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  1. Dan Uggla stays hot, extends hitting streak to 25 games

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    His season totals are still incredibly ugly because that’s what happens when you take a .173 batting average into mid-July, but Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 25 games this afternoon by going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. During the 25-game streak Uggla is now 34-for-96 (.354) with 11 homers, five doubles, and 10…

  2. Mark Prior still in the minors, still injured, and still cursed

    Aug 3, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    From the Associated Press, here’s the latest in a never-ending series of injury updates on Mark Prior: Yankees right-hander Mark Prior has a bruised left forearm after being hit by a ball during batting practice. The converted reliever was hit by a liner near the wrist on his 20th pitch of a BP session today…

  3. Roy Oswalt to rejoin Phillies’ rotation Sunday versus Giants

    Aug 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    oswalt square

    Two solid rehab starts convinced the Phillies that Roy Oswalt is ready to return from a six-week back injury, so they’ll activate him from the disabled list for Sunday’s game against the Giants. Oswalt last pitched on June 23, allowing four runs in two innings, and once he was placed on the DL speculation started…

  4. Scott Rolen out 4-6 weeks following shoulder surgery

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    On the disabled list since July 22 with a left shoulder injury, Scott Rolen underwent surgery today to remove bone spur fragments and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Rolen has a long history of shoulder problems and hit just .242 with five homers and a .676 OPS in 65 games before the DL stint,…

  5. Catching-starved Pirates get Ryan Doumit back from DL

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    doumit_ryan

    Injuries to Chris Snyder, Ryan Doumit, and Jason Jaramillo left the Pirates so short on catching depth that they had to trade for 26-year-old career minor leaguer Michael McKenry and make him the starter. McKenry has predictably hit just .256 with a measly .642 OPS in 37 games, but his reign as the primary catcher…

  6. Report: Alex Rodriguez “played in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used”

    Aug 3, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    RadarOnline.com and Star magazine have published a report claiming Alex Rodriguez “played in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used.” Tabloid reports should be taken with truck fulls of salt, obviously, but the story is a follow-up to the June crackdown of a Hollywood poker game in which big names like Tobey…

  7. Happy anniversary: Carlos Santana’s knee injury, a year later

    Aug 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana

    Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the knee injury that ended Carlos Santana‘s fantastic rookie season and by coincidence the Indians are playing a series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, where the home plate collision took place. Santana hasn’t rediscovered the same success he had prior to Ryan Kalish running him over, but…

  8. Angels explain why they sent Mike Trout back to Double-A rather than Triple-A

    Aug 3, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    When the Angels optioned 19-year-old stud prospect Mike Trout to the minors earlier this week I wondered why they sent him back to Double-A, where he’d already dominated for 75 games, instead of Triple-A, where he’d yet to play. Turns out, they want him to get playoff experience. Mike Scioscia told Jordan Garretson of MLB.com…

  9. Brendan Ryan catches A’s infield napping for “infield triple”

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mariners' Ryan laughs with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    I’m worried Brendan Ryan‘s remarkable heads-up play from the A’s-Mariners game last night will get lost in the amusing tale of “Fake Ichiro” or the madness of the Brewers-Cardinals game, because it deserves plenty of attention. Ryan beat out a ground ball to shortstop for an infield single, sneakily took off for second base when…

  10. Shoulder surgery ends Dustin Moseley’s season for Padres

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Moseley_Dustin

    Awful run support caused his win-loss record to be ugly, but with a 3.30 ERA in 20 starts Dustin Moseley has been a fantastic pickup for the Padres on a one-year, $900,000 deal. Unfortunately they won’t get more than 120 innings out of him, as Moseley will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder…

  11. Report: Mariners may get Chance Ruffin from Tigers to complete Doug Fister trade

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chance Ruffin

    Last week the Mariners sent Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for Casper Wells, prospects Charlie Furbush and Francisco Martinez, and an undisclosed player to be named later. The fourth player’s identity went unannounced because he was a 2010 draft pick and thus can’t officially be traded until he’s been signed for one…

  12. Jake Arrieta likely to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Arrieta throwing

    Jake Arrieta will find out next week whether he needs season-ending surgery to remove a fibrous mass from his elbow, but even before his August 10 examination by Dr. Lewis Yocum the Orioles right-hander isn’t optimistic about avoiding going under the knife. “I don’t know if it’s 100 percent, but there’s a good chance I…

