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  1. GM says Cardinals will exercise Adam Wainwright’s 2012 and 2013 options

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Adam Wainwright

    Adam Wainwright has missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and will enter 2012 as a major question mark, which put the Cardinals in a tough position regarding his 2012 and 2013 options. As part of Wainwright’s contract the Cardinals must decide by the end of this season whether to exercise both future…

  2. Carlos Pena is happy the Cubs didn’t trade him to the Yankees

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Earlier this week Carlos Pena was claimed off revocable waivers by the Yankees, but the 48-hour window to work out a trade came and went without a move and the veteran first baseman is happy to remain with the Cubs. When asked why he wouldn’t want to leave a fifth-place team for a playoff team…

  3. Picture of the Day: “Better Days” at Wrigley Field

    Aug 25, 2011, 6:06 PM EST

    Susan Tedeschi sang “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field today, which immediately becomes the highlight of the Cubs’ season:

  4. Indians on the verge of acquiring Jim Thome from the Twins

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

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    This morning we learned that the Indians claimed Jim Thome off revocable waivers from the Twins and now Nick Camino of 1100-WTAM in Cleveland reports that the two sides are very close to a deal. Thome would fill the void in the middle of the Indians’ lineup created by Travis Hafner‘s foot injury, which may…

  5. Tommy Hanson leaves Braves to have shoulder re-examined

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson had to cut short his bullpen session Monday because of shoulder pain and now he’s headed back to Atlanta to undergo another MRI exam. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Hanson has already had two MRI exams, with the first one leading to a disabled list stint and cortisone shot…

  6. Tweet of the Day: Manny Acta wants Jim Thome

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Manny Acta, responding to reports that the Indians claimed Jim Thome off revocable waivers:

  7. Francisco Liriano leaves start, put on DL with shoulder injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: Liriano has been placed on the disabled list, with the Twins calling up Scott Diamond from Triple-A for tomorrow’s spot start. ========== Francisco Liriano, who spent time on the disabled list in May and June with shoulder problems and has a lengthy history of assorted arm injuries, left today’s start against the Orioles after…

  8. Rockies closer Huston Street set to come off DL tomorrow

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street threw a pair of scoreless innings while rehabbing at Triple-A and is expected to come off the disabled list tomorrow, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. He’s been out since August 8 with a strained triceps and Rafael Betancourt has been flawless as the fill-in closer, but the Rockies figure to…

  9. Alex Rodriguez returns to Yankees’ lineup after thumb injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    After missing the past two games with a sprained thumb Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ lineup today, playing third base and batting cleanup against the A’s. Rodriguez missed 38 games following knee surgery and lasted just one game before suffering the thumb injury, going 0-for-5 against the Twins in his return Sunday. He…

  10. Players pick Joe Maddon as MLB’s most popular manager

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    In a recent Sports Illustrated poll 291 players voted on which manager they’d most like to play for and Joe Maddon came out on top with 14 percent of the vote. Terry Francona finished second, followed by Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia, and Dusty Baker. Asked about the poll results, Maddon equated it to a ninth-grade…

  11. Twins on waivers: Indians claim Jim Thome, White Sox claim Jason Kubel

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    There was speculation that the White Sox would block the Indians’ attempt to reunite with Jim Thome by claiming him off waivers with their higher spot in line, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Thome indeed made it all the way to Cleveland on the waiver wire. Rosenthal also reports that the White Sox…

  12. Carlos Quentin likely out until next week with shoulder injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Carlos Quentin remains on the active roster despite a sprained left shoulder, but he hasn’t played since Saturday and Ozzie Guillen said last night that he’s unlikely to be back in the lineup before next week. Dayan Viciedo is waiting in the wings at Triple-A as a potential fill-in for Quentin, but Mark Gonzales of…

  13. Lance Berkman says re-signing with Cardinals “would be my first choice”

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Lance Berkman

    At times last season Lance Berkman looked washed up, posting an OPS below .800 for the first time, but he’s bounced back in a huge way this season at age 35 by hitting .290 with 29 homers and a .975 OPS. Not surprisingly Berkman plans to keep playing in 2012, but the big question is…

