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  1. Mets begin “transition” to Bobby Parnell as closer

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    Now that Jason Isringhausen has his 300th career save the Mets are ready to give Bobby Parnell a chance as their primary closer. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com writes that “according to manager Terry Collins the transition to Parnell as closer begins now.” Parnell has just one career save, but he’s been a good setup man…

  2. It’s official: Everyone has a podcast now

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    podcast logo

    After years of threatening I finally took the leap and started a podcast.

  3. Jorge Posada on 2012 plans: “I could catch next year”

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    jorge posada yankees throwing

    I wrote yesterday about Jorge Posada‘s plans to continue playing next season and how that almost surely would mean leaving the Yankees, speculating that he’ll have a very hard time finding a guaranteed job because the market for 40-year-old designated hitters with .388 slugging percentages isn’t going to be pretty. It sounds like Posada had…

  4. Juan Nicasio visits Rockies clubhouse after neck surgery

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Juan Nicasio

    Juan Nicasio was back in the Rockies’ clubhouse yesterday, two weeks after suffering a broken neck when he was struck in the head by a line drive. Nisasio fractured his C-1 vertebrae and as Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post notes “actor Christopher Reeves was paralyzed after injuring the C-1.” Fortunately for Nicasio he’s already…

  5. Doctors say Bryan Stow “has made significant improvement”

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    San Francisco General Hospital chief of neurosurgery Dr. Geoff Manley gave a progress report today on Bryan Stow that matches the optimism level expressed by his family last week. According to the Associated Press, he “has made significant improvement” and “is responding well to surgery last week to replace a missing skull fragment.” Last week…

  6. Tweet of the Day: Colby Rasmus knows how to dress

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    It turns out maybe Tony La Russa was just intimidated by his style. Via teammate Ricky Romero, here’s Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus on the team plane yesterday:

  7. Torii Hunter doesn’t plan to recruit any more free agents for the Angels this offseason

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Frustrated by unsuccessfully attempting to woo free agents Mark Teixeira and Carl Crawford to the Angels in past offseasons, Torii Hunter said yesterday that he’s done trying to recruit players to join him in California. “I’m retired,” Hunter told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. “It hasn’t been working out. If somebody wants to…

  8. Royals sticking with .184-hitting rookie Mike Moustakas

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Royals loss

    Several of the prospects called up by the Royals this season are playing well, but Mike Moustakas isn’t one of them. Moustakas has hit just .184 with one homer and a .473 OPS in 51 games since being called up in mid-June, but manager Ned Yost explained to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star…

  9. Tigers acquire outfielder Delmon Young from Twins

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    delmon-young-twins

    Rarely do teams within the same division swing trades during the season, but the Twins are all but officially out of the AL Central race and … well, they probably figure sending Delmon Young to the Tigers might actually make Detroit worse anyway. Minnesota once gave up Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett to get Young…

  10. Must-click link: Peter Bourjos is really, really good at defense

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Mark Simon has an interesting article about Peter Bourjos at ESPN Los Angeles, in which a cast of thousands break down the center fielder’s amazing defense for the Angels from a statistical and scouting point of view. Simon: Peter Bourjos has them covered It’s worth clicking, if only to see the really cool chart.

  11. Astros get 19-year-old Domingo Santana from Phillies to complete Hunter Pence trade

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    domingo santana phillies

    In trading Hunter Pence to the Phillies the Astros received prospects Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton, and Josh Zei, plus a fourth player to be named later. Today that player was revealed as 19-year-old Single-A outfielder Domingo Santana, who Baseball America ranked as the Phillies’ ninth-best prospect coming into the season. His stock may have dropped…

  12. A’s manager Bob Melvin wants Hideki Matsui back in 2012

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Hideki Matsui has recovered from a miserable first half to hit .400 with five homers and seven doubles in 27 games since the All-Star break, playing so well that manager Bob Melvin told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’d like the A’s to re-sign the 37-year-old. That is, if Melvin is back…

  13. Alex Gordon interested in contract extension with Royals

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    The American League's best left fielder?

