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  1. Jarrod Saltalamacchia out 4-6 weeks following thumb surgery

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia was diagnosed with a leg infection one week after joining the Red Sox, returned to get 13 at-bats, and has now been diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament that will require surgery. He won’t play again this season and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time, which leaves him ample opportunity to…

  2. Rays attendance is not about fan apathy. It's a structural thing.

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    I think Bob nailed the Rays attendance hubbub pretty good last night, but I figured I’d add my thoughts. No one is saying that it’s wonderful that the Rays drew poorly last night (or draw poorly in general), but I think the notion of blaming Rays fans for their apathy or failure to support the…

  3. The Angels "are not limited financially in any way"

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    You know who is going to be a big free agent player? The Los Angeles Angels are going to be a big free agent player.  Why? Because they don’t care if they lose money or not. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles: According to a baseball source, the Angels expect to lose about $10 million…

  4. Miguel Cabrera is probably done for the season. What's that mean for the MVP race?

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera sprained his ankle while trying to get back to first on a pickoff play last night (hey, he has three stolen bases this year, so you’ve got to contain that risk!). It’s being described as a mild ankle sprain, but with only a few meaningless games left in the season it would seem…

  5. Martin Prado injured in Braves win

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Braves have dug themselves a big enough hole already, so they certainly didn’t need to add to the difficulty. But they did anyway. Inadvertently, of course, but possibly disastrously: Martin Prado hurt his hip while swinging at a pitch in the fifth. It’s been diagnosed as a hip pointer, and he “may be out…

  6. Prepare to enjoy Ken Burns' "Baseball" update. If you're from the East Coast.

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I’ve been hearing stuff like this from the Washington Post’s Tom Shales over and over from people fortunate enough to have previewed the update to Ken Burns’ “Baseball” — called “The Tenth Inning” — which premiers tonight: Your degree of interest might depend on where you live, since “Tenth Inning” tends to favor the Northeastern…

  7. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:11 AM EDT

    The Phillies clinch, the Braves pull slightly ahead of the Padres and the Reds and Yankees gotta wait another day.

  8. Adrian Gonzalez's wife loves shopping in Chicago

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:08 AM EDT

    This story from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times will have Red Sox fans quaking in their boots. Yes that’s right, Adrian Gonzalez likes Chicago! ”There’s definitely a lot of positives about Chicago that if they made an offer, I would be interested in it,” said Gonzalez, 28, whose ability to hit for power to all…

  9. Rays shocked no one wanted to see them play the Orioles

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:24 AM EDT

    The Tampa Bay Rays would have clinched a playoff berth with a victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. They failed to pull it off, managing just three hits against Brian Matusz in a 4-0 defeat. Afterwards, Evan Longoria and David Price vented not about the loss, but about the fact it came before…

  10. Phillies clinch fourth straight NL East title

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

    It was Nats Park in name only on Monday night. In front of thousands of their rain-soaked fans, the Phillies just defeated the Nationals by the score of 8-0, putting a bow on their fourth straight National League East title. Roy Halladay allowed just two measly singles as part of a complete-game shutout. He struck…

  11. Brandon Webb won't pitch for the Diamondbacks this season

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:27 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb hoped to make at least one relief appearance with the Diamondbacks this week, however the team ruled out that possibility today, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Webb, who has spent the entire season rehabbing from shoulder surgery last August, is now slated to pitch in the Instructional League, instead. He’ll make…

  12. Yet another writer accuses Jose Bautista of PED use

    Sep 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    More and more writers are piling on Jose Bautista, accusing him of using PEDs. This needs to stop. Now.

  13. Ozzie Guillen to remain with White Sox in 2011

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Despite recent speculation that he’d bolt due to a deteriorating relationship with general manager Kenny Williams, manager Ozzie Guillen will be back with the White Sox in 2011, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reported Monday. According to Merkin, Guillen met separately with Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf and came away pleased. Even though he was under contract…

  14. Heath Bell also believes Rockies are cheating

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    The excellent Padres blog Gaslamp Ball points out that Heath Bell took to Twitter on Sunday night to comment on the Rockies’ juiced ball “scandal” that Tim LIncecum weighed in on last week. First, in a seeming response to Tim Lincecum’s unofficial allegations, he tweeted “SF are the nice people.” That caught the eye of…

  15. Return to Cubs seems unlikely with Ted Lilly selling Chicago home for $2.4 million

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    When the Cubs traded Ted Lilly to the Dodgers two months ago there was some speculation that he could return to Chicago by re-signing as a free agent this offseason, but that seems pretty unlikely now that Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that Lilly has his “Wrigleyville mansion” on the market. Lilly has…

  16. Afredo Simon, Buck Showalter fined for throwing at Jose Bautista

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Orioles’ pitcher Alfredo Simon was just suspended for three games and Buck Showalter was suspended for one game after the Orioles figured the best way to stop Jose Bautista this weekend was to plunk him. Twice. The Jays’ Shaun Marcum was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Baltimore’s Luke Scott in retaliation. I have never…

  17. UPDATE: Maybe the Rangers-FOX deal is not 20-years, $3 billion

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that the Rangers’ deal with FOX is actually worth $1.5-1.6 billion, not $3 billion as reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, but that there are some incentives and escalators and stuff.  Even if it stays flat at $1.5 billion, however, that makes it, on average,…

  18. The McCourts didn't settle over the weekend

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    In case you were curious, the McCourt trial resumed today after a mediation session on Friday bore no fruit. Which means that a stream of witnesses continue to take the stand today, almost all of whom are saying that Jamie McCourt knew that she was signing the Dodgers away to Frank a couple of years…

  19. Mark Ellis may renegotiate contract to remain in Oakland

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Bob Geren removed Mark Ellis in the seventh inning yesterday so he could get a standing ovation from the Oakland crowd in the A’s final home game of the year, which suggests the manager doesn’t expect him back in 2011. Oakland has a $6 million option or $500,000 buyout on Ellis, who’s 33 years old…

  20. Man pulls sword over baseball card. Read on if you want; headline pretty much says it all.

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Look, this story pretty much explains itself, so let me use the preamble to the usual block quote to ask the media something: How hard would it have been to figure out which card the guy decided to flash steel over? I mean, it’s the ONE thing I want to know after reading this: Recently,…

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