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  1. Jim Edmonds injures himself on home run trot

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:21 PM EST

    If ever there was a sign a ballplayer should retire, this would be it: Cincinnati’s Jim Edmonds injured his right leg running the bases after a solo home run in the second and did not return to the field in the bottom of the inning. The Reds say that Edmonds, 40, has a strained right…

  2. Report: Diamondbacks to offer Kevin Towers GM job

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:14 PM EST

    According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, “a reliable source” has told him that Kevin Towers will be offered the Diamondbacks’ general manager job. Should he accept, an official announcement could come as soon as tomorrow. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com told us earlier today that Towers was back in Arizona for a second interview, so…

  3. A.J. Hinch lands in Padres front office

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

    A.J. Hinch, fired as the Diamondbacks’ manager earlier this season, has taken a job as San Diego’s vice president of professional scouting, according to the team’s media notes. Hinch, 36, may have flopped as a manager, but he was very well regarded in Arizona’s front office before former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes took a chance…

  4. Francisco Rodriguez to be arraigned Wednesday

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    The New York Post is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has decided to surrender two weeks early for arraignment on charges of violating an order of protection. Rodriguez was supposed to court Oct. 7, but will instead be arrested and charged with contempt of court on Wednesday. K-Rod sent his former girlfriend and mother of his…

  5. Joe Mauer's MRI shows inflammation

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    Manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that Joe Mauer could be out another four or five days after an MRI showed inflammation in his ailing left knee. Gardenhire expects that Mauer will receive a cortisone shot for the knee, potentially sidelining him until the weekend. No serious problems were detected, but with the Twins in position…

  6. Jair Jurrjens likely to start Sunday for Braves

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens, who missed his start Monday with a knee injury, will likely pitch Sunday, manager Bobby Cox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jurrjens was diagnosed Tuesday with a slight horizontal meniscus tear in his right knee. It sounds like something he can pitch through for the rest of the year and get taken care of…

  7. Joey Votto scratched with sinus infection

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:02 PM EST

    National League MVP candidate Joey Votto was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to a sinus infection, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Chris Heisey replaced him in the lineup, with Jim Edmonds moving to first base. Votto hit his 35th homer as part of the Reds’ 5-2 win over the Brewers on Monday. He’s…

  8. Random, slightly mind-blowing factoid of the day

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:39 PM EST

    Adam Morris of Lonestarball just tweeted something that made my mind reel for a few seconds: No starting pitcher who debuted in the majors after 1967 has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Nolan Ryan’s first game was in 1966. Since then the only arguable exception is Dennis Eckersley, but he obviously wasn’t inducted…

  9. Cardinals send Felipe Lopez "home for the rest of the season"

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:19 PM EST

    No specifics have emerged yet, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “the Cardinals have sent Felipe Lopez home for the rest of the season.” Lopez has a history of wearing out his welcome, but what makes this case interesting is that this is actually his second stint in St. Louis.…

  10. Jerry Manuel slams Joe Torre

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    Over the weekend, Joe Torre played the “sure, I’d listen if the Mets called” card, saying that the Mets “are certainly an inviting situation.” The only problem: Jerry Manuel is still the manager of the Mets. Andy Martino the Daily News just spoke with Manuel about it, and this is what he said: “I find…

  11. How much is homefield advantage worth in the playoffs?

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:48 PM EST

    With the Yankees, Rays, and Twins in a three-way battle for homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs Cliff Corcoran of SI.com took a look at how much of an impact being the home team has had and found … well, it’s probably not as important as you’d think. Going back to 1998, when the current…

  12. Manny Acta is either channeling Yogi Berra, or else he's really bad at fractions

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Indians manager Manny Acta is not pleased that his pitchers can’t get out of an inning: “We’ve stressed finishing innings a lot to these kids,” said manager Manny Acta. “But sometimes when they get two out, they tend to lose focus and concentration. “When you have two out, you’re three-fourths of the way there. You…

  13. Impending free agent A.J. Pierzynski has "no idea" if he'll be back with White Sox

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    A.J. Pierzynski has raised his batting average from .231 to .272 by hitting .393 over the past 28 games, but his OPS is still a career-low .691 and the 33-year-old impending free agent told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he has “no idea” if the White Sox will try to re-sign him. Coming…

  14. Praying for a Massive Tie in the National League

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:03 PM EST

    David Pinto has been tracking Massive Tie Scenarios over at Baseball Musings. While I would like my rooting interest to win out and all other NL teams to lose as much as humanly possible, that’s rather provincial of me. This sounds way more fun: The Phillies did their best to kill the chances of a…

  15. Jose Bautista close to becoming 14th member of 50-homer, 100-walk club

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    Jose Bautista is one long ball away from becoming the 26th player in baseball history–and first since Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder in 2007–to hit 50 homers in a season, but he’s also on the verge of joining an even more exclusive club. Bautista has 95 walks with 13 games left, making it likely that…

  16. Jamie McCourt may be on her way to getting half of the Dodgers

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

    The nuances of the dispute between Frank and Jamie are kind of technical inasmuch as they involve the operation and effect of a legal document governing the McCourts’ assets, Dodgers included. But one thing that makes things simple is when the lawyer who drafted the thing testifies under oath that he messed with the document…

  17. Josh Hamilton diagnosed with "a small fracture" in his ribs

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:16 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton traveled to Los Angeles to see a specialist about his rib injury and this afternoon the Rangers announced that he’s been diagnosed with “a small stable fracture in the seventh and eighth ribs that previous tests had not picked up.” Hamilton received an anti-inflammatory injection and an epidural injection, which means he won’t…

  18. So why did Jayson Werth switch agents anyway?

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    If your answer is “because he wants top dollar in free agency and Scott Boras is the man to get it for him,” you may be wrong. In a story I didn’t see because Newsday is behind a really expensive paywall, Ken Davidoff reported that one of Werth’s goals is to pay his agent a…

  19. FanHouse's David Whitley cannot explain the concept of love to his children

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Last week I wrote of my distaste of the casual homophobia fostered by the Kiss Cam and some St. Louis fans’ desire to use it as a means of protest.  I missed this at the time, but David Whitley of FanHouse wrote about it on the same day. He took a bit of a different…

  20. Jerry Hairston Jr. has been playing through a fractured leg for the past two months

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:18 PM EST

    For two months now Jerry Hairston Jr. has been playing through leg pain that he believed was shin splints, but the Padres announced this afternoon that he has a fractured tibia. He’ll miss the remainder of the regular season and also won’t be available if San Diego makes the playoffs. Hairston previously missed the end…

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