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  1. Adrian Beltre must “start over again” after hamstring setback

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Adrian Beltre was initially very optimistic about the recovery timetable for his hamstring injury, noting that he’s “a quick healer.” Unfortunately he suffered a setback while testing the injury running the bases over the weekend and that will force him “to start over again” with his recovery, according to manager Ron Washington. Washington told Louie…

  2. Joe Girardi says A.J. Burnett will remain in Yankees’ rotation

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    A.J. Burnett turned in another poor outing last night, allowing four runs in six innings against the light-hitting Angels, but afterward manager Joe Girardi wasted no time telling reporters that the struggling right-hander will remain in the Yankees’ rotation. Burnett actually held the Angels scoreless through five innings before falling apart in the sixth frame,…

  3. “Freakiest thing I’ve seen”: Chris Narveson to miss start after slicing hand with scissors

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson will miss at least one start after slicing his hand open and needing eight stitches last night in what he described as “the freakiest thing.” Narveson grabbed a pair of scissors and was altering the laces on his glove when he cut the tip of his left thumb, telling Todd Rosiak…

  4. Braves call up 20-year-old Arodys Vizcaino for bullpen help

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:53 AM EST

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Atlanta released veteran reliever Scott Proctor this morning and filled his roster spot by calling up 20-year-old phenom Arodys Vizcaino from Triple-A. Viczaino was acquired from the Yankees in the December of 2009 deal for Javier Vazquez and cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list coming into the season despite spending most of last year…

  5. Lyle Overbay released by Pirates after clearing waivers

    Aug 9, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    overbay_lyle

    Lyle Overbay predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Pirates last week and has been released, making him a free agent. Overbay was a bust on a one-year, $5 million deal, hitting just .227 with eight homers and a .649 OPS in 103 games before the Pirates decided to replace him with…

  6. After skipped start Phil Hughes will rejoin rotation Saturday

    Aug 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes was initially scheduled to start tonight, but Joe Girardi decided to skip his turn in the rotation after Hughes threw 13 pitches in relief Sunday night. It was an odd decision given that Hughes had turned in back-to-back strong starts, including six shutout innings his last time out, and said he’d be fine…

  7. Twins place Scott Baker on disabled list, let Kevin Slowey out of doghouse

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    Kevin Slowey

    Kevin Slowey has been in the Twins’ doghouse all season because he didn’t take well to becoming a reliever when demoted from the rotation during spring training, but after spending several months in the minors he’s back in Minnesota to replace the injured Scott Baker. As expected, Baker was placed on the disabled list with…

  8. Angels calling up prospect Garrett Richards to take over Joel Pineiro’s rotation spot

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

    Angels Reds Spring Baseball

    Garrett Richards, not Hisanori Takahashi, will take over for the struggling Joel Pineiro in the Angels’ rotation, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com. Reports over the weekend suggested the Angels weren’t all that enthused about any of their potential replacements for Pineiro, pondering various call-ups in addition to moving Takahashi from the bullpen to the…

  9. Tommy Hanson to miss Friday start, but avoid disabled list

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson‘s struggles since the All-Star break and diminished velocity have convinced the Braves to scratch him from Friday’s scheduled start, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’ll avoid the disabled list for now. Hanson declined to discuss whether he’s been pitching through any arm problems while posting an 8.10 ERA since the All-Star…

  10. Blue Jays call up 21-year-old prospect Henderson Alvarez from Double-A

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Blue Jays catcher Molina talks with pitcher Alvarez during their Grapefruit League baseball game in Lakeland

    Henderson Alvarez began this season at Single-A, but 16 starts later the 21-year-old right-hander is in the majors after the Blue Jays called him up today. Alvarez is stepping into the rotation spot that belonged to Carlos Villanueva, who’s on the disabled list with a strained forearm, and will make his big-league debut tomorrow at…

  11. Ralph Kiner has the right idea about closers and saves

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    ralph kiner

    Allen Barra of the Village Voice quotes 88-year-old Hall of Famer and part-time Mets announcer Ralph Kiner on the evolution of the closer role and the modern manager’s obsession with saves: One of the worst things they ever did to relief pitching was invent the “save” category. If they hadn’t done that, managers would bring…

  12. Lenny Dykstra looks good in orange

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:02 PM EST

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears Los Angeles Superior court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Lenny Dykstra was back in court yesterday, wearing an orange jump suit and handcuffs at his arraignment hearing in California. Dykstra is charged with 25 counts including grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, filing false financial statements, and possessing a controlled substance. Dan Whitcomb of Reuters reports that he faces up to 12 years…

