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  1. Mark Teixeira playing through broken toe

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira revealed to the New York Post that he’s been playing with a broken pinkie toe on his right foot, the result of a HBP from Oakland’s Vin Mazzaro on Aug. 31. “Every step I take it stings,” Teixeira told the paper. “It’s worse on defense because I have to move side to side…

  2. Josh Hamilton suffers setback while swinging

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton resumed swinging Tuesday, only to shut himself down after experiencing a spasm in his rib-cage area. It was the first time Hamilton had picked up a bat since suffering three bruised ribs in a collision with the outfield wall at Target Field on Sept. 5. He made it through about 25 swings before…

  3. Nick Swisher is out at least until Friday

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher played through some knee pain, but it didn’t get better, so he had an MRI on it today. The MRI revealed inflammation, thankfully, and no structural damage.That doesn’t make it hurt any less, however, so he got a cortisone shot. Joe Girardi just told the sporting press that Swisher is out until at…

  4. Albert Pujols out of the lineup with sore elbow

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, troubled by a sore left elbow the past three weeks, will get Tuesday off after receiving a cortisone shot Monday night. Felipe Lopez is making his first career start at first base in his place. Pujols originally injured his non-throwing elbow making a play on defense against the Pirates last month. A couple…

  5. Ken Rosenthal joins the Ozzie Guillen-to-Miami chorus

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    It’s not a loud chorus — more of a madrigal group that meets each Tuesday after choir practice — but it is growing: Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins. It makes almost too much sense. Guillen lives in Miami. He was the Marlins’ third base coach when they won the World Series in 2003. His relationship…

  6. Phillies adjust rotation and line up The Big 3 for Braves series

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    In a preview of what their first-round opponent might see in the playoffs, the Phillies have adjusted their rotation so that Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels are lined up to get the starts in next week’s crucial three-game series against the Braves. Beating the Braves would go a long way toward the Phillies…

  7. Joe Morgan's opinion about the Cy Young debate is exactly what you'd expect

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    During his ESPN.com chat today Joe Morgan was asked to comment about the ongoing debate surrounding Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia, the Cy Young award, and the importance of win-loss records. His response was exactly what you’d expect from Joe Morgan, to the point that it almost reads like parody: I think it’s a joke to…

  8. Ian Kinsler suspended for one game

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Being suspended is sorta social. Demented and sad, but social.

  9. Fredi Gonzalez turns down interview for Cubs' manager job

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez is apparently so confident the Braves will choose him as their new manager when Bobby Cox retires at the end of the season that John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse reports he turned down a chance to interview for the open Cubs’ job. Last month I was in Atlanta for the annual Society for…

  10. When nicknames were cool

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    We occasionally get a cool nickname these days, but it’s rare. Mostly we get lame variations of the A-Rod thing, which is a concept I had thought reached its nadir with the ironic “Man-Ram” but came roaring back to life with the non-ironic “Car-Go.” Oy. But there used to be a time when you could…

  11. Brandon Webb still isn't close to rejoining Diamondbacks

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb’s recovery from shoulder surgery has progressed so slowly that he’s gone from hoping to be healthy for the second half to hoping to make at least one start in September to now talking about possibly having to participate in instructional leagues just to get some work in. Here’s what Webb told Steve Gilbert…

  12. The Mets want an experienced GM to replace Omar

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price reports one thing we knew — Omar Minaya is on his way out — and one thing we didn’t — the Mets would rather hire an “experienced GM” than promote assistant GM John Ricco. This surprises me somewhat because I had assumed that the Wilpons would want someone from inside, whom they’ve…

  13. The Rangers are moving their AAA affiliate to Round Rock

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s been rumored forever, but the Round Rock Express — currently the Astros’ AAA affiliate — has called a press conference for Thursday during which it will be announced that they’re going to become the Rangers top minor league club. Well, we presume so, given that they’re (a) partially-owned by Nolan Ryan; (b) Nolan Ryan…

  14. Must-click link: Dan Szymborski on the Mets' offseason plans

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Some people might say that MS Paint isn’t a particularly good tool for an artist, let alone for baseball analysis, but those people probably never saw this on Baseball Think Factory: Dan Szymborski: Mets Offseason Plan If you don’t think that’s funny, we can’t be friends any more.

  15. The Yankees are going to rest A-Rod down the stretch

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    There was a lot of harrumphing last night as Joe Girardi used the bullpen’s second string in extra innings against the Rays. That harrumphing led to claims this morning that the Yankees really don’t care about the division and are just playing for the wild card.  I kind of doubt that they’re actually planning on…

  16. Carlos Marmol has the highest strikeout rate in MLB history

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Just before the All-Star break I wrote about how Carlos Marmol was on pace for the highest strikeout rate in baseball history among pitchers with at least 50 innings. In the two months since then he hasn’t missed quite as many bats, but the Cubs’ closer is still on an historic track. Marmol has racked…

  17. I am so proud to be a Braves fan this day

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Did you know that Moises Alou was born in Atlanta? It’s true!  In related news: The good news: More Americans are washing their hands of bathroom germs. The bad news: Except for the guys at Turner Field . . . . . . While 98 percent of women that use the Turner Field restrooms washed…

  18. Report: Cubs to interview Bob Melvin for managerial opening

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs will interview former Mariners and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin for their managerial opening. Kurkjian notes that Melvin was up for the Cubs’ job in 2003 before they went with Dusty Baker instead. Melvin ended up managing the Mariners and won 93 games in his first season, but…

  19. HBT Daily: Twins, Twins, Twins

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    I seem to get a new obsession each week. One week it’s pro wrestling, the next week it’s the Minnesota Twins.

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