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  1. 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…

  2. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

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

  3. 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…

  4. 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.”…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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?

  14. 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!…

  15. Crazy prediction of the day: Steve Berthiaume and the Astros

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    “The Houston Astros will win the NL Central in 2011. I’m calling it right now — Astros ’11 division champs.” – ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, waxing a bit too optimistically, methinks, over the Astros downright respectable second half. I don’t want to take too much away from the Astros’ impressive in-season turnaround, but there’s no escaping…

  16. History repeats itself in the Tyler Colvin, Jason La Rue incidents

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    As I turned off the computer last night, I was pondering Tyler Colvin getting seriously injured with a bat shard and Jason La Rue’s career apparently ending due to an assault by a Reds pitcher. Then I picked up the book I’m reading about baseball in the 70s, “Big Hair and Plastic Grass.”  In the…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Stuff you missed over the weekend while you wished the weather would make up its damn mind already between summer and fall: Tyler Colvin was impaled by a bat shard. We’ll obviously have more about this and maple bats and all of that kind of thing over the next few days. Whenever you have the…

  18. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:34 AM EDT

    The Phillies and Braves enter their big series on a roll, the Yankees and Rays — not so much.

  19. UPDATE: Colvin struck by bat shard, done for year

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports wrote a column in early May with a frightening but eye-opening lead sentence. “Someone’s going to die at a baseball stadium soon,” he surmised, because of the splintering of newly popularized maple bats. That didn’t happen this afternoon at the Marlins’ Sun Life…

  20. Dusty Baker still mulling contract extension offer from Reds

    Sep 19, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    It appears that manager Dusty Baker may be driving a hard bargain in his contract negotiations with the Reds.  Baker is in the final year of a three-year contract that carries a $3.5 million annual salary.  He was offered what is believed to be a multi-year extension in mid-August but is taking his time accepting. …

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