    Alex Gordon revealed yesterday that his agent recently talked to Royals general manager Dayton Moore about a long-term contract extension. Gordon made it clear that he wants to remain with the Royals, telling Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star: Staying here? Heck, yeah. I love it here. I love the guys here. I love…

  14. Yankees or not, Jorge Posada plans to play next season

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Jorge Posada is 39 years old and having the worst season of his career, getting benched as the Yankees’ designated hitter last week, but the five-time All-Star indicated yesterday that he plans to play in 2012. And that seemingly means putting on a different uniform for the first time in 20 years, because it’s tough…

  15. Jose Reyes won’t be ready to return from DL when eligible

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list on August 23, but yesterday manager Terry Collins indicated that the shortstop returning from his injured hamstring then is highly unlikely. Reyes was initially given a 2-3 week recovery timetable and has yet to begin baseball activities, so it’s hard to imagine him making it…

  16. Sunday worst: Rockies lose 17th straight Sunday game

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Last night’s loss to the Cardinals was the 17th straight time the Rockies have been defeated on Sunday, which is an MLB-record that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki called “mind-boggling.” Colorado actually won its first two Sunday games this season, back in April, but have dropped 17 in a row since then. Overall this season they’re 2-17…

  17. Astros catcher Jason Castro may play in Arizona Fall League after missing season

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    jason-castro-astros-injury

    Jason Castro has missed the entire season after tearing his ACL early in spring training, so the Astros may get their projected starting catcher some 2011 playing time by asking him to play in the Arizona Fall League. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Castro is eligible for the AFL despite playing 67…

  18. Rockies place Huston Street on DL, activate Jason Giambi

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street probably won’t be breaking the record for most homers allowed by a closer, but unfortunately the Rockies it’s because he was placed on the disabled list with a strained triceps muscle. To take Street’s spot on the roster the Rockies activated Jason Giambi, who’s been on the DL since July 26 with a…

  19. Alex Rodriguez unlikely to come off DL before Thursday

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    Alex Rodriguez remains on track to return from knee surgery and rejoin the Yankees next week, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s unlikely to come off the disabled list before Thursday. According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York the current plan is for Rodriguez to play minor-league games in Florida tomorrow and…

  20. Ozzie Guillen not yet ready to pinch-hit for Adam Dunn

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn‘s historic ineptitude against left-handed pitching has convinced Ozzie Guillen to frequently bench him versus southpaws, but the manager said yesterday that he’s not yet to the point of pinch-hitting for Dunn once he’s already in the lineup: I would rather put him on the bench against lefties and give him some time than…

  21. Report: Johnny Damon clears waivers, eligible to be traded

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist

    Literally hundreds of players will be placed on waivers this month and a high percentage of them will go unclaimed, making them eligible to be traded. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com Johnny Damon is one of those players, as Tampa Bay successfully passed the left fielder/designated hitter through waivers unclaimed. Stark notes that the…

  22. Former Village People lead singer planning to sue Rays

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    village people

    Victor Willis, who was the lead singer (and cop) in the Village People before leaving the group in 1984, announced yesterday that he plans to sue the Tampa Bay Rays “within the next 30 days.” Willis is upset because in promoting a Village People concert at Tropicana Field last August the Rays used some video…

  23. Brennan Boesch diagnosed with second-degree thumb sprain

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch‘s thumb injury is more serious than the Tigers initially hoped, as he was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain that will keep him out of the lineup for at least a few days. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Boesch saw a hand specialist yesterday, getting an MRI exam and X-rays, but he’ll need…

  24. Phillies sign Mariners castoff Jack Cust to minor-league deal

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    Released by the Mariners last week, Jack Cust has signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. If he makes it back to the majors Cust will have gained 27 games in the standings by going from Seattle to Philadelphia, but he’d be no more than a bench bat for…

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