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  1. Strasmas in September: Stephen Strasburg set to start for Nationals next Tuesday

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg will make his sixth minor-league rehab start Thursday at Double-A and assuming everything goes well he’ll come off the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ rotation on September 6. That had been the presumed return date for a while now, but manager Davey Johnson made it official by informing reporters today. Strasburg, who…

  2. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout will be on the same Arizona Fall League team

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    Bryce Harper made his unofficial pro debut in the Arizona Fall League last year and the former No. 1 overall pick will be back in the AFL again this year. Better yet he’ll be on the same Scottsdale team as Angels stud prospect Mike Trout, meaning the top two prospects in baseball will be patrolling…

  3. Indians demote Matt LaPorta to Triple-A

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Matt LaPorta, Austin Kearns

    Rosters expand from 25 to 40 tomorrow, but the Indians needed a spot for today’s starting pitcher, Jeanmar Gomez, and created one by optioning Matt LaPorta to Triple-A. LaPorta will no doubt be back in September, but he’ll have to wait at least 10 days to rejoin the team unless someone is placed on the…

  4. Mariners will limit Michael Pineda to three more starts

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Earlier today Matthew Pouliot examined Michael Pineda‘s chances of winning Rookie of the Year, but the Mariners just announced that he’ll have only three more starts in which to build his case. Pitching coach Carl Willis told 950-KJR in Seattle that Pineda is scheduled to start on September 3, September 10, and September 21. For…

  5. Tim Lincecum allowed three homers last night for the first time

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum made his 150th career start last night and lost to the Cubs, serving up three homers for the first time in five seasons. Even after the Cubs took him deep three times Lincecum still has the lowest rate of homers per nine innings among all active pitchers with at least 150 career starts:…

  6. Pirates release left-handed reliever Joe Beimel

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    As expected, Joe Beimel cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Pirates released him. Beimel hasn’t pitched well this season, but posted an ERA below 4.00 every year from 2005 to 2010 and could be a potential fit as a second left-hander in a contender’s bullpen. Pittsburgh ate the remainder of…

  7. Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew to begin rehab stints tonight

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    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

    Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew are both expected to begin brief minor-league rehab assignments tonight at Triple-A. Drew has been out since mid-July with a shoulder injury and is already eligible to come off the disabled list, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he’s unlikely to be activated until rosters expand on…

  8. Cameron Maybin undergoes MRI exam on injured wrist

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Cameron Maybin has been one of the rare bright spots for the Padres, but the center fielder injured his wrist while taking batting practice over the weekend and will undergo an MRI exam today. Previously the Padres insisted that an MRI wasn’t necessary, but Maybin has missed three straight games and told Bill Center of…

  9. Tweet of the Day: Portrait of the manager as a young man

    Aug 30, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon’s son, Joseph Maddon, tweeted an old photo of the Rays manager from back when he looked “like Wario from Mario Brothers”:

  10. Will the Nationals give Ryan Zimmerman a $150 million deal?

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Ryan Zimmerman is signed through 2013, so there’s no huge rush to work on an extension, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that his “representative has remained in constant dialogue with the Nationals for the past year.” Missing two months with a torn abdominal muscle kept talks from picking up, but Zimmerman has…

  11. James Loney is on fire ever since the Dodgers asked him to warm up as a pitcher

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    It took six months, but James Loney is finally hitting. Actually, maybe all it took was for the Dodgers to have him warm up in the bullpen as an emergency pitching option. Since that happened on August 21 he’s 18-for-35 (.514) with four homers and five doubles, which is pretty amazing considering Loney hit .254…

  12. Miguel Tejada will lay down a bunt for $6 million, but he won’t be happy about it

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    With the Giants trailing the Astros by one run in the 11th inning Sunday and a runner on first base Miguel Tejada was summoned off the bench to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Tejada successfully advanced the runner to second base, but Aaron Rowand and Mike Fontenot stranded him, the Giants eventually lost 4-3, and…

  13. Diamondbacks reliever Juan Gutierrez to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Juan Gutierrez finished last season as the Diamondbacks’ closer, but Arizona signed J.J. Putz to take that role and after battling arm problems all year Gutierrez is scheduled for Tommy John elbow surgery. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Gutierrez will go under the knife on September 6 and the usual recovery timetable…

