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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Nick Swisher returns to Yanks' starting lineup tonight

    Sep 18, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Nick Swisher is back in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for tonight’s game against the Orioles. Swisher has made two appearances as a pinch-hitter this week, including last night, however he hasn’t started a game since last Saturday due to recurring soreness in his left…

  12. Rockies acquire Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the teams will split the difference on Dotel’s remaining salary and the buyout of his option for next season, so the Rockies will responsible for approximately $250,000. 3:33 PM: Here’s an odd one. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Rockies have acquired Octavio Dotel from…

  13. Drew Storen has some important offseason plans

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    In a must-read story from the Washington Post, Adam Kilgore tells us about Drew Storen’s plans to return to Stanford University this fall in order to pursue his degree in product design.  Storen was selected with the No. 10 overall pick after completing his sophomore season last June. The 23-year-old is currently six quarters away…

  14. UPDATE: Takashi Saito to have shoulder examined Monday

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Bad news for the Bravos. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Takashi Saito will fly back to Atlanta tomorrow in order to have his ailing shoulder examined on Monday. Rosenthal speculates that more will be asked of rookie right-hander Craig Kimbrel in his absence. Kimbrel, a 22-year-old flamethrower, had a 1.62 ERA and 83…

  15. David DeJesus awaiting word on his status for next season

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star tells us that David DeJesus is currently waiting to hear if the Royals plan to exercise his $6 million option for next season. “I would like to know,” he admitted, “but I haven’t heard anything yet. I want to be around a little longer, … Hey, let’s do…

  16. Carlos Guillen needed microfracture surgery on his left knee

    Sep 18, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, the Tigers announced that Carlos Guillen required “a surgical clean-up of the degenerative changes” and microfracture surgery on his left knee yesterday.  Guillen was placed on the disabled list with what was termed as a “left knee contusion” after Brett Gardner wiped him out with a takeout…

  17. What was up with A.J. Burnett's eye last night?

    Sep 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    First, the important stuff. The Yankees climbed back into first place in the American League East with a 4-3 win over the Orioles last night. Alex Rodriguez played the hero, slamming two home runs, including a go-ahead three-run shot off O’s closer Koji Uehara with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Last…

  18. Report: Joe Torre would listen if Mets came calling

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    You just knew this was coming. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, “a person close to” Joe Torre says the Mets might be the “only team” that could lure the 70-year-old away from retirement. “The Mets are certainly an inviting situation because they have a lot better personnel than their record shows,”…

  19. Felix Hernandez commits a no-no in near no-no

    Sep 18, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    First, let’s focus on the good stuff. As you know, Felix Hernandez has dominated pretty much everyone he has faced this season, but entering last night’s action, he was 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in four starts against the first-place Rangers. No longer. King Felix carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in last night’s…

  20. The Dodgers were contractually obligated to give Mattingly the job

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    We now turn to the latest bit of evidence showing that the Dodgers couldn’t manage their way out of a paper bag. Dylan Hernandez reports the following: Before the start of this season, Mattingly had signed a deal that guaranteed him the manager’s job if Torre stepped down. Look — I’m not going to quibble…

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