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  1. Denard Span out for 10th straight day, too claustrophobic for MRI exam

    Aug 22, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

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    For the 10th straight day Denard Span is out of the Twins’ lineup because of a shoulder injury but still on the active roster instead of being placed on the disabled list. That’s become an odd trend for the Twins since last season, although 10 days of playing with a 24-man roster is extreme even…

  2. Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games for testosterone

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Melky Cabrera has company. MLB just announced that A’s right-hander and former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Last week Cabrera was suspended for 50 games following a positive test for testosterone in the middle of a career-best season in which he hit .346 with a…

  3. Watch the A’s turn a triple play (you know you want to)

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Last night the A’s turned their first triple play since 2000. I was watching live and the victims were my beloved Twins, but I’ve still re-watched the video a few times: Adam Rosales did a helluva job catching the throw, standing strong, and getting off a good throw to first base.

  4. Jerry Hairston Jr. may need season-ending hip surgery

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Jerry Hairston Jr. played through a hip injury for two months before finally shutting things down last week and now it sounds like he won’t be playing again this season. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that an anti-inflammatory injection did nothing to ease Hairston’s discomfort and he 36-year-old utility man “could be…

  5. Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher is on the hot seat

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Craig Calcaterra wrote yesterday about how manager Mike Scioscia’s job is probably safe despite the Angels’ recent struggles, but the same isn’t necessarily true about pitching coach Mike Butcher. For one thing coaches tend to get the ax first–hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was fired in May–especially when the manager involved has been with the team…

  6. Andy Pettitte is “pretty much healed” and open to pitching next season

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Andy Pettitte is no sure thing to pitch again this season following a recent setback with his broken ankle, but the 40-year-old sounds like someone planning to pitch in 2013. Asked if he’d rule out coming back for another season, Pettitte told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York: No, I wouldn’t. I mean, I’ll go…

  7. Grady Sizemore ruled out for the season

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    When the Indians re-signed Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $5 million they did so hoping he’d be ready for Opening Day, but instead the oft-injured center fielder hasn’t played a single game and now he’s been ruled out for the season following another setback. Manager Manny Acta summed up the situation pretty well to Jordan…

  8. CC Sabathia throws bullpen session, set to return Friday

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    CC Sabathia had no problems with his sore elbow during a bullpen session yesterday and afterward declared himself ready to come off the disabled list when eligible Friday. Joe Girardi stopped short of making the same proclamation, saying only “it’s possible” when asked about Sabathia feeling ready to return Friday versus the Indians. Assuming he…

  9. Jake Westbrook, Cardinals agree to contract extension

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Jake Westbrook‘s contract included an $8.5 million mutual option for next season, which gave him the ability to potentially become a free agent. Instead the 34-year-old right-hander and the Cardinals have agreed to a deal new deal that turns the $8.5 million mutual option into a guaranteed salary for 2013 and tacks on a new…

  10. Red Sox activate Vicente Padilla from disabled list

    Aug 21, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Vicente Padilla is back from the disabled list following a minimum 15-day stay, rejoining the Red Sox’s bullpen after missing time with a biceps injury. To make room for Padilla’s return the Red Sox sent Danny Valencia to Triple-A after initially calling him up to help sub for the injured Will Middlebrooks at third base.…

  11. Frustrated Carl Pavano shut down after new diagnosis

    Aug 21, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Carl Pavano‘s months-long attempt to come back from a strained shoulder has come to an end after a specialist diagnosed the Twins right-hander with a bruise on his humerus bone. In talking to John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press the 36-year-old seemed to express frustration that the Twins’ medical staff–which has come under…

  12. Devin Mesoraco to begin serving suspension tonight

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Three weeks after receiving a three-game suspension for making contact with a home plate umpire Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is ready to actually start serving his punishment tonight. His suspension has been reduced from three games to two games, so Mesoraco will sit out tonight and tomorrow while the Reds call up Dioner Navarro from…

  13. White Sox place Alejandro De Aza on DL with rib injury

    Aug 21, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Alejandro De Aza bruised his ribs sliding into second base Friday night and today the White Sox placed him on the disabled list while recalling Jordan Danks from Triple-A to take his roster spot. De Aza predictably came back down to earth after hitting .329 in 54 games for the White Sox last year, but…

