Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Twins closer Glen Perkins unavailable due to neck injury

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Twins closer Glen Perkins has been trying to pitch through neck and shoulder problems recently, with little success. After being brilliant for the first five months of the season Perkins has fallen apart this month and he’s also been unavailable out of the bullpen for several games.

Perkins blew a save last night against the Tigers by giving up a three-run homer to J.D. Martinez and now he’s once again unavailable, with the Twins saying that he’ll get looked at by team doctors.

Perkins had a 2.44 ERA with just two homers allowed and a 64/9 K/BB ratio in his first 55 innings, but in his last eight appearances he’s given up 10 runs–including five homers–in 6.1 innings for a 14.21 ERA and .429 opponents’ batting average.

Marlins officially shut down Giancarlo Stanton for the season

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Making official what was expected, the Marlins announced that Giancarlo Stanton will not play again this season after being hit in the face by a pitch last week.

As of yesterday Stanton was hoping to return and the team–or at the very least manager Mike Redmond–were keeping an open mind in case he made tremendous progress in his recovery from facial fractures and dental damage.

Stanton, who hit .288 with a league-leading 37 homers and a league-leading .950 OPS before the injury, will end up missing the final 17 games of the season.

Mark Teixeira is back in the Yankees’ lineup

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No one seemed sure how much time Mark Teixeira would miss after he sat out last night’s game with pain in his surgically repaired wrist, but the Yankees first baseman is already back in the lineup tonight.

Of course, given how many injuries Teixeira has played through this season and how poorly he’s hit during the second half it may have made more sense to just shut the 35-year-old down for the final couple weeks.

After a solid first half Teixeira has batted .179 with 43 strikeouts in 42 games since the All-Star break.

Charles Barkley’s ceremonial first pitch went poorly

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NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field last night and … well, at least it wasn’t as bad as his infamously ugly golf swing.

Both hands on your head is always a solid “wow, I screwed that up” reaction, in any context.

Got four minutes? See all 211 of Jose Altuve’s hits

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Last night Astros second baseman Jose Altuve broke Craig Biggio’s franchise record with his 211th hit of the season and was kind enough to make a montage of all 211 hits.

Based on his current average of 1.44 hits per game Altuve is on pace to finish with around 227, which would be the most since Ichiro Suzuki had 238 in 2007. And the last non-Ichiro player with more than 227 hits in a season was Darin Erstad with 240 in 2000.