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  1. Joey Votto expected to come off the disabled list Monday

    Aug 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    There had been some speculation that Joey Votto would rejoin the Reds when rosters expand Saturday, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer now says he expects the former MVP to come off the disabled list Monday instead. That’s when the Reds return home to begin a three-game series against the Phillies and would give…

  2. Astros have No. 1 pick locked up, but race for the bottom is crowded after that

    Aug 31, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Mark Appel

    Houston has the worst record in baseball locked up for the second straight season, so the Astros can start deciding what to do with the No. 1 overall pick in next June’s draft. Right now the Cubs own the second-worst record, but the race for the No. 2 pick is pretty crowded: W L GB…

  3. Must-click link: What happened to Joe Mauer’s defense?

    Aug 31, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Joe Mauer is doing his usual thing at the plate, hitting .312 with a league-leading .406 on-base percentage and limited power, but the Twins catcher has thrown out just 12 percent of stolen base attempts after coming into the season with a career rate of 35 percent. Parker Hageman of Twins Daily broke down the…

  4. Chad Billingsley gets platelet-rich plasma injection in elbow

    Aug 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chad Billingsley

    Amid worries that Chad Billingsley will miss the remainder of the season after leaving his August 24 start with an elbow injury the Dodgers right-hander got a platelet-rich plasma injection yesterday. For now the team is calling Billingsley’s injury merely “inflammation,” but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com notes that “the PRP injection is generally used for…

  5. Adam Wainwright won’t talk extension until after the season

    Aug 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Adam Wainwright still has another year and $12 million on his contract after this season, but he’s pitched so well returning from Tommy John surgery that the Cardinals are interested in signing him beyond 2013. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the front office approached Wainwright about a possible contract extension…

  6. Alex Rodriguez could return from broken hand Monday

    Aug 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Barring a setback Alex Rodriguez could come off the disabled list and rejoin the Yankees’ lineup as soon as Monday, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Rodriguez is currently rehabbing his broken hand at Single-A and has been sidelined for more than a month, during which time the Yankees are just 17-16 despite Eric Chavez…

  7. Shaun Marcum leaves start with calf injury

    Aug 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Shaun Marcum lasted just four innings today in his second start back from the disabled list, leaving with an injury after throwing 85 pitches against the Cubs. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the injury wasn’t to his arm, as the Brewers announced that Marcum was dealing with right calf cramping. All…

  8. Twins (finally) place Denard Span on disabled list

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: Span is finally headed to the disabled list, one day before rosters would have expanded anyway and 18 days after his initial injury. ========== Denard Span injured his shoulder on August 12 and was officially deemed “day-to-day.” He then proceeded to sit out 11 consecutive days, all while remaining on the Twins’ active roster…

  9. Lindsay Lohan drinking, doing karaoke with former Yankees

    Aug 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Lindsay Lohan is apparently moving from Los Angeles to New York. Why is that information at all relevant to baseball? Well, because according to the New York Daily News she’s been hanging out with some former Yankees and to be honest the sheer randomness of it all amuses me: While the move won’t likely happen…

  10. Cole Hamels to pitch Sunday after “bad salad” missed start

    Aug 30, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Cole Hamels was scratched from yesterday’s start against the Mets because of what the Phillies called “a gastrointestinal illness” but he apparently felt much better today and is now scheduled to start Sunday versus the Braves. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the source of Hamels’ stomach problems was “a bad salad,” which is why…

  11. Randy Wolf to join Orioles tomorrow as a reliever

    Aug 30, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Baltimore is expected to add Randy Wolf to the roster tomorrow, which will allow the Orioles to include the 36-year-old left-hander on the playoff roster if they a) make the playoffs, and b) actually want him involved. As for his role, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Wolf will be asked to work…

  12. Rockies will keep four-man rotation, 75-pitch limits for 2013

    Aug 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Colorado’s switch to a four-man rotation with starters on 75-pitch limits hasn’t exactly worked wonders, but the Rockies are sticking with that setup for the remainder of this season and plan to continue using it next year as well. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they’ll make a slight change, essentially pairing each…

  13. Michael Schwimer ends protest against Phillies, reports to Triple-A six days later

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Schwimer Getty

    Upset that the Phillies optioned him to the minors instead of placing him on the MLB disabled list with elbow soreness, reliever Michael Schwimer took his sweet time reporting to Triple-A and there was even speculation that he might file a grievance. Schwimer finally reported to Lehigh Valley yesterday, six days after being optioned there.…

