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  1. Picture of the Day: J.D. Drew, team player

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    Josh Reddick has taken J.D. Drew‘s starting job, yet when Reddick delivered the game-winning hit for the Red Sox last night the oft-maligned Drew was front and center in the celebration congratulating the rookie for beating the Yankees:

  2. Phil Hughes will be skipped in Yankees’ rotation after last night’s relief loss

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes took the loss in relief last night against the Red Sox, giving up a run in the 10th inning after manager Joe Girardi opted not to leave Mariano Rivera in the game with a pitch count of nine. Hughes threw only 13 pitches and said afterward that he’d be ready to make his…

  3. Placido Polanco to undergo MRI exam after finally revealing hip injury to Phillies

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco has played through several injuries this season with limited success, following up an excellent April by hitting just .223 with a .544 OPS in 63 games since. And now he’s headed back to Philadelphia to undergo an MRI exam on his sore left hip, which Polanco revealed yesterday had been bothering him for…

  4. Jorge Posada benched as Yankees’ regular designated hitter

    Aug 7, 2011, 10:35 PM EST

    Jorge Posada

    In a move that will lead to immediate speculation about top prospect Jesus Montero’s arrival in New York, manager Joe Girardi informed Jorge Posada prior to tonight’s game that he’ll no longer be the Yankees’ primary designated hitter. Eric Chavez got the start at DH tonight against the Red Sox, with Girardi telling reporters: “At…

  5. Angels leaning toward putting Hisanori Takahashi in rotation

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Takahashi_Hisanori

    No decision needs to be made until next week, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are leaning toward Hisanori Takahashi as the rotation replacement for demoted starter Joel Pineiro. Takahashi was a veteran starter in Japan prior to coming to MLB at age 35 last season, but he had a…

  6. Astros demote struggling starter J.A. Happ to Triple-A

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Happ_J.A.

    J.A. Happ apparently used up all his good luck with the Phillies. Happ had a 14-5 record and 3.11 ERA in 217 career innings when Philadelphia traded him to Houston in the Roy Oswalt deal last July, but since then he’s 9-18 with a 5.32 ERA in 191 innings. That includes an ugly 6.26 ERA…

  7. Chipper Jones bats fifth for Braves in first start since July 25

    Aug 6, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Chipper Jones

    Atlanta lost Jair Jurrjens to more knee problems, but at least Chipper Jones is back in the Braves’ starting lineup today for the first time since injuring his quadriceps on July 25. Jones avoided the disabled list and made four appearances as a pinch-hitter, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but he’s playing third base and…

  8. More knee problems send Jair Jurrjens back to disabled list

    Aug 6, 2011, 3:12 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens missed the end of last season following surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, which makes it doubly concerning that the Braves have placed him on the disabled list with a strain in the same knee. To replace him in the rotation the Braves called up Mike Minor, who’ll start tomorrow…

  9. Charlie Manuel says Shane Victorino had to fight “unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken”

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com got some good quotes about last night’s Phillies-Giants scuffle from Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, and manager Charlie Manuel. For starters, Manuel said that Victorino “almost has to” charge the mound when Ramon Ramirez plunked him “unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken” because “he hit Vic and then came…

  10. Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio undergoes neck surgery after being struck in head by line drive

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio

    Struck in the head by an Ian Desmond line drive last night, Colorado pitcher Juan Nicasio underwent neck surgery this morning and the Rockies issued a statement saying he’s “resting comfortably.” Desmond’s comebacker hit Nicasio on the right side of his head, instantly knocking him to the ground. He was carted off the field on…

  11. Chris Sale’s role on White Sox: Bullpen now, rotation in 2012?

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    Chris Sale throwing

    All the offseason and spring training debate about which role Chris Sale would fill for the White Sox has mostly been forgotten, as he’s remained in the bullpen all season while throwing 51 innings with a 2.81 ERA and 53/19 K/BB ratio. Not quite as unhittable as he was as a rookie, but Sale has…

  12. Aroldis Chapman’s fastball 1, Wrigley Field protective netting 0

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

    aroldis chapman netting

    Aroldis Chapman throwing a 99-mph fastball is nothing new, but that pitch sailing wide of the catcher and ripping through the protective netting behind home plate is a scary thought for the people paying big bucks for those seats. That’s exactly what happened last night at Wrigley Field, although luckily no one was sitting directly…

