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  1. Should the Phillies fire Charlie Manuel now?

    Aug 11, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer suggests that the Phillies should do right by Charlie Manuel and remove the uncertainty about his future by letting him go before the season is over. Brookover writes: Anything other than a harmonious conclusion would be sad and shameful, because the Phillies have meant so much to Manuel and…

  2. Stephen Strasburg dominates Phillies for first career shutout

    Aug 11, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Starter Stephen Strasburg shut the Phillies out over nine innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out ten with 99 pitches as the Nationals wrapped up a series sweep at home with a 6-0 victory. Today’s performance marked the tenth time in his young career that Strasburg went into double-digits in strikeouts.…

  3. Ike Davis has been much better since his demotion

    Aug 11, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Mets first baseman Ike Davis started off the 2013 season abysmally, carrying an OPS at exactly .500 through June 9. In an attempt to turn things around, the Mets demoted Davis to Triple-A Las Vegas. Under manager Wally Backman, Davis thrived, posting a 1.091 OPS in three weeks with the 51′s. Davis came back on…

  4. Cody Ross suffered a dislocated right hip

    Aug 11, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    This is an injury report that will make you wince. Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross had to leave this afternoon’s game against the Mets after ending the first inning with a ground out to third base. He had to be carted off the field with what the team has officially reported as a dislocated hip, via…

  5. Royals acquire Jamey Carroll from Twins

    Aug 11, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Tampa Bay Rays

    Via the Royals official Twitter, the team has acquired infielder Jamey Carroll from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Carroll has been used mostly at third base by the Twins this year, but has a lot of experience at second base and shortstop as well. Carroll, now 39 years…

  6. Alex Rios goes 2-for-3 with a triple in Rangers debut

    Aug 10, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Alex Rios

    Alex Rios made quite the impression in his first game as a Ranger, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a game-tying RBI triple in the eighth inning, as the Rangers defeated the Astros 5-4. The Rangers acquired Rios yesterday for Leury Garcia, a 22-year-old infield prospect who made his Major League debut earlier this season…

  7. Marlins snap 22-inning scoreless streak with 1-0 victory over the Braves

    Aug 10, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

    Justin Ruggiano

    Before Braves reliever Jordan Walden uncorked a wild pitch with a runner on third base in the top of the ninth tonight, the Marlins hadn’t scored since the fifth inning on Thursday against the Pirates. As Adeiny Hechavarria crossed home plate on the errant pitch, he broke a scoreless tie, allowing for closer Steve Cishek…

  8. Ken Griffey, Jr. inducted into Mariners Hall of Fame

    Aug 10, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Ken Griffey Jr., Marilyn Niehaus, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, Alvin Davis

    Outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame at Safeco Field this evening, an event which preceded the team’s game against the Brewers. Griffey, often known as “Junior”, spent 13 of his 22 years in the Majors with the Mariners, hitting 417 of his 630 career home runs and helping usher…

  9. It begins: Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout, round two

    Aug 10, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Expect a lot of columns of this nature over the next few months until a winner is announced. MLB.com’s Mike Bauman, using the two home runs Miguel Cabrera hit last night and this afternoon as a springboard, writes that Cabrera is “transcending” the AL MVP debate, which is once again boiling down to Cabrera and…

  10. Chris Davis crushes home run #42 of the season, 466 feet away

    Aug 10, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    A day after carrying his Orioles to a ten-inning victory over the Giants, first baseman Chris Davis hit home run #42 of the season, a solo shot, in the eighth inning against reliever Santiago Casilla to bring his team within one run. Unfortunately for the Orioles, however, Casilla and closer Sergio Romo did not allow…

  11. Josh Reddick continues home run tear with two more today

    Aug 10, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Toronto Blue Jays

    Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick slugged three home runs in five at-bats last night against the Blue Jays last night as his team went on to an easy 14-6 victory. Reddick entered the game with five home runs on the season and hadn’t homered since July 22. Reddick’s offensive surge continued this afternoon. He took Jays…

  12. Roy Halladay could start Minor League rehab next week

    Aug 10, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Per the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb, the Phillies were impressed by starter Roy Halladay‘s performance in a simulated game this morning. Gelb says that the signs indicate Halladay will make a Minor League start on Thursday, the next step in his road back from surgery on his right shoulder. More from Gelb: Halladay will throw…

