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  1. Don’t tell Michael Young, but 2,000-hit club isn’t very exclusive

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Michael Young went 2-for-4 last night to reach 2,000 career hits. That they’ve all come for the Rangers is noteworthy and getting there at age 34 means he has a shot at 3,000, but in terms of the attention being given to the actual milestone 2,000 might be just a bit overrated. Young is the…

  2. Poor attendance expected to cost Dodgers about $27 million

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times has some startling figures on how much money the Dodgers are losing because fans stopped going to games. According to Peltz “the sharp drop in attendance at Dodger Stadium this year is likely to cost the Dodgers at least $27 million in reduced ticket sales, concession, and parking…

  3. Tigers give extensions to manager Jim Leyland and general manager Dave Dombrowski

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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    So much for Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski potentially being on the hot seat in Detroit. With the Tigers four games up in the AL Central race in search of their first division title since 1987 the team just announced contract extensions for the manager and general manager, with Leyland’s deal now going through next…

  4. David Freese cleared to return from concussion tomorrow

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    David Freese

    David Freese has been cleared to return to game action after being hit on the helmet by a pitch Thursday and is expected to be back in the Cardinals’ lineup tomorrow night, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Freese suffered a mild concussion when he was beaned by a Clay Hensley…

  5. Stephen Strasburg clocked in high-90s during first rehab start

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    In his first game action since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery 11 months ago Stephen Strasburg allowed one run in 1.2 innings at Single-A yesterday, throwing 25 of 30 pitches for strikes and striking out four of the eight batters he faced. Pitchers often need time to rediscover their peak velocity following Tommy John surgery,…

  6. Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie to ‘split’ shortstop for Red Sox

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Jed Lowrie swinging

    Jed Lowrie is set to return from the disabled list after missing six weeks with a shoulder injury, so manager Terry Francona explained that Marco Scutaro no longer has a lock on the everyday shortstop job. “Now that we will have Jed back, we can kind of split it up,” Francona told Peter Abraham of…

  7. Former Yankees batboy reveals clubhouse secrets in book

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

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    Luis Castillo, who was a Yankees batboy from 1998 to 2005, has a new book coming out called “Clubhouse Confidential” and shared a preview with the New York Post that includes some reasonably interesting behind-the-scenes stories about Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and company. Assorted highlights from the preview: * Jeter nicknamed him “Squeegee” immediately because…

  8. Picture of the Day: J.D. Drew, team player

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Josh Reddick has taken J.D. Drew‘s starting job, yet when Reddick delivered the game-winning hit for the Red Sox last night the oft-maligned Drew was front and center in the celebration congratulating the rookie for beating the Yankees:

  9. Phil Hughes will be skipped in Yankees’ rotation after last night’s relief loss

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes took the loss in relief last night against the Red Sox, giving up a run in the 10th inning after manager Joe Girardi opted not to leave Mariano Rivera in the game with a pitch count of nine. Hughes threw only 13 pitches and said afterward that he’d be ready to make his…

  10. Placido Polanco to undergo MRI exam after finally revealing hip injury to Phillies

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco has played through several injuries this season with limited success, following up an excellent April by hitting just .223 with a .544 OPS in 63 games since. And now he’s headed back to Philadelphia to undergo an MRI exam on his sore left hip, which Polanco revealed yesterday had been bothering him for…

  11. Jorge Posada benched as Yankees’ regular designated hitter

    Aug 7, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    In a move that will lead to immediate speculation about top prospect Jesus Montero’s arrival in New York, manager Joe Girardi informed Jorge Posada prior to tonight’s game that he’ll no longer be the Yankees’ primary designated hitter. Eric Chavez got the start at DH tonight against the Red Sox, with Girardi telling reporters: “At…

  12. Angels leaning toward putting Hisanori Takahashi in rotation

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    No decision needs to be made until next week, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are leaning toward Hisanori Takahashi as the rotation replacement for demoted starter Joel Pineiro. Takahashi was a veteran starter in Japan prior to coming to MLB at age 35 last season, but he had a…

  13. Astros demote struggling starter J.A. Happ to Triple-A

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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    J.A. Happ apparently used up all his good luck with the Phillies. Happ had a 14-5 record and 3.11 ERA in 217 career innings when Philadelphia traded him to Houston in the Roy Oswalt deal last July, but since then he’s 9-18 with a 5.32 ERA in 191 innings. That includes an ugly 6.26 ERA…

