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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter was not in the lineup Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, and manager Joe Girardi doesn't know when the veteran shortstop will return.

Jeter has reinjured his surgically repaired left ankle, which has been fractured twice since last October.



"His ankle is a little sore, so we are probably going to give him a couple of days and make an evaluation," Girardi said.

Girardi was encouraged that the CT scan on Jeter's ankle came back negative Saturday, meaning he has not fractured it again.

With the season ending three weeks from Sunday, Girardi could not be sure that Jeter will play again this year. However, Girardi did say there is no plan yet to shut down the shortstop.

"Not right now," Girardi said.

Jeter, 39, has only played in 17 games this season, batting just .190. The Yankees began noticing earlier this week that Jeter did not appear to be running right, but Jeter never said a word.

"I don't think you will ever get him to concede," said Girardi, who lifted Jeter in the sixth inning on Saturday after watching him run awkwardly down to first base. "I believe that one of the things that have made him great for so long is his ability to fight through things and to find a way to get it done even when it has looked like he might be too nicked up."

In Jeter's place, Eduardo Nunez will be the Yankees' regular shortstop. Nunez is batting .256 on the season.

Jeter began the season on the disabled list after not being able to recover in time for Opening Day because of the fractured ankle he suffered during Game 1 of October's ALCS.

Jeter finally returned just before the All-Star Break in July, but lasted just one game with a quad injury. He returned from that injury for a short period, only to go back on the DL with a calf strain.

"This [year] is probably his worst one ever for him -- to have to live through this," Girardi said. "You could probably go back to when he was 6 years old because he loves to be out there and he loves to compete. And this is the time where he probably likes being out there more than any, and it has been difficult."

Jeter did not speak to reporters before Sunday's game. Girardi made sure to talk to him before meeting with the media.

"I know he is frustrated," Girardi said. "He wants to be out there. It is tearing him up inside. But as much as he doesn't like it and wants to be out there, I think he understands. We are trying to give it a couple of days to calm down."

They know that time is running out on the regular season.

"There is only 20 days left until the playoffs," Girardi said.

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CLEVELAND -- New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will have his sore right elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews to help determine if the 24-year-old ace needs reconstruction surgery.

Mets manager Terry Collins said before Sunday's game he thought Harvey would have an examination this week, but no date has been set. Harvey was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 27 with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He tweeted last month that he planned on being back from his injury in April, but if reconstruction surgery is required he would likely miss all of next season.

Harvey started for the National League in the All-Star Game at Citi Field and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts.






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NEW YORK -- Mets closer Bobby Parnell requires surgery for a herniated disk in his neck and will have the procedure Tuesday, the team said.



Parnell, who turns 29 on Sunday, was placed on the disabled list July 31. [size=He emerged as a solid closer this season, with]Frank Francisco[size= missing most of the year with right elbow discomfort.]

Parnell was 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA and had 22 saves in 26 chances before becoming sidelined.

He remains under the Mets' control through the 2015 season. He earned $1.7 million this season and again is eligible for arbitration this winter.

Parnell had tried to avoid the procedure. He first rested for several weeks and received an epidural injection to try to get the issue resolved without surgery.

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who has been sidelined for nearly three weeks due to a broken jaw, had the restrictive band and braces removed from his mouth Monday and is preparing to take batting practice later this week.

Braves general manager Frank Wren provided the update on Heyward's status prior to Monday's victory over the Miami Marlins. The Braves anticipate that Heyward will rejoin the team and take batting practice Friday in Atlanta.



"He's literally and figuratively chomping at the bit," Wren told reporters, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Heyward was hit in the face by a 90 mph fastball from New York Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese on Aug. 21, breaking the right side of his jaw and landing him on the disabled list.

Since suffering the injury, Heyward has publicly stated that he hopes to return in time for the postseason. Wren said the Braves want to send Heyward to the instructional league, which begins next week, to get some at-bats before determining when he can return to the majors.

"I think we were cautiously optimistic he would get back to baseball activity sometime in September," Wren said. "It's progressing as we had hoped. I know it is progressing as he had hoped. I think everybody has the goal for him to get back for October. We'll just continue to see how he progresses."

Wren also said that Heyward will wear a mouth guard when he resumes on-field activities Friday. Heyward also has been cleared to begin eating more solid foods, although Wren said the 24-year-old has been able to maintain his weight with the help of the team's chef.

