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  1. Yankees add former first-round pick Andrew Brackman

    Sep 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Yankees gave 6-foot-10 right-hander Andrew Brackman a late callup Thursday, and he’s expected to make his major league debut at some point during the final week and a half. Brackman, an NC State product, was taken 30th overall in 2007 and give a $4.5 million major league contract even though expectations were that he…

  2. Red Sox to honor Mike Lowell on Oct. 2

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have proclaimed the next to last day of the season “Thanks, Mike Night,” as they honor the retiring Mike Lowell. Lowell, a four-time All-Star calling it a career after 13-big league seasons, will be honored in a ceremony before a game against the Yankees, the team that drafted him in 1995. The…

  3. Alex Gordon: "I'm going to dominate next year"

    Sep 23, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon hasn’t done a whole lot since the Royals recalled him from the minors in mid-July, hitting .233/.323/.375 in 52 games, but he’s drawn some walks, shown some power, and most importantly is finally getting another chance to play regularly after destroying Triple-A pitching. Gordon will turn 27 years old this winter, so the…

  4. Pujols homers twice, the Cards salvage one in Pittsburgh

    Sep 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two homers today, as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 9-2. The win prevents a sweep at the hand of the mighty Pirates. The homers put Pujols above 40 for the season. It’s the sixth time he’s done that in his career.  In case you were unaware, the man is pretty…

  5. Yadier Molina likely out for the season with right knee injury

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina left the Cardinals and flew to St. Louis yesterday to undergo an MRI exam on his sore right knee, and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that “Molina has likely played his last game of 2010.” According to general manager John Mozeliak the MRI revealed “no structural damage” but enough inflammation was found that…

  6. Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Abreu's day off

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The mid-afternoon blahs always hit me around 3PM, and when they do my deep-thinking abilities flag. And I start paying attention to really dumb stuff. Like celebrity Twitter accounts. Here’s an Ozzie Guillen tweet from around then: Enjoying this great day off in anaheim some shopping then maybe dinner with my goo friend bobby abreu…

  7. Denard Span undergoes MRI exam on injured shoulder

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Denard Span underwent an MRI exam today after hurting his shoulder while trying to make a diving catch last week and revealed that he initially injured the shoulder way back in June. Normally that might explain why Span’s production has dropped off so much this season. After all, he’s hitting just .267 with a .680…

  8. Ahhh, the ballpark in winter! In Cleveland!

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland has some pretty nice weather in the summer. It’s not paradise or anything, but it’s always several degrees cooler up there by the lake than it is down here in the middle of the Great State of Ohio. Indeed, summer nights in Cleveland are quite underrated. Despite this, the Indians just don’t draw fans…

  9. The Nationals may be in denial about Kasten's resignation

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    That word Stan Kastan keeps using. I don’t think it means what the Nats think it means.

  10. Seattle's pathetic lineup shut out as Felix Hernandez takes a "loss" in 1-0 game

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    I really hope some of the Baseball Writers Association of America members and Cy Young award voters who still focus on a pitcher’s win total watched this afternoon’s Mariners-Blue Jays game. Felix Hernandez tossed a complete game, allowing one run on two hits in eight innings, and got saddled with a “loss” because Seattle’s historically…

  11. HBT Daily: In which I cope with the Braves' destruction

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany talks me down off a ledge over the Braves-Phillies series. Which is funny, because I tape these in my basement. No ledges there, bro.

  12. Ichiro Suzuki reaches 200 hits for 10th consecutive season

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    For a game between two non-contenders this afternoon’s Blue Jays-Mariners matchup sure has some interesting storylines. Not only did Jose Bautista homer off Felix Hernandez for his 50th long ball of the season, Ichiro Suzuki doubled off Shawn Hill in the third inning and then singled off him in the fifth inning to reach 200…

  13. Matt Stairs wants to play one or two more years

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Matt Stairs was content to be a high school hockey coach back home in Maine this past winter, but he got on Nutri-System, lost 40 pounds and found the spark to come back and make the Padres out of camp.  Rather than a last hurrah, Staris tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that he’d like to play…

  14. Jose Bautista takes Felix Hernandez deep for 50th homer

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    This afternoon Jose Bautista went deep for the 50th time this season–off Felix Hernandez, no less–to become the 26th player in baseball history with 50 homers. Bautista is also just five walks away from becoming the 14th player to have a 50-homer, 100-walk season. And he’d certainly be the most unlikely member of the 50-100…

  15. Stan Kasten resigns as Nats President

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that Washington Nationals President Stan Kastan has resigned. He’ll stay on until the end of the season for whatever that’s worth. Jon Paul Morosi reports that he’s leaving “for personal reasons,” but you know and I know that’s usually code for “I gotta get out of this monkeyhouse.” Tom Boswell of the…

  16. David Wells calls Joe Torre a "coward" and "terrible manager"

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    David Wells was a guest on the Yahoo! Sports podcast with Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee earlier this week. In addition to chatting about the division races, playoff matchups, Cy Young debate, and his role as one of TBS’ postseason announcers Wells also dropped a pretty big bomb by calling Joe Torre “a coward.” And…

  17. Quote of the Day: John Russell

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Runner up quote from the article: “Media and public speculation about Russell’s job security is largely the byproduct of the team’s performance under him.”

  18. Bunion surgery knocks Fred Lewis out for the final two weeks

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Fred Lewis will miss the final two weeks of the season following surgery to remove bunions from his left foot. He’s traveling to Alabama to have the operation, although Birmingham’s most famous doctor, James Andrews, won’t be doing the honors. Instead it will be the awesomely named Dr. Angus McBryde. Lewis had a solid season…

  19. Russell Martin faces an uncertain future with the Dodgers

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Russell Martin has missed 45 games since suffering a season-ending hip injury in early August and so yesterday Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times chatted with the Dodgers catcher about his future. Martin replied “of course” when asked if he wants to remain with the Dodgers, but then responded “I have to discuss that…

  20. The Twins have a playoff anthem

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I don’t much trust young people — they frighten and confuse me — but those few to whom I’ve dared speak have mentioned that this “the Hold Steady” ensemble plays some catchy ditties.  As I have been unable to find their cassette at my local MusicLand store, I have been unable to verify such claims…

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