  14. Chipper Jones bats fifth for Braves in first start since July 25

    Aug 6, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Atlanta lost Jair Jurrjens to more knee problems, but at least Chipper Jones is back in the Braves’ starting lineup today for the first time since injuring his quadriceps on July 25. Jones avoided the disabled list and made four appearances as a pinch-hitter, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but he’s playing third base and…

  15. More knee problems send Jair Jurrjens back to disabled list

    Aug 6, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens missed the end of last season following surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, which makes it doubly concerning that the Braves have placed him on the disabled list with a strain in the same knee. To replace him in the rotation the Braves called up Mike Minor, who’ll start tomorrow…

  16. Charlie Manuel says Shane Victorino had to fight “unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken”

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com got some good quotes about last night’s Phillies-Giants scuffle from Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, and manager Charlie Manuel. For starters, Manuel said that Victorino “almost has to” charge the mound when Ramon Ramirez plunked him “unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken” because “he hit Vic and then came…

  17. Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio undergoes neck surgery after being struck in head by line drive

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio

    Struck in the head by an Ian Desmond line drive last night, Colorado pitcher Juan Nicasio underwent neck surgery this morning and the Rockies issued a statement saying he’s “resting comfortably.” Desmond’s comebacker hit Nicasio on the right side of his head, instantly knocking him to the ground. He was carted off the field on…

  18. Chris Sale’s role on White Sox: Bullpen now, rotation in 2012?

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    All the offseason and spring training debate about which role Chris Sale would fill for the White Sox has mostly been forgotten, as he’s remained in the bullpen all season while throwing 51 innings with a 2.81 ERA and 53/19 K/BB ratio. Not quite as unhittable as he was as a rookie, but Sale has…

  19. Aroldis Chapman’s fastball 1, Wrigley Field protective netting 0

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    aroldis chapman netting

    Aroldis Chapman throwing a 99-mph fastball is nothing new, but that pitch sailing wide of the catcher and ripping through the protective netting behind home plate is a scary thought for the people paying big bucks for those seats. That’s exactly what happened last night at Wrigley Field, although luckily no one was sitting directly…

  20. Carlos Gonzalez set to rejoin Rockies’ lineup tonight

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Barring a last-minute setback Carlos Gonzalez is slated to be in the Rockies’ lineup tonight, returning from the disabled list a day earlier than expected after sitting out the past three weeks with a wrist injury. Gonzalez went 3-for-10 on a brief rehab assignment at Triple-A and manager Jim Tracy told Nick Kosmider of MLB.com…

  21. Red Sox expected to have Jed Lowrie back on Monday

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie has been out since mid-June with a shoulder injury, but he’s rehabbing in the minors and Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the infielder is on track to come off the disabled list Monday. Lowrie is 4-for-12 (.333) with a double and two walks through four rehab games at Triple-A, but the Red…

  22. Jered Weaver just doesn’t know how to win (or something)

    Aug 6, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    When someone uses Jered Weaver‘s win total against him in a Cy Young debate–and it’s already happening, with plenty more to come–I hope the sane among us remember last night’s game. Weaver threw nine shutout innings, striking out eight, walking one, and allowing zero extra-base hits. And he got a no-decision. And then an inning…

  23. Ike Davis won’t return to Mets this season, may need surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Not that anyone expected any different by now, but the Mets have all but officially ruled out first baseman Ike Davis returning this season. General manager Sandy Alderson announced that Davis will remain shut down for 3-4 more weeks, at which point he’ll attempt to resume baseball activities nearly four months after suffering what was…

  24. Single + Yonder Alonso in left field = inside-the-park homer

    Aug 5, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we learned that the Reds are giving Yonder Alonso some ground balls at third base in their ongoing effort to find ways to get the first base prospect in the lineup alongside Joey Votto. Today we learned that, not only is he highly unlikely to ever be anything but awful defensively at third base,…

  25. Nate McLouth out six weeks following sports hernia surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Nate McLouth was placed on the disabled list last week with a lower abdominal strain, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves outfielder underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday and is expected to miss six more weeks. McLouth hasn’t ruled out playing again this season, but he’ll definitely be up against the clock and…

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