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  1. Report: Jose Tabata and Pirates agree to six-year contract

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Pirates are close to signing outfielder Jose Tabata to a six-year contract. Tabata, who just returned from the disabled list Tuesday after missing six weeks with a quadriceps injury, won’t be arbitration eligible for the first time until 2014. Presumably the six-year deal would include a team…

  2. Jim Thome putting up historic production for a 40-year-old

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome ruined the Twins’ plans to have him reach 600 career home runs at Target Field by being too damn good, hitting his 599th and 600th homers Monday night in Detroit and then delivering No. 601 against the Tigers two nights later. Thome has been deserving of the Hall of Fame for years already,…

  3. Pat Gillick “doubtful” to be interested in Cubs’ GM job

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Pat Gillick

    Last month there was speculation regarding Pat Gillick talking to the Cubs about a job in the front office, but now that the general manager spot is open Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Gillick won’t be replacing Jim Hendry. According to Rosenthal “it’s doubtful that he would even consider the Cubs” because Gillick “is…

  4. Pirates and Nationals lead 2007-2011 draft spending at $52 million and $51 million

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

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    Jim Callis of Baseball America crunched the numbers for the past five drafts and reports that the Pirates led all MLB teams in spending by handing out $52 million in total signing bonuses. Much of that has to do with having the No. 1 pick once, the No. 2 pick twice, and the No. 4…

  5. Chris Davis chooses rehab over shoulder surgery for now

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Chris Davis met with Dr. James Andrews yesterday and has decided to continue rehabbing his partially torn right shoulder rather than undergo surgery. Davis was acquired from the Rangers in the Koji Uehara trade last month, but went just 9-for-40 (.225) with 14 strikeouts in 10 games before being shut down on August 14. He…

  6. Marlins reliever Randy Choate shut down with elbow injury

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    Randy Choate has done his usual solid work as the Marlins’ left-handed specialist, posting a 1.82 ERA while holding left-handed hitters to a .145 batting average, but it sounds like the 35-year-old reliever won’t pitch again this season. Choate, who logged a grand total of just 25 innings in 54 appearances because of his specialist…

  7. A.J. Pierzynski cleared to resume baseball activities

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    It sounds like the first disabled list stint of A.J. Pierzynski‘s career won’t be a long one. Pierzynski got a second opinion on his fractured wrist yesterday and has been cleared to resume baseball activities just three days after being placed on the DL. Despite the “fracture” description Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago writes that…

  8. “Growing sense in Marlins clubhouse” that Hanley Ramirez won’t play again this season

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez is eligible to return from the disabled list two weeks after spraining his left shoulder, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes that “there’s a growing sense in the Marlins clubhouse” that he’ll miss the remainder of the season. No one has ruled out Ramirez returning and manager Jack McKeon spoke…

  9. Cole Hamels is “progressing really well” and “on course” to start next week

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start this week because of shoulder inflammation, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he remains on course to rejoin the rotation next week.” Hamels will have to throw a problem-free bullpen session first, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. noted that “he’s been progressing really well.” Hamels…

  10. Brian Wilson likely unavailable all weekend with sore elbow

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson was unavailable yesterday for the second straight game because of elbow inflammation and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants’ closer is unlikely to pitch again before Monday. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Wilson has avoided the disabled list so far and Dr. James…

  11. Post-concussion symptoms send Denard Span back to DL

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

    Denard Span

    Denard Span returned from the disabled list two weeks ago despite admitted that he wasn’t fully recovered from a June 3 concussion, suggesting that after two months on the sidelines he felt like it was time to try to push through the symptoms. That has proven to be a big mistake, as Span went 2-for-35…

  12. Joe Mauer forced to play right field for short-handed Twins

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:07 PM EST

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    Michael Cuddyer, Denard Span, and Matt Tolbert are injured, Jason Kubel is away from the team for a family emergency, and call-up Luke Hughes missed his flight to Target Field, so manager Ron Gardenhire had to improvise tonight’s Twins lineup and the result is Joe Mauer making his professional debut in right field. Prior to…

