    Sep 18, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Mark Sheldon of reports that the Reds have scratched left-hander Dontrelle Willis from his scheduled Sunday afternoon outing against the Brewers due to a recurrence of lower back spasms. The announcement was made around 90 minutes before first pitch. Matt Maloney, who has a rough 6.88 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 17 innings this…

  2. Justin Morneau will not return this season

    Sep 18, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    The Twins put an end to catcher Joe Mauer‘s season on Friday due to a case of pneumonia. Now it’s Justin Morneau‘s turn. According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire acknowledged on a radio program Sunday that his first baseman is unlikely to return this year due to ongoing complications related to…

  3. Carlos Santana has four homers in past five games

    Sep 18, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    Indians catcher Carlos Santana offered the world a glimpse of his immense power potential last season when he slugged six home runs in 150 at-bats before straining a ligament in his left knee during an ugly early-August collision at home plate. Now healthy and a full-time major leaguer, the 25-year-old Dominican continues to impress. Santana…

  4. Picture of the Day: Pence, Phillies celebrate NL East title

    Sep 18, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence was part of only one team with a winning record during his five-year stint with the Astros. Now he’s in a far different situation, and looks to be loving every minute of it. (Courtesy of Reuters).

  5. Phil Hughes pushed back due to back spasms

    Sep 18, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

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    From Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News comes word that Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start against the Twins due to back spams. Hughes’ back locked up on him Friday after he threw a routine bullpen session in Toronto. He rested all day Saturday and will try…

  6. Drew Pomeranz impressive through two big league starts

    Sep 18, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

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    The Rockies fell to the Giants on Saturday night in Colorado by a score of 6-5, but young left-hander Drew Pomeranz looked sharp and effective for the second time in two career major league starts. Pomeranz allowed just four hits and two runs over 5 2/3 innings, striking out five San Francisco hitters while inducing…

  7. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 18, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

    Raul Ibanez, Yadier Molina

    It is September 18. On this date in baseball history, the final game was played at New York’s Polo Grounds (1963), Indians player-manager Frank Robinson hit a single in his final major league at-bat (1976), the Braves became the first franchise to clinch six consecutive postseason berths (1997), and Sammy Sosa became the first player…

  8. Phillies beat Cardinals, clinch fifth straight NL East title

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

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    Pop that champagne, Philadelphia. Roy Oswalt fanned seven batters and scattered five hits over seven dominant innings Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies topped St. Louis 9-2 and locked up their fifth consecutive National League East title in front of a sold-out home crowd. Jimmy Rollins went 4-for-5 with two runs scored,…

  9. Stephen Strasburg goes six strong in third outing

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:36 PM EDT

    Strasburg throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    Nationals righty Stephen Strasburg made his third start since returning from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Saturday night against the Marlins. And he was as dominant as you might expect. Via Mark Zuckerman of, Strasburg tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits while striking out three Marlins hitters. The right-hander…

  10. Tommy Hanson cleared to pitch in instructional league

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

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    From Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson completed his “third and final” bullpen session Saturday in Atlanta and plans to head to Orlando next week to begin making appearances in instructional league games. Hanson has been sidelined since the first week of August due to a slight undersurface…

  11. Cody Ross done for season due to right hamstring strain?

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    An MRI taken Saturday in Denver confirmed what the Giants had been fearing for the past 18 hours or so. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, outfielder Cody Ross — who made an early exit Friday night against the Rockies — has been diagnosed with a strained right hamstring. Ross was…

  12. Adrian Gonzalez experiencing right shoulder fatigue

    Sep 17, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

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    Just what Sawx fans need: more reason for panic. According to Ken Rosenthal of, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez admitted before Saturday’s game against the Rays that he’s feeling weakness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder. Gonzalez does not expect to miss any time, but he acknowledged to Rosenthal that the shoulder fatigue is costing him…

  13. Nelson Cruz returns to Rangers’ starting lineup tonight

    Sep 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Nelson Cruz is back in the Rangers’ starting lineup tonight against the Mariners as the designated hitter. He struck out in a pinch-hit appearance on Wednesday, but this will be his first start since straining his left hamstring on August 28. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers hope Cruz will…

  14. Mariano Rivera ties Trevor Hoffman for all-time saves record

    Sep 17, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera doesn’t need the all-time saves record to tell us that he’s the greatest relief pitcher of all-time, but he’ll soon be sitting on top of the mountain. Rivera earned his 601st save this afternoon in a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays, tying him with Trevor Hoffman for the all-time saves record. The 41-year-old…

  15. Kyle Farnsworth aims to return next week

    Sep 17, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    Kyle Farnsworth won’t pitch this weekend against the Red Sox, but he hopes to return next week during a series against the Yankees. Farnsworth hasn’t pitched since last Saturday due to lingering tenderness in his throwing elbow. However, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, he was able to make 25 throws with a…

  16. Brian Wilson bought two pairs of “Back to the Future” shoes

    Sep 17, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

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    And now for the least surprising story of the day. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brian Wilson bought two pairs of the recently released Nike MAG shoes, as worn by Michael J. Fox in “Back the Future II.” Of course he did. In fact, Wilson was seen wearing a pair in the…

  17. Clay Buchholz throws bullpen session

    Sep 17, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Clay Buchholz continues to make progress from a stress fracture in his lower back. According to Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal, Buchholz threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session this afternoon. He could advance to a simulated game as soon as Monday, though the Red Sox could decide to push him back a day…

  18. Adam Jones to see hand specialist about injured thumb

    Sep 17, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    The Orioles had Adam Jones on the original lineup card for last night’s game against the Angels, but he was scratched after feeling consistent pain in his ailing right thumb after taking his first swing during batting practice. Jones hasn’t started a game since last Friday due to the injury. While it has bothered him…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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