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  1. 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!…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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. …

  8. Morgan making amends, invites Phillies fan to game

    Sep 19, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan is currently serving an eight-game suspension for a string of violent and unsportsmanlike acts that culminated with a benches-clearing brawl on September 1 at the Marlins’ Sun Life Stadium.  Those incidents tarnished his image somewhat in the public eye, and he’s hoping to make things right. Morgan was excused from a…

  9. Crisp again has fractured pinkie, done for season?

    Sep 19, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    A’s outfielder Coco Crisp missed a month earlier this season due to a fracture in his left pinkie finger. And now he’s dealing with that same injury again. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Crisp has been diagnosed with a re-fracture…

  10. Geovany Soto set to undergo shoulder surgery Monday

    Sep 19, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Cubs catcher Geovany Soto played his final game of the 2010 season on Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts against the Marlins.  He will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Monday and will spend the next three months in recovery mode, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. The…

  11. Andy Pettitte back on mound for Yankees Sunday

    Sep 19, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Well, the day has arrived. Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will take the mound Sunday afternoon in Baltimore for the first time since July 18, when he suffered a groin strain during a start against the Rays…

  12. La Russa still undecided on returning to Cardinals in 2011

    Sep 19, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa: will he or won’t he return for another season as manager of the Cardinals? Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is about as close to the team’s thinking as a columnist can get and passes along some insight in his Sunday edition of “Bernie’s Bytes.” First, Miklasz says that the decision to return or…

  13. Yu Darvish could be headed to MLB this offseason

    Sep 19, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Prepare thyself. Another “must-see” Japanese pitching prospect could be on his way to the states as soon as this offseason. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal heard from a source Saturday that right-hander Yu Darvish is likely to be “posted” this winter, meaning teams in Major League Baseball…

  14. J.D. Drew, 34, likely to retire after the 2011 season

    Sep 19, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Rob Bradford of Boston’s WEEI caught up with Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew on Saturday and the two discussed his plans for the future.  It sure sounds like the 34-year-old Drew, who has now played 13 seasons of Major League Baseball, might call it quits at the end of next season.  His current contract with…

  15. LaRue says concussion will spell an end to his career

    Sep 18, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    If Cardinals fans disliked Johnny Cueto before, they’re going to really despise the guy now. Cardinals backup catcher Jason LaRue told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday that he is done playing professional baseball due to a concussion…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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