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Aaron Gleeman

  1. C.J. Wilson's transition from bullpen to rotation has been huge for the Rangers

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    After four years spent exclusively as a reliever C.J. Wilson convinced the Rangers to give him the chance to claim a rotation spot this spring and five months later he’s been one of the best starting pitchers in the American League. Wilson shut out the Royals for 7.2 innings yesterday, improving to 14-5 with a…

  2. Must-click link: Jerry Crasnick on concussions in baseball

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is one of my favorite national writers and the effects of concussions in baseball is something that warrants a lot more attention that it’s gotten thus far, so his lengthy article today about Justin Morneau, Jason Bay, Corey Koskie, and the great unknown of concussions is absolutely a must-read: Jerry Crasnick:…

  3. X-ray technician picks bad time to joke with Gordon Beckham

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham has been diagnosed with merely a bruise despite leaving last night’s game after taking a Frank Hermann fastball off the right hand, but not before the X-ray technician initially told him it was broken. Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune described the scene: Beckham didn’t think his hand was broken, but he was…

  4. Washington Post columnist defends Rob Dibble using the Howard Stern argument

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Washington Post columnist Leonard Shapiro wrote about Rob Dibble today and more or less agreed that he’s a poor announcer and deserves criticism for his recent remarks about female baseball fans and Stephen Strasburg. Despite that Shapiro also argues that Dibble shouldn’t be fired because … well, I’ll let you read his words for yourself:…

  5. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller being treated for leukemia

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Indians great Bob Feller is being treated for acute myeloid leukemia, and the 91-year-old Hall of Famer spoke to Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer about his diagnosis: My white blood cells weren’t doing their job. I got two quarts of blood right away. They pumped it in as fast as they could. The…

  6. Derek Lowe will throw to test injury he won't admit to having

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe still hasn’t actually admitted to having an injury, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he “had ice wrapped around his right elbow” in the clubhouse yesterday and is scheduled to “test” the not-yet-admitted-to injury by throwing today. Lowe repeatedly shook his right arm between pitches during Sunday’s season-worst start against the Marlins,…

  7. Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Numerous minor leaguers have been suspended for PED usage this year, but Paulino and Edinson Volquez are the only major leaguers to get the 50-game ban. Last season Manny Ramirez…

  8. Finishing "a triple short of the cycle" is really not a big deal

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer remained red hot last night, going 4-for-5 with a homer and a double as the Twins extended their AL Central lead to five games, and afterward various reports about the game noted how the reigning MVP finished “a triple short of the cycle.” That phrase appears constantly in game stories throughout every season…

  9. Diamondbacks overrated Joe Saunders by focusing on his inflated winning percentage

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Last night in my instant analysis of the Dan Haren trade I suggested that the Diamondbacks were overrating Joe Saunders by focusing on his win-loss record instead of his ERA, secondary numbers, and raw stuff. Sure enough, interim general manager Jerry Dipoto basically confirmed that in his press conference announcing the deal: We achieved by…

  10. Angels' trade for Alberto Callaspo makes Brandon Wood the odd man out, even if GM won't admit it

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times described Angels general manager Tony Reagins as “defiant” when asked if yesterday’s trade for Alberto Callaspo will equal less of an opportunity for Brandon Wood. It doesn’t affect Brandon’s future in any way. It doesn’t. We’re not thinking down that path right now. We’re not going to make…

  11. "American Idle" no more: Carl Pavano is thriving in Minnesota

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano became a punchline during his time in New York because of injuries and an overall lack of durability, but he’s healthy now and has been one of the league’s biggest workhorses this season. Pavano shut out the Orioles last night for his second straight complete game and fourth complete game in his last…

  12. Carlos Zambrano throws scoreless inning at Triple-A … with some help

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano threw a scoreless seventh inning last night in his first appearance at Triple-A, although Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune notes that he “did allow a pair of singles and also was saved a run by a spectacular back-against-the-wall catch by center fielder Sam Fuld.” Zambrano threw 10 of 15 pitches for…