  13. Johan Santana suffers setback, will have shoulder examined

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana‘s comeback from shoulder surgery has hit a snag, with the Mets lefty complaining of soreness following his scoreless three-inning rehab start Thursday. Santana’s next scheduled rehab outing has been canceled and he’ll instead be examined by doctors later this week. Had he avoided any setbacks Santana appeared to be on track to potentially…

  14. Picture of the Day: Bryce Harper at the Hershey Factory

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    And no, that’s not a euphemism. What has one thumb and feels naked without eye-black on? This guy!

  15. Huston Street on pace to allow most homers ever by a closer

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street has been plenty effective overall this season, converting 28 of 31 save chances with a 3.75 ERA and 46/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings for the Rockies despite calling Coors Field home, but he’s on an historic pace for serving up homers. Street’s third blown save came last night when he allowed a…

  16. Jason Giambi would be fine with the Rockies trading him, but wants to come back in 2012

    Aug 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    Jason Giambi is currently on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps, but once healthy he’s a candidate to be traded to a contender in search of a left-handed bench bat before August 31. And he’d be fine with the Rockies trading him, but Giambi wants to return to Colorado in 2012 either way. “As…

  17. Rangers designate 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes for assignment

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Rhodes_Arthur

    Texas beefing up the bullpen with Mike Adams and Koji Uehara meant other relievers had to go to make room and today the Rangers designated Arthur Rhodes for assignment. Rhodes is 41 years old, so his lasting this long as an effective pitcher is pretty amazing, but his performance has definitely slipped this season. After…

  18. Mitchell Boggs will try to pitch through bulging disk in his back

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    Mitchell Boggs has already been through a lot this season, going from setup man to closer to Triple-A to setup man again, and now he’ll try to pitch the final two months with a bulging disk in his lower back. Boggs told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that doctors advised him to…

  19. Asdrubal Cabrera is the poor man’s Jose Bautista

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Asdrubal Cabrera has always been a good player because of his defense and on-base skills, but prior to this year the Indians infielder had a total of 18 homers in 387 games spread over four seasons. Last night Cabrera hit his 18th and 19th homers of the season, surpassing his career total in the 106th…

  20. So much for last year: “The honeymoon with Buck Showalter seems to be over now”

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    buck-showalter-orioles-spring

    Buck Showalter took over a dreadful 32-73 team and managed them to a 34-23 record down the stretch last season, creating some optimism among Orioles fans for the first time in a long time. So much for that. This season the Orioles have the AL’s worst record at 42-63, which is a .400 winning percentage…

  21. Marlins ace Josh Johnson still hoping to pitch again this year

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Josh Johnson still hasn’t ruled out pitching again this season despite missing the past three months with a shoulder injury that the Marlins continue to describe as merely inflammation. General manager Mike Hill told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that Johnson is “hopeful that he’ll start his throwing program this week” with an eye…

  22. Shoulder surgery ends Freddy Sanchez’s season

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    As expected, the Giants announced last night that Freddy Sanchez will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He hasn’t played since June 10, but the Giants delayed a decision on surgery because Sanchez showed that he was able to hit reasonably well through the injury. He wasn’t able to successfully…

  23. Carlos Gonzalez aiming for weekend return from disabled list

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury on July 22 and afterward reported feeling “a lot better than I expected.” Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez is scheduled to take another round of batting practice today and then…

  24. Now that’s a slump: Craig Counsell hitless in last 45 at-bats

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Craig Counsell popped out as a pinch-hitter yesterday, extending the veteran infielder’s historic slump to 0-for-45. Yes, zero hits in his last 45 at-bats. Seriously. Counsell hasn’t had a hit since going 3-for-3 on June 10 and is now just one more hitless at-bat away from tying Bill Bergen’s all-time record of 46 straight at-bats…

  25. Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie on verge of call up

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Brett Lawrie was seemingly days away from being called up in late May when a broken hand suffered at Triple-A sidelined him for two months. Now he’s back and has resumed crushing the ball, leading to speculation that the Blue Jays are once again on the verge of calling up their top prospect. When the…

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