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  1. Forgotten reliever Pedro Feliciano likely to be September call-up for Yankees

    Aug 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Yankees Spring Training

    Pedro Feliciano hasn’t pitched for the Yankees since signing a two-year, $8 million deal in January of 2011, spending nearly two entire seasons on the disabled list with a shoulder injury that required surgery. However, he’s finally seeing some game action in the minors and manager Joe Girardi indicated yesterday that the Yankees are planning…

  2. Jeff Kent is going to be on the new season of “Survivor”

    Aug 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    jeff-kent

    CBS just announced the cast for the next season of “Survivor” and it includes former five-time All-Star and National League MVP Jeff Kent. I stopped watching “Survivor” back when that’s how everyone knew of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, but one of the best second basemen of all time being on the show might actually get me to…

  3. Buffalo ditching Mets after four years as Triple-A affiliate

    Aug 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Welcome-to-Buffalo

    For the past four seasons Buffalo has been the Triple-A home of the Mets, but with a 255-304 record during that time there’s been speculation that the relationship is coming to an end. Bisons manager Wally Backman all but confirmed that yesterday to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: I would guess that’s true. It’s…

  4. Phillies activate Placido Polanco from disabled list

    Aug 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    polanco getty wide

    Philadelphia activated Placido Polanco from the disabled list after the third baseman missed the past four weeks with a back injury. Polanco struggled before being shut down, hitting just .255 with a .628 OPS in 82 games at age 36, and the Phillies seem likely to choose a $1 million buyout over his $5.5 million…

  5. Brett Anderson to start Tuesday for first time in 14 months

    Aug 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    Brett Anderson has been out since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July of last year, but Kate Longworth of CSNBayArea.com reports that the A’s left-hander is scheduled to start Tuesday for the first time in 14 months. Anderson has an 18/3 K/BB ratio in 25 innings while rehabbing in the minors and threw a…

  6. Jose Bautista set to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

    Jose Bautista is finally on the verge of returning from his wrist injury following several setbacks, as John Lott of the National Post reports that the Blue Jays slugger is ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Bautista took batting practice Saturday and Sunday, saying afterward that his wrist is “100 percent” healthy. He’ll play…

  7. John Lackey threw a bullpen session and Bobby Valentine “was very impressed”

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    John Lackey

    John Lackey is out for the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but has advanced far enough in his recovery that he threw a 45-pitch bullpen session yesterday at Yankee Stadium. And Bobby Valentine liked what he saw, telling Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston: He threw with an ease of motion and with perfect…

  8. Tigers officially rule out Victor Martinez for the season

    Aug 17, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    At some point there was a little bit of optimism about Victor Martinez potentially returning from knee surgery to play this season, but two weeks ago the Tigers said that was unlikely and today they officially ruled it out. Team trainer Kevin Rand told Jason Beck of MLB.com that Martinez has run out of time…

  9. Ian Desmond returns ahead of schedule from torn oblique

    Aug 17, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Ian Desmond

    Out since mid-July with a torn oblique muscle, Ian Desmond is off the disabled list and back in the Nationals’ lineup well ahead of schedule. Desmond was having a breakout season before the injury, hitting .286 with 17 homers and an .825 OPS in 89 games while making his first All-Star team. In his absence…

  10. Red Sox release Mark Prior from Triple-A

    Aug 17, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    mark prior injured

    Yesterday the Red Sox acquired reliever Pedro Beato from the Mets to complete the Kelly Shoppach trade and to make room for Beato on the Triple-A roster today they released Mark Prior. Prior had impressively racked up 38 strikeouts in 25 innings as a reliever for Pawtucket, holding opponents to a .172 batting average. So…

  11. Ryan Dempster to miss next start due to personal reasons

    Aug 17, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    The Rangers just announced that Ryan Dempster will miss his scheduled Saturday start against the Blue Jays because of undisclosed “personal reasons.” Roy Oswalt will take his place, starting for the first time since July 30. Dempster has been awful since coming to the Rangers in a trade from the Cubs, allowing 19 runs in…

  12. Paul Konerko back in White Sox lineup after concussion

    Aug 17, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko AP

    As expected Paul Konerko is back in the White Sox’s lineup for tonight’s game, returning after missing 10 days with a concussion. He’ll likely take things slow at first, serving as Chicago’s designated hitter instead of playing his usual first base, but Konerko reported no problems after taking batting practice earlier this week. Konerko has…

