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  1. Mark Buehrle enjoys the “drama” surrounding Ozzie Guillen

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Tyler Flowers, Ozzie Guillen, Mark Buehrle

    Ozzie Guillen’s relationship with general manager Ken Williams is reportedly worse than ever and he’s already talking about leaving Chicago if a contract extension isn’t offered, but at least one White Sox player is just fine with Guillen’s consistent headline-making ways. During an interview with ESPN-1100 in Chicago today Mark Buehrle explained that Guillen “is…

  2. Free-falling Giants drop Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    aaron rowand giants

    Yesterday the Giants lost for the 21st time in 31 games, falling six games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West, and today the front office had a mini-house cleaning by designating veterans Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand for assignment. Tejada was signed to a one-year, $6 million contract to take over as the Giants’…

  3. Knee injury keeps Victor Martinez from catching

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    When the Tigers signed Victor Martinez to a four-year, $50 million contract this offseason the assumption was that he’d split time between designated hitter and catcher, at least in the first couple seasons of the deal. Alex Avila‘s emergence means the Tigers haven’t really needed Martinez at catcher much and now a sprained left knee…

  4. Buck Showalter: “If the Gold Glove doesn’t go Matt Wieters’ way, then somebody ain’t watching”

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Matt Wieters hasn’t lived up to the considerable hype offensively yet, hitting just .266 with 35 homers and a .734 OPS through 342 career games, but the former No. 5 overall pick has actually been even better than advertised defensively. Wieters leads baseball by throwing out 40 percent of stolen base attempts, gunning down 26…

  5. Pirates send Matt Diaz back to Braves for PTBNL

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Matt Diaz running

    Matt Diaz, who played for the Braves from 2006 to 2010 before being non-tendered this offseason, is back in Atlanta for the stretch run. Diaz signed a two-year, $4.25 million deal with Pittsburgh as a free agent, but he hit just .253 with zero homers and a .627 OPS in 100 games and the Pirates…

  6. Dancing in September: MLB call-ups are worth $63,421

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Starting tomorrow teams will call up minor leaguers in bunches as the big-league roster expands from 25 to 40 players for September. While reaching the big leagues is the main attraction for most of the call-ups, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York points out another benefit: Four weeks in the majors is worth $63,421 in…

  7. Red Sox sign left-handed reliever Trever Miller to minors deal

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Released by the Blue Jays two weeks ago, veteran left-handed reliever Trever Miller has found a new home with the Red Sox on a minor-league contract. Miller began this season in St. Louis and was traded to Toronto as part of the big Colby Ramus deal, but appeared in just six games before being let…

  8. Phillies’ search for bench bat leads to John Bowker

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    The desire to add a left-handed bench bat for the playoffs led the Phillies to sign and quickly release Jack Cust and now they’ve acquired John Bowker from the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Bowker has been at Triple-A for most of this…

  9. Strasmas in September: Stephen Strasburg set to start for Nationals next Tuesday

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg will make his sixth minor-league rehab start Thursday at Double-A and assuming everything goes well he’ll come off the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ rotation on September 6. That had been the presumed return date for a while now, but manager Davey Johnson made it official by informing reporters today. Strasburg, who…

  10. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout will be on the same Arizona Fall League team

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    Bryce Harper made his unofficial pro debut in the Arizona Fall League last year and the former No. 1 overall pick will be back in the AFL again this year. Better yet he’ll be on the same Scottsdale team as Angels stud prospect Mike Trout, meaning the top two prospects in baseball will be patrolling…

  11. Indians demote Matt LaPorta to Triple-A

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Matt LaPorta, Austin Kearns

    Rosters expand from 25 to 40 tomorrow, but the Indians needed a spot for today’s starting pitcher, Jeanmar Gomez, and created one by optioning Matt LaPorta to Triple-A. LaPorta will no doubt be back in September, but he’ll have to wait at least 10 days to rejoin the team unless someone is placed on the…

  12. Mariners will limit Michael Pineda to three more starts

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Earlier today Matthew Pouliot examined Michael Pineda‘s chances of winning Rookie of the Year, but the Mariners just announced that he’ll have only three more starts in which to build his case. Pitching coach Carl Willis told 950-KJR in Seattle that Pineda is scheduled to start on September 3, September 10, and September 21. For…

