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  1. Royals sticking with .184-hitting rookie Mike Moustakas

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Royals loss

    Several of the prospects called up by the Royals this season are playing well, but Mike Moustakas isn’t one of them. Moustakas has hit just .184 with one homer and a .473 OPS in 51 games since being called up in mid-June, but manager Ned Yost explained to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star…

  2. Tigers acquire outfielder Delmon Young from Twins

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    delmon-young-twins

    Rarely do teams within the same division swing trades during the season, but the Twins are all but officially out of the AL Central race and … well, they probably figure sending Delmon Young to the Tigers might actually make Detroit worse anyway. Minnesota once gave up Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett to get Young…

  3. Must-click link: Peter Bourjos is really, really good at defense

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Mark Simon has an interesting article about Peter Bourjos at ESPN Los Angeles, in which a cast of thousands break down the center fielder’s amazing defense for the Angels from a statistical and scouting point of view. Simon: Peter Bourjos has them covered It’s worth clicking, if only to see the really cool chart.

  4. Astros get 19-year-old Domingo Santana from Phillies to complete Hunter Pence trade

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    domingo santana phillies

    In trading Hunter Pence to the Phillies the Astros received prospects Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton, and Josh Zei, plus a fourth player to be named later. Today that player was revealed as 19-year-old Single-A outfielder Domingo Santana, who Baseball America ranked as the Phillies’ ninth-best prospect coming into the season. His stock may have dropped…

  5. A’s manager Bob Melvin wants Hideki Matsui back in 2012

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Hideki Matsui has recovered from a miserable first half to hit .400 with five homers and seven doubles in 27 games since the All-Star break, playing so well that manager Bob Melvin told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’d like the A’s to re-sign the 37-year-old. That is, if Melvin is back…

  6. Alex Gordon interested in contract extension with Royals

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    The American League's best left fielder?

    Alex Gordon revealed yesterday that his agent recently talked to Royals general manager Dayton Moore about a long-term contract extension. Gordon made it clear that he wants to remain with the Royals, telling Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star: Staying here? Heck, yeah. I love it here. I love the guys here. I love…

  7. Yankees or not, Jorge Posada plans to play next season

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Jorge Posada

    Jorge Posada is 39 years old and having the worst season of his career, getting benched as the Yankees’ designated hitter last week, but the five-time All-Star indicated yesterday that he plans to play in 2012. And that seemingly means putting on a different uniform for the first time in 20 years, because it’s tough…

  8. Jose Reyes won’t be ready to return from DL when eligible

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list on August 23, but yesterday manager Terry Collins indicated that the shortstop returning from his injured hamstring then is highly unlikely. Reyes was initially given a 2-3 week recovery timetable and has yet to begin baseball activities, so it’s hard to imagine him making it…

  9. Sunday worst: Rockies lose 17th straight Sunday game

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Last night’s loss to the Cardinals was the 17th straight time the Rockies have been defeated on Sunday, which is an MLB-record that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki called “mind-boggling.” Colorado actually won its first two Sunday games this season, back in April, but have dropped 17 in a row since then. Overall this season they’re 2-17…

  10. Astros catcher Jason Castro may play in Arizona Fall League after missing season

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    jason-castro-astros-injury

    Jason Castro has missed the entire season after tearing his ACL early in spring training, so the Astros may get their projected starting catcher some 2011 playing time by asking him to play in the Arizona Fall League. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Castro is eligible for the AFL despite playing 67…

  11. Rockies place Huston Street on DL, activate Jason Giambi

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street probably won’t be breaking the record for most homers allowed by a closer, but unfortunately the Rockies it’s because he was placed on the disabled list with a strained triceps muscle. To take Street’s spot on the roster the Rockies activated Jason Giambi, who’s been on the DL since July 26 with a…

  12. Alex Rodriguez unlikely to come off DL before Thursday

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    Alex Rodriguez remains on track to return from knee surgery and rejoin the Yankees next week, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s unlikely to come off the disabled list before Thursday. According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York the current plan is for Rodriguez to play minor-league games in Florida tomorrow and…