  13. Carlos Gonzalez set to rejoin Rockies’ lineup tonight

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Barring a last-minute setback Carlos Gonzalez is slated to be in the Rockies’ lineup tonight, returning from the disabled list a day earlier than expected after sitting out the past three weeks with a wrist injury. Gonzalez went 3-for-10 on a brief rehab assignment at Triple-A and manager Jim Tracy told Nick Kosmider of MLB.com…

  14. Red Sox expected to have Jed Lowrie back on Monday

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie has been out since mid-June with a shoulder injury, but he’s rehabbing in the minors and Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the infielder is on track to come off the disabled list Monday. Lowrie is 4-for-12 (.333) with a double and two walks through four rehab games at Triple-A, but the Red…

  15. Jered Weaver just doesn’t know how to win (or something)

    Aug 6, 2011, 10:22 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    When someone uses Jered Weaver‘s win total against him in a Cy Young debate–and it’s already happening, with plenty more to come–I hope the sane among us remember last night’s game. Weaver threw nine shutout innings, striking out eight, walking one, and allowing zero extra-base hits. And he got a no-decision. And then an inning…

  16. Ike Davis won’t return to Mets this season, may need surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Not that anyone expected any different by now, but the Mets have all but officially ruled out first baseman Ike Davis returning this season. General manager Sandy Alderson announced that Davis will remain shut down for 3-4 more weeks, at which point he’ll attempt to resume baseball activities nearly four months after suffering what was…

  17. Single + Yonder Alonso in left field = inside-the-park homer

    Aug 5, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    klutz_logo

    Yesterday we learned that the Reds are giving Yonder Alonso some ground balls at third base in their ongoing effort to find ways to get the first base prospect in the lineup alongside Joey Votto. Today we learned that, not only is he highly unlikely to ever be anything but awful defensively at third base,…

  18. Nate McLouth out six weeks following sports hernia surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:37 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Nate McLouth was placed on the disabled list last week with a lower abdominal strain, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves outfielder underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday and is expected to miss six more weeks. McLouth hasn’t ruled out playing again this season, but he’ll definitely be up against the clock and…

  19. Mark Trumbo’s power matched only by his out-making ability

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Mark Trumbo

    I was watching the Angels-Twins game last night when Minnesota television analyst Bert Blyleven advised Francisco Liriano to “throw the slider to this big donkey.” Liriano obliged and Mark Trumbo hit the ball approximately 700 feet for a three-run homer. It was Trumbo’s 21st homer, which ranks eighth in the AL and is very impressive…

  20. Carlos Lee has more career plate appearances than the rest of the Astros combined

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Carlos Lee

    The other day I wrote about how ugly the Astros’ lineup looks after trading away Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger. But as Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle points out, the lineup is incredibly inexperienced in addition to being really, really bad: Carlos Lee has 7,967 career plate appearances, or four more than…

  21. Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird downplay ‘animated argument’

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Reports surfaced last night about Cardinals teammates Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird getting into an “ugly” fight over an undisclosed issue, but everyone involved has now downplayed the incident that Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch calls an “animated argument.” According to Hummel, manager Tony La Russa held a closed-door clubhouse meeting yesterday…

  22. Twins offer Michael Cuddyer two-year, $16 million extension

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Various contending teams called Minnesota about Michael Cuddyer prior to the trade deadline, but the Twins turned down all advances and made it pretty clear that they want to re-sign the 32-year-old impending free agent. And according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune their attempt to keep Cuddyer in Minnesota began with a…

  23. Angels demote $8 million starter Joel Pineiro to the bullpen

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Yesterday’s chicken-sacrificing speculation that Joel Pineiro was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation proved accurate, as the Angels demoted the veteran starter to the bullpen after an ugly four-start stretch in which his ERA rose from 3.90 to 5.31 in just 13 innings. Mike Scioscia and company must have really been sick…

  24. Giants send Brandon Belt back to the minors … again

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt got off to a slow start with the Giants, but the 23-year-old rookie hit .324 with a 1.011 OPS in 43 games after being sent back to Triple-A and San Francisco’s starting first baseman, Aubrey Huff, is hitting .243 with a .665 OPS. You’d think that would convince the Giants to give Belt…

  25. Alex Rodriguez plays high-stakes poker, but is he any good?

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    poker_after_dark

    OK, so at this point we know that Alex Rodriguez regularly played poker, usually for a lot of money and with some shady people, but one thing I haven’t heard addressed is whether he’s actually any good. Until yesterday, that is. I was watching a recent episode of NBC’s late-night show “Poker After Dark” on…

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