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  1. Josh Hamilton undergoes X-rays on sore rib cage

    Sep 4, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    The Rangers aren’t off to the best start here in September.  They’ve dropped two straight games to the Twins at Target Field and now center fielder Josh Hamilton is even more banged up, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Hamilton, already battling a semi-serious knee injury and back soreness, collided with the…

  2. Johan Santana to throw off mound Sunday

    Sep 4, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    Johan Santana, who left Thursday’s start against the Braves with a strained left pectoral muscle, threw from a distance of approximately 100 feet Saturday at Wrigley Field, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “Everything is good,” Santana said. “Playing catch I don’t feel anything. So we’ll see how it feels tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m supposed to…

  3. Jim Thome passes Mark McGwire for ninth place on all-time home-run list

    Sep 4, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Jim Thome has connected for a pair of home runs during this afternoon’s game against the Rangers, passing Mark McGwire for ninth place on baseball’s all-time home run list. He slugged No. 583 in the third inning and No. 584 — a three-run shot — in the fourth. Incredibly, the 40-year-old Thome now has 20…

  4. Carlos Silva set for first start since minor heart procedure

    Sep 4, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva is scheduled to return from the disabled list to start against the Astros on Tuesday, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. It will be his first start since undergoing a minor cardiac procedure to remedy an irregular heartbeat in early August. Silva gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in his last…

  5. UPDATE: Cliff Lee doubtful to make next start

    Sep 4, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers called off Cliff Lee’s bullpen session after he felt some discomfort in his back while throwing off flat ground. He’ll play catch again Sunday with the intention of throwing a bullpen session. There’s still a chance he’ll pitch Tuesday, but it doesn’t sound…

  6. Mike Lowell has a non-displaced rib fracture

    Sep 4, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Mike Lowell was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in one of his ribs after undergoing an MRI and CT scan Friday. “I’m medically cleared to play and as long as it doesn’t bother me it should be fine,” said Lowell, who…

  7. Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte getting close to returning

    Sep 4, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte participated in a simulated game this morning, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. With Reggie Jackson calling balls and strikes and Yankees manager Joe Girardi observing, Pettitte threw 50 pitches over three simulated innings against A-Rod, Greg Golson and Ramiro Pena. He reported no problems with left groin.…

  8. Jaime Garcia snaps Cards' losing streak, bolsters case for NL ROY

    Sep 4, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Hard to figure those Cardinals out. They continued their dominance over the first-place Reds with a 3-2 win last night, putting an end to their five-game losing streak. They are now 11-5 against Cincinnati this season, however they have just five wins against teams not named the Reds since August 6. Alas, they are currently…

  9. Jeremy Hermida signs with the Athletics

    Sep 4, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Just days after being released by the Red Sox, Jeremy Hermida has signed a minor league contract with the Athletics. Hermida debuted with Triple-A Sacramento last night and helped the RiverCats clinch the Pacific Coast League Pacific South division title by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI, according…

  10. Brandon Webb disappointed with latest simulated game

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb threw his second simulated game Friday, but according to what he told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, it didn’t go quite as smoothly as his first session against live hitters last Saturday. “It wasn’t as good as it was the last time,” Webb said. “I was as wild as I’ve ever been.…

  11. The Padres have dropped eight straight games

    Sep 4, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    25-year-old Cory Luebke didn’t have the easiest of assignments Friday night against the Rockies. Not only was he making his major league debut, he was being asked to stop the bleeding of a seven-game losing streak. No pressure or anything. Luebke was predictably a little shaky, giving up a pair of two-run homers over five…

  12. Josh Hamilton says back stiffness won't keep him out of lineup

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton, who missed Wednesday’s game after receiving an injection for his sore right knee, was back in the lineup against the Twins on Friday. That’s the good news. The not-so-good? Hamilton left the game with lower back stiffness after connecting for a one-out single in the eighth inning, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. “I…

  13. Joe Maddon improves to .500 as Rays manager

    Sep 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    The Rays defeated the Orioles 4-1 on Friday night and remain 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East and seven games up on the Red Sox in the American League Wild Card. While the playoffs look like a virtual-lock, there was some extra significance to Friday’s win. As Marc Topkin of…

  14. Aroldis Chapman's vanity plates need an update

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    In case you haven’t had enough of baseball’s new sensation, here’s an interesting tidbit from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Apparently, Chapman has vanity plates on his vehicles. Specifically, “102MPH” on his Lamborghini and “101MPH” on his Mercedes. Now that the Cuban fireballer has reached 102.7 MPH and 103.9 MPH in his first two…

  15. Stephen Strasburg undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg underwent successful Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “He came through it with flying colors,” Rizzo said. “It went smooth and uneventful.” Not that I would wish this on anyone, but have we ever seen a surgery described as unsuccessful? Just saying. Anyway, Dr.…

  16. Manny Ramirez apologizes for behavior in Boston

    Sep 3, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Returning to Boston for the second time since being traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers during the 2008 season, Manny Ramirez said Friday that he was to blame for the turn of events that led to his departure from the team he helped lead to two World Series titles. As he told ESPNBoston.com:…

  17. Hurricane Earl washes out tonight's Chicago-Boston game

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Freakin’ Manny. Quittin’ again . . . The game between the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox was postponed Friday because of the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Earl.The opener of the three-game series was rescheduled as the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. I’m wonderin’ how many baseball games have been…

  18. Rangers sign Mark Prior to minor league contract

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers have signed Mark Prior to a minor-league contract and will assign him to Triple-A, but adds that “this is a long-term project and he is not expected to help the Rangers this season.” Prior hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006 and hasn’t been both healthy and effective…

  19. Must-click link: Omar Minaya gets heckled while flying coach

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    I have no idea whether this is true or not, but it’s pretty funny either way and … well, there’s just not a whole lot worth writing about going on this afternoon. Omar Minaya apparently/allegedly/reportedly flew coach on his flight to Chicago for the series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and the many Mets…

  20. As planned, Dustin Pedroia underwent foot surgery today

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    As expected, Dustin Pedroia underwent season-ending foot surgery today, with doctors inserting a screw into the fractured navicular bone in his left foot. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald “the surgery is expected to assure more complete healing in time for Pedroia to be ready for spring training.” And here’s what Pedroia had…

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