  13. Pirates promote top prospect Jameson Taillon to Double-A

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jameson Taillon

    Jameson Taillon is the latest big-name prospect to get a late-season promotion, as the Pirates announced that the second overall pick in the 2010 draft is headed to Double-A. Taillon’s overall numbers at high Single-A weren’t great, with a 3.82 ERA and just 98 strikeouts in 125 innings, but the right-hander has been excellent there…

  14. Jair Jurrjens hospitalized for dehydration at Triple-A

    Aug 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens left his latest Triple-A start with dizziness and Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves right-hander was hospitalized overnight for dehydration. Jurrjens is at Triple-A rehabbing a groin injury as the Braves try to figure out what to do with him down the stretch. He threw 43 pitches before…

  15. Carl Pavano lacking velocity in rehab for shoulder injury

    Aug 17, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Carl Pavano tried to pitch through a shoulder injury early on this season and was absolutely terrible, finally shutting things down in early June. He’s made slow progress since then and based on his minor league rehab outing last night at Single-A it doesn’t like he’ll be rejoining the Twins for a while. Joe Frisaro…

  16. MLB to test “advanced replay systems” at games next week

    Aug 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Selig Hands Up

    For all Bud Selig’s talk regarding how supposedly no one complains about the lack of expanded instant replay it sure sounds like MLB is planning to … well, expand instant replay. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that MLB will “test two different advanced replay systems live during games starting next week, and if they…

  17. Freddy Galvis’ 50-game suspension ends, but he’s still hurt

    Aug 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    freddy galvis getty

    Freddy Galvis‘ 50-game suspension for a positive performance enhancing drug test came to an end yesterday, but even after sitting out two months the Phillies infielder remains sidelined by a fractured back. Galvis went from suspended to being transferred to the 15-day disabled list and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “it’s doubtful Galvis plays…

  18. I laughed: MLB players audition for “The Expendables 3″

    Aug 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    expendables

    While hanging out at the MLB Fan Cave a bunch of players did impressions of various action movie stars to audition for a potential “The Expendables 3″ movie: A few things stand out here … 1) Derek Holland does a spot-on and surprisingly nuanced Arnold Schwarzenegger. 2) Jerry Hairston Jr. deserves credit, not only for…

  19. Dusty Baker and Reds haven’t talked contract since March

    Aug 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Earlier this week Reds president Bob Castellini said he “would like to see Dusty Baker as a member of our organization for many years to come.” However, yesterday the impending free agent manager told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he hasn’t had any contract talks with the team since spring training. Baker, who’s…

  20. Red Sox get Pedro Beato from Mets in Kelly Shoppach trade

    Aug 16, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Beato_Pedro

    Earlier this week the Red Sox traded Kelly Shoppach to the Mets for a player to be named later and today that player was revealed as reliever Pedro Beato. Beato appeared in 60 games for the Mets last season and pitched decently as a 24-year-old rookie, but has spent most of this season at Triple-A…

  21. Marlins officially end Logan Morrison’s season

    Aug 16, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Logan Morrison is officially done for the season, as the Marlins transferred him to the 60-day disabled list today to clear 40-man roster space for Gil Velazquez’s call-up. Last week Morrison was said to be “doubtful” to play again this year because of a knee injury that may eventually require surgery. For now he’ll try…

  22. Phillies get pitching prospect from Dodgers to complete Joe Blanton deal

    Aug 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

    Joe Blanton was traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers two weeks ago for a player to be named later and … well, today is apparently later. Philadelphia gets right-hander Ryan O’Sullivan, who was Los Angeles’ fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Oklahoma State and has spent this season throwing 89 innings with…

  23. Tweet of the Day: Felix Hernandez and Kate Upton

    Aug 16, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    2011 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game

    Mostly this is just an excuse to post something with “Kate Upton” in the headline, but the Twitter interaction also cracked me up for some reason: And for all the supermodels out there, you can follow me on Twitter too: @AaronGleeman.

  24. Jim Thome likes what he saw from Orioles stud prospect Dylan Bundy

    Aug 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy is arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball and has advanced to Double-A as a 19-year-old after beginning the season at low Single-A. Jim Thome was on hand for the 2011 first-round pick’s Double-A debut earlier this week, sitting behind home plate while on the disabled list for a herniated disk…

  25. Orioles race crabs to determine fantasy football draft order

    Aug 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    To determine the draft order for their fantasy football league Orioles players bought Maryland blue crabs, assigned one to each team, and raced them through a tunnel in Camden Yards. League commissioner/Orioles closer Jim Johnson and setup man Darren O’Day were in charge, as O’Day explained to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun: Jim and…

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