  13. The Rays victimize the Dodgers with the hidden ball trick

    Aug 10, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Roberto Hernandez

    In the bottom of the fourth inning of this afternoon’s game against the Dodgers, the Rays got an extra out by fooling Juan Uribe with the hidden ball trick. The Dodgers, already up 4-0, had the bases loaded with nobody out when A.J. Ellis hit a fly ball to Rays center fielder Wil Myers, allowing…

  14. David Wright may miss the rest of the season

    Aug 10, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Mets third baseman David Wright has been out since August 3 with a strained right hamstring. The initial prognosis had him missing three to five weeks, which would have had him back towards the end of August at the earliest, but manager Terry Collins is aware there is a chance the cornerstone of his lineup…

  15. Yankees win, A-Rod disappoints in home debut

    Aug 10, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 in his season debut at Yankee Stadium and closer Mariano Rivera blew his second save in a row, but the Yankees won anyway thanks to a Brett Gardner walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th. In the bottom of the first, Rodriguez strode…

  16. Rickie Weeks to undergo season-ending surgery on injured hamstring

    Aug 9, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    rickie weeks getty

    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks will miss the remainder of the 2013 season as he will undergo surgery on his injured left hamstring, reports Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Weeks suffered the injury in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Giants. It’s been a rough year for Weeks. His 2013 season…

  17. Wanna see Jared Burton punch Brian Duensing?

    Aug 9, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Jared Burton

    In the top of the second of the first game of today’s day-night doubleheader against the White Sox, Twins outfielder Chris Colabello homered to right field off of Sox starter John Danks to stake his club to an early 1-0 lead. As the ball landed in the Twins bullpen, it appeared as if reliever Jared…

  18. Albert Pujols plans to take legal action against Jack Clark

    Aug 9, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Earlier today, Chris Mihlfeld, the trainer of Albert Pujols, sternly rebuked Jack Clark’s claim that the Angels first baseman has used performance-enhancing drugs. Mihlfeld said, “I would bet my life on it and probably drop dead on the spot if I found out he has.” Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times is reporting that Pujols…

  19. Apparently, the team meeting Walt Weiss held worked

    Aug 9, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Walt Weiss

    The Rockies have lost five games in a row and nine of their last ten, which prompted manager Walt Weiss to call a team meeting earlier today. The details, via Troy Renck: He challenged the players to compete and play hard. He’s not one to criticize players through the media or call guys out. He…

  20. What do Dan Haren, Barry Zito, and A.J. Burnett have in common?

    Aug 9, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    No, none of them are in my kitchen. Nationals starter Dan Haren tossed seven solid innings of ball tonight, holding the Phillies to two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out seven. Haren earned the W, the first of his career against the Phillies and his seventh of the year. The win…

  21. Josh Reddick has hit three home runs through six innings

    Aug 9, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Athletics' Reddick swings at a pitch against the Blue Jays during the third inning of their MLB American League game at O.co Coliseum in Oakland

    Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick hitless in 22 plate appearances dating back to July 29. Blue Jays pitching must have been just what the doctor ordered because Reddick has exploded in a big way tonight. In the top of the third, Reddick smoked a solo home run to left off of Jays starter Esmil Rogers. He…

  22. Watch Alex Rodriguez’s season debut at Yankee Stadium

    Aug 9, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez speaks during a news conference in Chicago

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, currently in the process of appealing his 2013-14 seasons-ending suspension from Major League Baseball, made his much-anticipated season debut at Yankee Stadium tonight against the Tigers. Prior to seeing the first pitch from starter Rick Porcello in the first inning with a runner on second base and two outs, Rodriguez…

  23. David DeJesus is batting cleanup for the first time

    Aug 9, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    David DeJesus has compiled 5,164 plate appearances over his 11-year career, but tonight will mark the first time he will bat clean-up as a starting player. He hit clean-up once before, on April 29, 2004 when he replaced Matt Stairs — and struck out — in the ninth inning of a 9-7 loss to the…

  24. Ruben Amaro really liked Delmon Young

    Aug 9, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young was one of the easiest players to dislike in recent Philadelphia sports history. He had a memorable off-the-field incident involving alcohol and anti-Semitic remarks last year, he required weight clauses in his contract as incentive to stay in shape, he has been quite the unproductive player, and his arrival in Philadelphia was a…

  25. Justin Morneau powers Twins to win with two homers

    Aug 9, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    This “just in” — Justin Morneau can still hit dingers. The Twins first baseman hit two of them this afternoon against the White Sox: a grand slam in the seventh off of Ramon Troncoso to give the Twins a 5-3 lead, and a solo shot in the eighth to remove the save opportunity for closer…

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