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  1. Nationals acquire catcher Kurt Suzuki from A’s

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    By acquiring George Kottaras from the Brewers last week the A’s signaled that Kurt Suzuki would lose playing time behind the plate, but today they took that several steps further by trading Suzuki to the Nationals. In return the A’s receive Single-A catching prospect David Freitas, who was a 15th-round pick in 2010 and has…

  2. Mark Appel tops Baseball America’s rankings for 2013 draft

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Mark Appel

    Now, admittedly August of 2012 is ridiculously early to be thinking about the June of 2013 draft, but Baseball America just released their top-50 rankings and Stanford right-hander Mark Appel holds the top spot after declining to sign with the Pirates as the No. 8 pick this year. Pittsburgh will get the No. 9 pick…

  3. Dustin Pedroia, Ichiro Suzuki, Rafael Furcal among worst hitters since May 15

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia Reuters

    I wrote yesterday about how Albert Pujols has recovered from his awful start to lead the entire American League in homers, RBIs, slugging percentage, and OPS since May 15. Based off that I thought it would also be interesting to look at the least productive hitters during that same span, which accounts for about 70…

  4. Wilson Ramos aiming to be ready for spring training

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    ramos ap

    Wilson Ramos was back in the Nationals clubhouse yesterday, visiting with his teammates two weeks after undergoing a second knee surgery. Ramos injured his right knee on May 12, had surgery to repair a torn meniscus on June 1, and then needed a follow-up surgery on July 18 to repair further damage. In other words,…

  5. Ryan Dempster thanks Cubs fans in full-page newspaper ad

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    ryan dempster newspaper

    Ryan Dempster didn’t exactly leave Chicago on the greatest of terms, but perhaps this full-page newspaper ad thanking Cubs fans will help smooth over some of the bad feelings:

  6. Baseball cards found in Ohio attic sell for $566,000

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    stack of money

    Last month we had a post about the remarkably pristine collection of early 1900s baseball cards discovered in an Ohio attic, which experts speculated could fetch as much as $3 million. The first batch of those cards was auctioned off last night at the annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore and a 37-card lot…

  7. Josh Hamilton breaks out of slump, but stays quiet about mystery issues and “disobedience”

    Aug 3, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    josh hamilton ap

    Josh Hamilton showed some life at the plate last night, going 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs after batting just .167 from July 1 through August 1, but once again declined to address the details surrounding his cryptic comments about something troubling the former MVP. People are not going to understand, I’ll share more…

  8. Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother doing “pretty well” after kidnapping

    Aug 3, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

    violet ripken

    Cal Ripken Jr. appeared on Good Morning America today to give an update on his mother, 74-year-old Violet Ripken, who was kidnapped from her home at gunpoint last week before being found unharmed a day later. Ripken told GMA that she’s doing “pretty well” but has not resumed her normal routine of living at her…

  9. Jayson Werth starting in center field for Nationals after three months on DL

    Aug 2, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth is off the disabled list and back in the Nationals’ lineup tonight, nearly three months after breaking his wrist on May 6. And he’s starting in center field for the first time since September of last season, as manager Davey Johnson has decided to play him there rather than Bryce Harper. Werth was…

  10. Daniel Straily’s amazing numbers in minors get him called up to A’s

    Aug 2, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    daniel straily

    UPDATE: Straily will make his debut Friday against the Blue Jays in place of Travis Blackley, who’ll move to the bullpen. ========== It’s not quite the Rangers calling up stud third base prospect Mike Olt, but according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle the A’s are promoting a top prospect of their own…

  11. Mike Olt makes Rangers debut as first baseman, No. 8 hitter

    Aug 2, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Jean Segura, Mike Olt

    Called up from Double-A late last night, Rangers prospect Mike Olt is making his big-league debut tonight starting at first base and batting eighth. Olt was primarily a third baseman in the minors and projects as a good defender there long term, but the Rangers already have one of the league’s best all-around third basemen…

  12. Dusty Baker on if Joey Votto will return from knee surgery this weekend: “Oh, hell no”

    Aug 2, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Joey Votto Getty

    Joey Votto was on the field taking some ground balls at first base this morning, but afterward manager Dusty Baker made it very clear that the former MVP won’t be coming off the disabled list this weekend: Oh, hell no. What weekend? You’ve still got to run. He just started playing a little first base.…

  13. Frank Francisco to come off DL, rejoin Mets on Friday

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Out since late June with an oblique injury, Frank Francisco has completed his minor-league rehab assignment and will come off the disabled list tomorrow. Bobby Parnell hasn’t exactly been unhittable lately as the fill-in closer and Francisco threw shutout ball in each of his last four rehab outings, so he may reclaim ninth-inning duties pretty…

