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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.”

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Can anyone beat the Phillies?

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Predictions are a sucker’s game, but let’s not kid ourselves: it’s the Phillies title to lose.

  16. Daniel Murphy to play second base during winter ball

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Luis Castillo hasn’t started a game in 18 days as the Mets give 20-year-old rookie Ruben Tejada a long look at second base and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that they’re also giving Daniel Murphy a crash course on the middle infield with an eye toward him playing second base during winter ball. Murphy was…

  17. Does Theo Epstein want to keep Papelbon around?

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    I’ve been beating the “The Red Sox will non-tender Jonathan Papelbon” drum for a while now. But when you read that kind of stuff, keep one thing in mind: I don’t, surprisingly enough, run the Boston Red Sox.  Theo Epstein does, however, and based on some things he said yesterday, Papelbon may very well be…

  18. Jimmy Rollins hoping to return from hamstring injury Monday

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins hasn’t played since September 8 because of a hamstring injury and the Phillies are obviously doing just fine without him, going 11-1 during that time. There’s no official timetable for his return yet, but Rollins said yesterday that he’s hoping to play at least six games before the postseason begins and manager Charlie…

  19. Carlos Beltran quietly having a very productive September

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran missed the entire first half of the season and then struggled after finally returning from knee surgery in mid-July, hitting just .218 with a .660 OPS through 43 games. That will keep his overall season totals looking ugly no matter how well Beltran plays in September, but he’s quietly having a very solid…

  20. Shameless self-promotion: me on the On the DL Podcast

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    I spoke with Dan Levy of the On The DL Podcast and Press Coverage fame for a good long time yesterday. The podcast itself is now up.  He’s a Philly guy in case you didn’t know, so there was a lot of Phillies-Braves stuff, obviously, but we hit the other subjects too. In addition to…

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