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  1. So much for last year: “The honeymoon with Buck Showalter seems to be over now”

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    buck-showalter-orioles-spring

    Buck Showalter took over a dreadful 32-73 team and managed them to a 34-23 record down the stretch last season, creating some optimism among Orioles fans for the first time in a long time. So much for that. This season the Orioles have the AL’s worst record at 42-63, which is a .400 winning percentage…

  2. Marlins ace Josh Johnson still hoping to pitch again this year

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Josh Johnson still hasn’t ruled out pitching again this season despite missing the past three months with a shoulder injury that the Marlins continue to describe as merely inflammation. General manager Mike Hill told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that Johnson is “hopeful that he’ll start his throwing program this week” with an eye…

  3. Shoulder surgery ends Freddy Sanchez’s season

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    As expected, the Giants announced last night that Freddy Sanchez will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He hasn’t played since June 10, but the Giants delayed a decision on surgery because Sanchez showed that he was able to hit reasonably well through the injury. He wasn’t able to successfully…

  4. Carlos Gonzalez aiming for weekend return from disabled list

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury on July 22 and afterward reported feeling “a lot better than I expected.” Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez is scheduled to take another round of batting practice today and then…

  5. Now that’s a slump: Craig Counsell hitless in last 45 at-bats

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Craig Counsell popped out as a pinch-hitter yesterday, extending the veteran infielder’s historic slump to 0-for-45. Yes, zero hits in his last 45 at-bats. Seriously. Counsell hasn’t had a hit since going 3-for-3 on June 10 and is now just one more hitless at-bat away from tying Bill Bergen’s all-time record of 46 straight at-bats…

  6. Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie on verge of call up

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Brett Lawrie was seemingly days away from being called up in late May when a broken hand suffered at Triple-A sidelined him for two months. Now he’s back and has resumed crushing the ball, leading to speculation that the Blue Jays are once again on the verge of calling up their top prospect. When the…

  7. Roy Oswalt ready to rejoin Phillies’ rotation after rehab start

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Roy Oswalt made his second rehab start yesterday, throwing six innings of two-run ball at Triple-A, and afterward declared himself ready to return from the disabled list. Oswalt has been out since June 24 with a lower back injury, but Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that his fastball was clocked in the…

  8. Diamondbacks call up slugging prospect Paul Goldschmidt

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    When the Diamondbacks traded Brandon Allen to the A’s in the weekend deal for Brad Ziegler it cleared the path for Paul Goldschmidt to replace him as their first baseman of the present and, Arizona hopes, the future. And sure enough, the Diamondbacks have called up Goldschmidt from Double-A after the 23-year-old former eighth-round pick…

  9. Man who fell to death at Coors Field in May had alcohol and marijuana in system

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Coors Field

    An autopsy has revealed that 27-year-old Robert Seamans had alcohol and marijuana in his system when he fell to his death at Coors Field on May 24. According to the Associated Press the amount of alcohol found in Seamans’ system was twice the legal limit to drive and the medical examiner’s office deemed the combination…

  10. Tweet of the Day: Jose Canseco meets Kim Kardashian

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    No one tell Kris Humphries, but(t) …

  11. Ubaldo Jimenez to make Indians debut Friday versus Rangers

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Throwing one terrible inning under odd circumstances Saturday night as Colorado and Cleveland were putting the finishes touches on their blockbuster trade screwed up Ubaldo Jimenez‘s usual throwing schedule, so his Indians debut won’t come until Friday against the Rangers. That means he’ll have one extra day of rest between starts, even though his last…

  12. Danys Baez clears waivers, released by Phillies

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Baez_Danys

    As expected, the Phillies have released Danys Baez after the veteran reliever was designated for assignment and cleared waivers. Baez still has two months left on a two-year, $5.25 million deal, but his 5.81 ERA in 84 total innings for the Phillies included allowing 17 runs in his final 12 innings. Baez is still just…

  13. After failing to sign with A’s last offseason, Hisashi Iwakuma will give MLB another try in 2012

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    This winter Oakland secured exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma by bidding $19 million, but that posting fee was refunded when the two sides couldn’t agree to a contract during a contentious negotiating process. At the time Iwakuma’s agent, Don Nomura, publicly criticized the A’s on Twitter and via various media members, but…

