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  1. Denard Span’s mom is a great hitting coach

    Aug 25, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Outfielder Denard Span has not had a great first year with the Washington Nationals. Acquired from the Twins in the off-season for pitching prospect Alex Meyer, the Nats expected Span to be a threat on the bases and provide some occasional power. Span, however, entered this afternoon’s game against the Royals hitting .264 with just…

  2. Nomar Garciaparra thinks proven PED users should be booted from the Hall of Fame

    Aug 25, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra spoke at length with Jesse Spector of Sporting News. One of the big topics they touched on was the inclusion of players proven or implicated to have used performance-enhancing drugs getting into the Hall of Fame. Nomar thinks they should be booted out if they have been proven to…

  3. Miguel Cabrera homers again, inches closer to Triple Crown

    Aug 25, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Mets

    Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera homered again as he continues to inch closer to the AL home run lead, and subsequently another Triple Crown. The homer, a two-run shot off of Mets starter Dillon Gee in the first inning this afternoon, marked #42 on the season, leaving him four shy of Orioles first baseman Chris…

  4. Plays of the Day: Roger Bernadina makes a pair of nifty grabs in Phillies victory

    Aug 25, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Roger Bernadina

    Roger Bernadina was very supportive of his pitching staff today, making a pair of impressive catches to help keep the Diamondback offense at bay. The athleticism is made all the more impressive considering that this afternoon’s game started just 11 hours after last night’s knock-down, drag-out, 18-inning affair ended. The first great grab occurred In…

  5. Mets ponder ways to limit Matt Harvey’s workload

    Aug 25, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    harvey getty

    Matt Harvey has already logged 178.1 innings of work this season and he is on track to make another seven starts on his current schedule. The Mets, however, have made it abundantly clear throughout this season that they will attempt to limit his workload as the end of the season draws near. Josh Vitale of…

  6. White Sox bench coach Mark Parent was ejected while exchanging lineup cards

    Aug 25, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Mark Parent

    Strange happenings in baseball, indeed. Mark Parent, currently in his second year as bench coach under manager Robin Ventura, was ejected by crew chief Jerry Layne while he was exchanging lineup cards prior to the start of this afternoon’s series finale with the Rangers. Video showed Parent saying something to Layne, but it is not…

  7. Phillies shut down Jonathan Pettibone for another three to six weeks

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Detroit Tigers

    The Phillies have shut down rookie starter Jonathan Pettibone for another three to six weeks, reports CSN Philly’s John Finger. The right-hander hasn’t started since the end of July due to a strained right shoulder. A recent MRI revealed inflammation in his right rotator cuff, but thankfully there is no structural damage. He will receive…

  8. J.J. Putz lands on disabled list with dislocated pinky finger

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    J.J. Putz Getty

    Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz stuck out his pitching hand in an attempt to field Phillies utility infielder Kevin Frandsen‘s grounder in the bottom of the seventh inning tonight. The ball ricoheted off of Putz’s hand to shortstop Cliff Pennington, who threw to first to retire Frandsen and end the inning. Putz retired the side in…

  9. Phillies walk off for the third consecutive game

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies, perhaps coincidentally, have started to play better since firing long-time manager Charlie Manuel and replacing him with Ryne Sandberg. With tonight’s walk-off victory, their third consecutive walk-off, they have won five of their last six games. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Phillies victimized Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, who we later found out was…

  10. Yankees could activate Derek Jeter on Monday

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    The Yankees could activate shortstop Derek Jeter from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, reports MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. The 39-year-old has been on the disabled list since August 3 with a strained right groin, his third stint on the DL this year already. Jeter missed the first 91 games of the season recovering from the…

  11. Daisuke Matsuzaka roughed up by Tigers in Mets debut

    Aug 23, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    The Indians released Japanese right-handed starter Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday after he posted a 3.92 ERA in 103.1 innings with Triple-A Columbus. The Mets signed him yesterday and immediately inserted him into the rotation to make his debut in Queens against the heavy-hitting Tigers, his first Major League appearance since October 3, 2012. The Tigers…

  12. Report: Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols nearly came to blows last summer

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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    It seems that any Angels-related news that doesn’t involve Mike Trout is bad news, these days. We learned earlier that general manager Jerry DiPoto and manager Mike Scioscia will not be able to coexist in the Angels organization after the season. Now, via Scott Miller of CBS Sports, it appears that outfielder Torii Hunter had…

  13. David Ortiz doesn’t think Ryan Dempster should have thrown at Alex Rodriguez

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    On August 18, a Sunday night game nationally broadcast on ESPN, Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster attempted to hit Yankees third baseman and embattled drama magnet Alex Rodriguez with a series of fastballs. On the first pitch, the right-hander threw it behind the slugger’s legs, the next two pitches weren’t inside enough, and the fourth…