Heyward, batting .253 with 13 home runs this season, struggled through injuries and prolonged hitting slumps through much of the first several months. After missing 22 games in April and May after undergoing an appendectomy, Heyward became Atlanta's leadoff hitter on July 27. Over his next 22 games, Heyward hit .349 with five homers, 15 RBIs and 23 runs scored.

The Braves (86-57) entered play Tuesday with the best record in the majors and a 12-game lead atop the National League East standings.

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/10/roy-halladay-scratched-with-flu-like-symptoms/

Roy Halladay scratched with flu-like symptoms

Matthew Pouliot

Sep 10, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

Roy Halladay, coming off the best of his three starts since returning from shoulder surgery, was scratched from his scheduled Wednesday outing with flu-like symptoms.

Tyler Cloyd will pitch in his place against the Padres.

Halladay allowed one run in six innings last time out against the Nationals, giving him a 4.24 ERA in three starts after he missed 3 1/2 months. Overall, he’s 3-4 with a 7.19 ERA for the season. The current plan is for him to pitch on Thursday.



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A’s activate Josh Reddick from disabled list

Drew Silva

Sep 10, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

A’s outfielder Josh Reddick was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday afternoon after missing the past two-plus weeks with a sprained right wrist. But he is not in the Oakland starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Twins and probably won’t be ready for full-time action until sometime later this month.

Here is Susan Slusser, the lead Athletics beat writer at the San Francisco Chronicle:

Reddick told me that he has zero pain in his right wrist – it feels much as it did last time he came off the DL. He has yet to take any batting practice since getting that cortisone shot last month but he will today; that should determine if he is able to pinch hit or play defense tonight. Coming off the DL, in September, doesn’t necessarily mean what it does the rest of the season – there’s no reason not to put a guy back on a roster if he’s eligible to come off because of the expanded roster. If nothing else, he might be able to pinch run.

Reddick had both of his wrists taped heavily before Tuesday’s game and admitted to Slusser that he “doesn’t like the feeling much.” The 26-year-old outfielder is batting .213/.297/.362 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI in 97 games this season for the A’s, who are currently two games up on the Rangers in the AL West standings.



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Tony Cingrani pulled from start with more back problems

Drew Silva

Sep 10, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

Tony Cingrani spent 11 days on the disabled list from late August to early September because of a lower back strain. And the issue won’t go away.

According to beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the rookie left-hander was lifted from his start Tuesday night against the Cubs with back spasms. Cingrani surrendered two earned runs on three hits and a walk over just 1 2/3 innings.

The Reds had been planning to use right-hander Johnny Cueto as a long reliever upon his expected mid-September return from a severe right lat strain, but if Cingrani’s back problems don’t fade Cueto may have to be pushed back into the starting rotation.

Cingrani, 24, owns a 2.92 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 120/43 K/BB ratio in 104 2/3 frames this season.



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Clay Buchholz throws five shutout innings in return

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Sep 10, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz made his first start since June 8 on Tuesday night versus the Rays.

And it went as well as anyone could have expected.

Featuring a steady 93 mph fastball and a very sharp changeup, Buchholz tossed five scoreless innings at Tropicana Field, yielding only three hits and one walk while striking out six Rays batters. He was lifted from the game at 74 pitches — 44 of which were strikes.

Boston’s bullpen did its part, with Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara combining to keep the shoutout alive in an eventual 2-0 victory.

Buchholz is now 10-0 with a 1.61 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 89 1/3 total innings this season.

The first-place Red Sox are leading the second-place Rays by 8 1/2 games in the American League East.



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The New York Yankees have maintained throughout this season that they hope to re-sign Robinson Cano. But the Yankees may not be willing to do whatever it takes to retain the star second baseman.

Yankees president Randy Levine indicated that the organization would be willing to lose Cano in free agency if the slugger received a contract offer that New York did not want to match or exceed.

"Robinson Cano is a great player. We will sit down and talk to him," Levine told Bloomberg Television during an interview Tuesday.

"Hopefully he's a Yankee. Nobody is a re-sign at all costs, but we want him back and we feel good about negotiating something with him. But nobody is a re-sign at any cost."

Cano, who turns 31 in October, is enjoying another outstanding season with the Yankees (77-68), who are battling for an American League wild-card spot.

