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  1. Athletics place Bartolo Colon on 15-day disabled list

    Aug 17, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    The Athletics have placed starter Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The right-hander apparently suffered the injury while doing flat ground work yesterday. Left-hander Tommy Milone will start in his place tomorrow against the Indians. As a result of Colon’s injury,…

  2. On the heels of the Miguel Tejada suspension, Mike Pelfrey discusses benefits of Adderall use

    Aug 17, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Washington Nationals

    Miguel Tejada received a 105-game suspension from Major League baseball after testing positive for amphetamines for a second and third time this year. The suspension would run through the first 65 games of the 2014 season, which may simply push the 39-year-old Tejada into retirement instead. On the heels of that news, Twins starter Mike…

  3. Starlin Castro pulled after his mental error allows a run to score

    Aug 17, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum decided to remove shortstop Starlin Castro from the game after he forgot the number of outs in the top of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Matt Carpenter hit a lazy fly ball to shallow left field where Castro ran it down. As he casually slowed down,…

  4. Bryce Harper scratched with a bruised arm

    Aug 17, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Getty

    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was hit twice by Braves pitchers last night, the second of which, thrown by reliever Luis Avilan, garnered a standing ovation from the home crowd in Atlanta. Braves pitchers have been at fault three of the four times Harper has been hit by a pitch this year. Recall that the benches cleared…

  5. The Braves are seeking a second baseman on waivers

    Aug 16, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla AP

    Having lost Dan Uggla to eye surgery and Tyler Pastornicky to a torn ACL, the Braves are now prowling the waiver wire for a second baseman as they prepare for the post-season. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted this earlier: #Braves Wren said they’ll look for possible trade for INF, doesn’t know if will…

  6. Mark Reynolds homers in debut, Alfonso Soriano stays red hot as Yankees win

    Aug 16, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    In the lineup at first base in his first game as a Yankee, Mark Reynolds made it count. Reynolds blasted a two-run home run to left field off of Felix Doubront in the second inning, bolstering the Yankee lead to 3-0. Meanwhile, outfielder Alfonso Soriano continued to stay red hot. The former Cub entered the…

  7. Albert Pujols still hopes to return before the end of the season

    Aug 16, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has been out since July 27 with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was expected to miss the rest of the 2013 season, but after removing his walking boot for the first time in three weeks, he feels hopeful about returning before the season is up,…

  8. Report: Ryan Braun is ready to come clean

    Aug 16, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    braun wide getty

    Friends of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun spoke to USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity. They said that Braun will soon come clean about everything and apologize to those who got hurt along the way. From Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY: Braun, according to his friends, is ready to soon admit that he used performance-enhancing…

  9. The Mets are promoting catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud

    Aug 16, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Travis d'Arnaud

    Mets catcher John Buck has left the team to be with his wife who has gone into labor, per the Mets official Twitter. As a result, manager Terry Collins has put Anthony Recker into the lineup batting seventh tonight against the Padres, and the team has recalled catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas,…

  10. John Lackey doesn’t think Alex Rodriguez should be playing baseball

    Aug 16, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    Red Sox starter John Lackey doesn’t think Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez should be allowed to play baseball while he appeals his 211-game suspension, which runs through the end of the 2014 season. Via the Boston Globe: “I’ve got a problem with it. You bet I do,” Lackey said on Thursday. “How is he still…

  11. Former Major Leaguer Chad Curtis found guilty of sexual assault

    Aug 16, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Chad Curtis

    A Barry County jury today found former Major Leaguer Chad Curtis guilty of sexually assaulting three teenage girls. John Tunison of Michigan Live reports that there were six charges of criminal sexual conduct in total, including second-, third-, and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Curtis spent ten years…

  12. Longtime friend of Ryan Braun files lawsuit for defamation

    Aug 16, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    ESPN is reporting that a longtime friend of Ryan Braun has filed a lawsuit against the Milwaukee slugger. Ralph Sasson alleges that Braun doped while playing for the University of Miami, committed academic fraud, and accepted money while a student. Sasson helped Braun successfully appeal his suspension back in 2011, when the right fielder tested…

  13. Pirates sign reliever Kyle Farnsworth to Minor League contract

    Aug 16, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    The Pirates have signed veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis, reports Rob Biertempfel. Farnsworth was released by the Rays on Monday after posting a 5.76 ERA in 29 and two-thirds innings of work. It’s a depth signing for the Pirates as they have the third-best bullpen ERA…

