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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. Mark Trumbo’s power matched only by his out-making ability

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    I was watching the Angels-Twins game last night when Minnesota television analyst Bert Blyleven advised Francisco Liriano to “throw the slider to this big donkey.” Liriano obliged and Mark Trumbo hit the ball approximately 700 feet for a three-run homer. It was Trumbo’s 21st homer, which ranks eighth in the AL and is very impressive…

  8. Carlos Lee has more career plate appearances than the rest of the Astros combined

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    The other day I wrote about how ugly the Astros’ lineup looks after trading away Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger. But as Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle points out, the lineup is incredibly inexperienced in addition to being really, really bad: Carlos Lee has 7,967 career plate appearances, or four more than…

  9. Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird downplay ‘animated argument’

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Reports surfaced last night about Cardinals teammates Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird getting into an “ugly” fight over an undisclosed issue, but everyone involved has now downplayed the incident that Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch calls an “animated argument.” According to Hummel, manager Tony La Russa held a closed-door clubhouse meeting yesterday…

  10. Twins offer Michael Cuddyer two-year, $16 million extension

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Various contending teams called Minnesota about Michael Cuddyer prior to the trade deadline, but the Twins turned down all advances and made it pretty clear that they want to re-sign the 32-year-old impending free agent. And according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune their attempt to keep Cuddyer in Minnesota began with a…

  11. Angels demote $8 million starter Joel Pineiro to the bullpen

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Yesterday’s chicken-sacrificing speculation that Joel Pineiro was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation proved accurate, as the Angels demoted the veteran starter to the bullpen after an ugly four-start stretch in which his ERA rose from 3.90 to 5.31 in just 13 innings. Mike Scioscia and company must have really been sick…

  12. Giants send Brandon Belt back to the minors … again

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt got off to a slow start with the Giants, but the 23-year-old rookie hit .324 with a 1.011 OPS in 43 games after being sent back to Triple-A and San Francisco’s starting first baseman, Aubrey Huff, is hitting .243 with a .665 OPS. You’d think that would convince the Giants to give Belt…

  13. Alex Rodriguez plays high-stakes poker, but is he any good?

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    OK, so at this point we know that Alex Rodriguez regularly played poker, usually for a lot of money and with some shady people, but one thing I haven’t heard addressed is whether he’s actually any good. Until yesterday, that is. I was watching a recent episode of NBC’s late-night show “Poker After Dark” on…

  14. Another good prospect headed to Kansas City, as Royals call up Johnny Giavotella

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    The latest arrival in Kansas City’s season-long influx of young talent is second base prospect Johnny Giavotella, who was called up from Triple-A last night. While not among the Royals’ historic stockpile of elite prospects, Giavotella would be one of the top few prospects in plenty of other organizations. He hit .322 with an .855…

  15. Diving play leaves Omar Infante with fractured middle finger

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Florida Marlins

    Omar Infante‘s diving attempt at a ground ball with the bases loaded yesterday was unsuccessful and left the Marlins second baseman with a fractured right middle finger. Infante initially remained in the game, but was eventually replaced by Wes Helms and is bound for the disabled list. However, manager Jack McKeon is hopeful that Infante…

  16. Picture of the Day: Jordan Lyles got his first win and first pie

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    It took 12 starts, but 20-year-old Astros rookie Jordan Lyles finally picked up his first big-league victory yesterday. And then he got his first big-league pie to the face:

  17. No more delays: Blue Jays call up top prospect Brett Lawrie

    Aug 4, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Brett Lawrie was on the verge of being called up in May when a broken hand knocked him out for two months, but he’s hit .350 at Triple-A since returning in mid-July and today the Blue Jays officially added their top prospect to the roster. There are questions about whether Lawrie can stick at third…

  18. Jose Molina hit a triple!

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

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    I’m watching the Rays-Blue Jays game and just saw Jose Molina drive a ball over B.J. Upton‘s head in center field for his first triple since May 9, 2004. Molina, who was literally still panting heavily and wiping sweat from his face when he took the field defensively for the next half-inning, went 1,582 plate…

  19. Walks and strikeouts now available: Mariners cut Jack Cust

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    As expected, the Mariners have released Jack Cust after designating him for assignment last week. Cust is owed another $1 million for so as part of a one-year, $2.5 million contract, so predictably none of the other 29 teams wanted to take on that salary after he hit just .213 with three homers and a…

  20. Breaking news: AL Central is a really, really bad division

    Aug 4, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    al central standings

    Last night’s loss dropped the Indians to 54-54, which means the Tigers are the only team in the AL Central above .500 at 59-51. Even the Tigers’ division-leading record would put them in second place in the NL Central and third place in every other division. And that might actually be a stretch, since Detroit…

  21. Justin Morneau took batting practice, “had a really good day”

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    morneau reuters

    Justin Morneau‘s comeback from neck surgery was delayed earlier this week when his scheduled workouts were rained out on back-to-back days, but the former MVP took batting practice yesterday at Target Field and reported no problems. “He had a really good day on the field with BP and ground balls and the whole package,” manager…

  22. Joel Pineiro on struggles: “Honestly, the next thing I can do is sacrifice a live chicken”

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Another ugly outing last night puts Joel Pineiro in danger of losing his spot in the Angels’ rotation and the veteran right-hander hasn’t been able to figure out why he’s struggling, telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times: This is embarrassing. I’m making the team, the staff and myself look bad. I’ve got to…

  23. Reds first base prospect Yonder Alonso taking third base reps

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Reds top prospect Yonder Alonso is a first baseman, but the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft is blocked there by reigning MVP Joey Votto. In an effort to find a long-term home for Alonso in the lineup alongside Votto the Reds have been using him in left field and now Mark Sheldon of…

  24. Mariners will limit Michael Pineda’s workload with extra rest between starts

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Throughout the first half the Mariners talked about potentially finding ways to limit rookie Michael Pineda‘s workload and it sounds like they’ve decided to go with extra rest between starts. Pineda, who’s currently on pace to throw around 195 innings, will have nine days off before making his next start and manager Eric Wedge told…

  25. Twins prospect Kyle Gibson may need Tommy John surgery

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    As if Minnesota hasn’t had enough injuries on the big-league roster this season now the Twins’ top prospect, 2009 first-round pick Kyle Gibson, has been shut down with elbow problems and underwent an MRI exam to determine if he needs Tommy John surgery. Gibson got off to a good start at Triple-A, but then went…

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