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  1. Josh Hamilton feeling no improvement in sore ribs

    Sep 18, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was given a rare double-dose of cortisone injections on Wednesday of this week in the area of his sore ribcage.  It hasn’t helped. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the injured MVP candidate felt the same Saturday as he did on Wednesday and is not optimistic about his chances of returning before…

  2. Brewers won't exercise Doug Davis' $6.5M option for '11

    Sep 18, 2010, 8:27 PM EDT

    Here comes the least shocking news you’ll hear all weekend. Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this afternoon that Doug Davis’ $6.5 mutual option for 2011 will not be exercised. Melvin and Co. signed Davis…

  3. Nationals expected to bring Jim Riggleman back next season

    Sep 18, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    They have yet to make it official, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that “there are strong indications emerging from the organization” that Jim Riggleman will return as Nationals manager next season. “We haven’t announced a final call, but we’ve made a definite decision,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said tonight. “We haven’t made…

  4. Yep, Troy Tulowitzki is still ridiculous

    Sep 18, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    I’m stuck watching the Braves-Mets game, so I will have to trust what I have seen from replays and enthusiastic tweets, but Troy Tulowitzki is 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of two-run homers in this afternoon’s game against the Dodgers. Tulowitzki has now gone deep 14 times in his last 15 games. According…

  5. UPDATE: Jake Arrieta to have bone spur removed Wednesday

    Sep 18, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Arrieta tells Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he is tentatively scheduled to have the bone spur removed on Wednesday. It’s a relatively minor procedure that isn’t expected to have any impact on his availability for next season. 5:15 PM: According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that rookie…

  6. Nick Swisher returns to Yanks' starting lineup tonight

    Sep 18, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Nick Swisher is back in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for tonight’s game against the Orioles. Swisher has made two appearances as a pinch-hitter this week, including last night, however he hasn’t started a game since last Saturday due to recurring soreness in his left…

  7. Rockies acquire Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the teams will split the difference on Dotel’s remaining salary and the buyout of his option for next season, so the Rockies will responsible for approximately $250,000. 3:33 PM: Here’s an odd one. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Rockies have acquired Octavio Dotel from…

  8. Drew Storen has some important offseason plans

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    In a must-read story from the Washington Post, Adam Kilgore tells us about Drew Storen’s plans to return to Stanford University this fall in order to pursue his degree in product design.  Storen was selected with the No. 10 overall pick after completing his sophomore season last June. The 23-year-old is currently six quarters away…

  9. UPDATE: Takashi Saito to have shoulder examined Monday

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Bad news for the Bravos. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Takashi Saito will fly back to Atlanta tomorrow in order to have his ailing shoulder examined on Monday. Rosenthal speculates that more will be asked of rookie right-hander Craig Kimbrel in his absence. Kimbrel, a 22-year-old flamethrower, had a 1.62 ERA and 83…

  10. David DeJesus awaiting word on his status for next season

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star tells us that David DeJesus is currently waiting to hear if the Royals plan to exercise his $6 million option for next season. “I would like to know,” he admitted, “but I haven’t heard anything yet. I want to be around a little longer, … Hey, let’s do…

  11. Carlos Guillen needed microfracture surgery on his left knee

    Sep 18, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, the Tigers announced that Carlos Guillen required “a surgical clean-up of the degenerative changes” and microfracture surgery on his left knee yesterday.  Guillen was placed on the disabled list with what was termed as a “left knee contusion” after Brett Gardner wiped him out with a takeout…

  12. What was up with A.J. Burnett's eye last night?

    Sep 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    First, the important stuff. The Yankees climbed back into first place in the American League East with a 4-3 win over the Orioles last night. Alex Rodriguez played the hero, slamming two home runs, including a go-ahead three-run shot off O’s closer Koji Uehara with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Last…

  13. Report: Joe Torre would listen if Mets came calling

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    You just knew this was coming. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, “a person close to” Joe Torre says the Mets might be the “only team” that could lure the 70-year-old away from retirement. “The Mets are certainly an inviting situation because they have a lot better personnel than their record shows,”…

  14. Felix Hernandez commits a no-no in near no-no

    Sep 18, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    First, let’s focus on the good stuff. As you know, Felix Hernandez has dominated pretty much everyone he has faced this season, but entering last night’s action, he was 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in four starts against the first-place Rangers. No longer. King Felix carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in last night’s…

  15. The Dodgers were contractually obligated to give Mattingly the job

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    We now turn to the latest bit of evidence showing that the Dodgers couldn’t manage their way out of a paper bag. Dylan Hernandez reports the following: Before the start of this season, Mattingly had signed a deal that guaranteed him the manager’s job if Torre stepped down. Look — I’m not going to quibble…

  16. Brian Cashman: no hard feelings toward Joe Torre

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews caught up with Brian Cashman following the announcement that Joe Torre was stepping down. And guess what? Despite Torre’s book pissing off everyone on the Yankees, Everything is hunky dory: General manager Brian Cashman said there are “no issues” between Joe Torre and the team he led to four world…

  17. Josh Hamilton given two cortisone injections in ribs

    Sep 17, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton hasn’t played since September 4, when he crashed into an outfield wall at the Twins’ Target Field and suffered a bruised ribcage and shoulder. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers took a drastic step earlier this…

  18. Tony La Russa fires back at Jack Clark's "poopy pants" rant

    Sep 17, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    As Aaron noted earlier today, monobrowed-man-child Jack Clark called the Cardinals “quitters” and said “they have poopy in their pants.”  While such a sophisticated and air-tight indictment is difficult to rebut, Tony La Russa has a law degree, so he’s trained in the finer arts of oral advocacy. Specifically, the “I’m rubber and you’re glue”…

  19. Nick Swisher is still hurting; will sit tonight against the Orioles

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Yankees rightfielder Nick Swisher — who had a cortisone shot the other day — tested his knee running today, but it was decided he can’t yet return to the lineup. Swisher could pinch hit against the Orioles tonight, but Austin Kearns will start in right. Better safe than sorry. But really, the logic of that…

  20. Chipper Jones: "you can make absurd amounts of money playing this game"

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal interviewed Chipper Jones and asked him about his decision to try a comeback next year. Jones says he’ll only continue to play if he can be an effective player. The key question: given the denial inherent in a professional athlete’s psyche, how will he know if he can still be effective? I’ll know…

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