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  1. Diamondbacks maintain seven-game lead thanks to Geoff Blum, Wade Miley

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Aaron Hill, Geoff Blum, Gerardo Parra

    Another day, another pair of new heroes for the Diamondbacks. Utilityman Geoff Blum knocked in three runs and rookie Wade Miley notched the win as the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 10-7 on Monday. One of GM Kevin Towers’ most baffling decisions last winter was to sign Blum to a two-year, $2.7 million contract and set…

  2. Update: Josh Beckett to have injured ankle examined

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    6:40 p.m. EDT update: According to the Boston Globe, Josh Beckett will have his injured ankle examined Tuesday by Dr. George Theodore in Boston. “It felt like it was locked up and then like it popped in and out of socket or something,” Beckett said after the game. The Red Sox should know more about…

  3. James Shields is first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1999 to throw 11 complete games

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    James Shields

    James Shields threw his 11th complete game this afternoon, holding the Rangers to one run on four hits in a 4-1 victory. Not only does Shields lead MLB in complete games ahead of second-place Roy Halladay with seven, he’s the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1999 to throw 11 or more complete games in…

  4. Joe Posnanski reminds us (again) why a pitcher’s wins are overrated

    Sep 5, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Steve Carlton

    It seems like the Cy Young award voting this year will be pretty straight forward. None of that stuff like we had last year when half of the baseball commentariat yelled at the other half that the win totals shouldn’t matter when deciding who the best pitcher is.  All of the possible Cy Young winners…

  5. Phillies activate Joe Blanton from DL for bullpen role

    Sep 5, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    Joe Blanton is back slightly earlier than expected, as the Phillies activated him from the disabled list following just one minor-league rehab outing. Blanton has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury and won’t rejoin the rotation, instead filling a low-leverage bullpen role for now. Blanton has made just five relief appearances in eight…

  6. Wally Backman to the Mets!

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    So many of you people were agitating last winter for Wally Backman to be in the Mets dugout this season. Well, you’ve finally gotten your wish: Triple-A Buffalo manager Tim Teufel will serve as an extra coach with the Mets beginning Friday through Sept. 18. Double-A Binghamton manager Wally Backman then joins the Mets on Sept. 20 for the…

  7. What took so long? Jesus Montero homers twice for Yankees in fourth career game

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Jesus Montero is progressing pretty nicely for the Yankees. He went hitless in his debut, collected one hit in his second game, notched two hits in his third game, and homered twice against the Orioles today in his fourth game. Not that there needed to be any more hype surrounding Montero at this point, but…

  8. Dustin McGowan returns to the majors after a three-year absence

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    mcgowan_dustin

    The last time Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan threw a pitch in a major league baseball game was in 2008.  In between then and now he has had multiple shoulder surgeries and a knee injury. But for the past month or so he has been throwing rehab games and they’ve been pretty good. In twelve rehab…

  9. Carlos Beltran out of Giants lineup with stomach illness

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    beltran scores getty

    Carlos Beltran was finally starting to produce for the Giants, collecting eight hits in his last three games, so naturally he’s been scratched from today’s lineup with what Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News describes as “food poisoning/stomach ailment.” Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle called it “a gastric illness,” so I…

  10. The Mets may not even pretend to contend next year

    Sep 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    alderson at podium

    While all teams are constantly making changes and are trying to build a winner, the Mets haven’t declared a full-fledged rebuild — the kind where everyone of value is sold off and the process begins anew — for many, many years.  But according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, that’s on the table…

  11. Errors pushing Mark Reynolds across the diamond in 2012

    Sep 5, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Mark Reynolds committed two errors yesterday to increase his season total to a franchise-record 26 errors at third base and he’s only started 111 games there, which has Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun expecting the Orioles to move him across the diamond to first base next season. Reynolds had been playing mostly first base…

  12. Why doesn’t Major League Baseball commemorate Labor Day?

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Labor

    Will McDonald of Royals Review has an excellent post today. In it he wonders why Major League Baseball can see fit to honor Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Earth Day and cancer awareness with special hats or some other on-the-field shoutout, but not see fit to give Labor Day similar due. He admits that special…

  13. Jerome Williams let the Giants call him “Jeremy” for two years

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Jerome Williams

    Jerome Williams returning to the majors with the Angels for the first time since 2007 is a pretty interesting story, but Sam Miller of the Orange County Register investigated something about the one-time Giants prospect that’s even more interesting. Apparently when Williams first arrived in the big leagues as a 21-year-old rookie in 2003 the…

  14. The Yankees are going to stick with six starters for a while

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    The Yankees six starters thing is kind of interesting to me simply because it’s not common, it’s less common on good teams than it is on bad teams and it’s really not that often that such arrangements last longer than a couple of weeks or so.  But the Yankees are still going with it for…

  15. Bobby Jenks done for the season, Erik Bedard skipping start

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Bobby Jenks hasn’t pitched since July 7 because of a back injury and manager Terry Francona told reporters this morning that the big right-hander is unlikely to return this season. This is Jenks’ third disabled list stint of the season and he allowed 12 runs in 16 innings in between the injuries, so the Red…

  16. Chipper Jones on the Phillies: “we’re not scared of them”

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones has no illusions that the Braves are going to catch the Phillies in the NL East — he rules that possibility out — but he thinks the Braves stack up pretty well with them overall and is hoping the teams meet in the playoffs: “The only team that can really put any pressure…

  17. Grady Sizemore batting leadoff in return from disabled list

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Grady Sizemore is back from the disabled list following a brief minor-league rehab assignment and in the Indians’ lineup today for the first time since July 17, leading off against the Tigers. Sizemore was initially placed on the DL with a right knee contusion and then underwent sports hernia surgery while sidelined, missing a total…

  18. Photo of the Day: The Milwaukee Cowboys

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Yesterday we saw Nyjer Morgan as “Tony Tombstone.”  But he wasn’t the only Milwaukee Brewer who dressed up like a cowboy. They all did. Click here for full size. I gotta say, Prince Fielder looks fairly awesome. The belt buckle clearly sets him apart.  I also love the sombrero in the back row at the…

  19. Is career-high workload catching up to Jered Weaver?

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    Jered Weaver has turned in back-to-back ugly starts, allowing 13 runs in 11 innings while his ERA rose from 2.03 to 2.49, but manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “his arm feels good” and there are no physical issues to blame. Weaver is on pace for a career-high 238…

  20. The Cardinals would like to bring Rafael Furcal back next year

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are very interested in retaining Rafael Furcal after the season ends. Furcal, a free agent-to-be, hasn’t hit for average since coming over from the Dodgers, but he has played slick defense and has flashed nice power in his short time in St. Louis.  Given…

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