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  1. It has come to this: the Giants have a rally thong

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    While the Padres have been a good story, I’ve been rather agnostic on the NL West race this year. The games just end too late for me so I can’t get into it the way I get into the east and central races.  That’s probably going to change now that I know this, courtesy of…

  2. Rocco Baldelli rejoins the Rays and homers in his first at-bat

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rocco Baldelli began this season as a minor-league coach in the Rays’ system and then officially started his comeback as a player in mid-July, playing 23 games between high Single-A and Triple-A before a call-up to Tampa Bay when rosters expanded last week. And yesterday his second stint with the Rays kicked off with a…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Happy Labor Day, everyone. Why am I working today? Because this ain’t labor, my comrades. Hopefully most of you who do work, however, are getting a nice day off to recharge and reflect and stuff. In the meantime, here’s what went down over the weekend: Adam Wainwright: “I won’t lose again.”  This is the most…

  4. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Papelbon: "meh"

    Sep 6, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon doesn’t exactly take responsibility for yesterday’s ninth inning meltdown.

  5. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    “High Five, Mike Young! Oh, wait! Don’t! Don’t! Crap.”

  6. Hamilton could be out for a week due to rib soreness

    Sep 5, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton suffered bruised ribs when he ran into the outfield wall on Saturday at the Twins’ Target Field.  He underwent X-rays and they came back negative, but he’s still feeling some discomfort and was not in Sunday’s lineup. Hamilton hinted to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson that he could be…

  7. Cliff Lee scratched from Tuesday start with back issue

    Sep 5, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    More bad news for Cliff Lee. The left-hander has turned in an 8.28 ERA over his last four starts and is now being scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start with a strained muscle on the right side…

  8. Albert Pujols says Cardinals need to find a way to get Colby Rasmus "out of here"

    Sep 5, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Things are turning sour quickly in St. Louis, and not just in the National League Central standings. Prompted with the report that 24-year-old center fielder Colby Rasmus asked for a trade earlier this season, Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols told Jeff Passan…

  9. Johan Santana's status for Tuesday is still up in the air

    Sep 5, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Mets left-hander Johan Santana departed his Thursday start against the Braves with a strained pectoral muscle. The 31-year-old threw a bullpen session Sunday and reported feeling fine, but a decision won’t be made about his scheduled…

  10. Chipper suspended one game for Saturday incident

    Sep 5, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones, who is on the disabled list and out for the season, was ejected from Saturday’s game against the Marlins for arguing from the dugout. Now David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an update. Chipper has been suspended for…

  11. Report: Rasmus requested trade earlier this season

    Sep 5, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a bit of news that will add lighter fluid to the stack rumors hinting at a “rift” between Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and 24-year-old outfielder Colby Rasmus. Strauss heard from sources…

  12. A-Rod returns from DL, is back in Yankees' lineup

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Good news here from Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been activated from the disabled list and is in Sunday’s lineup against the Blue Jays, batting cleanup and again manning the hot corner. A-Rod has been officially sidelined for about three weeks with a strained left calf and has…

  13. Javier Lopez will miss free agency by five days

    Sep 5, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    The rules that dictate free agency in Major League Baseball can often be cruel, as Giants reliever Javier Lopez is just about to find out. The 33-year-old lefty has posted a stellar 2.38 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 53 innings this season between the Pirates and Giants while holding left-handed batters to a .157/.260/.253 batting…

  14. Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: "I won't lose again"

    Sep 5, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Athletes sure do love making guarantees. The Cardinals were defeated in decisive fashion Saturday by the Reds due in large part to a shaky performance by starter Adam Wainwright. He allowed seven hits and five runs…

  15. O's top Rays, Buck Showalter wins 900th career game

    Sep 5, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    It doesn’t mean much of anything and its not going to shake up the AL East standings at this point in the season, but the Orioles continue to win ballgames under new manager Buck Showalter. The O’s topped the Rays 8-4 on Saturday night…

  16. Chipper Jones, on DL, ejected from Braves' bench

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Braves veteran Chipper Jones tore the ACL in his left knee in early August and was ruled out for the rest of the season.  But that doesn’t mean he’s taking a back seat as the Braves march toward their first playoff berth since 2005. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chipper was ejected…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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