  14. Pirates designate Lyle Overbay for assignment after Derrek Lee trade

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    overbay_lyle

    Lyle Overbay got one last start at first base yesterday because Derrek Lee took his time reporting after the Pirates acquired him from the Orioles. Overbay smacked a two-run homer, going deep for just the eighth time in 352 at-bats, and today the Pirates designated the 34-year-old for assignment. He wasn’t worth Pittsburgh’s one-year, $5…

  15. Rays rookie Desmond Jennings is off to an incredible start

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings profile

    Many people questioned why the Rays kept Desmond Jennings at Triple-A for so long, allowing the speedy outfielder to rack up 230 games and nearly 1,000 plate appearances in parts of three seasons in Durham, but now that he’s in the majors the 24-year-old rookie is thriving. Jennings got some brief action in Tampa Bay…

  16. B.J. Upton on trade rumors: “Most nerve-wracking two weeks I ever had”

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Publicly at least most players say they aren’t bothered a ton by trade rumors, but B.J. Upton admitted feeling very relieved yesterday once the afternoon deadline came and went without his leaving Tampa Bay. In fact, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that Upton “raised his arms and yelled ‘word … I’m still here!’”…

  17. Angels send 19-year-old prospect Mike Trout back to Double-A

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout was called up from Double-A when Peter Bourjos landed on the disabled list, so when Bourjos returned last week there wasn’t much room in the lineup for the Angels’ stud prospect. They kept him around for a while as a bench player, but have rightly decided that the 19-year-old outfielder will be much…

  18. Astros demote Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson to Triple-A

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Johnson, Brett Wallace

    As if trading away Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn wasn’t enough of a roster shakeup, the Astros also decided to demote first baseman Brett Wallace and third baseman Chris Johnson to Triple-A last night. They started 91 and 86 of Houston’s first 108 games, but Johnson has struggled all season with a ghastly .286 on-base…

  19. Freddy Sanchez expected to undergo shoulder surgery

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Freddy Sanchez has been out since June 10 with a shoulder injury and the increasing likelihood that he’ll need season-ending surgery played a part in the Giants bringing in veteran middle infielders Jeff Keppinger and Orlando Cabrera via trades. Asked yesterday about Sanchez’s odds of playing again this season, general manager Brian Sabean described the…

  20. Jordan Zimmermann will be limited to just four more starts as Nationals monitor workload

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Jordan Zimmermann has fared extremely well in his full-season return from Tommy John elbow surgery, posting a 3.12 ERA and 98/22 K/BB ratio in 21 starts, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will soon remove him from the rotation in an effort to limit the 25-year-old right-hander’s workload. According to…

  21. Bobby Abreu’s $9 million option for 2012 vested yesterday

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    As part of a two-year, $19 million deal signed with the Angels two offseasons ago Bobby Abreu got a $9 million option for 2012 that vested if he totaled at least 1,100 plate appearances between 2010 and 2011. He reached that mark yesterday afternoon, although no one really noticed at the time because the Angels…

  22. Pirates acquire Ryan Ludwick from Padres for PTBNL or cash

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v San Diego Padres

    Ryan Ludwick was reportedly close to being traded to the Indians earlier this afternoon, but instead the Pirates have swooped in at the last minute to acquire the outfielder from the Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations. It’s tough to pass any sort of judgment on the trade without knowing…

  23. UPDATE: Pirates reportedly “close” to getting Ryan Ludwick from Padres

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    UPDATE: And now Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says the Pirates, not the Indians, are “close” to acquiring Ludwick from the Padres. ========= Last night the Indians and Padres were said to be discussing a deal for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the two sides are “getting close”…

  24. Done deal: Indians’ trade for Ubaldo Jimenez is official

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    UPDATE: Jimenez passed his physical, so the blockbuster trade sending him to the Indians for a four-prospect package led by 2010 first-round pick Drew Pomeranz is now official. ========== UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that McBride’s injury won’t hold up the deal. ========== Ubaldo Jimenez is reportedly undergoing a physical exam right now, but…

  25. Look away, I’m hideous: Astros’ post-trades lineup is ugly

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brad Mills

    Houston had MLB’s worst record and ranked 12th among NL teams in scoring with Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger, so as you can imagine the Astros’ lineup looks downright sad after trading three of the team’s four best hitters. Here’s the lineup manager Brad Mills is trotting out there against the Brewers this…

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