  13. Tim Lincecum allowed three homers last night for the first time

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum made his 150th career start last night and lost to the Cubs, serving up three homers for the first time in five seasons. Even after the Cubs took him deep three times Lincecum still has the lowest rate of homers per nine innings among all active pitchers with at least 150 career starts:…

  14. Pirates release left-handed reliever Joe Beimel

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    As expected, Joe Beimel cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Pirates released him. Beimel hasn’t pitched well this season, but posted an ERA below 4.00 every year from 2005 to 2010 and could be a potential fit as a second left-hander in a contender’s bullpen. Pittsburgh ate the remainder of…

  15. Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew to begin rehab stints tonight

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew are both expected to begin brief minor-league rehab assignments tonight at Triple-A. Drew has been out since mid-July with a shoulder injury and is already eligible to come off the disabled list, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he’s unlikely to be activated until rosters expand on…

  16. Cameron Maybin undergoes MRI exam on injured wrist

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Cameron Maybin has been one of the rare bright spots for the Padres, but the center fielder injured his wrist while taking batting practice over the weekend and will undergo an MRI exam today. Previously the Padres insisted that an MRI wasn’t necessary, but Maybin has missed three straight games and told Bill Center of…

  17. Tweet of the Day: Portrait of the manager as a young man

    Aug 30, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon’s son, Joseph Maddon, tweeted an old photo of the Rays manager from back when he looked “like Wario from Mario Brothers”:

  18. Will the Nationals give Ryan Zimmerman a $150 million deal?

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Ryan Zimmerman is signed through 2013, so there’s no huge rush to work on an extension, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that his “representative has remained in constant dialogue with the Nationals for the past year.” Missing two months with a torn abdominal muscle kept talks from picking up, but Zimmerman has…

  19. James Loney is on fire ever since the Dodgers asked him to warm up as a pitcher

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    It took six months, but James Loney is finally hitting. Actually, maybe all it took was for the Dodgers to have him warm up in the bullpen as an emergency pitching option. Since that happened on August 21 he’s 18-for-35 (.514) with four homers and five doubles, which is pretty amazing considering Loney hit .254…

  20. Miguel Tejada will lay down a bunt for $6 million, but he won’t be happy about it

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    With the Giants trailing the Astros by one run in the 11th inning Sunday and a runner on first base Miguel Tejada was summoned off the bench to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Tejada successfully advanced the runner to second base, but Aaron Rowand and Mike Fontenot stranded him, the Giants eventually lost 4-3, and…

  21. Diamondbacks reliever Juan Gutierrez to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Juan Gutierrez finished last season as the Diamondbacks’ closer, but Arizona signed J.J. Putz to take that role and after battling arm problems all year Gutierrez is scheduled for Tommy John elbow surgery. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Gutierrez will go under the knife on September 6 and the usual recovery timetable…

  22. Alex Rodriguez gets MRI exam on left thumb injury, “really questionable” for Red Sox series

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are both out of the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s series finale against the Orioles, but while Jeter might be available off the bench manager Joe Girardi deemed Rodriguez “really questionable” to play in the three-game series versus the Red Sox that begins tomorrow. Rodriguez left the team in Baltimore and…

  23. Nelson Cruz out three weeks with Grade 1 hamstring strain

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: Cruz will be placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss three weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, which won’t do anything to squash the Rangers’ rumored interest in Lance Berkman. ========== Nelson Cruz exited yesterday’s game after straining his left hamstring running out a double, which is…

  24. Brennan Boesch needs thumb surgery, but Tigers hope it can wait until offseason

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch is out of the lineup today for a fifth straight game with a partially torn thumb ligament and trainer Kevin Rand admitted that he’ll need surgery eventually, but the Tigers are putting it off in the hopes he can play again this season. “It’s going to be an issue the rest of the…

  25. Jon Rauch close to returning from emergency appendectomy

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Jon Rauch is on the verge of rejoining the Blue Jays’ bullpen less than two weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Rauch has been cleared to throw a simulated game tomorrow and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday if everything goes well. What role…

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