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  1. Shane Victorino wins Branch Rickey Award for charity work

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Each team nominates a player for the Branch Rickey award–which is given annually to a big leaguer “for exceptional community service”–and this year’s winner is Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino. During the past year Victorino has raised $500,000 for charities in Hawaii and also pledged $1 million to remodel a 105-year-old Boys and Girls Club…

  2. Paul DePodesta explains why he didn’t want his name used in “Moneyball”

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    As noted in my review of “Moneyball” earlier this week Jonah Hill’s assistant general manager character is named “Peter Brand” because Paul DePodesta didn’t want his real name used in the movie. DePodesta, who was the A’s assistant GM when Michael Lewis wrote the book and is now the Mets’ vice president of player development,…

  3. Carlos Gonzalez aggravates right wrist injury

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Pablo Sandoval hit a triple to complete the cycle last night against the Rockies, but it was due in part to Carlos Gonzalez, who aggravated his right wrist when he collided into the right field wall while attempting to track down the fly ball. Gonzalez originally injured the wrist when he crashed into the center…

  4. Jed Lowrie hopes cortisone injection eases shoulder pain

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie is hitting just .213 since coming off the disabled list in early August, including a current 0-for-16 slump, and yesterday the Red Sox infielder got a cortisone injection in an effort to play through season-long shoulder problems. Lowrie missed six weeks after injuring his shoulder in May and told Jason Mastrodonato of MLB.com…

  5. Hiroki Kuroda gets MRI exam on ailing neck, will start tonight

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Hiroki Kuroda‘s previous neck problems have resurfaced, causing the Dodgers right-hander to alter his mechanics with poor results, but he’s expected to make tonight’s scheduled start against the Pirates after undergoing an MRI exam yesterday. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the MRI exam showed “his neck problems aren’t as severe as…

  6. Terry Collins rips into struggling Mets: “We’ve folded it up”

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Last night the Mets were blown out for their sixth straight loss, falling to 71-79, and manager Terry Collins ripped into the team, telling reporters they’ve “folded it up” and “I won’t play that game.” Here’s more from Collins, who said he was “disgusted” with the team’s performance lately: Perception is reality in our game…

  7. Brian Wilson could return from the disabled list today

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

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    The Giants would need a minor miracle to make the playoffs at this point, but Brian Wilson may at least be able to go into the offseason with some peace of mind. Wilson, who has been sidelined since August 15 due to right elbow inflammation, threw around 30 pitches in a successful simulated game yesterday.…

  8. Carlos Beltran open to re-signing with Giants, but only if they add more offense

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that he “would consider” re-signing with the Giants this offseason “because the pitching is unbelievable” and he’s enjoyed his time in San Francisco, but added that he’d want assurances the team would work to improve the offense around him. San Francisco ranks dead last…

  9. Shin-Soo Choo aggravates oblique injury, done for season

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    Shin-Soo Choo‘s miserable season fittingly comes to an end in more frustration, as the Indians outfielder lasted just two innings in his return from the disabled list yesterday before aggravating his oblique injury. Choo, who’d spent 18 days on the DL recovering from the initial oblique strain, tweaked it again while taking a pair of…

  10. Kevin Youkilis won’t play tonight against the Rays

    Sep 16, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Kevin Youkilis still intends to play through a sports hernia which will require offseason surgery, but it’s clear the Red Sox won’t be able to rely on him down the stretch. Youkilis was pulled from last night’s loss to the Rays after six innings and Red Sox manager Terry Francona told Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com…

  11. Nothing yet decided in the NL Cy Young race

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    On Wednesday afternoon I talked about how the NL Cy Young race was a three-headed monster between Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw.  Since then, all three of them have pitched. Here were their lines: Halladay: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB Kershaw: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5…

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 16, 2011, 5:57 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Rays 9, Red Sox 2: And things get closer. Three RBI a piece for B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria and Casey Kotchman. Bad starting pitching, bad middle relief, slumbering bats swung by aching men. In other words, par for the course for Boston. Phillies 3, Marlins 1; Phillies 2, Marlins 1: Kyle Kendrick and five relievers limited…

  13. Kershaw won’t be suspended for plunking Parra

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw will not be suspended for hitting Arizona’s Gerardo Parra with a pitch on Wednesday night, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. Umpire Bill Welke ejected Kershaw quickly in the sixth inning after an inside fastball bounced off Parra’s elbow. Welke was clearly reacting to the…

  14. Pablo Sandoval hits for the cycle against Rockies

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:32 PM EDT

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    Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle on Thursday night at Colorado’s Coors Field, becoming the 26th player in Giants history to accomplish the feat. And only the 10th since the franchise moved out to San Francisco. Those factoids come courtesy of Andrew Baggarly, beat writer with the San Jose Mercury News. Sandoval…

  15. Vizquel hopes to play next season at age 45

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

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    Omar Vizquel was once one of the best – if not the best – defensive shortstops in baseball. He’s little more than an aging utility man these days, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to call it quits. Vizquel, who turns 45 in April, tells Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com that he hopes to land a…

  16. Clay Buchholz expected to throw bullpen session Saturday

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz is ready to take another big step in the right direction. According to beat writer Ian Browne of MLB.com, the right-hander tossed 30 pitches in front of a mound on Thursday and could be cleared to throw his first “full-fledged” bullpen session as early as Saturday. Buchholz has been sidelined…

  17. Hanley Ramirez undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

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    As expected, Hanley Ramirez underwent season-ending surgery Thursday on his right shoulder. The operation, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida, was termed an “open repair” and deemed an initial success. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Ramirez is expected to be fully recovered by the start of the 2012 season.…

  18. Nelson Cruz aiming to return to lineup this weekend

    Sep 15, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was activated from the 15-day disabled list back on Tuesday, but he hasn’t started a game for Texas since and that isn’t expected to change until Saturday or Sunday. This according to Randy Jennings of ESPN Dallas. Cruz was on the disabled list for just over two weeks with a hamstring…

  19. Can we not do this whole Logan Morrison-for-Ozzie Guillen thing, please?

    Sep 15, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Here we go again… SI.com’s Jon Heyman: if im reinsdorf im offering ozzie for logan morrison. over-rated, contract-obsessed manager for promising OF. good deal ESPN Radio clown Jim Bowden: Logan Morrison files a grievance against the Marlins…does this help set the path for a Morrison for Ozzie Guillen trade? The funny thing is that if the Marlins…

  20. The Royals have decided to baby Luke Hochevar

    Sep 15, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    Luke Hochevar is far from the kind of 22-year-old hotshot starting pitcher teams typically shut down in September.  He actually turned 28 today, and he’s currently sporting a 5.29 ERA in 96 big-league starts (and four relief appearances).  Nevertheless, the Royals have decided to have him hang it up for the season because of concerns…

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