Cano entered play Wednesday with a .308 batting average, 26 home runs and 98 RBIs -- all team highs. He also leads the Yankees in hits (167), walks (63) and total bases (277).

Cano declined to address Levine's comment when questioned by The New York Daily News, telling the paper that he will not focus on a new contract until the offseason.

"Let's just see what happens when the season is over," Cano told The Daily News. "There's nothing I can say. Right now, I'm not paying attention to any of that.

"We have 18 games left, so that's my focus right now. We'll see what happens when that day comes."

Cano's representative, CAA's Brodie Van Wagenen, and the Yankees have held informal talks throughout the season in an effort to reach an agreement before the All-Star becomes eligible for free agency. Van Wagenen has been the point man for negotiations, even though Jay-Z was instrumental in landing Cano through his group, Roc Nation's partnership with CAA.

A five-time All-Star, Cano is expected to command a lucrative multiyear contract this offseason and figures to receive interest from multiple teams.

But Levine reiterated that, although Cano remains a priority, the Yankees will not stray from their planned strategy in negotiations.

"The Yankees are the Yankees -- we've been around for a long time," Levine told Bloomberg Television. "I think our fan base understands that we're going to put a championship-caliber team on the field. ... Great players come and go, but the commitment to getting great players continues."

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MIAMI -- Right fielder Justin Upton left the Atlanta Braves' game against the Miami Marlins with a bruised right knee Tuesday, then said he doesn't expect to be out long.

"I'll come in Wednesday, and if I can run, I'm going to play," Upton said.

Upton fouled a ball off his knee in the fourth inning. He stayed in the game long enough to complete his plate appearance, but after drawing a walk, he came out for a pinch runner.

"It's annoying, stupid," he said. "You swing at bad pitches, and pay for it."

Upton leads the NL East-leading Braves with 24 homers and is batting .259.

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CHICAGO -- The Detroit Tigers are giving Jhonny Peralta a chance to earn a spot on their roster.

That's about all general manager Dave Dombrowski would promise when he discussed the suspended infielder's future Tuesday. Peralta, who accepted a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Aug. 5, will work out with the Tigers before Wednesday's game in Chicago against the White Sox.

"From our perspective, there really is an obligation with giving him a chance to come back," Dombrowski said. "We'll make a baseball decision at some point, as we get closer, whether to activate him."

Peralta was suspended as part of baseball's investigation into Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Dombrowski said even if Peralta returns, he would not be the team's every-day shortstop. Shortly before his suspension, the Tigers traded for a replacement, acquiring slick-fielding infielder Jose Iglesias from Boston.

Dombrowski said Peralta will do some hitting Wednesday and also take groundballs and flyballs.

The 31-year-old Peralta has never played the outfield in the major leagues. He's only played shortstop, third base and first base, and the latter two positions are occupied on the Tigers by sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.

AL Central-leading Detroit is trying to hold off Cleveland for its third straight division title after winning the American League pennant in 2012. Peralta was having a fine season before he was suspended, hitting .305 with 11 home runs.

Peralta, a free agent after this season, is eligible to return on Sept. 27 for the Tigers' final three regular-season games at Miami. Dombrowski said at some point between now and then, Peralta will join Detroit's instructional league team.

"He's been in the Dominican Republic, so he's been working out," Dombrowski said. "We've got enough time for him to take batting practice to get ready, so there really was nothing to be gained by bringing him in earlier than this. Now, at this time, to properly get him ready for the season -- if we do decide to activate him -- this is about the right time."

Last year, All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera served a 50-game suspension that ended in October. The San Francisco Giants kept him off the roster on their way to winning the World Series.

The Tigers aren't the only team facing a similar dilemma this time around, trying to figure out how effective a key player can be after a long suspension. Texas slugger Nelson Cruz was back with the Rangers toward the end of last month, hoping to come back for the postseason after his suspension ends.

Dombrowski said giving Peralta another look is the right thing to do.

"Really you are under some obligation to attempt to try to give him the opportunity to try to come back, because it's a negotiated settlement of a 50-day suspension that the commissioner's office and the players' association have agreed upon," Dombrowski said. "Are you told that you have to? No. But you also are told that there is some obligation. I think really where we fall at this time, too: You pay the punishment, you pay the price -- which he has -- and you sit back and we can see how he is."

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Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter says that if New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has such a problem with stealing signs, he may want to address it in his own clubhouse.

