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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. A.J. Pierzynski is baseball’s meanest player

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Sports Illustrated polls major leaguers about a number of things throughout the year. Or else it polls them once and then releases the results in drips and drabs throughout the year.  Today’s drip/drab:  “Baseball’s Meanest Players.” Problem: it doesn’t really list a criteria.  Which matters here, because “meanest” could be the most personally unpleasant. It…

  5. Japanese teams interested in Bryan LaHair if the Cubs aren’t

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Last week I wondered whether the Cubs would give Triple-A MVP Bryan LaHair a legitimate opportunity in the majors and the answer so far is yes, as the 28-year-old has played in nine games while batting .458 with six extra-base hits in 24 at-bats. Of course, he’ll come back down to earth eventually and it…

  6. The Pirates clinch their 19th straight losing season

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Charlie Morton

    There was a time this summer — maybe for about two weeks — when everyone was high on the Pirates. It was damn nigh magical. Some considered them a contender. I wasn’t quite that optimistic, but I did wonder whether they could at least break .500 and thus break their string of uninterrupted losing seasons…

  7. Former major leaguer Curtis Leskanic arrested for DUI with daughter in car

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    curtis leskanic mugshot

    Curtis Leskanic, who last pitched in 2004 after an 11-year career as a reliever for the Rockies, Brewers, Red Sox, and Royals, was arrested over the weekend in Florida for driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. Leskanic had a blood-alcohol level of .331, compared to the legal limit of…

  8. Ted Williams’ daughter is auctioning off his stuff for charity

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Ted Williams

    Ted Williams’ daughter released a statement yesterday announcing that she’ll be auctioning off the Hall of Famer’s awards and memorabilia to raise money for The Jimmy Fund: The time has come in my life to let go of some of my father’s awards and personal memorabilia. I have struggled with this decision for the past…

  9. Joe Crede knows his career is done, wishes the pain was

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Joe Crede

    Two years removed from playing his final major league game with the Twins, Joe Crede still hasn’t been able to get his back fixed and is no longer holding out hope of resuming his major league career. Back at U.S. Cellular being honored by the White Sox on Tuesday, Crede talked to CSNChicago.com about his…

  10. Joe Blanton is active for now, but may need elbow surgery

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Joe Blanton came off the disabled list last week after missing four months with an elbow injury and threw a scoreless inning Monday as a reliever, but it sounds like he has little chance of cracking the Phillies’ playoff roster and may still need offseason surgery. “I don’t need to show up next year and…

  11. Report: Marlins released Mike Cameron after altercation with flight attendant

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    Yesterday the Marlins released 38-year-old outfielder Mike Cameron and initial reports said only that he was let go for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Now a few more details have surfaced via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, who claims that Cameron was released following an altercation with a flight attendant on the Marlins’ team…

  12. Jose Reyes admits hamstring injury is still bothering him

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes has hit zero triples and attempted just one stolen base in 16 games since returning from the disabled list late last month and the Mets shortstop admitted to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that his injured hamstring is not at full strength: Earlier in the season it was healthy. It’s not the…

  13. Jacoby Ellsbury is ridiculous

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Red Sox were supposed to have three MVP candidates, but it’s down to one now: Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-5 with his third homer in six games and four runs scored in Tuesday night’s takedown of the Blue Jays, raising his average to .321. The 28-year-old Ellsbury is up to fifth in the AL in…

  14. Tommy Hanson feels good after 44-pitch bullpen session

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson threw 44 pitches in a bullpen session this morning and afterward told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his injured shoulder felt good. Hanson replied “I hope so” and “I think there’s a chance” when asked about potentially starting again before the regular season is over, but the Braves will wait…

  15. Josh Beckett rejoining Red Sox’s rotation Friday versus Rays

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett was given the choice between returning to the Red Sox’s rotation Thursday or Friday and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that he’s settled on Friday against the Rays. Beckett missed one turn in the rotation with a sprained ankle suffered on September 5, but reported no problems following a bullpen session Monday. Boston…

  16. Fernando Rodney unhappy with how Mike Scioscia uses him

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney began this year as the Angels’ closer, but was quickly stripped of ninth-inning duties and has spent most of the season pitching in low-leverage situations while rookie Jordan Walden racks up saves. Rodney vented his frustration yesterday, telling Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he’s unhappy with the quick hook and how…

  17. I’ll be on NBC SportsTalk tonight at 6

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    old TV

    Because you guys simply don’t have enough access to my opinions, I feel obligated to let you know that tonight I will be making my debut on NBC SportsTalk, our new studio show on the Versus Network.  The show comes on at 6PM Eastern. I’ll be the bald gent with the horn-rimmed glasses offering my…

  18. Chris Carpenter’s loyalty to Cardinals led to extension

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Yesterday the Cardinals and Chris Carpenter announced a two-year, $21 million contract extension that takes the place of a $15 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2012. Even at age 35 he remains one of the best starters in the league and either through the $15 million option or free agency Carpenter likely…

  19. Charlie Manuel chewed out the Phillies last night

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    It probably doesn’t matter. Late season road trip against the worst team in baseball.  Nothing to truly play for at the moment other than good health. The Phillies can be forgiven for dropping a couple of games against the Astros.  Charlie Manuel isn’t all that willing to let it slide, however. Here’s Jim Salisbury of…

  20. Francisco Rodriguez on lack of save chances: “I’m not fine”

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez knew he’d be used as a setup man when the Brewers traded for him, but the longtime closer apparently expected to get at least the occasional save chance. Instead the Brewers have yet to give him a ninth-inning save opportunity, sticking with John Axford at all times, and Rodriguez told Scott Miller of…

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