  14. Alex Rodriguez gets MRI exam on left thumb injury, “really questionable” for Red Sox series

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are both out of the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s series finale against the Orioles, but while Jeter might be available off the bench manager Joe Girardi deemed Rodriguez “really questionable” to play in the three-game series versus the Red Sox that begins tomorrow. Rodriguez left the team in Baltimore and…

  15. Nelson Cruz out three weeks with Grade 1 hamstring strain

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: Cruz will be placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss three weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, which won’t do anything to squash the Rangers’ rumored interest in Lance Berkman. ========== Nelson Cruz exited yesterday’s game after straining his left hamstring running out a double, which is…

  16. Brennan Boesch needs thumb surgery, but Tigers hope it can wait until offseason

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch is out of the lineup today for a fifth straight game with a partially torn thumb ligament and trainer Kevin Rand admitted that he’ll need surgery eventually, but the Tigers are putting it off in the hopes he can play again this season. “It’s going to be an issue the rest of the…

  17. Jon Rauch close to returning from emergency appendectomy

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Jon Rauch is on the verge of rejoining the Blue Jays’ bullpen less than two weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Rauch has been cleared to throw a simulated game tomorrow and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday if everything goes well. What role…

  18. Details of Jered Weaver’s five-year, $85 million extension

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver, Jeff Mathis

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has the year-by-year breakdown of Jered Weaver‘s five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels: Signing bonus: $1 million 2012: $14 million 2013: $16 million 2014: $16 million 2015: $18 million 2016: $20 million As part of the contract, which bought out his final season of arbitration and first…

  19. Scott Rolen working his way back from shoulder surgery

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen has already missed five weeks following shoulder surgery that was initially expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks, but the third baseman with a lengthy history of shoulder problems said yesterday that he remains hopeful about playing again this season. Rolen spent the weekend fielding ground balls and taking swings in the batting cage,…

  20. B.J. Upton stays with Rays as deadline for deal passes

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton was reportedly claimed off revocable waivers by an undisclosed team, but it’s a moot point now because the 48-hour window for the Rays to make a deal has passed. Tampa Bay pulled him back off waivers, meaning Upton is ineligible to be traded this season. He’s under team control for next season via…

  21. Giants still think Barry Zito is “potentially useful”

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    San Francisco needed to create an opening on the 40-man roster over the weekend, but instead of simply transferring Barry Zito to the 60-day disabled list the Giants designated Double-A pitcher Clayton Tanner for assignment. All of which makes Chris Haft of MLB.com speculate that the Giants “still deemed Zito, who’s recovering from a right…

  22. Nelson Cruz’s hamstring injury could motivate Rangers to pursue Lance Berkman

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    While the Rangers await word on Nelson Cruz‘s latest hamstring injury Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News speculates that Lance Berkman of the Cardinals would be “their prime target … if the Rangers do go elsewhere for help.” Berkman cleared waivers last week, so the Cardinals are free to trade the 35-year-old outfielder, and…

  23. Jose Reyes is back, but not until Game 2 of doubleheader

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes will come off the disabled list today, but not until after the Mets play Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Marlins. Reyes will remain inactive for this afternoon’s game, with Ruben Tejada starting at shortstop, but is expected to be in the lineup for Game 2 tonight. He hasn’t played since August…

  24. Stephen Strasburg’s next start is Thursday … in the minors

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg was fantastic Saturday in his fifth minor-league rehab start, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning, but the Nationals are resisting the urge to move up his return timetable. MLB rosters expand Wednesday, so the Nationals could easily call up Strasburg and essentially have him replace Jordan Zimmermann in the rotation, but…

  25. Brian Matusz rocked again as ERA rises to 9.07

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz‘s miserable season continued yesterday, as he served up three homers and allowed six runs in 5.1 innings against the Yankees, falling to 1-7 with a 9.07 ERA in nine starts. Matusz had a very promising rookie season last year and the 24-year-old left-hander looked like a big part of the Orioles’ long-term plans,…

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