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  1. CEO says Padres will increase payroll to at least $50 million in 2012

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Petco Park

    Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad said yesterday that the team’s payroll will rise to at least $50 million in 2012, adding that “our long-term goal is to operate at $70 million.” That would be a big raise over this season’s $45 million payroll, but even $70 million would rank just 20th among all MLB…

  2. Carlos Beltran out of Giants’ lineup for third straight game

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    Giving up a prospect as good as Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran was costly enough for the Giants when they thought they’d have him for 60 games, but a wrist injury has him out of the lineup today for the third straight game. Beltran hit just .244 with a .616 OPS in 11 games for…

  3. Reds rookie Zack Cozart to undergo season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    UPDATE: Cozart will have the surgery Friday, knocking him out until 2012. ========== Zack Cozart hit his way into the Reds’ plans with a .310 batting average and .825 OPS at Triple-A and then pushed past veteran Edgar Renteria as the starting shortstop, only to suffer a hyper-extended elbow in his 11th game. Cozart has…

  4. Men accused of beating Bryan Stow enter not guilty plea

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, the two men accused of brutally beating Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, were arraigned today and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that include mayhem, assault, and battery. They’re each being held on $500,000 bail until September 30 hearings. Stow remains hospitalized more than four…

  5. Reid Brignac back with Rays after brief demotion to Triple-A

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    brignac rays

    Justin Ruggiano landing on the disabled list with a knee injury has opened the door for Reid Brignac’s return to the majors following a three-week stint at Triple-A. Brignac didn’t play particularly well in Durham, but with Sean Rodriguez struggling mightily as the Rays’ primary shortstop and Elliot Johnson no one’s idea of a quality…

  6. Jorge Posada on benching: “I’m not happy with it … but I’m moving on”

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Girardi Posada

    Jorge Posada has handled his benching as the Yankees’ designated hitter about as well as possible, admitting yesterday that he’s “not happy with it” while adding that “I’m moving on and I’ll be ready to play whenever I happen to play.” Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York asked Joe Girardi how he felt back in…

  7. Royals add to prospect influx by calling up 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    Salvador Perez is the latest prospect on his way to Kansas City, with the Royals calling up the 21-year-old catcher from Triple-A in time for tonight’s game and releasing historically awful starter Kyle Davies to make room on the roster. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that Perez “is expected to become the…

  8. Adrian Beltre must “start over again” after hamstring setback

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Adrian Beltre was initially very optimistic about the recovery timetable for his hamstring injury, noting that he’s “a quick healer.” Unfortunately he suffered a setback while testing the injury running the bases over the weekend and that will force him “to start over again” with his recovery, according to manager Ron Washington. Washington told Louie…

  9. Joe Girardi says A.J. Burnett will remain in Yankees’ rotation

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    A.J. Burnett turned in another poor outing last night, allowing four runs in six innings against the light-hitting Angels, but afterward manager Joe Girardi wasted no time telling reporters that the struggling right-hander will remain in the Yankees’ rotation. Burnett actually held the Angels scoreless through five innings before falling apart in the sixth frame,…

  10. “Freakiest thing I’ve seen”: Chris Narveson to miss start after slicing hand with scissors

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson will miss at least one start after slicing his hand open and needing eight stitches last night in what he described as “the freakiest thing.” Narveson grabbed a pair of scissors and was altering the laces on his glove when he cut the tip of his left thumb, telling Todd Rosiak…

  11. Braves call up 20-year-old Arodys Vizcaino for bullpen help

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Atlanta released veteran reliever Scott Proctor this morning and filled his roster spot by calling up 20-year-old phenom Arodys Vizcaino from Triple-A. Viczaino was acquired from the Yankees in the December of 2009 deal for Javier Vazquez and cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list coming into the season despite spending most of last year…

  12. Lyle Overbay released by Pirates after clearing waivers

    Aug 9, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    overbay_lyle

    Lyle Overbay predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Pirates last week and has been released, making him a free agent. Overbay was a bust on a one-year, $5 million deal, hitting just .227 with eight homers and a .649 OPS in 103 games before the Pirates decided to replace him with…

  13. After skipped start Phil Hughes will rejoin rotation Saturday

    Aug 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes was initially scheduled to start tonight, but Joe Girardi decided to skip his turn in the rotation after Hughes threw 13 pitches in relief Sunday night. It was an odd decision given that Hughes had turned in back-to-back strong starts, including six shutout innings his last time out, and said he’d be fine…