  13. Brian Roberts is back after 10 weeks on the disabled list

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts hasn’t played since early April because of an abdominal injury followed by a back injury followed by numerous setbacks, but he’s finally healthy enough to return from the disabled list today. Obviously the Orioles were going to struggle this year with or without him, but losing Roberts for half the season has played…

  14. Mike Lowell to make decision about retirement in September

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    While on a rehab assignment at Triple-A yesterday Mike Lowell told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he “will let you know in September” whether he plans to retire after the season. Lowell recently spent some time away from baseball at home in Miami and said the experience was “a nice glimpse of what it would…

  15. Video: Orioles security is even worse than the Orioles

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Last night during the Orioles-Twins game at Camden Yards in Baltimore a young fan ran onto the field and … well, basically did whatever the hell he wanted. After taking several laps around the field the guy hopped back into the stands, went up a few steps, decided to hop back onto the field, and…

  16. Omar Minaya on Jerry Manuel: "He's our manager and I see him being our manager"

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Responding to recent articles suggesting Jerry Manuel is on the hot seat, general manager Omar Minaya gave the Mets’ manager a vote of confidence yesterday: He’s our manager and I see him being our manager. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com called that “an unequivocal vote of confidence” as opposed to the usual “dreaded vote of confidence,”…

  17. Diamondbacks sound like a team planning to trade Dan Haren

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Most of the reports surrounding Dan Haren’s availability have focused on the Diamondbacks’ public stance that they’ll only trade the ace right-hander if they get an “A-plus deal” in return. That’s a smart approach for them to take because Haren is a) one of the more underrated No. 1 starters in baseball, b) signed for…

  18. Brewers starters are first since 1937 to allow double-digit runs three times in four games

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Last night Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf allowed a career-high 12 runs against the Pirates, which is doubly amazing because Pittsburgh has scored the fewest runs in the entire league this season. Also amazing is that Wolf is the third Brewers pitcher to allow double-digit runs in a start this week. Seriously. He allowed 12 runs…

  19. Astros reportedly reluctant to trade starter Brett Myers

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    While the focus has understandably been on Roy Oswalt, his rotation-mate Brett Myers is another good starting pitcher likely to be targeted by contenders before the trade deadline. Last night he tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Cubs, marking the 20th time in 20 starts this season that Myers has logged at least…

  20. Scott Podsednik wants to stay in Kansas City, where the local writers call him "a winner" no matter what

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Scott Podsednik said yesterday that he’d like to re-sign with the Royals “because we’re moving in the right direction” and “I like the challenge that’s presented here in terms of getting things turned around.” That’s admirable, I suppose, but a big part of the Royals actually “getting things turned around” will be ridding themselves of…

  21. After missing All-Star game, Yovani Gallardo returns from DL

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo’s strained oblique muscle forced him to miss the All-Star game and two turns in the rotation, but the Brewers’ ace has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against the Pirates. Milwaukee sent Lorenzo Cain back to Triple-A to make room for Gallardo on the roster. Cain went 3-for-5 with…

  22. Reds sign Jason Isringhausen to minor-league contract

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    After throwing for the Reds earlier this week Jason Isringhausen was quickly offered a minor-league contract by general manager Walt Jocketty and today he accepted the deal. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Isringhausen will be assigned to Triple-A and “will take at least a couple of weeks to get ready” for a…

  23. Stephen Strasburg will beat you and yell stuff at your fans

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg beat the Reds last night to improve to 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts and Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com notes that the 22-year-old rookie also fired back at some of the hecklers in Cincinnati as he walked off the mound: All you need to know about the fire of the competitor…

  24. Mets manager Jerry Manuel is back on the hot seat again

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post has a lengthy column today entitled “Manuel’s job in jeopardy” and says “this looks to be the point of no return” for Jerry Manuel as Mets manager. Here’s more: The other day in San Francisco at AT&T Park the interview area for manager Jerry Manuel was moved to…

  25. Indians rookie catcher Carlos Santana is really, really good

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana’s promotion to Cleveland kind of got lost in the call-up shuffle last month as Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton dominated the hype and headlines, but the switch-hitting catcher has been fantastic and the Indians are quietly playing much better since his arrival. Prior to calling up Santana the Indians were 23-36, but they’ve…

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