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  1. Justin Upton not close to returning from shoulder injury

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Justin Upton missed two weeks with a sore shoulder, rejoined the lineup for three games, and is now sidelined again by the same injury. He’s missed five straight starts and interim manager Kirk Gibson indicated that Upton is not close to returning: We’re not going to play him at this point. We’re going to make…

  2. There is no fixing the Mets until the team is sold

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from Joe Sherman’s latest, in which he cast about big league front offices to get (anonymous) comment on the Mets’ COO. The pithy summary: Wilpon is  a “short-tempered, tone deaf credit seeker,” he’s an “accountability deflector,” a “micro-manager” and a “second-guesser.”  Oh, and he’s a bull-headed idiot…

  3. The McCourt trial resumes with a bang

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Jamie McCourt’s driver hit a pedestrian before the trial even got going today, so there’s that. He’s supposedly OK and didn’t need medical treatment. Jamie will probably give him a house or a job with the Dodgers or something to sign a lawsuit waiver. In the trial itself, this morning, Jamie McCourt took the stand…

  4. Brian Anderson's conversion to pitching has gone well so far

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Two months ago Brian Anderson made the transition from outfielder to pitcher after the 28-year-old former first-round pick hit just .227 in 355 career games. He first headed down to rookie-ball, quickly moved up to Single-A, and then finished the year with a stint at Triple-A, combining to throw 17.1 innings with a 2.08 ERA…

  5. HBT Daily: Phillies-Braves, Yankees-Rays

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    A big week for the East. Thank God we’ve got that bias working for us already!

  6. A's prospect Chris Carter begins career 0-for-32 with 13 Ks

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chris Carter went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts yesterday before being removed from the game defensively, making him 0-for-32 with 13 strikeouts (and one walk!) to begin his big-league career. Carter’s brutal hitless streak is the longest by any player to start a career since Vic Harris went 0-for-36 for the Rangers in 1972. Harris rebounded…

  7. Bobby Jenks "may have thrown his last inning for White Sox"

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Because of forearm pain Bobby Jenks hasn’t pitched since saving both games of a doubleheader on September 4 and Scott Merkin of MLB.com writes that “he could have thrown his last inning for the White Sox.” No one seems quite sure when or if Jenks will be able to return this season and manager Ozzie…

  8. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    For the second straight week, a new team tops the charts.

  9. Tyler Colvin: "I want to let everyone know that I'm doing OK"

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Tyler Colvin remains in stable condition at a Miami hospital after his chest was punctured by a broken bat yesterday and released a statement this afternoon updating his status: I want to thank Cubs fans for their support all season, especially right now, and let everyone know that I’m doing OK. I also want to…

  10. George Steinbrenner monument to be dedicated tonight

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    The Yankees are going to dedicate George Steinbrenner’s monument in Monument Park tonight. They would have had the ceremony sooner after Steinbrenner’s death, but there was a delay due to the original plaque-maker being killed for including the line “. . . presided over the Yankees’ longest period between postseason appearances in franchise history: 1982-1994.”…

  11. Bobby Valentine and the Yankees? Sure, why not?

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman has a lot of managerial speculation in his latest column. One of the fun ones: while it’s highly unlikely Joe Girardi won’t be back in New York, if he does bolt, “Bobby Valentine likely would be one candidate to replace him in the Bronx.” I just love this because it proves that we…

  12. Jim Leyland managed his 3,000th career game last night

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    In beating the White Sox last night Jim Leyland became the 18th person in baseball history to manage 3,000 career games, joining active (or recently active) skippers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Lou Piniella in the club. Leyland has had a winning record in four of his five seasons in Detroit while…

  13. King Felix may be shut down early

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez would have three starts left if he stays on regular rest. Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald reports, however, that he may start only two more games because the team is concerned about his workload. Hernandez’s workload, that is. Not Arnold’s. I’m sure he’ll be able to report for the rest of the…

  14. Andres Torres could return from appendectomy this weekend

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Andres Torres had an emergency appendectomy on September 17 and was given an initial recovery timetable of 2-3 weeks, potentially knocking him out of the Giants’ lineup for the remainder of the regular season. However, he’s apparently made good progress since then and manager Bruce Bochy said yesterday that Torres could be back in the…

  15. Adam Dunn and the Nats are working on an extension

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Sanity is apparently prevailing in Washington as the team that can’t afford to lose one of the biggest bats in the game — the Nats — and the player who is on record as saying that he really wants to stay in Washington — Adam Dunn — are working to a contract extension, according to…

  16. Joe Mauer likely to miss several games after tweaking knee

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer exited yesterday’s game in the sixth inning after tweaking his left knee while swinging and is expected to be sidelined for several days. Mauer missed most of his rookie season in 2004 with an injury to the same knee that required surgery, but has for the most part avoided any further problems there.…

  17. Jayson Werth signs with Scott Boras. Is this important? Does this mean something?

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    As expected, Jayson Werth has signed with Scott Boras. I think Werth was already shaping up to be one of the most interesting free agent choices in some time, but this adds to the intrigue. His 2010 season was being talked about like it was a disappointment for much of the early part of the…

  18. Andy Pettitte throws six good innings in first start since July

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte returned from the disabled list yesterday after missing two months with a groin injury and held the Orioles to one run in six innings, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out two. Pettitte’s health is crucial for the Yankees, whose rotation has has plenty of question marks behind CC Sabathia.…

  19. When will baseball do something about maple bats?

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tyler Colvin could have been killed yesterday. Is that what it takes before something is done about maple bats?

  20. A Braves minor league pitcher is probably in trouble

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Braves-Phillies preview at MLB.com (paraphrased): Jair Jurrjens looks to set the tone by taking the start tonight in Philly! Braves minor league starter Brandon Beachy to his hometown paper, the Kokomo Tribune (paraphrased): I’m with the Braves in Philadelphia, Jair Jurrjens knee is injured, and if he can’t go, I’m going to get the start!…

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