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

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    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…

  2. Fractured pinkie finger sends Chase Headley to disabled list

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    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…

  3. Rangers fans are very supportive of Michael Young (and very angry at me)

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    duty_calls

    This morning I wrote a 157-word post about Michael Young reaching 2,000 career hits, saying the milestone “might be just a bit overrated” because he’s the 234th player to reach it and “no one really makes a big deal about” the 202 hitters with 250 homers or the 203 pitchers with 150 wins. While writing…

  4. Hanley Ramirez out of Marlins’ lineup for fifth straight game with shoulder injury

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    hanley getty hurt wide

    He remains on the active roster, but Hanley Ramirez is out of the Marlins’ lineup today for the fifth straight game after spraining his shoulder last week. Emilio Bonifacio is again starting at shortstop, with Greg Dobbs taking his spot at third base and Alfredo Amezaga in at second base for the injured Omar Infante.…

  5. Kevin Millwood signs with Rockies, could pitch this week

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    getty millwood trenton

    Kevin Millwood opted out of his minor-league contract with the Red Sox over the weekend and it didn’t take him long to find a new gig. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the veteran right-hander has signed with the Rockies and “there’s a chance he could start Wednesday.” Millwood last started a big-league…

  6. Giants manager Bruce Bochy and coaching staff went to hypnotherapist to stop dipping

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    no dipping

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy hasn’t used chewing tobacco since April 14, when a session with hypnotherapist Dr. AlVera Paxson apparently cured him of the longtime habit, according to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press. Bochy visited Paxson after bullpen catcher Bill Hayes and equipment manager Mike Murphy stopped dipping following sessions of their own. Hayes…

  7. Rangers release veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

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    As expected, Arthur Rhodes passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week and the Rangers have released the 41-year-old reliever. Rhodes will likely find a new home because he can still be reasonably effective when spotted against left-handed hitters, but none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with the…

  8. Jose Reyes placed on DL, “very likely” to miss 2-3 weeks with hamstring injury

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    UPDATE: Reyes has been placed on the disabled list. ========== No official word from the Mets yet on Jose Reyes‘ hamstring injury, but general manager Sandy Alderson just said during a radio interview with WFAN in New York that the shortstop is “very likely” to miss 2-3 weeks. Reyes spent two weeks on the disabled…

  9. Joe DiMaggio to be first of four “MLB All-Star” stamps in 2012

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    joe dimaggio stamp

    Starting next year the United States Postal Service will issue “Major League Baseball All-Star” stamps honoring “four players who were perennial All-Star selections and left an indelible impression on the game.” Today they announced that Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio is the first player to be honored, with Kadir Nelson doing the artwork. I’ve…

  10. Don’t tell Michael Young, but 2,000-hit club isn’t very exclusive

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Michael Young went 2-for-4 last night to reach 2,000 career hits. That they’ve all come for the Rangers is noteworthy and getting there at age 34 means he has a shot at 3,000, but in terms of the attention being given to the actual milestone 2,000 might be just a bit overrated. Young is the…

  11. Poor attendance expected to cost Dodgers about $27 million

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times has some startling figures on how much money the Dodgers are losing because fans stopped going to games. According to Peltz “the sharp drop in attendance at Dodger Stadium this year is likely to cost the Dodgers at least $27 million in reduced ticket sales, concession, and parking…

  12. Tigers give extensions to manager Jim Leyland and general manager Dave Dombrowski

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    leyland and dombrowski tigers

    So much for Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski potentially being on the hot seat in Detroit. With the Tigers four games up in the AL Central race in search of their first division title since 1987 the team just announced contract extensions for the manager and general manager, with Leyland’s deal now going through next…

  13. David Freese cleared to return from concussion tomorrow

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    David Freese

    David Freese has been cleared to return to game action after being hit on the helmet by a pitch Thursday and is expected to be back in the Cardinals’ lineup tomorrow night, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Freese suffered a mild concussion when he was beaned by a Clay Hensley…

  14. Stephen Strasburg clocked in high-90s during first rehab start

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    In his first game action since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery 11 months ago Stephen Strasburg allowed one run in 1.2 innings at Single-A yesterday, throwing 25 of 30 pitches for strikes and striking out four of the eight batters he faced. Pitchers often need time to rediscover their peak velocity following Tommy John surgery,…

  15. Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie to ‘split’ shortstop for Red Sox

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Jed Lowrie swinging

    Jed Lowrie is set to return from the disabled list after missing six weeks with a shoulder injury, so manager Terry Francona explained that Marco Scutaro no longer has a lock on the everyday shortstop job. “Now that we will have Jed back, we can kind of split it up,” Francona told Peter Abraham of…

  16. Former Yankees batboy reveals clubhouse secrets in book

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    luis castillo book yankees

    Luis Castillo, who was a Yankees batboy from 1998 to 2005, has a new book coming out called “Clubhouse Confidential” and shared a preview with the New York Post that includes some reasonably interesting behind-the-scenes stories about Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and company. Assorted highlights from the preview: * Jeter nicknamed him “Squeegee” immediately because…

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

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    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:

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

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    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…

  20. Jorge Posada benched as Yankees’ regular designated hitter

    Aug 7, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    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…

  21. Angels leaning toward putting Hisanori Takahashi in rotation

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    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…

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