  14. Rockies place closer Rafael Betancourt on the DL again

    Aug 23, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    After blowing two consecutive saves in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday, the Rockies have placed closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow, reports MLB.com’s Michael Radano. He will undergo an MRI on Monday which the club hopes assuages their fear he has torn his ulnar ligament. On Wednesday, Betancourt…

  15. Matt Cain lands on disabled list for the first time in his career

    Aug 23, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Matt Cain Getty

    The Giants have placed starter Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list after being hit by a Gaby Sanchez line drive in the fourth inning of yesterday’s start against the Pirates. X-rays showed Cain did not suffer a fracture. In his place, the Giants have called up Yusmeiro Petit and he will likely make at…

  16. Mets plan to give Travis d’Arnaud significant playing time for remainder of the season

    Aug 18, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

    New York Mets v San Diego Padres

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Mets plan to give rookie catcher Travis d’Arnaud significant playing time even when John Buck returns from paternity leave. He went 0-for-2 with two walks in the series finale against the Padres this afternoon, maintaining his line on the season at .000/.500/.000 in eight plate appearances…

  17. Buck Showalter is in favor of baseball’s new replay system

    Aug 18, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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    Commissioner Bud Selig recently announced the proposed additions to the sport’s use of instant replay, including the implementation of a challenge system. It was panned almost universally by pundits and fans, and even a majority of managers aren’t looking forward to it. Orioles manager Buck Showalter, however, is not among them. CSN Baltimore’s Rich Dubroff’s…

  18. Bryce Harper on Braves fans: “I live for the booing”

    Aug 18, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper, the victim of two misplaced baseballs on Friday, was booed lustily before every at-bat throughout the Nationals’ three-game set in Atlanta this weekend. Harper reached base in four of five plate appearances on Friday, went 0-for-2 after entering the game in the ninth inning in last night’s 15-inning affair, and went 2-for-4 in…

  19. Ryan Dempster hits Alex Rodriguez with a fastball, umpire ejects Joe Girardi

    Aug 18, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Red Sox's Dempster throws against the Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    After the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, third baseman Alex Rodriguez led off the top of the second inning for the Yankees. Sox starter Ryan Dempster‘s first pitch to Rodriguez was a fastball that went behind him towards his legs. Dempster’s next two pitches were waist-high inside,…

  20. Brian Cashman is “not comfortable anymore” talking to Alex Rodriguez

    Aug 18, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger that he is “not comfortable anymore” talking to Alex Rodriguez given the litigious nature of the third baseman’s interactions with the club lately. Rodriguez’s lawyers recently filed a grievance over the team’s medical treatment of Rodriguez dating back to the post-season last year. Cashman…

  21. Chris Davis keeps pace with Miguel Cabrera, hits 45th homer in Orioles win

    Aug 18, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Miguel Cabrera went deep for home run #40 this afternoon, creeping closer and closer to the Major League lead in his quest to obtain a second consecutive Triple Crown. Current leader Chris Davis, though, blasted his 45th home run of the season to keep pace, a two-run blast in the eighth inning against Rockies reliever…

  22. Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers file grievance over Yankees’ medical treatment

    Aug 18, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    The lawyers of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez have contacted the Major League Baseball Players Association to begin a grievance process over claims the Yankees mishandled Rodriguez’s medical treatment dating back to last October, according to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. Rodriguez’s lawyers accuse the Yankees of putting Rodriguez in the field despite his bad hip, and…

  23. Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak snapped on pair of Hanley Ramirez errors

    Aug 18, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Dodgers

    When the Dodgers entered Philadelphia to open up a three-game set against the Phillies, the two teams were on wildly divergent paths. The Phillies had lost 19 of 24 games since the All-Star break while the Dodgers had won 23 of 26. In the first two games of the Phillies, they did exactly as they…

  24. Video: Watch former Major Leaguer Doug Mientzkiewicz get involved in a Minor League brawl

    Aug 18, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    doug mientkiewicz twins

    Brandon Warne of Minnesota’s 1500 ESPN describes a Minor League brawl that involved managers of both teams, including former Major Leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz: Details are still hazy, but from initial reports it sounds as though there was a throwdown between High-A Fort Myers Miracle manager Doug Mientkiewicz, and Bradenton Marauders manager Frank Kremblas on Saturday…

  25. Miguel Cabrera blasts walk-off home run as Tigers defeat the Royals

    Aug 17, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    It was, as baseball endings go, about as predictable as they come. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera led off the bottom of the ninth with the game tied 5-5. He was 1-for-4 to that point with an RBI single. Entering the night with a .450 on-base percentage, simply reaching with a single or a walk…

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