  14. Delmon Young looking for plea deal in hate crime case

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Delmon Young AP

    With the Tigers having today off Delmon Young traveled to New York to appear in a Manhattan courtroom for what the Associated Press calls “an update” on his misdemeanor hate crime case. While in town to play the Yankees in April he was arrested and charged with yelling anti-Semitic epithets at a group of tourists…

  15. Shane Victorino says “Mahalo Philadelphia” in full-page ad

    Aug 2, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    victorino newspaper ad

    Via David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News: Shane Victorino took out a full-page newspaper ad saying goodbye to Phillies fans after being traded to the Dodgers. And as Murphy notes, if nothing else Victorino is doing his part to keep the newspaper industry afloat.

  16. Jose Bautista’s return timetable “very much up in the air”

    Aug 2, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista resumed swinging a bat last week, but the Blue Jays slugger isn’t close to returning from a sprained wrist. Gregor Chisholm of reports that Bautista “is still experiencing some discomfort” and his return timetable “remains very much up in the air” 17 days after the injury. Bautista told Chisholm that a hand…

  17. Jason Giambi cleared for baseball activities after sickness

    Aug 2, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    giambi getty

    Jason Giambi won’t be eligible to return from the disabled list until next week, but the 41-year-old has been cleared to resume baseball activities after being sidelined by a viral infection. Giambi revealed to Trey Scott of that he was feeling sick for several weeks before finally seeing a doctor: I had stomach aches,…

  18. Giancarlo Stanton aiming to return from DL early next week

    Aug 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Miami Marlins

    Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment today at Single-A and, barring a setback with his surgically repaired knee, hopes to come off the disabled list as soon as Tuesday versus the Mets. At the time of Stanton’s surgery on July 9 he was expected to miss 4-6 weeks, so he’s…

  19. Albert Pujols leads the AL in HR, RBI, and OPS since May 15

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two-run home run against Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish in Arlington, Texas

    I’ve written a few posts already about how Albert Pujols has bounced back from his brutal start with the Angels to resume being a great hitter, but after his latest homer binge–which includes two bombs against the Rangers last night–he’s now leading the American League in OPS dating back to May 15: ALBERT PUJOLS 1.060…

  20. Jordan Zimmermann is pitching through shoulder soreness

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    zimmermann getty

    Jordan Zimmermann‘s next start has been pushed back from Friday to Saturday because of shoulder soreness. For now the Nationals are saying it’s nothing serious, but James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Zimmermann “has recently been taking anti-inflammatory medicine” and had trouble getting loose before his last outing. It’d be a shame if…

  21. Angels haven’t talked contract extension with Zack Greinke

    Aug 2, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin indicated that Zack Greinke wanted to test the open market as a free agent no matter what, which obviously played a big part in the Brewers trading him. However, now that he’s with the Angels there are already questions about whether Greinke might bypass free agency for a big-money deal.…

  22. Franklin Gutierrez “almost out of the woods” five weeks after concussion

    Aug 1, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Franklin Gutierrez AP

    It’s been five weeks since Franklin Gutierrez suffered a concussion when an errant pickoff throw hit his head on June 29 and manager Eric Wedge told Greg Johns of that the center fielder is “almost out of the woods.” He remains on the disabled list–where he’s unfortunately been for most of the past two…

  23. Joba Chamberlain allows homer in first action in 13 months

    Aug 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    joba chamberlain reuters

    Joba Chamberlain returned from his broken ankle (not to mention Tommy John surgery) and made his season debut this afternoon, throwing 1.2 innings in the Yankees’ blowout win over the Orioles. Chamberlain allowed two runs on four hits, including a homer to J.J. Hardy on his second pitch of the game, but showed good velocity…

  24. Carlos Zambrano on demotion to bullpen: “It’s not my role, but I have to do it”

    Aug 1, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    zambrano getty

    All things considered Carlos Zambrano reacted pretty well to the Marlins demoting him to the bullpen yesterday. Not only didn’t he destroy any Gatorade coolers, his quotes about the situation were perfectly reasonable: It’s not my role, but I have to do it. There is no other choice. If they put me in the bullpen,…

  25. Rays release Hideki Matsui

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    Last week the Rays designated Hideki Matsui for assignment and today they released the 38-year-old after he hit just .147 in 34 games. It’s hard to imagine Matsui getting another big-league opportunity at this point, or at least not until he proves he can still hit a little bit in the minors. Tampa Bay oddly…

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