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MLB notebook: Yankees’ Tanaka to throw simulated game Thursday

By Tribune-Review
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka’s next hurdle will come in the form of three simulated innings off the mound at Comerica Park on Thursday morning. If he gets through that session with no issues, the right-hander’s return will seem much more plausible. Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka is scheduled to throw …

MLB notebook: Cardinals’ Molina, Wacha continue rehab

By Tribune-Review
• Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and right-hander Michael Wacha are ready for the next step in their return from the disabled list. General manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Molina and Wacha will report to Double-A Springfield this week to …

MLB notebook: Athletics place closer Doolittle on 15-day DL

By Tribune-Review
• Athletics closer Sean Doolittle was placed on the 15-day disabled list by Oakland about an hour before Sunday’s game with the Angels with a strained right intercostal. Doolittle, who saved the past two games against the Angels, is 1-3 …

MLB notebook: Yankees’ Tanaka tests elbow by pitching simulated game

By The Associated Press
Masahiro Tanaka took another positive step toward returning to help the Yankees make a run for a playoff berth, facing batters for the first time since he was sidelined six weeks ago with a partially torn right elbow ligament. The …

MLB notebook: Selig won’t waver on Rose’s lifetime ban

By Tribune-Review
• Commissioner Bud Selig hasn’t changed his outlook on Pete Rose’s lifetime ban for gambling. Selig visited Cincinnati on Friday for the opening of an urban youth academy, then drove down Pete Rose Way to visit Great American Ball Park …

MLB notebook: Angels ace Richards to miss 6-9 months with knee injury

By Wire Reports
The Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoffs run. One of the AL West leader’s top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Red Sox. Richards was 13-4 with …

Statistically speaking: Pirates, Brewers possess strengths up the middle

By David Golebiewski
The Pirates’ recent seven-game losing streak dealt a severe blow to their playoff odds, which according to Fangraphs dwindled from 64.4 percent on August 13 to just 26.4 percent entering play Thursday. Now, the Pirates must stop the bleeding against …

MLB notebook: Giants win protest, will get to resume game against Cubs

By Wire Reports
The Giants won their protest filed with Major League Baseball and will get to resume a rain-shortened game the Cubs thought they had won. MLB said this is the first successful protest since 1986. Tuesday night’s game at Wrigley Field …

MLB notebook: La Russa denies report Gibson will return as D’backs manager in 2015

By Tribune-Review
• Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa denied a USA Today report that manager Kirk Gibson will return for the 2015 season. Arizona was 53-72 and 161⁄2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West before Tuesday’s games. …

MLB notebook: Reds’ Phillips returns from DL

By Wire Reports
The slumping Cincinnati Reds activated Brandon Phillips from the 15-day disabled list and inserted the second baseman into their starting lineup at St. Louis. Phillips was placed on the DL on July 11 after he had surgery to repair a …

MLB notebook: Rockies retire Helton’s No. 17

By The Associated Press
• Todd Helton brought the crowd at Coors Field to its feet again Sunday when the Rockies retired the  No. 17 jersey of their longtime first baseman. Helton, a career .316 hitter, retired after last season after a 17-year career, …

MLB notebook: Reds place Bailey on DL

By Wire Reports
The Reds placed Homer Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow. Cincinnati also transferred first baseman Joey Votto (left knee) to the 60-day DL. He will be eligible to be reinstated Sept. 4. Manager Bryan Price …

MLB notebook: Verlander facing possible stint on disabled list

By Wire Reports
• The earliest right-hander Justin Verlander will pitch is next weekend in Minnesota. It appears that if he can’t pitch there, the Tigers will have little choice but to put him on the disabled list for the first time in …

Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

By The Associated Press
BALTIMORE — Rob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man competition to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound …

Statistically speaking: Nationals’ Harper flailing at curveballs

By David Golebiewski
The Washington Nationals are a virtual lock to make the playoffs — Fangraphs pegs their odds at 98 percent — and they’re running away with the NL East without an anticipated breakout season from Bryce Harper. The outfielder slugged like …

MLB notebook: Owners meet to elect new commissioner

By The Associated Press
The three candidates in Major League Baseball’s first contested election for a new commissioner in 46 years made presentations to the 30 teams Wednesday, a day ahead of the vote. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred, Red Sox chairman Tom …