  14. Twins recalling Liam Hendriks to replace Nick Blackburn

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Nick Blackburn was dumped from the Twins’ rotation yesterday after being the worst pitcher in baseball for the past three seasons and today Minnesota recalled 23-year-old Liam Hendriks from Triple-A to replace him. Hendriks has been awful in his first couple stints as a big leaguer, going 0-7 with a 6.71 ERA in 12 starts…

  15. Jim Thome is “ahead of schedule” and nearing rehab stint

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Two weeks ago Jim Thome was worried that a herniated disk in his neck might knock him out for the rest of the season, but now the future Hall of Famer is scheduled to begin rehabbing at the Orioles’ spring training complex tomorrow. Doctors initially told Thome to rest for at least 30 days, which…

  16. Jacob Turner to make Marlins debut Wednesday

    Aug 21, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Anibal Sanchez hasn’t been much good for Detroit, going 1-3 with a 7.97 ERA since coming over in the July 23 trade from Miami, but the prospect centerpiece of the deal for the other side is ready to make his Marlins debut. Jacob Turner will be called up Wednesday to start one of the games…

  17. Rays activate Luke Scott, send Sean Rodriguez to minors

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    As expected the Rays have activated Luke Scott from the disabled list after the designated hitter missed exactly a month with an oblique injury. Scott hit just .225 with a .716 OPS in 68 games before the injury, although prior to being shut down he had shown some signs of life by going 15-for-39 (.385)…

  18. Derek Jeter moves into 12th place on all-time hits list

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Derek Jeter went 4-for-5 with a homer last night, passing Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie and moving into a tie with Hall of Famer Eddie Murray for 12th place on the all-time hits list with 3,255. Next up on the list is Willie Mays with 3,283 hits, so Jeter is likely just a couple weeks…

  19. You’ll never guess which team has the AL’s best record since the All-Star break

    Aug 21, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Over in the National League the top records since the All-Star break belong to teams that have been strong all season: Cincinnati, Washington, Atlanta. However, as Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times notes the American League’s top post-break record belongs to the team that had the league’s worst record going into the break. Seattle went…

  20. Troy Tulowitzki nearing rehab assignment for groin injury

    Aug 21, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Troy Tulowitzki has been out for nearly three months with a groin injury that required surgery and the only thing the Rockies have left to play for is avoiding 100 losses, but the shortstop is still working his way back from the disabled list. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki took batting…

  21. Braves sign Diamondbacks castoff Lyle Overbay

    Aug 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Released by the Diamondbacks two weeks ago, 35-year-old first baseman Lyle Overbay has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Braves. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Overbay will report to Triple-A for now, with the expectation that he’ll be called up to the majors once rosters expand on September 1. Overbay’s…

  22. Johan Santana will make his next start on a pitch count

    Aug 20, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Johan Santana is staying in the Mets’ rotation despite getting knocked around for six or more runs in each of his last five starts, but manager Terry Collins will have him on a strict pitch count. Collins declined to reveal the exact number, but told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that Santana will be…

  23. Scott Kazmir’s independent league comeback isn’t pretty

    Aug 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    All you need to know about how poorly Scott Kazmir‘s time with the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters is going can be found in the first sentence of this game recap on the team’s official website: Eight walks sounds bad, but there are plenty of positives to be found in Scott Kazmir’s last start. When…

  24. Matt Moore isn’t Mike Trout, but he’s a damn good rookie

    Aug 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Coming into the season Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, and Matt Moore ranked 1-2-3 in some order on every prospect list, with each of them holding the top spot for at least one prominent ranking. Harper got all the early hype, Trout has emerged as the best player in the American League … and Moore has…

  25. Showtime canceled “The Franchise: A Season With The Miami Marlins”

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Showtime’s documentary series “The Franchise” followed the Giants last season and the Marlins this season, but the network has decided to cancel this year’s version after just seven episodes. It was supposed to go at least eight episodes, but both sides agreed to cut it short after Showtime declined to broadcast any more than the…

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