  14. Jose Iglesias the latest to risk sterilization while playing baseball

    Aug 16, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Jose Iglesias

    The Tigers lost to the Royals 2-1 this afternoon, but that wasn’t the most painful part of the afternoon for shortstop Jose Iglesias. In the bottom of the third inning against Royals starter Danny Duffy, Iglesias squared around to bunt in a 1-1 count. Duffy’s fastball ran a little too far inside and caught Iglesias…

  15. Zack Wheeler sets career-high with 12 strikeouts as Mets win

    Aug 16, 2013, 1:14 AM EDT

    New York Mets v San Diego Padres

    Mets rookie starter Zack Wheeler was on point tonight against the Padres, holding them to one run on seven hits and a walk over six innings. He eclipsed his previous career-best seven strikeouts, set in his Major League debut on June 18 against the Braves, getting number eight with a fourth-inning punch-out of Jedd Gyorko.…

  16. John Lannan likely headed to the disabled list

    Aug 15, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Phillies starter John Lannan will likely require a stint on the disabled list due to a recurring issue with his left knee. Lannan was only able to record four outs last night against the Braves before being lifted. He missed time earlier this season between April 18 and June 16 with a strained tendon in…

  17. The Cardinals are promoting top prospect Kolten Wong

    Aug 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Kolten Wong

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirms that the Cardinals are promoting top prospect Kolten Wong from Triple-A Memphis. He will join the team in Chicago tomorrow. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals will option Adron Chambers to Memphis. Wong was drafted by the Twins in the 16th round of the 2008 draft, but…

  18. Bud Selig calls his suspension of Alex Rodriguez “eminently fair”

    Aug 15, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    At the owner’s meetings in Cooperstown, New York, Commissioner Bud Selig defended his decision to suspend Alex Rodriguez through the 2014 season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, calling it “eminently fair”. Selig added he was “trying to be fair, trying to be logical and rational”, per ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo. As evidenced by his…

  19. Carlos Gomez exits game with right knee sprain

    Aug 15, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Seattle Mariners

    Brewers outfielder and NL MVP candidate Carlos Gomez was taken out of tonight’s game against the Reds after making a spectacular catch against the wall in center field in the top of the fourth inning. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips led off the inning by drilling a fastball to straightaway center. Gomez leaped and grabbed…

  20. Unfazed by comebacker, LaTroy Hawkins still refuses to wear a cup

    Aug 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins

    Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins took a comebacker to the manhood area last night against the Dodgers, an experience that Hawkins later said felt like getting “kicked by a mule.” The Mets, mercifully, granted Hawkins a night off after his incident, but the right-hander seems to have not learned a lesson from any of this. Hawkins…

  21. Heyman: The Yankees have signed Mark Reynolds

    Aug 15, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that former Indians corner infielder Mark Reynolds has signed a deal with the Yankees. The Indians released Reynolds on Monday as he had been slumping badly, posting a .484 OPS since the start of June. Overall, Reynolds has a .680 OPS on the season with 15 home runs. The…

  22. Hector Sanchez hits a soul-crushing home run as the Giants win

    Aug 15, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Hector Sanchez

    On the heels of a five-game winning streak, the Nationals were three outs away from reaching the .500 mark for the first time since July 19 when Rafael Soriano took the hill with a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning this afternoon against the Giants. After allowing a lead-off single to Buster Posey, Soriano got…

  23. Brandon Belt quietly finding success in 2013

    Aug 15, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    During his rapid ascent to the Majors, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was ranked as highly as the #23 overall prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2011 season.  Promoted that same year, Belt took a while to get kickstarted in the Majors. His wrist was fractured on a pitch thrown by Cardinals reliever Trever…

  24. Jason Heyward thriving in new leading role

    Aug 15, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was carrying a sub-.700 OPS near the end of July when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to move him from the #2 spot in the lineup, where he had hit for most of the season, to the lead-off spot. Despite owning baseball’s best record at 74-47, the Braves have lacked a…

  25. Chris Nelson powers Angels to victory with eighth-inning grand slam

    Aug 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Chris Nelson hit two home runs and drove in five, proving to be the difference as the Angels defeated the Yankees this afternoon. Nelson took Yankees starter Phil Hughes deep for a solo shot to right-center in the fourth inning, boosting the Angel lead to 3-1. In the eighth against lefty reliever Boone Logan with…

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