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  1. Carlos Beltran back in Mets' lineup after knee scare

    Sep 12, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Good news here for the Mets. Carlos Beltran, who was scratched from Saturday’s lineup due to knee tendinitis, is back in the Mets’ lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. This according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger…

  2. Jay Bruce, out since Aug. 30, expected to return Tuesday

    Sep 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Reds dropped five straight games last week, but they’ve now won two in a row at home against the Pirates and are again looking like a postseason-worthy ball club. Oh, and they’re about to get a big offensive boost thanks to the return of…

  3. Marlins' Josh Johnson scratched from Wednesday start

    Sep 12, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Marlins ace Josh Johnson was unable to throw a bullpen session on Saturday due to lingering discomfort in his right shoulder and has now been ruled out for his scheduled Wednesday start, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald…

  4. Joey Votto has yet to hit an infield pop-up this season

    Sep 12, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Reds first baseman Joey Votto has a .320 batting average, a .423 on-base percentage that ranks second in the majors, a .590 slugging percentage, 33 home runs and 101 RBI this season over 490 at-bats.  Still not convinced that Votto is one of the top hitters in all of baseball?  Try this: According to Rob…

  5. Mets might already be mapping out offseason firings

    Sep 12, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Ken Davidoff of New York’s Newsday has some predictions — we’ll call them educated guesses — as to how the Mets will adjust their management and upper management situations this offseason. First, Davidoff says that general manager Omar Minaya “very likely…

  6. Padres' Chris Young nearing return to big leagues

    Sep 12, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    The Padres hit a well-chronicled skid at the end of August and carried that bad momentum into early September. On top of that, they’re having to be overly protective of some of their young arms. It has created a tense…

  7. Mike Lowell confirms that he will retire after 2010

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:53 PM EDT

    Red Sox veteran Mike Lowell confirmed to the Boston Herald on Saturday that he has officially made up his mind and will call it quits after the 2010 season. “I’m retiring,” he said. “I just don’t want to make it a song and dance because…

  8. Freddy Garcia scratched from Sunday start vs. Royals

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    From the Associated Press comes word that the White Sox have scratched Freddy Garcia from his scheduled Sunday start against the Royals. Garcia is dealing with soreness in his lower back and…

  9. Padilla scratched from next start with bulging disk in neck

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    That didn’t take long. Just one start after returning from the disabled list due to a bulging disk in his neck, the Dodgers have scratched Vicente Padilla from Sunday’s start against the Astros with a recurrence of the same injury. According to the team’s official Twitter feed, rookie right-hander Carlos Monasterios will start in his…

  10. A's exercise manager Bob Geren's option for 2011

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    With a lineup that features very little power and a rotation that is without a veteran presence, the Athletics’ 70-70 record this season is actually quite good.  And quite surprising.  Thus, manager Bob Geren is going to be brought back for the 2011 season. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s…

  11. Andy Pettitte expects to return vs. O's next Sunday

    Sep 11, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is scheduled to make his final rehab start with Double-A Scranton on Tuesday, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. If all goes well, he will return from the disabled list next Sunday against the Orioles. “I feel like I’m a healthy player and I’m good to go.” Pettitte tossed four scoreless…

  12. Justin Masterson sent to bullpen due to innings limit

    Sep 11, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson will pitch as a reliever for the remainder of the season in an effort to limit his workload, according to the Indians’ official Twitter feed. He will be available out of the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Twins. Masterson is at 166 innings this season after throwing 129 1/3 innings between the…

  13. Josh Johnson fails to throw Saturday, status in doubt

    Sep 11, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson, currently sidelined with right shoulder inflammation and a mid-back strain, didn’t throw as scheduled before this afternoon’s game against the Nationals, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez wasn’t quite ready to say it this morning, but if Johnson is unable to throw Sunday, he’ll be…

  14. Carlos Beltran scratched with tendinitis in his "other" knee

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Carlos Beltran was scratched from Saturday’s lineup against the Phillies due to tendinitis in his left knee. The good news? This isn’t the knee that required surgery in January. That was the right one. The bad news? Mets manager Jerry Manuel thinks that Beltran has…

  15. Ho-hum: Mark Buehrle was called for two balks last night

    Sep 11, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    And you’ll never guess who the umpiring crew was. That’s right. Joe West’s crew. As you probably remember, West ejected Buehrle and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen after he called the left-hander for two balks in May. He was later fined for his actions. While West didn’t call any of the balks himself this time…

  16. Report: A.J. Hinch to join Padres' scouting department

    Sep 11, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    According to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, the Padres are close to hiring former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch to be their director of scouting. This confirms a report by Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse earlier this week. Padres general manager Jed Hoyer wouldn’t call the hiring official, but Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall confirmed to Bloom…

  17. Jason Bay still holding out hope to return this season

    Sep 11, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    It’s not all bad news for the Mets. According to Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger, Jason Bay told reporters on Friday that he is still hoping to return this season. “I haven’t had a headache in about a week — four or five days,” the Mets left fielder said prior to Friday night’s game…

  18. Nyjer Morgan is punching his ticket out of Washington

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Shocking, I know. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com alluded to the inevitable earlier this week, when two scouts told him that the chances the Nationals will keep Morgan are “nonexistent.” Let’s just say that Morgan isn’t doing anything to change their minds. Take last night’s game against the Marlins, for instance. Batting eighth, Morgan reached on…

  19. Peter Gammons speaks the truth

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    I’d love to say the Rangers’ 6-5 extra-inning win over the Yankees last night (or this morning) was exciting and dramatic — and it certainly had its moments — but unfortunately the five-hour, 12-minute marathon was completely dominated by pitching changes. The two teams combined to set an American League record by using 19 pitchers.…

  20. Scott Boras isn't pleased with the Mets right now

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    We’ve discussed the Walter Reed situation ad nauseam in this space this week, so I don’t want to give it too much time. Besides, the Mets have already found a new disaster with the pending shoulder surgery for Johan Santana. Still, it was hard to ignore this one. Scott Boras, who represents both Carlos Beltran…

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