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  1. Red Sox or not, Jason Varitek plans to keep playing in 2011

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Whether or not it’ll be with the Red Sox remains to be seen, but Jason Varitek said yesterday that he plans to play somewhere in 2011. Varitek has been out since June 30 with a broken foot and played sparingly as Victor Martinez’s backup even before the injury, logging a total of 105 plate appearances…

  2. Judge smacks Signature Pharmacy prosecutor

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    You might recall Signature Pharmacy, the mail order drug store that was portrayed as steroid and HGH central back in 2007. In 2008, the Albany, New York prosecutor’s office brought charges against Signature and its owners. This despite the fact that Signature was in Florida. The charges were subsequently dismissed. While I have no idea…

  3. Mark Prior tosses scoreless inning at Triple-A for Rangers

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Mark Prior signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers last week and made his Triple-A debut yesterday, tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Oklahoma City. Prior, who convinced the Rangers to sign him after pitching well and showing good velocity as a reliever for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball…

  4. Stay classy, Jeff Loria: The Marlins snub Bobby Cox

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Bobby Cox had a few sharp things to say about Jeff Loria back in June following the firing of Freddi Gonzalez. He called Loria “unpredictable,” said he likes to make changes for the sake of change and that, given how well Gonzalez had done as Marlins manager, Loria “doesn’t appreciate anything.” Just because Cox was…

  5. Padres' lead down to one game as losing streak hits 10

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    After beating the Diamondbacks on August 25 the Padres had a 76-49 record and 6.5-game lead in the NL West. They’d won three games in a row and 13 of their last 16, and their odds of winning the division were over 90 percent. And they haven’t won since, dropping their 10th consecutive game yesterday…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.”

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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