"The Yankees are actually one of the better teams at it," Showalter said Tuesday on ESPN New York 98.7's Mike Lupica Show.

Showalter added that the Yankees are experts at stealing signs from second base and agreed with a tweet from former major leaguer Darryl Hamilton that defended Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson.

Funny how Yankees accuse my boy Bobby D of stealing signs when everyone knows that's what they do!! Ask former Yanks still in league!!!
— Darryl Hamilton (@DHam18) September 10, 2013
Showalter, who insisted again that the Orioles weren't doing anything wrong, called Hamilton's words "well put."

"[Girardi] thought that he knew something was going on," Showalter said. "Obviously there wasn't, in our mind. Sometimes you are better off having them believe that. Sometimes paranoia in baseball is a good thing."

Showalter said there would be no carryover into Tuesday's game.



On Tuesday morning, Lou Piniella recalled that he had "conversations" with other managers about stealing signs. He said that they get heated, then you hear from the league office and you move on.

"These things have happened in the past," Piniella, a longtime former big league player and manager, said via phone. "You are talking about Girardi, who is very collected and calm. Showalter is basically the same way. They are both very good people. It is a very stressful situation where both sides need to win and the games are so important with less than 20 games to go in the season. I think Joe Torre will probably talk to both of them before tonight's game."

Piniella, 70, is now a YES Network commentator. In his time, he has done it all, from playing to coaching to managing. If the Orioles were trying to steal signs with Dickerson as the spy, Piniella says that is fair.

"It is part of the game," Piniella said. "Both teams are vying for wild-card spots, are playing very important games to decide it. Basically, things get a little more heated."

Although Piniella found no fault with Girardi, he did say there is an easy solution if you believe the other team is trying to find an edge.

"You just switch them," Piniella said of the catcher's signs. "That is the easiest way to do it. You can have very simple signs the other side can't get."

Piniella agrees with Showalter that there will be no carryover Tuesday night.

"The next day, reasonable people play baseball," he said. "That is what will happen here."

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The Yankees have acquired Mariners SS Brendan Ryan for a player to be named.  This probably means that Jeter's latest setback is serious.  This move shores up their defense at SS for the next couple of weeks because Nunez is just atrocious and made another big error last night.  He can be used as a late inning defensive replacement at the very least. 



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The Boston Red Sox will honor Carl Yastrzemski with a statue of the Hall of Fame outfielder at Fenway Park, the team announced Wednesday.

The statue will be unveiled at Fenway on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. ET in a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays. It captures the moment on Oct. 2, 1983 when Yastrzemski tipped his helmet to the Fenway crowd before the final at-bat of his career.

"This is quite an honor," the 74-year-old Yastrzemski said. "To have a bronze statue at Fenway Park is something I never could have imagined, and I am very grateful to the Red Sox for this kind gesture."

The statue will be located outside the park's Gate B entrance and will be placed in between a statue of Ted Williams and one of "The Teammates," which depicts Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, and Williams.

Toby Mendez, who also created "The Teammates" statue, is the sculptor for Yastrzemski's statue.

Yastrzemski spent all 23 years of his major league career with the Red Sox and retired having played the most games (3,308) of any player in major league history to that point. He was an 18-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner and won the Triple Crown in 1967, when he helped lead the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox to the World Series.

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lobo316 wrote: The Boston Red Sox will honor Carl Yastrzemski with a statue of the Hall of Fame outfielder at Fenway Park, the team announced Wednesday.

The statue will be unveiled at Fenway on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. ET in a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays. It captures the moment on Oct. 2, 1983 when Yastrzemski tipped his helmet to the Fenway crowd before the final at-bat of his career.

"This is quite an honor," the 74-year-old Yastrzemski said. "To have a bronze statue at Fenway Park is something I never could have imagined, and I am very grateful to the Red Sox for this kind gesture."

The statue will be located outside the park's Gate B entrance and will be placed in between a statue of Ted Williams and one of "The Teammates," which depicts Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, and Williams.

Toby Mendez, who also created "The Teammates" statue, is the sculptor for Yastrzemski's statue.

Yastrzemski spent all 23 years of his major league career with the Red Sox and retired having played the most games (3,308) of any player in major league history to that point. He was an 18-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner and won the Triple Crown in 1967, when he helped lead the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox to the World Series.

Well it's about time.  The Sox are just awful at honoring their past.  When I went to Fenway, I was shocked at how there was so little there.



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