  13. Ozzie Guillen not yet ready to pinch-hit for Adam Dunn

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn‘s historic ineptitude against left-handed pitching has convinced Ozzie Guillen to frequently bench him versus southpaws, but the manager said yesterday that he’s not yet to the point of pinch-hitting for Dunn once he’s already in the lineup: I would rather put him on the bench against lefties and give him some time than…

  14. Report: Johnny Damon clears waivers, eligible to be traded

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist

    Literally hundreds of players will be placed on waivers this month and a high percentage of them will go unclaimed, making them eligible to be traded. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com Johnny Damon is one of those players, as Tampa Bay successfully passed the left fielder/designated hitter through waivers unclaimed. Stark notes that the…

  15. Former Village People lead singer planning to sue Rays

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    village people

    Victor Willis, who was the lead singer (and cop) in the Village People before leaving the group in 1984, announced yesterday that he plans to sue the Tampa Bay Rays “within the next 30 days.” Willis is upset because in promoting a Village People concert at Tropicana Field last August the Rays used some video…

  16. Brennan Boesch diagnosed with second-degree thumb sprain

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch‘s thumb injury is more serious than the Tigers initially hoped, as he was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain that will keep him out of the lineup for at least a few days. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Boesch saw a hand specialist yesterday, getting an MRI exam and X-rays, but he’ll need…

  17. Phillies sign Mariners castoff Jack Cust to minor-league deal

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Jack Cust

    Released by the Mariners last week, Jack Cust has signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. If he makes it back to the majors Cust will have gained 27 games in the standings by going from Seattle to Philadelphia, but he’d be no more than a bench bat for…

  18. Justin Morneau rejoins Twins six weeks after neck surgery

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau is back in the Twins’ lineup, coming off the disabled list slightly ahead of schedule following neck surgery six weeks ago. Morneau sped up his return timetable by going 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four doubles in seven games at Triple-A, reportedly texting various Twins decision-makers to tell them he wanted back…

  19. Former big leaguers Tony Phillips and Mike Marshall fight as Jose Canseco manages

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    grumpy old men

    When he’s not busy tweeting about his depressing love life Jose Canseco manages the Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American Baseball League, which believe it or not isn’t even close to the weirdest part of this story detailed by Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. One of the Yuma players is Tony Phillips,…

  20. Shin-Soo Choo returns ahead of schedule from broken thumb

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    Shin-Soo Choo was scheduled to come off the disabled list next week, but in a surprise move the Indians activated him today about six weeks into what was initially an 8-10 week recovery timetable for a broken left thumb. They’re obviously confident that Choo is healthy, but he certainly didn’t show it by going 0-for-6…

  21. Albert Pujols is still ALBERT PUJOLS

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Albert Pujols‘ season totals are still well below his usual standards because of his bad start, but he’s somewhat quietly been his usual dominant self and then some for the past two months. Last night Pujols went 4-for-4 against the Brewers, smacking his 28th homer to move into a tie for the NL lead with…

  22. Brian Matusz pitching his way back into the Orioles’ plans?

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Just a couple weeks ago Brian Matusz was struggling in the minors following his demotion to Triple-A and complaining publicly about the changes Baltimore pitching coaches asked him to make this season. However, yesterday Matusz threw a complete-game shutout at Triple-A and the Orioles dropped Chris Tillman from the rotation, leading Dan Connolly of the…

  23. First-place Diamondbacks match last season’s win total in dramatic comeback

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Chris Young

    Paul Goldschmidt hit just .200 with 13 strikeouts in his first 30 at-bats, but the Diamondbacks called on the rookie slugger with two outs in the ninth inning last night and he delivered a monstrous pinch-hit homer that turned a 5-3 deficit into a 5-5 tie with the Astros. An inning later Chris Young put…

  24. Cardinals sign Rangers castoff Arthur Rhodes

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Arthur Rhodes

    UPDATE: They got their man, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed Rhodes and he’ll join the bullpen tomorrow. ========== Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals “were among the teams to instantly make overtures” to Arthur Rhodes after the veteran reliever…

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