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  1. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 6, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Blue Jays' Lawrie acknowledges cheering crowds after he hit a walk off home run to beat the Red Sox in the eleventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Our Labor Day has come and gone. And, far preferable to some miner’s strike, we had baseball.

  2. Justin Morneau to be limited to DH duties

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:49 PM EDT

    morneau frustrated reuthers

    Justin Morneau remains hopeful of playing again this season after having his concussion symptoms return, but if he can, he’ll only be utilized as a designated hitter, manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday. Morneau started experiencing headaches and other symptoms after diving for a grounder on Aug. 28. “He said he’s doing better but isn’t ready…

  3. UPDATE: Zach Stewart loses perfect game in eighth inning

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: And so much for that. Danny Valencia led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a double to right field, ending Zach Stewart‘s bid for a perfect game and no-hitter. 10:04 PM: Zach Stewart is now perfect through seven innings. Ben Revere flied out to shallow left-center field, Trevor Plouffe skied out to right…

  4. Ike Davis confident he can avoid ankle surgery

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    We may finally have some resolution in the great Ike Davis ankle saga of 2011. Davis, who hasn’t played since May 11 due to a bone bruise in his left ankle, told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com today that he is confident he will be able to avoid surgery. The 24-year-old first baseman has been pain-free for…

  5. Braves still hopeful Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson will return this season

    Sep 5, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

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    The composition of the Braves’ postseason rotation could go a variety of ways depending upon how much progress Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens make over the next three weeks. While Hanson is currently sidelined with a small undersurface rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder, it sounds like he’s a lot closer to returning than…

  6. Jonathan Herrera shuts the door on his season

    Sep 5, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Jonathan Herrera

    Well, more specifically, Jonathan Herrera shut the door on his hands, leaving him with a fractured right index finger and a damaged ligament in his left pinkie finger and bringing his 2011 campaign to a close. Herrera, who spent most of the first two months as the Rockies’ starting second baseman, ends the year having hit .242/.313/.299 in 281 at-bats. …

  7. Hideki Okajima thinking retirement or return to Japan after spending season in minors

    Sep 5, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Hideki Okajima has spent nearly the entire season at Triple-A despite signing a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Red Sox and the 35-year-old left-hander told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal that he’s thinking about retiring or going back to Japan. Okajima had three straight seasons with a sub-3.50 ERA setting up Jonathan Papelbon,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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