  13. Alex Rodriguez to meet with MLB about poker “in a few days” and “no chance he’ll be suspended”

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    alex rodriguez poker

    As promised, MLB soon will meet with Alex Rodriguez to discuss his involvement in high-stakes poker games, according to the New York Daily News. The newspaper reports that the meeting will take place “in a few days” at MLB’s offices in New York, but commissioner Bud Selig likely won’t be there and the talks aren’t…

  14. Stat of the Day: OPS leaders since the All-Star break

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    napoli homer

    The overall OPS leaderboard is filled with familiar names as Jose Bautista, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera hold the top five spots, but the OPS leaderboard since the All-Star break has a few more surprises …

  15. Twins approached Jason Kubel about contract extension

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    kubel getty wide

    Last week Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins offered impending free agent Michael Cuddyer a two-year, $16 million extension that he predictably turned down and now he says they “also spoke to Jason Kubel.” Kubel is also an impending free agent and has expressed a desire to remain in Minnesota,…

  16. Adam Dunn plans to change offseason routine “to not let this happen again”

    Aug 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn famously doesn’t swing a bat during the offseason and that approach has certainly worked for a long time, as he came into this season with an OPS above .800 in each of his first 10 years. However, with Dunn going through an epic collapse that includes a .165 batting average and league-leading 143…

  17. Brian McCann hoping to come off DL when eligible Friday

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    Brian McCann

    Oblique strains tend to sideline players for longer than the minimum 15-day stay on the disabled list, but Brian McCann is pleased enough with how his recovery has gone to think returning when eligible Friday is possible. McCann took batting practice yesterday for the first time since suffering the injury on July 26 and told…

  18. Ongoing elbow problems may shut down Scott Baker

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Scott Baker

    Scott Baker had elbow surgery shortly after the end of last season, spent time on the disabled list in July, and has been very successfully pitching through various levels of discomfort for much of this year, but it sounds like the pain may finally be too much. Baker allowed five runs in six innings against…

  19. Ramon Ramirez on fine: “I was waiting for a suspension”

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Phillies Giants Baseball

    Ramon Ramirez expected to receive a harsher punishment for his part in Friday night’s Giants-Phillies scuffle, calling his undisclosed fine “a surprise” because “I was waiting for a suspension.” Instead the only player suspended by MLB was Shane Victorino, who’s appealing his three-game punishment that the commissioner’s office termed “aggressive actions [that] prolonged the bench-clearing…

  20. Kevin Millwood leaves Red Sox and joins Rockies’ rotation for Wednesday start

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    As rumored yesterday, Kevin Millwood will start for Colorado on Wednesday after opting out of his minor-league deal with the Red Sox to sign with the Rockies. Millwood went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA for the Orioles last season and didn’t pitch particularly well for the Yankees and Red Sox at Triple-A this year, but…

  21. Bryan Stow shows progress, moving limbs on command

    Aug 8, 2011, 7:12 PM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    Bryan Stow’s family passed along some good news on the Giants fan who’s been hospitalized since a brutal beating at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, posting the following statement on their official website: Yesterday we got the most response from Bry to date. He lifted his left leg slightly when asked, he raised his left…

  22. Bobby Jenks undergoes colonoscopy after being hospitalized for “intestinal turmoil”

    Aug 8, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Bobby Jenks

    Already on the disabled list with a back injury, Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks was hospitalized over the weekend with what manager Terry Francona described as “intestinal turmoil.” According to Francona “he got really sick, I mean, really sick” and “they ended up having to keep him in the hospital for three days.” Brian MacPherson…

  23. Phillies-Giants scuffle leads to three-game suspension for Shane Victorino, fines for others

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    The disciplinary fallout from the Phillies-Giants scuffle Friday night is pretty minor, with Shane Victorino receiving a three-game suspension and no other players from either team getting more than undisclosed fines. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Victorino will appeal his suspension, which stems from what MLB described as “aggressive actions that prolonged the bench-clearing…

  24. Yankees are third team in six weeks to release J.C. Romero

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Romero

    J.C. Romero has been very busy changing teams and signing contracts lately. He was released by the Phillies on June 24, signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals on June 29, got released by Washington on July 14, inked another minor-league contract with the Yankees that same day, and has now been released by the…

  25. Fractured pinkie finger sends Chase Headley to disabled list

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:58 PM EST

    headley getty

    Chase Headley played the final eight innings of Saturday’s game with what turned out to be a fractured pinkie finger on his left hand, but he was out of the lineup yesterday and has now been placed on the disabled list. Headley hasn’t hit for much power this season, but he was by far the…

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