  14. Where’s the MVP love for reigning winner Joey Votto?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Joey Votto is the reigning NL MVP and his performance this season is remarkably similar to last year’s award-winning production, yet I’ve rarely seen him touted as a leading candidate this time around. Last year Votto hit .324 with 37 homers, 113 RBIs, 105 runs, and a league-leading 1.024 OPS. This year Votto is on…

  15. Nationals’ interest in B.J. Upton has cooled somewhat

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton was among the many center fielders consistently linked to the Nationals at the trade deadline and the Rays placed him on revocable waivers yesterday, potentially setting up a trade. However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post “some Nationals scouts are lukewarm on him, especially at the plate” and “there’s healthy debate…

  16. Ozzie Guillen on Peter Bourjos: “I’ve never seen a white man that can run that fast”

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Peter Bourjos

    Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos has been one of the most underrated players in baseball this season, combining exceptional defense with surprisingly strong hitting to rank 11th among AL position players in Wins Above Replacement. Ozzie Guillen came to appreciate Bourjos after the Angels swept a two-game series against the White Sox this week, heaping…

  17. Moneyball at Wrigley? Billy Beane “might consider” Cubs offer

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Brian Cashman, Andrew Friedman, and Ned Colletti aren’t the only current general managers being linked to the Cubs’ opening, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writing that Billy Beane “might consider an offer if the Cubs do approach him about their GM vacancy.” Beane nearly became the Red Sox’s general manager in 2002,…

  18. Yankees claim Carlos Pena off revocable waivers from Cubs

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Yankees have claimed Carlos Pena off recovable waivers, which means they have 48 hours to work out a potential trade with the Cubs. Earlier today, before the Yankees were identified as the claiming team, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculated that the Cubs trading Pena was unlikely because he’s…

  19. Phillies sign 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Tocci for $759,000

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The deal is now official, with Tocci signing for $759,000. ========== Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Venezuelan center fielder Carlos Tocci for around $750,000, with the only holdup being that they have to wait until he turns 16 and is actually eligible to sign.…

  20. Tweet of the Day: Pat Neshek can unpack now

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Earlier this week Pat Neshek was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster by the Padres … or so he thought:

  21. GM doesn’t expect to trade Wandy Rodriguez to Rockies

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Tomorrow afternoon is the deadline for the Rockies to work out a trade for Wandy Rodriguez after claiming him off waivers, but Astros general manager Ed Wade told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he doesn’t expect a deal to happen: I can’t make predictions. I don’t predict what could happen, but my gut tells me…

  22. Kerry Wood wants to stay with the Cubs in 2012

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Kerry Wood took less money to sign with the Cubs as a free agent this offseason and then turned down a chance to potentially join a contender at the trade deadline, so not surprisingly he’s also interested in re-signing for 2012. Wood will be a free agent this offseason and should draw plenty of interest…

  23. Brewers left-hander Manny Parra to undergo elbow surgery

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Manny Parra, Miguel Tejada

    Manny Parra has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and back problems, and now the Brewers left-hander is headed for surgery to replace a screw that has been in his elbow. Parra initially had the screw inserted to fix a stress fracture when he was a teenager, so considering he went on…

  24. Rockies call up Kevin Kouzmanoff after yesterday’s trade

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Colorado traded for Kevin Kouzmanoff yesterday and the initial reports had the Rockies assigning the veteran third baseman to Triple-A, where the A’s kept him stashed for the past several months, but less than 24 hours later they’ve decided to call him up. Kouzmanoff will get a chance to play regularly at third base, where…

  25. Giants claim Padres closer Heath Bell off revocable waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Giants claimed Heath Bell off waivers, meaning they’re now the only team eligible to trade for the Padres closer. Brian Wilson‘s elbow problems may have played a factor in the Giants’ decision to claim Bell, although because the Padres obviously weren’t going to simply give him away for…

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