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  1. Aroldis Chapman throws fastest pitch ever recorded

    Sep 25, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    It was only a little less than a month ago that reports surfaced about Aroldis Chapman unleashing a 105-mph fastball during an appearance with Triple-A Louisville. Many doubted the legitimacy of the gun at the time — and rightfully so — after all, we usually need to see these types of things to actually believe…

  2. Report: Felipe Lopez passes on pennant race, signs with Red Sox

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    Earlier today, it sounded like the Padres were going to have Felipe Lopez for the stretch drive. Not anymore. According to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, Lopez has “vetoed” the Padres’ waiver claim and signed on to play a meaningless week of baseball with the Red Sox, instead. Lopez, 30, was released by the Cardinals this…

  3. Francisco Liriano leaves Friday's start due to illness

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano just gave Twins fans quite the temporary scare. The left-hander was pulled from tonight’s start against the Tigers in the fourth inning. Before we even had a moment to speculate about what may have happened to him, the team announced that Liriano left the game due to illness, reports Kelly Thesier of MLB.com.…

  4. Nyjer Morgan expected to return to Nats' lineup Saturday

    Sep 24, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan wraps up his eight-game suspension today, which means that he is expected to return to the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Braves, reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. As our own Drew Silva told us over the weekend, Morgan used his time away from the diamond to make some much-needed…

  5. Homefield not the priority, as Yanks push back Hughes, CC

    Sep 24, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    The Yankees announced Friday that they’d start Dustin Moseley against the Red Sox on Sunday night and push back Phil Hughes until Wednesday. Also, going unannounced, but essentially confirmed by the big left-hander himself, is that CC Sabathia will make just one start next week, that coming Friday against Boston. The Sabathia decision was a…

  6. Jair Jurrjens cuts bullpen session short because of knee pain

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens had to end today’s bullpen session after just 10 pitches because of pain in his injured right knee, which means Brandon Beachy is likely to take his place again Sunday versus the Nationals. Jurrjens had hoped to pitch through a minor cartilage tear, but described the injury as “like somebody is stabbing you.”…

  7. Evan Longoria likely out until Monday with quadriceps injury

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Evan Longoria is out of the Rays’ lineup tonight and could be sidelined for the entire weekend series with the Mariners due to a quadriceps injury suffered while turning a double play against the Yankees yesterday. Longoria has been absent from the lineup just one previous…

  8. Jimmy Rollins available off bench tonight, could start Sunday

    Sep 24, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins hasn’t played since September 8 because of a hamstring injury, but told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he’ll be available off the bench tonight. Charlie Manuel indicated to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that Rollins could be cleared to rejoin the Phillies’ starting lineup as soon as Sunday, which would give him…

  9. Quote of the Day (from some day in 2006): Bobby Cox

    Sep 24, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur had some really nice words to say about Bobby Cox in the AJC. So nice that I’m not even going to rip on Francoeur for anything. And funny too.  Francoeur tells a story about the first time he was ever ejected from a game. It was early 2006. As soon as Frenchie got…

  10. Good luck, rest of baseball: The Big Three could start 17 of 19 playoff games for Phillies

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    I’ve already written plenty about how dangerous the Phillies will be in the postseason, including the fact that finishing with the league’s best record would allow them to rely exclusively on the stud trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels in the first round, but David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News takes…

  11. The Orioles could make a play for Victor Martinez

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Let us first stipulate that, yeah, it’s probably way too early for free agent rumors. So much happens between now and when guys file that it’s kinda silly for anyone to put too much stock in the various whispers out there. But hey: if people can spend all day arguing that wins are what makes…

  12. For real this time: Cardinals shut down rookie Jaime Garcia

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Last week the Cardinals announced that they were shutting down Jaime Garcia in order to limit the 23-year-old rookie’s workload in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Then earlier this week they announced that, well, maybe he’ll make one or two more starts after taking a couple rotation turns off. And now…

  13. Jack Clark quits on the Cardinals

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jack Clark, who ripped the Cardinals for quitting last week, has quit.  His analyst job at Fox Sports Midwest, that is, where he does occasional Cardinals postgame analysis. Given his “poopy pants” rant, I wish it happened via a big temper tantrum during which he called his producer “a big fat butthead whose face looks…

  14. Ron Gardenhire on Justin Morneau returning this season: "I don't see how it can possibly happen"

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau hasn’t played since suffering a concussion from a knee to the helmet on July 7 and this afternoon manager Ron Gardenhire finally admitted that the Twins don’t expect him back in the lineup this season. Appearing on 1500-ESPN with hosts Patrick Reusse and Phil Mackey, Gardenhire replied “I don’t see how it can…

  15. The Padres claim Felipe Lopez on waivers

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    The Padres have fundamentally altered the balance of power in the NL West by claiming Felipe Lopez off waivers. The Cardinals released him, so if no one else with a worse record than San Diego wanted him, he’s theirs. I’m pretty sure you have 48 hours to make a waiver claim.  Since it’s Felipe Lopez…

  16. Former Cubs outfielder Matt Murton threatening to break Ichiro Suzuki's hit record in Japan

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Matt Murton was a 2003 first-round pick who hit .286/.352/.436 in 1,058 plate appearances spread over 354 games for the Cubs, Rockies, and A’s, but for whatever reason never really got a shot to be an everyday player despite doing very well as a 24-year-old regular in 2004. After spending most of last season at…

  17. Jim Thome = Brett Favre

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Yeah, it makes my skin crawl too because Thome is totally awesome and nice and he’s never jerked anyone around and everyone who knows him absolutely loves the guy, but that doesn’t stop someone from making the comparison today: At the same age as Vikings future hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre, Thome’s performance this…

  18. Brewers still trying to find a long-term position for Mat Gamel

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Third base prospect Mat Gamel began getting some reps at first base recently as the Brewers plan ahead for the possibility of life without Prince Fielder, but yesterday he made his first career start in left field subbing for an injured Ryan Braun and now it sounds like Milwaukee’s coaching staff may like him more…

  19. Stan Kasten . . . and the Mets?

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ David Waldstein speculates today that the Mets would be wise to look into hiring Stan Kasten, who resigned as President of the Nats yesterday.  He’s got a great track record, Waldstein says.  He’s from New Jersey! Both of which are true. Also true is that, if Jeff Wilpon takes it upon…

  20. Josh Hamilton's fractured ribs feeling better after injections

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton reported feeling better yesterday after receiving an epidural injection and several cortisone shots for his fractured ribs earlier this week, but there’s still no timetable yet for his return. Hamilton rode a stationary bike for 15 minutes yesterday and also did what T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com described as “some light exercises.” Here’s what…

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