  13. MLB reduces Shane Victorino’s suspension to two games, beginning tonight

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    Shane Victorino‘s three-game suspension from the Phillies-Giants scuffle on August 6 has been reduced to two games after the center fielder appealed to MLB. He’ll begin serving the reduced suspension tonight against the Diamondbacks and will also sit out tomorrow night’s game against the Nationals. Victorino was the only player who received a suspension, with…

  14. Rays to activate catcher John Jaso from disabled list Friday

    Aug 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Tampa Bay has today off and they’ll have John Jaso back in the lineup when they return to action tomorrow, as Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the catcher will come off the disabled list. Jaso has been out since July 9 with an oblique injury, leaving Kelly Shoppach and rookie Robinson…

  15. Red Sox to put Kevin Youkilis on DL, call up Ryan Lavarnway

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Boston’s league-leading offense will be short-handed for a while, as Kevin Youkilis has joined David Ortiz on the sidelines. Ortiz remains on the active roster for now despite a heel injury, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are expected to place Youkilis on the disabled list due to back…

  16. Jose Tabata wants to honor Roberto Clemente by wearing his retired number for one game

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

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    Now that he’s back from a two-month stint on the disabled list Jose Tabata told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that his “dream” is to play right field at PNC Park while wearing Roberto Clemente’s retired No. 21 for one game. No player has worn that number for the Pirates since the Hall…

  17. Mets won’t be trading Jason Isringhausen or Scott Hairston

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Now that the Mets are transitioning to Bobby Parnell as their primary closer trading 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen for a prospect might make sense, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that won’t be happening. According to Rubin the Mets placed Isringhausen on waivers along with fellow impending free agents Scott Hairston and Tim Byrdak,…

  18. Phillies looking for left-handed bench bat, but will Jim Thome or Jason Giambi get to them on waivers?

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    Last week the Phillies signed Jack Cust to a minor-league contract as a potential left-handed bench bat, but Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that they’re still looking to add a lefty swinging veteran for the stretch run. Jim Thome would be the most obvious solution, as he played for the Phillies from 2003…

  19. A.J. Pierzynski to see specialist for fractured wrist

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    A.J. Pierzynski

    On the disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career, A.J. Pierzynski is scheduled to visit with a specialist today to determine a recovery timetable for his fractured left wrist. Pierzynski has said that he’s aiming to come off the DL when eligible on August 28 and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune…

  20. Logan Morrison injures groin in second game at Triple-A

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Logan Morrison ultimately decided not to file a grievance against the Marlins following his shocking demotion to Triple-A last week, which is probably the right move given that the grievance wouldn’t have gone anywhere and would have further angered a bunch of people in the process. Instead he simply reported to Triple-A, where he went…

  21. Hideki Irabu’s cause of death ruled as “self-inflicted with rope”

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Hideki Irabu

    Hideki Irabu’s death last month was confirmed as a suicide and today the Los Angeles department of public health released his death certificate, which lists “self-inflicted with rope” as the official cause of death. Irabu, who was 42 years old and married with two children, passed away on July 27 at his home in Los…

  22. Indians teammates ponied up $35,000 so Jack Hannahan could be at son’s birth

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a great story about Indians utility man Jack Hannahan. Two weeks ago Hannahan’s wife went into labor with the couple’s first child nearly three months before her October 26 due date. Hannahan and Indians director of team travel Mike Seghi worked on finding a last-minute flight from…

  23. Brian Wilson has sore elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Brian Wilson

    San Francisco’s injuries keep piling up. Yesterday the Giants placed setup man Sergio Romo on the disabled list with elbow inflammation and now closer Brian Wilson is unavailable due to elbow problems of his own. For now the Giants are calling Wilson’s elbow injury inflammation as well, but Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury…

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