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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Jose Molina hit a triple!

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    molina_jose

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

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

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Sandiegochicken

    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…

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

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Alonso_Yonder

    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Rob Dibble will not shut up about Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Fired as the Nationals’ television analyst in the middle of last season after saying Stephen Strasburg should “stop crying” and “suck it up” to play through what proved to be a torn elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery, Rob Dibble is now criticizing the Nationals for rushing Strasburg back “to sell tickets.” Seriously. Courtesy…

  10. Mark Connor hired by Rangers after resigning as Orioles pitching coach

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    mark-connor-orioles

    After only three months on the job Mark Connor resigned suddenly as the Orioles’ pitching coach in mid-June, citing personal reasons, but now Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that he’s taken a job with the Rangers as a “player development special consultant.” That’s the same position Connor held with the Rangers for two seasons prior…

  11. Dan Uggla stays hot, extends hitting streak to 25 games

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    His season totals are still incredibly ugly because that’s what happens when you take a .173 batting average into mid-July, but Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 25 games this afternoon by going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. During the 25-game streak Uggla is now 34-for-96 (.354) with 11 homers, five doubles, and 10…

  12. Mark Prior still in the minors, still injured, and still cursed

    Aug 3, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    From the Associated Press, here’s the latest in a never-ending series of injury updates on Mark Prior: Yankees right-hander Mark Prior has a bruised left forearm after being hit by a ball during batting practice. The converted reliever was hit by a liner near the wrist on his 20th pitch of a BP session today…

  13. Roy Oswalt to rejoin Phillies’ rotation Sunday versus Giants

    Aug 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

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    Two solid rehab starts convinced the Phillies that Roy Oswalt is ready to return from a six-week back injury, so they’ll activate him from the disabled list for Sunday’s game against the Giants. Oswalt last pitched on June 23, allowing four runs in two innings, and once he was placed on the DL speculation started…

  14. Scott Rolen out 4-6 weeks following shoulder surgery

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    On the disabled list since July 22 with a left shoulder injury, Scott Rolen underwent surgery today to remove bone spur fragments and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Rolen has a long history of shoulder problems and hit just .242 with five homers and a .676 OPS in 65 games before the DL stint,…

  15. Catching-starved Pirates get Ryan Doumit back from DL

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Injuries to Chris Snyder, Ryan Doumit, and Jason Jaramillo left the Pirates so short on catching depth that they had to trade for 26-year-old career minor leaguer Michael McKenry and make him the starter. McKenry has predictably hit just .256 with a measly .642 OPS in 37 games, but his reign as the primary catcher…

  16. Report: Alex Rodriguez “played in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used”

    Aug 3, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    RadarOnline.com and Star magazine have published a report claiming Alex Rodriguez “played in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used.” Tabloid reports should be taken with truck fulls of salt, obviously, but the story is a follow-up to the June crackdown of a Hollywood poker game in which big names like Tobey…

  17. Happy anniversary: Carlos Santana’s knee injury, a year later

    Aug 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana

    Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the knee injury that ended Carlos Santana‘s fantastic rookie season and by coincidence the Indians are playing a series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, where the home plate collision took place. Santana hasn’t rediscovered the same success he had prior to Ryan Kalish running him over, but…

  18. Angels explain why they sent Mike Trout back to Double-A rather than Triple-A

    Aug 3, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    When the Angels optioned 19-year-old stud prospect Mike Trout to the minors earlier this week I wondered why they sent him back to Double-A, where he’d already dominated for 75 games, instead of Triple-A, where he’d yet to play. Turns out, they want him to get playoff experience. Mike Scioscia told Jordan Garretson of MLB.com…

  19. Brendan Ryan catches A’s infield napping for “infield triple”

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mariners' Ryan laughs with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    I’m worried Brendan Ryan‘s remarkable heads-up play from the A’s-Mariners game last night will get lost in the amusing tale of “Fake Ichiro” or the madness of the Brewers-Cardinals game, because it deserves plenty of attention. Ryan beat out a ground ball to shortstop for an infield single, sneakily took off for second base when…

  20. Shoulder surgery ends Dustin Moseley’s season for Padres

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Moseley_Dustin

    Awful run support caused his win-loss record to be ugly, but with a 3.30 ERA in 20 starts Dustin Moseley has been a fantastic pickup for the Padres on a one-year, $900,000 deal. Unfortunately they won’t get more than 120 innings out of him, as Moseley will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder…

  21. Report: Mariners may get Chance Ruffin from Tigers to complete Doug Fister trade

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chance Ruffin

    Last week the Mariners sent Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for Casper Wells, prospects Charlie Furbush and Francisco Martinez, and an undisclosed player to be named later. The fourth player’s identity went unannounced because he was a 2010 draft pick and thus can’t officially be traded until he’s been signed for one…

  22. Jake Arrieta likely to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Arrieta throwing

    Jake Arrieta will find out next week whether he needs season-ending surgery to remove a fibrous mass from his elbow, but even before his August 10 examination by Dr. Lewis Yocum the Orioles right-hander isn’t optimistic about avoiding going under the knife. “I don’t know if it’s 100 percent, but there’s a good chance I…

  23. Johan Santana suffers setback, will have shoulder examined

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana‘s comeback from shoulder surgery has hit a snag, with the Mets lefty complaining of soreness following his scoreless three-inning rehab start Thursday. Santana’s next scheduled rehab outing has been canceled and he’ll instead be examined by doctors later this week. Had he avoided any setbacks Santana appeared to be on track to potentially…

  24. Picture of the Day: Bryce Harper at the Hershey Factory

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    And no, that’s not a euphemism. What has one thumb and feels naked without eye-black on? This guy!

  25. Huston Street on pace to allow most homers ever by a closer

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street has been plenty effective overall this season, converting 28 of 31 save chances with a 3.75 ERA and 46/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings for the Rockies despite calling Coors Field home, but he’s on an historic pace for serving up homers. Street’s third blown save came last night when he allowed a…

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