  14. Twins place Scott Baker on disabled list, let Kevin Slowey out of doghouse

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Kevin Slowey has been in the Twins’ doghouse all season because he didn’t take well to becoming a reliever when demoted from the rotation during spring training, but after spending several months in the minors he’s back in Minnesota to replace the injured Scott Baker. As expected, Baker was placed on the disabled list with…

  15. Angels calling up prospect Garrett Richards to take over Joel Pineiro’s rotation spot

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    Angels Reds Spring Baseball

    Garrett Richards, not Hisanori Takahashi, will take over for the struggling Joel Pineiro in the Angels’ rotation, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com. Reports over the weekend suggested the Angels weren’t all that enthused about any of their potential replacements for Pineiro, pondering various call-ups in addition to moving Takahashi from the bullpen to the…

  16. Tommy Hanson to miss Friday start, but avoid disabled list

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson‘s struggles since the All-Star break and diminished velocity have convinced the Braves to scratch him from Friday’s scheduled start, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’ll avoid the disabled list for now. Hanson declined to discuss whether he’s been pitching through any arm problems while posting an 8.10 ERA since the All-Star…

  17. Blue Jays call up 21-year-old prospect Henderson Alvarez from Double-A

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Blue Jays catcher Molina talks with pitcher Alvarez during their Grapefruit League baseball game in Lakeland

    Henderson Alvarez began this season at Single-A, but 16 starts later the 21-year-old right-hander is in the majors after the Blue Jays called him up today. Alvarez is stepping into the rotation spot that belonged to Carlos Villanueva, who’s on the disabled list with a strained forearm, and will make his big-league debut tomorrow at…

  18. Ralph Kiner has the right idea about closers and saves

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    ralph kiner

    Allen Barra of the Village Voice quotes 88-year-old Hall of Famer and part-time Mets announcer Ralph Kiner on the evolution of the closer role and the modern manager’s obsession with saves: One of the worst things they ever did to relief pitching was invent the “save” category. If they hadn’t done that, managers would bring…

  19. Lenny Dykstra looks good in orange

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears Los Angeles Superior court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Lenny Dykstra was back in court yesterday, wearing an orange jump suit and handcuffs at his arraignment hearing in California. Dykstra is charged with 25 counts including grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, filing false financial statements, and possessing a controlled substance. Dan Whitcomb of Reuters reports that he faces up to 12 years…

  20. Alex Rodriguez to meet with MLB about poker “in a few days” and “no chance he’ll be suspended”

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez poker

    As promised, MLB soon will meet with Alex Rodriguez to discuss his involvement in high-stakes poker games, according to the New York Daily News. The newspaper reports that the meeting will take place “in a few days” at MLB’s offices in New York, but commissioner Bud Selig likely won’t be there and the talks aren’t…

  21. Stat of the Day: OPS leaders since the All-Star break

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    napoli homer

    The overall OPS leaderboard is filled with familiar names as Jose Bautista, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera hold the top five spots, but the OPS leaderboard since the All-Star break has a few more surprises …

  22. Twins approached Jason Kubel about contract extension

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    kubel getty wide

    Last week Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins offered impending free agent Michael Cuddyer a two-year, $16 million extension that he predictably turned down and now he says they “also spoke to Jason Kubel.” Kubel is also an impending free agent and has expressed a desire to remain in Minnesota,…

  23. Adam Dunn plans to change offseason routine “to not let this happen again”

    Aug 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn famously doesn’t swing a bat during the offseason and that approach has certainly worked for a long time, as he came into this season with an OPS above .800 in each of his first 10 years. However, with Dunn going through an epic collapse that includes a .165 batting average and league-leading 143…

  24. Brian McCann hoping to come off DL when eligible Friday

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Brian McCann

    Oblique strains tend to sideline players for longer than the minimum 15-day stay on the disabled list, but Brian McCann is pleased enough with how his recovery has gone to think returning when eligible Friday is possible. McCann took batting practice yesterday for the first time since suffering the injury on July 26 and told…

  25. Ongoing elbow problems may shut down Scott Baker

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Scott Baker had elbow surgery shortly after the end of last season, spent time on the disabled list in July, and has been very successfully pitching through various levels of discomfort for much of this year, but it sounds like the pain may finally be too much. Baker allowed five runs in six innings against…

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