  14. Daniel Bard back with Red Sox despite 7.03 ERA at Triple-A

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Daniel Bard Reuters

    Daniel Bard was back in the Red Sox’s clubhouse yesterday and will officially be recalled before today’s game, returning to the majors following a three-month demotion to Triple-A. Bard was dumped from Boston’s rotation and sent to the minors in early June, taking with him a 5.24 ERA and more walks (37) than strikeouts (34)…

  15. Chase Utley takes ground balls at third base, is open to a position switch

    Aug 29, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Chase Utley, Emilio Bonifacio

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Chase Utley took ground balls at third base today “to see if it would be option down road.” And according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News the longtime second baseman recently “approached Ruben Amaro Jr. and asked the Phillies general manager whether he thought playing some third…

  16. Minnesota officially awarded 2014 All-Star game

    Aug 29, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Target Field

    This isn’t exactly breaking news, since reports about Minnesota hosting the 2014 All-Star game popped up months ago, but today MLB made things official. I suppose this means I’ll have to make a rare appearance in the Target Field press box. Minnesota hosted the All-Star game back in 1985, at the Metrodome, and the Twins…

  17. Scott Diamond drops appeal, starts serving suspension

    Aug 29, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Scott Diamond Getty

    As expected, Twins left-hander Scott Diamond has dropped the appeal of his six-game suspension for throwing at Josh Hamilton and will begin serving his punishment tonight. Diamond was just waiting until making his scheduled start last night, at which point he could serve the six-game suspension and basically just push his next start back a…

  18. Should Twins have traded Justin Morneau to Dodgers?

    Aug 29, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Within the Los Angeles Times‘ story about the Dodgers-Red Sox blockbuster trade was this tidbit from beat reporter Dylan Hernandez: A four-time All-Star first baseman, [Adrian] Gonzalez was the prize in the deal. The Dodgers inquired about him leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and approached the Red Sox again after a…

  19. Indians designate Shelley Duncan for assignment

    Aug 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Calcaterra is traveling today, but once he sees this he’s going to have to break the news to his daughter that her favorite player, Shelley Duncan, has been designated for assignment by the Indians. Cleveland made the move to clear roster space for right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, who was recalled from Triple-A. Duncan’s power has remained…

  20. Vance Worley placed on DL, will have bone chips removed

    Aug 29, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: After all that talk about how the bone chips weren’t hurting Worley’s performance the Phillies just announced that he’s headed to the disabled list and will undergo the surgery within the next 10 days. The lesson? Sometimes when something seems obvious it is, even when the people involved claim it isn’t. ========== Once the…

  21. Diamondbacks won’t recall Trevor Bauer before Triple-A playoffs are over

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Trevor Bauer is back to pitching after briefly being shut down following a demotion to the minors, but the Diamondbacks plan to keep him at Triple-A until the Pacific Coast League season is over. That means he won’t be recalled when rosters expand on September 1 and could remain in the minors until September 16,…

  22. Argument over Blue Jays pitching staff leads to “sucker punch” death in Canada

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    This is a sad story from The Canadian Press: Police say a man who died from an “alleged sucker” punch outside a Calgary bar had been in an argument over the Toronto Blue Jays’ pitching staff moments before he was struck. Brian Ludwig, a 41-year-old father, died in the hospital after the fight early Sunday…

  23. Matt Kemp rests after MRI exam, CAT scan show good news

    Aug 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    matt kemp dodgers

    Matt Kemp is out of the Dodgers’ lineup today after injuring his knee and jaw crashing into the center field wall last night, but the news is actually pretty good. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that an MRI exam on his knee and a CAT scan on his jaw both showed no…

  24. Mike Napoli not close to returning from disabled list

    Aug 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli AP

    Mike Napoli wasn’t ready to come off the disabled list when eligible earlier this week and it sounds like the Rangers catcher isn’t close to returning from a quadriceps injury. In fact, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com the Rangers “are coming to grips with the possibility that Napoli won’t be ready to come off…

  25. Cole Hamels won’t start tonight versus the Mets “due to a gastrointestinal illness”

    Aug 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Cole Hamels has been scratched from his scheduled start tonight against the Mets and as this tweet from Todd Zolecki of MLB.com shows the Phillies left-hander probably isn’t having a very good morning: Cole Hamels will not start tonight’s game against the New York Mets due to a gastrointestinal illness. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August…

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